Dear aspirants, please find the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Mains) 2016 Essay Question Paper below. You can download the same as a PDF using the print-pdf button on the left/bottom.
UPSC CSE Mains 2016 Essay Question Paper
Instructions: Write two essays, choosing one from each of the following Section A and B, in about 1000-1200 words.
- If development is not engendered, it is endangered
- Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed
- Water disputes between states in federal India
- Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare
- Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality
- Cyberspace and internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run
- Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms
- Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality
Quick Analysis of the Question Paper
- Essay questions of 2016 are comparatively easier than those asked in 2015 and 2014.
- Four analytical questions were asked in Section B – with all four questions having an ‘OR’ option. The two sides were asked to analyse before taking a stand.
- Questions like digital economy, jobless growth, water disputes, innovation etc. are all GS topics, and hence normally covered by aspirants while studying General Studies Paper 2 and General Studies Paper 3.
- Related questions were asked in ClearIAS 50-day HVAW, 30-day AWP, model tests and other GS tests.
- Though the exact meaning of the word ‘engendered’ is not completely related with ‘gender’, the question 1 in section A is connected with gender equality as it can be inferred from the ‘Hindi Translation’ which talks about ‘Stree-Purush…’. “Development, if not engendered, is endangered” is a catchy quote, taken from a UN development report published a decade and a half ago. It talks about the need for gender equality.