In UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination Ethics is a major part of General Studies Paper IV. The General Studies Paper IV is based on Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude concepts. The best way to understand the pattern of the UPSC CSE Mains paper is to analyse previous year’s question papers. After analysing the previous year papers, candidates get an idea about the topics and their weightage, the number of the static and current affairs questions, etc.

Here, we would like to tell you that self-assessment plays an important role in the preparation of UPSC for an aspirant. Also, it is necessary to solve previous year papers that would enhance performance.

As we know that the Mains syllabus of UPSC comprises 4 GS papers, Essay and two Optional papers. Mains papers are descriptive in nature. In 2013, Ethics paper was introduced in the UPSC CSE Mains as a separate paper in General Studies.

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UPSC Civil Services Main Exam: Previous year Question Papers of General Studies Paper IV from 2019 to 2013 are given below:

UPSC CSE 2019

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

Duration-3 hours

Total Marks:250

INSTRUCTIONS:

All questions are compulsory.

The number of marks carried by a question/part is printed against it.

SECTION A

1. (a) What are the basic principles of public life? Illustrate any three of these with suitable examples. (150 words) 10

1. (b) What do you understand by the term ‘public servant’? Reflect on the expected role of a public servant. (150 words) 10

2. (a) Effective utilization of public funds is crucial to meet development goals. Critically examine the reasons for under-utilization and mis-utilization of public funds and their implications. (150 words) 10

2. (b) “Non-performance of duty by a public servant is a form of corruption”. Do you agree with this view? Justify your answer. (150 words) 10

3. (a) What is meant by the term ‘constitutional morality’? How does one uphold constitutional morality? (150 words) 10

3. (b) What is meant by ‘crisis of conscience’? How does it manifest itself in the public domain? (150 words) 10

4. (a) Explain the basic principles of citizens charter movement and bring out its importance. (150 words) 10

4(b) There is a view that the Official Secrets Act is an obstacle to the implementation of Right to Information Act. Do you agree with the view? Discuss. (150 words) 10

5. (a) What do you understand by probity in governance? Based on your understanding of the term, suggest measures for ensuring probity in government. (150 words) 10

5. (b) “Emotional Intelligence is the ability to make your emotions work for you instead of against you”. Do you agree with this view? Discuss. (150 words) 10

What does each of the following quotations mean to you?

6. (a) “An unexamined life is not worth living”. – Socrates(150 words) 10

6. (b) “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” – M.K. Gandhi(150 words) 10

6. (c) “Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is an order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (150 words)   10

SECTION B

7. You are heading the rescue operations in an area affected by severe natural calamity. Thousands of people are rendered homeless and deprived of food, drinking water and other basic amenities. Rescue work has been disrupted by heavy rainfall and damage to supply routes. The local people are seething with anger against the delayed limited rescue operations. When your team reaches the affected area, the people there heckle and even assault some of the team members. One of your team members is even severely injured. Faced with this crisis, some team members plead with you to call off the operations fearing threats to their life.

In such trying circumstances, what will be your response? Examine the qualities of a public servant which will be required to manage the situation. (250 words) 20

8. Honesty and uprightness are the hallmarks of a civil servant. Civil servants possessing these qualities are considered as the backbone of any strong organization. In line of duty, they take various decisions, at times some become bonafide mistakes. As long as such decisions are not taken intentionally and do not benefit personally, the officer cannot be said to be guilty. Though such decisions may, at times, lead to unforeseen adverse consequences in the long-term.

In the recent past, a few instances have surfaced wherein civil servants have been implicated for bonafide mistakes.  They have often been prosecuted and even imprisoned. The instances have greatly rattled the moral fibre of the civil servants.

How does this trend affect the functioning of the civil services? What measures can be taken to ensure the honest civil servants are not implicated for the bonafide mistakes on their part? Justify your answer. (250 words) 20

9. An apparel manufacturing company having a large number of women employees was losing sales due to various factors. The company hired a reputed marketing executive, who increased the volume of sales within a short span of time. However, some unconfirmed reports came up regarding his indulgence in sexual harassment at the workplace.

After sometime a woman employee launched a formal complaint to the management against the marketing executive about sexually harassing her. Faced with the companies’ indifference, in not taking cognizance of her grievances, she lodged an FIR with the police.

Realizing the sensitivity and gravity of the situation, the company called the woman employee to negotiate. In that she was offered a hefty sum of money to withdraw the complaint and the FIR and also give in writing that the marketing executive is not involved in the case.

Identify the ethical issues involved in this case. What options are available to the woman employee? (250 words) 20

10. In a modern democratic polity, there is a concept of the political executive and permanent executive. Elected people’s representatives form the political executive and bureaucracy forms the permanent executive. Ministers frame policy decisions and bureaucrats execute these. In the initial decades after independence, the relationship between the permanent executive and the political executive were characterized by mutual understanding, respect and cooperation, without encroaching upon each other’s domain.

However, in subsequent decades, the situation has changed. There are instances of the political executive insisting upon the permanent executive to follow its agenda. Respect for an appreciation of upright bureaucrats has declined. There is an increasing tendency among the political executive to get involved in routine administrative matters such as transfers, posting etc. Under this scenario, there is a definitive trend towards ‘politicization of bureaucracy’. The rising materialism and acquisitiveness in social life have also adversely impacted upon the ethical values of both the permanent executive and the political executive.

What are the consequences of this ‘politicization of bureaucracy’? Discuss. (250 words)     20

11. In one of the districts of a frontier state, narcotics menace has been rampant. This has resulted in money laundering, mushrooming of poppy farming, arms smuggling and near stalling of education. The system is on the verge of collapse. The situation has been further worsened by unconfirmed reports that local politicians, as well as some senior police officers, are providing surreptitious patronage to the drug mafia. At that point of time a woman police officer, known for her skills in handling such situations is appointed as superintendent of police to bring the situation to normalcy.

If you are the same police officer, identify the various dimensions of the crisis. Based on your understanding, suggest measures to deal with the crisis. (250 words) 20

12. In recent times, there has been an increasing concern in India to develop effective civil service ethics, code of conduct, transparency measures, ethics and integrity systems and anti-corruption agencies. In view of this, there is a need being felt to focus on three specific areas, which are directly relevant to the problems of internalizing integrity and ethics in civil services. These are as follows:

Anticipating specific threats to ethical standards and integrity in the civil services,

Strengthening the ethical competence of civil servants and

Developing administrative processes and practices which promote ethical values and integrity in civil services.

Suggest institutional measures to address the above three issues. (250 words) 20

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UPSC CSE 2018

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

SECTION A

1. (a) State the three basic values, universal in nature, in the context of civil services and bring out their importance. (150 words)

(b) Distinguish between “Code of Ethics” and “Code of conduct” with suitable examples.

(150 words)

2. (a) What is mean by public interest? What are the principles and procedures to be followed by the civil servants in public interest? (150 words)

(b) “The Right to Information Act is not all about citizens’ empowerment alone, it essentially redefines the concept of accountability. Discuss. (150 words)

3. (a) What is mean by conflict of interest? Illustrate with examples, the difference between the actual and potential conflicts of interest. (150 words)

(b) “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they do not have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffett

What do you understand by this statement in the present-day scenario? Explain. (150 words)                                                    4. (a) “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. (150 words)

(b) With regard to the morality of actions, one view is that means is of paramount importance and the other view is that the ends justify the means. Which view do you think is more appropriate? Justify your answer. (150 words)

5. (a) 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 (150 words)

(b) Explain the process of resolving ethical dilemmas in Public Administration. (150 words)                                                   6. What do each of the following quotations mean to you in the present context?

(a) “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 ( 150 words)

(b) “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. “ _ Mahatma Gandhi (150 words)

(c) “Falsehood takes the place of truth when it results in unblemished common good.” _ Tirukkural (150 words)

SECTION B        

7. Rakesh is a responsible district level officer, who enjoys the trust of his higher officials. Knowing his honesty, the government entrusted him with the responsibility of identifying the beneficiaries under a health care scheme meant for senior citizens.

The criteria to be a beneficiary are the following:

(a) 60 years of age or above.

(b) Belonging to a reserved community.

(c) Family income of less than 1 Lakh rupees per annum.

(d) Post-treatment prognosis is likely to be high to make a positive difference to the quality of life of the beneficiary.

One day, an old couple visited Rakesh’s office with their application. They have been the residents of a village in his district since their birth. The old man is diagnosed with a rare condition that causes obstruction in the large intestine. As a consequence, he has severe abdominal pain frequently that prevents him from doing any physical labour. The couple has no children to support them. The expert surgeon whom they contacted is willing to do the surgery without charging any fee. However, the couple will have to bear the cost of incidental charges, such as medicines, hospitalization, etc., to the tune of rupees one lakh. The couple fulfils all the criteria except criterion ‘b’. However, any financial aid would certainly make a significant difference in their quality of life.

How should Rakesh respond to the situation? (250 words)

8. As a senior officer in the Ministry, you have access to important policy decisions and upcoming big announcements such as road constructions projects before they are notified in the public domain. The Ministry is about to announce a mega road project for which the drawings are already in place. Sufficient care was taken by the planners to make use of the government land with the minimum land acquisition from private parties. Compensation rate for private parties was also finalized as per government rules. Care was also taken to minimize deforestation. Once the project is announced, it is expected that there will be a huge spurt in real estate prices in and around that area.

Meanwhile, the Minister concerned insists that you realign the road in such a way that it comes closer to his 20 acres farmhouse. He also suggests that he would facilitate the purchase of a big plot of land in your wife name at the prevailing rate which is very nominal, in and around the proposed mega road project. He also tries to convince you by saying that there is no harm in it as he is buying the land legally. He even promises to supplement your savings in case you do not have sufficient funds to buy the land. However, by the act of realignment, a lot of agricultural lands has to be acquired, thereby causing a considerable financial burden on the government, and also the displacement of the farmers. As if this is not enough, it will involve cutting down of a large number of trees denuding the area of its green cover.

Faced with this situation, what will you do? Critically examine various conflicts of interest and explain what your responsibilities are as a public servant. (250 words)

9. It is a State where prohibition is in force. You are recently appointed as the Superintendent of Police of a district notorious for illicit distillation of liquor. The illicit liquor leads to many death, reported and unreported, and causes a major problem for the district authorities.

The approach till now had been to view it as a law and order problem and tackle it accordingly. Raids, arrest, police cases, and criminal trials – all these had only limited impact. The problem remains as serious as ever.

Your inspections show that the parts of the district where the distillation flourishes are economically, industrially and educationally backward. Agriculture is badly affected by poor irrigation facilities. Frequent clashes among communities gave a boost to illicit distillation. No major initiatives had taken place in the past either from the government’s side or from social organizations to improve a lot of the people.

Which new approach will you adopt to bring the problem under control? (250 words)

10. A big corporate house is engaged in manufacturing industrial chemicals on a large scale. It proposes to set upon the additional unit. Many states rejected its proposal due to the detrimental effect on the environment. But one state government acceded to the request and permitted the unit close to a city, brushing aside all opposition.

The unit was set up 10 years ago and was in full swing till recently. The pollution caused by the industrial effluents was affecting the land, water and crops in the area. It was also causing serious health problems to human beings and animals. This gave rise to a series of agitation thousands of people took part, creating a law and order problem necessitating stern police action. Following the public outcry, the State government ordered the closure of the factory.

The closure of the factory resulted in the unemployment of not only those workers who were engaged in the factory but also those who were working in the ancillary units. It also very badly affected those industry which depended on the chemicals manufactured by it.

As a senior officer entrusted with the responsibility of handling this issues, how are you going to address it? (250 words)

11. Dr X is a leading medical practitioner in a city. He has set up a charitable trust through which he plans to establish a super-speciality hospital in the city to cater to the medical needs of all sections of the society. Incidentally, that part of the State had been neglected over the years. The proposed hospital would be a boon for the region.

You are heading the tax investigation agency of that region. During an inspection of the doctor’s clinic, your officers have found out some major irregularities. A few of them are substantial which had resulted in considerable withholding of tax that should be paid by him now. The doctor is cooperative. He undertakes to pay the tax immediately.

