An aspirant preparing for UPSC Examination wonders at times why is the subject Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude there in the syllabus? Based upon which quality or knowledge does the examination want to evaluate me? Do I really have those? How do I get those values in my work, speech and deed?

To rightly quote with, as said by the Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values and your values become your destiny.”

Talking not only in terms of just clearing UPSC examination, but this reading aims at laying a carpet of Core achievable officer like qualities an aspiring officer and a serving officer ought to carry in private and in public life, during implementing policies, during taking major decisions. Let us talk about values that don’t degrade or compromise on the face of what the situation or the society wants ,values that represent an undivided, incorruptible accountability to self and service to nation.

Though there are many attributes that adds value to our life and purpose but the core values of life which we often keep searching from things external to us in actual lies in us and the important three are:

  • The way we perceive things                                                            

What do we observe around us? Do we believe that if around us negatives exist, the positives too exist?

When we have the habit of observing just the ordinary things, with an unselfish dimension of view, it gradually makes our lives extraordinary. No matter how small it is, but what is wrong is wrong. We at times think it is Ok to tell a lie. A small one probably can cover up a lot.

  • Honesty and truth

But once we make it a habit of restraining ourselves from compromising to anything alluring and unethical, it makes us to act uprightly in every situation.                                      

  • Being thankful  to society

What you have with you now, what you are today is what the society has given you. We are a part of the society and we must always look forward and strive to give back the society the good it deserves from our lives.

The reading leaves you with a question that will help you reproduce self-awareness and internalize the above written.

What are the principles of my life?

What is going to make me what I am going to become?

How defining my core values can change my life?

So, Pick your values, explore them, define them and when you have found the answers, name it and live by it.When your values, thoughts, feelings, speech and action are in alignment to each other, nothing can stop you from becoming a person of focused will and sharpened character. Once your character is formed, you’ll never want to copy anything or look for motivation outside of yourself but you will just be yourself.

Before you choose to minimize the page have a short happy reading…


Rudyard Kipling, 1865 – 1936

 If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,

And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run—

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


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