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  1. UPSC Mains 2014: Essay Paper
    1. Section-A (125 marks)
    2. Section-B (125 marks)
    3. Comparison: Essay paper 2013 vs 2014
    4. Bogus marketing propaganda
  2. Essay-list: Topic wise last 22 years (1993-2014)
    1. Economy, Development
    2. Education
    3. Indian Democracy, society, culture, mindset
    4. International issues
    5. Quote based / Philosophical
    6. Polity, administration
    7. Science-Technology
    8. Women empowerment
  3. Essaylist: Yearwise Last 22 years (1993-2014)

UPSC Mains 2014: Essay Paper

Instructions

  • Exam date: 14th December 2014. From 9 AM to 12 Noon, 3 hours duration.
  • The essay must be written in the medium authorized in the admission certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this question-cum-answer (QCA) booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than authorized one.
  • Word limit, as specified, should be adhered to.
  • Any page or portion of the page left blank, must be struck off clearly.
  • Write TWO Essays, choosing ONE from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000-1200 words each : 125×2= Total 250 marks.
  • ~10-11 blank pages were given for each section.

Section-A (125 marks)

Write any one of the following essay in 1000-1200 words.

  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)

Write any one of the following essay in 1000-1200 words.

  1. Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country?
  2. Is sting operation an invasion on privacy?
  3. Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India?
  4. Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India?
Analysis of UPSC Mains Essay 2014 Paper

Analysis of UPSC Mains Essay 2014 Paper

  1. @Mains-Players: which essay did you write and what points did you include in it? (Reply after Mains is over.)
  2. @Non-Mains 2013 players: Which essay would you write and what points will you include in it? (You may post comment right now!)
  3. @Hindi Medium: Those who want to see Hindi version of those essay topics–, click me for the photo of Question paper.  Image courtesy: “Jude_Prudence”, long time reader of the site.
Comparison: Essay paper 2013 vs 2014
2013 2014
they’ve specifically instructed “Not more than 2500” words Two essays, 1000-1200 words for each.
Attempt one out of four essays.Despite speculation that more than one essay will be asked. Candidates were required to write two essays. And I welcome this UPSC-reform. because

  1. Hard to think of 2500 words content on any topic. Even in 2013, most candidates wrote hardly 1200-1500 words on the single topic.
  2. If single essay is asked, and you get below 100 out of 250 marks, then  game over.
  3. But if two essays asked, then slightly less danger of your entire future hanging on the whims, fancies and viewpoints of the examiner over a single topic. [UPSC admitted in RTIs, they don’t give “MODEL Answerkey” to examiner.]
250 marks | 3 hours same
proverb /quote type topic: Be the change you want to see in others (Gandhi)
  1. Words are sharper than two edged sword.
  2. With great power comes great responsibilities (said Spiderman’s Uncle Ben)
Only one essay in ‘question’ format: Is the Colonial mentality hindering India’s Success? 6 out of 8 topics were in question format- requiring you to take a “Stand”.
following topics were in news but not asked as essay topics:

  1. Crime against women due to Delhi gang-rape.
  2. Criminalization of politics.
  3. Policy paralysis. (But asked in 2014 exam under Modi-raj finally. May be examiner was too afraid to ask it during UPA-raj hahaha)
  4. Indo-China, Indo-Pak, elections, Mangalyaan etc.
Following topics were in news but not asked as essay topics:

  1. Space-exploration (ISRO-Mangalyan)
  2. Extremism (ISIS)
  3. New cold war (Ukraine).
  4. Good governance, E-governance, Minimum governance (Modi)
  5. Relevance Planning commission, socialist economy.
  6. Nehru related essays because of his 125th Anniversary.

Bogus marketing propaganda
Few months back, I had started weekly Essay quotes list. But I don’t see any of them directly / indirectly asked here hehehe.

