E ssay Writing Paper in Civil Service Mains Examination is most decisive and plays an important role in deciding every candidate selection, as it is most scoring paper in the examination.
Many aspirants in the past, who have cleared this exam, have scored high marks in this paper and secured top ranks in the final result and it will also play the major role for the present and future aspirants in deciding their selection.
As the trend of UPSC has been continuing for the last two years, this year also essay paper is no more surprise and this year essay paper is also divided into two parts- Section A and Section B. In each section there are four essay topics given and from each section candidate has to choose and write one essay. So, two essays have to be written. The total marks for the paper is 250 and the time allowed is 3 hours. World limit for each essay is 1000-1200 words.
This year in Section A, the topics are on Economy, Ecology & Environment, Internal Security and one on general philosophy. In Section B, the topics were related to ethics and philosophy which broadly follows last years trend.
If we take the last two years questions, we can see a broad pattern namely, Section A is a mix of topics selected from divergent areas, whereas Section B has a focus on ethics and philosophy. Looking at past years papers especially from 2013 onwards, the topics are focused generally on issues related to Women, Society, Economy , International Relations, Environment and Conservation, Science & Technology, and Moral and ethical development of human beings, etc.
A close looks for paper of next year
Candidate should focus on some of the important areas like democracy, education, economy, technology, women, ethics, social issues, etc.
The creation of important concepts and issues related to the topic and use of conceptual diversity in the essay writing is essential.
This step allows you to have a scientific and innovative thinking system and you suggest suitable decisions and solutions in terms of problems.
Essay Writing Paper 2018
Section A: Four topics are asked in this section are:
1. Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India
2. A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
3. Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere
4. Management of Indian border disputes a complex task
Section B: Four topics are asked in this section are:
1. Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life
2. The past is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values
3. A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both
4. Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it