Explain with an example the difference between attitude and aptitude. Why are both these attributes important in a Civil Servant? (150 words)

Explain with an example the difference between attitude and aptitude. Why are both these attributes important in a Civil Servant? (150 words)

Approach:

  • Define Attitude and Aptitude
  • Mention differences between Attitude and Aptitude with an example
  • Highlight the importance of Aptitude and Attitude in Civil Service
  • Conclude accordingly
Model Answer :

Attitude: Attitude is the mental evaluation of the social situation, event, person or organization, that has the potential to guide the way we think, we feel, and we behave. It is associated with character. Attitude has three components i.e. Affect (emotions-associated feelings), Behaviour and Cognition (knowledge and understanding).

Aptitude: Aptitude is natural/acquired ability for learning a specific skill or to perform a specific task. It is associated with the competence of a person.

An example to illustrate the difference:

In “operation Sulaimani” a district collector in Kozhikode has stated initiative to feed poor by collaborating with large restaurants (donating extra food). In this case the attitude of the district collector is towards poor is of compassion and the aptitude is his innovative way to collaborate with restaurants.

Why Aptitude is  considered as foundation value in Civil Service?

India is facing several socio-economic challenges. Civil Servants should possess the ability to solve these problems innovatively and efficiently. For this, a civil servant must possess the right aptitude and right attitude. For example, in the above example the civil servant may have the right aptitude towards addressing the needs of the poor, but if he does not have the right attitude towards the poor (like having compassion of them), then he would not have tried to find a solution to the problem.

Subjects : Ethics – Essence