Essay-list: Topic wise last 22 years (1993-2014)

Economy, Development

  1. Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country? -2014
  2. Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India? -2014
  3. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) would be the right indices for judging the wellbeing of a country-2013
  4. 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 ?-2012
  5. Protection of ecology and environment is essential for sustained economic development. -2006
  6. BPO boom in India.   -2007
  7. Globalization would finish small-scale industries in India. -2006
  8. Economic growth without distributive justice is bound to breed violence. -1993
  9. Ecological considerations need not hamper development. -1993
  10. Multinational corporations – saviours or saboteurs -1994
  11. Special economic zone : boon or bane -2008
  12. Resource management in the Indian context. -1999
  13. Should a moratorium be imposed on all fresh mining in tribal areas of the country? -2010
  14. Are our traditional handicrafts doomed to a slow death? -2009
  15. The focus of health care is increasingly getting skewed towards the ‘haves’ of our society. -2009
  16. Urbanization is a blessing in disguise. -1997

Education

  1. Is the growing level of competition good for the youth? -2014
  2. Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress? -2014
  3. Modern technological education and human values. -2002
  4. Credit – based higher education system – status , opportunities and challenges -2011
  5. “Education for all” campaign in India: myth or reality. -2006
  6. Privatization of higher education in India. -2002
  7. Irrelevance of the classroom. -2001
  8. Value-based science and education. -1999
  9. Is an egalitarian society possible by educating the masses ? -2008
  10. Independent thinking should be encouraged right form the childhood. -2007
  11. Restructuring of Indian education system. -1995
  12. Literacy is growing very fast, but there is no corresponding growth in education. -1996
  13. What is real education? -2005

Indian Democracy, society, culture, mindset

  1. Is sting operation an invasion on privacy? -2014
  2. Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India? -2014
  3. Is the Colonial mentality hindering India’s Success?-2013
  4. 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 -2012
  5. Does Indian cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it? -2011
  6. Indian culture today: a myth or a reality? -2000
  7. Modernism and our traditional socio-ethical values. -2000
  8. Youth culture today. -1999
  9. Mass media and cultural invasion. -1999
  10. The composite culture of India. -1998
  11. The Indian society at the crossroads. -1994
  12. Geography may remain the same ; history need not. -2010
  13. From traditional Indian philanthropy to the gates-buffet model-a natural progression or a paradigm shift? -2010
  14. Modernisation and westernisation are not identical concepts. -1994
  15. New cults and godmen: a threat to traditional religion -1996
  16. How has satellite television brought about cultural change in Indian mindsets? -2007
  17. ‘ globalization’ vs. ‘ nationalism’ -2009
  18. National identity and patriotism -2008
  19. Responsibility of media in a democracy. -2002
  20. Why should we be proud of being Indians? -2000
  21. True religion cannot be misused. -1997
  22. Globalizations and its impact on Indian culture. -2004

International issues

  1. India’s role in promoting asean co-operation. -2004
  2. The masks of new imperialism. -2003
  3. As civilization advances culture declines. -2003
  4. The implications of globalization for India. -2000
  5. My vision of an ideal world order. -2001
  6. India’s contribution to world wisdom. -1998
  7. The world of the twenty-first century. -1998
  8. Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role. -2010
  9. The global order: political and economic -1993
  10. Importance of indo-u.s. nuclear agreement -2006
  11. Good fences make good neighbors -2009
  12. Terrorism and world peace -2005
  13. Restructuring of uno reflect present realities -1996

Quote based / Philosophical

  1. With greater power comes greater responsibility. -2014
  2. Words are sharper than the two-edged sword. -2014
  3. Be the change you want to see in others (Gandhi)-2013
  4. Discipline means success , anarchy means ruin -2008
  5. Attitude makes, habit makes character and character makes a man.  -2007
  6. There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. -2003
  7. Search for truth can only be a spiritual problem. -2002
  8. Spirituality and scientific temper. -2003
  9. Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of civilisation. -1995
  10. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. -1995
  11. Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, oldage a regret -1994
  12. Useless life is an early death. -1994
  13. He would reigns within himself and folds his passions and desires and fears is more than a king. -1993
  14. Compassion is the basic of all morality would -1993
  15. If youth knew, if age could. -2002
  16. The paths of glory lead but to the grave. -2002
  17. The pursuit of excellence. -2001
  18. Truth is lived, not taught -1996

