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Essay Test – April 22



Instructions:  Write an essay on any one of the following in about 1000-1200 words.
Time : 90 minutes

Marks : 125


1. Without economic development, any potential for political openness and freedom will be questionable.

आर्थिक विकास के बिना, राजनीतिक खुलेपन और स्वतंत्रता की कोई भी संभावना संदिग्ध होगी।


2. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

जीवन 10% है जो आपके साथ होता है और 90% है आप कैसे प्रतिक्रिया करते हैं।


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  • ForumIAS

    Please don’t be disheartened…Writing is a process ….We admire your effort and sincerity of writing regularly..Results will show on their own..

  • Jyoti Singh

    Bahut Achcha Likha Hai.Kuch Aur Examples Add Kar Sakte The.Lekin Abdul Kalam Wala Idea Bahut Hi Achcha Tha.

    Maine Bhi DISASTER Hi Kiya Hai Apne Essay Mein,Lekin Agar Main Tumhare Essay Ko Apne Mein Incorporate Kar Du,Toh Mera Essay Complete Ho Jayega…..!!!

    Overall,We Keep Learning and Keep Growing….!!!

  • PRITISH KUMAR PANDA

    @disqus_aSYbsA8mIC:disqus please can you review my essay

  • PRITISH KUMAR PANDA

    sir please if you can review my essay .

  • Brar MS

    i have duly noted your suggestion. I am thankful

  • PRITISH KUMAR PANDA

    one of the best structured essay .
    please review mine .

  • PRITISH KUMAR PANDA

    please review

  • PRITISH KUMAR PANDA
  • PRITISH KUMAR PANDA
  • Jyoti Singh

    Sorry Sir Phir Se Disappoint Kar Diya…..!!!

    Thanx For The Review…..!!!

  • Parijat Kumar

    You covered multiple dimensions but i think some more examples could have added more substance to your essay and I have to learn a lot about structure from your answers..

  • ForumIAS

    The essay structure needs lot of work…As others mentioned there is a need for more perspectives ..In this essay you need to emphasise on how life fight is about the way one reacts.,it’s not that way always etc..
    Examples are very well written though very elaborative.

  • ForumIAS

    Nice review.

  • ForumIAS

    Nice review..

  • Brar MS

    The more you sweat during practice, less you bleed during war

  • Jyoti Singh

    Isko Hi Soch-Soch Kar Likhne Mein Mujhe Aaj 2:30 Hours Lag Gye….!!!

    Thanx For The Review…..!!!

  • Brar MS

    nice try, but kindly try to divide the essay into intro, body, conclusion. Keep examples concise and use them as an evidence(means) for your point or idea but not end in themselves. Your examples overweigh your views. I feel you could also on ‘you’ and try writing as 3rd person. However, your knowledge and analysis is impeccable

  • Brar MS

    thankyou buddy 🙂

  • Jyoti Singh

    Kaafi Achcha Likha Hai.But There Is A Scope For Improvement…..!!!

  • Amir

    well tried but i feel you could have added more dimensions ; also don’t stretch examples too long eg Ambedkar, concentrate on the crux instead of telling the whole story, hope it helps 🙂
    kindly review mine too if u have time

  • Amir

    @ forumias my essay in constantly getting detected a spam; kindly rectify

  • Jyoti Singh

    Plzzz Review My Essay Critically….!!!

  • Amir

    thanks ; will implement your suggestion 🙂

  • Amir

    well written, a few more examples along with the point you are making can add substance to it; rest very good 🙂

  • Brar MS

    beautiful essay, you made few gramatical, tense, vocabulary mistakes. Rest seems nice. Kindly review my essay

  • Brar MS

    very nice answer. But, try to be precise esp in examples eg introduction , alexander example would eat away 2 pages on paper sheet.

    Kindly critically view my essay too

  • Brar MS

    2. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

    When we were young we all shall have probably heard a story of King Bruce and the spider. Dejected from the loss, he took shelter in a cave. Here he learnt an important lesson to try until one suceeds from the spider. Losing the 1st war was not under his control but to be brave and determined sureley was.

    Similarly, we all during our life also face such circumstances but what ultimately matters and determines our future life is how we respond to it. One who respond in a caliberated way and donot react to the situation would live a more peaceful and prosperous life.

    To begin with, one need to understand what actually is life ? Life probably refer to the collection of experiences from birth till death. The experiences that one undergoes have an intimate link to our outside environment ie society, culture, political, economic so on and so forth.

