Ethics and Integrity

Ethics and Integrity study material for UPSC CSE help you Learn about all the aspects of Ethics and Integrity. Daily Evaluate your own performance by writing and practicing two answers given after each lessons


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; 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 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.


The UPSC exams are one of the most coveted exams of the year. Every year lacs of students prepare for it and appear in the exam with a dream to get the respectable IAS job. However, there is a need for thorough preparation for cracking the UPSC exam. 

Ethics and integrity are an essential part of the preparation. We, at Wise IAS, offer the best ethics notes for UPSC CSE to help you learn about all the aspects of ethics and integrity. You can easily and quickly evaluate your performance daily by practicing two questions given after each lesson. 

How do ethics study material help?

  • With the ethics integrity and aptitude books for UPSC CSE, you can learn about all the aspects of ethics and integrity in detail.
  • You can evaluate your performance and work hard in weaker areas.
  • The interactive video lectures offer a better understanding of the lesson.
  • There are practice questions for the UPSC CSE exam. 

What will be evaluated in the ethics paper?

  • Your approach towards issues related to integrity in public life.
  • Your attitude towards issues related to integrity in public life.
  • Your problem-solving skills related to various issues and conflicts faced in dealing with society.

Various concepts under Ethics for UPSC exam


It is the study of what is right and what is wrong in human conduct. It is a branch of philosophy that studies moral principles. Thus, ethics is also known as moral philosophy. To be ethical, you need to figure out what is right by applying principles. 

Dimensions of ethics

Ethics has several dimensions, and it is divided into four branches- Metaethics, prescriptive ethics, descriptive ethics, and applied ethics. Most practical branch of ethics is applied ethics, and most dimensions are discussed in the perspective of applied ethics. 


It can be defined as those things that are valued by someone. Values are considered important by an individual or an organization. 


Attitudes are views, beliefs, or evaluations of people about something. It can be a person, place, thing, ideology, or an event. 

Public service values

Many values are expected by public servants such as impartiality, transparency, the courage of conviction, probity, accountability, empathy towards weaker sections, etc. 

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

We learn about Sardar Patel and his contributions in building modern India. 

Crisis of conscience

It is a term related to ethical decision making. It a part of your mind that tells you what you are doing is morally right or wrong.                   

Corporate governance

It is a concept that revolves around appropriate management and control of a company. 

Sevottam model

It is a model proposed by the 2nd Administrative reforms commission for public service delivery.


It is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering.

The ethics case study for UPSC consists of the following case studies:

  • Personal ethics vs professional ethics
  • Change in eligibility criteria
  • Your son in trouble
  • Juvenile justice act and heinous crimes

For more information on ethics and our study material for the same, connect with Wise IAS. 


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