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7)Empathy is a virtue, but it should not be our top guiding principle. Comment.(250 words)

Topic-  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.

7)Empathy is a virtue, but it should not be our top guiding principle. Comment.(250 words)



Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to form an opinion as to whether empathy should not be our top guiding principle and if not then we have to defend our stand accordingly by way of proper arguments/ examples/ facts etc.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- Write a few lines on the meaning of empathy- e.g it is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position; has three types/ components- cognitive, emotional, somatic etc.


  1. Mention your opinion on the statement as to whether you agree or disagree with it. Present reasons for your stand in the form of a discussion, preferably in points. Here mention the positive points of empathy e.g it induces positive, quick and helpful response, the poor, downtrodden, the destitute, the women require empathy in order to improve their lives and create fair socia-economic society; Then turn to the negative side [in favour of the statement] empathy leads to exploitation as in the case of child begging; empathy produces and increases our resentment against the offender in the case; empathy results in a shallow self- satisfaction oblivious of the intricacies of the case and the damage suffered by the other person/ persons; empathy strengthens favouritism etc.

conclusion– based on your discussion form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the issue.