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The development of compassion in an individual is influenced by a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Discuss.

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. The development of compassion in an individual is influenced by a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Discuss. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To distinguish factors that lead to the development of compassion.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining compassion.

Body:

Write about the factors that lead to development of compassion – Education and Cultural Factors, Perspective-Taking and Cognitive Abilities, influences, experiences, value education etc. Cite examples to substantiate.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing about importance of compassion.