However, there are certain other deficiencies in his tax compliance which are purely technical in nature. If these technical defaults are pursued by the agency, considerable time and energy of the doctor will be diverted to issues which are not so serious, urgent or even helpful to the tax collection process. Further, in all probability, it will hamper the prospects of the hospital coming up.

There are two options before you:

1) Taking a broader view, ensure substantial tax compliance and ignore defaults that are merely technical in nature.

2) Pursue the matter strictly and proceed on all fronts, whether substantial or merely technical.

As the head of the tax agency, which course of action will you opt and why? (250 words)

12. Edward Snowden, a computer expert and former CIA administrator, released confidential Government documents to the press about the existence of Government surveillance programmes. According to many legal experts and the US Government, his action violated the Espionage act of 1971, which identified the leak of State secret as an act of treason. Yet, despite the fact that he broke the law, Snowden argued that he had a moral obligation to act. He gave a justification for his “whistle blowing” by stating that he had a duty “to inform the public as to that which is done in there name and that which is done against them.”

According to Snowden, the Government’s violation of privacy had to be exposed regardless of legality since more substantive issues of social action and public morality were involved here. Many agreed with Snowden. Few argued that he broke the law and compromised national security, for which he should be held accountable.

Do you agree that Snowden’s actions were ethically justified even if legally prohibited? Why or why not? Make an argument by weighing the competing values in this case (250 words )

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UPSC CSE 2017

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

SECTION A

1. Conflict of interest in the public sector arises when

(a) official duties,

(b) public interest, and

(c) personal interest

are taking priority one above the other.

How can this conflict in administration be resolved? Describe with an example. (150 Words, 10)

2. Examine the relevance of the following in the context of civil service: (150 Words, 10)

(a) Transparency

(b) Accountability

(c) Fairness and justice

(d) Courage of conviction

(e) Spirit of service

3. Young people with ethical conduct are not willing to come forward to join active politics. Suggest steps to motivate them to come forward. (150 Words, 10)

4. (a) One of the tests of integrity is complete refusal to be compromised. Explain with reference to a real life example. (150 Words, 10)

(b) Corporate social responsibility makes companies more profitable and sustainable. Analyse. (150 Words, 10)

5. (a) “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.

Stating examples mention the rulers (i) who have harmed society and country, (ii) who worked for the development of society and country. (150 Words, 10)

(b) “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. they are father, the mother and the teacher.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Analyse. (150 Words, 10)

6. (a) How will you apply emotional intelligence in administrative practices? (150 Words, 10)

(b) Strength, peace and security are considered to be the pillars of international relations. Elucidate.  (150 Words, 10)

7. (a) The crisis of ethical values in modern times is traced to a narrow perception of the good life. Discuss. (150 Words, 10)

(b) Increased national wealth did not result inequitable distribution of its benefits. It has created only some “enclaves of modernity and prosperity for a small minority at the cost of the majority.” Justify. (150 Words, 10)

8.(a) Discipline generally implies following the order and subordination. However, it may be counter-productive for the organisation. Discuss. (150 Words, 10)

(b) Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly.

What do you understand by this statement? Explain with illustration in contemporary times. (150 Words, 10)

SECTION B

9. You are an honest and responsible civil servant. You often observe the following:

(a) There is a general perception that adhering to ethical conduct one may face difficulties to oneself and cause problems for the family, whereas unfair practices may help to reach the career goals.

(b) When the number of people adopting unfair means is large, a small minority having a penchant towards ethical means makes no difference.

(c) Sticking to ethical means is detrimental to the larger developmental goals

(d) While one may not involve oneself in large unethical practices, but giving and accepting small gifts makes the system more efficient.

Examine the above statements with their merits and demerits. (250 Words, 20)

10. You are aspiring to become an IAS officer and you have cleared various stages and now you have been selected for the personal interview. On the day of the interview, on the way to the venue you saw an accident where a mother and child who happen to be your relatives were badly injured. They needed immediate help.

What would you have done in such a situation? Justify your action. (250 Words, 20)

11. You are the head of the Human Resources department of an organisation. One day one of the workers died on duty. His family was demanding compensation. However, the company denied compensation because it was revealed in an investigation that he was drunk at the time of the accident. The workers of the company went to strike demanding compensation for the family of the deceased. The Chairman of the management board has asked for your recommendation.

What recommendation would you provide the management?

Discuss the merits and demerits of each of the recommendations. (250 Words, 20)

12. You are the manager of a spare parts company A and you have to negotiate a deal with the manager of a large manufacturing company B. The deal is highly competitive and sealing the deal is critical for your company. The deal is being worked out over a dinner. After dinner, the manager of manufacturing company B offered to drop you to the hotel in his car. On the way to hotel, he happens to hit motorcycle injuring the motorcyclist badly. You know the manager was driving fast and thus lost control. The law enforcement officer comes to investigate the issue and you are the sole eyewitness to it. Knowing the strict laws pertaining to road accidents you are aware that your honest account of the incident would lead to the prosecution of the manager and as a consequence the deal is likely to be jeopardised, which is of immense importance to your company.

What are the dilemmas you face? What will be your response to the situation? (250 Words, 20)

13. A building permitted for three floors, while being extended illegally to 6 floors by a builder, collapses. As a consequence, a number of innocent labourers including women and children died. These labourers are migrants of different places. The government immediately announced cash relief to the aggrieved families and arrested the builder.

Give reasons for such incidents taking place across the country. Suggest measures to prevent their occurrence. (250 Words, 20)

14. You are a Public Information Officer (PIO) in a government department. You are aware that the RTI Act 2005 envisages transparency and accountability in administration. The act has functioned as a check on the supposedly arbitrarily administrative behaviour and actions. However, as a PIO you have observed that there are citizens who filed RTI applications not for themselves but on behalf of such stakeholders who purportedly want to have access to information to further their own interests. At the same time, there are these RTI activists who routinely file RTI applications and attempt to extort money from the decision-makers. This type of RTI activism has affected the functioning of the administration adversely and also possibly jeopardises the genuineness of the applications which are essentially aimed at getting justice.

What measures would you suggest to separate genuine and non-genuine applications? Give the merits and demerits of your suggestions. (250 Words, 20)

UPSC CSE 2016

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

SECTION A

1. (a) Explain how ethics contributes to social and human well-being. (150 words) 10 marks

(b) Why should impartiality and non-partisanship be considered as foundational values in public services, especially in the present day socio-political context? Illustrate your answer with examples. (150 words) 10

2. (a) What do you understand by the terms ‘governance’, ‘good governance’ and ‘ethical governance’? (150 words) 10

(b) Discuss Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of seven sins. (150 words) 10

3. (a) Analyse John Rawls’s concept of social justice in the Indian Context. (150 word) 10

(b) Discuss the Public Services Code as recommended by the 2nd Administrative Refroms Commission. (150 words) 10 marks

4. (a) “Corruption causes misuse of government treasury, administrative inefficiency and obstruction in the path of national development.” Discuss Kautilya’s views. (150 words) 10 marks.

(b) How could social influence and persuasion contribute to the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan? (150 words) 10 marks.

5. Law and ethics are considered to be the two tools for controlling human conduct so as to make it conducive to civilized social existence.

(a) Discuss how they achieve this objective.

(b) Giving examples, show how the two differ in their approaches. (150 words)  10 marks.

6. Our attitudes towards life, work, other people and society are generally shaped unconsciously by the family and the social surroundings in which we grow up. Some of these unconsciously acquired attitudes and values are often undesirable in the citizens of a modern democratic and egalitarian society.

(a) Discuss such undesirable values prevalent in Today’s educated Indians

(b) How can such undesirable attitudes be changed and socioethical values considered necessary in public services be cultivated in the aspiring and serving civil servants? (150 words)  10 marks.

7. Anger is a harmful negative emotion. It is injurious to both personal life and work life.

(a) Discuss how it leads to negative emotions and undesirable behaviors.

(b) How can it be managed and controlled? (150 words) 10 marks

8. “Max Weber said that it is not wise to apply to public administration the sort of moral and ethical norms we apply to matters of personal conscience. It is important to realize that the state bureaucracy might possess its own independent bureaucratic morality.” Critically analyse this statement. (150 words) 10 marks.

SECTION B

9. A fresh engineering graduate gets a job in the prestigious chemical industry. She likes the work. The salary is also good. However, after a few months, she accidentally discovers that highly toxic waste is being secretly discharged into a river nearby. This is causing health problems to the villagers downstream who depend on the river for their water needs. She is perturbed and mentions her concern to her colleagues who have been with the company for longer periods. They advise her to keep quiet as anyone who mentions the topic is summarily dismissed. She cannot risk losing her job as she is the sole bread-winner for her family and has to support her ailing parents and siblings. At first, she thinks that if her seniors are keeping quiet, why should she stick out her neck. But her conscience pricks her to do something to save the river and the people who depend upon it. At heart, she feels that the advice of silence given by her friends is not correct though she cannot give reasons for it. She thinks you are a wise person and seeks your advice.

(a) What arguments can you advance to show her that keeping quiet is not morally right?

(b) What course of action would you advise her to adopt and why? (250 words)  20 marks

10.   Land needed for mining, dams and other large-scale projects is acquired mostly from Adivasis, hill dwellers and rural communities. The displaced persons are paid monetary compensation as per the legal provisions. However, the payment is often tardy. In any case, hit cannot sustain the displaced families for long. These people do not possess marketable skills to engage in some other accusation. They end up as low paid migrant laborers. Moreover, their development goes to industries, industrialists and urban communities whereas the costs are passed on to these poor helpless people. This unjust distribution of costs and benefits is unethical.

Suppose you have been entrusted with the task of drafting a better compensation-cum-rehabilitation policy for such displaced persons, how would you approach the problem and what would be the main elements of your suggested policy? (250 words)  20 marks.

11. Suppose you are an officer in-charge of implementing a social service scheme to provide support to old and destitute women. An old and illiterate woman comes to you to avail the benefits of the scheme. However, she has no documents to show that she fulfills the eligibility criteria. But after meeting her and listening to her you feel that she certainly needs support. Your enquirers also show that she is really destitute and living in a pitiable condition. You are in a dilemma as to what to do. Putting her under the scheme without necessary documents would clearly be violation of rules. But denying her the support would be cruel and inhuman.

a) Can you think of a rational way to resolve this dilemma?

b) Give your reasons for it. (250 words) 20 marks.

12. You are a young, aspiring and sincere employee in a Government office working as an assistant to the director of your department. Since you have joined recently, you need to lean and progress. Luckily your superior is very kind and ready to train you for your job. He is a very intelligent and well-informed person having knowledge of various departments. In short, you respect your boss and are looking forward to lean a lot from him. Since you have good tuning with the boss, he started depending on you. One day due to ill health he invited you at his place for finishing some urgent work. You reached his house and before you could ring the bell you heard shouting noises. You waited for a while. After entering the house the boss greeted you and explained the work. But you were constantly disturbed by the crying of a woman. At last, you inquired with the boss but his answer did not satisfy you. Next day, you were compelled to inquire further in the office and found out that his behavior is very bad at home with his wife. He also beats up bit wife. His wife is not well educated and is a simple woman in comparison to her husband. you see that though your boss is a nice person in the office, he is engaged in domestic violence at home. In such a situation, you are left with the following options. Analyse each option with its consequences.

(a) just ignore thinking about it because it is their personal matter.

(b) Report the case to the appropriate authority.

(c) Your own innovative approach towards the situation. (250 words)  20 marks.

13. ABC Ltd. Is a large transnational company having diversified business activities with a huge shareholder base. The company is continuously expanding generating employment. The company, in its expansion and diversification programme, decides to establish a new plant at Vikaspuri, an area which is underdeveloped. The new plant is designed to use energy-efficient technology that will help the company to save production cost by 20%. The company’s decision goes well with the Government policy of attracting investment to develop such underdeveloped regions. The government has also announced a tax holiday for five years for the companies that invest in underdeveloped areas. However, the new plant may bring chaos for the inhabitants of Vikaspuri region, which is otherwise tranquil. The new plant may result in increased cost of living, aliens migrating to the region, disturbing the social and economic order. The company sensing the possible protest tried to educate the people of Vikaspuri region and the public in general that how its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy would help overcome the likely difficulties of the residents of Vikaspuri region. In spite of this, the protests begin and some of the residents decided to approach the judiciary as their plea before the Government did not yield any result.

a) Identify the issues involved in the case

b) What can be suggested to satisfy the company’s goal and to address the residents’ concern? (300 words) 25 marks.

