9) Define and differentiate between aptitude and attitude. In your opinion, which of these two is more important for a civil servant? Justify why.

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9) Define and differentiate between aptitude and attitude. In your opinion, which of these two is more important for a civil servant? Justify why. (200 Words)



  • Amit Pandey

    Aptitude and
    Attitude are some of the ingredients which a Civil officer needs to have within
    him.These are some of the rare qualities which differentiates a person from the
    crowd.A perfect attitude and perfect aptitude is a rare combination. Attitude
    encompasses various facets of life .Being
    positive and candid all are implicit to it.When it comes to definition
    attitude can be defined as a way of treating things in life.It could be
    positive or negative.While aptitude defines the aptness and logical way of
    treating things.

    Positive aptitude
    again is a very broad term.When a lady undergone with an ordeal reports to an
    officer,he/she should be a highly patient .While the same cannot be done with
    any goon who has been caught from absconding.This is the attitude which a civil
    officer requires to inculcate. Suitable attitude needs to be complemented with some amount of aptitude

    Both are
    amenable to human mind.While it is
    understood that a civil officer has the required amount of aptitude within him .It is Attitude which is paramount
    in his discharge of duties.Many a time situation is adverse and may try to succumb
    him/her to become victim of the system.In
    such situations it is necessary to
    retain positivity.In past IAS Ravi kumar of Karnataka ,and few others have
    succumbed to different unrevealed relent.It is necessary to wait for the
    correct time and not go apprehensive about life.

    • Anshika

      Avoid using names of civil servants , might not go well

      • Amit Pandey

        Sure..next tym will take care.Thanks

    • keshav

      what about a goon with features of Robinhood??

  • mystic_souls

    Aptitude is the “ability to learn” & Attitude is the “desire to learn”. This is the most simple definition as well as difference of the two characters which determine either success or faliure for a person. From infancy to the very later stages of life these two inherited or acquired qualities go a long way in determining the gains and losses in a persons life.
    For a person having aptitude but lacking attitude is no good. For example, a person having aptitude for music but lacking the desire to hone his/her skill will not make him a good musician no matter how greatly he might be gifted, for we do know that practice makes a man perfect and it requires an attitude of competetive learning to develop and polish one’s skills.
    In my opinion, for a civil servant both these qualities i.e. aptitude & attitude are of equal importance as they go hand in hand in developing a persona which inculcates a sense of service.
    A civil servant must have an aptitude to learn about the diaspora he is going to serve and an attitude to take into his stride all the kinds of issues that come his way and work solutions out of them.
    For eg. An officer posted in a region of an unlearned language may have an aptitude to learn it but unless he has a desire to do so in order to engage with the local community, that aptitude is not going to help him in any way.

    • Sam

      ability to learn vs desire to learn is a pretty good way to put it, though aspects like problem solving vs problem orientation etc would make your answer more all round.
      Brilliant examples 🙂

      • mystic_souls

        Thank u sam. 🙂 will try to improve in future answers.

  • Ravi

    Attitude is defined (psychologically) as an expression of favor or disfavor towards any person, place, object or thing.
    Aptitude on the other hand is a component of competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level, which can also be considered as talent. It may be physical or mental.
    Aptitude basically tells about the ability to learns and attitude tells about a persons desire to perform or learn.
    Having right attitude is important to make things happen more positively than having a person with high aptitude and wrong attitude.

    Attitude ensures your aptitude brings you optimum learning and ensures effective application of learning.
    Skills can be taught while attitude is a reflection of one’s personality, something which is harder to change.
    But then another problem is that while technical skills can be taught, not everyone has the ability or desire to learn this skills, especially at a proficent level. We hear so many students taking up their lives just because they are unable to cope up with the academic pressure. This results from having wrongly accessed their aptitude for Engineering. Not very dissimilar is the case with Civil Servants.

    Attitude is very important because a good vehicle does require shock absorbers to be able to deal with ill-constructed roads.
    To conclude, a successful life is the end-result of both attitude and aptitude. And for a civil servant, a strong attitude is very much required to deal with myriad of problems in society.

