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The Essay Paper is one of the nine papers in the UPSC civil services mains exam. In this paper, you will have to write two essays each with a word count of 1000 – 1200. One topic can be selected from a choice of four topics. The Essay Paper is for a total of 250 marks with one essay for 125 marks. You would have read many articles on our website on how to prepare for the essay paper in the IAS mains exam. This article tells you how to write an essay for UPSC exam.
It is recommended that you follow certain steps while writing the essay paper.
How to write essay for UPSC?
- Read the topics thoroughly
This is the most important step in the process. You should choose one out of four topics. While selecting your topic, make sure you know most about that topic out of the given topics. What not to select:
- A sensitive or controversial topic like say, feminism.
- A topic about which you are too passionate or feel strongly about. In this case, you may tend to get excited and fail to write a balanced essay. This can work against you.
Also Read | How to choose the right essay topic: UPSC Mains
- Think for some time
Once you’ve selected your topic, you should not start writing straight away. It is prudent to think for some time and collect your thoughts. Write in pencil the points you want to write. This is important because only then you can write your points in the correct sequence. For instance, if you are writing about India’s relations with her neighbours, you need to write the historical facts and events in the beginning. Suppose you start writing the essay, and realise only towards the end that you have forgotten to mention a crucial detail in the historical part; it would be too late to add it because of a space crunch. Therefore, it helps if you write your rough points in the beginning.
Once you have the rough points in hand, you can start writing the essay. While writing, you must adhere to a good structure. The structure of a good essay is as follows:
- Main issue/problem/subject
- Current scenario/current news related to the topic
- Positive and negative aspects
- Reforms/way forward
You can get brownie points if you also include:
- Relevant quotes/sayings by famous personalities (ensure to quote verbatim – wrong quotes make you look careless or lazy).
- Relevant government schemes and policies.
- Any figures or numbers (must be accurate otherwise don’t include them).
Important pointers to note while you write:
- Don’t resort to name-calling. Never get personal in your essay.
- Don’t have extreme views. The Buddha’s middle path can help you here!
- Don’t just present problems. Give possible reforms/solutions also.
- Don’t criticise the government/administration excessively.
- Even if the topic is provocative, your essay shouldn’t be. Present a balanced picture. You don’t HAVE to agree to the topic.
- Avoid writing utopian solutions.
- Keep in mind you are a future officer, not a journalist!
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Civil Services - Essay Contest (2018)
Showcase your ideas on public policy and current affairs by entering our essay writing competition. Every month, students can choose any one topic and send their essays. The selected essays will be published on our website with the name of the author. The best essays on each topic will be ranked and the winner will be getting the free subscription of E magazine for six months. We hope more and more of students will participate in the Essay contest, which is usually based on topics of current affairs topics. One should remember that these topics will be useful not only for the IAS exams but also for other competitive exams.
Candidates should send their essay to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the rules of Essay contest ?
- The essay should be sent in the word format with 14 font size. It should carry the name of the author and its e mail ID. Any other format of submission is not acceptable.
- The essay should contain a declaration saying that its original content of the author and is not copied from anywhere.
- If the essay is found to be copied it will be rejected and senders ID will be blocked.
- Civil Service India reserves the Copyright of the essays; however in case of copyright infringement (copied matter) Civil Service India is not liable for it.
- Civil Service India reserves the right to edit the essay for clarity of language, grammar and space.
- One person can send only one essay for one topic It's advised to go through the essay carefully before sending it once and finally.
- The Essay must be between 500 and 800 words. An ideal essay should be of 650 words.
- Please send your entries much before the Deadline to email@example.com.
Essay Topics: March- 2018 ( Last Date: March 31 )
- What is the cause for decrease in the forest cover in India?
- Is Saudi Arabia modernising with the recent reforms ?
- Does Karnataka really need its own flag ?
- 42 Indian Languages and dialect stare at extinction - Comment
Essay Topics: February - 2018
- What are the Pros and cons of solar energy ? -Zujamo Ngullie
- What are the Pros and cons of solar energy ? -Jnandeep Bora
- What are the Pros and cons of solar energy ? -Kanika Varma(Winner)
- How can India become self sufficient in Defence Sector? -Ritesh Kumar(Winner)
- How can India become self sufficient in Defence Sector? -Satarupa Mukherjee
- Has the Budget 2018 lost its excitement, with the introduction of GST ? -B.L.Prasad
Essay Topics: January - 2018
- What are the positive and negative impacts of GST ? -Aayushi Shukla
- What are the positive and negative impacts of GST ? -Akriti Singh
- What are the positive and negative impacts of GST -B V Krishna Reddy(Winner)
- What are the positive and negative impacts of GST -Laxmi Prasad
- Why India is not developed as a great scientific power ? -B.Dwarakanada Reddy
- Why India is not developed as a great scientific power ? -Nitin Thakur
- Why India is not developed as a great scientific power ? -Ritesh Kumar(Winner)
- India a loser in most of the sports apart from cricket ? -Rohini Singh(Winner)
- Do privacy issues outweigh the important benefits of Aadhaar Card ? -Karthiayani Nair