14. Saraswati was a successful IT professional in USA. Moved by the patriotic sense of doing something for the country she returned to India. Together with some other like minded friends, she formed an NGO to build a school for a poor rural community.

The objective of the school was to provide the best quality modern education at a nominal cost. She soon discovered that she has to seek permission from a number of Government agencies. The rules and procedures were quite confusing and cumbersome. What frustrated her most was delays, callous attitude of officials and constant demand for bribes. Her experience and the experience of many others like her has deterred people from taking up social service projects.

A measure of Government control over voluntary social work is necessary. But it should not be exercised in a coercive a corrupt manner. What measures can you suggest to ensure that due control is exercised but well meaning, honest NGO efforts are not thwarted? (300 words) 25 marks.

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UPSC CSE 2015

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

SECTION A

1 (a) What is meant by ‘environmental ethics’? Why is it important to study? Discuss any one environmental issue from the viewpoint of environmental ethics. (150 words, 10M)

(b) Differentiate between the following (200 Words, 10M)

(i) Law and ethics

(ii) Ethical management and management of ethics

(iii) Discrimination and preferential treatment

(iv) Personal Ethics and Professional Ethics

2) Given are two quotations of moral thinkers/philosophers. For each of these bring out what it means to you in the present context.

(a) “The weak can never forgive; forgiveness is the attribute of strong.” (150 words, 10M)

(b) “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light”  (150 words, 10M)

3) (a) “A mere compliance with law is not enough, the public servant also have to have a well developed sensibility to ethical issues for effective discharge of duties” Do you agree? Explain with the help of two examples where (i) an act is ethically right, but not legally and (ii) an act is legally right, but not ethically. (150 words, 10M)

(b) How do the virtues of trustworthiness and fortitude get manifested in public service? Explain with examples  (150 words, 10M)

4) (a) Social values are more important than economic values. Discuss the above statement with examples in the context of inclusive growth of a nation.  (150 words, 10M)

(b) Some recent developments such as introduction of RTI Act, media and judicial activism, etc. are proving helpful in bringing about greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of the government. However, it is also being observed that at times the mechanisms are misused. Another negative effect is that the officers are now afraid to take prompt decisions. Analyse the situation in detail and suggest how the dichotomy can be resolved. Suggest how these negative impacts can be minimised. (150 words, 10M)

5) Two different kinds of attitudes exhibited by public servants towards their work have been identified as bureaucratic attitude and the democratic attitude. (150 words, 10M)

(a) Distinguish between these two terms and write their merits and demerits.

(b) Is it possible to balance the two too create a better administration for the faster development of our country?

6) Today we find that in-spite of various measures of prescribing codes of conduct, setting up vigilance cells/commissions, RTI, active media and strengthening of legal mechanism, corrupt practices are not coming under control. (150 words, 10M)

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of these measures with justifications

(b) Suggest more effective strategies to tackle this menace

7) At the international level, bilateral relations between most nations are governed on the policy of promoting one’s own national interest without any regard for the interest of other nations. This lead to conflicts and tension between the nations. How can ethical consideration help resolve such tensions? Discuss with specific examples.(150 words, 10M)

8) Public servants are likely to confront with the issues of “Conflict of Interest”. What do you understand by the term “Conflict of Interest” and how does it manifest in the decision making by public servants? If faced with the conflict of interest situation how would you resolve it? Explain with the help of examples. (150 words, 10M)

SECTION B

9) A private company is known for its efficiency, transparency and employee welfare. The company though owned by a private individual has a cooperative character where employees feel a sense of ownership. The company employs nearly 700 personnel and they have voluntarily decided not to form union.

One day suddenly in the morning, about 40 men belonging to political party gate crashed into the factory demanding jobs in the factory. They threatened the management and employees, and also used foul language. The employees feel demoralized. It was clear that those people who gate crashed wanted to be on the payroll of the company as well as continue as the volunteers/members of the party.

The company maintains high standards in integrity and does not extend favours to civil administration that also includes law enforcement agency. Such incident occur in public sector also. (250 Words, 20M)

(a) Assume you are the CEO of the company. What would you do to diffuse the volatile situation on the date of gate crashing with the violent mob sitting inside the company premises?

(b) What can be the long term solution to the issue discussed in the case?

(c) Every solution/action that you suggest will have a negative and a positive impact on you as (CEO), the employees and the performance of the employees. Analyse the consequences of each of your suggested actions.

10) You are the Sarpanch of a Panchayat. There is a primary school run by the government in your area. Midday meals are provided to children attending the school. The headmaster has now appointed a new cook in the school to prepare the meals. However, when it is found that cook is from Dalit community, almost half of the children belonging to higher castes are not allowed to take meals by their parents. Consequently the attendance in the schools falls sharply. This could result in the possibility of discontinuation of midday meal scheme, thereafter of teaching staff and subsequent closing down the school. (250 Words, 20M)

(a) Discuss some feasible strategies to overcome the conflict and to create right ambiance.

(b) What should be the responsibilities of different social segments and agencies to create positive social ambiance for accepting such changes?

11) One of the scientists working in the R&D laboratory of a major pharmaceutical company discovers that one of the company’s bestselling veterinary drugs has the potential to cure a currently incurable liver disease which is prevalent in tribal areas. However, developing a variant of the drug suitable for human being  entailed a lot of research and development having a huge expenditure to the extent of Rs. 50 crores. It was unlikely that company would recover the cost as the disease was rampant only in poverty stricken areas having very little market otherwise.

If you were the CEO, then (250 Words, 20M)

(a) Identify the various actions that you could take

(b) Evaluate the pros and cons of each of your actions

12) There is a disaster prone state having frequent landslides, forest fires, cloudbursts, flash floods and earthquakes, etc. Some of these are seasonal and often unpredictable. The magnitude of the disaster is always unanticipated. During one of the seasons a cloudburst caused a devastating floods and landslides leading to high casualties. There was major damage to infrastructure like roads, bridges and power generating units. This led to more than 100000 pilgrims, tourist and other locals trapped across different routes and locations. The people trapped in your area of responsibility includes senior citizens, patients in hospitals, women and children, hiker, tourist, ruling parties, regional presidents along with his family, additional chief secretary of the neighboring state and prisoners in jail.

As a civil services officer of the state, what would be the order in which you would rescue these people and why? Give Justifications   (200 Words, 20M)

13) You are heading a district administration in a particular department. Your senior officer calls you from the State Headquarters and tells you that a plot in Rampur village is to have a building constructed on it for a school. A visit is scheduled during which he will visit the site along with the chief engineer and the senior architect. He wants you to check out all the papers relating to it and ensure that the visit is properly arranged. You examine the file which relates to the period before you joined the department. The land was acquired for the local panchayat at a nominal cost and the papers showed that clearance certificates are available for the two of the three authorities who have to certify the site’s suitability. There is no certification by the architect available on file. You decide to visit Rampur to ensure that all is in the order as stated on file. When you visit Rampur, you find that the plot under reference is a part of Thakurgarh fort and that the walls, ramparts, etc., are running across it. The fort is well away from the main village, therefore a school here will be a serious inconvenience for the children. However, the area near the village has potential to expand into a larger residential area. The development charges on the existing plot, at the fort, will be very high and question of heritage site has not been addressed. Moreover, the Sarpanch, at the time of acquisition of the land, was a relative of your predecessor. The whole transaction appears to have been done with some vested interest. (250 Words, 25M)

(a) List the likely vested interest of the concerned parties.

(b) Some of the options for action available to you are listed below. Discuss the merits and demerits of each of the options:

(i) You can await the visit of the superior officer and let him take a decision.

(ii) You can seek his advice in writing or on phone.

(iii) You can consult your predecessor/ colleagues, etc, and then decide what to do.

(iv) You can find out if any alternate plot can be got in exchange and then send a comprehensive written report.

Can you suggest any other option with proper justifications?

14) You are recently posted as district development officer of a district. Shortly thereafter you found that there is considerable tension in the rural areas of your district on the issue of sending girls to schools.

The elders of the village feel that many problems have come up because girls are being educated and they are stepping out of the safe environment of the household. They are the view that the girls should be quickly married off with minimum education. The girls are also competing for jobs after education, which have traditionally remained in boys’ exclusive domain, adding to unemployment amongst male population.

The younger generation feels that in the present era, girls should have equal opportunities for education and employment, and other means of livelihood. The entire locality is divided between sexes in both generations. You come to know that in Panchayat or in other local bodies or even in busy crosswords, the issue is being acrimoniously debated.

One day you are informed that an unpleasant incident has taken place. Some girls were molested, when they were en route to schools. The incident led to clashes between several groups and a law and order problem has arisen. The elder after heated discussion have taken a joint decision not to allow girls to go to school and to socially boycott all such families, which do not follow their dictate. (250 words, 25 M)

(a) What steps would you take to ensure girls’ safety without disrupting their education?

(b) How would you manage and mould patriarchic attitude of the village elders to ensure harmony in the inter- generational relations?

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UPSC CSE 2014

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

SECTION A

1. (a) All human beings aspire for happiness. Do you agree? What does happiness mean to you? Explain with answers. (150 Words) (10 M)

(b)What does ethics seek to promote in human life? Why is it all the more important in Public Administration? (150 Words) (10 M)

2. (a) In the context of defence services, ‘patriotism’ demands readiness to even lay down one’s life in protecting the nation. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? Explain with illustrations and justify your answer. (150 Words) (10 M)

(b) What do you understand by ‘probity’ in public life? What are the difficulties in practicing it in the present times? How can these difficulties be overcome? ( 150 Words) (10 M)

3. (a) “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, but knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” What do you understand by this statement? Explain your stand with illustrations from modern day context. (150 Words) (10 M)

(b) “Human beings should always be treated as ‘ends’ in themselves and never as ‘means’.” Explain the meaning and significance of this statement, giving it’s implications in the modern techno-economic society. (150 Words) (10 M)

4. (a) Which eminent personality has inspired you the most in the context of ethical conduct in life? Give the Gist of his/her teachings. Giving specific examples describe how you have been able to apply these teachings for your own ethical development. (150 Words) (10 M)

(b) There is a heavy ethical responsibility on the public servants because they occupy positions of power, handle huge amounts of public funds, and their decisions have wide ranging impact on society and environment. What steps have you taken to improve your ethical competence to handle such responsibility? (150 Words) (10 M)

5. (a) The current society is plagued with widespread trust-deficit. What are the consequences of this situation for personal well-being and for societal well-being? What can you do at the personal level to make yourself trustworthy? (150 Words) (10 M)

(b) It is often said that poverty leads to corruption. However there is no dearth of instances where affluent and powerful people indulge in corruption in a big way. What are the basic causes of corruption among people? Support your answer with examples. (150 Words) (10 M)

6. What factors affect the formation of a person’s attitude towards social problems? In our society, contrasting attitudes are prevalent about many social problems. What contrasting attitudes do you notice about the caste system in our society? How do you explain the existence of these contrasting attitudes? (150 Words) (10 M)

7. What does ‘accountability’ mean in the context of public service ? What measures can be adopted to ensure individual and collective accountability of public servants? (150 Words) (10 M)

8. We are witnessing increasing instances of sexual violence against women in the country. Despite existing legal provisions against it, the number of such incidences is on the rise. Suggest some innovative measures to tackle this menace. (150 Words) (10 M)

SECTION B

In the following questions, carefully study the cases presented and then answer the questions that follow:

9. Now-a-days, there is an increasing thrust on economic development all around the globe. At the same time, there is also an increasing concern about environmental degradation caused by development. Many a time, we face a direct conflict between development activity and environmental quality. It is neither feasible to stop or curtail the developmental process, nor it is advisable to keep degrading the environment, as it threatens our very survival. Discuss some feasible strategies which could be adopted to eliminate this conflict and which could lead to sustainable development. (250 Words) (20 M)

10. Suppose one of your close friends, who is also aspiring for civil services, comes to you for discussing some of the issues related to ethical conduct in public service. He raises the following points:-

(i)In the present times, when unethical environment is quite prevalent, individual attempts to stick to ethical principles may cause a lot of problems in one’s career. It may cause hardship to the family members as well as risk to one’s life. Why should we not be pragmatic and follow the path of least resistance, and be happy with doing whatever good we can?

