Essay Course for UPSC

by Vajiram & Ravi

Date of Commencement

23rd June




2-3 Months


Rs.12000/ (Incl. GST)

Course Time

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sundays and Wednesdays

The UPSC introduced the Essay paper in 1993, with the objective of testing a candidate’s proficiency in language, knowledge, and expression. The UPSC considers these skills so important that the Essay paper has always commanded the same marks as a GS or optional paper.

Since 2014, the Essay paper has been divided into 2 sections, of 4 topics each, with candidates having to choose one topic from each of the sections. This requires students to have an even wider knowledge base, without repetition or duplication of content.

In recent years, the emphasis has been on more abstract, quote-based essay topics. Candidates usually find these topics difficult to understand and struggle to find relevant content to write.

To do well in the Essay paper, a candidate must develop the skills necessary to interpret the topic correctly, generate diverse content, and write persuasively. These skills require practice and professional direction. Only an experienced and highly qualified educator can assist candidates in mastering the skills needed to write the UPSC Mains Essay Paper effectively.

Essay Course for UPSC

Essay Course for UPSC

The Vajiram & Ravi Essay Course by Brijendra Sir offers aspirants a comprehensive platform to master the intricacies of essay writing, guiding them through the demanding path of UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation.

Our meticulously designed Essay Course aims to:

  • Enhance aspirants' competency across diverse essential themes.
  • Strengthen understanding and effectiveness through provided handouts containing all pertinent information essential for crafting quality essays.
  • Refine aspirants' writing proficiency, including language, grammar, and flow, through two specialized classes.
  • Evaluate proficiency with a thorough test series.

This UPSC Essay Course assists students in structuring their essay preparation and cultivating a crucial set of skills to enhance their chances of securing high scores. Clear, concise, and well-structured essays are indispensable for aspiring civil servants. Mastery of essential elements of essay writing is paramount.

Through this course, students will:

  • Clearly organize and articulate ideas.
  • Analyze primary sources with critical insight.
  • Apply critical thinking to evaluate information.

Utility of the Essay Paper

  • Carries 250 marks, the same as a GS or Optional paper.
  • High-scoring paper, which has frequently yielded scores above 150.
  • Sets the tone for the Mains, as it is the first paper to be conducted.
  • Requires systematic, but limited preparation.
  • Game-changer in the final result – all toppers invariably have a high score in the Essay paper.

Common Problems that result in a low score in the Essay Paper

  • Lack of focused preparation – Many candidates suffer the misconception that General Studies and Optional Paper knowledge is adequate to do well in the Essay paper also.
  • Lack of content – Many candidates lack essay-specific content and repeat the same thoughts throughout their essays.
  • Lack of writing practice - Inability to understand the difference between writing a GS answer and writing an essay.
  • Lack of reliable evaluation, without which candidates are unable to understand their weaknesses and improve.

How to ensure a high score in the Essay Paper?

  • Learn how to Interpret the topic correctly.
  • Prepare exhaustive and diverse content, to address the demand of various topics that can be asked in the exam.
  • Develop a writing style for essays, that is not a repetition of a GS answer.
  • Practice essay writing on exam-worthy topics.
  • Ensure a reliable evaluation of the essay.

Features of UPSC Essay Course

This comprehensive essay writing course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the essay component of the UPSC Civil Services Examination. The features of our Essay Module Course are:

  • 11 classes that comprehensively cover the various themes that have been used for framing essay topics.
  • Well-curated and concise Handouts on each theme, so that candidates have adequate exam-ready content.
  • Special emphasis on philosophical, quote-based essays.
  • Mini-assignments during the class, to help master the fine nuances of essay writing.
  • 6 tests (2 half length and 4 full length), to simulate exam-like writing practice.
  • Detailed and objective evaluation of essay scripts, to exhaustively explain a candidate’s performance (sample script essay link).
  • Hand-held guidance after the tests, so that candidates can clarify their individual doubts.
  • Classes will be held on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s.


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