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UPSC CSE Mains Essay Paper 2022

UPSC CSE Mains Essay Paper 2022

The UPSC CSE conducted by UPSC has three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. The UPSC Prelims 2022 was conducted on 5th June 2022 and the results for UPSC CSE Prelims were announced on 22nd June 2022.

UPSC CSE Mains Examination 2022 began from 16th September 2022 and will end on 25th September 2022

The UPSC CSE Mains Examination checks the intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates, rather than merely the range of their knowledge.

The UPSC Main (Written) exam would be conducted for a period of 5 days – 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th September 2022.

Candidates can check the timetable for UPSC CSE Mains Examination 2022 from the link given below.

UPSC CSE Mains Examination 2022 Timetable

UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Essay Paper Analysis

The candidates have to write two essays, one from each section. Out of 8 questions, the candidate has to choose and write on two essay topics. The candidates are expected to write the answers in about 1000-1200 words for each essay. The duration for the UPSC CSE Mains Essay paper is of 3 hours. The Essay paper was held in the morning session on 16th September 2022 from 9 AM to 12 PM.

UPSC CSE Mains Essay Paper 2022 Questions


Section A

  1. Forests are the best case studies for economic excellence
  2. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world
  3. History is a series of victories won by the scientific man over the romantic man
  4. A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ship is for

Section B

  1. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining
  2. You cannot step twice in the same river
  3. A smile is the chosen vehicle for all ambiguities
  4. Just because you have a choice, it does not mean that any of them has to be right.


The candidates can check the UPSC Mains 2022 Essay Question Paper PDF from the link given below.

UPSC CSE Mains Essay Question Paper 2022 PDF Download

Based on the analysis, here are a few opinions and reviews about the essay paper:

  • Most of the candidates felt that the essay paper was tough as compared to last year.
  • Looking at the essay paper of Mains 2022, the candidates felt that the paper was unpredictable.
  • Also, the veterans who are writing the Mains exam, not for the first time, felt that this year’s paper was a bit similar in nature to last year’s paper.
  • In general, section A would contain topics related to social issues, policymaking etc. which extensively demand quoting of a lot of factual information. Whereas, section B would have abstract or philosophical topics. But since 2021 in essay paper, both the section have philosophical or abstract topics.
  • Essay paper from last year is testing whether the candidates have their own thinking process which is deep, analytical and philosophical.
  • A few candidates felt that this paper checks the personality of the candidate, which cannot be learnt or gained overnight by studying facts from books, magazines or other sources.


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