List Of Essay Topics For UPSC CSE

Paper I of UPSC Civil Services mains exam is Essay. IAS aspirants have to write 2 essays from the topics that are given to them. The paper holds a weightage of 250 marks.
In this article, we have listed a few of UPSC MAINS essay topics with the respective year that it was asked in UPSC CSE.

UPSC CSE

Administration

  • Politics, bureaucracy and business – fatal triangle. (1994)
  • How should a civil servant conduct himself? (2003)
  • Need for transparency in public administration; The VIP cult is a bane of Indian democracy(1996)
  • Politics without ethics is a disaster. (1995)

Economic growth and development

  • Resource management in the Indian context. (1999)
  • GDP along with GDH would be the right indices for judging the wellbeing of a country. (2013)
  • Crisis faced in India – moral or economic- 2015
  • Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country (2014)
  • Digital economy = A leveller or source of economic inequality -2016
  • Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms. (2016)

Democracy/India since independence

  • Whither Indian democracy? (1995)
  • Management of Indian border disputes, a complex task For the year 2018
  • National identity and patriotism. (2008)
  • Dreams which should not let India sleep. (2015)
  • What we have not learnt during 50 years of the independence -1997
  • How far has democracy in India delivered the goods (2003)

Education

  • Restructuring of Indian education system. (1995)
  • Irrelevance of the classroom. (2001)
  • Privatization of higher education in India. (2002)
  • Modern technological education and human values. (2002)
  • What is real education? (2005)
  • “Education for all” campaign in India: myth or reality. (2006)
  • Independent thinking should be encouraged right from the childhood. (2007)

Media & Society

  • Misinterpretation and misuse of freedom in India. (1998)
  • Mass media and cultural invasion. (1999)
  • Responsibility of media in a democracy. (2002) 
  • Role of media in good governance. (2008)
  • Is sting operation an invasion of privacy? (2014)

Indian Culture & Society

  • The Indian society at the crossroads. (1994)
  • The composite culture of India. (1998)
  • Youth culture today. (1999)
  • New cults and godmen – threat to traditional religion (1996)
  • Modernism and our traditional socio-ethical values. (2000)
  • Indian culture today – myth or reality (2000)
  • As civilization advances, culture declines. (2003)

Quotes-based/Philosophy

  • Truth is lived, not taught. (1996)
  • True religion cannot be misused. (1997)
  • If youth knew, if age could. (2002)
  • With greater power comes greater responsibility. (2014)
  • Words are sharper than the two-edged sword. (2014)

Federalism, Decentralisation

  • Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality. (2016)
  • Water disputes between States in federal India. (2016)
  • The language problem in India – past, present and prospects. (1998)
  • Evaluation of the panchayati raj system in India from the point of view of eradication of power to people. (2007)

Social justice/Poverty

  • Reservation, politics and empowerment. (1999)
  • Food security for sustainable national development. (2005)

Globalisation

  • The world of the twenty-first century. (1998)
  • The implications of globalization for India. (2000)
  • My vision of an ideal world order. (2001)
  • The masks of new imperialism. (2003)
  • Globalizations and its impact on Indian culture. (2004)
  • ‘Globalization’ vs. ‘nationalism’. (2009)

Science & Tech

  • The modern doctor and his patients. (1997)
  • Value-based science and education. (1999)
  • Spirituality and scientific temper. (2003)
  • The lure of space. (2004)
  • Science and Mysticism: Are they compatible? (2012)
  • Technology cannot replace manpower. (2015)
  • Modernisation and westernisation are not identical concepts. (1994)

IT

  • The cyberworld: its charms and challenges. (2000)
  • Social media is inherently a selfish medium. (2017)

Miscellaneous

  • India’s contribution to world wisdom. (1998)
  • The pursuit of excellence. (2001)
  • Quick but steady wins the race. (2015)
 

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