Mains Daily Question
Dec. 16, 2020

  1. Non-Partisanship is a foundational value of Civil Service. What do you understand by Non-partisanship? Explain its importance in Civil Service. (150 words)



  • Define Non-partisanship

  • Give example of Non-partisanship

  • Explain its importance in Civil Service

  • Conclude accordingly

Model Answer

Non-partisanship in Civil Service means non-disposition of civil servants towards any political party i.e. to exhibit political neutrality. The values of the administrator should flow from the constitution but not from the philosophy of any political party. Non-partisanship is the process of not involving in any political party even if the person has strong faith in any political thought.


In India we have two kinds of executive i.e. Political Executives (elected) and permanent executives (appointed based on meritocracy). The political executives generally lack expertise so the permanent executives assist the former in policy formulation and their implementation. This makes non-partisanship a non-negotiable and foundational value of civil service. 


Importance of Non-partisanship Partisanship in Civil Service:

  • Non-partitionship helps to maintain trust of people in Administration.

  • It helps to maintain healthy relationship between political executives and civil servants.

  • It motivates civil servant to provide recommendations/suggestions to policy makers without ill-will or favor.

  • It helps in effective policy formulation and its implementation.

  • It also helps in mending self-interest based political ideology towards holistic development.

  • It keeps the ideology of constitution above any other political, religious or economic ideology.

To maintain compatibility and avoid conflicts between the bureaucracy and political leadership, non-partisanship is indispensable. This has been proved time and again by civil servants of exemplary statute such as T.N. Seshan, Vinod Rai etc who have brought various changes in election, auditing systems in India respectively. 


Subjects : Ethics
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