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GS 4 – 1 Ethics and Human Interface

1] Ethics and Human Interface(2018-2023):

  1. In the context of work environment, differentiate between ‘coercion’ and ‘undue influence’ with suitable examples. [2023/Q2b/10m/150w]
  2. Differentiate ‘moral intuition from ‘moral reasoning’ with suitable examples. [2023/Q4b/10m/150w]
  3. Is conscience a more reliable guide when compared to laws, rules and regulations in the context of ethical decision making? Discuss. [2023/Q5a/10m/150w]
  4. It is believed that adherence to ethics in human actions would ensure in smooth  functioning of an organization/system. If so, what does ethics seek to promote in human life? How do ethical values assist in the resolution of conflicts faced by him in his day-to-day functioning? [2022/Q2b/10m/150w]
  5. What does the following quotations mean to you? – “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.” —Potter Stewart [2022/Q3a/10m/150w]
  6. What does the following quotations mean to you? – “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel that there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are father, mother and teacher.” [2022/Q3b/10m/150w]
  7. Online methodology is being used for day-to-day meetings, institutional approvals in the administration and for teaching and learning in education sector to the extent telemedicine in the health sector is getting popular with the approvals of the competent authority. No doubt, it has advantages and disadvantages for both the beneficiaries and the system at large. Describe and discuss the ethical issues involved in the use of online method particularly to the vulnerable section of the society. [2022/Q4b/10m/150w]
  8. Impact of digital technology as reliable source of input for rational decision making is debatable issue. Critically evaluate with suitable example. [2021/Q2a/10m/150w]
  9. What do the following quotations mean to you?  “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” – Socrates [2020/Q6c/10m/150w]
  10. “The current internet expansion has instilled a different set of cultural values which are often in conflict with traditional values.’ Discuss.  [2020/Q5b/10m/150w]
  11. Discuss the role of ethics and values in enhancing the following three major components of Comprehensive National Power (CNP) viz. human capital, soft power (culture and policies) and social harmony.  [2020/Q1a/10m/150w]s
  12. “Education is not an injunction; it is an effective and pervasive tool for all round development of an individual and social transformation”. Examine the New Education Policy, 2020 (NEP, 2020) in light of the above statement.  [2020/Q1b/10m/150w]
  13. What do the following quotations mean to you? “An unexamined life is not worth living”. – Socrates [2019/Q6a/10m/150w]
  14. What do the following quotations mean to you? “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” – M.K. Gandhi [2019/Q6b/10m/150w]
  15. What do the following quotations mean to you? “Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam [2019/Q6c/10m/150w]
  16. What are the basic principles of public life? Illustrate any three of these with suitable examples.  [2019/Q1a/10m/150w]
  17. With regard to the morality of actions, one view is that means is of paramount importance and the other view is that the ends justify the means. Which view do you think is more appropriate? Justify your answer. [2018/Q4b/10m/150w]
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