Preparing for the Ethics for UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) ethics exam can be a challenging but rewarding task.

  1. Understand the format of the test: UPSC conducts a written test and an interview for the Civil Services Exam (CSE). The written exam consists of nine tests, including an ethics test. It is important to understand the format and structure of the GS 4 exam, as well as the grading scheme and time allotted for the work. This can be done by carefully analyzing the PYQs.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the schedule: UPSC has specified a detailed schedule for the ethics document. It is essential that you read the syllabus carefully and understand the topics that will be covered on the exam.
  3. Read widely: To score well on the ethics paper, it is imperative to have a broad and deep understanding of ethical theories and principles. To that end, you should read extensively on topics such as moral philosophy, ethics in public administration, and ethical dilemmas in international relations.
  4. Practice writing: The Ethics Paper is a subjective exam and it is important to practice writing about ethical issues. Start by writing short answers, i.e. those with 10 markers, and gradually increase the length and complexity of your answers by focusing on the case studies. Pay attention to the structure of your responses and be sure to include an introduction, body, and conclusion. Also, incorporate different thinkers and their philosophies, both Indian and Western, into your answers.
  5. Discussion and Debate: Ethics is a topic that invites debate and discussion. Engage in discussions and debates with your peers and mentors on various ethical issues. This will help you develop your critical thinking skills and articulate your points of view clearly and effectively.
  6. Understanding current events: It is important to stay up to date with current events, as ethical questions often arise in the context of current events. Be sure to follow the news and stay informed about the latest happenings in the country and around the world. This will help you understand the ethical implications of current events. Various examples can be obtained from the newspapers you read and these examples can be directly cited in your answers.
  7. Seek Guidance: Finally, don’t hesitate to ask your mentors, teachers, or college for advice. They can provide valuable insights and feedback about your writing and help you improve your performance. Try completing tests to learn the ability to complete work on time, and that too, with good quality answers.


With more than 40-50 lessons, this is a wonderful ethics-based training in Delhi provided by Eden IAS. In this course, students are taught all of the subtopics listed in the UPSC CSE General Curriculum IV (GS-IV), namely Ethics Integrity and Aptitude. It is taught by Mr. Tirthankar Roy Chowdhary, one of the most brilliant teachers of Eden IAS. Sir takes basic ethics training in an interesting and easy-to-understand way.