Once the UPSC aspirant qualifies the preliminary examination, the he or she has to write the mains examination. The essay test [the written exam for essay] is one of the most crucial exams in the UPCS mains examination. The essay test carries 200 marks and plays extremely important role in deciding the rank in the UPSC mains examination. And a good rank in the written exam certainly plays an important role in the final ranking, the merit list announced after the results of the interview are declared. Therefore, writing a reasonably good essay is extremely important in the UPSC mains exams.
Now, the question is how to write a reasonably good essay. Well, there are several coaching centres that help you in developing the skills required for writing a reasonably good essay. In addition, there are guide books, text books and bestsellers that instruct you to develop the aforementioned skill. However, all this does not actually help most of the UPSC aspirants in writing a reasonably good essay. Reasons for this could be many, but we are not going to discuss them in this paper. Here, we will focus on developing a writing skill that results in writing a reasonably good essay in the UPSC essay test.
First of all, the aspirant has to appreciate and establish his / her relationship with essay writing. That means, you have to examine the method through which you used to write essay at your school and college. Did you used to write essay after mugging the topic up, or by actually understanding the topic and expressing your thoughts on the same in the examination? Was it that a teacher used to help you, or anybody at home, during your essay preparation? At times, did you used to have the skill of writing an essay on the topic that you were not aware of, as is the case in the UPSC essay test? Answers of these and many such questions will help you judge your essay writing skill in the past. This judgment will help you have a clear picture of what you are going to do in the UPSC essay test. On the basis of this calculation about your essay writing skills, you can decide what needs to be done in order to successfully writing a reasonably good essay in the UPSC essay test.
In addition to this calculation or assessment of your essay writing skill, you can take the help of essay writing experts, coaching classes, essay writing skill developing books and further improve your essay writing skill.