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UPSC Mains: Essay Previous Year Questions

Essay is one of the most important areas of UPSC Civil services mains examination. Candidates are expected to write in a legible and lucid manner on wide range of topics that cover social, economic, ethical and philosophical ideas. Previous year questions are a great way of understanding trend and expectations of UPSC topics. GS SCORE brings to you detailed analysis and discussion of previous year Essay topics from 2015-2021. It is aimed to help you in writing a well-structured and coherent essay in the examination.

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  • Total number of videos of PYQs with Model Answers: 56
  • Total number of theme videos: 2

 The module includes following components to give you a holistic coverage of the PYQs:

Themes Discussion:

In Depth video discussion will be provided on 2 themes

  • How to write Philosophical essay
  • How to write essay on contemporary issues

Model Answers

  • For each PYQ Model Approach and Model Hints shall be provided.

Answer Discussion

  • For each PYQ answer discussion will be available focusing on concepts explanation approach to the answer.

Sample Question & Discussions

  • The process of self-discovery has now been technologically outsourced.2021 Video & Solution


  • How to write Philosophical Essay
  • How to write Essay on Contemporary Issues


  • The process of self-discovery has now been technologically outsourced.2021 Video & Solution
  • Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me. 2021
  • Philosophy of wantlessness is Utopian, while materialism is a chimera.2021
  • The real is rational and the rational is real.  To irrational principles, one cannot be loyal. Ideas that are not derived from reality cannot be consistently practiced in reality.? Ayn Rand2021
  • Hands that rocks the cradle rules the world2021
  • What is research, but a blind date with knowledge!2021
  • History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce.2021
  • There are better practices to “best practice.”2021
  • Life is a long journey between human being and being humane.2020
  • Mindful manifesto is the catalyst to a tranquil self2020
  • Ships do not sink because of water around them, ships sink because of water that gets into them What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him. – Louis L. Mann.2020
  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication2020
  • Culture is what we are, civilization is what we have2020
  • Patriarchy is the least noticed yet the most significant structure of social inequality2020
  • Technology as the silent factor in international relation2020
  • There can be no social justice without economic prosperity but economic prosperity without social justice is meaningless2020
  • Wisdom finds truth If you want to go east, don't go west.- Ramakrishna2019
  • Values are not what humanity is, but what humanity ought to be “A highly developed values system is like a compass. It serves as a guide to point you in the right direction when you are lost.”                                                                                           – Idowu Koyenikan2019
  • Best for an individual is not necessarily best for the society Everybody’s journey is individual. Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.                               – James Baldwin2019
  • Courage to accept and dedication to improve are two keys to success  “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”   – Colin Powell2019
  • South Asian societies are woven not around the state, but around the plural cultures and plural identities. They (South Asians) share the same values, the same language. Practically speaking, they are the two halves of one consciousness.  – Bharati Mukherjee, Desirable Daughters2019
  • Neglect of Primary Health Care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness. Education, work and access to healthcare for all are key elements for development and just distribution of goods for attainment of social justice, for membership in society, and for free and responsible participation in political life.   – Pope Francis2019
  • Biased Media is a real threat to Indian Democracy  “For in these days, With the press in hand, it is easy to manufacture Great Men.”                                                                                                                                                                      – BR Ambedkar The above satire of the “Father of Indian Constitution”, Dr. B R Ambedkar clearly states the present state of Indian media which has been profoundly referred as “Fourth Pillar” of the Indian democracy other three being executive, legislature and judiciary.2019
  • Rise of artificial intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling  “What to do about mass unemployment? This is going to be a massive social challenge. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better [than a human]. These are not things that I wish will happen. These are simply things that I think probably will happen.”  -Elon Musk (Space Scientist, entrepreneur and owner of Space X and Tesla)2019
  • Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India2018
  • A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge2018
  • Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere2018
  • Management of Indian border disputes – a complex task2018
  • Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life2018
  • “The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values “Never let the past overburden you, but always let it teach you”2018
  • A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both2018
  • Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it2018
  • Farming has lost the ability to be a source of subsistence for majority of farmers in India.2017
  • Impact of the new economic measures on fiscal ties between the union and states in India2017
  • Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms.2017
  • Has the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) lost its relevance in a multipolar world?2017
  • Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.2017
  • Fulfilment of 'new women' in India a myth.2017
  • We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws.2017
  • 'Social Media' is inherently a selfish medium.2017
  • If development is not engendered, it is endangered2016
  • Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed2016
  • Water disputes between states in federal India2016
  • Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare2016
  • Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality2016
  • Cyberspace and internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run2016
  • Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms2016
  • Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality2016
  • Lending Hands to Someone is Better than giving a dole.2015
  • Quick but Steady Wins the Race.2015
  • Character of an Institution is Reflected in its Leader.2015
  • Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever devil.2015
  • Technology cannot Replace Manpower.2015
  • Crisis faced in India - Moral or Economic.2015
  • Dreams which should not let India Sleep.2015
  • Can Capitalism bring Inclusive growth?2015



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