Essay Strategy + Famous Quotes + Essay Syllabus – PCS Mains 2021

Dear Aspirant,

Essay Mock will be shared tomorrow. Before you attempt the same please go through Essay syllabus, its strategy & few famous quotes.

Essay Strategy for UPPSC Mains

Tips To Write A Good Essay

  • Make a framework (blueprint) of the essay you are going to write first.
  • Our advice would be to use simple language.
  • The idea of using ornamental language to showcase your English vocabulary may backfire at times. But, don’t make your essay sound like a General Studies answer.
  • If the introduction can generate curiosity in the reader, that would be great.
  • There should be a logical continuation from beginning to end.
  • The essay should be organized in well-structured paragraphs coherent with the flow of the essay.
  • Don’t be too aggressive or pessimistic in your tone.
  • Come up with good points and express new viewpoints.
  • Go through well-written essays by experts in newspapers and magazines, and understand how they frame the ‘Introduction’ and ‘Conclusion’ paragraphs.
  • In most cases, there will not be any need for separate coaching or preparation for essays, and candidates’ reading and preparation for General Studies Mains should suffice. But make sure your writing and analytical skills are up to the UPSC expectations; if not, polish it.
  • Write mock essays and get it evaluated by experts in the field.

What you must avoid in Essay

  • Do not focus excessively only on one point, or one dimension (such as the historical or political aspect) Your essay needs to be expansive and multi-dimensional.
  • During preparation, we read a lot and it’s understandable that we feel strongly about certain topics. And since essay offers freedom to write, it’s very easy to get carried away with such a topic. But make sure that you write what is asked, not what you know or feel like. No mann ki baat. Always stick to the subject of the topic. It helps to read the question in the midst of your essay to ensure that you are not steering away from the topic.
  • If you are not comfortable writing about abstract philosophical topics, avoid such questions. Your choice of topic has no bearing on the marks and that is why, selecting an unpopular topic just for the sake of it is unwise. Also, if there’s a technical term in the question, be doubly sure that you understand it correctly.
  • When you take a final stand on an issue, it’s best to avoid extreme or highly unpopular opinions. We are free to have any opinion in the privacy of our minds, but in UPSC essay why take that risk? For instance, in an essay on Capital Punishment, in the main body content, you should present a case for both abolition and retention. But when you take a stance, it’s best to be an abolitionist.
  • No ranting. You might be a great fan of Karl Marx, but if there’s a question on Capitalism, do not rant or rail against it . You must present both the positives and negatives of Capitalism and end the essay on a balanced note.
  • Do not dedicate disproportionate amount of time for the first essay and scamper through the second. Both carry equal marks, so please invest equal time.

Famous Quotation Sectionwise

Essay Topic: Education

  1. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
  2. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
  3. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead
  4. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learnt in school.” Einstein
  5. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle
  6. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
  7. Education is a bridge from misery to hope
  8. “Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man.” Swami Vivekananda
  9. Education that does not mould the character is absolutely worthless. – Mahatma Gandhi
  10. To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to the society – Theodore Roosevelt
  11. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
  12. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Martin Luther King
  13. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ― Brigham Young

Women Empowerment

  1. “No better tool of empowerment than Women themselves” – Kofi Annan
  2. “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved” – B. R. Ambedkar
  3. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation” – Brigham Young
  4. “Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her” – Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” – Malala Yousafzai
  6. “Women helping each other – coaching, mentoring, and providing tips – is a great way for us to be our own force.” – Indra Nooyi
  7. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” – Michelle Obama
  8. “As women must be more empowered at work, men must be more empowered at home.” – Sheryl Sandberg

For remaining 8 Section’s quotations will be shared along with mocks to registered students.

Essay Syllabus UPPSC Mains

There will be three sections in the question paper of Candidates will have to select Essay. one topic from each section and they are required to write essay in 700 words on each topic. In the three sections, topics of essay will be based on following sphere :

Section A :

(1) Literature and Culture.
(2) Social sphere
(3) Political sphere.

Section B:

(1) Science, Environment and Technology
(2) Economic Sphere
(3) Agriculture, Industry and Trade

Section C:

(1) National and International Events
(2) Natural Calamities, Land slide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought etc.
(3) National Development programmes and projects.

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