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7.What do you understand by the following terms? Point out their specific relevance in public service; Intellectual integrity Spirit of service Commitment

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 the following terms? Point out their specific relevance in public service;

  1. Intellectual integrity
  2. Spirit of service
  3. Commitment

(250 Words)

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Why this question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper IV.

Key demand of the question:

One must discuss the terms with suitable examples and also explain two more such attributes that are important to public servants.


Justify – When you are asked to justify, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question using suitable case studies or/ and examples.

Structure of the answer:


Define the terms in question.


Intellectual integrity is the discipline of striving to be thorough and honest to learn the truth or to reach the best decision possible in a given situation. A person with intellectual integrity has a driving desire to follow reasons and evidence courageously wherever they may lead.

Spirit of Service; This quality in public service makes the foundation of such job requirement. Spirit of service towards the nation and its people is the cornerstone of pub. Service and requires readiness to serve in all and every condition.

Commitment: Being always responsible and genuine to the words, deeds and promises. It is the most important ingredient of public servant. There might be a chance to flout promises and rebuild our relationships in personal life. But in official capacity, breaking a promise or vow can’t be undone or taken back because it affects public at large.

Explain each term with suitable and relevant example.


Conclude with their importance to public services.