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Sardar Patel’s vision for civil services

GS Paper 4

Syllabus: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers



Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, address at Delhi’s Metcalf House gave a very important message to the civil servants, the “steel frame of India”.

Values that Civil Servants must have:

  • A civil servant must cultivate an esprit de corps. It means to have a shared feeling of pride among team or group members.
    • A civil servant should regard it as a proud privilege to belong to the Service, covenants of which you will sign, and to uphold throughout your service its dignity, integrity and incorruptibility.
  • In whatever position of responsibility, he or she may be a civil servant should always try how best to contribute to the well-being of India as a whole.


  • According to Patel, a civil servant can trust the government to keep her or him contented and happy so that she or he may give her or his best, “but it would be unworthy of you if you make that a condition of service”.
    • Patel advised civil servants to maintain to the utmost the impartiality and incorruptibilityof administration.
    • A civil servant cannot afford to, and must not, take part in politics. Nor must he involve himself in communal wrangles.


  • The larger message Patel was regarding the code of conductof a civil servant.


  • The future of the civil service will depend much upon the foundation and traditions laid down by civil servants, their character and abilities, and their spirit of service.
  • They should look forward to their future with trust and confidence. If they serve in the true spirit of service, they will have the best reward.


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