Performing well in an essay can bring a huge edge to get a good rank. Marks in an essay varies from 90 to 150, hence good performance in an essay can swing your performance in the Mains exam drastically
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An essay is an integral part of UPSC. we find that most students struggle in some aspect of essay writing be it political, economic, social, or philosophical aspects. Previously, UPSC used to give choice among the aforementioned topics. However, UPSC has stressed more on philosophical sections in recent papers where the candidates find it difficult to fall back on GS and their optional preparation.
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Aspirants these days heavily bank on Ethics and Essay papers other than their optional to score well in the mains examination. The essential reason for this is the uncertainty about questions in other papers compared to essays and ethics. It is also easier to get a hold of these papers even with lessor effort when compared to other papers.
But achieving this today has slightly become tougher due to two reasons. One, there is a strong misconception running in the market about essay as a paper. There is no clear idea as to what really an essay is, how an essay is different from GS? How it is different from your optional answer? Often, an aspirant feels he/she has actually done well in an essay. But, when the marks come out the story is vice-versa! The fundamental reason for such a disjunction between the expectation of the aspirant and the marks they get is because of the wrong notions they harbor about what an essay is. This is further given a push by different opinions in the market about what constitutes an essay.
The second hurdle today is one created by UPSC in recent years. Since students were getting leverage in mains due to good performance in ethics and essay, the new hurdle is through restricting the choices which aspirants have in choosing an essay. Earlier one amongst four essays were to be written among a choice of disciplines and themes. The toughest section for the students is generally one relating to ethics and philosophy. This year all choices were to be made amongst the philosophical approaches giving students no option but to know the approach. Thus, clearly, the choices are no longer offering variation to bank upon particular optional subjects.
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