IAS Mains Important Essay Topics
India’s poor ranking in Environmental Performance Index 2018 & Impact
Jan 25, 2018India has the world’s largest population without access to modern energy services. Over 800 million people rely on traditional biomass for cooking. As per the most recent data available, 75% of the rural population depend on solid fuels for cooking and heating in India. This is surely a cause of concern.
Cleaning of River Ganga: Programmes & Achievements
Dec 27, 2017Rapidly increasing population, rising standards of living and exponential growth of industrialization and urbanization has exposed water resources, in general, and rivers, in particular, to various forms of degradation. The mighty Ganga is no exception.
IAS Exam Essay 2017:Relevance of Non-Alignment Movement (NAM)
Nov 8, 2017The countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and contain 55% of the world population. But the relevance of NAM is diluting as the world is becoming multipolar and geoeconomic interests are overpowering the geostrategic interests. Here, we are providing an outline of the relevance of NAM in today's multipolar world as asked recently in the IAS Exam Essay paper 2017.
IAS Exam: India against Terrorism
Nov 19, 2016Terrorism has become a global issue which causing hindrance for the existence of humanity on earth. The IAS aspirants must have the knowledge of India’s stand against the menace of terrorism. Here, we have provided India’s approach to deal with the problem of terrorism within its territory and outside of its territory.
IAS Exam: Environmental Concern is changing the course of International Politics
Nov 15, 2016Ecological Footprint and the Carrying Capacity became the buzzwords in the International Politics since 1992. The International Politics is moving towards the consensus to achieve the Environmental goals spelt out in the UNFCC in 1992. Let us analyse, how the Environmental Concerns is shaping the world Politics.
IAS Main Exam : Energy Security in India
Nov 4, 2016Energy security is the prerequisite for any nation to become a super power. In India we don’t have the Energy security but in near future we will be having energy surplus nation. See here the real analysis for the Energy Security Initiative taken by GOI
Current Affairs Analysis : Geospatial Information Regulation Bill
Aug 29, 2016Current Affairs is the key for the IAS Preparation and it is well established after the IAS Prelims Exam. But as we said earlier also, Its the Current Affairs background and Analysis which help in the IAS Main Exam and it is the imperative for the IAS Prepration. In recent years, the nature of questions asked in UPSC IAS Mains as well as Prelims Exam has changed significantly. Please read this important current affairs analysis of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill
IAS Exam : Agriculture Marketing in India
Jun 23, 2016Agriculture is the main stay of the Indian Economy and their are various Government Schemes which are trying to minimise the burden of the Indian Farmers. Agriculture is also a very important topic for the IAS Exam. This article is all about the Agriculture Marketing in India and the APMC ACT.
UPSC IAS Exam : Drought in India
Jun 21, 2016Indian Economy is very much depends on the interaction of Monsoon and Drought. Each year Monsoon and its predictions are done and strategies are suggested to mitigate the drought in India. Here are the comprehensive approach to understand the drought in India
UPSC IAS Exam: Cooperative federalism in India
May 6, 2016IAS Preparation always requires a good understanding of UPSC Syllabus as a whole which comprises of Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Geography as a whole and Geography of India as a whole and the other Topics of Socio- Economic importance. Cooperative Federalism is one such important Topic for the Civil Services
UPSC IAS Exam: Animal Husbandry in India
May 6, 2016A Civil Services aspirant should try his/her best to prepare every burning topics of National and International importance for the UPSC IAS Exam. There is huge possibility of asking questions from such topics in Civil Services IAS Prelims as well as in IAS Mains Exams. So, in a regular interval, we are trying to provide such study materials which are more informative and very much helpful for the Preparation of Essay and General Studies Papers of UPSC IAS Mains Exam.
UPSC IAS EXAM : Nuclear Security Summit
Apr 20, 2016IAS Exam always ask the question on the issue of National and International Importance. Nuclear Security Summit was one such issue which will change and affect the interaction of Nuclear for Peaceful purpose among the countries.
IAS Exam:Religious Liberty and Women Rights
Apr 19, 2016IAS Exam preparation serves as a turning point in the candidates life irrespective of his or her selection inthe Civil Services. IAS Preparation changes the life of the candidates his perspective and the outlook towards life. Rights,Lberty and Duties are the intertwined concepts and requires deeper understanding of their inter-relationship of all the three.
