Essay writing for competitive examinations has always been about how accurately and concisely the candidate presents the subjective as well as objective angle of the topic.
My coverage of the Ws and Hs of Essay Writing would include What, When, Why, which, where, whom, whose, wheter and How NOT to go wrong.
- What to do first? For an examination which assesses the candidate’s understanding of a topic and the ability to represent the same on the screen, the candidate first and foremost priority should be TYPING SPEED.
Select random topics and set a timer on your phone to type about the same. Remember we have shifted to a digital world after the onset of the pandemic with WFH modes and people operating on compute /laptop mostly.
Your entire presentation would depend on how fast you type the keyboard since it’s a timebound exercise.
- When to start this? Do this everyday when you decide to start writing for the examination.
- Why this? – It would help in synthesizing your understanding of the current affairs which would help in phase 1 GK and English paper.
- Which sources to cover? – The Hindu, The Live Wire, The Quint, The Business Standard, The Money Control, The Mint
- Whose side you would write on? – Maintain neutrality. Dont stick to just Pros or cons. Your personalized view should be avoided. Usage of words that reflect you like “I ‘, “my ““me” etc should be avoided.
- Wheter to quote others? – Yes, you may quote others in the essay in the first paragraph to impress the reader. However, donot start the essay with a quote/idiom etc.
- How to present the idea? – Make basic bullet points in the rough paper, expand on those points, support your points with statistic in the second paragraph.
Its not your graduation final paper submission that you repeat the same point in different voice (active/passive), different context. The word limit shall be a gamechanger for all your thoughts to be put into three paragraphs with limited time.