(ii) When so many people are adopting wrong means and are grossly harming the system, what difference would it make if only a small minority tries to be ethical? They are going t be rather ineffective and are bound to get frustrated.

(iii) If we become fussy about ethical considerations, will it not hamper the economic progress of our country? After all in the present age of high competition we cannot afford to be left behind in the race of development

(iv) It is understandable that we should not get involved in grossly unethical practices, but giving and accepting small gratifications and doing small favours increases everybody’s motivation. It also makes the system more efficient. What is wrong in adopting such practices? Critically analyze the above viewpoints. On the basis of this analysis, what will be your advice to your friend? (250 Words) (20 M)

11. You are a no-nonsense, honest officer. You have been transferred to a remote district to head a department that is notorious for its inefficiency and callousness. You find that the main cause of the poor state of affairs is the indiscipline of a section of employees. They do not work themselves and also disrupt the workings of others. You first warned the troublemakers to mend their ways or else face disciplinary action. When the warning had little effect, you issued a show cause notice to the ringleaders. As a retaliatory measure, these troublemakers instigated a woman employee amongst them to file a complaint of sexual harassment against you with the Women’s Commission. The Commission promptly seeks your explanation. The matter is also publicized in the media to embarrass you further. Some of the options to handle this situation could be as follows:

(i) Give your explanation to the Commission and go soft on the disciplinary action.

(ii) Ignore the commission and proceed firmly with the disciplinary action.

(iii) Brief your higher-ups, seek directions from them and act accordingly. Suggest any other possible option(s). Evaluate all of them and suggest the best course of action, giving your reasons for it. (250 Words) (20 M)

12. Suppose you are the CEO of a company that manufactures specialized electronic equipment used by a government department. You have submitted your bid for the supply of this equipment to the department. Both the quality and cost of your offer are better than those of the competitors. Yet the concerned officer is demanding a hefty bribe for approving the tender Getting the order is important both for you and your company. Not getting the order would mean closing a production line. It may also affect your own career. However, as a value-conscious person, You do not want to give bribe. Valid arguments can be advanced both for giving the bribe and getting the order, and for refusing to pay the bribe and risking the loss of the order. What those arguments could be, Could there be any better way to get out of this dilemma? If so, outline the main elements of this third way, pointing out its merits. (250 Words) (20 M)

13. Rameshwar successfully cleared the prestigious civil services examination and was excited about the opportunity that he would get through the civil services to serve the country. However, soon after joining the services, he realized that things are not as rosy as he had imagined. He found a number of malpractices prevailing in the department assigned to him. For example, funds under various schemes and grants were being misappropriated. The official facilities were frequently being used for personal needs by the officers and staff. After some time, he noticed that the process of recruiting the staff was also not up to the mark. Prospective candidates were required to write an examination in which a lot of cheating was going on. Some candidates were provided external help in the examination. Rameshwar brought these incidents to the notice of his seniors. However, he was advised to keep his eyes, ears and mouth shut and ignore all these things vvhich were taking place with the connivance of the higher-ups. Rameshwar felt highly disillusioned and uncomfortable. He comes to you seeking your advice. Indicate various options that you think are available in this situation. How would you help him to evaluate these options and choose the most appropriate path to be adopted? (250 words) (20 M)

14. In our country, the migration of rural people to towns and cities is increasing drastically. This is causing serious problems both in the rural as well as in the urban areas. In fact, things are becoming really unmanageable. Can you analyze this problem in detail and indicate not only the socio-economic but also the emotional and attitudinal factors responsible for this problem? Also, distinctly bring out why –

(a) educated youth are trying to shift to urban areas

(b) landless poor people are migrating to urban slums

(c) even some farmers are selling off the land and trying to settle in urban areas taking petty jobs.

What feasible steps can you suggest which will be effective in controlling this serious problem of our country? (250 words) (20 M)

UPSC CSE 2013

GENERAL STUDIES – 4

SECTION A

1. What do you understand by ‘values’ and ‘ethics’? In what way is it important to be ethical along with being professionally competent? (150 words, 10M)

2. (a) What do you understand by the following terms in the context of public service? (5 terms x 3 marks each=15 marks |250 words)

Integrity

Perseverance

Spirit of service

Commitment

Courage of conviction

(b) Indicate two more attributes which you consider important for public service. Justify your answer. (100 words, 10M)

3. Some people feel that values keep changing with time and situation, while others strongly believe that there are certain universal and eternal human values. Give your perception in this regard with due justification. (150 words, 10M)

4. What is ‘emotional intelligence’ and how can it be developed in people? How does it help an individual in taking ethical decisions? ( 150 words, 10M)

5. (a) What do you understand by the term ‘voice of conscience’? How do you prepare yourself to heed to the voice of conscience? ( 150 words, 10M)

(b) What is meant by ‘crisis of conscience’? Narrate one incident in your life when you were faced with such a crisis and how you resolved the same. (150 words, 10M)

6. Given below are three quotations of great moral thinkers/philosophers. For each of these quotations, bring out what it means to you in the present context: (each quote for 10 marks and 150 words=total 30 marks)

(a) “There is enough on this earth for every one’s need but for no one’s greed.” Mahatma Gandhi.

(b) “Nearly all men can withstand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”—Abraham Lincoln.

(c) “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.”—Aristotle.

7. “The good of an individual is contained in the good of all.” What do you understand by this statement? How can this principle be implemented in public life? (150 words, 10M)

8. It is often said that ‘politics’ and ‘ethics’ do not go together. What is your opinion in this regard? Justify your answer with illustrations. (150 words, 10M)

In the following questions, carefully study the cases presented and then answer the questions that follow:

9. A Public Information Officer has received an application under RTI Act. Having gathered the information, the PIO discovers that the information pertains to some of the decisions taken by him, which were found to be not altogether right. There were other employees also who party to these decisions were. Disclosure of the information is likely to lead to disciplinary action with possibility of punishment against him as well as some of his colleagues. Non-disclosure or part disclosure or camouflaged disclosure of information will result into lesser punishment or no punishment.

The PIO is otherwise an honest and conscientious person but this particular decision, on which the RTI application has been filed, turned out to be wrong. He comes to you for advice.

The following are some suggested options. Please evaluate the merits and demerits of each of the options:

(i) The PIO could refer the matter to his superior officer and seek his advice and act strictly in accordance with the advice, even though he is not completely in agreement with the advice of the superior.

(ii) The PIO could proceed on leave and leave the matter to be dealt by his successor in office or request for transfer of the application to another PIO.

(iii) The PIO could weigh the consequences of disclosing the information truthfully, including the effect on his career, and reply in a manner that would not place him or his career in jeopardy, but at the same time a little compromise can be made on the contents of the information.

(iv) The PIO could consult his other colleagues who are party to the decision and take action as per their advice.

Also please indicate (without necessarily restricting to the above options) what you would like to advise, giving proper reasons. (250 words, 20M)

10. You are working as an Executive Engineer in the construction cell of a Municipal Corporation and are presently in-charge of the construction of a flyover. There are two Junior Engineers under you who have the responsibility of day-to-day inspection of the site and are reporting to you, while you are finally reporting to the Chief Engineer who heads the cell. While the construction is heading towards completion, the Junior Engineers have been regularly reporting that all construction is taking place as per design specifications. However, in one of your surprise inspections, you have noticed some serious deviations and lacunae which, in your opinion, are likely to affect the safety of the flyover. Rectification of these lacunae at this stage would require a substantial amount of demolition and rework which will cause a tangible loss to the contractor and will also delay completion. There is a lot of public pressure on the Corporation to get this construction completed because of heavy traffic congestion in the area. When you brought this matter to the notice of the Chief Engineer, he advised you that in his opinion it is not a very serious lapse and may be ignored. He advised for further expediting the project for completion in time. However, you are convinced that this was a serious matter which might affect public safety and should not be left unaddressed.

What will you do in such a situation? Some of the options are given below. Evaluate the merits and demerits of each of these options and finally suggest what course of action you would like to take, giving reasons. (250 words, 20M)

(i) Follow the advice of the Chief Engineer and go ahead.

(ii) Make an exhaustive report of the situation bringing out all facts and analysis along with your own viewpoints stated clearly and seek for written orders from the Chief Engineer.

(iii) Call for explanation from the Junior Engineers and issue orders to the contractor for necessary correction within targeted time.

(iv) Highlight the issue so that it reaches superiors above the Chief Engineer.

(v) Considering the rigid attitude of the Chief Engineer, seek transfer from the project or report sick.

11. Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is known for its manufacturing clusters on firecrackers and matches. The local economy of the area is largely dependent on firecrackers industry. It has led to tangible economic development and improved standard of living in the area.

So far as child labour norms for hazardous industries like firecrackers industry are concerned, International Labour Organization (ILO) has set the minimum age as 18 years. In India, however, this age is 14 years.

The units in industrial clusters of firecrackers can be classified into registered and non-registered entities. One typical unit is household-based work. Though the law is clear on the use of child labour employment norms in registered/non-registered units, it does not include household-based works. Household-based work means children working under the supervision of their parents/relatives. To evade child labour norms, several units project themselves as household-based works but employ children from outside. Needless to say that employing children saves the costs for these units leading to higher profits to the owners.

On your visit to one of the units at Sivakasi, the owner takes you around the unit which has about 10-15 children below 14 years of age. The owner tells you that in his household-based unit, the children are all his relatives. You notice that several children smirk, when the owner tells you this. On deeper enquiry, you figure out that neither the owner nor the children are able to satisfactorily establish their relationship with each other. (25 marks | 300 words)

(a) Bring out and discuss the ethical issues involved in the above case.

(b) What would be your reaction after your above visit?

12. You are heading a leading technical institute of the country. The institute is planning to convene an interview panel shortly under your chairmanship for selection of the post of professors. A few days before the interview, you get a call from the Personal Secretary (PS) of a senior government functionary seeking your intervention in favour of the selection of a close relative of the functionary for this post. The PS also informs you that he is aware of the long pending and urgent proposals of your institute for grant of funds for modernization, which are awaiting the functionary’s approval. He assures you that he would get these proposals cleared. (250 words, 20M)

(a) What are the options available to you?

(b) Evaluate each of these options and choose the option which you would adopt, giving reasons.

13. As a senior officer in the Finance Ministry, you have access to some confidential and crucial information about policy decisions that the Government is about to announce. These decisions are likely to have far-reaching impact on the housing and construction industry. If the builders have access to this information beforehand, they can make huge profits. One of the builders has done a lot of quality work for the Government and is known to be close to your immediate superior, who asks you to disclose this information to the said builder. (250 words, 20M)

(a) What are the options available to you?

(b) Evaluate each of these options and choose the option which you would adopt, giving reasons.

14. You are the Executive Director of an upcoming InfoTech Company which is making a name for itself in the market.

Mr. A, who is a star performer, is heading the marketing team. In a short period of one year, he has helped in doubling the revenues as well as creating a high brand equity for the Company so much so that you are thinking of promoting him. However, you have been receiving information from many corners about his attitude towards the female colleagues; particularly his habit of making loose comments on women. In addition, he regularly sends indecent SMS’s to all the team members including his female colleagues.

One day, late in the evening, Mrs. X, who is one of Mr. A’s team members, comes to you visibly disturbed. She complains against the continued misconduct of Mr. A, who has been making undesirable advances towards her and has even tried to touch her inappropriately in his cabin. She tenders her resignation and leaves your office. (250 words, 20M)

(a) What are the options available to you?

