Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators
6) “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Comment. (150 Words)
Why this question?
There will be 2-3 statement based questions in GS-4. It is important to learn how to decipher these statements and write an answer that justifies demand of the question.
Key demand of the question:
This question demands YOUR OPINION on the statement. It specifically doesn’t demand any facts or particular opinion. What it demands though is your proper understanding of the meaning of the statement. Here, demand of the question depends on the Directive word (see below).
Comment: You should either agree or disagree with the statement. You need to write your opinion on the statement. As it’s open ended, you can opine about relevance of meaning of the statement today; or you may opine that the meaning of integrity goes beyond doing right thing anonymously (Think hard and come up with original answers)
If the directive word was JUSTIFY, you just had to give two examples and substantiate the statement.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, you may mention a related quote; or you may define integrity in broader sense. But make sure, you write a sentence that makes it clear to examiner that you have first understood the statement.In the body, through various examples include 3-4 dimensions i.e. opinions on the statement. One opinion can be agreeing with the statement but opining that it’s difficult to find such individuals in today’s world (who doesn’t want credit when they do right thing?!). Likewise, write few opinions but make sure you give examples.In the conclusion, you may highlight importance of integrity – especially in bureaucracy and politics. Wherever possible, try to link answer with civil/public services.