Top 4 Books For Essay Paper-III of Civil Services Main Examination

In mains syllabus of civil services examination Paper-III consist of Essay, where Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

1. Essay Paper for Civil Services Main Examination

This book is the latest and popular book for covering the essay paper of civil services examination, it will help you to develop skills for writing essays and will also improve your writing.

Key highlights:-

The book begins with an introduction to the essay paper and then goes on to provide a mix of much-needed vocabulary and grammar to prepare impressive essays. It then moves on to provide a variety of tips and strategies followed by plenty of model essays. The last part of the book gives a bouquet much-needed says on a wide range of topics which can be developed into full-fledged essays. Final there is a selected list of quotes/themes that can be used to enrich and improve a well-prepared essay.

 So it should be your first choice if you are planning to buy a book which will help you to develop techniques for writing essays.


2. Selected Contemporary Essays

Basically, this book is this book is the collection of essays for Civil Services and other competitive examination. It will show you a structure in which you should write essays.

Key highlights:-

Selected Contemporary Essays is a comprehensive and lucid collection of essays meant for complete coverage of the all viable essay topics for the first Essay Paper of the UPSC Mains examination. Written by an IAS officer, Dr Saumitra Mohan, who is presently the collector and magistrate of Burdwan.

So if you have already developed the skills and technique for writing essays, then you can buy this book. As it has the huge collections (134) of contemporary essays. It will help you develop right approach for any topic.

3. ESSAYS for Civil Services and Other Competitive Examinations

This is a popular and old book on the topic. Published by Arihant and compiled by an IAS Topper.

Key highlights:-

The Author is IAS Topper (Rank 5, Civil Services Examination: 2010).

It’s an old which we will not recommend for the preparation. As above two books are more than enough for preparation.


4. Contemporary Essays

Contemporary Essay is a collection of carefully selected and compiled topical essays meant for complete coverage of the all viable essay topics for the first paper of the UPSC Mains examination, which is exclusively an essay paper.

Key Features:

  • Reference to important government data and documents in most essays.
  • The introductory write-up on the art of essay writing, prerequisites of a good essay.
  • The separate section titled ‘Essays with Tips’ that provide ‘links and clues’ to other essays.
  • Carefully designed topics relevant to the current scenario and requirements of aspirants.

It is the latest book and has a good collection of essays. it might help you for practising purpose.


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