[Ethics] Samples questions based on ethics courses of San Diego and Texas University

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Few weeks back, UPSC had uploaded Ethics case study sample questions for the GS paper IV click me. Continuing on that line, here are some more sample questions on “ethics”. Although this article itself is full of not-so-ethical-behavior, because I haven’t designed most of these ethics case study questions, I’ve shamelessly lifted them from the ethics courses from Universities of San Diego and Texas, and gave them a bit of Indian flavor.

  1. Essay-ish / abstract
  2. Role Playing/ SRT
    1. Gender Bias (job)
    2. Gender Bias (Parenting)
    3. hazardous fumes
    4. Statistical Juggling part-I
    5. Statistical Juggling part-II
    6. Destabilizing government (Part I)
    7. Destabilizing government (Part II)
    8. Toxic waste (Part I)
    9. toxic waste (Part II)
    10. Good business
    11. Tax evasion
    12. DevAnand’s Diwali
    13. Chinese circuit
    14. Free golf membership
    15. Rapist Bapu
    16. Real Estate Mafia
    17. Million Dollar Baby (euthanasia)
    18. Cheater book

Essay-ish / abstract

  1. Do you agree with following statements? Justify your stand.
    1. According to Aristotle, a flourishing human life consists of courage, honor, goodness, generosity, growth, and resilience. But in the modern times, it not possible or practical to lead to such a flourishing life.
    2. Virtues are acquired by habituation. We are not born virtuous, we acquire them from our parents, teachers, friends and interactions with society. Therefore it is not correct to blame a corrupt cop, Rapist sadhu or fraud businessman entirely for their lack of virtues.
  2. “Private vices” produce “public benefits.” Can you think of a situation in which this works? If so, is it exceptional, or can we make it the rule?
  3. Was Gandhi courageous? If so, what does that suggest about the relationship between courage and violence? How does this contrast with the picture of the relationship between courage and violence during American war of independence? Is the willingness to fight necessarily a sign of courage?
  4. In recent years in countries where it is not illegal, poor people have begun to sell some of their own body parts such as eyes or kidneys to rich people in need of a transplant. Do people own their own bodies? If they do, are they entitled to sell parts of them if they wish to do so? Why or why not?
  5. There are typically some gender differences in our society in regard to virtues such as courage and compassion. Based on your own experience, do you think this is true? Are there any other virtues in our society that exhibit gender differences? Are there any vices that are valued differently in men and women? Are there reasons why virtues and vices should be different for women and for men?
  6. Studies have suggested that girls, especially from poorer neighborhoods, do better in classrooms without boys, at least in part because of social pressure not to appear smarter than the boys. Do single-sex schools have any legitimate place in our society? What does your answer to that question reveal about your views on the place of gender in the ideal society?
  7. Is it always right to tell the truth, even if it hurts or destroys someone else? What matters more, the life of an individual or the majesty of the moral law?
  8. From an evolutionary standpoint, is “survival of the fittest” selfish or selfless? Is self-preservation a moral imperative or just a fact? Are there situations in which self-preservation is not the highest value? Is it selfish to prefer (saving) one’s own life to that of others?
  9. What are your own deepest moral values? What moral qualities do you look for in other people as well as in yourself? Are these values that you think everyone shares, or are some of your values ones that you feel are not always observed by our culture as a whole? How have your values changed, if at all? What influenced their development?
  10. When (under what circumstances) is it right to tell a lie? Give some examples from everyday life. What does your answer reveal about the scope (or relevance) of morality in general?
  11. What is the moral issue that you are most undecided about? Describe the pro’s and con’s in regard to this issue. How do you go about arriving at a decision when it is unavoidable?

Ethics Case Study Questions

Now some role playing / Situation Reaction test (SRT) type questions. The answer is not difficult to guess e.g. “ofcouse DevAnand shouldn’t help his friend evade sales tax” – but the challenge is how will you put that eloquently in a formal language, in 50-100-200 words as the question requires. Think about that, while you solve these questions.

