Topics

    Guidelines for all Students:
  • You can write one essay from the following topics provided.
  • The word count for school students is a maximum of 1000 words (+- 10%).
  • The word count for college students is a maximum of 1500 words (+- 10%).
  • Students are encouraged to go through the marking scheme (PDF format) and terms and conditions to understand the expectations from their essay.


School topics

Words limit: 1000

Topic: Impact of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Modern India

The brain child of the visionary, Atal ji, the aim of this scheme is to promote elementary education amongst all children in India. In under a 1000 words, write about your understanding of the program, your views about it, and ways to improve the scheme. Feel free to use real life examples you have witnessed. Also include if and how your education was effected by this scheme.

    Things to consider:
  • Your understanding of the program
  • Your views about it
  • What would you do to improve it
  • Optional: The impact it had on your education (if any)
  • Word limit: 1000 words (+- 10%)

or

Words limit: 1000

Topic: Importance of Sports and Extra Curricular Activities in Education

The impact of sports and extra curricular activities cannot be quantified easily as marks but their importance is just as much in teaching discipline, leadership, team work etc. In under a 1000 words, write what you think is the importance of these activities in producing a well-rounded education. Feel free to use real life examples. Also include how facilities in your community can be improved to facilitate these activities.

    Things to consider:
  • Do you agree with the merits of these activities on education? If yes, why? If no, why?
  • Your views on the balance between formal education and activities
  • What would you do to improve it
  • Optional: The impact it had on your education (if any)
  • Word limit: 1000 words (+- 10%)

College topics

Words limit: 1500

Topic: ‘Unity in Diversity’ — The importance of communal harmony in India

India is the largest secular country in the world. The Indian Constitution guarantees equal rights and opportunities to people of all faiths and walks of life, without any discrimination or prejudice. In 1500 words, write about your understanding of communal harmony, how it can be achieved and extended, along with its importance to the Indian state. Feel free to quote from real-life examples, where the presence or absence of communal harmony effected a situation.

    Things to consider:
  • Your understanding of the term ‘communal harmony’
  • Its importance in today’s time, especially in India
  • What would you do to improve it
  • Optional: The impact it has had on your life (if any)
  • Word limit: 1500 words (+- 10%)

or

Words limit: 1500

Topic: The importance of good leadership

History is witness to the importance of good leadership because it is vital in the success of any goal. Atal-ji spent his political career following rajdharma — duty of the leader towards all. Write in 1500 words, what you think an ideal public representative should possess in terms of conduct, characteristics, roles, and responsibilities. Feel free to quote from real-life examples, where a representative showcased these qualities and effected a situation.

    Things to consider:
  • Your understanding of what makes a good leader
  • The skills and qualities this leader must possess
  • The importance of good leadership, especially in India
  • Any role models you look up to that fit this description
  • Word limit: 1500 words (+- 10%)