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UPSC Ethics Syllabus 2024 - Check Subject Wise Syllabus & Exam Pattern

UPSC Ethics Syllabus 2024 - Check Subject Wise Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Edited By Vishnukumar | Updated on Feb 14, 2024 06:12 PM IST | #UPSC CSE

The Commission mentions the UPSC Ethics syllabus in its official notification PDF. The syllabus of UPSC Ethics 2024 comprises all the important topics that UPSC aspirants need to prepare in order to qualify the mains exam of UPSC CSE. UPSC 2024 syllabus for Ethics can be downloaded on the official website.
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The Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude is General Studies paper 4 of the UPSC Civil Services exam. Candidates preparing for the UPSC exam must give special focus and attention to the Ethics subject in the main exam and should cover the entire UPSC Ethics syllabus 2024. UPSC IAS Ethics syllabus 2024 consists 250 marks in total for GS Paper 4. Apart from the Ethics syllabus, aspirants must also know about the overall UPSC CSE syllabus 2024. As per the exam pattern of UPSC CSE, the mains exam is descriptive in nature and there will be 2 papers in the optional subject of UPSC CSE 2024. Know more about the UPSC IAS Ethics 2024 syllabus here.

UPSC Ethics Syllabus for Mains Exam

Ethics is the GS 4 paper in the main exam. The exam is conducted in descriptive mode. The questions in the Ethics exam as per the UPSC Ethics syllabus 2024 cover topics of integrity, ethics, aptitude, probity in public life, case studies, etc. Candidates appearing for the UPSC mains exam can check the detailed UPSC Ethics 2024 syllabus from the following table.

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IAS Ethics Syllabus

  • 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; the role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

  • Attitude: 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 Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.

  • Emotional intelligence concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the 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 on above issues.

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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2024 for Mains Exam

The UPSC CSE exam pattern 2024 is mentioned in the official UPSC CSE notification PDF. As per the official notification, the UPSC CSE mains exam is descriptive in nature. For more details on the UPSC CSE exam pattern 2024 for the mains exam, check the following table. Check the detailed UPSC CSE prelims syllabus.

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UPSC CSE Mains Exam Pattern





Paper 1

Compulsory Indian language


3 hrs

Paper 2



3 hrs

Paper 3



3 hrs

Paper 4

General Studies 1


3 hrs

Paper 5

General Studies 2


3 hrs

Paper 6

General Studies 3


3 hrs

Paper 7

General Studies 4


3 hrs

Paper 8

Optional paper 1


3 hrs

Paper 9

Optional paper 2


3 hrs

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How can I prepare for UPSC Ethics?

Ethics syllabus is not vast as compared to other syllabus of UPSC optional subjects. So, it is pretty easy to study for it. Just refer to some limited books, download previous year question papers for Ethics and solve them. Ethics is mainly theoretical, so if you can frame and write well, you can qualify for it.

2. What are the topics in Ethics?

The topics are - Ethics & Human Interface, Attitude, Human Values, Emotional intelligence-concepts, Aptitude and foundational values etc.

3. What are some best books for Ethics Integrity and Aptitude?

Some of the most famous books aspirants refer to are - Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by G Subba Rao & P N Roy Chowdhury. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies Paper IV by Niraj Kumar. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Santosh Ajmera & Nanda Kishore Reddy etc.

4. How many papers are there in the UPSC CSE mains exam?

UPSC CSE mains exam has nine papers and all are descriptive in nature.

5. What is the minimum education qualification to appear for the UPSC CSE exam?

The minimum education qualification required to appear for the UPSC IAS exam is graduation.


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Questions related to UPSC CSE

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I assume you want to know the eligibility criteria to becoming an IAS. First of all, to become an IAS,  one has to clear UPSC CSE examiner. There are certain eligibility criteria for applying in this examination and they are as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree from any recognised college.
  • Age between 21-32; with some relaxation for reserved categories.
  • Citizen of India ora subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came to India, to permanently settle here before January 1, 1962, or People of Indian origin who migrated from Uganda, Burma, Pakistan, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

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And other government jobs, the eligibility test is different for different jobs. It would have been if you could mention the government job you are interested in.

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Dear aspirant !!

Hope you are doing good !

Yes it will be considered because Bachelor in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (BASLP) is a 4-year degree course . It is a multi-disciplinary profession with core subjects including speech pathology, language pathology, and audiology.

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Dear Aspirant !

Hope you are fine!

The main subjects for the UPSC Exam are Indian Politics, Indian Economy, International Relations, Science and Technology, Geography, History, Environment and Ecology, and related Current Affairs . There are 25 subjects and 23 literature optional that one can choose from in addition to this..

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Hello aspirant,

With the help of the IAS Answer Key 2024, applicants can estimate their potential score for the IAS preliminary exam, learn about the various IAS question types, gauge the exam's difficulty, and much more.

To get the answer key, you can visit our website by clicking on the link given below.

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Dear aspirant !!

Hope you are doing good !!

The syllabus of these papers includes subjects like Modern Indian History, World Geography, International Relations, Indian Economic development, Disaster Management and Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity . To know all the subjects in detail, you can check UPSC syllabus 2024 for CSE in the given link below ;- .

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