GS 4

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude



Theory Lectures, Advanced and Applied Ethics, Case Studies

Course Duration: 35 Hours. Number of Pages: Approx. 100.

No need to use any book

Extensive resources used for content building

This course covers GS Paper 4, i.e. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude in most comprehensive and lucid manner, which is helpful for the prestigious UPSC  IAS and IFS Examinations. The course is equally relevant for State PSCs.


Ethics and Human Interface

Essence, Determinants and Consequences of Ethics in – Human Actions; Dimensions of Ethics; Ethics – in Private and Public Relationships. Human Values – Lessons from the Lives and Teachings of Great Leaders, Reformers and Administrators; Role of Family Society and Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values


Content, Structure, Function; its Influence and Relation with Thought and Behaviour; Moral and Political Attitudes; Social Influence and Persuasion

Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Services

Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Service, Integrity, Impartiality and Non-partisanship, Objectivity, Dedication to Public Service, Empathy, Tolerance and Compassion towards the weaker-sections.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence-Concepts, and their Utilities and Application in Administration and Governance.


Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and World.

Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration

Status and Problems; Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas in Government and Private Institutions; Laws, Rules, Regulations and Conscience as Sources of Ethical Guidance; Accountability and Ethical Governance; Strengthening of Ethical and Moral Values in Governance; Ethical Issues in International Relations and Funding; Corporate Governance.

Probity in Governance

Concept of Public Service; Philosophical Basis of Governance and Probity; Information Sharing and Transparency in Government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work Culture, Quality of Service Delivery, Utilization of Public Funds, Challenges of Corruption.

Case Studies

Case Studies on above issues.


The full syllabus is divided into three parts:

Theory Lectures: Krishna Sir

Advanced and Applied Ethics: Multiple Faculties

Case Studies: By Shubham Sir


No need to read any other book. We have used following sources:

  • All the standard Books
  • 2nd ARC.
  • Research Papers and Journals.
  • Thinkers from various Optionals. eg. Political Thinkers from PSIR Optional; Administrative Thinkers from Pub Ad Optional.
  • Public Administration Optional Books for: Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration​, and Probity in Governance.
  • Other relevant resources.



Theory Lectures: Krishna Sir.

Advanced and Applied Ethics: Krishna Sir.

Case Studies: By Krishna Sir.

Guest Lectures by other faculties.


GS 4

Theory, Case Studies and Applied Ethics