(b) Evaluate each of these options and choose the option you would adopt, giving reasons.

It has been seen that out the four General Studies papers of UPSC CSE Mains, this paper is most unpredictable and questions asked also varies widely from year to year. As per the new changes introduced in the exam, the complexity has been increased. Basically, two types of questions are asked in GS Paper IV in Ethics namely

1. To test the understanding of the UPSC aspirant regarding the ethical issues and concepts related to integrity and aptitude, direct questions related to the concept are asked.

2. To test the candidate’s application of concepts to situations are asked in case studies.

UPSC CSE Mains 2020 Detailed Syllabus: GS Paper-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

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1. Which of the following statements is/are correct about Hypothermia?
1. It is a severe medical condition where the body loses heat before it can generate it, resulting in a dangerously low body temperature.
2. While normal body temperature lies at around 37 degrees Celsius, the body temperature of a person suffering from hypothermia drops to below 35 degrees Celsius.
Choose the correct answer
(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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2. Consider the following statements regarding coldwave.
1. A cold wave occurs when the minimum temperature dips to 10 degrees Celsius or less.
2. In severe cold wave conditions, a departure from normal temperature is 6.5 degrees or lower.
Which of the following statement(s) given above is/are correct?
(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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3. Whom of the following is the work titled as Battle of Panipat: In Light of Rediscovered Paintings?
(a) Manoj Dani
(b) Acharya Narendra Dev
(c) Amir Chand
(d) Jamnalal Bajaj
4. Consider the following statements regarding the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate vaccine.
1. It protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria and is known as PPSV23.
2. It is the first indigenous vaccine against pneumonia, developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII).
Which of the following statement(s) given above is/are correct?
(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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5. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about the Rythu Bandhu scheme?
1. It is also known as Farmer’s Investment Support Scheme (FISS).
2. It is a welfare program to support farmer’s investment for three crops a year by the Government of Telangana.
3. The scheme is meant to incentivise the state’s farmers for their day to day work.
Choose the correct answer
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 3
6. Which of the following statement(s) is/are true about the Input Tax Credit (ITC)?
1. It is the tax that a business pays on a purchase and that it can use to reduce its tax liability when it makes a sale.
2. A business under composition scheme can also avail of input tax credit
Choose the correct answer
(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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7. Consider the following statements regarding Inner-Line Permit (ILP).
1. At present, four Northeastern states are covered for ILP namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland.
2. It is a document required by non-natives to visit or stay in a state that is protected under the ILP system.
3. An ILP is only valid for domestic tourists.
Which of the following statement(s) given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 3

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1. It is a new species of the wild sun rose discovered recently from the Western Ghats in India.
2. It has unique features such as a tuberous root, no hair in its leaf axils, a reddish-pink flower, prolate-shaped fruits, and copper brown seeds without lustre.
3. The succulent nature of tuberous roots allow the plant to survive on rocky crevices.
Choose the correct answer
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 3

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9. Which of the following launched Sahi Fasal Campaign?
(a) National Water Mission
(b) PMKSY -Watershed.
(c) Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana(PMKSY)
(d) National Ocean Mission

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10. Consider the following statements regarding the Monpa handmade paper.
1. It is a 1000-year-old heritage art of Arunachal Pradesh.
2. The fine-textured handmade paper, which is called ‘Mon Shugu’ in the local dialect, is integral to the vibrant culture of the local tribes in Tawang.
3. The Monpa handmade paper is made from the bark of a local tree called ‘Shugu Sheng’, which has medicinal values too.
Which of the following statement(s) given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Ans: 1(c), 2(c), 3(a), 4(c), 5(c), 6(a), 7(d), 8(b), 9(a), 10(d)

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The timetable for Civil Services Main Examination 2020 has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website at upsc.gov.in.

From 8 January, the UPSC Main Examination will begin and will conclude on 17 January, 2021. The exam will be held for five days.

On 8 January, 2021 (first day) the exam will be held in one shift and for the rest of the days in two shifts. The first shift of the exam will be from 9 am to 12 Noon and the second shift from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Paper-1 Essay is on 8 January in the first shift.

Paper-2 that is General Studies I, II, III and IV will be held on 9 and 10 January, 2021 in two shifts.

Paper A and Paper B of Indian Language and English will be held on 16 January, 2021 respectively. On 17 January, 2021, Optional Paper I and II will be held in two shifts respectively.

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Detailed Civil Services (Main) Examination Timetable 2020

Date & Day     Forenoon Session

9 AM to 12 PM

Afternoon Session

2 PM to 5 PM

8 Jan 2021 Friday Paper-I Essay
9 Jan 2021 Saturday Paper-II General Studies-I Paper-III General Studies-II
10 Jan 2021 Sunday Paper –IV General Studies-III Paper-V General Studies-IV(EThics)
Next Weekend
16 Jan 2021 Saturday Paper A – Indian Language(Qualifying Only)

Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/

Kannada/Kashmiri/ Konkani/Maithilli/Malayalam/Manipuri/Marathi/Nepali/Odia/Punjabi

/Sanskrit/ Santhali (Devanagari/Olchiki Script)/ Sindhi (Devanagari/Arabic Script)/

Tamil/Telugu/Urdu

Paper B- English (Qualifying Only)
17 Jan 2021

Sunday

Paper VI- Optional Paper‐I

(Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

/Anthropology/ Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/

Commerce & Accountancy/

Economics/Electrical Engineering/Geography/

Geology/History/Law/Management/

Mathematics/ Mechanical Engineering/

Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/

Political Science & International Relations/

Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/

Statistics/ Zoology/

Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/ Konkani/

Maithilli/ Malayalam/ Manipuri/ Marathi/ Nepali/Odia/ Punjabi/

Sanskrit/Santhali/ Sindhi/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/ English)

Paper VII- Optional Paper‐II

(Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/

Anthropology/ Botany/Chemistry/

Civil Engineering/ Commerce & Accountancy/

Economics/Electrical Engineering/Geography/

Geology/History/Law/Management/

Mathematics/ Mechanical Engineering/

Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/

Political Science & International Relations/

Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/

Statistics/ Zoology/

Literature of any one of the following languages:

Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/ Konkani/

Maithilli/ Malayalam/ Manipuri/ Marathi/ Nepali/Odia/ Punjabi/

Sanskrit/Santhali/ Sindhi/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/ English)

The detailed application from (DAF) for candidates who re eligible to appear for civil services main examination has The DAF (CSM) will be available on the website of the commission until November 11, 2020, until 6 pm.also been released by the UPSC.

Check the Exam Pattern for UPSC Mains

The UPSC CSE Main exam consists of 9 papers in which two are of qualifying papers and seven are merit-based papers. Duration of each paper will be of three hours. Those candidates are allowed to appear for the UPSC Mains Examination who secure at least the declared cut off in general Studies I and 33% in general Studies II in Prelims Examination. All papers consist of descriptive answer type questions. Except for the Language paper A and B, all the papers can be answered in English or any of the languages as listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Paper Subject Name Duration Total Marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian Language* 3 Hours 300
Paper B English ** 3 Hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 Hours 250
Paper II General Studies – I 3 Hours 250
Paper III General Studies – II 3 Hours 250
Paper IV General Studies – III 3 Hours 250
Paper V General Studies – IV 3 Hours 250
Paper VI Optional Subject – Paper I 3 Hours 250
Paper VII Optional Subject – Paper II 3 Hours 250
Total 1750

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UPSC told the Supreme Court that it is not possible to defer the Civil Services Preliminary examination any further. Also, UPSC stated that it has received requests and e-mails from students not to postpone the examination any further.

Supreme Court dismisses the plea seeking for the postponement of the Civil Service Prelims examination. However, it has provided directions to the Centre to consider concessions for those aspirants who are on their last attempt.

It has been informed by the UPSC to the Supreme Court that 4 October date for conducting the Civil Services preliminary exam 2020 cannot be deferred on account of COVID-19, it would lead to the delaying of next year’s prelims which is scheduled for 27 June, 2021.

20 UPSC aspirants filed a plea against conducting of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination on 4  October. During the hearing process, Naresh Kaushik an advocate appearing for the UPSC submitted before the bench that it is completely impossible to postpone the exam.

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The petitioners have asked to postpone the exam by 2 or 3 months in view of the flood situation in several states and the COVID-19 crisis that the country is facing currently.

It has been stated by the commission that it would not be in a position to declare the results of 2020 exam without delaying the already scheduled 2021 prelims.

It has also informed the Supreme Court that Right to Equality can only be maintained if the students who are desirous of appearing in the CSE 2020 exams on 4 October and are allowed to take the exam like previous years examinations.

31 May was scheduled for the UPSC Prelims exam and due to the situation of COVID-19 the date was decided as 4 October for CSE Prelims exam.

The affidavit says that around 67,717 candidates have availed the option of altering their choice of exam centres.

Also, the commission has submitted that all the arrangements for the exam have been completed and the total cost incurred is of Rs 50.39 crores from public exchequer fund to ensure that the exam is conducted on 4 October.

UPSC also highlighted its successful track record of holding exams this year of National Defense Academy and Naval Academy examination on 6 September and was conducted smoothly.

Also, it stated that students appearing in NDA exam are 12th passed and for 4 October, students those will appear are graduates at least. Therefore, “more responsible behaviour and care” is expected from such students.

Naresh Kaushik an advocate had earlier informed about appearing for UPSC to the Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari that it was not “possible” to defer the prelims beyond October 4 as “it would hamper the objectives of the exam catering to the four arms of the government.”

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava filed a petition and urges the Court to quash the revised calendar issued by the UPSC for the postponement of the exam by two or three months till the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.

On 6 June, the UPSC decided to conduct the exam on 4 October. and UPSC had given an extra chance to the candidates to change their address for preference for the exam centre. While filling the application form, usually candidates are asked to give their preference for the exam centres. But due to COVID-19 and to make situation convenient for the candidates to appear for the exam, the UPSC had opened the application form link and gave one more chance to the candidates to change their examination centres. The main exam is scheduled on 8 January 2021 for the candidates who will qualify the preliminary exam.

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UPSC CMS 2020

UPSC CMS Notification 2020: The Union Public Service Commission, UPSC has released the Combined Medical Service, CMS 2020 Notification at its official website – www.upsc.gov.in.  A total of 559 vacancies have been notified for the post of Junior Scale, Assistant Divisional Medical Officer, Assistant Medical Officer, General Duty Medical Officer (GDMO).

Update: The UPSC has released the exam schedule of UPSC CMS 2020 exam.

UPSC CMS 2020: Exam Highlights

Exam Name Combined Medical Services, CMS
Exam Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission, UPSC
Exam Frequency Annually
Type of Question Objective Type
(Multiple choice answers)
Application Fee Rs 200
CMS Exam Stage 2 stages
Exam Mode
  • Online computer-based exam
  • Personality Test
Language English Only
Exam Helpline No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543
Exam Official Website upsc.gov.in

UPSC CMS 2020 Exam Date

CMS UPSC 2020 Events

Important Dates

Date of notification 29 Jul 2020
Starting date of application form 29 Jul 2020
Last date of application form
and fee payment
18th August 2020
till 6.00 P.M.
UPSC CMS Form Withdrawal Date 25.08.2020 to 31.08.2020
till 6.00 PM.
Issuance of admit card 3 weeks before the Exam Date
Exam date 22nd October, 2020
Declaration of the result To be announced
Release of answer key To be announce

UPSC CMS 2020 Vacancies

The total no. of vacancies that have been notified by the UPSC For the CMS is 559. The following table shows the post wise vacancy distribution.

UPSC CMS 2020: Vacancy details

Post Vacancies
Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Service 182
Assistant Divisional Medical Officer
in the Railways.
300
Assistant Medical Officer in Indian
Ordnance Factories Health Service.
66
General Duty Medical Officer (GDMO)in
New Delhi Municipal Council
04
General Duty Medical Officer Gr-II (GDMO) in
East Delhi Municipal Corporation,
North Delhi Municipal Corporation
and South Delhi Municipal Corporation
07
Total 559

UPSC CMS 2020 Notification PDF

The UPSC has released the notification for the UPSC combined Medica Services 2020- on 28th July 2020 on its official site which is www.upsc.gov.in. There are a total of 559 vacancies for the candidates who have passed the MBBS Course. The Official Notification PDF 2020 is given below to download.

