Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam – 2018

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Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam – 2018

Insights 70 days ethics plan

Along with Essay paper, General Studies paper-4 is very rewarding in UPSC civil services Mains for two reasons: You don’t have to read extensively as you do for other GS/Optional papers; secondly, all it needs is lots of common sense with basic understanding of underlying theories and decent amount of writing practice with right approach. 

However, unlike previous years, in CSE-2017 UPSC has been conservative in awarding marks in general studies paper-4. Almost everyone has seen dip of an average of 20 marks from their previous scores. Still, few toppers have scored in the range of 110-120. 

To get these scores or even better scores, two fundamental requirements are:

  1. You should not completely neglect concepts and theories in your answers. You should let know examiner that you have fundamental understanding of ethics concepts and you are not just cooking up answers solely based on experience or common-sense. This doesn’t mean heavy usage of ethics jargon in answers. Wherever necessary, especially in the introduction and also in justification part, do use minimally, suitable and contextually correct ethics related terms/theories. 
  2. You should write more practical answers with lots of conviction and justifications. Let your answers be more practical while being ethical. If you are idealistic in your approach to solving problems or handling situations (while answering case studies), you will not score well. While being practical, your approach should be legal and ethical as well. 

To enrich your answers, collect good examples from newspapers (both Indian and international examples). Without examples to justify or substantiate your stance, your answers are empty rhetoric and attract lowest marks. 

 

70 Days Ethics Plan:

DISCLAIMER: This plan is intended to help you study Ethics paper systematically before Mains – 2018 and is not intended to give you set of ‘EXPECTED QUESTIONS’ that might get repeated in Mains 2018 GS-4 paper. Questions which will be posted under this plan are intended to help you do good writing practice. Don’t BASH us later in case you don’t see any question getting repeated from here in Mains-2018.

 

Under the 70 Days Ethics Plan, Questions will be posted as Separate Post (not under Secure). Under Secure there will be one question as usual that’s taken from current affairs. 

Starting from June 25, questions will be posted in the morning. Monday to Saturday questions will be posted. Sunday may be used for revision. Spending daily 1-2 hours of your time is sufficient to keep up with the timetable. 

You may refer to any source that you have been following. The link given in the timetable has almost all sources necessary for studying GS-4 paper. Do check in comments to see some sources shared by aspirants. 

Wish you all the best 🙂

Download PDF of Timetable Here

SL NO DATE DAY QUESTIONS TOPIC SOURCE
1 25 June 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
2 26 June 2018 Tuesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
3 27 June 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Dimensions of ethics http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4 28 June 2018 Thursday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Dimensions of ethics http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5 29 June 2018 Friday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Ethics in private and public relationships. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
6 30 June 2018 Saturday One Case Study Ethics in private and public relationships. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
7 2 July 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
8 3 July 2018 Tuesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
9 4 July 2018 Wednesday Two Case Studies Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
10 5 July 2018 Thursday Two Case Studies Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
11 6 July 2018 Friday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
12 7 July 2018 Saturday Two Case Studies Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
13 9 July 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Attitude: content, structure, function NCERT Class XII Psychology
14 10 July 2018 Tuesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Attitude: content, structure, function NCERT Class XII Psychology
15 11 July 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Attitude: its influence and relation with thought and behaviour NCERT Class XII Psychology
16 12 July 2018 Thursday Two Case Studies Attitude: its influence and relation with thought and behaviour NCERT Class XII Psychology
17 13 July 2018 Friday One Case Study Moral and political attitudes NCERT Class XII Psychology
18 14 July 2018 Saturday Two Case Studies Social influence and persuasion NCERT Class XII Psychology
19 16 July 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
20 17 July 2018 Tuesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
21 18 July 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
22 19 July 2018 Thursday Two Case Studies Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
23 20 July 2018 Friday Two Case Studies Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
24 21 July 2018 Saturday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
25 23 July 2018 Monday Two Case Studies Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
26 24 July 2018 Tuesday Foreign Thinkers/Philosophers based Qs Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
27 25 July 2018 Wednesday Foreign Thinkers/Philosophers based Qs Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
28 26 July 2018 Thursday Indian Thinkers/Philosophers based Qs Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
29 27 July 2018 Friday Indian Thinkers/Philosophers based Qs Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
30 28 July 2018 Saturday Quote Based Qs Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
31 30 July 2018 Monday Quote Based Qs Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
32 31 July 2018 Tuesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
33 1 August 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
34 2 August 2018 Thursday Two Case Studies Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
35 3 August 2018 Friday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
36 4 August 2018 Saturday Two Case Studies Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
37 6 August 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Accountability and ethical governance http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
38 7 August 2018 Tuesday Two Case Studies Accountability and ethical governance http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
39 8 August 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
40 9 August 2018 Thursday Two Case Studies Strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
41 10 August 2018 Friday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Ethical issues in international relations and funding http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
42 11 August 2018 Saturday One Case Study Ethical issues in international relations and funding http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
43 13 August 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Corporate governance http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
44 14 August 2018 Tuesday One Case Study Corporate governance http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
45 15 August 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
46 16 August 2018 Thursday Two Case Studies Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
47 17 August 2018 Friday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Philosophical basis of governance and probity http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
48 18 August 2018 Saturday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Philosophical basis of governance and probity http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
49 20 August 2018 Monday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
50 21 August 2018 Tuesday Two Case Studies Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
51 22 August 2018 Wednesday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
52 23 August 2018 Thursday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
53 24 August 2018 Friday Two Case Studies Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
54 25 August 2018 Saturday Theoretical/Conceptual Qs Challenges of corruption. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
55 27 August 2018 Monday Two Case Studies Challenges of corruption. http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
REVISION
56 28 August 2018 Tuesday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 1 to Day 3 Topics
57 29 August 2018 Wednesday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 4 to Day 7 Topics
58 30 August 2018 Thursday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 8 to Day 11 Topics
59 31 August 2018 Friday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 12 to Day 15 Topics
60 1 September 2018 Saturday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 16 to Day 20 Topics
61 3 September 2018 Monday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 21 to Day 23 Topics
62 4 September 2018 Tuesday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 24 to Day 28 Topics
63 5 September 2018 Wednesday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 29 to Day 33 Topics
64 6 September 2018 Thursday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 34 to Day 38 Topics
65 7 September 2018 Friday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 39 to Day 43 Topics
66 8 September 2018 Saturday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 44 to Day 48 Topics
67 10 September 2018 Monday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 49 to Day 53 Topics
68 11 September 2018 Tuesday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 54 to Day 58 Topics
69 12 September 2018 Wednesday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 59 to Day 63 Topics
70 13 September 2018 Thursday Two Questions Daily Revision of Day 64 to Day 70 Topics