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7) What do you understand by Tolerance and why is it an important value. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.

7) What do you understand by Tolerance and why is it an important value. Discuss.(250 words)


Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail about the meaning of the term tolerance and also discuss in detail as to why it is an essential value.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- write a simple definition of tolerance- e.g Simply stated, tolerance is “recognizing and respecting others’ beliefs and practices ,without sharing in them”.


  • Discuss the meaning of the term further in detail. E.g Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace etc.
  • Discuss why the value is important. E.g Being tolerant of each other and caring for each other is what makes us human.  By teaching tolerance, we allow individuality and diversity while promoting peace and a civil society; Being kind and accepting of others, regardless of their race, religion, culture, gender, or economic background is at the heart of every philanthropic act. Being tolerant of others is acting for the common good etc.

Conclusion- sum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.