Gender Bias (job)

Dev Anand, a Senior Manager with SAIL, has just learned that in two weeks HQ will be sending a new lady project engineer Miss Vaijanthi Mala to his division. The HQ is anxious to move more women into all levels of the company and has targeted Dev’s engineering division as a good place for Miss Mala. She will be the first woman engineer in this division. Upon learning this news, several of Dev’s employees opined that they don’t like the idea of a woman supervising their work and Dev should use his connections in the HQ to prevent Miss Mala’s posting here.

  1. What should Dev Anand do to prepare for Miss.Mala’s arrival?

Continuing further with the same case:

Miss Mala has been with Dev’s division for several months now. Although Dev has not found any employees under Miss Mala’s supervision refusing to work outrightly, but they do seem to be dragging their feet in small ways so they miss the project deadlines. The other groups under male supervisors, also show reluctance to cooperate with this group under Miss. Mala. Sometimes they even mock this group and pass cheap jokes and emails, leading to verbal fights in the office among the employees.

Mr.Pran, Dev’s second in command and rival, keeps instigating junior staff not to cooperate with Miss Mala. At the same time, Pran informally keeps telling HQ that Dev’s own incompetence is responsible for not meeting project deadlines.
Dev is increasingly becoming worried that Mala’s presence is having negative effect on his entire division’s ability to meet deadlines and this might even affect his own career.

  1. What do you think Dev Anand should do? What are the ethical issues involved and how should they be approached?

Gender Bias (Parenting)

With the development of new reproductive technologies, it is now possible for old women to become pregnant even after menopause even in their 50s and 60s.

Dr.Pran:  “this is perfectly fine, after all many old men marry young girls to get a ‘son’ to carry their family’s name, then why shouldn’t an old lady be allowed become mother again. Besides this is also good for hospital’s business.”

Dr.Dev disagrees, “Statistically, those mothers conceiving in their late sixties will die before their children reach adulthood. Then such parent-less children will be without financial and emotional support. They’ll be at an increased risk of stress, depression, drug addiction and suicide. Therefore it is unethical for old people to use science to become parents again.”

  1. Which side do you agree to and why?
  2. Should there be any restrictions on the age at which people can become parents?
  3. Should these restrictions be gender-neutral?

hazardous fumes

Dev Anand is employed at one of the steel factories of SAIL and preparing for UPSC exam. He doesn’t work with hot metal or furnace himself but one day, several workers complaint respiratory problems because of the fumes coming out of that furnace. Dev brings this matter to his head of department, Mr.Pran. But Pran says, “Our factory is in full compliance with international XAXA guidelines for steel manufacturing. So if workers are sick- that is only because of weather change. You cannot blame the furnace. Still if there is problem, ask those workers to wear masks.”

  1. Dev goes to the company archive room to find any record that would show XAXA guidelines vs the furnace/technology used in his factory. But the clerk tells him Mr.Pran left with some file just an hour ago. After 15 days, Dev again inquires and clerk again tells that Mr.Pran hasn’t returned any file. Dev confronts Mr. Pran but Pran denies knowledge of any file and instead threatens Dev, “if you continue disrespecting my authority, I’ll not give you NOC to appear in UPSC exam.” What should Dev do?
  2. (ignore information given in previous question) Dev digs internet, only to find out that XAXA guidelines don’t address the particular type of steel furnace or smelting technology used in his factory. Should Dev do anything further or should he simply drop the matter? Why?

ethics-dev vs pran

Statistical Juggling part-I

Dev Anand is working in Kakrapar Nuclear plant. An NGO starts a campaign alleging that plant is dumping radioactive waste in nearby river. Dev’s boss Mr.Pran asks him to file a report. The summary of Dev’s report is:

  1. A few dead fishes were found in the river.
  2. Radiation level is little higher than normal.
  3. But the given radiation level is not high enough to cause death of marine organisms.
  4. There is no evidence of any leakage or dumping or negligence by our nuclear plant.