    External factors are the circumstances that one may find oneself in. These situation expect a response from an individual. They play a significant role in the life. An individual born in poverty-ridden household may not get access to that education that a child born with silver spoon in his mouth may get.So, poor child would get access to less opportunities impacting his life.

    On the whole, life of even a poverty-ridden child would also depend on the decision she ultimately takes during the course of life. Whether she faces the odds and attend the free education provided, ensures scholarship and ultimately wins the poverty battle.

    How she or other people react to the life? It depends on their perception of reality, strength, determination etc. We have heard of many instances of riches to beggar due to poor management of the money despite having good finances. This strength, determination cannot be imbibed from outside , they are self-cultivated by a sincere individual.

    It is widely believed that our reaction determines our life. But, reaction to a situation may lead to furtherance of the problem. Reaction in itself reflects a non-calculated move. Thus, it can be said that external circumstances can be a liability or an opportunity based on the fact that if we merely react or respond to it.

    Reaction to a situation is usually impulsive. Impulse driven response does more harm than good. Many politicians who get carried away by the circumstances react in such a way which harms their self-benefit. Recently, a politician reacted to an allegation about indians being racist with a statement that We live with black south Indians. Such an irresponsible statement landed him in trouble.

    The best way to deal with external circumstances is to respond to them. Pt Nehru when facing the problem of poverty in post-independence India responded to it with approach of 5 year plans. The planned approach made a substantial improvement in poverty indicators as by 2011 only 22% Indian were below poverty line as compared to more than half immediately after independence.

    Now the question arises, How best to respond to the situation to transform the challenge into opportunity. Transforming challenges into opportunity require us to look into the life of our PM Manmohanji. He in cooperation with Mr Narsimha rao used the 1991 crisis to change the growth approach to market-led from state-led. Thus, one can learn that cooperation with the best minds, dedication and zeal to serve the nation can help us turn crisis into success.

    At a more individual level, a common man would need to bring in some transformations within self. The transformation like doing yoga and meditation to check anxiety borne out of complex situation could be a good beginning. Moving forward, would require little bit of planning to reduce the uncertainities. If an individual working in unorganised sector adopts Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna, Atal Pension Yojna, she can minimise the risk associated with the work.

