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List of Ethics books for UPSC Exam

In today’s post, we’re going to list down the ethics books the UPSC Preparation. Ethics Integrity and Aptitude form the crux of...

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In today’s post, we’re going to list down the ethics books the UPSC Preparation.

Ethics Integrity and Aptitude form the crux of the General Studies Paper 4 in the UPSC Syllabus. While this is a scoring paper, in general, it can also be a deal-breaker if you neglect it.

It can be a little daunting to prepare ethics for General Studies papers as this is a little offbeat subject compared to the other three General Studies papers. The paper concentrates equally on theory and case studies and thus, you need to make sure that you study and practice both types of questions.

List of Ethics books for Ethics for UPSC Exam Preparation

1. Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude – G Subba Rao & P N Roy Chowdhury

Two retired IAS officers G Subba Rao & P N Roy Chowdhury authored this book.

The book contains many case studies and is a very useful book for beginners in the subject.

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2. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies Paper IV – Niraj Kumar

To get tips and strategies to solve case studies in GS Paper 4, Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies Paper IV – Niraj Kumar is indispensable. As this is a lexicon, it defines and explains the meanings of, a multitude of words related to the subject of Ethics Integrity and Aptitude.

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3. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – Santosh Ajmera & Nanda Kishore Reddy

A publication by Tata McGraw Hill, Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – Santosh Ajmera & Nanda Kishore Reddy gives a detailed account of various theories on ethics and also gives readers a glimpse into the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by administrators in their professional lives.

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4. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – M Karthikeyan

M Karthikeyan is a teacher of Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude and covers the UPSC syllabus for the subject in detail.

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5. Ethics in Governance: Innovations, Issues, and Instrumentalities – Ramesh K Arora

Ethics in Governance: Innovations, Issues and Instrumentalities – Ramesh K Arora is a very interesting book because it analyses the reasons behind corruption in public systems. The book also talks about the importance of ethics and integrity in such systems and also discusses the need to design systems to implement sound government practices. The Second ARC report on Ethics in Governance is also included.

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6. ARC Reports

The reports published by the Administrative Reforms Commission are very important for the Ethics paper. You should at least go through the summary of the reports. The Second ARC Report on ‘Ethics in Governance’ recommends the following values in civil services: integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections. These are part of the UPSC syllabus for GD paper 4.

You can get the ARC reports here.

Also Read:
Ethics Notes for UPSC IAS Exams
Understanding the Dimensions of Ethics

Finally, select the books that you find easiest to understand, but also go through the most recommended books to take that decision.

Written by Payal Ghosh
Payal is an FRM and an XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus interested in things as diverse as Waste Management and photography. She has over 16 years of work experience and is passionate about writing, teaching and sustainable living. Helping students and seeing them succeed makes gives her motivation to push herself further. Profile

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