A large number of aspirants appearing for Civil Services Examination are surging every year, which evidently demonstrates the craze of UPSC examination among Indian youth. But it also raises a legitimate question; do all the appearing candidates incisively understand the requirements of UPSC examination? Put differently, do all the candidates appearing for India’s most prestigious examination really know what are the traits and qualities they are been being tested for? Before embarking on the preparation for this most coveted examination, an aspirant must ask and try to find out honest answers. Doing this can save your lot of time and efforts and you will exactly get to know if you have requisite administrative traits to match the requirements of UPSC Examination
This article will discuss points which are vitally important to become a good IAS officer. In addition to that must-have skills in a candidate to crack civil services examination will also be talked over.
Before hashing out about the desired qualities and traits which civil services aspirants must have to appear in UPSC Examination, let’s discuss an often unnoticed aspect “Ethics” and the crucial role it plays in getting success.
What is Ethics?
Ethics tells us how to act rightly. It aims at defining terms like good and bad, right and wrong. Ethics is often misunderstood to be doing something which society accepts, but we should not forget that the standards of behavior in society can deviate from what is ethical. An apt and ethical administrator never compromises on the highest standards of quality in administrative decisions and actions due to complacency or convenience.
Qualities Civil Services Aspirant must have
Responsiveness and resilience
Responsiveness and resilience are among the most sought-after and must-have skills. Responsiveness helps you connect with people and pare down communication gap, the right response at the time, sometimes, can help avert awkward situations. Likewise being resilient means you are ready to face down all the challenges of future with great finesse.
Commitment to work
A committed and a dedicated person excel and bring incredibly noticeable results wherever he puts his efforts. There is no substitute for hard and committed work. So an aspirant of UPSC examination must be a committed worker.
Ensuring excellence in the work
The determination to give nothing but the best instills in our heart courage to get the better of all agonies and problems and taste success. While striving for excellence, many seen and unseen problems are wiped out and we are on the way of giving optimal performance.
Principle of utilitarianism
An administrator counts on the principle that all his decisions should lead to the greatest good of the greatest number. Relying on the principle means that an administrator’s reach is to most powerful as well as underprivileged classes of the society as well. After deciding to do maximum good for the society, all the decisions already become rational.
Maximum of compassion
Compassion for the poor, the disabled and the weaker segment of the society is the highest virtue. It actually determines how successful you are as an administrator. In fact, all great administrators and leaders of society have been a compassionate person which is why they could connect to the masses.
Civil servants make all their decisions in a transparent manner. Transparency leaves no room for ambiguity. Civil services aspirants show utmost transparency in all their deeds.
Legal and rational action
A nation having law-abidance citizens always grow and prosper so it becomes utmost essential for law enforcers to follow the law and rules to govern and guide. A civil servant has the deepest respect for the law and its enforcement.
A nation’s prestige comes first and is above everything. A civil servant like a selfless soldier always measures the impact of his action on his nation’s strength and prestige.
Principle of Justice
Administrators must observe principles of equity, equality, impartiality, fairness and objectivity.
Maximum of integrity
While undertaking any administrative action, an administrator practices utmost honesty and never uses his power, position, and discretion to serve his personal interest.