IAS Mains Essay 2011

Time Allowed: Three Hours

Maximum Marks: 200


The essay must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued, to you. The name of the medium must. Be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-book in the space provided for the purpose. No credit will be given to the essay written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate.

(Examiners will pay special attention to the candidate's grasp of his/her material, its relevance to the subject chosen, and to his/her ability to think constructively and to present his/her ideas concisely, logically and effectively.)

Write an essay on any one of the following topics: 200

  1. Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative, economic and developmental implications.

  2. Does Indian cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it?

  3. Credit-based higher education system-status, opportunities and challenges.

  4. In the Indian context, both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism.