UPSC CSE Mains 2020: GS Essay Paper Previous Year Question Papers (2010 to 2019)

Here we are providing previous years Essay writing (compulsory paper) to practice answer writing for the UPSC CSE Mains 2020 Examination.

From 8 January, 2021, Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC (CSE) for Mains 2020. The paper comprises four GS Papers, one Essay paper and two Optional Papers. All the papers of mains are descriptive.

Cracking the Civil Services Exam requires proper strategy, sincere hard work and serious dedication. But hard work is successful when it is done in the right direction. For doing preparation properly it is necessary to analyse the pattern of questions asked in the UPSC CSE Examination. An aspirant can refer Previous Year papers and analyse the trend of the questions asked in the Mains Examination and do the preparation in the right direction.

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UPSC (CSE) Mains Essay Writing Previous Year Question Papers

UPSC (CSE) 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 (125 Marks)

Write two essays, choosing one topic each of the following Sections A and B in about 1000-1200 words each :
SECTION A (125 Marks)
1. Wisdom finds truth
2. Values are not what humanity is, but what humanity ought to be
3. Best for an individual is not necessarily best for the society
4. Courage to accept and dedication to improve are two keys to success

SECTION B (125 Marks)
5. South Asian societies are woven not around the state, but around their plural cultures and plural identities
6. Neglect of primary health care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness
7. Biased media is a real threat to Indian democracy
8. Rise of Artificial Intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2018

Write Two Essays, choosing One from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each.
SECTION-A (125 Marks)
1. Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India
2. A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
3. Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere
4. Management of Indian border disputes – a complex task

SECTION-B (125 Marks)
5. Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life
6. “The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values
7. A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both
8. Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2017

Write Two Essays, choosing One from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each.

SECTION-A (125 Marks)
1. Farming has lost the ability to be a source of substance for majority of farmers in India
2. Impact of new economic measures on fiscal ties between the union and states in India
3. Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms
4. Has the non-alignment movement lost its relevance in a multipolar world?

SECTION-B (125 Marks)
5. Joy is simplest form of gratitude
6. Fulfilment of new woman in India is a myth.
7. We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws
8. Social media is inherently a selfish medium

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UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2016

Write Two Essays, choosing One from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each.
SECTION-A (125 Marks)
1. If development is not engendered, it is endangered
2. Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed
3. Water disputes between states in federal India
4. Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare

SECTION-B (125 Marks)
5. Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality
6. Cyberspace and internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run
7. Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms
8. Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2015

Write Two Essays, choosing One from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each.
SECTION-A (125 Marks)
1. Lending hands to someone is better than giving a dole.
2. Quick but steady wins the race.
3. Character of an institution is reflected in its leader.
4. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever devil.

SECTION B (125 Marks)
1. Technology cannot replace manpower.
2. Crisis faced in India – moral or economic.
3. Dreams which should not let India sleep.
4. Can capitalism bring inclusive growth?

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2014

Write Two Essays, choosing One from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each.
SECTION-A (125 Marks)
1. With greater power comes greater responsibility.
2. Is the growing level of competition good for the youth?
3. Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress?
4. Words are Sharper than the two-edged sword.

SECTION-B (125 Marks)
5. Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country?
6. Is sting operation an invasion on privacy?
7. Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India?
8. Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India?

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UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2013
Write an essay on any ONE of the following topics in NOT MORE than 2500 words (250 Marks)
1. “Be The Change You Want To See In Others” – Gandhiji
2. Is The Colonial Mentality Hindering India’s Success?
3. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) Along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) Would Be The Right Indices For Judging The well-being Of A Country
4. Science and Technology Is The Panacea For The Growth and Security Of The Nation.

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2012
Write an essay on any ONE of the following topics in NOT MORE than 2500 words (250 Marks)
Q.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.
Q.2 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 ?
Q.3 Science and Mysticism : Are they compatible ?
Q.4 Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal ?

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2011
Write an essay on any ONE of the following topics in NOT MORE than 2500 words (250 Marks)
1. Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative, economic and developmental implications.
2. Does Indian cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it?
3. Credit-based higher education system-status, opportunities and challenges.
4. In the Indian context, both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism.

UPSC (CSE) Essay Paper 2010
Write an essay on any ONE of the following topics in NOT MORE than 2500 words (250 Marks)
1. Geography may remains the same; history need not.
2. Should a moratorium be imposed on all fresh mining in tribal areas of the country?
3. Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role.
4. From traditional Indian philanthropy to the Gates-Buffet model-a natural progression or a paradigm shift.

It is important to select the topic for Essay in UPSC (CSE) Exam. But how an aspirant should select it?

It is necessary to go through all the topics of essay given in the question paper before selecting a topic. Then choose the topic that you have a good knowledge of. Don’t select the topic in which you does not have an interest rather choose a topic which you can explain and write for word as per asked in the exam. Also, make sure that you have understood the topic and demands of the title or topic of an essay that you have chosen.

Good Essay should be written in a properly structured way

Ideally, an essay should be written in a proper format like an introduction, theme, content related to the topic, pros and cons if asked or as per the topic and then a conclusion. You can also include some facts, examples and events related to the topic selected by you. A balanced perspective is necessary while writing an essay and it should not be monotonous. Continuity and proper structure should be followed while writing an essay. You can practice essay by writing it from previous years UPSC (CSE) Question papers and can understand the genre, topics and pattern of the Essay paper.

Check Below:

UPSC CSE Mains 2020: GS Paper IV Ethics Previous Year Question Papers (2013 to 2019)

UPSC CSE Mains 2020: GS Paper-I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) Detailed Syllabus

UPSC CSE Mains 2020 Detailed Syllabus: GS Paper-II (Governance, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

UPSC CSE Mains 2020 Detailed Syllabus: GS Paper-III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

UPSC CSE Mains 2020 Detailed Syllabus: GS Paper-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

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