WEEKLY ESSAY CHALLENGE – 2013 (The following post was created when Essay Challenge was first started)

In the newly introduced pattern for the UPSC Civil Services Main examination, the Essay paper has been given high priority.

Now it carries  250 Marks, same as for other General Studies papers.

Compared to other GS papers, Essay does not have a fixed syllabus. Instead, for writing an essay, the knowledge gained after thoroughly preparing for the General Studies papers is sufficient.

You need not study separately for the Essay paper, but this doesn’t mean you need not ‘prepare’ for it.

You have to practice few essays before you go to the exam. To make you write, Insights will start a program called Weekly Essay Writing Challenge.

Guidelines For Writing An Essay (Please Read – Don’t Skip) – According to UPSC notification, you,

will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.”

and in previous Mains Essay Question Papers it is given that,

“Examiners will pay special attention to the candidate’s grasp of his/her material, its relevance to the subject chosen, and to his/her ability to think constructively and to present his/her ideas concisely, logically and effectively)

That is it. Just stick to the above rules. Word limit is 1000 – 1200 words.

Every Sunday morning, the topic of Essay will be posted, on which you should;

  • Do some reading from different sources – don’t spend too much time on this.
  • and then think well, arrange your ideas and write your Essay within 3 hours in One Go in the Comment Box below.
  • be Precise, Concise and Effective.

(Please read others’ Essays and exchange your ideas and opinions. Reserve 1-2 hours every day for Daily Answer Writing Challenge and Weekly Essay Writing Challenge – This will surely help you. )

First Week’s Topic

“For the ills of Democracy, social movements may be the cure, not revolutions”

Second Week’s Topic

““One is not born a woman, but becomes one”. Analyze the statement in the Indian Context.

Third Week’s Topic

“Globalization and the rural society in India”

Fourth Week’s Topic

“Education and Dalit Empowerment”

Fifth Week’s Topic

“Our university system is, in many parts, in a state of disrepair. In almost half the districts in the country, higher education enrollments are abysmally low, almost two-third of our universities and 90 per cent of our colleges are rated as below average on quality parameters” Critically Evaluate the state of higher education in India.

Sixth Week’s Topic

Post -1990 Democratization of Indian Politics – The Paradoxes

Seventh Week’s Topic

“1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. 1 billion people are overweight.”

Eighth Week’s Topic

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” 

Ninth Week’s Topic

Capital Punishment and Rape Culture

Tenth Week’s Topic

Has Increased access to employment opportunities, financial independence and educational attainments enabled women in urban India to exercise their freedom and agency?

Eleventh Week’s Essay

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Twelfth Week’s Essay

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Thirteenth Week’s Essay

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Fourteenth Week’s Essay

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