  • ShwethaB

    Attitude is the orientation of an individual towards a situation or a thing it is mostly mental.Whereas aptitude is an innate and natural ability possessed from birth,however it can also be acquired as learned skills.A right mixture of attitude and aptitude is important for success in any career,specially for a civil servant in the following manner:
    1.Civil servants are decision makers this requires innate qualities of leader who takes decision in accordance with the larger society’s interest.This skills are formally imparted to the newly appointed civil servants during their training by making them learn the cadres language ,self defence etc.
    2.The work of a civil servant will be full of challenges where he maybe posted in an insurgent afflicted area ,face threatening calls from local goons, pressure of political executives to bend rules in their favor,this will require the right kind of attitude to face these with a positive outlook with a sound mind and body,without succumbing to pressure.
    3.A civil servant deals with a dynamic field like administration which requires an attitude to adjust itself with changing environment For eg use of technology to proper delivery of services ,this requires an attitude to adopt change and aptitude to implement it in the most efficient way.

    • KJ Choudhary

      gud answer..covered all the points.keep writing.
      Plz review mine

      • ShwethaB

        Thanks for the review.

    • Krishna Koushik

      Gud attempt. Better if you give conclusion at last. It gives an overall impression in one last point.
      Keep writing ?
      Pls review my answer

      • ShwethaB

        Thanks for the review

    • surpassinfinite

      Your points talks well about where a civil servant would use a right attitude. I think you have honestly expressed your opinion, but one should try not to completed tilted towards one side, you could have balanced this answer a little more. My interpretation might be wrong. Still a novice.

      Please review my answer as well, thanks in advance.

      • ShwethaB

        Thanks I wiil keep in mind your suggestion

  • Priyanka

    Pls review ….

    • Devon Creed

      These are my views .. I am no expert .. no offense or discouragement is intended

      – in first line the word “manner” wont come
      – attitude is simply not the difference between optimistic and pessimistic mindset as suggested by half glass example though the example itself is very appropriate
      – avoid using words like burdened as it suggests bureaucracy is burden according to you
      – also suggesting civil servants as brains of polity appears a disregard of political class to be intelligent .. kindly dont take this biased view
      – you have used the words both are important thrice … kindly use different words to suggest same thing as using same words again and again indicates answer writing only for space filling …

      Very nice handwriting , u can enhance it by underlining … see if u can give a proper structure to it. best of Luck

      • Priyanka

        Thanks a lot for a detailed and clear feedback…..

  • Yashaswi


    • Ankith

      answer is good…you covered what is required in the question. But the example you have quoted in the 4th para seems a bit out of way…..you could have thought of a better one

      • Yashaswi

        “political superiors” example is what you are talking about? Hmm.. Ok.

  • KJ Choudhary

    Aptitude is a person’s ability and potential to learn skills and attitude is way of handling any situation. Aptitude alone cannot take person all the way through the path to success, person’s attitude determines what and how much he can do it.The blend of both aptitude and attitude ensures success.
    Need for a civil servant with the correct apptitude and attitude is a must for a proper administration. A civil servant carrer is full of challenges, he is responsible for listening to the voice of people. Therefore he should have positive attitude towards the critiscm, comments, opinion, discussion nd demonstration, made by public. A civil servant with good aptitude and positive attitude is an efficient human resource for the development of a country and a civil servant with poor apptitude and attitude can lead to inefficient service to society and the mechanism of administration will not b smooth n the public can get frustated with the poor management n wrong decision on public affairs.
    Therefore, a perfect blend of aptitude and attitude is important fo a civil servant in delivering his services smoothly.

    • Devon Creed

      3 points that need attention according to me : ( I am not an expert so my views maybe wrong so please dont be offended or discouraged )

      – You have mentioned both are necessary but i think u shud have stressed on one more prominently and tried to justify it rather than taking a neutral path.

      – main body focuses more on the issues of positive and negative attitude rather than the dichotomy of attitude and aptitude.

