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Strategy for Essay Paper

edited June 2013 in Essay
Now essay paper carries 250 marks equivalent to a gs paper or a paper of optional..moreover while marks in a gs paper are generally on lower side the essay marks have been highly variable ranging from 120 to even 30 .In changed scenario and specially of the low marking in optional each mark is important.A good score in essay can be a game changer. lets share the views on the strategy..
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  • Now essay paper carries 250 marks equivalent to a gs paper or a paper of optional..moreover while marks in a gs paper are generally on lower side the essay marks have been highly variable ranging from 120 to even 30 .In changed scenario and specially of the low marking in optional each mark is important.A good score in essay can be a game changer. lets share the views on the strategy..
    I referred to Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya Sir's blog and found his writings quite intresting (AIR-5). He has written a piece on how to approach essay and score better. (He scored 140+/200) Google his blog, i m on mobile so can't provide the link.
    Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.
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  • #:-S , was practicing essay . Learning how to draft and just wrote a small essay [7 page max] as a starter . Hope I could end up with good quality UPSC style one .

    2017--> 8th attempt
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  • I found a book on advanced essays on google books but I have not gone through it. Several essays of the book are available for free viewing and might be of some help to aspirants. The link is as below:

    http://books.google.co.in/books?id=6kXM3g45VvgC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
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  • Now essay paper carries 250 marks equivalent to a gs paper or a paper of optional..moreover while marks in a gs paper are generally on lower side the essay marks have been highly variable ranging from 120 to even 30 .In changed scenario and specially of the low marking in optional each mark is important.A good score in essay can be a game changer. lets share the views on the strategy..


    I referred to Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya Sir's blog and found his writings quite intresting (AIR-5). He has written a piece on how to approach essay and score better. (He scored 140+/200) Google his blog, i m on mobile so can't provide the link.
    here is the link
    http://bijayketanupadhyayaias.blogspot.in/2010/04/how-to-get-140-marks-in-essay-in-cse.html

    You may be a king or a little street sweeper,but sooner or later you dance with the reaper!
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  • Scholarly one or used with complete technical jargons wont fetch good output in essay . Down-to-earth ones are the ones which could attract the examiners . For that practice .
    2017--> 8th attempt
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  • Last year I had included nearly every perspective in my essay on "Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal ?". I managed to get 100 marks, not good but I was satisfied. As said by @Vibin I also didn't use any technical jargon. I think that writing heading and subheading might fetch more marks though this method of writing is generally criticized. Underlining important points is a crucial thing because the examiner will focus more on that and hence awarding you more marks.
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  • Though i got only 85 marks last year ( which i think was good because my content was not satisfactory).

    I wrote on PPP and wrote in very narrow terms referring to public-private partnership only in large projects ( missed its relevance in almost all spheres of life nowadays from Education, health to even Space research)

    So , I think i got those marks on presentation part

    I wrote a catchy introduction highlighting Dreams of Welfare state at Independence with ideology at that time and where are we today.

    then i wrote meaning of PPP and started with historical evolution in both India and world context ( like why it started , when it grew ,at what pace etc.)

    Next i wrote PPP in Indian Context.

    Advantages of PPP

    Examples of Projects completed through PPP which gave good experince (only 2 examples)

    Disadvantages of PPP

    Example of Projects which gave bad experiences ( only 2 examples)

    Cost benefit analysis

    Conclusion

    Wrote all the points above points in different Paragraphs.

    Total ~ 1400 words





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  • edited July 2013
    Can i write Essay paper in my mother tongue n rest of the papers in english? Is it allowed ?
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  • Can i write Essay paper in my mother tounge n rest of the papers in english? Is it allowed ?
    Of course not. All the papers which will be counted in the final total should be in the same language.
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  • @Stardust1901 @RobinIAS this is what the notification says(the corrigendum)
    "Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers
    Paper‐A and Paper‐B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English."
    very loose worded..
    :-?
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  • @Stardust1901 @RobinIAS this is what the notification says(the corrigendum)
    "Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers
    Paper‐A and Paper‐B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English."
    very loose worded..
    :-?
    I think that would mean any one of the 8th Schedule languages because the mains DAF has only the option of giving one language.
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  • Yes...wouldn't make sense having people write different papers in different languages.
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  • I am not so good in English and drafting impressive essays... I may ideas in mind but I find it very difficult to convert my ideas into a well furnished Essay... Please Guide....
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  • edited July 2013
    I am not so good in English and drafting impressive essays... I may ideas in mind but I find it very difficult to convert my ideas into a well furnished Essay... Please Guide....
    Your expressions are limited by your vocabulary. It is very important that you have good communication skills in at least one language, it doesn't need to be english, it can be whatever is your mother tongue.