  • Amir

    PLEASE REVIEW FRIENDS
    Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it
    Around 2500 years ago in a small town of Macedonia was a child was born. He wanted to excel in military capabilities but had some inherent limitations. Though he was the prince of this small kingdom and his fellows were known for their military abilities yet due to his short height many doubted about his ability to fight in a battlefield and lead an army.
    Yet almost 2500 years after today some of the finest military academies in the world recite his war techniques as the first chapter for military studies of newly recruited cadets. He is believed to be the greatest military general the world has known And today we call him as Alexander the Great. This is the quality about great men that they don’t allow limitations and circumstances to determine their future. Rather they shape it themselves.
    Human life is one of the greatest mysteries the universe experienced. It is so dynamic at times that it becomes predictably unpredictable. Yet in this dynamism we are at times confronted by challenges and limitations which threaten our ambitions. It is however in those moments we have the chance to know who we really are.
    In those challenges we are always surrounded by a binary road map, the right thing and the easy or convenient thing. It is the choice that we make in those critical moments that determines who we really are. In it how we react a possible adversity or prosperity that gives us the insight of our character and charts the journey of our life
    HUMAN MIND; IT’S LIMITS AND STRENGTHS
    Most of us grow up believing that it is the body which holds real strength. Also it is the physical strength which determines the amount of effort one can put to things in life. However, the real strength lies somewhere else. It is the mind and its toughness which hold the real center of human strength. As is rightly said, ” the body always follows the mind”.
    Had physical abilities been the determinant of our strength, the greatest of the tall and naturally advantageous West Indian fast bowlers would not have been Malcolm Marshall, who was under 6 feet. There is no way a person can be defeated if he/she is unwilling to accept defeat. The human spirit is the only thing that no physical power on earth can defeat.
    ATTITUDE AND DESTINY
    Winston Churchill one famously said, attitude is a small things which makes a huge difference”. Life is not only about destiny. It is more about how we chart our destiny. And this is more determined by how we react when the odds are against us.
    When times are challenging and one is being blamed from everywhere to hold ones wits is the art of a genius. It is this art which made a skinny young man fighting the worlds mightiest forces without any weapon a MAHATMA. The weapon he possessed was conviction and courage to stand up for what is right
    DEALING WITH FAILURES
    Many young men in their twenties aim to join civil services in India. They come from different backgrounds. Some from regional arts colleges which average or below average academic credentials. And my from top science, engineering and medical colleges. The later folk is most of the times perceived to have greater chances of success.
    Yet at times the a student from the former group is able to outdo the later. The difference may it in commitment to the goal, sheer determination but in majority of cases it is the ability to handle failure. The ability to take failure as part of the journey and learn from it is a part of our attitude. It is one of the most important qualities successful people have.
    Thomas Edison in his own words failed 100’s of time before he gave the world the gift of lamp. Columbus repeatedly failed in his voyages before setting his foot on the American land. This ability to take the failure and deal with it adds a component of freedom to our attitude. This freedom is the freedom from fear.
    KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SELF
    Apart from freedom from fear another very important attribute of successful people is the ability to analyse their mind and action. And this is possible when one knows about his own self. As someone rightly said, ” all our troubles are because we so so less about the self”.
    Knowing self is also a part of personal objectivity. If one is able to do a fair and objective analysis of his strengths and weaknesses, he /she can set a course of improvement. This course often plays a decisive part in our life.
    About 100 years ago when the Mahatma came back from South Africa there were already many ideas about fighting the Britishers. These were Home Rule, Revolutionary Militant Nationalism, Moderate Struggle. He however knew limitations of each of these. He know these won’t be able to accomplish the goal.
    He also know about himself and how the only way he could lead the movement was by a non violent satyagraha. This is the quality that often separates leaders from followers. It helps us to develop self awareness and self innovation. And if the plan fails we are mentally equipped to deal with it and come up with an alternative.
    The first stage of our progress is to know about the importance of attitude in our live. But more important and decisive to develop such an attitude and mechanism of reacting to situations in an appropriate manner.
    The first important way to do so is what Buddha calls the spirit of, ” DISINTERESTED CURIOSITY”. This in simple terms means working more to refine ourselves towards a path of excellence rather than evaluating our work in terms of success and failure.
    The second things which is very closely linked to the first is to develop a mechanism and condition ourselves to take failure as a stepping stone towards success. This means that neither we take success to our head nor failure to our heart.
    And the final thing is to internalize this famous saying, ” there are no shortcuts to success. In order to succeed in life we have to not only love the product but also the process. In the process one would definitely have failure, setbacks and hindrances. But it is the ability to overcome these narrow hindrances and see the bigger picture that would ultimately make the difference to what we are and what we can be. This has been famously states the Dr Iqbal in his couplet
    Learn again the lessons of truth justice and valor
    You will be asked to take responsibility for the world

  • Amir

    Around 2500 years ago in a small town of Macedonia was a child was born. He wanted to excel in military capabilities but had some inherent limitations. Though he was the prince of this small kingdom and his fellows were known for their military abilities yet due to his short height many doubted about his ability to fight in a battlefield and lead an army.
    Yet almost 2500 years after today some of the finest military academies in the world recite his war techniques as the first chapter for military studies of newly recruited cadets. He is believed to be the greatest military general the world has known And today we call him as Alexander the Great. This is the quality about great men that they don’t allow limitations and circumstances to determine their future. Rather they shape it themselves.
    Human life is one of the greatest mysteries the universe experienced. It is so dynamic at times that it becomes predictably unpredictable. Yet in this dynamism we are at times confronted by challenges and limitations which threaten our ambitions. It is however in those moments we have the chance to know who we really are.
    In those challenges we are always surrounded by a binary road map, the right thing and the easy or convenient thing. It is the choice that we make in those critical moments that determines who we really are. In it how we react a possible adversity or prosperity that gives us the insight of our character and charts the journey of our life