      – Conclusion needs to be worked upon

      PS : Kindly review my answer too

      • KJ Choudhary

        yaa u r right.will surely work on these points..thanku


    Aptitude is the natural talent or bent of mind, it also shows your ability of what you can learn easily and master whereas Attitude is your disposition towards a person, place or thing, it shows your liking and disliking
    For a civil servant both aptitude and attitude is required because

    why aptitude?
    Civil servants are the service providers to the society in an organised and efficient manner so that peace and balance in the society is maintained, they must possess the qualities like leadership, compassion, integrity, conflict resolution, deep knowledge of system’s working etc which can be easily ingrained if a person is having aptitude for it.

    why attitude?
    Civil servants should have liking towards working for people, there betterment, he has to be compassionate enough to understand the problem and see it that it is solved,he has to be tolerant towards criticisms and not feel disheartened

    so, proper amalgamation of both is required for a successful and effective civil servant and smooth administration

  • rupak mishra

    Attitude is mental orientation of individual.Attitude can decide one’s hobbies and habits towards particular activity and thing.Aptitude is our mental calibre which help us assessing,judging and comprehending situations and its allied activity.Aptitude is generally believed that it is innate or natural quality but can be also enhanced by extensive and continuous practice.Both aptitude and attitude can help each other for any purpose.Civil servant should possess both aptitude as wll as attitude for executing their task with right purpose.In modern day civil affairs problems are waiting for solutions which can be only solved through some specific set of skills with right aptitude and attitude.So it seems both aptitude and attitude should be integral part of civil servant in order to serve civilian properly.

  • MSI

    Ans: Aptitude: It is the ability to learn. This learning can be innate or can be acquired through effort. For eg a technical bent of mind is an innate aptitude while acquiring an engineering degree is a learnt aptitude.

    Attitude: It is the learned predisposition to act or react in a certain way towards any object. Hence it’s an outcome of aptitude yet, it’s not limited to mere factual learning done by aptitude. It involves both factual and emotional components.

    According to my opinion both aptitude and attitude are equally important. Human is a student throughout his life. He keeps on learning. For a civil servants this learning process becomes all the more important as decision making is an important part of his duties. Decision making requires that he continuously updates himself to make better decisions. Decision making is thus a process where he converts his aptitude into attitude. His attitude thus becomes important as without converting his knowledge to practical part it would be a total waste. But this conversion is not restricted to facts alone. As a civil servant deals with human his decision making has to incorporate emotive aspects. Thus his attitude which blends both factual aptitude and emotive aspects is needed for his job. Swami Vivekanand had said “ Knowledge without application is a total loss”

    Hence both aptitude and attitude are necessary and should complement each other to become a successful civil servant.

    • AKSHAY123

      well written, with a clear understanding…
      continue writing…

    • Cooties

      WoW..Your answer looks wonderful..very well writtwn

    • Devon Creed

      nice answer , specifically points like :
      – innate and learned aptitude
      – factual and emotive based attitude
      – Aptitude attitude complementarity

      THough i have one doubt … according to the question isnt it necessary to take side of a particular view ? i have seen answers here which suggest a neutral way but isnt that common sense ? i thought the question asked us to take a side and justify it … just suggesting my views .. i may be entirely wrong in my conceptual understanding of the question so do reply.. thanks

      • MSI

        You can take either side if you wish it that way. There is no definite template especially in ethics. But what ever side you are taking you need to justify it.

      • Krishna Koushik

        Hi devon… Wen the asked for our opinion we can take balanced view also. It is not al wrong. But if both views are not having same balance then one can take a view supporting itbor opposing it.
        Pls review my answer.

    • Krishna Koushik

      Every point is apt to the que demand and Vivekananda quote gave a bright light to whole answer. Keep writing ?
      Pls review mine

    • surpassinfinite

      Good answer, very balanced towards both attitude and aptitude, I don’t know if this kind of balance is expected in such questions? Or can we tilt towards one side a little.
      Please review mine also.
      Thanks in advance.

