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(Test Date : 18th September, 2017)
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The essay paper (250 marks) in the Civil Services (Main) Examination is crucial in determining the final outcome/selection and ranking. Since 2013, Essay played a very crucial Role in Final Selections in Civil Services (Main) Examination. In wake of Dismal Performance of Most of the optional Subjects and GS, Performance and good score in Essay is Must to get a place in Civil Services.
It is decisive because there is no specialization in an essay and so no aspirant can claim expertise, unlike Optional subjects & G.S. Essay paper does not have a source of definitive information as in the case of general studies or optional subjects. This constitutes a challenge. It is vital to understand that an essay is a reflection of the personality - ideas, views, analysis, assessments and inferences, values, attitude, aptitude, orientation and communication (written) abilities, all the attributes that are wanted by UPSC in an aspirant.

TEST SCHEDULE for CSE Mains : Essay TEST SERIES(Click here to Download)

No. of Test Theme Date DISCUSSION Date
1 Indian Political Social & Administrative Issues
with Global Perspectives
2 Economy,Ecology Environment, Technology
& Society
3 Philosophical - Psychological Themes
Indian Society Culture & Civilization
Mock Tests
4 Essay Mock test-1 Available 16th September
5 Essay Mock test-2 18th September 30th September
6 Essay Mock test-3 03rd October 14th October


The candidates are advised to prepare for this paper keeping some major themes in mind. Besides their preparation for the contents, aspirants are also to polish their basic skills for essay-writing. The basic idea behind the Essay Writing paper is to test the candate's grasp of his material, its relevance to the subject chosen, and to his ability to think constructively and the present his ideas concisely, logically and effectively.

  • Good introduction and good conclusion are must.
  • There shall be link between paragraphs.
  • Clarity of expression is very important. Use simple English to express your point clearly. You need not use flowery language. Simple logical presentation is sufficient.
  • Practice is essential for getting a good score.
  • Try to give a good introduction. It should guide the examiner to what you intend to convey in the essay.The conclusion should be good and satisfy the examiner. Always conclude on a positive note.
  • The main focus should be on giving a good analysis of the topic.
  • Do not divert into areas, which are irrelevant to the topic.
  • Make sure that you have sufficient understanding and material to write, before chosing the topic.

As per Recent notification, Multiple Topics will be asked in Essay. There is no syllabus for essay. Anything under sun can be asked. But, if we analyse previous year paper, it is conspicuous to find some root topics. For example, there is at least one question on societal issues every year. So you can expect topics from the following subjects :

Root Topics :
  • Indian Society Culture & Civilization
  • Philosophical Psychological theames
  • Economy, Environment, Technology & Society
  • Indian Political Social & Administrative Issues with Global Perspectives
Suggested Reading :
  • Yojana issues
  • Frontline cover stories
  • "The Hindu" Sunday Magazines
  • Hindustan Times - Saturday & Sunday Editions.
  • Editorials of "The Hindu" & "Indian Express."

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