    HUMAN MIND; IT’S LIMITS AND STRENGTHS
    Most of us grow up believing that it is the body which holds real strength. Also it is the physical strength which determines the amount of effort one can put to things in life. However, the real strength lies somewhere else. It is the mind and its toughness which hold the real center of human strength. As is rightly said, ” the body always follows the mind”.
    Had physical abilities been the determinant of our strength, the greatest of the tall and naturally advantageous West Indian fast bowlers would not have been Malcolm Marshall, who was under 6 feet. There is no way a person can be defeated if he/she is unwilling to accept defeat. The human spirit is the only thing that no physical power on earth can defeat.
    ATTITUDE AND DESTINY
    Winston Churchill one famously said, attitude is a small things which makes a huge difference”. Life is not only about destiny. It is more about how we chart our destiny. And this is more determined by how we react when the odds are against us.
    When times are challenging and one is being blamed from everywhere to hold ones wits is the art of a genius. It is this art which made a skinny young man fighting the worlds mightiest forces without any weapon a MAHATMA. The weapon he possessed was conviction and courage to stand up for what is right
    DEALING WITH FAILURES
    Many young men in their twenties aim to join civil services in India. They come from different backgrounds. Some from regional arts colleges which average or below average academic credentials. And my from top science, engineering and medical colleges. The later folk is most of the times perceived to have greater chances of success.
    Yet at times the a student from the former group is able to outdo the later. The difference may it in commitment to the goal, sheer determination but in majority of cases it is the ability to handle failure. The ability to take failure as part of the journey and learn from it is a part of our attitude. It is one of the most important qualities successful people have.
    Thomas Edison in his own words failed 100’s of time before he gave the world the gift of lamp. Columbus repeatedly failed in his voyages before setting his foot on the American land. This ability to take the failure and deal with it adds a component of freedom to our attitude. This freedom is the freedom from fear.
    KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SELF
    Apart from freedom from fear another very important attribute of successful people is the ability to analyse their mind and action. And this is possible when one knows about his own self. As someone rightly said, ” all our troubles are because we so so less about the self”.
    Knowing self is also a part of personal objectivity. If one is able to do a fair and objective analysis of his strengths and weaknesses, he /she can set a course of improvement. This course often plays a decisive part in our life.
    About 100 years ago when the Mahatma came back from South Africa there were already many ideas about fighting the Britishers. These were Home Rule, Revolutionary Militant Nationalism, Moderate Struggle. He however knew limitations of each of these. He know these won’t be able to accomplish the goal.
    He also know about himself and how the only way he could lead the movement was by a non violent satyagraha. This is the quality that often separates leaders from followers. It helps us to develop self awareness and self innovation. And if the plan fails we are mentally equipped to deal with it and come up with an alternative.
    The first stage of our progress is to know about the importance of attitude in our live. But more important and decisive to develop such an attitude and mechanism of reacting to situations in an appropriate manner.
    The first important way to do so is what Buddha calls the spirit of, ” DISINTERESTED CURIOSITY”. This in simple terms means working more to refine ourselves towards a path of excellence rather than evaluating our work in terms of success and failure.
    The second things which is very closely linked to the first is to develop a mechanism and condition ourselves to take failure as a stepping stone towards success. This means that neither we take success to our head nor failure to our heart.
    And the final thing is to internalize this famous saying, ” there are no shortcuts to success. In order to succeed in life we have to not only love the product but also the process. In the process one would definitely have failure, setbacks and hindrances. But it is the ability to overcome these narrow hindrances and see the bigger picture that would ultimately make the difference to what we are and what we can be. This has been famously states the Dr Iqbal in his couplet
    Learn again the lessons of truth justice and valor
    You will be asked to take responsibility for the world

  • Parijat Kumar
  • Rahul Jain
  • Jyoti Singh

    Life Is 10% What Happens To You and 90 % How You React On It——–

    The quote captures aptly the ability and strenghth of a person to react on a certain situation When things aren’t working the way you want them to, or you feel you’re surrounded by problems, it can be tempting to look outward and try to
    change the things that you feel are causing issues. Chances are the issues you’re facing aren’t so cut and dry. The solution to the problem might just be your attitude.This Is what Life Is 10% what happens to you and 90%how you react on it.

    If We Look around there is so many people who constantly proved their strenghth against all odds through reacting positively towards a situation life throws at them

    Who Could forget the LATE Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and his life long struggle to a great extent on the various problematic conditions under which he lived and works and struggles to bring about desired changes. In the case of Ambedkar, this societal relationship is far more evident, as he was born in a community which, for centuries, had been subjected to deprivations, miseries, humiliations, oppressions and denials in every worthy aspect of human life. Life of Ambedkar is inseparably intertwined with the most decisive socio- political developments in the history of modern India.
    In Those days,. In those days untouchability was deeply entrenched in the minds of the caste Hindus.Ambedkar’s birth in an ‘untouchable’ community made him undergo humiliating experience like At school, like every untouchable child, Ambedkar was a victim of this castes segregation. He was asked to sit away fiom the upper caste boys and was forbidden fi-om mixing with them. His Sansknt teacher refused to teach him at all. The other teachers did not touch the note books of their
    ‘untouchable’ pupils; refused to entertain even an oral interaction for fear of getting polluted.

