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Insights Mains Mock Exam – 2013: General Studies Paper V

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Insights – 23/11/2013




 Time Allowed: Three Hours                                                          Maximum Marks: 250

  • Each question is printed in English.
  • Answers must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the Question – cum – Answer sheet in the space provided for the purpose.
  • No marks will be given for answers written in a  medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate
  • Candidates should attempt all the questions strictly in accordance with the  instructions given under each section
  • The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of each question
  • Candidates should write their answers within the pre-defined space provided below each part/sub-part of a question
  • There will be penalty for writing outside the space provided for the purpose
  • Answers written outside the pre-defined space will not be evaluated
  • You are provided a separate Questions Paper in the end to take home for reference purpose.


1)      Answer the following questions in about 200 words each:  20X3 = 60

a)     “By following Cooper’s model of ethical decision-making, a public administrator is able to create a more concrete process by which to assess individual steps that were taken in reaching a decision.” Elaborate.

b)     Explain the importance of empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections for a public servant.  How does it help overall administration?

c)      Soon after your appointment as Food Inspector to a posh area of the Capital city, you came to know that:

  • You would be served free excellent food at posh restaurants in your area of jurisdiction
  • A monthly monetary benefits from the hotel owners
  • A free pass to parties every weekend
  • Free food supplies to your home

Provided you went lenient in your inspection duties.

You are told that benefits far outweigh if you act leniently, which means turning blind eye to food adulterations, food hygiene etc.

Your superior officers, in their casual interactions with you, throw light on the benefits of befriending hoteliers. They often boast of their posh lifestyle thanks to generosity of hotel owners.

As a responsible public servant, how will you react to each of the above mentioned scenario? Explain.


2)      Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 15X6= 90

a)     There are several factors of a person’s private life that are often viewed as something that is not made available to the public. In your opinion which aspects of public administrator’s life should be made public to make sure that his actions as a public servant are ethical?

b)     What is normative ethics? Briefly explain various normative ethical theories.

c)      In your home, your parents are sternly opposing your sister’s wish to marry a boy outside your caste. You are aware that your parents have made her virtually a prisoner inside your home ever since they came to know about her love life. She has confided in you that she would rather die than sacrifice her love for her boyfriend.

Would you interfere on her behalf? What would be your course of action?

d)     “Sometimes Buddhism is called an ethical religion as it does not discuss or depend on the existence of God (the Supreme Being with form and attributes) but instead believes in alleviating the suffering of humanity.“ Elaborate.

e)      Should moral education be made compulsory in all the educational institutions? Substantiate.

f)      In India great leaders are often just restricted to worship and idolization, whereas their values are never put into practice. In your opinion why does this happen?

3)      Answer the following in about 100 words each:10X7=70

a)     “Social influence and persuasion are the most basic and important functions of communication.” Examine.

b)     What is attitude? What are its dimensions?

c)      Which values from Mahatma Gandhiji’s life are more relevant today for the youth? Explain.

d)     What are the problems faced in implementing the citizen charters? How can they be implemented effectively?

e)      When alleged with corruption charges, ideally, what should be done by a public servant? Explain this in case of ministers and members of legislatures. Do you think present conduct of political leaders is worthy of adulation and emulation by the youth? Comment.

f)      You find that your roommate is addicted to watching adult movies and is in the habit of passing lewd comments against girls. You also find out that he shares adult videos with his friends through hard discs and other storage devices.

As a roommate what are your responsibilities? How do you deal with your roommate?

g)      Among the world leaders of past and present, whom do you admire most and why?

4)      Comment on each of the following in about 50 words each: 5X6=30

a)     The Lowball Technique

b)     Meaning of Probity

c)      Definition of Value

d)     Codes of Conduct for public servant

e)      Define Ethics and Ethical Dilemma

f)      What is Public Service?

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