UPSC Main Essay Exam too ‘Philosophical’, Questions out of ‘Universe’, Candidates Start Meme Fest

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Mains 2021 essay paper was held on Friday, January 7. According to several candidates, the paper was more “philosophical.” Several UPSC aspirants took to Twitter to share the question paper after the exam and thereafter began a meme fest. The candidates were asked to write two essays, each ranging between 1,000 and 1,200 words.

In section A, students were given to write on “Philosophy of wantlessness is Utopian, while materialism is a chimera” and “The real is rational and the rational is real”, in section B, the questions include “Hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” and “What is research, but a blind date with knowledge!”

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“Jokes apart, this makes little sense. One section should have a philosophy orientation. But maybe this is too much? The exam is for recruiting officers for public service, not to become Jagat gurus. Most people in India are still dealing with real ground issues, not rooted in philosophy,” wrote one user.

“This will sound very philosophical. Indeed it is and now it’s all about the real test of the personality of the aspirants. UPSC is now on a track to change things drastically. No bookish knowledge will work. One needs to be too authentic,” wrote another.

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The UPSC CSE Main will be held on January 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16. There are a total of nine papers out of which two are for qualifying (A and B) and seven others are for merit. There is an optional paper, the subject of which is chosen by the candidates themselves. Those selected in the main round will be called for a personal interview.

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