UPSC IAS Main Exam 2016 Essay Question Paper

Civil Services Main Exam 2016 Essay Paper is the most scoring and attractive portion of the exam. IAS Mains Essay Paper requires a blend of knowledge from all subjects and how issues influence the ongoing present socio-political and economic scenarios in the country. Here, we are providing the IAS Mains 2016 Essay Paper.

Created On: Dec 12, 2016 11:47 IST

Essay Paper is the first paper for all the candidates appearing for IAS Mains and at this exam all candidates are at equal footing as this paper requires a intermingle of understanding of all the subjects. This is more about the writing and analytical skills of candidates than his/her mere factual knowledge. IAS Mains previous year papers guide as guiding light for IAS Preparation and hence, we provide below the UPSC IAS Mains 2016 Essay Paper.

UPSC IAS Main Exam 2016 Question Papers

UPSC Mains 2016 Essay Paper

The essay must be written in the medium authorized in the admission certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this question-cum-answer (QCA) booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than authorized one. Word limit, as specified, should be adhered to. Any page or portion of the page left blank must be struck off clearly.

Write TWO Essays, choosing ONE from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each: 125×2= Total 250 marks.


1.    If development is not engendered, it is endangered.

2.    Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed.

3.    Water disputes between states in federal India.

With the increase in erratic nature of the Southwest monsoon, often the same old story of monsoon-deficient year is being repeated in which Indian states face extreme water scarcity during the summer months and rushes to the Supreme Court, citing resolution for the crisis faced by its farmers and the court orders release of some water…. Read more in the given below link

Current Affairs for IAS - Water Dispute and Analysis

4.    Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare.


1.    Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality.

Federalism is the division of power between center and its various constituents, like provinces, states, cantons and so on. Cooperative federalism is a concept or subset of federalism where national, state and local governments interact cooperatively and collectively to solve common problems. They make various policies separately but more or less equally or clashing over a policy in a system generally dominated by the national government… more in the below link

UPSC IAS Exam: Cooperative federalism in India

The government has declared to initiate a new programme for strengthening the Panchayati Raj and to culminate the Panchayati Raj System to increase the social harmony between villages. The campaign for To inaugurate Gram Uday se Bharat Uday…read more in the given below link

IAS Exam:Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan

2.    Cyberspace and internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run.

3.    Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms.

4.    Digital economy: A leveler or a source of economic inequality.

For more previous year papers and essay paper analysis the link given below.

IAS Mains Essay Previous Year Question papers

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