How to Prepare for General Studies 4

SYLLABUS BREAK UP

This portion of the syllabus can be divided into following sub-topics 

  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Attitude
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration
  • Probity in Governance
  • Case studies

SQUAD ANALYSIS OF PAST QUESTION PAPERS 

Theory section – Average 120 -130 marks

Case studies – Average 120 -130 marks 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR EACH SUB – TOPIC

Ethics and Human Interface

  • You can study this part of the syllabus from the book Lexicon for Ethics Integrity and Aptitude by Chronicle publications. 
  • You can also  refer to IGNOU materials on Ethics. 

Attitude

  • You can refer the book Lexicon for Ethics Integrity and Aptitude by Chronicle publications for this sub-section

Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G. Subba Rao is  a good book for this part. In addition you should also refer to Lexicon for Ethics Integrity and Aptitude by chronicle publications. 

Emotional Intelligence

  •  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G. Subba Rao is  a good book for this part. 

Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G. Subba Rao is  a good book for this part

Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

  • You have to refer both Subba Rao and Lexicon for this section.

Probity in Governance

  • Refer Subba Rao for this section.
  • You should also refer two reports Ethics in Governance and Code of conduct of 2nd ARC reports –  

Case studies

  • 12 episodes of Justice Video by Michael Sandel is available on Youtube. It is extremely useful for case study as well as theory part. 
  • Attempt case studies given at the end of the books by Subbarao and Lexicon. 
  • You can also search on the internet for further case studies.   

GENERAL TIPS FOR MAINS 

  • Language used for answering questions should be proper and precise. Consistent efforts should be made to improve the language
  • Answer should be specific and to the point rather than what you know. Beating around the bush won’t work.
  • Style of answering can be either point wise or in paragraphs. Writing in Paragraph is time consuming 
  • Presentation and structure of writing answers is important. Examiner has only limited time to check the paper.
  • Technical and complex language is not advisable in answering General Studies paper 
  • Stick with few materials and revise it properly. This will help in consolidation and reproduction of the acquired knowledge 
  •  Answer writing practice is important on a daily basis. Writing practice will help the aspirants to attempt all the questions in 3 hours
  • Our Daily writing initiative will help you in developing the art of answer writing . It will take time to write quality answers in the beginning but with practice you will catch up the necessary speed in due course.  
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