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6) Discuss the difference between aptitude and attitude. What do you think is more important of the two, in relation to civil services. Comment.(250 words) 

TOPICAttitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service.

6) Discuss the difference between aptitude and attitude. What do you think is more important of the two, in relation to civil services. Comment.(250 words) 

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Why this question

Both aptitude as well as attitude are important as far as civil services are concerned. However,there is a large difference between the two and people have diverging views on which is more important for civil services. The question is related to GS 4 syllabus under the following heading-

Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to discuss in detail about the differences between attitude and aptitude. It then wants us to deliberate upon, which one is more important as far as civil services are concerned.

Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive. It directs us to write in detail about the difference between the two concepts.

Comment- We have to express our understanding of the issue and then finally present our opinion on the issue.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– Give a definition of attitude as well as aptitude.

Body-

  • Discuss the difference between the two. E.g Attitude is more related to behaviour than aptitude etc. (refer to the book, lexicon for ethics, integrity and aptitude and do a perusal of both the terms and frame your answer accordingly.
  • Discuss, which one is more important of the two, vis a vis civil services. You can hold your opinion based on your understanding and convictions. But you have to support your answer with sufficient and proper arguments/ examples.

E.g attitude is more important than attitude because aptitude can be increased/ improved much easily than aptitude, attitude guides our behaviour in difficult circumstances etc. Take the help of the articles attached with the question to frame your answer.

Conclusion– Based on the above discussion, form a fair and a balanced opinion on the issue.