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“Moral values and administrative realities are far apart.” Discuss.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

6. “Moral values and administrative realities are far apart.” Discuss.(250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude  by G Subba Rao and P N Roy Chowdhury

Why this question:

The question is based on the application of moral values to the administration.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the harsh realities that exist in the public administration that create a wide gap between the moral values and its realities, explain the issues and suggest way forward to address the same.


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:


Briefly explain what you understand by moral values.


In rapidly changing society, there is a need of good public administration. Ethics and values has key role in smooth functioning of public administration system. Highlight the reasons that make it difficult for the administration to install moral values in the system.


Conclude with suggestions to address such a scenario.