Polity, administration

  1. Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative , economic and developmental implication -2011
  2. Evaluation of panchayati raj system in India from the point of view of eradication of power to people.  -2007
  3. Justice must reach the poor -2005
  4. Water resources should be under the control of the central government. -2004
  5. The misinterpretation and misuse of freedom in India. -1998
  6. The language problem in India: its past, present and prospects. -1998
  7. Reservation, politics and empowerment. -1999
  8. When money speaks, the truth is silent. -1995
  9. How should a civil servant conduct himself? -2003
  10. Politics without ethics is a disaster. -1995
  11. Judicial activism. -1997
  12. The vip cult is a bane of Indian democracy -1996
  13. Need for transparency in public administration -1996
  14. Whither Indian democracy? -1995
  15. Politics, bureaucracy and business – fatal triangle. -1994
  16. How far has democracy in India delivered the goods? -2003
  17. What we have not learnt during fifty years of independence. -1997
  18. My vision of India in 2001 a.d. -1993
  19. In the Indian context , both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism -2011
  20. Is autonomy the best answer to combat balkanization? -2007
  21. The country’s need for a better disaster management system. -2000
  22. Are we a ‘soft ’ state ? -2009
  23. Role of media in good governance -2008
  24. Judicial activism and Indian democracy. -2004
  25. What have we gained from our democratic set-up? -2001
  26. Urbanisation and its hazards -2008
  27. Food security for sustainable national development -2005

Science-Technology

  1. Science and technology is the panacea for the growth and security of the nation-2013
  2. Science and Mysticism : Are they compatible ?-2012
  3. Computer: the harbinger of silent revolution. -1993
  4. The march of science and the erosion of human values. -2001
  5. The modern doctor and his patients. -1997
  6. Increasing computerization would lead to the creation of a dehumanized society. -2006
  7. The cyberworld: its charms and challenges. -2000
  8. The lure of space. -2004

Women empowerment

  1. Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal ?-2012
  2. Men have failed: let women take over. -1993
  3. Women’s reservation bill would usher in empowerment for women in India. -2006
  4. The hand that rocks the cradle -2005
  5. If women ruled the world -2005
  6. Whither women’s emancipation? -2004
  7. Empowerment alone cannot help our women. -2001
  8. Women empowerment: challenges and prospects. -1999
  9. Woman is god’s best creation. -1998
  10. Greater political power alone will not improve women’s plight. -1997
  11. The new emerging women power: the ground realities. -1995


