Essay Paper UPSC – 2015

//Essay Paper UPSC – 2015

Essay Paper UPSC – 2015


The UPSC Mains Exams have started and the aspirants are wondering what was asked this year. Below is the Mains Essay paper for 2015 as asked by UPSC. As an exercise we suggest that you put in the structure of the essay in the comments section to compare with others and see where you stand. We believe that the Section 1 of the paper was tricky as compared to section 1 of previous years’ UPSC paper whereas the Section 2 was a cakewalk. This years paper was more philosophical as compared to last year. As a whole if we look at it very less factual content was asked. With these kinds of essays (philosophical and opinionated) the writing flow comes automatically and the essay becomes more beautiful to read. This type of essays examines power of ones’ thinking and writing abilities.

Essay: Section 1 

  1. Lending hands to someone is better than giving a dole. ( किसी को अनुदान देने से, उसके काम में हाथ बटाना बेहतर है)
  2. Quick but steady wins the race (फुर्तीला किन्तु संतुलित व्यक्ति ही दौड़ में विजयी होता है)
  3. Character of an institution is reflected in its leader. (किसी संस्था का चरित्र चित्रण, उसके नेतृत्व में प्रतिबिंबित होता है)
  4. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever devil.(मूल्यों से वंचित शिक्षा , जैसी अभी उपयोगी है, व्यक्ति को अधिक चतुर बनाने जैसी लगती है|

Essay : Section 2

  1. Technology cannot replace manpower. (प्रोद्योगिकी , मानवशक्ति को विस्थापित नहीं कर सकती)
  2. Crisis faced in India – moral or economic. (भारत के सम्मुख संकट – नैतिक या आर्थिक)
  3. Dreams which should not let India sleep. (वे सपने जो भारत को सोने न दें)
  4. Can capitalism bring inclusive growth? (क्या पूँजीवाद द्वारा समायेशित विकास हो पाना संभव है)

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  1. Manu Raj Malhotra December 19, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    These types of essays are required to be written not just in an interdisciplinary manner, rather there is a greater need of bringing about a coherence in the witting style….
    I will soon share a sample each from both the sections, but a prerequisite shall be an attempt of young aspirants

  2. gagan December 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    We all have heard the tale about the tortoise and hare and that adage- ‘ slow and steady wins the race’ But in todays world the old proverb seems to be lost like the days of cassettes and vcr’s. Instead of slow and even paced ,we are living very fast paced lives trying to make it to the top whatever respective career we want success in .
    Be it a civil servant, an engineer, an employee working in an MNC – everyone is just working like a machine to reach upto the goals either set up by himself or by his company. The end result the winner gets is a reward which he wants and most of us think of this reward as a return on investment.
    Soon the time will come when that fast pace can easily begin throwing our lives out of balance and manifest in many ways such as stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lethargy, depression and the list goes on and on. All these things ultimately slow us down.
    Despite the physical and emotional toll it takes most people can stay in yhe rat race for quite sometime. But there is always a cost!
    Quick and steady though wins the race in this mordern technological world but what it COST is in the terms of the weaker relationships and friendly bonds he loses ….

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