• On 3rd December 2016, UPSC conducted the Essay paper for the civil services mains examination.
  • 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.

Section-A: 125 Marks

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

  1. If development is not engendered, it is endangered.
  2. Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed.
  3. Water disputes between States in federal India.
  4. Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare.

Section-B: 125 Marks

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

  1. Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality.
  2. Cyberspace and Internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run?
  3. Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms.
  4. Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality.

Analysis: Against past GS papers!

Since Mains syllabus change in 2013, What UPSC asked in General studies papers, now they’ve asking similar in Essay paper-2016! Observe

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Last 3 GS Mains Papers Essay Paper-2015
2015| GSM3: jobless growth in India due to capitalism? Jobless growth an outcome of economic reforms
2015| GSM2: concept of cooperative federalism. Cooperative federalism: myth or reality?
2013| GSM2:Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed… Interstate water dispute.
2013| GSM4: Gandhi’s quote on “earth has sufficient resources to satisfy needs but not greed.” Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed.

Similarities: Against past Essay papers

2015 2016
Since 2014- new trend started: Total 8 essay topics divided equally in two sections and you’ve to write one essay from each section System continued
Two topics required the student to take a stand

  1. Crisis faced in India: Moral *OR* Economic?
  2. Can capitalism bring inclusive growth (*YES or NO*)?
In section “B”- all four topics required the candidate to take stand. “either this OR that”.
Nothing directly from globalization. Same.