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  1. ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ is the guiding principle that our Indian scriptures have prescribed and we have following them in letter and spirit. India has been an amalgamation of cultures, a land of numerous languages, rich heritage and diverse and unifying traditions. India has welcomed and absorbed people from different faiths, various backgrounds and distant lands. As far as the question arises whether tourism can be the next big thing for India, we can affirmatively answer- Yes, it can be.
    Today human beings are leading lives full of stress, both physical and physiological. Every now and then, an individual needs a break from his mundane activities to give time for himself, to spend time with his family, to connect to his inner soul, to relax and to rejuvenate.
    India can cash on this opportunity and transform itself into a tourist hub. The western way of life is too competitive and individualistic. Everybody competes in a race in the world of materialistic gratification. In this race, individuals face an abyss, they face a lack of connection with their inner soul and they lack spirituality.
    While the whole world exports technology and material goods, India can export its culture, values, ethics, and traditions.
    Tourism can act as a soft power to conquer our neighbours and the world with our charisma and tourist potential. This soft power can deepen our diplomatic relations with other nations. Examples where diplomats from other countries exchange scriptures, visit tourist places show the power of this soft power. Diplomatic road blocks can be solved when tourism is given a much needed boost. Cultural exchange can be an ice breaker and countries can improve their sour relations. One fine example in this regard are the Indo- Pak relations. Constant efforts have been made to solve the diplomatic tension by means of tourism and cultural exchange- cricket, food, TV shows, movies, pilgrimages on either sides etc.
    The UN has adopted a world Yoga day to enhance spirituality and to reconnect with one’s self to find the inner peace. Yoga has its origins in India. India can boost its tourism potential by giving impetus to Yoga and encouraging this ancient practice.
    India has potential for tourism. From lofty snow clad mountains I Himalayas to golden sand dunes of Rajasthan, from pristine beaches of Goa to temples of Tamil Nadu, from wonder of the world Taj Mahal to serene backwaters of Kerala, India has a lot to offer to allure every individual.
    Tourism development has its other share of benefits too. This leads to economic revival. Increased tourist inflow increases our foreign currency reserves. It generates huge employment to individuals in hospitality sector. Increased tourism improves India’s image on the global map. This could in turn enhance foreign direct investments to improve the infrastructure and develop other sectors in the country.
    Another growing trend is the increasing number of tourists visiting India for medical tourism. With better and cheaper medical facilities, India has become a hub for health tourism and this sector is contributing a lot to India’s Gross Domestic Product.
    Kerala is a fine example which has tapped its full tourist potential. Blessed with nature’s beauty, long coastline, rich heritage, temples, art and literature and with the government’s “God’s own country” campaign, they have revitalised tourism in the state.by better policies, security checks, inspection teams, quality managements etc.
    Developing tourism also has other advantages. For example, Japanese tourists visiting Buddhist sites get mesmerised by the beauty and develop an abstract connection with India and its people. This indirectly helps to improve the diplomatic ties between countries. One example is the Japanese support to clean and preserve the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad, which houses a giant statue of Lord Buddha.
    However, a lot has to be done to preserve tourist spots and promote tourism. First of all, tourist places, ancient to modern must be well maintained with all amenities and good connectivity. Several heritage structures and environmental bio diversity are in bad shape due to lack of governmental concerns. Special institutions have been set up and should be given funds to support the cause.
    Other provisions like visa on arrival, early transit, and better policies to boost tourism, well trained guides, and increased awareness on tourist information have to be made. Customised tourist packages have to be offered to suit one’s needs and interests. The government has already come with several packages like Char Dham Yatra, Buddhist circuit, Ashta Vinayak package, Jyothirling tour, north east tour etc. The Prime minister of India has recently urged citizens to visit North Eastern states and experience the beauty, in turn helping the region to boost its economy. However, intensive advertising is needed to promote these policies.
    Another important aspect to deal with is providing security to the tourists. In the recent past, there have been notorious cases of attacks on women tourists and tourist belonging to particular region or race. Counter terrorism action should also be taken to make the tourists feel secure and at home especially due to the growing concerns after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and other attacks at Bodh Gaya, Hyderabad Mecca masjid, Pune German bakery etc.
    Hence by promoting better policies and intensive marketing, we can fully realise India’s tourist potential. Tourism, in turn is the only mechanism to solve the diplomatic blockades, if any. It will help to revitalise the economy too. India can truly use its soft power to transform into a shining star on the global map. To conclude it can be said with total affirmation that tourism is the next big thing for India to show to the world its culture, traditions and its power.

    1. Lucid , optimistic and futuristic….Simply WOW

    2. please review this essay

      1. Good attempt anirudh, you have diversified your points. and it might be even better if you had included some more points on development of sector with suggestions of resources available . i guess you will get decent marks.. 55-60

      2. short and crisp.. :) gud writing bhai.. :) touched diversified areas lyk IR and bilaeral relations.. cool

        Hence by promoting better policies and intensive marketing, we can fully realise India’s tourist potential. Tourism, in turn is the only mechanism to solve the diplomatic blockades, if any. It will help to revitalise the economy too. India can truly use its soft power to transform into a shining star on the global map. To conclude it can be said with total affirmation that tourism is the next big thing for India to show to the world its culture, traditions and its power.

        conclusion .. achchaa hai..thodaa sa or creative ho sakte they but will do..
        PS..kabhi bhi ek hi point ko 2 baar se jyada mention nahi karna chahiye in any case..
        baaki sab thik h.. bhai mujhe toh achcha laga..:)
        all the best dost..:)

        1. @Kuku_Dhakkan thanx bhai

          1. mention not bro .. :)

    3. Isn’t growing aspirations of people for modern lifestyle posing challenge to development of Tourism sector (Western ghat issue).

      Complex visa procedure for chinese tourists, who make up a very big share of tourist worldwide, even though we have a rich tourism products for them.

