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  • Q. Attitude is an important component that goes as input in the development of human being. How to build a suitable attitude needed for a public servant? (150 Words)

    31 Mar, 2022 GS Paper 4 Theoretical Questions


    • Start with what you understand with the attitude.
    • Discuss why attitude is important in the development of human being.
    • Explain how to build a suitable attitude needed for a public servant.


    Attitude is generally defined as the way a person responds to his or her environment, either positively or negatively. Work environment can affect a person’s attitude. An attitude is a relatively stable predisposition. It goes a long way in shaping the development of a human being.


    Attitudes provide meaning (knowledge) for life. The knowledge function refers to our need for a world which is consistent and relatively stable. This allows us to predict what is likely to happen, and so gives us a sense of control. Attitudes can help us organise and structure our experience.

    Public servants are the representatives of the government. A positive attitude is considered to be an indispensable characteristic of a public servant. Ways to build suitable attitude for a public servant:

    • Organisation and Negotiating Skills: In any role in the public sector, one will be required to juggle different projects with varying degrees of priority along with multiple stakeholders and personalities. A person may need to influence others as part of his/her role or negotiate with other departments.
    • Creativity and Flexible Thinking: The ability to adapt to change and think creatively around problems is a necessity in this field.
    • Leadership: In both the civil service and public affairs, one would be keen to learn how to become a great leader - influencing and inspiring those to act around him/her.
    • Decision-Making Ability: One would be required to make tough decisions under pressure. He/she would be someone who won't shy away from coming up with solutions, however, difficult.
    • Teamworking Skills: One would be working with a myriad of different people with varying skills and qualities. He/she would need to know how to motivate them and work alongside them.
    • Ability to Work Alone: Part of one’s work will require independent thought and the ability to come up with solutions on his/her own. He/she would be someone who can remain focused during these times


    In a diverse country like India, where social and religious tensions and conflicts can be of frequent occurrence, a civil servant would require not only an attitude of tolerance, but also skills of leadership and persuasion to establish peace and order.

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