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Perception and Reality of Ethics GS Paper 4

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Is there any trend of IAS exam to follow at all? Yes…No… Don’t know…! Often IAS aspirant design their strategies based on certain reliable trends of this exam.  This includes from selecting an optional subject to giving importance to certain areas of GS Mains depending upon such hollowly created trends. Aspirants often underline the areas from which marks can be easily fetched. But is there any worth following such marking pattern of 2015 mains exam? For example; following slaughtering of Public administration from the last 3 years, many candidates moved in the sheds of safer subjects. Geography was supposed to be one such safe womb till marks of 2015 mains were out.  Again query remains unchanged- ‘is there any safe haven to fetch marks’?

No. A big no! Lets churn out another scenario; Scope of Ethics paper.

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GUIDELINES FOR A CASE STUDY ANALYSIS IN GS PAPER 4

  • by Manoj K. Jha

A case study analysis provides a powerful tool for sorting through and resolving an ethical problem, regardless of its specific subject. A complete case analysis consists of the following five steps. Here we are mentioning the idea of case analysis; actual answer writing format in the examination will be different.

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What is Integrity and why it is so Important for Civil Servants?

  • by Manoj K. Jha

Integrity is a personal choice, an uncompromising and consistent commitment to honour moral, ethical, spiritual and artistic values and principles. Integrity compels us to be socially conscious and to welcome both personal and professional responsibility. Its values encourage us to be honest in all our dealings and committed to a lifelong search for truth and justice.

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Feminist Critique of Realist Theory

  • by Piyush Choubey

Since the end of the Cold War and the increased interdependence resulting from the globalization process, the field of international relations has faced major challenges to its core theoretical structure. It no longer revolves solely around the realist issues of war and security, but rather, international relations has broadened to include traditionally liberal concerns, such as the international political economy, socioeconomic development, human rights, non-state actors, and civil society. Apart from the two main theories of realism and liberalism, the feminist theory brings new perspectives to the international relations table.

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Functional Critiques of Realism

  • by Piyush Choubey

While realism was not initially the dominant perspective in International Relations, historically, it has been the dominant tradition in the discipline and perhaps it is for this reason that it has been subjected to so much criticism. Liberalism and structuralism can both be used to develop a critique of realism. In more recent years realism has been subjected to complicated critiques from Critical Theorists, postmodernists, feminists, social constructivists and Green theorists amongst others. Some of the major points of Criticisms against Realism are:

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How to Approach Sociology As an Optional Subject for IAS Mains

  • by Dr. Surendra Singh

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Emergence of Sociology : Importance of Some Eco. Pol. Revolutions

  • by Dr. Surendra Singh

Enlightenment, Social and political thought paved the way for revolutionary ruptures in Traditional social relations. From the Renaissance on, western European societies acquired modern characteristics but Enlightenment ideas and the American French and industrialrevolutions ushered in some of a definitive Societies.

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Answer Writing Techniques for IAS Main Exam – 2

  • by Manoj K. Jha

Mains examination questions of general studies unfolded many things, about word limit, approach to the questions, analytical demand of the questions and many turns and twists attached to most of the question in the form of common instructions.

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Answer Writing Techniques for Mains

  • by Manoj K. Jha

Mains examination questions of general studies unfolded many thing, about word limit, approach to the questions, analytical demand of the question, and many turns and twists.

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Emergence of Sociology : As part and response to modernity

  • by Dr. Surendra Singh

Sociology like every other branches of social science with its inception in 1838 tries to study social phenomena, social behavior in a systematic manner.However we need to remember this fact that like the subject it studies, Sociology is a social product an intellectual framework, deeply influenced by the socio-historic conditions in which it found its genesis. Though as a discipline it was new in the series of social science, it reflects a long chain of Historical roots that could be marked as period of anticipation.

