(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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