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UPSC & APSC Questions | Ethics & Human Interface | Compiled by Lucent IAS

Here is a compilation of questions from the topic “Ethics & Human Interface” in the ‘Ethics’ paper that were asked in UPSC and APSC Mains examination between the year 2013 to 2021.

This topics include questions from Ethics and Human Interface (Essence, Determinants, Consequences of Ethics in Human Actions), Dimension of Ethics, Ethics in Public and Private Relationships.

  1. Law and Ethics are two tools for controlling human conduct. Explain with examples how the two differ in their approaches. (150 Words, 10 marks, APSC CCE 2020-2022)
  2. “If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are sorry lot indeed.” Albert Einstein. Examine the essence, determinants and consequences of ethics in human actions in the light of the above statements. (250 words, 20, APSC 2020-22)
  3. ‘The current internet expansion has instilled a different set of cultural values which are often in conflict with traditional values.’ Discuss. (UPSC 2020)
  4. Discuss the role of ethics and values in enhancing the following three major components of Comprehensive National Power (CNP) viz. human capital, soft power (culture and policies) and social harmony. (UPSC 2020)
  5. Distinguish between laws and rules. Discuss the role of ethics in formulating them. (UPSC 2020)
  6. What is meant by the term ‘constitutional morality’? How does one uphold constitutional morality? (UPSC 2019)
  7. What does this quotations mean to you in the present context:  “Falsehood takes the place of truth when it results in unblemished common good.”- Tirukkural. (150 words) (UPSC 2018)
  8. 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) (UPSC 2018)
  9. The crisis of ethical values in modern times is traced to a narrow perception of the good life. Discuss. (UPSC 2017)
  10. 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 the contemporary times. (UPSC 2017)
  11. Explain how ethics contributes to social and human well-being. (UPSC 2016)
  12. 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. (UPSC 2016)
  13. What is meant by ‘environmental ethics’? Why is it important to study? Discuss any one environmental issue from the viewpoint of environmental ethics. (UPSC 2015)
  14. Differentiate between the following (200 words); a) Law and Ethics; b) Ethical management and Management of ethics; c) Discrimination and Preferential treatment; d) Personal ethics and Professional ethics (UPSC 2015)
  15. Human beings should always be treated as ‘ends’ in themselves and never as merely `means’. Explain the meaning and significance of this statement, giving its implications in the modern techno-economic society. (UPSC 2014)
  16. What do you understand by ‘values’ and ‘ethics’? In what way is it important to be ethical along with being professionally competent? (UPSC 2013)
  17. 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. (UPSC 2013)

(Compiled by Lucent IAS)

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