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Essay Paper UPSC 2020 (Mains): Question Paper and Analysis
Last updated on January 9, 2021 by ClearIAS Team
UPSC conducted the Essay Paper , as part of the Civil Services Main Exam 2020 on 08-01-2021.
There were 8 Essay topics, out of which candidates were asked to write on two topics in 3 hours.
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Essay Paper UPSC 2020 Instructions
- Total Marks: 250 marks, Time duration: 3 hours.
- 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 the medium other than the authorized one.
- Word limit, as specified, should be adhered to.
- Any page or portion of the page left blank, must be struck off clearly.
Essay Question Paper – UPSC Civil Services Main Exam (Written) 2020
Write two essays, choosing one topic from each of the following Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each:
- Life is long journey between human being and being humane
- Mindful manifesto is the catalyst to a tranquil self
- Ships do not sink because of water around them, ships sink because of water that gets into them
- Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
- Culture is what we are, civilization is what we have
- There can be no social justice without economic prosperity but economic prosperity without social justice is meaningless
- Patriarchy is the least noticed yet the most significant structure of social inequality
- Technology as the silent factor in international relations
Though aspirants were asked to write only two essays out of eight, most aspirants faced difficulty to select the right combination of two essays.
A philosophical theme was present in most of the essay topics in Section A as well as Section B.
As per most aspirants, the essay topic ‘Mindful manifesto is the catalyst to a tranquil self’ seemed the most tricky one. Only a few attempted that topic.
UPSC has ensured that the essay topics were much different from the GS questions.
As we have mentioned many times, Essay needs a different approach than GS. Only those candidates with good essay writing skills will score high in this year’s essay paper.
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Paper I of the UPSC Civil Services mains exam is the Essay. Here, prelims-qualified IAS aspirants have to write two essays out of a few given topics. The paper is for a total of 250 marks and its marks are taken into consideration for the Final Merit List. In this article, we have listed all the essay topics asked in the UPSC mains exam from 1994 to 2018. We have also classified the last 25 years essay questions into topics to make your preparation easier.
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UPSC Essay Topics
- Politics, bureaucracy and business – fatal triangle. (1994)
- Politics without ethics is a disaster. (1995)
- The VIP cult is a bane of Indian democracy. (1996)
- Need for transparency in public administration. (1996)
- The country’s need for a better disaster management system. (2000)
- How should a civil servant conduct himself? (2003)
Democracy/India since independence
- Whither Indian democracy? (1995)
- What we have not learnt during fifty years of independence. (1997)
- Why should we be proud of being Indians? (2000)
- What have we gained from our democratic set-up? (2001)
- How far has democracy in India delivered the goods? (2003)
- National identity and patriotism. (2008)
- 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. (2012)
- Is the colonial mentality hindering India’s success? (2013)
- Dreams which should not let India sleep. (2015)
- Management of Indian border disputes – a complex task. (2018)
Economic growth and development
- Resource management in the Indian context. (1999)
- GDP (Gross Domestic Product) along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) would be the right indices for judging the wellbeing of a country. (2013)
- Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country? (2014)
- Crisis faced in India – moral or economic. (2015)
- Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms. (2016)
- Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality. (2016)
- Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare. (2016)
- Impact of the new economic measures on fiscal ties between the union and states in India. (2017)
- The language problem in India: its past, present and prospects. (1998)
- Water resources should be under the control of the central government. (2004)
- Evaluation of panchayati raj system in India from the point of view of eradication of power to people. (2007)
- Is autonomy the best answer to combat balkanization? (2007)
- Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative, economic and developmental implication. (2011)
- Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality. (2016)
- Water disputes between States in federal India. (2016)
Indian Culture & Society
- The Indian society at the crossroads. (1994)
- New cults and godmen: a threat to traditional religion. (1996)
- The composite culture of India. (1998)
- Youth culture today. (1999)
- Modernism and our traditional socio-ethical values. (2000)
- Indian culture today: a myth or a reality? (2000)
- As civilization advances culture declines. (2003)
- From traditional Indian philanthropy to the gates-buffet model-a natural progression or a paradigm shift? (2010)
- Judicial activism. (1997)
- Judicial activism and Indian democracy. (2004)
- Justice must reach the poor. (2005)
- Reservation, politics and empowerment. (1999)
- Food security for sustainable national development. (2005)
- The focus of health care is increasingly getting skewed towards the ‘haves’ of our society. (2009)
- Farming has lost the ability to be a source of subsistence for the majority of farmers in India. (2017)
- Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere. (2018)
Media & Society
- Misinterpretation and misuse of freedom in India. (1998)
- Mass media and cultural invasion. (1999)
- Responsibility of media in a democracy. (2002)
- How has satellite television brought about cultural change in Indian mindsets? (2007)
- Role of media in good governance. (2008)
- Does Indian cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it? (2011)
- Is sting operation an invasion on privacy? (2014)
- Urbanization is a blessing in disguise. (1997)
- Protection of ecology and environment is essential for sustained economic development. (2006)
- Urbanisation and its hazards. (2008)
- Should a moratorium be imposed on all fresh mining in tribal areas of the country? (2010)
- We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws. (2017)
- Multinational corporations – saviours or saboteurs. (1994)
- Globalization would finish small-scale industries in India. (2006)
