Essay FLTs 2020

25 students
5 Full-length tests, Mentorship, Habitat membership
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How to write UPSC IAS essays?

The importance of essays for the exam cannot be overstated.

While the performance of students is more or less the same in GS papers (especially 1,2,3), they have an excellent shot at scoring over 150+ in essays that could spearhead them right to the top.

Writing good essays can be very challenging. Time and again we’ve received many queries from students like:

  1. Reviews provide additional points but don’t address the inherent shortcomings and deficiency in my skills.
  2. Will reading ready-made sample essays help me prepare for essays?
  3. Don’t know how to start an essay, how to organize one.
  4. Can we do well in essays without practicing by re-using our GS paper knowledge alone?
  5. Is there a universal format that I can stick to?

That’s why we’ve invested a great deal of energy to create a program the likes of which are offered by no one else.

What is Essay FLTs 2020?

It is a mentor-driven Essay test series for UPSC 2020 Mains exam. Our focus is on personalized attention in evaluation, execution, and course correction. Our innovative methodology in topic selection, reviews, and evaluation on one hand and mentorship and collaborative approach on the other will build your capacity to write Essays that will fetch 160+ marks.

What are we offering and how is it unique?

We’ve innovated at every step of the process.

Highly relevant, precise, and thoughtful topic selection

Our research tells us there are 8 broad themes of essays being asked since 2010 – Economy, Polity, Women Issues, Education, Science & Tech, Philosophy, IR, Miscellaneous.

But there is some rationality to the way UPSC selects essay topics. Those themes are highly relevant to the current times and one can find a strong correlation with current affairs of the past year(s).

We plan to develop your competencies so that you can be better prepared for the actual exam.

An innovative methodology for reviews

Our biggest innovation lies in our review methodology. Specific portions of your essay will be highlighted with symbols to indicate issues in essay writing

  1. (X) Cross  – FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS like judgments/strong postures which need to be avoided at all costs.
  2. (*)Star -APPRECIATION for uniqueness.
  3. STRUCTURE is not maintained. Issues with Language and expression.
  4. GENERAL SUGGESTIONS for candidates.

Along with this, Zeeshan sir will also leave specific reviews on strengths and weaknesses.

We don’t want to merely suggest additional points that can be googled by the student themselves or point out superficial flaws like not ‘sticking to the topic’. They don’t necessarily highlight the shortcomings in the essay. This adds very little value to students. We go much beyond that and help students fix major flaws in their essays.

10 parameters on which your essays are going to get evaluated

  1. Comprehension of the topic
  2. Language and Expression
  3. Structure and Organisation of thought.
  4. Objectivity and Biases. Balance of perception
  5. Attitude whether a learner or judgmental
  6. Focus and attention
  7. Content and Source matter, Knowledge and information processing capability
  8. Ability to forge links in an interdisciplinary manner
  9. The simplicity of disposition
  10. Observational Skills

Model essays with indicative structure and good essay copies

You will be provided with good essay copies to serve as sample answers. This is a better alternative than sample answers which are hastily written and at times not updated with the latest figures.

Students have an incorrect impression that going through a sample essay will somehow help them write better essays. This is absolutely incorrect.

To develop your competency in tackling different topics, you have to be able to come up with appropriate structures. This aspect of the program addresses this issue.

The expectation from you would be that you study the solutions in detail and try to address the shortcomings in your essays. Should doubts still persist, we’re here to help.

One-to-one Mentorship and Civilsdaily’s handholding

This component of the program is the most important. Post-evaluation of your essay test you will get on a one-to-one discussion with Zeeshan sir. He will discuss the topic in considerable depth, appropriate structure, pitfalls to avoid, etc.

Along with that, Sir will also discuss copies presenting different styles in which the essays could be attempted.

Membership to an exclusive group on Habitat

Habitat is our learning platform, here you’ll be given membership to an exclusive Essay group. This group will be administered by Zeeshan sir, Sajal sir, in-service officers, rankers, and other mentors.

Habitat discussions

For essays, you need multiple perspectives to understand a topic or an issue in its entirety. You need discussions; arguments; confluence, confrontation, and integration of ideas. Here, discussions will be facilitated by mentors and enriched by different viewpoints by peers. Moreover, you can ask and discuss any of your doubts with peers and Zeeshan sir.

Besides these, you will be given the following

  • Any additional material that we release for essays.
  • Notes and reference material including good articles, essays, etc. on Habitat group.

Program inclusion

  1. 5 FLTs
  2. Model essays
  3. One-to-one mentorship
  4. Membership to exclusive Essay group on Habitat
  5. Notes and references on Habitat

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