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What are the Common Errors While Writing an Essay

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    10th Sep, 2021

Students often get confused upon a single question How to write a good answer in Mains exam that is free of errors and presentable too. The question becomes more significant especially in the scenario when good marks in IAS Mains Exam is hard to get. Mains examination questions check the subjectivity of the knowledge regarding the topic by demanding the analytical approach, turns and twist attached to most of the questions in the form of analytical instructions i.e. Critical analysis, Discuss, Evaluate, Explain, Analyze etc. Now the main question which arises in front of most of the students is that how to approach or analyze a question to give a good answer for fulfilling the demand of the question and for fetching good marks. Apart from this, several other errors are also made by students by mere negligence or some other reasons such as lack of attention and clarity etc.

One of the crucial things for this is to spot errors in your answers by yourself and to find a suitable way to rectify them. Here, the mains question arises about the identification of error that may damage the beauty and structure of your answer. Finding this most potential or hot error could change the structure of your answer manifold. To help students for finding out most common errors while writing the answers or essays GS Score has launched Hotspot program. This program is designed to spot the most prominent error in answers and finding a meaningful solution so that your answer could become more structured, refined and inclusive and thus can fetch more marks.

Hotspot is an interactive daily answer writing session that is designed to identify spot that need to be strengthened and focused more. Through the help of this initiative aspirants will be able to take specific and corrective measures to remove the common errors and will therefore improve the chances of selection. While talking about the error finding in terms of essay writing which is quite prone of making errors as it is generally a big piece of writing in terms of words limit, the possible dimensions and fields.

What has to be there in your Essay?

Essay writing comes under the category of relevant write-up as it is something that is actually being ornate from start to end by using different methods and techniques. For making your essay more relevant and exclusive the following things must be kept in mind:

Topic clarity

The topic of the essay must be very much clear as the entire structure of essay and brainstorming hovers around the topic. If the topic is not clear in student’s head, they might get swayed or distracted from original theme. Sometimes, it is easier to get the meaning of the topic directly but in case of philosophical topics students need to churn their thoughts and extract the hidden meaning.

Good content

This is the soul of the essay which compels the reader or invigilator to read it and to get impressed by your skills of writing and thinking.

Examples: The key idea or theme of the essay has to be clearly spelt and should be supported by suitable examples.


The brainstorming is the second and most vital step that helps to gather points and dimensions around which the entire story has to be created. Brainstorming has two points: one is to think over the topic and second part is to jotting down all the points and to proceed forward with these points.

Read More: Why Brainstorming is Crucial Before Writing an Essay


Flow and threading

It solely depends upon the nature of topic and its scope and it meaning underlying. Through proper assessment of information, underlying one can develop a structure and flow of the essay.

Crafting of Essay

Crafting simply involves ordering, paragraphing, linkages, closing and opening of ideas and the signposts etc.

What are the most common mistakes that are often committed by students while writing essay?

  • Ambiguity of topic or non-clarity of topic
  • Keywords
  • Emotion and the preconceived notions
  • Inability to write introduction and conclusion for essay
  • Lack of clarity about the execution of ideas
  • Over emphasis over certain areas
  • Repeatedness



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