An Overview Of Essay Paper : Analysis Of The Essay Paper From Civil Services Point Of View

Analysis Of The Essay Paper From Civil Services Point Of View


Essay paper, in Civil Services Examination, has been an enigma for few but few students find it much scoring. It is a fact, that this paper plays a decisive role in proper selection of the candidates. With vast experience in the field of report writing, drafting policy paper for the government, I find myself in a position of giving some important tips for this paper. Students must keep it in mind that with change in the pattern of the examination, specially after 2014, guess work made by some guides are not going to help them at all. The expert committee of UPSC had made a deliberate attempt to guard against the business of guess work. Like, in 2015, students were asked to prepare themselves on topics like “Make in India”, “Sanitation drive”, “Intolerance” etc, but it had not helped the students much. Moreover, UPSC had made an intelligent move to divide the paper into two section just to minimize the chance of prediction of topics made by coaching institutes. Then question arises, “What is proper strategy”? The best strategy, what I found effective is the practice of “Précis Writing”. It worked like magic band helping the students in a minimum time- from the phobia of writing meaningful essay in the Examination. I found this a time tested strategy, which worked on innumerable students. Quite a few of my students, who were from engineering background were skeptical in the beginning, but in a fortnight they found it much efficacious. I asked them often to read an article from “Yojana” or some column in the reputed daily like, ‘The Hindu’ or ‘The Indian Express’ and then to make a précis of the same. Surprisingly, what I observed that just after a fortnight, the students developed a flair of writing deftly on diverse topics. For contemporary issue, ‘Yojana’ and newspaper reading (along with Précis writing) will develop the flair of writing. In this context, I do also advise that students must file the main article on which they had written précis.

The Art and Science of Essay Writing


For contemporary issue, ‘Yojana’ and newspaper reading (alongwith Précis writing) will develop the flair of writing. In this context, I do also advise that students must file the main article on which they had written précis. Referring to these two documents i.e. précis and the main article will help him/her in naturalizing the skill of creative writing.With few students, I found that good vocabulary stocks were the handicap. For them, I advised to go through the book “ All About Words- An Adult Approach- by Rosenblum and Nurnberg” (available on most of the book stores). This had developed in them an interest for powerful words. You’ll need a week to finish this book, but it is worth your time !!The next book, which I prescribed was “Political Theory”- (Class XI text book of NCERT). It is a powerful book dealing on diverse topics like Socialism, Social Justice and Inequality, Intolerance, Peace, Sustainable Development etc. And, you will be surprised to note that every year, the essay paper revolves around this book.One point is worth to remember that before beginning to write a complete essay in 1000 words, students must try to be adept in paragraph writing. Paragraph writing is also, a skill ! Here, the central theme is required to be written as a first sentence ( on most of the occasions). The central idea is further substantiated by putting forward valid reasoning and arguments. And, the last sentence will draw some conclusion or message derived from the arguments. If it ends with some quotations. It would be better. But, it is not the prerequisite for the students. They may develop their own natural style of writing. But, it has been observed that simple and straight forward writing ( as you will find in “Political Theory” book) is worth paying in the examination.I had also observed that Paper-V i.e. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude’ is having much synergy with Essay paper.