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Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

General Studies (Paper IV)

  • By: Kumar Avinash Prasad Sinha

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ISBN: 9789385919855

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2016

Pages: 246

Size: 6.75 x 9.5 Inch

Publisher: Source Books

Published in India by: Source Books

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Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


This book, titled Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude: General Studies (Paper IV), has been written with a view to catering to the needs of aspirants, who are preparing for the civil services. The content of the book encompasses elaborate discussions, guidelines and tips on all the topics covered under the General Studies (Paper IV) for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

Salient Features of the Book

  • This book is written in strict adherence to the contents of the syllabus of GS Paper IV.
  • Each topic has been discussed with great precision, authenticity and clarity to help aspirants to have complete and clear understanding of this paper.
  • Every chapter contains probable questions and cases on the topic for writing practice.
  • The book contains some important and effective steps to solve the cases.
  • The book contains both solved and unsolved cases for thorough practice.
  • The book also includes some Sets of Test Papers to help aspirants to assess their preparations.
  • The book contains syllabus and previous years? questions.
  • In writing this book, the author has used the TQM method.
  • The author, a subject expert, has been guiding IAS aspirants for the last 10 years.

Target Audience:
Useful for competitive exams specially for aspirants of Civil Services Examination.



Chapter 1: Ethics and Human Interface
Essence, Determinants and Consequences of Ethics in Human Actions • Essence of Ethics • Determinants of Morality • Consequences of Ethics in Human Action • Dimensions of Ethics • Normative Ethics • Meta-ethics • Applied Ethics or Practical Ethics • Ethics in Private and Public Relationships • Human values-lessons from lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators? Human Values • Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883) • Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1772-1833) • Swamy Vivekanand (1863-1902) • Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891) • Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) • Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) • Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968) • Dr B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) • Roles of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values? The Role of Family to Inculcate Values in Children • The Role of Society to Inculcate Values • Need of Human Values in the Society • The Role of Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values

Chapter 2: Attitude
Nature, Content, Structure And Function • Nature and Definition of Attitude • Content of Attitude • Structure of Attitude • The Functions of Attitudes • Moral Persuasion • Moral and Political Attitudes • Moral Attitudes • Political Attitudes

Chapter 3: Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Services
Aptitude • Foundational Values for Civil Service • Kinds of Values • Special Values for Public Servants

Chapter 4: Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence • Brief History and Definitions • What is Emotional Intelligence? • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) vs Intelligence Quotient (IQ) • Theories of Emotional Intelligence • Five Key Components of Emotional Intelligence • Why is Emotional Intelligence (EQ) so Important?? How to Raise and Develop your Emotional Intelligence • Five Key Skills to Develop Emotional Intelligence • Some Exemplary effects on the Application of EQ

Chapter 5: Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and World
Contributions of Indian Moral Thinkers • Traditional Hinduism and Ethics • Ethics of the Bhagavad Gita • Nishkama Karma (Karma Yoga) • Ethics of Charvaka • Ethics of Jainism • Ananta Chatustaya • Samvara and Nirjara • Tri-Ratna • Ethics of Buddhism • Ethics of the Advaita Vedanta (Shankara) • Ethics of Mahatma Gandhi • Contributions of Western Moral Thinkers • Ethics of Socrates • Ethics of Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics) • Ethics of Immanuel Kant • Hedonism • Perfectionism • Contributions of Indian PhilosophersCharvaka Philosophy • Philosophy of Jainism • Buddhism • Samkhya Philosophy • Yoga Philosophy • Shankara's Advaita Vedanta • Sri AurobindoContributions of Western PhilosophersPlato • Aristotle • Rene Descartes • Benedict Spinoza • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz • John Locke • George Berkeley • David Hume • Immanuel Kant • Georg Wilhelm Hegel • George Edward Moore • Bertrand Russell • Ludwig Wittgenstein • Edmund Husserl • Existentialism of Soren Kierkegaard • Sartre's Existentialism • Martin Heidegger

Chapter 6: Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration
Introduction • Civil Service •
Ethics in Public Administration • Administrative Ethics • Political Leadership and Commitment • Obstacles on the Road of Accountability • Determinants of Ethics in Public Administration • Ethical Dilemmas in Public Administration • Ethics in International Relations and Funding • Ethics of High Casualties • Applied Moral Standards • Morality in World Politics • Corporate Governance

Chapter 7: Probity in Governance
Probity: Meaning, Requisites, Objectives and Principles • Requisites
• Objectives of Probity in Governance • Principles • Probity and good governance • Concept of Public ServicePhilosophical basis of Governance and Probity • Information Sharing and Transparency in Government • Right to Information • Code of Conduct for Public Officials: A World View • United Kingdom • Code of Conduct and Values in USA • OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) • United Nations • The Indian Scenario • Work Culture and Quality of Service Delivery • Utilisation of Public FundsCorruption • Measures required for ensuring probity in governance • Need for enforcing section 5 of the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 198 • Misfeasance in Public Office - A Remedy • Necessity for a law providing for confiscation of illegally acquired assets of public servants • Enactment of a Public Interest Disclosure Act • Necessity for enacting a Lok Pal Bill in addition to the Central Vigilance Commission Act • Strengthening of the Criminal Judicial System

Case Studies (Solved and Unsolved) • Some Important Steps To Solve Cases • Solved Cases • Case Studies (Unsolved Cases) • Civil Service (Main) Exam: 2013 • Civil Service (Main) Exam: 2014 • Civil Service (Main) Exam: 2015 • Civil Service (Main) Ethics Test Paper-1 • Civil Service (Main) Ethics Test Paper-2 • Bibliography

About the Author:

Dr Kumar Avinash Prasad Sinha,
a distinguished scholar and academic stalwart associated with the discipline of philosophy, has worked as a University Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya (India). He did his Masters in Philosophy from Magadh University and was awarded Gold Medal for securing first position. Subsequently, he obtained his PhD Degree from Indian Institute of Technology (lIT), Kanpur.
A large number of his research papers have been published in renowned journals of the world. Dr Sinha has contributed a paper titled ?Berkeley Ka Darshan? to Vishwa ke Pramukh Darshnik published by Government of India. He has also contributed a paper to Ethics, Religion and Subjectivity. Besides, Dr Sinha was also a co-editor of a published Proceedings of Indian Philosophical Congress. He is also the author of a famous book Value, Obligation and Moral Criterion. Dr Sinha has been a regular participant in International Conferences and Seminars. He is the member of Indian Philosophical Congress and Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Parishad. For the past many years, he has been delivering series of lectures on different topics in other Universities of the country. Many students from India and abroad have successfully obtained doctoral degree under the distinguished supervision of Dr Sinha.
Dr Sinha has earned a name as a guide to IAS aspirants for over 10 years. During this period, he has been guiding IAS aspirants on Ethics, Philosophy and Logical Reasoning. Dr Sinha was associated with Ramaswamy IAS Academy, Delhi. At present, he is associated with Aashram IAS Academy, Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi.
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