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

 

 

 

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 NODATEDAYQUESTIONSTOPICSOURCE
125 June 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsEssence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
226 June 2018TuesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsEssence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
327 June 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsDimensions of ethicshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
428 June 2018ThursdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsDimensions of ethicshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
529 June 2018FridayTheoretical/Conceptual QsEthics 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/
630 June 2018SaturdayOne Case StudyEthics 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/
72 July 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsHuman Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
83 July 2018TuesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsHuman Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
94 July 2018WednesdayTwo Case StudiesHuman Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
105 July 2018ThursdayTwo Case StudiesHuman Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
116 July 2018FridayTheoretical/Conceptual QsRole 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/
127 July 2018SaturdayTwo Case StudiesRole 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/
139 July 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAttitude: content, structure, functionNCERT Class XII Psychology
1410 July 2018TuesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAttitude: content, structure, functionNCERT Class XII Psychology
1511 July 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAttitude: its influence and relation with thought and behaviourNCERT Class XII Psychology
1612 July 2018ThursdayTwo Case StudiesAttitude: its influence and relation with thought and behaviourNCERT Class XII Psychology
1713 July 2018FridayOne Case StudyMoral and political attitudesNCERT Class XII Psychology
1814 July 2018SaturdayTwo Case StudiesSocial influence and persuasionNCERT Class XII Psychology
1916 July 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersectionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
2017 July 2018TuesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersectionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
2118 July 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersectionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
2219 July 2018ThursdayTwo Case StudiesAptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersectionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
2320 July 2018FridayTwo Case StudiesAptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersectionshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
2421 July 2018SaturdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsEmotional 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/
2523 July 2018MondayTwo Case StudiesEmotional 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/
2624 July 2018TuesdayForeign Thinkers/Philosophers based QsContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
2725 July 2018WednesdayForeign Thinkers/Philosophers based QsContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
2826 July 2018ThursdayIndian Thinkers/Philosophers based QsContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
2927 July 2018FridayIndian Thinkers/Philosophers based QsContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
3028 July 2018SaturdayQuote Based QsContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
3130 July 2018MondayQuote Based QsContributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.NCERT Class XI Political Science – Political Theory
3231 July 2018TuesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsPublic/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/
331 August 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsPublic/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/
342 August 2018ThursdayTwo Case StudiesPublic/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/
353 August 2018FridayTheoretical/Conceptual QsLaws, 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/
364 August 2018SaturdayTwo Case StudiesLaws, 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/
376 August 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsAccountability and ethical governancehttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
387 August 2018TuesdayTwo Case StudiesAccountability and ethical governancehttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
398 August 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsStrengthening 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/
409 August 2018ThursdayTwo Case StudiesStrengthening 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/
4110 August 2018FridayTheoretical/Conceptual QsEthical issues in international relations and fundinghttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4211 August 2018SaturdayOne Case StudyEthical issues in international relations and fundinghttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4313 August 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsCorporate governancehttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4414 August 2018TuesdayOne Case StudyCorporate governancehttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4515 August 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsProbity 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/
4616 August 2018ThursdayTwo Case StudiesProbity 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/
4717 August 2018FridayTheoretical/Conceptual QsPhilosophical basis of governance and probityhttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4818 August 2018SaturdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsPhilosophical basis of governance and probityhttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
4920 August 2018MondayTheoretical/Conceptual QsInformation sharing and transparency in government, Right to Informationhttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5021 August 2018TuesdayTwo Case StudiesInformation sharing and transparency in government, Right to Informationhttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5122 August 2018WednesdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsCodes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public fundshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5223 August 2018ThursdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsCodes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public fundshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5324 August 2018FridayTwo Case StudiesCodes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public fundshttp://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5425 August 2018SaturdayTheoretical/Conceptual QsChallenges of corruption.http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
5527 August 2018MondayTwo Case StudiesChallenges of corruption.http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/09/30/how-to-prepare-upsc-civil-services-mains-paper-v-gs-4-ethics-aptitude-integrity/
REVISION
5628 August 2018TuesdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 1 to Day 3 Topics
5729 August 2018WednesdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 4 to Day 7 Topics
5830 August 2018ThursdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 8 to Day 11 Topics
5931 August 2018FridayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 12 to Day 15 Topics
601 September 2018SaturdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 16 to Day 20 Topics
613 September 2018MondayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 21 to Day 23 Topics
624 September 2018TuesdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 24 to Day 28 Topics
635 September 2018WednesdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 29 to Day 33 Topics
646 September 2018ThursdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 34 to Day 38 Topics
657 September 2018FridayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 39 to Day 43 Topics
668 September 2018SaturdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 44 to Day 48 Topics
6710 September 2018MondayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 49 to Day 53 Topics
6811 September 2018TuesdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 54 to Day 58 Topics
6912 September 2018WednesdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 59 to Day 63 Topics
7013 September 2018ThursdayTwo Questions DailyRevision of Day 64 to Day 70 Topics