IAS Exam:Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan
Apr 18, 2016Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan will be a flagship program of the Government of India to propagate the information regarding the vaious goverment schemes for the farmers in the villages.
IAS Exam : Fourth Industrial Revolution: Impact and Implication
Apr 18, 2016Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it is, how to respond, has three things about the ongoing transformation and advancement mark it out as a new phase rather than a prolongation of the current revolution Scope, Velocity and Systems impact.
The essay paper is an important aspect of the UPSC civil services exams. It can make or break your outcome. There are two sections in this paper. Each section gives you four topics out of which you have to choose one topic each. Each essay you write is marked out of 125 making a total of 250 marks.
Click here to downloadthe UPSC Mains Essay Paper 2016.
While you don’t have to study separate content for the civil services essay paper, for your general studies preparation is enough to cover possible topics, you do have to remember certain aspects of writing a good essay if you want to have an edge over your fellow UPSC aspirants. A lot of IAS aspirants make the mistake of not focusing on the essay paper because of its general nature. However, there are many advantages of concentrating on this paper such as:
- You have the option of selecting one topic out of four. You should be able to leverage this to your advantage and shine in this paper.
- The essay paper is an area where you can let lose your creativity while displaying your knowledge about the topics.
- Also, you have three hours to write about 1000 to 1200 words per topic (word limit for essay in UPSC exam). Hence, you can do justice to the essay topic as you have ample time to structure your thoughts and then start writing.
Let us look at how your essay should be structured
Your essay should ideally have an introduction, content, basic theme and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion are self-explanatory. Content should give a historical perspective to your topic. It should also include facts and events related to your topic. Try to cover relevant aspects of the topic. The basic theme should talk about your views on the topic. Take a stand but a balanced one. You should also describe negative and positive aspects of the topic chosen.
How to select the UPSC essay topic
- Go through all the given topics well.
- Choose a topic that you are most aware of and have significant knowledge about.
- Try to avoid provocative issues like feminism since you don’t know about the examiner’s gender or personal bias.
- Select the topic only if you are sure of the meaning. For example, know what IT refers to in a given case – information technology or income tax.
- Don’t necessarily pick a topic because it excites you. You should have content and a balanced approach while writing about it.
Features of a good essay
- It should resonate with the topic given. Don’t stray from the topic merely to fill up the word count.
- It should engross the reader. A good essay should ignite the reader’s curiosity about the topic. It should not be boring. The reader should feel like going on reading it.
- It should be multi-dimensional. Don’t have a single viewpoint. Analyse the topic from different perspectives. You can provide new insights about the topic and impress the examiner.
- It should be simple but effective and coherent. You need not write the Queen’s English but let the language drive home whatever point you are trying to make.
- It should be grammatically perfect. Not only does it enhances your essay’s clarity it also avoids a negative impression.
- It should be neat. This is why it is important to first think about what you want to write before you start. Clearly picture in your head the order of things you want to write in your essay. This avoids scratching.
- There should be continuity in your essay. Don’t jump from one point to another. Make your shifts seamless and smooth. Let there be a natural flow of points. This indicates clarity of thoughts.
- It should contain quotes, headings, sub-headings and diagrams if required.
- It should be structured appropriately.
Things to avoid in a UPSC essay paper
- Avoid writing in the first person.
- Avoid being too aggressive in your writing. You want to portray an image of a composed person with balanced views. Aggressiveness can also show inflexibility.
- Avoid being pessimistic in your writing. UPSC wants officers with a cheerful and positive disposition!
- Avoid writing in points. Remember you are writing an essay.
- You don’t have to agree with the stand taken by the question. Sometimes, a question can be a statement giving a particular view. You can write both negative and positive aspects of it.
- Don’t stray away from the topic.
- Don’t get too personal and name politicians or political parties unnecessarily. You are going to be a bureaucrat, not a politician or journalist!
- Avoid giving quotes that you are not sure of. Don’t attribute quotes to the wrong people. And, definitely do not make up quotes. You can’t fool the examiner. Doing so will certainly get you penalised.
You can write good essays if you develop the habit of reading good UPSC essays on a regular basis. Incorporate reading essays as a part of your UPSC civil services preparation. Remember, practice makes perfect! For essay writing practice, take part in the BYJU’S essay writing contest and win a cash prize along with learning. Click here for more. UPSC Essay Writing Contest
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