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GS 4 – 6 Public /Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration

6] Public /Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration (2018-2023):

  1. What do you understand by ‘moral integrity’ and ‘professional efficiency in the context of corporate governance in India? Illustrate with suitable examples. [2023/Q1a/10m/150w]
  2. ‘International aid’ is an accepted form of helping ‘resource-challenged’ nations. Comment on ‘ethics in contemporary international aid’. Support your answer with suitable examples. [2023/Q1b/10m/150w]
  3. Explain the term social capital. How does it enhance good governance? [2023/Q6b/10m/150w]
  4. The Rules and Regulations provided to all the civil servants are same, yet there is difference in the performance. Positive minded officers are able to interpret the Rules and Regulations in favour of the case and achieve success, whereas negative minded officers are unable to achieve goals by interpreting the same rules and regulations against the case. Discuss with illustrations. [2022/Q2a/10m/150w]
  5. Russia and Ukraine war has been going on for the last seven months. Different countries have taken independent stands and actions keeping in view their own national interests. We are all aware that war has its own impact on the different aspects of society, including human tragedy. What are those ethical issues that are crucial to be considered while launching the war and its continuation so far?  Illustrate with justification the ethical issues involved in the given state of affair. [2022/Q5a/10m/150w]
  6. Write a short note on – Constitutional morality [2022/Q5b(i)/10m/150w]
  7. Write a short note on – Conflict of interest [2022/Q5b(ii)/10m/150w]
  8. Write a short note on – Probity in public life [2022/Q5b(iii)/10m/150w]
  9. In contemporary world, corporate sector’s contribution in generating wealth and employment is increasing. In doing so, they are bringing in unprecedented onslaught on the climate, environmental sustainability and living conditions of human beings. In this background, do you find that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is efficient and sufficient enough to fulfill the social roles and responsibilities needed in the corporate world for which the CSR is mandated? Critically examine. [2022/Q6b/10m/150w]
  10. Besides domain knowledge, a public official needs innovativeness and creativity of a high order as well, while resolving ethical dilemmas. Discuss with suitable example. [2021/Q2b/10m/150w]
  11. “Refugees should not be turned back to the country where they would face persecution or human right violation.” Examine the statement with reference to ethical dimension being violated by the nation claiming to be democratic with open society. [2021/Q5a/10m/150w]
  12. “The will to power exists, but it can be tamed and be guided by rationality and principles of moral duty.’ Examine this statement in the context of international relations.  [2020/Q3b/10m/150w]
  13. Distinguish between laws and rules. Discuss the role of ethics in formulating them  [2020/Q4a/10m/150w]
  14. What do you understand by the term ‘public servant’? Reflect on the expected role of public servant.  [2019/Q1b/10m/150w]
  15. What is meant by the term ‘constitutional morality’? How does one uphold constitutional morality?  [2019/Q3a/10m/150w]
  16. What is meant by ‘crisis of conscience’? How does it manifest itself in the public domain?  [2019/Q3b/10m/150w]
  17. What do the following quotations mean to you in the present context? “The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject anything, is not whether it has any evil in it; but whether it has more evil than good. There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgement of the preponderance between them is continually demanded. ”Abraham Lincoln [2018/Q6a/10m/150w]
  18. What do the following quotations mean to you in the present context?  “Falsehood takes the place of truth when it results in unblemished common good.” Tirukkural [2018/Q6c/10m/150w]
  19. What is mean by public interest? What are the principles and procedures to be followed by the civil servants in public interest? [2018/Q2a/10m/150w]
  20. What is mean by conflict of interest? Illustrate with examples, the difference between the actual and potential conflicts of interest.\ [2018/Q3a/10m/150w]
  21. “In doing a good thing, everything is permitted which is not prohibited expressly or by clear implication”. Examine the statement with suitable examples in the context of a public servant discharging his/her duties. [2018/Q4a/10m/150w]
  22. Suppose the Government of India is thinking of constructing a dam in a mountain valley bond by forests and inhabited by ethnic communities. What rational policy should it resort to in dealing with unforeseen contingencies [2018/Q5a/10m/150w]
  23. Explain the process of resolving ethical dilemmas in Public Administration. [2018/Q5b/10m/150w]
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