The candidates who are willing to apply online may apply by 18th August 2020.

UPSC CMS 2020: Eligibility Criteria

Check the eligibility from below as mentioned in the official brochure.

(i) Nationality

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. The subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note: For a person belonging from category 2 to 5 have to issue a certificate of eligibility from Gov. of India.

(ii) Age Limit

A candidate for this examination must not have attained the age of 32 years as on 1st August, 2020, i.e. the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1988. However, for Junior Time Scale Posts in Central Health Services, the upper age limit must not exceed 35 (thirty-five years) on the aforesaid cut-off date.

Age Relaxation

The upper age limit is relaxed in the following cases. The candidates lying in these categories can avail for age relaxation.

Category  Age Relaxation
SC/ST Upto 5 years
Other backward class Upto 3 years
Domicile of Jammu and Kashmir Upto 5 years
Defence service personnel disabled in operations Upto 3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service Upto 5 years
ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service Upto 5 years
In the case of disability Upto 10 years

(iii) Educational Qualifications

  • To be eligible, candidates must be passed the written and practical of the final M.B.B.S examination.

Application Fee For UPSC CMS 2020

The application fee for the UPSC CMO 2020 Exam can be deposited in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI.

  • Excepting Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidates: Exempted
  • General Candidates: Rs 200/-

UPSC CMS 2020: Steps To Apply

Here is the screen shot of the UPSC Combined Medical Service Online Application 2020.

  1. Click the direct link to open the apply online link directly or go to the official website of UPSC.
  2. As the link opens, if you are already registered login with the credentials, otherwise click the part 1 registration and read the instructions.
  3. Click on “I agree” to proceed for the form submission.
  4. Now, fill the identity credentials, education qualification, and address.
  5. Click Continue and submit Part 1 Registration.
  6. Part 2 registration comprises of logging in the registration ID and DOB.
  7. Fill all the important details like the selection of examination centre, uploading of Photograph, Signature, Photo Identity Card Document and Declaration.
  8. Press “I agree” button after he finds that information supplied by him is in order and no correction is required.
  9. Pay the required application fee if applicable.
  10. Take the Print out of the final form.

Apply Online For UPSC CMS Recruitment 2020

Click on the link that is given below to apply online for the ongoing UPSC CMS Recruitment 2020. Apply for the post for which you are suitable.

UPSC CMS 2020 Exam Pattern

Admission to UPSC CMS is done by qualifying 2 stage procedures: || Part I and Part II ||. The Exam Pattern for the UPSC CMS for the Junior Scale Posts and other posts is given below.

Part-I COMPUTER BASED EXAMINATION – (500 marks)

  1. The candidates will take the Computer based examination in two Papers, each Paper carrying a maximum of 250 marks. Each Paper will be of two hours duration.
  2. Both the Papers of the CMSE will be of MBBS standard.
  3. One-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  4. The question paper will be set only in English.

Part-II Personality Test: (100 Marks):

Personality test carrying 100 marks of such of the candidates who qualify on the results of the Computer based examination.

UPSC CMS Paper I

Paper I Marks: 250
General Medicine 96 questions
Paediatrics 24 question
Total Questions 120

UPSC CMS Paper-II

Paper-II Max Marks: 250
Surgery 40 questions
Gynaecology & Obstetrics 40 questions
Preventive & Social Medicine 40 questions
Total Questions 120

Syllabus For UPSC CMS 2020 Exam

The syllabus for the UPSC Paper I and Peper II is explained below.

Syllabus For UPSC CMS Paper-I

Paper I of UPSC CMS will be of 250 Marks. There will be 120 questions. All the questions will be objective in nature. Out of the 120 questions, 96 will be from General Medicine and 24 from Paediatrics.

(a) General medicine
(b) Paediatrics

Syllabus For UPSC CMS Paper-II

The UPSC CMS Paper II will be of 250 Marks and will include the following. There will be three parts each of 40 Marks. The following are the subjects for the UPSC CMS Paper II.

(a) Surgery
(b) Gynaecology & Obstetrics
(c) Preventive & Social Medicine

UPSC CMO 2020 Exam: FAQs

Q. How many vacancies are there for the UPSC Combined Medical Services 2020?

Ans. There are a total of 559 Vacancies for the UPSC Combined Medical Services 2020.

Q. What are the posts for which I can apply for the UPSC CMO 2020?

Ans. You can apply for the post of UPSC Junior Scale Posts, Assistant Divisional Medical Officer, Assistant Medical Officer (AMO), General Duty Medical Officer (GDMO), and General duty Medical Officer Gr-II.

Q. What is the exam date for the UPSC 2020 Combined Medical Services?

Ans. The exam date is October 22, 2020 for UPSC CMO 2020.

Q. What will be language of the question paper for the UPSC CMS 2020?

Ans. The UPSC CMS question paper will be set only in English.

Q. What is the Exam Pattern for the UPSC CMS 2020?

Ans. There will two stages of the Exam, One will be Computer Based Paper of 500 Marks followed by a personal interview.

UPSC IES Notification 2020: The UPSC Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS) is the All India Exam that is conducted annually by the UPSC. The IES and ISS is the administrative inter-ministerial civil service under Group A of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.

Update: The written exam for IES/ ISS is going to held from 16th to 18th October 2020.

UPSC IES 2020 Notification: Highlights

Here is a quick overview of the UPSC IES 2020 exam for the convenience of our readers.

Name of Exam Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service (IES/ISS)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Recruitment of the Year 2020-21
Frequency Once a year
UPSC IES ISS Notification Download Here (ISS)
Download IES Notification
Minimum Eligibility Post Graduation/Graduation
Stage of UPSC IES/ISS Exam
  1. Written Examination
  2. Personal Interview
Exam Fees Rs 200/-
Negative Marking 0.33 marks for objective type exam
Mode of exam Offline
Official Website upsc.gov.in

UPSC IES 2020: Exam Date

Check important dates related to UPSC IES 2020 in the table below.

UPSC IES 2020 Exam Important dates 
UPSC IES Notification Release 11th August 2020
Start date of online application 11th August 2020
Last date to apply online 01st September 2020
Issuance of Admit Card September 2020 (tentative)
Commencement of exam 16 to 18 Oct 2020, Friday
Release of Answer Key To be announced
Declaration of result To be announced

UPSC ISS 2020: Exam Date

The UPSC ISS Examination is conducted for a duration of 3 days. The UPSC ISS Dates have been revised. UPSC has released the revised dates of all upcoming recruitment exams and notifications on 5 June after analyzing the present situation of pandemic coronavirus. Check important dates related to UPSC ISS 2020 in the table below.

UPSC ISS 2020 Exam Important dates 
UPSC ISS Notification Release 10 Jun 2020
Start date of online application 10 Jun 2020
Last date to apply online 30 Jun 2020
Issuance of Admit Card September 2020 (tentative)
Commencement of exam 16 to 18 Oct 2020
Release of Answer Key To be announced
Declaration of result To be announced

UPSC IES 2020 Notification: Vacancy

The Vacancy for UPSC IES 2020 is given below. The Post wise vacancy distribution is given below:

  • Indian Economic Service – 15
  • Indian Statistical Service – 47

Download UPSC ISS Notification 2020: PDF

Download UPSC IES Notification 2020: PDF

UPSC ISS 2020 Notification: Eligibility Criteria

1. Nationality

A candidate must be either:

(a) a Citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note: The candidates must be in possession of a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India for categories (b), (c), (d), and (e).

2. Educational Qualification

1. For Indian Economic Service (IES):

The candidates must have obtained a Post Graduate Degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/Econometrics from a recognized university or a foreign university approved by the Central Government of India from time to time.

2. For Indian Statistical Service (ISS):

The candidates must have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subjects OR
The candidates should hold a Master’s degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics from a recognized university or a foreign university approved by the Central Government of India from time to time.

3. Age Limit

The candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August 2020 i.e he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1990 and not later than 1st August 1999.
Age Relaxation is given below as per the category of the candidate.

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir 5 years
Defense Services Personnel disabled
in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area
3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECO/SSCO 5 years
PwBD 10 years

Application Fee For UPSC IES Exam 2020

The application fee can be paid with either online mode or offline mode.
Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of 29.06.2020 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants who have generated their Pay-in- Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date

The application fee for different categories can be checked below.

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD/Female Exempted
2 General and Others Rs. 200/-

How To Apply For UPSC IES 2020?

It is advised that the candidates keep a valid and active email id and contact no. throughout the UPSC IES Recruitment Process to receive all the updates related to it. The Steps to apply online for the UPSC IES 2020 Exam will comprise of two stages: || Registration | Login || The steps to apply online is given below.

Part-I Registration
  1.  Click on the official link, provided below.
  2. Click on the Apply link given on the page. A registration link will open up in the new window.
  3. Click on New Registration in the application window.
  4. Provide personal credentials like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number, etc.
  5. Click on the submit button to the completed online registration form of SBI PO.
  6. After the Registration, a Registration ID and a password will be sent to your mobile no. and email id.
Part-I Registration
  1. Login with the provided Registration ID, date of birth, and password to complete registration for UPSC IES 2020.
  2. Upload the photograph and signature.
  3. The candidates will then required to verify the details. Preview and verify the application form carefully.
  4. Lastly, pay the required application fee online.
  5. Take out a print out of the application form for future use.

Apply Online For UPSC IES 2020

The online application is over.

UPSC IES 2020 Notification: Selection Process

The candidates will be selected through two stages of Exam:

  1.  Written Examination: 1000 marks
  2.  Viva Voce (Interview): 200 marks of candidates who will be shortlisted by UPSC.

UPSC ISS 2020: Exam Pattern

1. Written Exam

  1. UPSC IES ISS Exam will have 6 Papers in each of them.
  2. The questions papers in all the subjects will be of conventional (essay) type.
  3. Questions will be set in English and must be answered in English as well.
  4. Marks may be deducted if the handwriting is not easily understood. No marks will be given for superficial (slight) knowledge.
  5. There will be a negative marking of 0.33 for the incorrect answer in the Objective Paper.

The written exam pattern for the UPSC IES Exam is as follows:

UPSC Indian Economic Service

S.no Subject Maximum
Marks
Time
Duration
1 General English 100 3 hrs
2 General Studies 100 3 hrs
3 General Economics-I 200 3 hrs
4 General Economics-II 200 3 hrs
5 General Economics-III 200 3 hrs
6 Indian Economics 200 3 hrs

 

Indian Statistical Service

S.No. Subject Maximum
Marks
Time
Duration
1 General English 100 3 hrs
2 General Studies 100 3 hrs
3 Statistics-I (Objective) 200 2 hrs
4 Statistics-II (Objective) 200 2 hrs
5 Statistics-III (Descriptive) 200 3 hrs
6 Statistics-IV (Descriptive) 200 3 hrs

2. Viva Voce

The candidates who will clear the written test as per the cut-off set by the commission will be required to appear for the Interview or Viva Voce.

UPSC IES 2020: Syllabus

The General Studies and General English Syllabus will be common for UPSC ISS and IES Exam. However, the IES and ISS Papers will be completely different. The UPSC IES Paper will be based on Economics while the UPSC ISS Paper will be based in Statistics.

General Studies
  1. Questions based on general knowledge,
  2. Current affairs
  3. Current events and their effects on everyday life.
  4. Indian polity.
  5. Geography.
  6. Constitution of India
  7. History
General English
  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Para jumbles
  3. Gap Filling
  4. Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
  5. Active and Passive Voice
  6. Direct and Indirect Speech
  7. Vocabulary

UPSC ISS Syllabus 2020

STATISTICS-I
(Objective Type) 
  • Statistical Methods
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computer application and Data Processing
  • Probability
STATISTICS- II
(Objective Type) 
  • Linear Models
  • Statistical Inference and Hypothesis Testing
  • Official Statistics
STATISTICS- III
(Descriptive Type) 
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Statistics
STATISTICS-IV
(Descriptive Type) 
  • Operations Research and Reliability
  • Demography and Vital Statistics
  • Survival Analysis and Clinical Trial
  • Quality Control
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Computing with C and R

UPSC IES ISS 2020: Exam Centre

Candidates check the list of exam centers given in the table below.

