Assaying the Essay

It is a necessary evil for some, for some a blessing. If it is a hurdle it has to be overcome. It will not happen overnight overnight. It is common sense  that every successful essay has to have sound factual/conceptual underpinnings. There has to a a common theme that pervades the entire piece. It shouldnot be and cannot be a inane repetitions or meaningless ramblings. ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ repeated ad nauseum just won’t do!!

Some Steps-
Pick a topic after considerable thought.
Choose the one which you FEEL about.
Remember that your feeling have to be backed by evidence, facts, sound balanced opinion etc. covering all possible (and relevant) dimensions regarding the topic- Etymological/Historical/Geographical/ Social/ Economical/Political/Ethical/Environmental/personal/local/National/International/Intergalactic! J

Create a skeletal mindmap– ***
Very brief headings and subheadings covering the entire essay.( I had made some rough ones. I will share them if I can find them.)

You can have two kinds of points-
The NUKES and The Fodder.

And the rest will be-Language– This is the easy part. Only link the ideas. The whole should come out as a connected piece with smooth seamless transitions, with one idea leading to other, and still relevant to the main theme. NEVER DIGRESS.

Play to your strengths. If you are not good being verbose, keep it SIMPLE. Simple yet Beautiful. It must appear to be a worl of art not a splattering of excrement on the paper.

Its all about the experience. If you loved writing it, more often than not the examiner will love reading it.

Post Script : 1) Bulking up!!– Ideas grow over time. One has to be equipped with the necessary munition before seriously attempting an essay. Original thinkers are pretty rare. One can easily however, easily bulk up on the conventional ideas being floated around in the tak shows/Mags/Newspapers.

2)Write weekly! You might even submit and article For the OPEN PAGE section of THE HINDU

You folks Keep Slogging, I will keep Blogging 🙂
Cheers

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22 thoughts on “Assaying the Essay

  1. Hi khushal, congratulations on your success.
    I have scored only 70 marks in cse-2014 mains. After mains, I tried to correct Some of my mistakes and practiced couple of essays. Can you please go through them?. Kindly provide your mail contact so that I can forward my essays. Thank you!

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    • Hello Murali!
      I don’t think that I am qualified enough to grade or rate an essay. I would suggest to seek the help of a language person/ Lecturer.

      However, I still feel that you are the best judge of your writing. If what you write makes sense to you, and appeals to you then you are almost always on the right track.

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  2. Dear Bro..

    Congratulations on ur amazing success..
    I need to know ur strategy for medical science and would be grateful if u can lend ur notes u made fr Med Sci..

    thanks in advance.

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  3. sir,i will give cse 2016,but i am confused whether i should do with hindi medium or english medium.i did my schooling in hindi medium but after that b.tech in english.i am ok in english but speaking and writing skills are not as good as english medium studens.what to do.?as there are many resources and study material in english but not in hindi.sir how to improve english both speaking and writing..it will be great help sir.
    thank you.

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    • Ask yourself this- Are you more comfortable in answering questions in Hindi? Keeping in mind, that the answer writing will involve technical terminology/ Jargon.
      Better still, try writing a paper in hindi. You will have the answer.

      True that! English does have the resource advantage.

      ‘Practice maketh a man perfect.’ Slog, Slog, Slog!!

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  4. Congratulations on ur timely success…
    I would request u to share ur med science notes.. Or ur excel sheet of MMMimps… N if possible plz share ur mail-id…
    Njoi ur well-deserved vacation …!!
    🙂

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  5. hi
    when should ione start writing answers for gs …. as u mentioed in mrunal that u were not having much time till june …..so is it possible to practice answer writing for 3 months and clear this exam

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    • My circumstances were tricky. Whenever and whereever you get time for that, do it!!

      I was probably not concerned much with the writing part because I had good experience with my under-grad exams. I wanted to be sure on the content part before dwelling on the presentation.

      The Ideal way is to prepare them together. Content and Presentation.

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  6. Conratulations Sir! 🙂

    Your blog will indeed be very beneficial to us. Please provide your e-mail id if you can so that I can get my essay evaluated by you. It would be really very helpful. Thanks a lot. All the best for the services!

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    • Hi there!!
      I don’t think that I am qualified enough to grade or rate an essay. I would suggest to seek the help of a language person/ Lecturer.

      However, I still feel that you are the best judge of your writing. If what you write makes sense to you, and appeals to you then you are almost always on the right track.

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  7. Hi sir,
    After clearing prelims can we solely focus on the hindu newspaper for mains putting aside the conventional standard books especially for paper 2 and 3? Will studying static part after prelim be of any help as most of the questions are current happening based?

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