    • 2tuff

      isn’t attitude more important as aptitude can be learned and a person can be trained to gain it. even after that he can be provided staff and support to ease it for him . moreover aptitude being specific to the demands of an issue will require continuous up-gradation which can be ensured only with the help of an attitude to achieve it.
      also many situations which arise due to fast changing society and technology (like net neutarlity, NPT,LGBT etc ) requires a clear and firm attitude as information in these fields at the time of need will not only be limited but will also require tapering to the particular societal needs

  • Ankith

    Attitude can be defined as the individuals’s way of looking at the things. The mental model one attached to a particular aspect or thing
    Aptitude can be termed as ability, which is possessed from birth or can be possessed through learning

    Any civil servant should possess certain qualities and skills in delivering his duties efficiently. These skill sets and abilities aren’t certainly accrued by birth but the civil servant harnesses his mind in order to obtain these through various trainings conducted by the government or reputed educational insitutes. So, firstly civil servant needs to have the attitude for learning rather than being ignorant of the new developments in his field of work. This gives him wide scope in understanding various dimensions of an issue and putting in efforts to deal with them

    For example, an IAS officer is the CEO of a skill development mission of a state government. The programme was a complete failure because of reasons like lack of employment opportunities, corruption, lack of proper monitoring etc. The CEO rather than giving up on the programme and terming that skill development is a farce programme and doesn’t benefit any body, he should learn various internal complexities involved in the whole system and also understand the market dynamics, their by he can plan on those skill development programs where there is a demand in the market

    The above example shows 2 important things. Firstly, attitude of a civil servant is important in delivering his functions efficiently. Secondly, the right attitude pushes him/her for gaining aptitude as he/she would be more open for learning

    • Yashaswi

      Hi Ankith,

      “firstly civil servant needs to have the attitude for learning” – It’s a nice point, though you could have slightly elaborated it. Ex: “since civil servants’ postings change regularly, they must have the ability to adapt to new surroundings quickly with no qualms” and this is dependent on attitude etcetc

      Writing this was not necessary i felt – “These skill sets and abilities aren’t certainly accrued by birth but the civil servant harnesses his mind in order to obtain these through various trainings conducted by the government or reputed educational insitutes.”

      Your examples are focused more on the attitude part of the question i felt. You seem to suggest that attitude is the single most important aspect and aptitude comes out of attitude?

    • MSI

      Ankit you defined the first part very well. But i think the second part of the question that demands us to to chose any one and justify it is not as clear in your answer as it should be.

  • Gogi

    Aptitude is a measure of a person’s ability to use his knowledge or mental capability when required in an effective manner. Research shows that genes of a person do have a role in it but can also be developed.

    Attitude implies the thoughts and values that a person holds to approach any situation. These are inculcated by a person either by practice or through observation.

    I believe attitude is more important that aptitude to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a civil servant.
    1) Civil servant is more often a generalist. He does not do any rocket science to require extremely high aptitude. The necessary aptitude is more so judged in the UPSC civil service exam
    2) Civil servants are part of the executive. Thus there job is execution. Execution requires perseverance, which is a part of attitude and does not reflect in aptitude, since aptitude can be genetic as well.
    3) Civil servants deal with a lot of resources at hand which they can channelize. The will of the civil servant is required for this channelization, else such resources can be un-utilized or wrongfully utilized. Will, again is a part of attitude, not aptitude.

    The civil servant training program is developed such that attitude-related training is imparted. But attitude is not a trick that can be learned easily and requires re-affirmation. A system for it needs to be developed for our civil servants to do their duties more effectively and efficiently.

  • Devon Creed

    Aptitude is the human ability associated with problem solving whereas Attitude is the ingrained set of emotions that defines the orientation towards human and innate factors in varying circumstances.

    For a Civil servant Aptitude is important as he has to balance both between the rules of the bureaucracy as well as requirements emerging out of a variety of situation he has to deal with on a daily basis. Finding a middle way out for such decisions require his aptitude to be sufficiently sharp.