    Ambedkar fought the caste-ridden unjust society on all fionts- social, religious, political and economic. His encounter with casteism and untouchability opened a new course in the social reform movement in India. Unlike the earlier reformers who limited the cause of social progress and welfare within a general frame of reference, Ambedkar concentrated his power
    and resources on the cause of emancipation of a particular section, the Dalits.
    Beside drafting the Indian Constitution, Ambedkar had revised and submitted the Hindu Code Bill to the Constituent Assembly

    Had he given up to the early days of his life which was so harsh and unpleasant he would not have been come out as winner.It clearly indicates the life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react on it.

    This quotes also remind us INDIAN STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE —

    Who would forget the GANDHI Ji ,NEHRU’s role and their impact on Indian Independence
    All the three great movements led by Mahatma Gandhi failed politically. Nevertheless, he could make the British realize that their rule in India was wrong and unjust. The government realized that Gandhiji and the Congress could arouse the masses agaiInst the government at any time. His struggle led the rulers to think of the transfer of power into Indian hands on the other hand In due course there JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU was also imprisoned for his active participation in CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE MOVEMENT.During the time he was in jail Nehru was touched by the beliefs of Gandhi that showed a complete new approach deal with the numerous issues.

    Gandhi’s movements inspired restrictive laws across the world. Nelson Mandela’s pacifist activism mobilized great number of people against the Apartheid. He used Gandhi’s non-violent methods to grow a populist base for the African Nationalist
    Party (ANC). Mandela’s arrest led to an international outcry against South Africa which helped it end the Apartheid.
    After many social activities,violations and campaign,India was announced to be a free country all because our freedom fighters did not given to the situation which they have gotten

    What allows these people to succeed? They realize it is not what has happened to them in their lives, but the manner in which they react to these events. The way a person decides to respond to certain occurrences is what will shape his or her feelings, actions and results. It all lies within ourselves to be successful in life or not.

    Coming to the modern days
    Indian Software genius changed the way indian software industries works and is perceived by the world.He had a dream but no money to go ahead.Infosys Started by Murthy after borrowing a small amount from his wife .The company had no phone ,car or an independent office.The company was about to collapse in the early years ,but Murthy did not leave.The acquired funds with the help of an IPO and rest is history

    Many people blame their circumstances for their shortcomings and as a result accept the harsh reality of their situation. This man believe an event is equivalent to its outcome; however, for the truly remarkable person, adversity is where they thrive

    Another example is,The man responsible for the iphone, the ipod, and the ipad, was given away by his biological parents for adoption because they couldn’t afford to bring him up. Later, Jobs was unceremoniously ousted from Apple, the company he co-founded. Today, he is known as the father of the digital revolution.All Because he reacted positively to everything that happened to him.
    We can choose to live the life we want, no matter how tough it can get. It is all a matter of mentality, only we will prevent ourselves from achieving greatness. The rest are just small detours before we reach our destinations.

    Adversity is something that everyone faces at some point in his or her life. These difficult and trying times however are not what define us,but the way in which we react to them is what reveals our true character. Anyone can be defeated when life does not go as planned, but the strong survivors are the people who can overcome such hardships
    Harsh times will occur throughout our lives, but it is up to us how we interpret them. We are always in control of our emotions despite any given situation.

    You always have a choice of how you are going to respond to what the world offers you. Do not let something dictate the way you react to things. You need to look within yourself and realize that you have the power to make things happen. We are a sum of all of our life’s experiences, so use these past lessons to help better your present situation.

  • ForumIAS

    🙂

  • Tahir Ahmed Majid

    Sir, a request kindly bring out the essay edition topic wise. With only the best essay & also with points on what should be key areas that particular essay demands & how to go about it. Thanks

  • Jyoti Singh

    Sure Sir…..!!!

  • ForumIAS

    Write the 2nd One then 🙂 Jyoti.

  • Jyoti Singh

    Essay Number 1 Was Asked Earlier…..!!!