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.
7) What do you understand by objectivity? How can one inculcate objectivity? Discuss in relevance with the need of the same in public services.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is based on the theme of objectivity and its significance in public services.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the concept of objectivity and in what way one can apply the same to civil services.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Objectivity is the opposite of subjectivity. You must not make decision on your values, emotions. Policy based / rule-based decisions are examples of objective decision because they are made upon prescribed policy/rule.
Then move onto discuss why objectivity is crucial for public services.
Discuss in what way objectivity can be inculcated in an individual.
Explain the relevance of objectivity in public services.
Conclude with way forward.