    AS far as attitude is concerned , A civil servant has to deal with people and situations of varying nature. He is answerable to his superiors as well as to the citizenry. There have been incidences when the attitude of civil servants has been brought into negative focus which is detrimental to service delivery. In India which is diverse country both culturally and economically, addressing concerns and expectations of all the stakeholders requires a balanced attitude of a civil servant.

    Though attitudinal attributes like Patience, Perseverance, Tolerance are as much important as aptitude related qualities like Focus , Prudence and Logical ability it is more common for attitude related qualities to be taken for granted and not focused upon. Also the state of bureaucracy in India is such that public servants are not deemed to be cooperative and empathatic to people and hence Civil servants need higher focus on attitudinal traits for better service delivery.

    Thus for better sensitization towards citizens’ need it is important that attitude related aspects be better inculcated via training and spreading awareness among civil servants.

    • Cooties

      very good answer

  • Buddha

    Please review…

    • AKSHAY123

      balanced view…ideas were in a flow.. well written

    • Raquib Hussain

      introductory thesis is nice and well written.but conclusion might be supplemented with more views(means in different words othe than already used in introduction). its all over good.

      • Buddha

        Thanks Raquib I will see next time…))

    • PS

      good point
      1.misuse of power if right aptitude with wrong attidtude

      whats your source for this topic???..from where are you reading ethics?

      • Buddha

        Thanks friend, Just reading general books and thinking about syllabus topics.

        • PS

          which books??

          • Buddha

            Ohh Sorry for vague answer, Actually I refered Lexicon for basic concept. Now days I adopted a method, I take a point from GS4, for a day like Aptitude, emotional intelligence and think over it and about its applied part. Its so interesting… ))

  • siddhartha paul

    Ability to understand, analyse & work out a problem reflects the aptitude of an
    individual and the methodology followed to do that reflects the attitude of the personnel.
    If we consider the working and the daily assignments a civil servant has to do, then we can say that mere aptitude or only attitude will not serve the purpose.
    All civil servants do their work but some are more efficient and effective than the others. This is because of the fact the efficient ones are not only able to analyse the situation and immediately try to work out a solution but also have a positive state of mind to do that.
    Hence a right blend of the two – aptitude & attitude – only can make a civil servant a better, smarter and effective civil servant because he has the responsibility of a decision maker, an administrator and a facilitator.

    Please review my comment.

  • Aptitude in the current context is the ability to learn while attitude the individual’s approach towards the learning opportunities. Aptitude of an aspirant is thoroughly tested in the entrance exam and from then on, its the attitude of the Civil servant that’ll determine his contribution and growth in his career. This follows the adage that “Genius is 1% talent and 99% perseverance”.

    Civil service presents an opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of our society, geography, polity as well as contradictions that exist in our world. When one kindles the desire to learn(attitude) about these, his understanding of the issues will increase. Knowledge gained overtime will increase the chances of success when it is put into practise in solving day to day problems.

    Ex: A talented IAS officer from an IIT won’t be able to solve irrigation problem unless he fully understands the issue from various dimensions. A technocratic solution won’t solve the issue here unless he has done his homework on all dimensions. He his aptitude might be unquestionable but his attitude towards understanding the issue will be tested. Aptitude can be improved over time through hard work. But it’s the attitude of an individual that pushes him to put that extra effort. Hence it is the attitude that matters the most when it comes to civil service.

  • NSK

    Friends please read and criticise

  • Dipjyoti

    criticism highly awaited….

  • karam deol

    Difference is already explained so main core is which one is better for a public servant (we have to choose one not both).
    Attitude is more important for public servant than aptitude ,having enough aptitude does not mean one can act impartially ,for example a tax official having enough knowledge about accounts can manipulate these accounts to avail some profits ,here despite having good aptitude he has shown a negative attitude toward his duties .
    On the contrary , a new civil servant ,though he may not have enough aptitude regarding how to handle a communal clash ,but he has enough positive attitude to act impartially without favoring any community ; here the lacuna can be filled with coordination and cooperation from seniors and juniors tantamount to enrichment of his aptitude also .in this way he can contribute to public safety and welfare .