      I think these two points should have been included and given a little more focus.

      1. @mozam, are the other points good enough? please comment

        1. @anirudh, you started essay with a good introduction and given a meaning conclusion at the end. You tried very well to touch upon many important points. After mentioning tourism potential of India you also called for promoting better policies and intensive marketing for development and growth of tourism sector. I like when you mentioned examples of kerala, medical tourism and you reached to highest point when you goes to explain development of most neglected region North-East of india through tourism.Full marks for these.
          However, what i dont like or wanted in your essay is, you describe many hotspots for tourism in India, have you mentioned anywhere tourism potential and problem of Jammu and kashmir region.
          Terrorism is definately a threat for growth of this sector, dont you think rise of saffron forces are equally capable of preventing the growth of tourism.
          While describing opportunity in North-East you can have also supplenmented it with wildlife tourism.
          These are few things, which can make your essay more balanced and complete.
          Avoid using same phrase repeatedly(Soft power, we understood u knw this concept vry well).
          And instead of ‘show the power of this soft power’, better would be ‘showcases the influence of India’s soft power’.
          Good Luck.

      2. Very good, deserve good score

        Negative effects of tourism could have highlighted a bit more to include nature, culture, sociological issues. Tourists are restricted in Muslim countries for issues related to culture.

        Also, one positive is to “make Indians aware about their own culture, when foreigners visit a particular place like Varansi Aarti etc…”

  2. Sir,
    For tourism
    We can include points like Medical tourism In India and even space tourism with Mars orbitor Mission launched successfully..And yes the very policy of our PM to clean India so as to boost tourism etc.

  3. I would be written-words are sharper than…
    And frm section B -fifty golds in olympics…

  4. Sir by mistake I have written both essay in space provided for section one only and other section left blank but I have written question no and topic of both essay . What would be happened will my both essay be evaluated despite there were clear instructions to write each in space provided . Please give your views .

  5. • Some People usually thinks that if they achieve power and Authority,then will became superior and can use their Power in anyway or in any means.Some Autocratic Personality laud the power over the Junta.No. of people across the world became autocratic ,Inefficient and even Corrupt by misusing his Power.Abuse of Power is Corruption.So Power needs to be use for Common Good and for Harmony.It brings the great responsibilities.
    • Great Power Comes with greater responsibility has simple meaning that if u got the power , authority in any form or has potential to do something use it wisely for common welfare otherwise it will dangerous to society and might fire back to Individual having this. For example Mussolini in Italy faced Revolt and Very recent Example of Saddam Husain where USA with the help of Native Iraqis punished him for his autocratic corrupt Rule.
    • Contrary to this, there are several examples in same history too where how an Individual used his ability for Brotherhood, Peace and Humanity. Nelson Mandela, national father of India Mk Gandhi is popular example where they have done the things following the spirit of the message.
    • It’s not that any individual requires Power or authority to do something, and then only he can do for good. One can easily led the spirit of message by doing small-small good things and make a joyful environment.
    • In general, as you become more skilful,Intellegent,Knowledagble then that Knowledge brings some kind of Influence over the Other and Might impact the Mass no of People depending on the influence and same time brings the M
    Since Quote carrying message has wide scope and meaning,so has been said and used by Several People in History whether its US president Truman or .As the Message became Popular from the Hollywood Movie Spireman in 2002,where Spiderman recalled the message of his Uncle Ben :Great power Comes with great Responsiblity.It is easily possible to do something which can impact thousand of Lives in Positive way.
    Lord acton also said :Power Corrupts absolutely and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely,which carries the same spirit of message and Socrates also expressed similar idea that Rule of Mighty is Worth”
    It is also often quoted from the Philoshphies of Voltaire.
    so it is important if u want your power to remain effective and Legimitimate ,use it with equivalent responsilbilty.Any disturbance in the equation of Authority=Responsiblity will fetch the criticism leading to loss of Authority.This was similar happened in the case of Indira Gandhi after the Emergency.Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency on only basis of Power or authority given by Constituition of India but when emergency revoked,she lost election and ultimately lost the Authority but the same Authority has been used by similar Indivisual Indira Gandhi in several other areas of Common welfare whether it is uplifment of marginalised section or advancing the Science and tech in Agriculture with Green Revolution.

