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Effective civil servants should possess strong ethical and professional competence, avoiding certain traits or vices that can hinder their performance. Discuss.

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships.

7. Effective civil servants should possess strong ethical and professional competence, avoiding certain traits or vices that can hinder their performance. Discuss.

Difficulty level: Easy

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2024 Secure.

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 mentioning how negative traits and vices can hamper ethical and professional competence.

Body:

First, write which five negative traits and vices should not be present in a civil servant and how they hamper ethical and professional competence of civil servants.

Next, write about the ways to avoid or eliminate them.

Conclusion:

Summarise by highlighting the importance of having positive values.