But Mr. Pran is fears jholacchhap NGO will selectively highlight only line #1 and #2 from Dev’s report to create more fear-mongering among the villagers. It’ll lead to more protests and whole incident will turn into a political controversy. Therefore Mr.Pran orders Dev Anand: “Do some ‘statistical juggling’ to show that radiation level is normal in that river, and delete the first line that states Dead fishes were found.”

What should DevAnand do? and Why?

Statistical Juggling part-II

Dr. Dev Anand working on a cryogenics engine project in ISRO, for years. His theory is correct but the tests done according to that theory, are not coming positive. As the deadline approaches, his friend cum colleague Dr.Pran says “do the maths backward and make the results appear positive, because your theory is correct anyway. When project reaches next stage, more people will work and they’ll find whatever error is present. Don’t worry about it”

What should Dr.Dev do? and Why?

destabilizing government (Part I)

Colonel Dev Anand is the head of a secret intelligence unit operating in a state affected by terrorism for a long time. The Chief Minister of this state, has been advocating for removal of Armed forces special Powers Act (AFSPA).

General Pran requests the Union defense minister not to pay attention to such demands, stating that without AFSPA, we (army) cannot function efficiently in this troubled region. But Defense Minister doesn’t seem very convinced. Gen.Pran grows impatient and asks Col. Dev Anand to withdraw a large sum of money from secret service fund and use it to buy off independent MLAs and opposition parties and get a no-confidence motion against this Chief Minister in state assembly. What should Col.DevAnand do?

destabilizing government (Part II)

Same case like previous one but just slight modifications:
State ministers are colluding with Naxalites for doing illegal mining while policemen are getting killed during ambushes.
DGP Pran thinks that any FIR against state ministers, won’t lead to any result. So, he asks DSP DevAnand to withdraw money from secret service fund and destabilize this government via no-confidence motion. What should Dev do?

toxic waste (Part I)

DevAnand is working part time with PSU Fertilizer Company. This job enables him to attend evening college without having to take student loans. Dev’s supervisor Mr.Pran tells him to dump a half used chemical-drum in the drain.

Dev: Isn’t that against the law?

Pran: We’ve been dumping this chemical for last 30 years and people in this part of India are still alive. If I spent my time worrying about every little regulation, then factory will shut down. Get it done, full stop.

Pran leaves the room, fully expecting Dev to dump that toxic chemical. What do you think he should do?

toxic waste (Part II)

Upon inspecting a warehouse of Sindri Chemicals ltd., Supervisor Dev Anand notices several leaking drums. He calls up Pran, the section officer who deals with chemical drums.

Pran requests him “I’ll get it cleaned up but please don’t file this officially in your weekly report, because my promotion is due next month.” Dev has known Pran for many years, as a sincere, hardworking employee of the company. But Dev also fears that if anything goes wrong, the CEO or the pollution control board won’t be happy with his informal way of dealing with this problem. What should Dev do at this point?

good business

BHEL has received an order from a state government to manufacture 5 lakh tablets for students. BHEL demanded Rs.5000 for each tablet stating that their own unit cost of production is Rs.4900 per tablet. After the deal is signed, BHEL’s engineers design a new alloy, electric-circuit and thus manufacture tablets at just Rs.500 each. Dev Anand from accounting department brings this to the notice of Mr. Pran, the main boss of BHEL.

Pran: don’t worry, no one will know the price difference unless they made fair amount of testing with rival tablet companies.

Dev: But I feel that customer (State government) is not getting what was promised. Even if they’re satisfied with a different type of tablet, shouldn’t they be given an opportunity to decide whether new tablet is acceptable –and to benefit from lowered cost?

Pran: The basic idea is to satisfy the customer with good quality parts and we are doing that. So what’s the problem?

Should Dev press the matter further? or do you agree that Pran is just doing good business?

Tax evasion

Pran asks his best friend DevAnand to transport some merchandise across state border so that he can avoid paying taxes on it.

