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UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 4 (GS4)

UPSC Mains 2014 GS4 Question Paper Analysis

General Studies Paper 4 – GS4 Question Paper deals with multiple topics like Ethics, Attitude, Aptitude, Emotional Intelligence etc. Like 2013 GS4 paper, UPSC Mains 2014 GS4 Question Paper had FOURTEEN (14) questions printed both in HINDI and ENGLISH. All the questions were compulsory. There were 10 mark questions as well as …

Functions of an IAS Officer

We covered ‘Role of Civil Services in a Democracy‘ in our last post. Hope the overview is now clear. Civil Servants being permanent executives, they advise political executives. They also assist the ministers to formulate and execute policies. In this post, we shall see in particular the functions of an …

Role of Civil Services in a Democracy

Indian state has three typical branches – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. Executive is responsible to Legislature while Legislature is responsible to people. By Executive here we meant Political Executive – the ministers. Political executives are not permanent, and in Indian scenario, since the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies are …

Indian Companies Act 2013 : Salient Features

The Indian Companies Act 2013 replaced the Indian Companies Act, 1956. The Companies Act 2013 makes comprehensive provisions to govern all listed and unlisted companies in the country. The Companies Act 2013 implemented many new sections and repealed the relevant corresponding sections of the Companies Act 1956. This is a landmark legislation with far-reaching consequences …

Corporate Governance

What exactly is Corporate governance? Before going deep into the topic, let’s first understand the structure of a company or corporation. There are a few entities which revolve around most companies and those include owners (shareholders), board of directors, management and the stakeholders such as employees, suppliers, customers as well …

Public Service Values : Important Terms

Let’s have a quick look at the public service values. Of-course many values like Impartiality, Transparency, Courage of conviction, Probity, Accountability, Empathy towards weaker sections etc. are expected from a public servant, but let’s focus more on a few which UPSC had asked in Mains 2013. Integrity : The quality of being …

Crisis of Conscience : Ethical Decision Making

Crisis of Conscience and Voice of Conscience are two terms related with Ethical Decision Making. We are discussing this topic as UPSC Mains 2013 had a direct question related to this under GS4 (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) Paper. Qn : [A] What do you understand by the term ‘voice of …

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) Analysis

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS4 question paper, which is already shared in this website. Popularly known as Ethics paper, GS4 paper didn’t trouble candidates much. There were questions which got repeated from the sample paper published by UPSC itself. …

Ethics Case Study : Personal Ethics vs Professional Ethics

Ethics Case Study No 4 by ClearIAS.com related to Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (Civil Services Mains Paper 5): Readers can post answers in the comment-space provided. Ethics Case Study No: 4: Personal Ethics vs Professional Ethics [ClearIAS.com] Question: You are a strong religious believer since childhood and have been an active participant …

Ethics Case Study : Change in Eligibility Criteria

Ethics Case Study No 3 by ClearIAS.com related to Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (Civil Services Mains Paper 5): Readers can post answers in the comment-space provided. Ethics Case Study No 3 : Change in Eligibility Criteria Question: You are the entrance exam commissioner for conducting Medical Entrance Tests. As per Government norms …

Ethics Case Study : Your Son In Trouble

Ethics Case Study No 2 by ClearIAS.com related to Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (Civil Services Mains Paper 5): Readers can post answers in the comment-space provided. Ethics Case Study No 2 : Your Son In Trouble Question: You are in a top administrative position in a state. You have a loving …

Sevottam Model

Sevottam Model is a model proposed by 2nd ARC (Administrative Reforms Commission) for public Service Delivery. The word, Sevottam, is a combination of two Hindi words: ‘Seva’ (service) and ‘Uttam’ (excellence). Sevottam Model is now regarded as a standard model for providing services in citizen centric governance. The model is developed by …

How To Study Ethics Paper in IAS Mains GS?

Ever since the introduction of Ethics Paper in IAS Mains General Studies (GS Paper 4), Civil Services aspirants are in a dilemma. As ethics is not a conventional area taught in schools/ colleges, it is quite natural from the candidates point of view to ponder about the questions to be …