  • fatman

    Aptitude is the potential ability to acquire skills, abilities and knowledge. It can be acquired or natural. Attitude on the other hand can be summarized as way of looking at things. Attitude is related to our perceptions of ourselves and world around us. The positive attitude is known as optimism whereas the negative is pessimism. An optimist tries to look at prospects in a given problematic scenario. On the other hand, the pessimist finds problems in face of a problem.

    A civil servant must be well versed in various aspects of administration. He has to have knowledge and an aptitude for learning about policies, related studies, and new aspects of governance by day.

    On the other hand, positive attitude helps one tide over setbacks and failures. It gives ability to take them in one’s stride as well as fight back.

    A civil servant will face several adverse situations in decision making like lack of resources, political pressures, inherent conflicts, competing groups etc. Here, a positive outlook and attitude will ensure that he/she won’t crumble under pressure.

    Hence, a civil servant must have a balance of aptitude and attitude.

  • Anshika

    Aptitude is defined as ability to learn things and understand them , while attitude is defined as the way how u percieve things and work around them
    A civil servant neccessarily needs to have good aptitude as he need to learn and understand the crux of problem but it is his attitude which will determine how he solves the problem and how he takes on difficulty arising while dealing with problem
    Aptitude and attitude are influenced by surroundings and some qualities are inherent but both aptitude and attitude can be gained by practise
    A person with good attitude will always be able to find solutions to problem and achieve targets even in most difficult situation where as a person who has a negative attitude will flounder in same situation.
    Many a time civil servants are blamed to be insensitive to needs of people and it is here where their attitude is of paramount importance , if they have good ,positive attitude they will take criticism in their stride and try to find solutions to problem and gain confidence of people in long run which in turn will help him solve many other problems
    For Eg: If a civil servant has to ask people to vaccate the land for developmental purposes he can either be autocratic and rude or be humble and have good attitude and convince the people of benefits by promising to take care of grievances and it is latter who is most likely to succeed hence here it is good positive attitde combined with good administrative skills which help civil servant
    Hence while aptitude is just neccessary to learn problem attitude is necessary to solve them

    • Anshika

      Pls review

  • Shreya Singh

    Aptitude and attitude are two important parts of our
    personality. They help in determining our choices, likes, dislikes, behavior and
    also our relationships. Aptitude is inborn or acquired talent, quality and
    skill we have. Attitude is the way we look at things or the way we approach
    different situations. To clearly differentiate, aptitude is our calibre over
    which we do not have much control. It comes out itself or is already within us
    and we just need to discover. Attitude is built by the surroundings we live in
    (including friends, family, etc) and is within our ambit of control to an

    A civil servant makes policies and implements them. This involves
    a perfect combination of aptitude and attitude. Through his expertise in the
    subject he can understand the needs of the people and how to cater to them-
    what are the best initiatives that can be taken and what are the organizations
    that can be involved. Through his leadership qualities he can convince the team
    well. If the policy becomes a failure then positive attitude helps him in
    identifying his mistakes, rectifying them and moving ahead.

    While representing his nation, state or department, he
    should have the aptitude to understand things and present them before the
    stakeholders along with a positive attitude to make others believe in the
    success of the scheme.

    Attitude and aptitude are equally important for a civil
    servant and neither can be dispensed with in any situation.

  • Appa

    Aptitude refers to the inherent ability to learn and grasp, whereas attitude refers to one’s disposition towards an object, person or action. While aptitude depends on person’s origin and upbringing, attitude undergo continuous changes dependent upon consequences of past actions and knowledge gained from external sources.

    As far as a civil servant is concerned, both of these are important for him. However, it is attitude that determines how effective the servant becomes in performing actions bestowed upon him. Not much can be done about aptitude of a person that is considered as given in any situation. However, attitudes can be moulded, reformed and corrected. In fact, a positive attitude can help overcome bottlenecks posed by low aptitude because it provides persistence in upholding a value, in this case capability to do something worthwhile.

