Difference between Attitude and Aptitude

An aptitude is a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level, which can also be considered “talent”. Aptitudes may be physical or mental. Aptitude is not knowledge, understanding, learned or acquired abilities (skills) or attitude. The innate nature of aptitude is in contrast to achievement, which represents knowledge or ability that is gained.

Difference between Attitude and Aptitude

  • While attitude is positive / negative / indifferent feeling towards a person, object, event or idea; aptitude is a competency to do certain kind of work. Both attitude and aptitude can be nurtured.
  • While attitude is associated with character or virtues; aptitude is associated with competence.
  • While attitude underpins the character, virtues and moral values; aptitude determines if the person would develop desired skills to do a task.
  • While attitude is only mental; aptitude is both mental and physical.

Intellectual Aptitude

A Civil servant must have aptitudes intellectual aptitude, emotional aptitude, moral aptitude.


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