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Tackling Quote-Based Questions in UPSC GS IV Ethics

Quote-based questions in the UPSC GS IV Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude paper are known for their complexity and open-ended nature. These questions often feature a range of thinkers, from philosophers to developmental psychologists like Erik Ericson, cited in 2021. The unpredictability of whose quotes will be asked—given there is no predefined list in the syllabus—adds to the challenge.


What compounds the difficulty is the inherent open-endedness of these questions. They lack explicit prompts such as "explain" or "discuss," leaving the direction and expectations somewhat ambiguous. This can make structuring and organizing answers a daunting task for UPSC aspirants.


How to Approach Quote-Based Questions

  1. Contextual Understanding: Grasp the broader context of the quote to ensure relevance in your response.

  2. Perspective Analysis: Decide whether a personal or a general viewpoint best suits the answer.

  3. Thematic Clarity: Identify the core theme of the quote to align your answer with the intended message

For insightful strategies and in-depth guidance on mastering quote-based questions for the GS IV Ethics paper, follow Ethics 101 by KM Pathi. 


Join us, and keep probing the questions that matter in your UPSC journey.

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