Topic:Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
6) In the present-day socio-political context, why do you think integrity and impartiality must be considered as foundational values in public services? Illustrate.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is based on the concepts of Integrity and impartiality
Key demand of the question:
The question is straightforward and there is not much to deliberate. One must discuss the significance of the concepts.
Illustrate – A similar instruction to ‘explain’ whereby you are asked to show the workings of something, making use of definite examples and statistics if appropriate to add weight to your explanation.
Structure of the answer:
Define the virtues of Integrity and impartiality.
Explain the following aspects in your answer:
Detail upon the concepts of Integrity and impartiality.
Impartiality and Integrity imply acting solely according to the merits of the case and serving equally well the governments of different political persuasions. An impartial and politically neutral civil service is a defence against the spoils system which has the propensity to degenerate into a system of patronage, nepotism and corruption.
Conclude by reasserting significance of such values in public administration.