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Pub Ad as an optional for IAS: Why to choose by Ashutosh Pandey

  • by Ashutosh Pandey

Since the Wilsonian dichotomy public administration has traversed a chequered path, not so because its roots were not firmly planted as a discipline but more so because it was a continuous “polylogue” of multiple thoughts and ideas, constantly impinging upon its contours. These multiple approaches have lent a dynamic character to the discipline. Initially perceived as a plain managerial endeavour -where Americanization was the safest bid, it came to be turned upside down with the growing realization that, governmental operations and character are conditioned by “ecology”, which was pointed …


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Common sense and sociology

  • by Dr. Surendra Singh

In an around the world people make assumptions about the way the world is, and about the world in which they live connoting the perspective of common sense that people attribute and think that what they know is true. In other words common sense are ideas which people claim that they know and they consider it to be true, they see it as if it is true.

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Relevance of Public administration as an optional subject

  • by Ashutosh Pandey

Friends, I want to share my experience with the public administration optional subject, a subject which has made me fall in love with this entire UPSC preparation. Had this subject not been there with me, neither I would have enjoyed this preparation to such a great extent, nor I would have cleared UPSC in my first attempt in just a span of 8 months of preparation.

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Sociology as a science : A debate pertaining to positivism and its critique

  • by Dr. Surendra Singh

With its inception, sociology that developed as a discipline also marched towards establishing sociology as science.Though in its growth and development it generated a debate pertaining to its nature in terms of ‘Is Sociology a science?’ However this question cannot be answered in simple yes or no. Also the bifurcation in terms of natural v/s social science reflects more of a degree rather than of a kind.

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Why taming current affairs is still tough despite all the resources and ideas available at fingers?

  • by Manoj K. Jha

Current Affairs for GS is an area which is by far the most important aspect of the GS paper and also perhaps the most difficult area to master. Important, because most of the questions whether they are in the prelims or the mains draw their inspiration from what is happening in the current affairs, and difficult because of its vastness and difficulty in identifying what is important and what is not.

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How To Write a Good Essay for IAS Mains

  • by Manoj K. Jha

What is an essay? An essay is a focused, descriptive and analytical write up on any particular topic. But this is different in format and presentation from any other kind of write up on the same topic.

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Economic Analysis of Time Management for UPSC

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The essence of economics is resource management, so we will analyze the most important resource for civil services aspirant, i.e. Time, by using some macroeconomic tools. Continue reading “Economic Analysis of Time Management for UPSC”

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude: What to prepare? By S K Mishra, IAS (retd)

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Ethics – It means principles which control or influence a person’s behaviour or attitude. One can easily notice that in various questions in Sec A or Section B (case studies), the UPSC approach

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Decoding Governance for GS Mains BY S K Mishra, IAS ( retd)

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Governance is very significant part of General studies paper II. Candidates are expected to know the general functioning of Central Government, state governments as well as urban and rural local bodies.

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How to attempt ethics case study for GS paper 4 Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

  • by Manoj K. Jha

After this Mains exam, dilemma for the ethics paper is over. However, one thing is proved that this paper will play very crucial role in the future too, especially the ethics case study section. Ethics case study section alone counts for 125 marks in the GS mains paper 4, demands highly inclusive answer. Here is an example of how to approach them.
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Essay practice topics mains 2014

  • by Manoj K. Jha

Essay is one of the most important components of IAS exam. It is of 250 marks, Needless to say anything else. Essays are not just exercises in research; they are also exercises in communication. Essays give you a chance to show what you can do: that you understand the question asked; that you understand the issues involved; and that you have done the appropriate amount of reading. Essays also allow you to demonstrate your analytical thinking and force a deep and powerful type of learning to take place.

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25 Ethics Case Study for IAS Mains 2014 by S. K. Mishra, IAS (retd.)

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A careful collection of 25 case-studies, which covers all most all the topics of paper 4. These have been scientifically designed to test a candidate’s understanding on ethical choices and dilemmas in decision making; his/her approach towards decision making, which in fact would reveal the aptitude and attitude of the candidate. Similarly these also cover moral values, emotional intelligence, and work culture and corruption related choices and decision making issues.

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