    A Collector may have impressive background and knowledge on paper but if he harbours same-old status quoist mentality, his ability to make a difference diminishes. On the contrary, a civil servant from rural background may not have had best of education that could nurture his aptitude, but his attitude features service-mentality and ethical conduct, he is well poised to do a world of good to public interest.

    This makes it necessary to instill a positive attitude in recruited civil servants so that they can act as change agents in rapidly transforming Indian society. For, attitude, not aptitude determines altitude.

  • Sam

    Kindly review

    Aptitude can be said to be the various natural or cultivated abilities that an individual possesses required for a specific task(s). Attitude on the other hand is the orientation one has towards a certain object, person or task that may affect his/her future behaviour towards that attitude object.

    Both have to do with cognitive, behavioural and affective intelligence of an individual. Aptitude can be said to more be oriented towards the cognitive aspect. It helps one in problem solving, being efficient at the task, etc. Public servants require certain traits aptitude wise that can enable them to do their tasks in the most optimum manner.

    Attitude on the other hand has more to do with the affective part of our intelligence. It has more to do with the emotional quotient of a person. A positive attitude can enable one to better ones leadership skills, create team spirit, be a better role model for co-workers etc. Public servants work in various leadership positions which require a more enabling attitude.

    Aptitude though would be a prerequisite for a civil servant it can hardly guarantee success. Success requires a positive attitude towards people, tasks, issues and colleagues. Attitude is what differentiates officers like TN Seeshan, TSR Subramanian and others from the rest of the civil servants. Gandhiji could empower the weakest peasants, workers and low castes to fight against the might of the British state due to his attitude which gave strength to all who followed him.

    Overall attitude like faith can move mountains. Aptitude would call such a thought a travesty. But in the civil servants case both aptitude and attitude have an important place without disregard for either.

    • colourful_India

      Dude nice answer… but remember the word limit.

      • Sam

        need to work on it! Thanks 🙂

  • Krishna Koushik

    Pls review the answer frens.

    • MSI

      Hi krishna i think that you can devote few more sentences to bring more clarity of what attitude and aptitude is as per the demand of question. 2 nd part is addressed well.

    • surpassinfinite

      A very good attempt, short and simple. Though some more points can be added, it is too short an answer.

      Please review mine also, thanks in advance.

  • surpassinfinite

    Aptitude is the innate ability to learn, natural talent or ability possessed from birth, though can be acquired but won’t be as strong as the innate one. On the other hand, attitude defines a person’s outward outlook, his disposition to apply his skills and knowledge, in general sense it is the way of looking at things (problems/opportunities/situations).

    Both are essential for a civil servant and one cannot be traded for another, though the competencies to be an effective civil servant whose scope is ever growing with time demands a higher proportion of attitude balance than the aptitude. Aptitude is duly checked during the recruitment of a civil servant but same cannot be asserted for the attitude, so under assumption that all civil servants possess a minimum threshold of aptitude, attitude becomes essential how an officer applies his skills/leanings towards a situation.

    When in the day to day work, an Indian civil servant have to deal with so much diversified problems, right attitude towards them can only motivated a well aptitude equipped civil servant to take the right course of action.

    My statements do not undermine the requirements of aptitude, they are just pointing that “right attitude” can lead the even half glass full of aptitude towards its fruitful application, and it may not be true vice-versa.

    • MSI

      Its Good. The only thing that i felt is that you try to convey many ideas in a single sentence. Try breaking sentence into one idea per sentence.

      • surpassinfinite


    • Krishna Koushik

      Hi infinite. .here que has 4parts, define, differentiate, your opinion, justification for ur opinion. U done 1st one and 3rd one crctly and 4rth one a bit improvisation required. 2nd one u havent touched at all.. differentiating is all together different from defining. Kindly improvise dat part. Gud attempt
      Keep writing ?