Pran argues, “I’ll donate an equivalent sum of money to a reputed NGO working for child-laborers, but don’t want my tax-money get wasted in the hands of corrupt government.”

Should Dev support him or not? and why?

DevAnand’s Diwali

Two days before Diwali, DevAnand the District Education officer gets call from Mr.Pran, Secretary of state education department.

Pran: Dev, I know this is really bad timing but I’ve to tell you that I’ve received call from finance ministry, and we won’t renew the contracts of those temporary primary teachers. I want you to let them know as soon as possible-this afternoon. So they can start looking for alternative arrangements and jobs.

Dev doesn’t want to spoil everyone’s Diwali, thinks about releasing this bad news after Diwali is over. What should he do?

Chinese circuit

Dev Anand is a quality control engineer at DRDO. DRDO has contracted a Saudi firm to supply certain electronics for a tank for the Indian Army. At last minute, Dev finds out that two special parts inside the Saudi electronic circuit were actually made by China.

There is extremely low chance that even during repairs, anyone will find out these were from China. But If Dev reports this discrepancy, there tank delivery will be stalled for months, and he himself might be punished by seniors for notifying this at last minute- And the unnecessary hue and cry in media might even cost his job. What should Dev do?

free golf membership

Dev Anand and Pran are college batchmates. After graduation, Dev joins PWD as civil engineer while Pran becomes a building contractor. Once at a marriage reception, Dev mentions that he always wanted to play golf at the Kingfisher club but its fees were too high. Pran says his uncle has connections with the owner of the said golf club and he could easily arrange membership at a discounted price. Should Dev accept his offer?

Rapist Bapu

Dev Anand has been appointed as the public prosecutor against a ‘baba’ who is accused of raping a minor girl. Although Dev’s own parents happen to be long time devotees of that baba, Dev himself was never associated with this baba’s cult.

But, Mr.Pran, a lawyer of dubious standards, who was also eyeing for the same public-prosecutor job, starts a media-campaign to malign DevAnand, by showing his family’s connections with that baba. Should Dev leave this case? Yes/No/Why?

real estate mafia

Dev Anand is an accountant with ILF real estate. Dev is also associated with an NGO that successfully spearheaded a campaign against illegal encroachment by a particular real estate mafia in a nearby village. Now through his office work, Dev has learned that the CEO of ILF, Mr.Pran himself was the real brain behind that illegal land grabbing. Should Dev notify this to his NGO friend? If the case goes to court, ILF might shut down and Dev might lose his job. What should Dev do?

Million Dollar Baby (euthanasia)

In the Oscar winning movie Million Dollar Baby, the boxer-girl gets paralyzed below neck during a match. Doctors say there is no hope of her recovery. Before this accident, she had taken health insurance policy and hence there is no issue of money but she is disowned by her family, doesn’t want to live such life of disability and depression, and therefore asks her boxing coach to perform euthanasia by mixing a poison in her glucose drip.

  1. If you were the CEO of a health insurance company, will you develop a policy detailing the point at which your insurance company will cease to support efforts to keep such patient alive who are never going to recover? Specify the rationale for your decisions.
  2. If you were that paralyzed-boxer, will you seek euthanasia?
  3. If you were that coach, will you perform euthanasia?
  4. If you were the doctor, will you accept that (boxer) patient’s right to refuse therapy?
  5. If you were a judge and this matter was brought under your notice, what will be your judgment? and why?
  6. Do you think there is a difference between murdering someone and letting someone die on his/her own wish. Justify your stand.

Cheater book

Mr. Pran has authored a book to help students learn how to cheat during university exam. What will you do under following circumstances and why?

  1. As a publisher, will you publish this book? yes/no/why?
  2. As a bookstore owner, will you sell this book? yes/no/why?
  3. As a newspaper editor, will you accept advertisement contract for this book? yes/no/why?
  4. As a college student, will you use this book?  yes/no/why?
  5. As a college student, you’ve to face a particular paper during semester exam. You feel this paper/course has no relevance what so ever with your graduation or real life, but still you need to pass it, to get the final degree. Will you use above cheating book, to clear this ‘irrelevant’ paper?  yes/no/why?

