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. “With the advent of the new public administration and increasing diversity in the administrative field, an administrator needs to adorn both physical and mental aptitude. “Elaborate. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications
Why this question:
The question is based on the topic of Aptitude and essence of it to a civil servant.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the need of both physical and mental aptitude for a civil servant to be successful.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Define what Aptitude is; A natural/inherent talent to acquire a certain skill or ability in the future through appropriate training. Aptitude can be both mental as well as physical.
Discuss briefly the different types of aptitude. Explain the role and importance of Aptitude in Civil Services. Explain why physical and mental aptitude? Write about the need of having mental and physical aptitude for a civil servant. Illustrate with suitable case studies.
Conclude that With the role and functions of administrators having become swiftly changing and increasingly challenging, civil servants must be equipped with the necessary skills and capabilities to meet these new challenges. They must have the aptitude to master new technologies and new styles of functioning. They should serve as the ‘Agents of Change’ to catalyze reform initiatives.