The CSS essay paper has 7-8 topics (the candidates have to select a topic and write on it for 2500-3000 words with time duration of three hours) for total marks of 100 in the civil services examination is crucial in determining the final outcome, selection and ranking.
1: Critical view and definitive information
It is critical because it is a compulsory paper and its score is incorporated in computing the total. It is decisive because there is no specialization in an essay and so no aspirant cannot claim expertise, unlike optional subjects.
An essay is a paper, which does not have a pool of definitive information as in the case of general studies. All this constitutes a challenge. It is vital to understand that an essay is a reflection of the personality — ideas, views, analysis, assessments and inferences, values, attitude, aptitude, orientation and communication (written) abilities, all the attributes that are wanted by FPSC in an aspirant.
2: Complete composition of Essay paper
An essay is considered a complete composition. The essentials of essay writing would be the format (framework, structure), information (content, substance), language (expression, presentation), and logic (analysis and information).
3: Conventional design
The conventional design of looking at essay writing in terms of the introduction, body and conclusion is only the format. Although, this is fundamental to essay writing, the concept of an essay is quite intricate. An essay is expected to be a topical text that is self-explanatory and comprehensive, concise, composite and unambiguous.
4: Format comprises:
An impact-oriented thematic introduction containing the core conceptual scheme, the defining criteria, the central idea, etc. A series of paragraphs containing arguments based on information, analysis and systematic inter-connectivity. An overall impressive synoptic presentation or an effective conclusion or a final inference.
The introduction is the opening part of the essay and should be confined to a paragraph, especially since, unlike a book, the introduction of an essay is not captioned. The introductory paragraph is expected to introduce the topic, and wherever necessary, explain the central theme or idea, basic or core concepts, and definitional criteria. The introduction should arouse interest and generate curiosity in the mind of the reader, be it an examiner or an ordinary reader.
6: Main text of an essay
The main text of an essay, after the introductory part is over, essentially is a systematic organisation of information based on a consistent methodology. It deals with the topic and related issues to be addressed, the correlation of facts, figures, ideas, views, concepts; an in-depth, systematic, coherent analysis based on the topic leading to logical inferences; as well as making (if it is required) plausible projections and providing with (if necessary) viable solutions. The text of the composition must develop, support and explain the main ideas stated in your introduction or thesis paragraph.
The conclusion of ESSAY should be coherent and pregnant with optimistic future view. A sense of positivity should reflect from conclusion. Basically there are two types of conclusion.
- the conclusion with the crux of whole ESSAY
- the conclusion with suggestions and positive future views.
Now it depends upon the ESSAY that what kind of topic aspirant has selected and then conclusion is given.
In the end there is only one advise
- Practice as much as you can because PRACTICE MAKES A MAN PERFECT…there is no shortcut to success. Only your determination and will can do wonders for you. You can read multiple tips but only implementation of those tips can create difference in your attempting style.
Always remember only you can change your situation because no one else will do that for you. Get up and get started. This is all what you have to do.
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