Epilogue:

DevAnand and Pran’s ethical journey will continue as I go through more American universities that teach ethics. Btw, Write article-win books deadline is 25th Sep.2013.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha


So far 87 Comments posted

  1. Mehul

    hi all,
    What is the formal answer to following questions?
    1. Gender Bias (job)
    2. Statistical Juggling part-I
    3. If you were the CEO of a health insurance company in million dollar baby question

  2. aditya

    DEAR MRUNAL SIR !!! U R HELPING SYUDENTS IN A TREMENDOUS WAY !! IT CANT BE SAID AS AN UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR !!!! PLEASE KEEP ON DOING THIS BEHAVIOUR ALWAYS !!

  3. Mukul

    sir, if in case, even after decades, c****** formed the govt in Gujrat, u wud be the first victim of CBI. 🙂

    1. Arpit Gupta

      he he..
      ye sahi tha…
      😛

  4. jude_lucy

    Ah…it pays to be working as a H.R executive!

    1. nikhil

      an HR EXECUTIVE !!

      1. jude_lucy

        ya, that’s me!

        1. nikhil

          An HR EXECUTIVE. The word ‘H’ (aitch) begins with a vowel sound.

          1. Da Vinci

            Good one, Nikhil.. 🙂

          2. Pritam

            Hahahaha

          3. Rohan

            H is considered as Half Vowel

          4. G-FOX

            Rohan my dear by your logic the following consonant should all begin with AN because they begin with vowel sounds:

            F : a/Ef
            L : Ael
            M : a/Em
            N : a/En
            R : A/AR
            S : a/Es
            X : a/Ex

            however as we are well aware, we precede all these other consonants with A and not AN.
            please don’t misguide people even as a joke.

          5. Da Vinci

            @G-FOX: AN comes when sound of a vowel is produced, not when a vowel letter comes per se. eg. if the word is ‘Fan’, you pronounce it as ‘Fan’, not as ‘Eff’an. whereas in a word like ‘effective’, where the sound is of ‘ef’, we use AN instead of A. Similarly, in ‘Honorable’, we use AN honorable, not A honorable because sound is of ‘O’. Also, in ‘unique’, we use A unique, not AN unique, inspite of it beginning with the vowel ‘U’ because the sound is of ‘You’, and not ‘ooo’ like in ‘Ubercool’.. Nikhil is not misguiding anyone but just pointing out the humor in it.. I expect that the matter will be rested now, as we have totally lost the focus from the actual intent of the Ethics article by Mrunal.. 🙂

          6. Rohan

            @G-Fox .. Go and read wren & Martin. You will get Idea.

          7. G-FOX

            @Da Vici Code: hahaha you people are so pedantic, sticking to archaic, decprecated rules as if they were lodestone, pray tell me for sake of a simple example: is it “a historic occasion” or “an historic occasion”?

            you uprooted my comment from its context for your reactionary proclivities, the point being was “H.R. Executive” is a recently invented PHRASE in the english language and jude_lucy was perfectly correct in saying “a H.R. Executive” when the grammar nazis attacked.

            @Rohan: Yes indeed, wren and martin, the forefathers of every call-center employees I’ll order my copy right away sir!

          8. nikhil

            @ G fox: though substantially ur talking non sense, but the manner in wch u r propagating ur non sense is certainly noteworthy. infact, that is all that matters these days!!Congratulations

          9. G-FOX

            yeah, it does feel like my time has come. thanks boy! drinks @ my place tonight!

