IAS Mains Essay

How to prepare Essay for IAS Mains

Preparation in Civil Services Examination for the Essay Paper

Normally we don't prepare separately for Essay paper. But this 200 marks is very critical because the range of the marks of tined by the students in this paper varies from 30 to 155, which is very vast and can be very critical for anybody. So, therefore preparation for this paper is very essential but it is a very easy process because out of the 5 essays, we have to answer any one of them. Every year if you see the previous years essay papers one essay is from topics like Environment, one related to the Women Issues, One Essay is related to Science and Ethics and also from Economics, Globalisation & Impacts etc.

How to write a mark fetching Essay for IAS Main

Writing a mind-blowing, number fetching Essay

(Essay for IAS Main)

If you read this article you will get above average marks for sure and you will add anywhere between 10-100 to your Essay score.


You will get enough time to write your essay (2500 words max in 3 hours compare with 4500 in General Studies). So, be extra cautious in your topic (choose objective and scientific topics) as well as writing the first page. Never overwrite, No paragraphs, bullet points, diagram, flow chart, naming the subheading and writing introduction, body, conclusion as title heads. Never quote (only if you are willing to trade your life with the fact that you know the quote). Rather paraphrase.

What is an Essay?

It is subjective assessment of one's personality, one's reasoning and one's line of thinking. Art & Science. Highest Yield (prepare Essay fro 2 weeks, you can get 130+ marks).

Expectation by Examiner: Essay is not just a disgorgement of information and facet not is it a medium to express our attitudes and prejudices through half-baked opinions. One purpose of an Essay could be to test and assess the writing skills of the candidates.

Yet equally and even more important purpose that an essay serves are to give as insight into:

  • one's thinking

  • one's ability to respond critically and personally to a problem or issue

  • one's acumen to select and use information to support an argument and to present this argument in a structured and impressive way.

Preparation of Essay Paper

Do not devote much time for Essay preparation. GS knowledge + reading habits + a decent command over English (any language you are choosing to write).

Spend time to structure and draw outlines of certain essays which appeared in last 3 years' papers. We all suffer from information overload and in an outright attempt to sway the examiner with our knowledge and intellectual prowess, we tend to disgorge everything we know even if it is only remotely linked to the asked theme. Not only deviate from the core theme of the essay, write a number of irrelevant things, waste out precious time but also end up frustrating the examiner.

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