ESSAY WRITING
TEST OF YOUR FLOW OF THOUGHTS AND CHECK WHETHER YOU ARE BIASED?
The Essay Paper is the part of UPSC civil services mains exam. Two essays your will have to write each with a word count of 1000 – 1200.  Four options will be given for choosing a topic to write your essay. The Essay Paper is for a total of 250 marks . 

Read the topics thoroughly before attempting a topic. Some sensitive or controversial topic you may dare to choose because you may be having strong opinion about it but attempting those topics you may fail to write a balanced essay, so ultimately it will result in loosing the marks.

Once you’ve selected your topic, first take a dive deep on the thoughts and collect your thoughts. Write in pencil some important points you want to cover. Then make a sequence of those points on which order it should be noted

Once your rough part is over, you can start writing the essay. While writing, you must adhere to a good structure. The structure of a good essay may be :
  1)  Introduction
  2) Historical
  3) Main subject /events
  4) Current news related to the topic
  5) Positive and negative aspects or pros and cons of the same
  6) Grey areas /Obstacles
  7) Conclusion
  8) Reforms/way forward
    Relevant quotes/sayings by famous personalities may help to fetch extra marks. Relevant government schemes and policies. Facts and figures or numbers may be provided.

Important pointers to note while you write:
      Avoid naming a person who is culprit. Don't get personal in your essay.
      Avoid showing extreme views. 
      Don’t just present problems, try to suggest way out also.
      Don’t criticise the government/administration aggressively.
Even if the topic is provocative, your essay shouldn’t reflect the same. Present a balanced picture. You need not have to agree to the topic. Keep in mind you are a future officer.