          10. Da Vinci

            @Foxie Boy:
            1. It is ‘a historic occasion’. In earlier times, people used to pronounce ‘historic’, ‘horrific’, etc, as ‘istoric’, ‘orrific’, etc, with silent ‘h’ and so, used ‘an historic or an horrific’. But in 20th century, the pronunciation changed with ‘h’ now being pronounced. so now it is ‘a historic and a horrific’
            2. These rules are not archaic, rather well integrated in today’s English, written as well as colloquial. If the intention is to ignore the rules, then I think it is a slippery slope down from proper written English to SMS language using LOL, ROFL, etc.
            3. There was no context in your comment. Nikhil had written a humorous comment to jude_lucy, which even jude_lucy took in its right spirit and ignored, but you focused on it and started preaching, and that too wrong things, which is ironic as you were preaching Nikhil not to propagate wrong things even as a joke, but yourself you are propagating wrong things and seriously. and even justifying them later.
            4. You are calling us Grammar Nazis, even when you ignored my request of putting the matter be rest, and yourself behaved as a true Nazi by continuing this useless banter, which is again ironic.
            5. I know you meant it as a sarcasm, but I think you should seriously order wren and martin. It will definitely help you, provided you are open to learning and don’t consider yourself God of English already.
            6. Your time has always been there in the past, as our selection systems are not perfect yet. But believe me, with improvements occurring, it wont last long.
            7. I think you will let better sense prevail now and let the matter rest now.
            8. Drinks, sure.. Its always a pleasure to see how the other side lives..

          11. G-FOX

            @da vinci code: once upon a time there was an honorable judge of all people who lived an hindu village. he used to judge everyone and everything based on their actions and words. he used to judge white people and niggers, trees, plants and flowers, professionals and non-professionals, boys and girls and he even judged an whore once.

            pretty soon people got tired of his judging ass and decided to pop a cap into it. a assassination plot was hatched and an hired-hand was assigned to kill the judge on an sunny day in september.

            there was to be a public judging of an cow that day and the judge was pronouncing the verdict when the bullet was shot, the judges last words were “i am an sinner, but its too late to repent now”.

          12. nikhil

            @all: no point messing with G fOX. He is a philosopher of freedom. U cant trap him with dogmatic fetters of established acadmeia

          13. Da Vinci

            @All: Hahahaha.. I think Fox is aspiring for the wrong profession.. He is more of an artist..
            @G-Fox: A honorable, not AN honorable..

            And the cycle of Karma continues..

          14. G-FOX

            @nikhil: it takes one to know one! thanks 🙂
            @davincicode: this story was a test, if you were not a grammar nazi you could have ignored it and the matter would have rested in peace, however you failed and could not resist the temptation, thus proving my previous points.

          15. G-FOX

            @davincicode: as for your judgement of my choice of my profession, i could say the same thing that you should be teaching english grammar to five year olds.

          16. Zambo

            lolz….Ethics ke badle Vowels padh rhe hain 😀

          17. Da Vinci

            @Fox: Not a fan of sarcasm, are you..? I know it was a test.. I can see you changed all A’s to AN’s and AN’s to A’s.. Point being you can’t let it go after all.. Not a true artist even, are you..

            P.S.: I will, if you attend the classes…

          18. G-FOX

            @davincicode: i will attend all the classes but with a teacher like you i’m sure nobody will learn anything. and sarcasm is resorted to by the people who have neither the imagination to lie nor the passion to curse so there you go 🙂

          19. Da Vinci

            @All: Bow to the Lord..

          20. G-FOX

            @all: arrow to the devil!

          21. Da Vinci

            @All: Good Lord..!!

          22. shkk

            @G-fox and @Davinci –

            Can you guys please continue…..this could easily become the most read thing at Mrunal’s….got to know of this verbal-spat through a friend….you people getting famous 🙂

  5. abhinav

    It’s Mrunal’s EXCLUSIVE,
    just awesome work as usual,

    i think the Delhi Dukandars will soon copy your stuff…

  6. Rahul

    Dear Mrunal Sir,
    Can you please upload answers to the sample questions published by UPSC for GS 4 Paper. It will be of immense help. Awaiting your reply 🙂

  7. abc

    indian universities ethics nahi padhati kya?

    1. Mehul

      padhati hongi, but most of them don’t upload material on their website.

