How to Improve Your Essay Writing Skills
Essay writing is the most essential skill in Civil Services Mains Examination. It can make or break your dream of becoming a Civil Servant. But what can essay standout from other candidates? Let’s take a deep dive into the top 5 tips on how to write an effective essay.
1. Develop a Reading Habit
The key to writing good is reading. The more you read, the better you will get at writing. If you are not reading, you can not improve your writing skills. Reading allows you to learn tips from professional writers and then, implementing those tips in your writing gradually improves the standard of your essay.
Make it a habit to at least read the newspaper daily. Especially the editorial columns.
2. Improve Vocabulary
A useful vocabulary is a must for writing efficiently. Choosing the right words to express what you want to say make your essay more impressive and catchy. Also, it is vital to use words that do not look overly complex but still grasp readers attention. A good vocabulary is essential to master a language. When you are improving your writing skills, do not do it for the sake of passing an exam. Do it to improve your language skills. This will make the learning process enjoyable.
3. Learn From The Best
While reading, it is important to select high-quality material. Reading cheap literature is only a waste of time. Read books by classic authors like Charles Dickens, Stephen King, George Orwell, Ruskin Bond, etc. You can also read articles by famous contemporary journalists like David Foster Wallace, Mark Bowden, Gene Weingarten, etc. Try to notice how they make their articles or stories more comprehending. Find a style that suits you and incorporate that in your writing.
4. Keep Your Facts Straight
Essay writing in Civil Services Exam is not only about writing good stuff. Your essay should have strong content. Always remember that “Content is the King” when it comes to writing. So keep learning new things and make sure all your facts are up-to-date. The invigilators in Civil Services Exam are not interested in impressive writing skill only, they expect the candidates to deliver the content of the highest quality. So when you are practicing try to include accurate statistical figures in your essay. It gives the impression that the candidate has done thorough research and has adequate knowledge of the subject matter. Try to keep your essay as full of facts as you can.
5. Practice Regularly
The most crucial part of every learning process is practice. The same goes for your Essay writing skills. If you don’t practice, you won’t improve. So make sure you give some time in your study schedule to write daily. Write at least one essay every day. It will be helpful if you could get it analyzed and get feedback from someone experienced. Also, try to get your hands on the answer sheets of toppers of previous years and take notes from their writings. What can be more helpful than to learn from those who have already cracked the CSE after all?
These were some tips you can follow to ensure your essay is good enough to catch the eye of the invigilators of UPSC Civil Services Exam. Prepare well and crack the most prestigious exam in our country.
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All the best for your preparations.