How to write an essay?
- Analyze the prompt or visualize
- List all your ideas into paper
- Divide the fact that you listed
- Write the supporting paragraph
- Write concluding statement for each paragraph
- Conclusion statement should be favorable
- Read editorials daily and re-write its summary in 250 – 350 words.
- Try writing essays on the most expected topics of essays that I provided you.
- Try using simple vocabulary most of the time. 95% of the essay must in simple words.
- You can also check out previous year topics to practice essays.
Parts of an Essay
- You must practice writing your essay in different parts / paragraph.
- First – Intro, Second – body 1, Third – body 2, Fourth – Conclusion.
- Creative introductions always grab the attention of the examiners.
- You can use a suitable idiom / proverb / quote to start your essay.
- Gain good knowledge of substantial current events and relevant financial topics.
- Facts matter a lot. Make sure you gather enough facts of substantial current events so that you can balance your essay well.
- Practice typing your essay directly on the computer.
- It should be well organized and planned.
- Pick the topic that you’re most confident about. If you lack factual info, avoid overwriting.
- Typing speed should be 50 – 60 words / minute hence; start practicing immediately.
- It’s advisable to follow the 2-10-3 plan. 2 minutes to plan, 10 minutes to type and 3 minutes to revise quickly.
- Generally, you get three choices, one financial, second of social awareness and third any abstract topic. Practice as many topics of such types as you can.
- In case, you can’t recall a quote to start the essay, you can also pose some questions to the reader that arises interest in your essay.
- Make sure you practice a lot and there should be something special in your essay that makes it stand apart from the crowd. Being creative is the key.
Structure of Essay
Essay should be divided into three parts:
- Introduction – 10-15% of words limit
- Body – 70-80% of words limit
- Conclusion – 10-15% of words limit
Points to Remember
- +/- 10% words limit may be allowed. But try not to exceed.
- More than 10% words. I.e. beyond 275 words, may simply be struck off/ not to be evaluated.
- Main purpose of the Essay is to Evaluate your Writing Skills.: However due credit is given to related content.
- NO specific mention of Introduction/Conclusion. It should be understood by reading the first/last paragraph of the essay.
- NO grammatical error. Everyone appearing in tier ill is well versed with grammar. But often ends up writing grammatically wrong sentences. So always Re-CHECK.
- NEVER Criticize Government policies e.g. – Demonetization.
- Views should be balanced.
- Tone of the Essay should preferably be Optimistic.
- DO NOT use Bullet Points, Diagram, etc.
- NO Spelling Errors
What to do – 10 Days to Go
- Read Editorials on different relevant issues from any standard Newspaper like The Indian Express. The Times of India. The Hindu etc. The exposure to be given to varied fields and not just prescribed topics.
- Daily News to be watched; Ignore local News or Super-Fast News;
- Watch shows on Social Relevant Issues; like Debates on various TV channels, like, Big Picture Show on Raja Sabha TV
Essay Writing Tips
Things to be discussed
- Structure of Essay
- Do’s and Don’t
Introduction should be such that the reader should understand the central theme of the Essay.
Introduction can be written in few forms they are:
- Simple start
- Start with a “QUOTE”
- Start with a “Story”
- Conversational Introduction.
- First chose the topic where you feel can write essay with multiple approach.
- Mind Map in Rough Page.
- Use catchy Phrases wherever needed.
- Balanced Approach
- Constructive Criticism
- Give solution to the problems if any?
- Make paragraphs and maintain connectivity between paragraphs.
- Should be understood by Lay man.
- Never overwrite.
- No bullet points.
- No subheadings like introduction, body…
- Use “quote” only if you know correctly. Don’t create your own by modifying the original one.
- Don’t deviate from topic.
- If quoting in any other language
- Don’t use shortcuts.
- Don’t use mobile shortcuts.
- Don’t criticize – maintain balanced approach.
- Write vaguely.