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UPSC Essay Paper – 2019

 

 

Write two essays, choosing one topic each of the following Sections A and B in about 1000-1200 words each :

 

SECTION-A

 

 

  1. Wisdom finds truth.
  1. Values are not what humanity is, but what humanity ought to be.
  1. Best for an individual is not necessarily best for the society.
  1. Courage to accept and dedication to improve are two keys to success.

SECTION –B

 

 

  1. South Asian Societies are woven not around the state, but around their plural cultures and plural identities.
  1. Neglect of primary healthcare and education in India are reasons for its backwardness.
  1. Biased media is a real threat to Indian Democracy
  1. Rise of Artificial Intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling.

UPSC Essay Paper – 2018

Write two essays, choosing one topic each of the following Sections A and B in about 1000-1200 words each :

Section A

 

 

  1. Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India
  1. A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
  1. Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere
  1. Management of Indian border disputes – a complex task

Section B

 

 

  1. Customary Morality cannot be a guide to modern life
  1. The past is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values
  1. A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both
  1. Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it

UPSC Essay Paper – 2017

 

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

SECTION A

 

  1. Farming has lost the ability to be a source of subsistence for majority of farmers in India.
  1. Impact of the new economic measures on fiscal ties between the union and states in India
  1. Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms.
  1. Has the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) lost its relevance in a multipolar world?

 

SECTION B

 

  1. Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
  1. Fulfilment of ‘new women’ in India a myth.
  1. We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws.
  1. ‘Social Media’ is inherently a selfish medium.

UPSC Essay Paper – 2016

 

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

SECTION-A

 

  1. If development is not engendered, it is endangered.
  1. Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed.
  1. Water disputes between states in federal India.
  1. Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare.

 

 

SECTION-B

 

  1. Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality.
  1. Cyberspace and internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run.
  1. Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms.
  1. Digital economy: A leveler or a source of economic inequality.

UPSC Essay Paper – 2015

 

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

Section-A

 

  1. Lending Hands to someone is better than giving a dole.
  1. Quick but steady wins the race.
  1. Character of an institution is reflected in its leader.
  1. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever.

 

 

Section-B

 

  1. Technology cannot replace manpower.
  1. Crisis faced in India – moral or economic.
  1. Dreams which should not let India sleep.
  1. Can capitalism bring inclusive growth ?

 

 

UPSC Essay Paper – 2014

 

Write TWO Essays, choosing ONE from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each:      5×2=250

SECTION-A

  1. With greater power comes greater responsibility.
  1. Is the growing level of competition good for the youth?
  1. Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress?
  1. Words are Sharper than the two-edged sword.

SECTION-B

 

  1. Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country?
  1. Is sting operation an invasion on privacy?
  1. Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India?
  1. Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India?

UPSC Essay Paper – 2013

Write an essay on any one of the following topics, in not more than 2500 words. (250 marks)

Q1. Be the change you want to see in others-Gandhi ji.

Q2. Is the Colonial mentality hindering India’s success?

Q3. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) along with GDP (Gross Domestic Product) would to be righty indices for judging the well-being of a country.

Q4. Science and Technology is the panacea for the growth and security of the nation.

 

 

UPSC Essay Paper – 2012

 

Write an essay on any one of the following topics, in not more than 2500 words. (250 marks)

 

  1. In the context of Gandhiji’s views on the matter, explore, on an evolutionary scale, the terms ‘Swadhinata’, ‘Swaraj’ and ‘Dharmarajya’. Critically comment on their contemporary relevance to Indian democracy.
  1. Is the criticism that the ‘Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model for development is more of a bane than a boon in the Indian context, justified ?
  1. Science and Mysticism : Are they compatible ?
  1. Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal ?