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. Impartiality as a fundamental value of civil services should not become a stumbling block in showing compassion towards weaker sections of the society. Examine. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
The question is based on the value of impartiality and its utility.
Key Demand of the question:
Examine in what way Impartiality as a fundamental value of civil services should not become a stumbling block in showing compassion towards weaker sections of the society.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
Start with what you understand by the value – Impartiality.
The answer body must have the following aspects covered:
First, explain the meaning of civil service impartiality. Impartiality in civil services means that civil servants while carrying out their official work, should take decisions based on merit alone.While compassion is about being empathetic towards others and also trying to alleviate their suffering in your own capacity.
State the reasons why it can become a hurdle in one’s approach towards weaker sections and its impact on governance. Give examples to better substantiate.
Conclude that Impartiality should not be practiced as a standalone principle by the civil servants. It should complement the other foundational values of the civil services and should not become a hurdle in showing compassion towards weaker sections.