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    Posted on April 21st, 2018 in Paper II : English, Weekly Essay Contest.
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    Important Points To Remember While Writing An Essay

    POINT 1: Think for 30-45 minutes

    Think for 30-45 minutes before you start the Essay writing.

    You’ve 3 hours to write the essay. Don’t immediately start.Continue Reading Important Points To Remember While Writing An Essay .

    • 1st try to recall everything that you can remember / want to say about the
      essay.
    • Take a pencil and write them all (in very brief) on the end of the answer
      sheet
    • See if there is any chance of adding some diagram or table in it.

    Once you’re done adding everything
    that you can think about, regarding the essay- then give those topics, order of
    preference. 1.2.3.4.
    The order is very important.
    The order should be as follows-

    1. Introduction
    2. Background / History related
    3. Main concept / theory / what the subject is about
    4. Current scenario related to it.
    5. Good sides
    6. Negative sides / obstacles
    7. Suggested reforms
    8. Conclusion

    POINT 2:What not to write in essay

    1. Autocracy is better than democracy. (know that it’s the democracy that’s allowing you to criticize it) so you should never justify certain solution to India’s problems.
    2. Excessive criticism of Govt. / administration (I mean the frontline and The Hindu’s stand)
    3. Seeing negative sides with out suggesting reforms in it.

    POINT 4: Donot get personal

    • Don’t go naming individual politicians – their achievement / scandals.
    • Never write essay talking like “Congress did this and BJP did that.” It’s the trait of a common man, not of a future officer.
    • Give a balanced answer with out getting into hero-worship or mud slinging.
    • If criticizing Govenrment in the essay alone was going to make you WBCS officer, then every journalist of Aaj Tak would be an officer.
    • An officer’s trait is to remain ‘anonymous’, ‘faceless’ and neutral- meaning your essay should look like it has been written by a graduate.

    POINT 5: Quotes

    1. Don’t make mistakes in writing who said what. E.g. you quote Abraham Lincon’s sentence and write George Washington said it. nothing will make you look more stupid in the eyes of the examiner than that.

    POINT 6: Deviating from the subject

    Even in the worst case, you’re supposed to write 1200-1500 words for a 250 marks essay.
    Padding means, you don’t know the exact answer so you just beat around the bushes and write the garbage stuff to fill up the pages, while this tactic does work in the school and college exams but don’t try it in the essay paper.
    Don’t write too many proverbs / quotes/ (invented) case studies/examples per page. It makes the examiner think that you’ve no input of your own so you’re just filling up the pages.

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