Open Workshop: How to approach Essays | 1st July at 5 PM at Karol Bagh Centre

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Dear Friends,


This is to inform you that we are coming up with Batch-2 of Essay Guidance Program for UPSC CSE 2024 Mains. The Program will start from 1st July 2024 with an Open Workshop by Ms. Anika Gupta.

The agenda for the workshop will be to get into the mind-set and understand How to write an Essay in UPSC CSE. If you are looking for Essay preparation or hoping to increase your marks in the same, you should join us in the interactive workshop where you can clear your doubts/queries.

The essay paper presents an opportunity to score as high as 170 with an effort much lesser when compared to GS Papers, but has also shown huge variation in marks for the same student in two consecutive mains. This highlights the need to focus on this often-ignored paper.

The essay requires content and being able to present in a coherent structure and at the same time correlating it with different aspects of the syllabus and current affairs while not making it a GS answer.

We believe that aspects where the program will assist the student are:

  1. Better understanding of the complexities and core demand of the topic;
  2. Build reusable content and expand your available knowledge base, and
  3. Practice and evaluate your essay writing skills.

Some of the distinguishing features of the course are:

Workshops: Multiple Workshops on different aspects of essay writing will be conducted to provide you and arm you with different strategies and techniques to approach and write Essay. It will also assist you to brainstorm and understand the requirements of the essay. It will give you a know-how of how to segregate your content in a structure that meets the expectations of the exam.

Sectional Tests: There will be 4 sectional Half Length Tests. You will be expected to write one essay in 1.5 hours. The half-length tests are conducted to ensure that a) your learning is incremental, b) you are writing one essay in a focussed mode, and c) you have ample time to implement feedback.

Full-Length Tests (FLT): This simulates the UPSC CSE mains essay paper with choice of 4 topics in each Section A and B. The objective is to help students understand how to choose the topic and write two topics of varied content in three hours. The Full-Length Tests will have a discussion class to help students get perspective about different topics.

Test copy evaluation: The essay evaluation unlike GS evaluation is not done on set parameters. Instead the focus is on multi- dimensional analysis, and trying to appreciate different viewpoints on the topic. An experienced team of evaluators will provide comprehensive, objective and timely evaluation of Sectional test and Full-length test.

Mentorship support: A team of dedicated mentors will provide individual mentorship based on the essay test, both in offline and online mode.

Mentors Town Hall: The Mentors Townhall will be conducted to address your doubts and queries. Analysis of PYQs and approach towards the Essay Guidance Program will be discussed.

To know more about the Program and go through the Test Schedule Click Here

To get the first hand approach of the program and get the answers of your queries and concerns, we cordially invite you to join us in Open Workshops on 1st July 2024 at 5 PM at the Karol Bagh Centre.

To register for the Open Workshop, kindly visit:

To know more about the Program and registrations, visit:

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at or give us a call at 9311740400.


Wishing you Success,
ForumIAS Academy

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