  6. Thank you Sir! Gratefull for the efforts which has gone behind this too… :)

  7. along with my essay topics please accept my congratulations for being such a dedicated and nice guys.

    1. youth and competition
    Structure –
    Growing competition in Educational,social,and political sphere
    B. dimensions of growing competition. as a source of selection of the best , its demerits as a possible cause of conflicts
    c. India specific competition,it being skewed towards well off people.no level playing field
    D. reasons for growing competition
    E. good effects of Competition
    F. bad effects of competition
    G. conclusion with the line “lets make it fair or it would bring chaos.”

    2. policy paralysis and implementation paralysis – structure

    A.what is policy paralysis.
    B. why policy paralysis- weak government,pressure groups ,other party govt. in states,NGO,appeasement.
    C. what is implementation paralysis – bureaucracy, lack of funds, lack of an Indian character in citizens, chalta hai attitudes
    D. conclusion with the line that the new govt. has shown that if the center is strong and decisive policy paralysis and implementation paralysis are events happening in 5th dimensions. jan dhan yojna proves it.

    too much aalas at this point hence aage nahin likha.

    and guys pardon the spelling mistakes if any ,big fingers and hindi medium.

  8. Thanks a lot Mrunal Sir..your analysing skills are stupendous
    u r so prompt.

  9. Nice topic..murnul is the best, UPSC CSE ka apna ek alag leval hai aur iss baar 2 essay thora surprise kar rahe hai but fir bhi achha hai, Hum aspirents ko kosish jaari rkhni hogi ki kaise behtar aur satik shabdo k sath prabhavshali dhang se hum apni baat rakh saken aur UPSC ki ummeedon par khada utar saken..

  10. i attempted Part a- standardized test for acadmic ability.. and in prt b – tourism…
    And english(c) – sprts for good chrecter…Will post point after exam … Nw getting ready for day 2 … ;)

  11. Faster delivery then flipkart….awesome!!!

  12. The sting operation question came in Indian Economic service-2014 . Same question repeated here.

    Even the “turkey” question in prelims came from Indian engineering service-2014.

    Looks like reading other q papers is helpful for those who did.

    1. Hi Rakesh.. are you appearing from Jaipur?… Do u remember me? please reply..

  13. topics were difficult than the last time..

  14. Hi Mrunal,

    I have a query. I used sub headings in my essay. Am I going to be penalized for that. Another concern is that i started with “Introduction” and ended with “conclusion” sub-heading and catchy sub headings in between. Please share your views on this.

  15. good decision from UPSC.
    ok mrunal bhay. which essay was written general DONGEY…..!

  16. Mrunal sir thanks a lot sir…………….. u r doing a brilliant job for all aspirants……. sir i m prprng for hcs mains……. your regular updates of all

    things (necessary doze for clearing civils) helped me a lot thanks again…..

  17. Plz guys suggest points on topic ‘words are sharper than two edged sword’

  18. Well written will amp

  19. what is schedule of upsc mains papers 2014..

  20. Sir .
    Can u write an article for preparing the two qualifying papers, English and Indian language (Hindi) in mains .. I don’t want to take a risk by taking them lightly ..
    every little help will be highly appreciated .. thank u sir

  21. HAI MRUNAL,
    One small correction…”great power comes great responsibility” originally quoted by VOLTAIRE ( 19th century philosopher)
    but also by spiderman’s uncle..

    1. Hi…….
      I have written in the greater powers essay how the irresponsible use of power in this world is a cause of problems that we face from family power dynamics in a patriarchal society to the wars and cold war…….. then I went on to suggest the solutions and how these problems can be solved by responsible use…….. finally ended with the power of morality to govern all powers and to actually reap the benefits of human development.

  22. there used to b a good orkut community named – interview preperation for ias . orkut has closed down. can anyone tell me where tht community has migrated to ?

