Day 33 – Q 1. Can aptitude of social service be inculcated through training? Critically examine. 

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  • July 17, 2020
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Ethics Theory, GS 4, TLP-UPSC Mains Answer Writing
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1. Can aptitude of social service be inculcated through training? Critically examine. 

क्या प्रशिक्षण के माध्यम से समाज सेवा की योग्यता को विकसित किया जा सकता है? समालोचनात्मक जांच करें।

Demand of the question:

It expects students to elaborate about the aptitude of social services. It also expects students to  analyse both aspects of whether aptitude of social services be inculcated through training or not. 


Global health workers, public servants, civil society groups and NGO’s are toiling hard to tackle this unprecedented situation created by COVID-19. It’s not just their academics & professional role but also the aptitude of social service which has played a prominent role to face this war like situation.


Aptitude of Social service:

  • In general terms aptitude is a natural skill or talent and Social services include the benefits and facilities like education, food subsidies, health care, police, fire service, job training and subsidised housing, adoption, community management, policy research, and lobbying.
  • For many of us having empathy, compassion for the fellow human beings, animals, and surrounding environment is a characteristic of having aptitude of social services.
  • The quality of empathy, compassion, helping others are mostly natural qualities. e.g. Baba Amte started to help the leprosy infected people and established Aanadvan organisation.
  • A child’s surrounding environment also plays a prominent role to inculcate the aptitude of social service in her/him. e.g. Prakash Amte, son of Baba Amte is a philanthropist who run the lok biradari prakalp.
  • Educational institutions also play  a prominent role in inculcating values of self less service to others. 
  • Various citizen led initiatives  such as free meal to migrant workers, providing essential materials to the needy one’s during the lockdown period etc. say that training is not the necessity to have the aptitude of social services.

Here, we can observe that aptitude of social service is an innate ability of person. However, we can’t deny the role played by the specialised  training to develop the aptitude of social services.

  • For instance, as we know about the The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which is a research and training institute on public policy and public administration in India has a specialised training curriculum which strives to train the all India service officers, some of the characteristics of Social services through village visits.
  • Values of social services  such as helping the marginalised and vulnerable section of people while abiding to the  law is one such example.
  • For  the students of medical field, there is a mandatory curriculum of doing a one year’s practise at the village level. It’s a kind of special training which helps the medical graduates to understand the nature of needs of people and take decisions accordingly.
  • For graduate students  The National Service Scheme (NSS) The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. It’s in turn a kind of training for the students to make them aware about the problems in society and also developing the aptitude of social services.
  • Various NGOS’s , Civil society groups have developed their own training programme to train those people who want to work for the welfare of the  society.


 It can  be said that aptitude of social services  be inculcated through the training but at the same time it is also true that aptitude of social service is an innate ability of a person too. But, in the end what matters is the social services, just like people have come together in this COVID-19 pandemic crisis and are helping each other.

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