Ahmedabad Jammu
Bengaluru Kolkata
Bhopal Lucknow
Chandigarh Mumbai
Chennai Patna
Cuttack Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Delhi Shillong
Dispur Shimla
Hyderabad Thiruvananthapuram
Jaipur

UPSC IES 2020 Admit Card

Admit card or E-admission certificate will be issued to a candidate 3 weeks before the commencement of the exam. Candidates can download their respective admit cards from the official website of UPSC, upsconline.nic.in as well as through this website.

The candidates will require their RID (Registration ID) and date of birth or roll number and date of birth or name, father’s name, and date of birth to download the admit card.

UPSC ISS 2020 Answer Key

UPSC ISS 2020 Answer Key will be available online at the UPSC  official website. To download UPSC ISS 2020 Answer, candidates have to visit the website and just download the answer key given in PDF format.

UPSC IES 2020 Result

UPSC IES ISS 2020 Result will be declared in the UPSC official website, upsc.gov.in. The result is prepared in the merit list form. Names of only those candidates will be on the list who have qualified the minimum qualifying marks.

The shortlisted candidates’ will be allowed to appear for the interview round only if the name of the candidate is on the merit list. When a candidate is selected for the interview round, they will be asked to submit Detailed Application Form (DAF) online.

The UPSC IES ISS Interview Call Letter will be issued online. Candidates have to carry original documents with them at the time of the interview round.

UPSC IES ISS 2020 Job Profile

Being an Indian Economic Service Officer or Indian Statistical Service Officer in itself is a matter of pride and respect for oneself. No wonder, this job is a job that is a highly reputed job. The candidates who are selected are employed in the central service as Group A officers.

The candidates who successfully pass IES/ISS examination are placed in various cadre posts in the Planning Commission, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, National Sample Survey, Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India and other allied offices where specialists in economics and statistics are required. The place of posting is primarily in New Delhi.

The IES officers go on deputation to serve in various domestic and international organizations such as UN bodies, foreign governments, state governments and regulatory bodies. Officers from the service are also appointed on deputation to posts in the Central Ministries/ Departments under the Central Staffing Scheme.

UPSC IES ISS 2020 Exam: FAQ’s

Q. What is the UPSC IES/ ISS Exam?

Ans. UPSC IES/ISS is a national level exam for the recruitment of suitable candidates in the central service as Group A officers’ for the Indian Economic Services and Indian Statistical Services which is conducted by the UPSC.

Q. How many stages of Exams are there for the UPSC IES/ISS Exam?

Ans. There will be two stages for the UPSC IES ISS Exam 2020: Written test followed by Viva Voce (Interview).

Q. When will the written exam for UPSC IES 2020 be conducted?

Ans. The UPSC IES/ ISS 2020 written test will be conducted from 16th to 18th October 2020.

Q. For how many days will the exam be conducted?

Ans. The UPSC IES ISS Exam will be conducted for 3 days in offline mode.

Q. How many papers will be there for the UPSC IES 2020 Exam?

Ans. There will be six papers (6) for the UPSC IES/ ISS 2020 Exam.

Q. Will there be negative marking for the UPSC IES/ ISS Exam?

Ans. Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.33 for every incorrect answer in the Objective Test.

संघ लोक सेवा आयोग एक स्वतंत्र संवैधानिक निकाय है क्योंकि यह सीधे संविधान द्वारा बनाया गया है और भारत में केंद्रीय भर्ती एजेंसी है।

स्वतंत्रता, शक्तियों और कार्यों के साथ सदस्यों की रचना, नियुक्ति और हटाने से संबंधित प्रावधान संविधान में भाग XIV में अनुच्छेद 315 से 323 तक विस्तृत हैं। भारतीय संविधान का अनुच्छेद 315 के अनुसार संघों व राज्यों के लिए प्रतियोगी परीक्षाओं के आधार पर लोक सेवकों की नियुक्ति करता है।

UPSC के पहले अध्यक्ष सर रोस बार्कर (Sir Ross Barker) थे। अक्टूबर 1926 में, वह कार्यालय में शामिल हुए और अगस्त 1932 तक इस पद पर रहे। UPSC में एक अध्यक्ष और भारत के राष्ट्रपति द्वारा नियुक्त अन्य सदस्य शामिल होते हैं। वे छह वर्ष या 65 वर्ष की आयु पाने तक, जो भी पहले हो, कार्यरत रहते हैं|

संविधान UPSC को भारत में ‘वॉच-डॉग ऑफ मेरिट सिस्टम’ के रूप में देखता है। यह ग्रुप ए और ग्रुप बी की अखिल भारतीय सेवाओं और केंद्रीय सेवाओं में कर्मियों की नियुक्ति के लिए सरकार को अपनी सिफ़ारिश भेजता है| यह सरकार को सलाह भी देता है, पदोन्नति और अनुशासनात्मक मामलों पर।लेकिन सरकार के लिए बाध्यकारी नहीं होता है|
नोट: यह सेवाओं के वर्गीकरण, प्रशिक्षण, सेवा शर्तों, कैडर प्रबंधन प्रशिक्षण आदि से संबंधित नहीं है | UPSC का संबंध परीक्षा प्रक्रिया से है। इन मामलों को कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग द्वारा नियंत्रित किया जाता है जो कार्मिक, लोक शिकायत और पेंशन मंत्रालय के अधीन है।

इसलिए हम कह सकते हैं कि UPSC केवल एक केंद्रीय भर्ती एजेंसी है, जबकि कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग भारत में केंद्रीय कार्मिक एजेंसी है।

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1926 से 2020 तक UPSC के अध्यक्षों की सूची

नाम कार्यकाल
सर रोस बार्कर अक्टूबर 1926- अगस्त 1932
सर डेविड पेट्री अगस्त 1932-1936
सर आयरे गोर्डन 1937-1942
सर एफ. डब्ल्यू. राबर्टसन 1942 – 1947
री एच. के. कृपलानी 1 अप्रैल 1947 – 13 जनवरी 1949
श्री आर. एन. बनर्जी 14 जनवरी 1949 – 9 मई 1955
श्री एन. गोविंदराजन 10 मई 1955 – 9 दिसंबर 1955
श्री वी. एस. हेजमाड़ी 10 दिसंबर 1955 – 9 दिसंबर 1961
श्री बी. एन. झा 11 दिसंबर 1961 – 22 फरवरी 1967
री के. आर. दामले 18 अप्रैल 1967 – 2 मार्च 1971
री आर. सी. एस. सरकार 11 मई 1971 – 1 फरवरी 1973
डॉ. ए. आर. किदवई 5 फरवरी 1973 – 4 फरवरी 1979
डॉ. एम. एल. शहारे 16 फरवरी 1979 – 16 फरवरी 1985
री एच. के. एल. कपूर 18 फरवरी 1985 – 5 मार्च 1990
री जे.पी. गुप्ता 05 मार्च 1990 – 2 जून 1992
रीमती आर.एम. बाथ्यू (खरबुली) 23 सितंबर 1992 – 23 अगस्त 1996
री एस.जे.एस. छतवाल 23 अगस्त 1996 – 30 सितंबर 1996
श्री जे.एम. कुरैशी 30 सितंबर 1996 – 11 दिसंबर 1998
ले. जनरल (सेवानिवृत्त) सुरिंदर नाथ 11 दिसंबर 1998 – 25 जून 2002
श्री पी.सी. होता 25 जून 2002 – 8 सितंबर 2003
श्री माता प्रसाद 08 सितंबर 2003 – 04 जनवरी 2005
डॉ. एस.आर. हाशिम 04 जनवरी 2005 – 01 अप्रैल 2006
श्री गुरबचन जगत 01 अप्रैल 2006 – 30 जून 2007
सुबीर दत्ता 30 जून, 2007 – 16 अगस्त, 2008
प्रोफेसर डीपी अग्रवाल 16 अगस्त, 2008 – अगस्त 2014
श्रीमती रजनी राजदान 16 अगस्त, 2014 – 21 नवंबर, 2014
श्री दीपक गुप्ता 22 नवंबर, 2014 – 20 सितम्बर, 2016
श्रीमती अलका सिरोही 21 सितंबर 2016 – 03 जनवरी 2017
प्रो. डेविड आर. सिम्लिह 04 जनवरी 2017-21 जनवरी 2018
विनय मित्तल 22 जनवरी, 2018 – 19 जून, 2018
अरविंद सक्सेना 20 जून, 2018 – 24 अगस्त, 2020
प्रो. (डॉ.) प्रदीप कुमार जोशी  25 अगस्त, 2020 – वर्तमान

भारत के राष्ट्रपति: 1947 से 2020 तक की सूची

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1. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct with respect to compensation cess?
1. The cess will not be payable by exporters and those persons who have opted for compensation levy.
2. The cess will compensate the states for any revenue loss on account of the implementation of GST.
3. The input tax credit of this cess can be only used to pay compensation cess and not the other taxes like CGST, SGCT or IGST.
Choose the correct option:
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 29 August, 2020
2. Which of the following statements regarding the advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court are not correct?
1. It’s binding on the Supreme Court to offer its opinion on any matter mentioned it by the President.
2. The full bench of the Supreme Court hears any reference made to it under its power of advisory jurisdiction.
3. The Supreme Court opinion on reference under advisory jurisdiction isn’t binding on the government.
4. Not more than one reference at a time is often made to the Supreme Court under its power of advisory jurisdiction.
Choose the correct option
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 1 and 3
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 2 and 4
3. Which of the following tribes are Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups residing in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
1. Jarawas
2. Onges
3. Great Andamanese
4. Shompens
5. North Sentinelese
Choose the correct option
(a) 1, 2 and 4 only
(b) 1, 2, 3 and 5 only
(c) 1 and 5 only
(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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4. Which of the following observations is/are not correct regarding Quit India Movement of 1942?
1. Quit India movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi at Mumbai’s Gowalika Tank Maidan also known as August Kranti Maidan.
2. The outcome of the movement was that Congress was declared an unlawful association and its office all over the country were raided.
3. Quit India Movement was a spontaneous movement.
4. In general, the movement did not attract the labour class.
Choose the correct option
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 1 and 3
(c) Only 3
(d) 2, 3 and 4
5. Consider the following statements regarding Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes:
1. Articles 341 and 342 of the Constitution of India define as to who would be Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes with respect to any State or Union Territory.
2. The Central List of Scheduled Castes and Tribes is notified by the President.
3. The consent of the Parliament is not required to exclude or include castes in the List.
Which of the above statements are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) All of the above
6. Consider the following statements with respect to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC):
1. It does not provide for the initiation of insolvency proceedings against personal guarantors of corporate debtors.
2. Any person aggrieved by the order of the National Company Law Tribunal may make an appeal to the High Court.
Which of the above statement(s) is/are incorrect?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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7. Which of the following statement(s) is/are not correct about Hurricanes?
1. Hurricane Laura is considered as a category 3 storm.
2. Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an “eye” in the Northern Hemisphere.
3. The word “hurricane” is used to refer to tropical cyclones.
4. These are very violent storms with dangerous weather conditions like high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, etc.
Select the answer from the codes given below:
a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 4
(c) Only 1
(d) 1and 3
8. Name the parties established by Dr. B.R Ambedkar?
1. The Peasants and Workers Party of India
2. All India Scheduled Castes Federation
3. The Independent Labour Party
Choose the correct option
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
9. Consider the following statements about Balance of Payment (BOP).
1. The balance of payments (BOP) is a statement of all transactions made between entities in one country and the rest of the world over a defined period of time.
2. The balance of payments includes only the current account.
3. BOP statement helps the Government to decide only trade policies.
4. BOP of a country reveals its financial and economic status.
Which of the following statement(s) given above is/are incorrect?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 and 4 only
(d) 2, 3 and 4
10. What does disguised unemployment in general means:
1. Marginal productivity of labour is zero.
2. Alternative employment is not available.
3. Large number of people remains unemployed.
4. Productivity of workers is low.
Choose the correct option
a) Only 1
(b) 1 and 2
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 1 and 4
Ans: 1(d), 2(d), 3(d), 4(c), 5(a), 6(a), 7(c), 8(b), 9(b), 10(a)

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Union Public Service Commission is an independent constitutional body as it is directly created by the Constitution and is the central recruiting agency in India.

