IAS Main 2013: Essay Enrichment Tips

The IAS Main 2013 is round the corner and will start from 1st December 2013.  The essay paper is an integral part of the main exam and this is an open forum for the candidates to express all their thoughts and innovations.

Created On: Oct 21, 2013 04:43 IST

The IAS Main 2013 is round the corner and will start from 1st December 2013.  The essay paper is an integral part of the main exam and this is an open forum for the candidates to express all their thoughts and innovations. The candidates are required to choose from the options given in the essay paper to write an Essay.
On analyzing the previous year’s Essay papers, broadly we can say that the essay had been asked from some specific areas such as Philosophy, Polity, Socio- Economic, Geo-Political Issues and the likes. Sometimes a current oriented Essay has been asked.
The candidates will be given credit for writing concisely, presenting their idea in orderly fashion, with effective and exact expression.  So the candidates are required to write concisely means the candidate should write the appropriate words  related to the context and do not beat the bush around. For concise writing the candidates need to practice and search for the words which can substitute a sentence.
For writing a good Essay one should divide the allotted time to between designing and writing the Essay. The candidate should brain storm the chosen topic and extract the Socio- Economic, Historical, Geographical, Political, Ethical, Philosophical aspects of the topic. This exercise can be done for the 45 to 60 minutes so that a clear picture or outline of the Essay is visible in the mind or on the paper. Once the candidate becomes clear what should be the headings in the Essay, the second step is to arrange them in an orderly fashion to fetch better marks.
Actually the Essay is the reflection of one’s personality in reality. The orderly representation of ideas shows that the person has an orderly orientation towards all the aspects of life. The arrangement should be done for each and every aspect of the topic in such a way that the chronology of events remains intact. The candidate should explain the Past Present and Future of When What How and Why.
The Candidate should read one news paper daily so that he can clear understanding of the present happenings and the candidates are required to correlate between the events with their background and the perception and the actions taken by Government. The candidates should always update themselves about the recent decisions taken by the government on the specific subjects and he should always enquire about the reason behind such decisions of the government. In addition to the above the candidate should also take into account the recent Government decisions so that he can quote them as examples
The most difficult part of Essay is the starting of the Essay. The candidate faces a herculean task in writing the introduction of the Essay. There are various techniques for starting an Essay. One of them is that the candidate can raise various questions in the start of the Essay itself and answer them in a simple and orderly manner. But in this technique the candidate should answer all the concerns which he arose in the beginning.  
 The candidate can start the essay with a relevant Quote and later link it with the content of the Essay. The candidate should read famous speeches of the world personalities and should link and embed them in his Essay.
In addition to above the candidate can start the Essay with a famous story and correlate the lesson taught in that story with the current Essay. This will present the correlation quality of the candidate.
The special focus should be given in the conclusion of the Essay. The conclusion should be open-ended and should always be future oriented. The candidate should write the conclusion incorporating a ray of hope to find the solution of the existing problem or to improve the situation in the future because in the body of the Essay the candidate should suggest the innovative solutions of the existing problems or the anticipated problems. The candidates can give innovative solutions and should not hesitate to suggest new laws for the same. But the candidate should keep one thing in mind that the suggestions given by him should not contradict the Basic Federal Structure of The Constitution of India and the Basic prevailing Psyche of the Indian Society.
Jagranjosh.com wishes the candidates all the best for their exams.

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