Ethics for UKPCS

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Ethics for UKPCS – Paper 7

Paper 7 in UKPCS Upper Main Exam is one of the most important papers. If covered adequately, it is where you will create the real difference between yourself and other candidates. If we analyze the marks of past toppers, some have easily scored 150+ in this paper. No other UKPCS Mains paper offers this opportunity to score 75% marks. Ethics for UKPCS

Out of total 200 marks, 80 marks in this exam are from Ethics portion. In this document, you will see a topic wise analysis of the past papers of 2012 and 2016. Our expert shall also provide some tips on how to prepare for and attempt this paper.

It is our hope that you shall find this document useful.

-Team Oracle IAS

Analysis of the UKPCS Ethics Paper:

  • Maximum Marks : 80 marks
    • 20 words = 6 * 2 marks = 12 marks
    • 50 words = 4 * 5 marks = 20 marks
    • 125 words = 2 * 8 marks = 16 marks (Attempt 2 out of 3 questions)
    • 250 words = 2 * 16 marks = 32 marks (Attempt 2 out of 3 questions)


Topic 2012 (marks) 2016 (marks)
Ethics and Human Interface 11 17
Attitude 13 5
Aptitude and foundational values 0 18
Emotional Intelligence 5 0
Contribution of Moral Thinkers 8 13
Civil Service Values and Ethics in PA 29 7
Probity in Governance 22 12
Role of Public Servant in DM 0 0
Case Studies 16 32
Total 104 104


Oracle IAS’s take on the Ethics Paper:

  • Though the paper is copy-paste UPSC GS paper 4, the level of questions asked in the exam is much easier.
  • No analytical type question is being asked. For instance:
    • What is happiness according to you?
    • No quotes based questions.
  • The question paper is straight forward with no subjectivity.
    • Elucidate the kinds of values
    • Discuss the formation of attitude.

Expert advice:

There are two kinds of aspirants. Strategy for the two will be different:

Aspirant 1 : Those who have been preparing seriously for UPSC:

    • They will find the paper easier and will be able to tackle the whole paper comfortably, if they have memorised the concepts.

Suggestion for Aspirant 1: Start with Ethics and try to complete this section within 1 hour 15 min so that you get maximum time for the General Aptitude section (120 marks).

Aspirant 2 : Those who are studying Ethics for the first time:

Suggestion for Aspirant 2:

  • Definition of concepts should be crisp and precise so that you don’t have to make it over there. Example : what is work culture?
  • Since we have paucity of time, focus should be on syllabus coverage and not deep philosophical analysis of topics.
  • Case studies should be practiced, and a template should be ready beforehand.

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PYQs Topic Wise

Topic from syllabus

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, Determinants and Consequences of Ethics in – Human Actions; Dimensions of Ethics; Ethics – in Private and Public Relationships. Human Values – Lessons from the Lives and Teachings of Great Leaders, Reformers and Administrators; Role of Family Society and Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values.

2012 questions

  1. Ethics is a Normative Study of Conduct or Positive Study? Discuss. (20 w)
  2. Elucidate the kinds of values. (20 w)
  3. What is the contribution of Emmanuel Kant in the field of Ethics? (20 w)
  4. Why Ethics is related to rational human life only? Discuss briefly. (50 words)

2016 questions 

  1. Explain ‘Intuition’ as a source of Ethical guide. (20 w)
  2. Who is the author of ‘The Rebublic’? What is the main subject matter of the book? (20 w)
  3. What do you understand by higher values? What is the nature of higher values? (50 words)
  4. Explain the moral values of social life. (125 words)

Topic from syllabus

  • Attitude: Content, Structure, Function; its Influence and Relation with Thought and Behaviour; Moral and Political Attitudes; Social Influence and Persuasion.

2012 questions 

  1. Describe moral attitude. (50 w)
  2. Discuss the formation of attitude. (125 words)

2016 questions 

  1. What is attitude? Explain change in attitude. (50 words)

Topic from syllabus

  • Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Service, Integrity, Impartiality and Non-partisanship, Objectivity, Dedication to Public Service, Empathy, Tolerance and Compassion towards the weaker-sections.

2012 questions 

No question asked

2016 questions 

  1. Why is the need of compassion towards weaker section in civil services? (20 words)
  2. Explain the essential moral values of civil services as described by different school of thoughts. (250 words)

Topic from syllabus

  • Emotional Intelligence-Concepts, and their Utilities and Application in Administration and Governance.

2012 questions 

  1. Discuss emotional intelligence as a trait of human personality. (50 words)

2016 questions 

No Question asked

Topic from syllabus

  • Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and World.

2012 questions

  1. What is the contribution of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda for Society? Explain. (125 words)

2016 questions 

  1. Explain Gandhi’s concept of Satyagraha. Do you think that Gandhi adopted it only as a political strategy since India was not in position to fight the mighty British Empire? (50 words)
  1. Point out the main contribution of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati in the upliftment of Indian society. (125 words)

Topic from syllabus

  • Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration: Status and Problems; Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas in Government and Private Institutions; Laws, Rules, Regulations and Conscience as Sources of Ethical Guidance; Accountability and Ethical Governance; Strengthening of Ethical and Moral Values in Governance; Ethical Issues in International Relations and Funding; Corporate Governance.

2012 questions 

  1. Write a note on corporate governance. (50 words)
  2. Discuss the importance of accountability in Governance. (125 words)
  3. Discuss the role of Ethics in public Administration. (250 words)

2016 questions 

  1. What do you understand by whistle blower? What are the main functions of whistle blower? (20 w)
  2. What is importance of rules and regulations for good governance? (50 words)

Topic from syllabus

  • Probity in Governance: Concept of Public Service; Philosophical Basis of Governance and Probity; Information Sharing and Transparency in Government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work Culture, Quality of Service Delivery, Utilization of Public Funds, Challenges of Corruption.

2012 questions 

  1. What do you understand by work-culture? (20 w)
  2. What are the important values required in public service? (20 w)
  3. What is conduct? (20 w)
  4. Discuss the role of Right to Information in transparency of governance. (250 words)

2016 questions 

  1. Does information sharing serve the public interest? Why it is an important feature of democracy? (20 w)
  2. How does corruption hamper the basic aims of positive governance? (20 words)
  3. Point the measures to minimize corruption. (125 words)

Topic from syllabus

  • Role of Public servants in disaster management

No questions asked


Case Studies

2012  1 case study (250 words)

2016  2 Case studies (250 words each)

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