The UPSC mains GS - 4 paper of Ethics is one of the major components of UPSC syllabus.Human behaviour is often a very complex one. One's Integrity its one of the most important aspects of a persons character. Its very important to hold on to Integrity ansd behave accordigly.Civil servants are required to imbibe these qualities to give their best as civil servants to the society.
Integrity indicates soundness of moral principles, the character of uncorrupted virtues, uprightness, honesty and sincerity, According to Ministry of Personnel, "Consistently behaves in an open, fair and transparent manner, honours one's commitments and works to uphold the Public service values." Integrity in public affairs and administration is essential; and therefore there must be an insistence on it in every branch of public activity. A fundamental rule for maintaining civil servants’ integrity is to avoid situations which may give rise to a conflict of interest. The following guidelines are relevant;
Never use your position in the civil service to benefit yourself or your family, relatives or friends, or any other group of people with whom you have personal or social ties;
Avoid being placed in a position of obligation to anyone by accepting excessive entertainment or favours such as free service, or indulging in games of chance with subordinates or other people with whom you have official dealings; and
Avoid putting yourself in a position that may arouse any suspicion of dishonesty, or of using your official position to benefit yourself, your family, relations or friends. For example, do not provide advice to any executive search firm if your official duties involve appointment and promotion. In procuring services or goods for your office, do not negotiate with a company in which you or your relatives hold shares. Follow prescribed tender procedures and declare an interest if necessary in the process.
Encourage others Lo consistently follow Public Service values
Treat people impartially, regardless of political, social, demographic, geographic, circumstances or bias
Enforce law, public service values and rules of conduct even in difficult situations
Have the courage and conviction to make and stand by the right decisions, even at significant personal cost
Provide honest and frank advice to uphold public interest
Ensure full disclosure, by sharing the political implications of the decisions being made
Challenge powerful and influential people, and hold them accountable to make the right decisions
Stand firm when dealing with unreasonable requests and demand
Take accountability for own actions and create a cultures for others also to take accountability for their own actions
Intellectual integrity is defined as recognition of the need to be true to one's own thinking and to hold oneself to the same standards one expects others to meet. It also means to honestly admit discrepancies and inconsistencies in one's own thought and action, and to be able to identify inconsistencies in one's own thinking
The establishment and maintenance of integrity in public life and public service requires a number of elements, including: legislation, regulations and codes of conduct; a society whose religious, political and social values expect honesty from politicians and officials; professionalism among officials; and a political
leadership with the moral and political courage and will to take its responsibility, both public and private, seriously.
Intergrety play a very important role in a persons life. being a civil servant the Integrity helps you shape your career and the value in the adminstration system. To read more articles on ethics - click here