The provisions related to composition, appointment and removal of members with the independence, powers and functions are elaborated in the Constitution from Article 315 to 323 in Part XIV.

The first Chairman of the UPSC was Sir Ross Barker. In October 1926, he joined the office and holds the post till August 1932. The UPSC consists of the Chairman and therefore the members appointed by the President of India. They hold office for a term of six years or till the age of 65 years.

The constitution visualises the UPSC as the ‘watch-dog of merit system’ in India. It is concerned with the recruitment to the all-India services and central services of group A and group B. It also advises government, when consulted, on promotion and disciplinary matters.

Note: It is not concerned with the classification of services, pays and service conditions, cadre management training and so on. These matters are handled by the Department of Personnel and Training that is one of the three departments of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

Therefore we can say that UPSC is only a central recruiting agency whereas the Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency in India.

National Recruitment Agency (NRA): Salient Features, Advantages and Key Facts

List of UPSC Chairman from 1926 to 2020

                Name                     Tenure
Sir Ross Barker October 1926 – August 1932
Sir David Petrie August 1932 – 1936
Sir Eyre Gorden 1937 – 1942
Sir F. W. Robertson 1942 – 1947
Sh. H. K. Kripalani April 1, 1947 – January 13, 1949
Sh. R. N. Banerjee January 14, 1949 – May 9, 1955
Sh. N. Govindarajan May 10, 1955 – December 9, 1955
Sh. V. S. Hejmadi December 10, 1955 – December 9, 1961
Sh. B. N. Jha December 11, 1961 – February 22, 1967
Sh. K. R. Damle April 18, 1967 – March 2, 1971
Sh. R.C.S. Sarkar May 11, 1971 – February 1, 1973
Dr. A.R. Kidwai February 5, 1973 – February 4, 1979
Dr. M.L. Shahare February 16, 1979 – February 16, 1985
Sh. H.K.L. Capoor February 18, 1985 – March 5, 1990
Sh. J.P. Gupta March 5, 1990 – June 2, 1992
Smt. R.M. Bathew (Kharbuli) September 23, 1992 – August 23, 1996
Sh. S.J.S. Chhatwal August 23, 1996 – September 30, 1996
Sh. J.M. Qureshi September 30, 1996 – December 11, 1998
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Surinder Nath December 11, 1998 – June 25, 2002
Sh. P.C. Hota June 25, 2002 – September 2003
Sh. Mata Prasad  September 8, 2003- January 4, 2005
Dr. S.R. Hashim January 4, 2005 – April 1, 2006
Sh. Gurbachan Jagat April 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007
D. P. Agrawal  June 30, 2007-August 16, 2014
Mrs. Rajni Razdan August 17, 2014 – November 22, 2014
Sh. Deepak Gupta November 23, 2014 – September 20, 2016
Smt. Alka Sirohi September 21, 2016 – January 3, 2017
Prof. David R. Syiemlieh January 4, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Vinay Mittal January 21, 2018 – June 19, 2018
Arvind Saxena June 20, 2018 – August 6, 2020
Pradeep Kumar Joshi  Incumbent

List of Chief Election Commissioners of India 2020

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UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification PDF

UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the much-awaited UPSC CAPF Notification 2020 on 18th August 2020 as per the official calendar of UPSC. The UPSC will be recruiting 209 eligible candidates as an Assistant Commandant (AC) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Through this recruitment, the selected candidates will fill up the AC vacancies in BSF, CISF, CRPF, SSB, and ITBP branches of CAPF. The recruitment is conducted once in a year by UPSC.

The Online application for the UPSC CAPF 2020 is active from 18th August to 07th September 2020. Candidates can check the UPSC CAPF 2020 eligibility criteria, Steps to Apply Online, important dates, exam pattern, and other details below.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification: Highlights

Here is a quick overview of the UPSC CAPF 2020 exam for the convenience of our readers.

Name of Exam Combined Central Armed Police Forces Exam (CAPF exam)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Recruitment of the Year 2020-21
Frequency Once a year
UPSC CAPF Notification 18th August 2020
Minimum Eligibility Graduation
Stage of UPSC CAPF Exam Four Stages
Exam Fees Rs 200/-
Negative Marking 0.33 marks for objective type exam
Mode of exam Offline
Official Website upsc.gov.in

UPSC CAPF Recruitment 2020 Notification PDF

The UPSC CAPF AC Official Notification 2020 is released on 18th August 2020. The candidates will be able to apply online from 18th Aug to 7th September 2020. The official notification for the UPSC ACs PDF is given below.

UPSC CAPF 2020: Important Dates

Check important dates related to UPSC CAPF 2020 in the table below.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam Important dates 
UPSC CAPF Notification Release 18th August 2020
Start date of online application 18th August 2020 
Last date to apply online 07th September 2020 
Issuance of Admit Card November 2020 (tentative)
Exam Date 20 December 2020
(Sunday)
Release of Answer Key To be announced
Declaration of result To be announced

UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification: Vacancy

The post-wise vacancy distribution for UPSC CAPF 2020 is given below.

UPSC CAPF Assistant Commandants 2020 Vacancies

Security Forces Number of Vacancies 
CRPF 13
BSF 78
CISF 69
ITBP 27
SSB 22
Total 209

UPSC CAPF 2020 Notification: Eligibility Criteria

1. Nationality

A candidate must be either:

(a) a Citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note: The candidates must be in possession of a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India for categories (b), (c), (d), and (e).

2. Educational Qualification

The candidates should hold Bachelor Degree in any stream.

3. Age Limit

The candidates must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on 1st August, 2020, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1995 and not later than 1st August, 2000.
Age Relaxation is given below as per the category of the candidate.

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir 5 years
Defense Services Personnel disabled
in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area
3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECO/SSCO 5 years
PwBD 10 years

Application Fee For UPSC IES Exam 2020

The application fee can be paid with either online mode or offline mode.
Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of 07/09/2020 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants who have generated their Pay-in- Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date.

The application fee for different categories can be checked below.

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD/Female Exempted
2 General and Others Rs. 200/-

How To Apply For UPSC CAPF 2020?

It is advised that the candidates keep a valid and active email id and contact no. throughout the UPSC CAPF Recruitment Process to receive all the updates related to it. The Steps to apply online for the UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam will comprise of two stages: || Registration | Login || The steps to apply online is given below.

Part-I Registration
  1.  Click on the official link, provided below.
  2. Click on the Apply link given on the page. A registration link will open up in the new window.
  3. Click on New Registration in the application window.
  4. Provide personal credentials like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number, etc.
  5. Click on the submit button to the completed online registration form.
  6. After the Registration, a Registration ID and a password will be sent to your mobile no. and email id.
Part-I Registration
  1. Login with the provided Registration ID, date of birth, and password to complete registration for UPSC CAPF AC 2020.
  2. Upload the photograph and signature.
  3. The candidates will then required to verify the details. Preview and verify the application form carefully.
  4. Lastly, pay the required application fee online.
  5. Take out a print out of the application form for future use.

Apply Online Link For UPSC CAPF 2020

The UPSC CAPF 2020 online application is active till 07-09-2020. The apply link is active now.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Recruitment: Selection Process

The candidates will be selected through the following four stages of Exam:

  1.  Written Examination: The written examination to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission will be held on 20th December 2020 and will comprise two papers. Paper I will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and Paper-II will be held from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  2.  Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests
  3. Interview/Personality Test
  4. Final Selection / Merit

UPSC CAPF 2020: Exam Pattern

The Exam Pattern for the UPSC CAPF 2020 Assistant Commandants is given below:

1. Written Exam

  1. The written examination to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission will be held on 20th December, 2020 and will comprise two papers. Paper I will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and Paper II will be held from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  2. The questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.
  3. Paper I will be the General Ability and Intelligence of 250 Marks
  4. Paper II will be General Studies, Essay and Comprehension of 200 Marks
  5. In Paper II the candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will be English only.

UPSC CAPF Exam Pattern 2020

Slots Syllabus Marks
Paper-I (10am-12pm) General Ability and Intelligence Objective type; 250 marks
Paper-II (2 pm- 5 pm) General Studies, Essay and
Comprehension
Subjective type; 200 marks

2.Physical Efficiency Test

Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. The criteria for the Physical Efficiency test is given below.

Category Male Female
100 Meters race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 Meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump 3.5 Meters
3 chances
3 Meters
3 chances
 Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)   4.5 Meters NA

3. Viva Voce

Candidates who are declared qualified in the Medical Standards Tests, will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Candidates who are declared medically unfit but allowed to appear before the “Review Medical Board” on their appeal by the Appellate Authority will be called for Interview/Personality Tests provisionally. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks.

UPSC CAPF 2020: Exam Centre

Candidates check the list of exam centers given in the table below.

Ahmedabad Jammu
Bengaluru Kolkata
Bhopal Lucknow
Chandigarh Mumbai
Chennai Patna
Cuttack Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Delhi Shillong
Dispur Shimla
Hyderabad Thiruvananthapuram
Jaipur

UPSC CAPF 2020 Admit Card

Admit card or E-admission certificate will be issued to a candidate 3 weeks before the commencement of the exam. Candidates can download their respective admit cards from the official website of UPSC, upsconline.nic.in as well as through this website.

The candidates will require their RID (Registration ID) and date of birth or roll number and date of birth or name, father’s name, and date of birth to download the admit card. The following are the details required to download UPSC AC Admit Card 2020.

For Registration Id For Roll Number
Registration IdDate of Birth

Captcha Code

Submit icon

Roll NumberDate Of Birth

Captcha Code

Submit Icon

UPSC CAPF 2020 Answer Key

UPSC CAPF 2020 Answer Key will be available online at the UPSC  official website. To download UPSC CAPF AC 2020 Answer, candidates have to visit the website and just download the answer key given in PDF format.

UPSC CAPF 2020 Result

UPSC CAPF 2020 Result will be declared in the UPSC official website, upsc.gov.in. The result is prepared in the merit list form. Names of only those candidates will be on the list who have qualified the minimum qualifying marks.

About CAPF Exam

CAPF full form is Central Armed Police Force. CAPF is the unified name of the seven security forces in India under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Seven Security Forces are as follows:

  1. CRPF – CRPF full form is Central Reserve Police Force
  2. BSF– BSF stands for Border Security Force
  3. ITBP– is known as Indo-Tibetian Border Police Force
  4. SSB– full form of SSB is Sashastra Seema Bal
  5. NSG– NSG full form is National Security Guard
  6. CISF- full form of CISF is Central Industrial Security Forces
  7. AR- AR stands for Assam Rifles

CAPF is mandated with the responsibility of enabling the Government of India to effectively and efficiently maintain public order, legal rules and regulations, and internal security. It is entrusted to preserve integrity, promote social harmony and development on a national level by placing service and loyalty above self.

Q. When can I apply for the UPSC CAPF Exam 2020?

Ans. You can apply from 18th August to 07th September for the UPSC CAPF Exam 2020.

Q. How many stages of Exams are there for the UPSC CAPF Exam?

Ans. There will be four stages for the UPSC CAPF Exam 2020: Written test, Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests, and Medical Standards, Tests Viva Voce (Interview), and lastly merit list.

Q. When will the written exam for UPSC CAPF 2020 be conducted?

Ans. The UPSC CAPF 2020 written test will be conducted on 20th December 2020.

Q. How many total vacancies are there for the UPSC CAPF AC 2020 ?

Ans. The UPSC CAPF total vacancies are 209.

Q. Will there be negative marking for the UPSC CAPF 2020 Exam?

Ans. Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.33 for every incorrect answer in the Objective Test.