    1. grupia-interview preparation for ias

  23. HAI MRUNAL,
    One small correction…”great power comes great responsibility” originally quoted by VOLTAIRE ( 19th – century philosopher)
    but also by Spiderman’s uncle..

  24. i started with the line KESARIYA BALAM NI, PADHARO MHARE DESH RE and wrote this self made poem in the end of the essay about tourism…..

    भारत की शान है ताजमहल ,
    भारत की छवि हैं बैल और हल |

    हमारी धरोहर है परिवार का प्यार ,
    हम करते हाथी घोड़ों का भी छवि सिंगार |

    शिमला की सर्दी हो या खंडाला की हो सैर ,
    भारतवासी करते हैं विदेशियों की खातिर -खैर |

    भारत अब दे रहा है विश्व में दस्तक ,
    आओ, घूमो पर्यटकों , भारत करता स्वागत ||

    1. VERYY GOOOD… self made poem will really create IMPACT… :)
      soo dis is called creative ideas… :) :)

      1. Thanks Kuku…. i had used the same formula ( poem creation ) in 2010 essay topic ( Our society’s preparedness for India’s global leadership role ) too and got 121 marks that time in the essay. :)

        1. frnd me himdi medium ka student hu kya ap mujhe bata sakte h ki me essay ki tayari kase karu or kis topic k liye notes banau or kase plz reply

  25. Question was with greatER power comes greatER responsibility.

  26. Thanx a lot Mrunal Sir. You are truly awesome.

  27. my two comments on essay writing have not been uploaded yet !!!

