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UPSC Essay Paper 2022 Analysis

2022 Essay Paper: “Real test of the student’s actual understanding and depth of thoughts rather than mere artificial preparation for Essay paper! ”

Let us first look at all the essay topics and identifiable sources for such topics. Even though we have mentioned the sources, it is humanly impossible for students to know such sources beforehand not they might have come across these exact quotations.

Section A


  1. Forests are the best case studies for economic excellence.

Source: This quote is being cited from “Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr – CEO – Mayflower-Plymouth”


  1. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

Source: Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. In “The Defence of Poetry” 1821, Shelley claimed that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world”. This has been taken to suggest that simply by virtue of composing verse, poets exert some exemplary moral power – in a vague unthreatening way. This essay by Shelly argues that poetry is mimetic: that is, it reflects the real world.


  1. History is a series of victories won by the scientific man over the romantic man.

Source: George Orwell. Orwell articulates the liberal to progressive to socialist mentality as, “On the one side science, order, progress, internationalism, aeroplanes, steel, concrete, hygiene: on the other side war, nationalism, religion, monarchy, peasants, Greek professors, poets, horses. History…is a series of victories won by the scientific man over the romantic man.” Yet in doing so, he also critiques technological optimism despite being sympathetic to it. He also sees the dark side of technology. “Modern Germany,” he wrote in 1941 in the middle of the war, “is far more scientific than England, and far more barbarous.”


  1. “A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ship is for.”

Source: John A Shedd 1928 in his book “Salt from My Attic”. He was an American author and professor. In 1928 he wrote “Salt from My Attic”.

Section B:

  1. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining

Source:  John F. Kennedy [State of the Union Address January 11 1962]”


  1. You cannot step twice in the same river

Source: Heraclitus – “No man ever steps in the same river twice. For it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”


  1. A smile is the chosen vehicle for all ambiguities

Source: Herman Melville. The American author is considered one of the great American writers and a major figure in world literature.


  1. Just because you have a choice, it does not mean that any of them ‘has’ to be right.”

Source: Norton Juster, Book: The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster was an American academic, architect, and writer. He was best known as an author of children’s books, notably The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and the Line.


Overall Analysis:

This essay paper was one of the most unusual essay papers compared to the last few years. The reason is, that almost all the topics are philosophical nature. Those students who blindly followed the conventional approach of theme-wise GS topical preparation for essays would find it difficult. But those, who had analytical abilities along with diverse reading and interests in varied walks of life, would have already developed that larger outlook of looking at simple things in life from different perspectives. Such students would have loved writing this essay paper.

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