UPSC Ethics daily answer writing Practice 1st February
Topic: Ethics – in Private and Public Relationships.
Question: Do you think that there should be separate spheres of ethics for private and public lives of civil servants? Substantiate your view with relevant examples..(Answer in 150 words)10
Key observation: This is an observation based question. Examiner is interested in knowing your opinion about feasibility of having separate spheres of ethics for public servants.
Introduction: first write about significance of ethics in human lives. It is basis for a peaceful life both at personal and professional level.
However the nature of specific values required may be differed.
Main analysis: Ethics at personal level are more of emotionally and socially in nature. These are directed to maintain a healthy relationship among family members. Love,care,respect ,responsibility some of the core ethical values.
Ethics at professional or public sphere : formal and institutionalised in nature. These are directed to maintain administrative efficiency and ethical work culture in administrative set up. Transparency, accountability, leadership, etc.
However, it is the private value system of an individual which becomes a foundation for an ethical public servant in public affairs.
Here various examples can be mentioned.