(TIPS) Preparing IAS Mains G.S. Ethics Paper

TIPS: Preparing IAS Mains G.S. Ethics Paper

This paper is quite inquisitive, motivating and interesting. The distinctive purpose of this paper is to intelligently discover your attitude (psyche/temperament), thoughts (beliefs/ideologies) and personal values (commitment to morality/understanding of relationships). The objective is to look into whether or not you are on a right path of personal development. Those who learn this paper religiously can find its immense impact on the performance of other papers.

Why has this paper been introduced, how is it to be prepared, and what are its expected learning outcomes; are the three moot questions that needs to be answered before initiating the learning process. Important to remember is that these questions must be addressed in the above sequence only.

This paper must have been introduced to address the state of rampant corruption in personal and professional life. The moral degeneration that is palpable is, perhaps, due to the money-centric approach of the new generation at the cost of wisdom. Human values in the work-culture; and dignity of labor, decency in personal life have taken a back-seat. Honest ones must muster courage to defeat corrupt forces and restore culture of integrity and dignity in the country.

Preparation of this paper requires lot of introspection, developing a proper insight into the subject. Unlike other papers, one has to relate ethical concepts to real life situations. It goes much beyond rote learning and theoretical understanding of the subject. One needs to clarify understanding about righteousness and moral obligations. Through case studies and success stories, one has to explore practical solutions to various behavioral problems in the society.

The learning outcome in the form of self-assurance is indeed motivating and encouraging. Developing deeper insight and a vision of your own, you are with extra potential to analyze things subtly and in proper perspective. You realize the importance and implication of character-building and personal transformation. You gain confidence in your pursuit and develop faith in life-long learning.

By: Tushar Mishra
Delhi University
Delhi School of Economics

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