  28. Can India win more than 50 gold medals in the Olympics

    Swami Vivekanand once remarked that if one wants to fing God, he should do so in a football field and not among the Holy Scriptures. Nothing else signifies the importance of games and sports in our lives more than this particular statement. It is a well known fact that physical activities keep us fit and away from many diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, cardio- vascular ailments etc. However, games and sports touch our lives in many other ways. They inculcate a sense of team- spirit, discipline, co- operation and mutual trust among many other virtues. No wonders, even the corporate houses and multinational companies are taking their employees on similar team building exercises. It is high time that we understand that “only work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
    When it comes to sporting events, nothing can beat the significance of representing one’s country in the Olympics. The trials and tribulations an athlete goes through in order to get the honors of being a part of your country’s contingent to the Olympics is un- paralleled. Extreme care and caution is taken to ensure that only the best gets selected as it is a matter of country’s pride. At the same time there can’t be a greater moment of glory for an athlete to win an Olympic medal for their country. An Olympic medal winner surely gets immortalized in the annals of their country’s sporting history.
    Being the second most populous country in the world, it is plain logic that people expect India to stand right at the top of the medal tallies in the Olympic events. However, the reality is in stark contrast to this presumption. As the medal tallies of the different Olympic events suggest, India has failed to make a significant mark in the Olympic events. The situation is so grim that many small countries with a population less than some of the bigger states of India bring home more number of gold medals than the combined Indian tally. In the Dhyanchand era, the men Hockey team used to bring a medal every time, however, those golden days are history. Leander Paes won a bronze medal in 1996 Atlanta Olympics and since then there have been a handful of athletes like Mary Com, Saina Nehwal, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Batukeshwar Dutt, Sushil Kumar and a few others who could win individual medals for the country. This forces us to think if India could ever win 50 or more medals in an Olympic event leave alone 50 gold medals.
    In my humble opinion, India can deliver such a performance if proper steps are taken and root cause of this failure is addressed. It will take a collective effort from all the stakeholders involved and though the task seems difficult, it is not impossible at all. What we need is just proper planning and timely implementation in a bottom- up approach.
    The change should start from our families. Our society has a habit of looking upon games and sports in a condescending manner and think that there is no career involved in these activities. The moment a child is born, the parents start hoping that he/ she will grow up to become a doctor/ engineer/ CA etc. When the child grows up they are under immense pressure to excel academically and even though they are extremely talented and interested in any sporting activity, they are not given the sufficient amount of support. The only exception to this rule is cricket and though cricket is often blamed to have destroyed other sports, the fact remains that cricket is a classic example of the fact that if sufficiently promoted; other sports can also make our country proud. So, the first thing is that our society needs to change its mindset.
    The next change should come in the educational institutions at all the levels. If schools and colleges have proper infrastructure in the form of playgrounds, sporting equipments, trainers etc. and if it provides ample opportunities to its students right from a small age, we can pick up the talented ones at the nascent stage and groom them in the right direction. Such talented children should be provided all the possible help be it relaxation in attendance; grace marks in the examinations and reservation in higher institutions on the basis of sports quota. This is necessary to assure them that they are not loosing upon their career in this world of cut- throat competition. Though, such provisions are available in many of our institutions, the need is to make such provisions more robust.
    The next and probably the biggest stakeholder is the government. When it comes to promoting sports in the country, the successive governments have adopted a very myopic and one- dimensional approach. While the cricketers have been made the blue- eyed boys of the country, the support extended to other athletes leaves much to be desired. So while it is perfectly fine to modify the rules and confer Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar, it is not right to ignore the contributions of someone like Vishwanathan Anand or say a Dhanraj Pilley. The sportspersons are entitled to government jobs based on their achievements, but as it stands out, the best of the jobs go the the cricketers. As a result, we often hear of past athletes selling their medals to arrange food and other goods of basic necessities. There is a urgent need to provide proper training facilities and other material support to hockey, football, kabaddi, basketball etc if we seriously intend to make a mark in the Olympic events.
    The private sector can also play a big part in this endeavor. Different organizations can come up and adopt a common sport together and then try to promote it as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Even the private sector has been involved only in the money- spinning cricketing world so far. So, while we have Sahara, Airtel, Nike, Reebok etc making a beeline to attract the top cricketers and making them endorse their products, their interest in other sports has been minimal. The board of Control for Cricket in india which is one of the richest sporting bodies in the world can also help in this direction by supporting sporting activities other than cricket as well.
    All said and done, the recent few years have shown that the situation is changing in a positive direction. The emergence of sporting greats like M S Dhoni, Ravindra jadeja, Suresh Raina etc who are not from big cities is a testimony to the fact that if an individual is determined enough, no barrier is strong enough to stop them from reaching the stars. On the lines of Indian Premier League, similar events are being organized in the form of Indian badminton League, Indian Kabaddi League, Indian Soccer League etc. The attendance of spectators in these events has sent a very positive signal that Indian audience is not averse to sports other than cricket. The media and film industry has also started playing their part by making movies like Mary Com and Chak De, India which deals with trials, tribulations and ultimately triumph of sportspersons other than cricketers.
    In the light of the above discussion, I firmly believe that if our sportspersons are determined enough and if they receive support from their families, government and other quarters there is no doubt that they can conquer the world and turn the dream of bringing 50 olympic gold medals into a reality. Success, after all is the marriage of talent and opportunity.

    1. Your essay took at least a page to start the real topic….your introduction was a bit off the path….you should have hit the nail right in the beginning….but from the middle onward it was on perfect lines…to the point.

    2. hello, while you have pointed out the remedies and ways in which we can improve sports in India.
      No offence, but dont you think you have given too much attention to cricket and have completely avoided discussing foreign conditions, why we lack particularly in olympics, how we can win 50 “GOLD” medals?

      please clear me, if I am approaching you essay from a different angle.

      thanks

    3. What a beautiful and well argued piece! Very impressed indeed. Have you written this in the mains this year?

    4. It’s Yogeshwar Dutt man.. Lagta hai bahot History padh li hai :P

  29. i started the essay of Competition and youth with these lines….

    Sangharshon me yadi katta hai to kat jaye sara hi jeevan ,
    Pag pag par samjhauta karma, mere vash ki bat nahi hai.

    after intro, i showed the positive side about competition and after it when i showed negative aspect of competition i modified the poem of Agneepath in these words…

    ye vibhats drishya hai,
    daud raha manushya hai,
    ashru,swed, rakt se,
    lathpath, lathpath….

    in the conclusion, i made a positive stand about the fair competition and other positive things and concluded the essay with again modified lines of Agneepath….

    Ye mahan drishya hai,
    Chal raha manushya hai,
    Harsh, josh, ullas se,
    Madmast, madmast….

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