  8. Milind

    great sir:-) thanks a lot:-) we eagerly wait for your posts:-)

  9. Rohit

    GOOD ONE !!!!

  10. Rohit M

    GOOD ONE !!!!

  11. Pragyesh Shrivastava

    Just to have a perspective the Micheal Sandel videos van be watched if one has time. It is a set of 12 lectures by Prof. Sandel at Harvard university. The link to the first video is given here. Rest appear on the page itself if one finds it interesting enough to continue.
    click me to watch on youtube

  12. Siri

    Thanks pragyesh

  13. nikhil

    Mr A Raja is professor emeritus of ethics and integrity at university of texas

  14. docvinny

    Finally after a long wait you are back with a bang. Thank u Mrunal.. Keep going.

  15. bharath

    guidance / answers for this questions sir?

  16. SWAPNIL

    thanks for nice material helpful for exam.

  17. vighnesh

    mrunal, please give me permission to tranlate this article in telugu version.i will publish this article in yojana(telugu). i am working with yojana(telugu)as a translator(assignment basis)

  18. Debasish

    GREAT…. But please upload suggested answers.

  19. upsc Aspirant

    Mrunal,

    U have included a case study of Rapist Bapu, my question is ,its just blame on him which yet to be proved, so plz request you since it is related to ethics, avoid such defaming words against anyone…

    1. rohit

      chill dude.
      mrunal bhai has not named anyone. (there are many similar cases)
      he has just taken a hypothetical case because a public prosecutor might face such problem.

  20. amit

    a real tribure to dev anand….dev saab would be really happy reading this article somewhere in the heavens

    1. rohit

      dude i doubt if they have internet there. it would be unethical.

      1. Atir SIddique

        Dude you are talking about Dev Anand,he will still be making movies in Yamlok with Yamraj as villain and Maneka as Heroine and of course he himself being the Main Lead.

  21. suresh

    Dear Mrunal Sir,

    please upload a sample essay writing,which is now equivalent to one paper of 250 marks.
    please guide us in that perspective.

  22. Debasish D

    This is a good compilation.
    However would like to know the answers that UPSC tends to expect.
    Especially in contentious issues like euthanasia as it is not necessary that our answers have to be inline with those of the examiners.

  23. dr d prajapati

    awesome
    (pls throw somelight on RoPA )

  24. vinay

    Col.DevAnand should not do what was done by Gen V.K.Singh ,Using the money from secret service fund for toppling a state government as it places our army on the same footing with our neighboring country’s. This is beyond Army’s charter and the relation that has to be there in a democracy between it’s civilian political executive and army.

  25. Mahesh

    Thank you Mrunal sir

  26. navdeep

    superb study material n thanks to UPSC for including such vibrant syllabus dis tym…its gonna b a lifetime experience writing answers to such ques… thanks mrunal sir 🙂

  27. V.Ravi Kumar

    Thanks for ur efforts, but could you please give model answers also for ethics case studies.

  28. arulkumar k

    hai sir i want to money lanudering &prevention material .pls sent me sir

  29. Kartik

    @ mrunal sir

    Sir is ur world history series is over or not ??
    Though you have completed almost all topics as per new syllabus !

    Regards

    1. bhaz

      if you observe carefully, he has not covered much in history. He compiled summaries on imperialism and colonialism. For rest of topics, he has shared old ncert content as it is. So the jack sparrow series of world history is not yet done

      1. G-FOX

        approximately 36 history articles have been written since the inception of the blog, that may not be much but given 1)high standards of quality 2)the (as Heidegger would put it), “da-sein” nature of history, it would be wasteful to expect more from Mrunal as far as history is concerned.

        i mean, how many ways do you need to be told before you understand that Farukhsiyar was the Mughal emperor between 1713 and 1719? Even these world history summaries are a little bit superfluous IMHO so if there was a group of people who do not deserve to complain, it would comprise almost entirely of the readership of this blog.

        Ergo, NCERTs should suffice.

    2. Dr

      sheldon is it you??? (yupp i am asking u G-fox)… if yes.. go back to america or into the show..