    Success in the mains will be difficult, if not impossible, if you cannot express your thoughts articulately. Therefore, since you have weak english skills, you need to consider improving your grammar and vocabulary as an important part of your preparation, at par with studying history or geography. There is no shortcut to it, except through a lot of writing practice and receiving good criticism. Read long articles and try to learn writing strategies from them. Google things like 'how to write a good essay', 'how to improve english writing skills' you will find various videos and articles that can help you.

    Also, don't ever write like this "I am not so good in English and drafting impressive essays... I may ideas in mind but I find it very difficult to convert my ideas into a well furnished Essay... Please Guide....". Always make it a point to write your very best, in complete sentences, even if it is an sms or on a forum. Write every word like you will write the mains. Improvement can only come through constant practice.
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  • While waiting for the result, I think it would be nice to write one essay and get some feedback, especially when you don't have experience of long write-ups. I'm planning to write one on this "Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient way of going backwards"

    Would you be willing to take a look and provide feedback? @Stardust1901 @Partho
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  • While waiting for the result, I think it would be nice to write one essay and get some feedback, especially when you don't have experience of long write-ups. I'm planning to write one on this "Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient way of going backwards"

    Would you be willing to take a look and provide feedback? @Stardust1901 @Partho
    I am sure you will get a lot of feedback here. Criticising is a lot easier than writing your own essay (something which I have not done in many years).
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  • While waiting for the result, I think it would be nice to write one essay and get some feedback, especially when you don't have experience of long write-ups. I'm planning to write one on this "Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient way of going backwards"

    Would you be willing to take a look and provide feedback? @Stardust1901 @Partho
    I am still learning the nuances of essay writing - I have not written a full essay since class 12th. :D So, will try to share whatever limited knowledge I have.

    There are many aspirants on this forum who are more capable than me in reviewing and writing an essay. Just share your essay on this forum and let criticism take over. ;)

    P.S I like the topic you have chosen. :)
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  • I am not so good in English and drafting impressive essays... I may ideas in mind but I find it very difficult to convert my ideas into a well furnished Essay... Please Guide....

    Your expressions are limited by your vocabulary. It is very important that you have good communication skills in at least one language, it doesn't need to be english, it can be whatever is your mother tongue.

    Success in the mains will be difficult, if not impossible, if you cannot express your thoughts articulately. Therefore, since you have weak english skills, you need to consider improving your grammar and vocabulary as an important part of your preparation, at par with studying history or geography. There is no shortcut to it, except through a lot of writing practice and receiving good criticism. Read long articles and try to learn writing strategies from them. Google things like 'how to write a good essay', 'how to improve english writing skills' you will find various videos and articles that can help you.

    Also, don't ever write like this "
    I am not so good in English and drafting impressive essays... I may ideas in mind but I find it very difficult to convert my ideas into a well furnished Essay... Please Guide....". Always make it a point to write your very best, in complete sentences, even if it is an sms or on a forum. Write every word like you will write the mains. Improvement can only come through constant practice.
    I was hoping you would present your insights :D
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    Brave are those who fight even when their defeat is certain.
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  • I was hoping you would present your insights :D
    No insights man, its mostly common sense. Being an engineer, I have not written a long essay since standard 12th, so I don't have any specifics to offer. I have been planning to practice an essay for a few weeks now but haven't gotten around to it, I will probably write one this week.

    I will write maybe 6-8 full essays and along with that practice writing detailed outlines/structures of 10-15 essay from previous years' papers.
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