UPSC Civil Services Mains 2014 Essay Paper

The UPSC IAS Mains 2014 Essay paper took place on December 14, 2014 in the morning shift.

Unlike the Mains 2013 paper, this year’s paper was different as it asked the candidates to write two essays, in 1000-1200 words each.

Our analysis and understanding suggests that the new pattern is a welcome move, as it is easier to write two different essays, as compared to one big essay of 2500 words. You can devote your time in two different topics better. It is also easier to enhance the quality of the essay, as compared to the 2500 words essay.

It was found that the paper was divided into two sections, of equal weightage. However, an overview of the paper shows that the Section A was more philosophical in nature, while the Section B was theory based.

Nevertheless, let us see what were the topics for the essays, that the UPSC required the aspirants to write:

Essay paper 2014


  • 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.

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?

Aspirant Forum will soon come up with the points and ideas that could be written for the Essay topics.

We request the candidates, who took the Mains 2014 paper, to share their experience and views (in the comments section).

All the Best

Team Aspirant Forum


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