      1. G-FOX

        @Dr. hehehe yeah my mom says us people of west texas were born to become indian administrators so trying my hand, globalization man! get with it!

  30. sant

    sir you have an impeccable style of writing and covering almost all burning issues in your article.your service to nation is purely ethical..

  31. anonymous

    Purity lies in heart of millions of people as a “morality in silence” all over the religions/regions. Its society that needs, not UPSC but it hopes to ruffle it through the services for the later to make a -ive slope around money to tilt balance towards humanity. This is why i live here by choice and continue it to eternity until sun retires.

  32. Pritam

    Good job done Mrunal

  33. Kartik

    @ bhaz

    But den wats ur opinion abt world history ?
    Should go for jain and mathur book for history for selected topics coz its very comprehensive !

  34. Rohan

    ” To withdraw a large sum of money from secret service fund and use it to buy off independent MLAs and opposition parties and get a no-confidence motion”

    Is it possible in the real life without knowing to ruling party ??

  35. G-FOX

    also, i see comment moderation has been turned off. decentralizing are we, Mr. Patel? 🙂

  36. Anand

    Thank you Sir 🙂

  37. G-FOX

    Organized Sport, or at least the state-support for it is most unethical. #cultofmrunal

  38. Kartik

    @ to all

    Just finished first six articles on world history .
    Just wanted to say that first two articles are completely awesome but articles 3 to 12 are not synthesised properly , mere reproduction of text from ncert , even the words like ” as you have read in previous chapter ” . Above all lots of info is missing which obviously cant be covered here.
    In all articles are gud but still lack continuity, clarity and cohesion !!
    But still a laudable effort by MRUNAL SIR !
    Since time is less so gud option to go for these but will definitively refer jain mathur for next attempt if i dint clear this time ( i hope i do clear this tym ) .
    Anyways tc everybody, going out for some fresh air now !!

    Regards

    1. G-FOX

      invaluable feedback, thanks Kartik!

  39. G-FOX

    1 (a) According to Aristotle, a flourishing human life consists of courage, honor, goodness, generosity, growth, and resilience. But in the modern times, it not possible or practical to lead to such a flourishing life.

    Ans: as a normative philosopher, nowhere does Aristotle consider circumstantial problems like modernity, globalization, corruption and petty larceny because these exist in every civilization irrespective of the day, year, century or millennium it is situated in.

    Therefore the excuse that “modern times” prevent one from being loaded and oozing with said virtues is completely preposterous and without base. A mind set on being virtuous can find its obduracy meeting behavioral fruition regardless of the decadence which surrounds it.

    1. dushyanth

      are we required to write answers with such high vocabulary…….

      1. G-FOX

        definitely not @dushyanth, i can’t help it as i am already a highly paid and published author of 7 books, you should write the way you feel comfortable.

  40. rajkumar

    I dnt want to hurt any one but plz as a future honest officers we must protest about the reforms of cbi autonomy completPoliticalinterferencebecoz yesterdays story of ysr congress person of Andhra came outside of jail with influence of congres at centre for making with him Alliance for 2014 election let us protest for reforms for cbi autonomy which is Done in the case of nirbaya its our nation we shudnt encourage this corrupt practices any more

  41. Sekhar

    Exemplary work

  42. ANKIT PANDEY

    Really good collection of probable questions, it will be further great if relevant points in a summary form can be provided for each question so that we can check our individual answers also..thanks..

  43. falcon

    …gr8 work mrunal…yr story is apt fr a movie…get it patented else rohit shetty wil steal it…ha ha ha

  44. deepak

    Sir…upr jo role playing/srt ke que diye h….kya unka answer mil skta h..???

  45. rathod

    awesome work bhai..!

  46. vivian

    nothing can wrap n endarken excellence
    please provide us ur valuable ans of model qns

  47. Pragya

    Sir can you please provide hints or approach to answer such question?
    Because we can state whats ethical and whats not but writing it in formal way is little tricky..

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