UPSC Mains 2018 Essay Paper

The 2018 UPSC civil services mains exam started on 28 September, Friday with the essay paper. The format of the paper was unchanged from the previous year. There were two essays to be written each topic to be selected from a choice of four. The IAS Mains 2018 essay paper is given below.

You can download the 2018 IAS Mains Essay Paper PDF from here:

IAS Mains Essay Paper 2018 PDF

Write TWO essays, choosing ONE from each of the Sections A and B, in about 1000 – 1200 words each:


  1. Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India.
  2. A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
  3. Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere.
  4. Management of Indian border disputes – a complex task.


  1. Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life.
  2. “The past” is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values.
  3. A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both.
  4. Reality does not conform to the ideal but confirms it.

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  1. Please let me know about the fee structure and services delivered for the IAS course. Thanks.

    1. Hi,

      You can find all the details here.

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