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UPSC releases sample questions of Ethics paper

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Keeping in mind on the doubts of thousands of aspirants, the Union Public Service Commission has released some sample questions for the Paper V of...

Keeping in mind on the doubts of thousands of aspirants, the Union Public Service Commission has released some sample questions for the Paper V of Mains exam, which deals with the Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude. After the revised pattern of CSM (Civil Services Mains), this was one of the papers introduced which has been giving the aspirants sleepless nights. They have virtually no idea on how to prepare for this paper and what are the books that have to be referred to. Giving a broad idea, the UPSC made it clear that ‘the sample questions are just indicative but not exhaustive and the range and depth of questions that would be asked may differ’. Here are some of the sample questions the UPSC released on Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude paper.

Q 1: What do you understand by ‘Ethical Human Conduct’? In what way is it important to be ethical along with being professionally competent?

Q 2: What do you understand by the following terms? Point out their relevance in public service;
(i) Intellectual integrity (ii) Empathy (iii) Perseverance (iv) Spirit of service (v) Commitment
Indicate two more attributes which you consider very important for public servants. Justify your answer.
Q 3: Which great Indian personality has inspired you the most as a role model and how have you been able to benefit in your own life by such an inspiration?

Q 4: You have been working with your team for almost a year. One of your subordinates Mr. A is very effective and hard working; he takes responsibility and gets things done. However, you have heard that Mr. A makes loose comments about women. Mrs X who is working under A, comes to you, she is visibly disturbed. She tells you that Mr. A has been making undue advances towards her and has even asked her to go out for dinner with him. She wants to give a written complaint seeking action against Mr. A. what would you do and why?

Q 5: You have grown up with X, who has been your best friend since childhood. You have shared your joys and sorrows and have been each other’s confidante. Both of you are in your final year graduation and writing your final exams. In the exam you notice that your friend is copying and cheating a lot. What would you do and why? Ponder over the situation and suggest effective ways to tackle each of the above mentioned problem.

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