  • Prajakta Sakpal

    Aptitude is the ability to solve a particular kind of problem.It may be inbuilt or acquirable to a great extent through practice and learning.
    Attitude is the perspective or the set of values which one takes as a base while dealing with any situation.
    According to my opinion both aptitude and attitude are very important traits of a civil servant as while dealing with problems in real life which take place in ‘society’ and not a hypothetical scenario the officer must have the right approach while applying his knowledge. Every set of problem is unique in it’s requirements and circumstances it takes place which implies a ‘standard’ solution does not exist. To derive the ‘customised’ solution attitude is very important.

  • Apocalypto

    Aptitude is one’s future potentialities with respect to any trait for eg a person may have good aptitude in teaching while attitude is one’s belief or opinion about a person or idea which can be positive or negative ,such as having positive attitude towards reservation as a policy of social justice.

    Thus both attitude and aptitude being a part of person’s personality but differ as former is belief while later is a skill .

    For a civil servant both attitude and aptitude are equally important in course of performing public duty and in many ways complement and supplement each other.

    For instance ,a civil servant may have a good aptitude in developing novel solution to problems say a problem of pilfrage of PDS grains added to it he also has a positive attitude towards his sense of duty or negative attitude towards corruption .

    Thus combined together both aptitude and attitude helps a public servant to effectively discharge his duty.

    • Apocalypto

      kindly review friends

    • colourful_India

      you covered both parts of question. good try

  • colourful_India

    Ans: Aptitude is ability to perform a certain task, solve a particular problem and take an important decision. It is considered to be a synonym of talent. It is an innate quality of a person.

    On the other hand attitude is a disposition or tendency to behave towards a certain object, person or circumstance. It decided how we apply our learnings or aptitude.

    It is expected from civil servants that they should have a very high aptitude for public administration and policy making because the policies made by them impact a large section of society. At the same time a civil servants should have good analytical skills, decision making ability in variety of circumstances, leadership qualities and team building skills.

    But having aptitude for public administration is not enough. It is the attitudes of civil servants which decided how they apply their aptitude. Attitude of civil servants towards the work, people (especially the weaker section) ,nation and society govern their performance.

    For example a civil servant may have very high analytical skills. He/she can analyse big volume of socio economic data. But he has prejudice against minority or women. In that case his analytical skill will not help him carrying out the desired duty. Rather the country will suffer because of his attitude.

    Therefore it important to have required aptitude along a right attitude. Attitude is not permanent , it can be learned by conscious efforts and a civil servant should always strive to learn right kind of attitude.

  • akshayp

    Aptitude is the ability of a person to carry out a particular task. Aptitude can be developed over time. Attitude is the way in which a person views a task irrespective of his ability to carry it out. A persons attitude towards something is influenced by his personal bias or previously formed opinions.
    A civil servants attitude is more important than aptitude. This is because a civil servant personally decides which purpose he is going to use his power for.His aptitude for it does not make a difference. It is not of much use to have an able civil servant who is unwilling to do what he can to benefit society. Aptitude is not hard to acquire but attitude is pre determined. It is very hard to change a persons attitude once he has made up his mind.

  • PS

    Aptitude: It is the ability to learn. This learning can be innate or can be acquired through effort. For eg a technical bent of mind is an innate aptitude while acquiring an engineering degree is a learnt aptitude.

    Attitude: It is the learned predisposition to act or react in a certain way towards any object. Hence it’s an outcome of aptitude yet, it’s not limited to mere factual learning done by aptitude. It involves both factual and emotional components.

    According to my opinion both aptitude and attitude are equally important. Human is a student throughout his life. He keeps on learning. For a civil servants this learning process becomes all the more important as decision making is an important part of his duties. Decision making requires that he continuously updates himself to make better decisions. Decision making is thus a process where he converts his aptitude into attitude. His attitude thus becomes important as without converting his knowledge to practical part it would be a total waste. But this conversion is not restricted to facts alone. As a civil servant deals with human his decision making has to incorporate emotive aspects. Thus his attitude which blends both factual aptitude and emotive aspects is needed for his job. Swami Vivekanand had said “ Knowledge without application is a total loss”

    Hence both aptitude and attitude are necessary and should complement each other to become a successful civil servant.