- BPO boom in India. (2007)
- Special economic zone: boon or bane? (2008)
- Are our traditional handicrafts doomed to a slow death? (2009)
- 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? (2012)
- Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India? (2014)
- Restructuring of Indian education system. (1995)
- Literacy is growing very fast, but there is no corresponding growth in education. (1996)
- Irrelevance of the classroom. (2001)
- Privatization of higher education in India. (2002)
- Modern technological education and human values. (2002)
- What is real education? (2005)
- “Education for all” campaign in India: myth or reality. (2006)
- Independent thinking should be encouraged right from the childhood. (2007)
- Is an egalitarian society possible by educating the masses? (2008)
- Credit – based higher education system – status, opportunities and challenges. (2011)
- Is the growing level of competition good for the youth? (2014)
- Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress? (2014)
- Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever devil. (2015)
- Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms. (2017)
- The new emerging women power: the ground realities. (1995)
- Greater political power alone will not improve women’s plight. (1997)
- Woman is god’s best creation. (1998)
- Women empowerment: challenges and prospects. (1999)
- Empowerment alone cannot help our women. (2001)
- Whither women’s emancipation? (2004)
- If women ruled the world. (2005)
- The hand that rocks the cradle. (2005)
- Women’s reservation bill would usher in empowerment for women in India. (2006)
- Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal? (2012)
- If development is not engendered, it is endangered. (2016)
- Fulfillment of ‘new woman’ in India is a myth. (2017)
- Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret. (1994)
- Useless life is an early death. (1994)
- Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of civilisation. (1995)
- When money speaks, the truth is silent. (1995)
- Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. (1995)
- Truth is lived, not taught. (1996)
- True religion cannot be misused. (1997)
- Search for truth can only be a spiritual problem. (2002)
- The paths of glory lead but to the grave. (2002)
- If youth knew, if age could. (2002)
- There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. (2003)
- Be the change you want to see in others. (2013)
- With greater power comes greater responsibility. (2014)
- Words are sharper than the two-edged sword. (2014)
- Lending hands to someone is better than giving a dole. (2015)
- “The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values. (2018)
- Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it. (2018)
- Attitude makes habit, habit makes character and character makes a man. (2007)
- Discipline means success, anarchy means ruin. (2008)
- Character of an institution is reflected in its leader. (2015)
- Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed. (2016)
- Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. (2017)
- A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. (2018)
- A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both. (2018)
- Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life. (2018)
- Modernisation and westernisation are not identical concepts. (1994)
- The world of the twenty-first century. (1998)
- The implications of globalization for India. (2000)
- My vision of an ideal world order. (2001)
- The masks of new imperialism. (2003)
- Globalizations and its impact on Indian culture. (2004)
- ‘Globalization’ vs. ‘nationalism’. (2009)
- Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role. (2010)
Science & Tech
- The modern doctor and his patients. (1997)
- Value-based science and education. (1999)
- The march of science and the erosion of human values. (2001)
- Spirituality and scientific temper. (2003)
- The lure of space. (2004)
- Science and Mysticism: Are they compatible? (2012)
- Science and technology is the panacea for the growth and security of the nation. (2013)
- Technology cannot replace manpower. (2015)
- Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India. (2018)
- The cyberworld: its charms and challenges. (2000)
- Increasing computerization would lead to the creation of a dehumanized society. (2006)
- Cyberspace and Internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run. (2016)
- Social media is inherently a selfish medium. (2017)
- Restructuring of UNO reflect present realities. (1996)
- India’s role in promoting ASEAN cooperation. (2004)
- Importance of Indo-US nuclear agreement. (2006)
- Has the Non- Alignment Movement (NAM) lost its relevance in a multipolar world. (2017)
- Terrorism and world peace. (2005)
- Are we a ‘soft’ state? (2009)
- Good fences make good neighbours. (2009)
- In the Indian context, both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism. (2011)
- India’s contribution to world wisdom. (1998)
- The pursuit of excellence. (2001)
- Geography may remain the same; history need not. (2010)
- Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India? (2014)
- Quick but steady wins the race. (2015)
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ESSAY QUESTION PAPER : UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam MAINS 2021
Essay question paper – upsc civil services ias mains – 2021.
1. The process of self-discovery has now been technologically outsourced.
2. Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me.
3. Philosophy of wantlessness is Utopian, while materialism is a chimera.
4. The real is rational and the rational is real.
5. Hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
6. What is research, but a blind date with knowledge!
7. History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce.
8. There are better practices to “best practices”.
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Essay Paper UPSC 2021 Instructions Total Marks: 250 marks, Time duration: 3 hours. 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.
Please find the questions in the Essay Paper of UPSC 2020 Civil Services Mains Examination (written). UPSC conducted the Essay Paper, as part of the Civil Services Main Exam 2020 on 08-01-2021. There were 8 Essay topics, out of which candidates were asked to write on two topics in 3 hours. Essay Paper UPSC 2020 Instructions.
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ESSAY QUESTION PAPER : UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam MAINS 2021 ESSAY QUESTION PAPER – UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains – 2021 Section A 1. The process of self-discovery has now been technologically outsourced. 2. Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me. 3.