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UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Detailed Syllabus for GS IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

Sakshi Saroha

UPSC: Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC Civil Services (Mains) examination 2020 from January 8, 2021. The UPSC Mains syllabus comprises of four GS Papers, one Essay paper, and two Optional papers. All the mains papers are descriptive in nature. The GS Paper IV of the UPSC Mains Exam questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life, and his problem-solving approach to various issues. In this article, we have provided the detailed syllabus of UPSC Mains 2020 GS Paper IV. 

Also Check: Preparation Strategy for Mains GS Paper IV (Ethics)

 UPSC IAS Mains 2020 General Studies IV Syllabus

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Contents of Syllabus


Ethics and Human Interface


Human Values




Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Service


Emotional Intelligence


Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers


Probity in Governance


Codes of ethics &  Citizen’s Charters


Ethics in Public Administration


Case Studies based on  the above topics

1. Ethics and Human Interface: 

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2. Human Values: 

3. Attitude: 

4. Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Service: 

5. Emotional Intelligence: 

6. Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and the World.

7. Probity in Governance: 

8. Codes of Ethics

9. Ethics in Public Administration: 

UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Tips to Answer Ethics Case Studies (GS Paper IV)

UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Structure of General Studies Paper-IV

Check: GS IV (Ethics) Book List & Important Resources for Preparation

Also Check: UPSC IAS Mains GS papers & Optional Syllabus

GS I Syllabus GS II Syllabus
GS III Syllabus All Optional Subjects Syllabus






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