25 Burning Essay Topics for UPSC Exam 2022 – Write One Everyday

Last updated on March 11th, 2023 at 01:15 pm

Essay topics for UPSC examination seem to depict a pattern.

Some topics find more preference. They directly or indirectly continue to frequent the essay question paper.

For example, the age-old quotes of wisdom or the opinions of great thinkers regularly find a place in the question paper.

Similarly, women empowerment essays, problems facing India and the solutions thereof, and recent developments in connection with national and international organizations keep showing up.

At the time of writing this post, the UPSC Prelims Examination is around the corner. The qualifiers will be soon appearing the mains examination in about 4 months.

Serious candidates have, for sure, started with essay writing practice without waiting for the prelims results because studies for the essay paper will also serve as an aid towards preparation of GK papers of the prelims and the mains exams .

Here, this article suggests some important essay topics for UPSC 2022 exam which you may start studying.

Essays for UPSC Examination : Everything You Wanted to Know About Writing Them (2022-23)

Essay Topics for UPSC – Guesses for This and the Next Year

These topics will

  • Make you develop an opinion
  • Enhance your knowledge
  • Help you write on any subject close to them
  • Give you a chance to hone your composition skills

So, let’s get to the topics directly:

Russia-Ukraine War

This has been the most important of all the international events in the recent past. More than two months since it started, still there is no end in sight. In the long run, this war is definitely going to cast its effect on the defense, economy and environment related matters across the countries of the world.

Following topics are bound to emerge from Russia-Ukraine war:

  1. Russia’s war against Ukraine – How will this war change the economic scenario of the world in long term?
  2. Russia-Ukraine war – Does NATO’s role justify its fundamental goals?
  3. Will the Russia-Ukraine war lead to the formation of a New World Order?
  4. Russia-Ukraine Crisis – Was it possible on Russia’s part to avoid the path of war?
  5. India’s continuation of a Pro-Russian approach does not help its cause as a country known for its commitment to the maintenance of international peace and security – do you agree?

Problems Facing India & Solutions Thereof

India is a unique country in the world in many senses. It has been truly commented that India is a land of hundred problems and a billion solutions. The following are but a few attempts to look into some problems and find their meaningful solutions:

  1. Challenge of maintaining a good GDP growth in the times of crisis
  2. Is India, the home to the biggest middle class in the world, treating this class well? Analyze critically.
  3. The culture of free dole-outs and exemptions spreading across Indian political parties may lead to devastating outcomes – what is your opinion?

The Corona Outbreak

If something has amply illustrated to us in the recent past the debacles faced due to development in science and technology, it is the outbreak of Corona virus. Sure, it will be read in text books by the generations to come as a shameful mishap that enslaved the humanity for quite a considerable period of time.

  1. The Impact of corona virus outbreak on the economy of India and other nations
  2. Man’s age-old battle with viruses and epidemic outbreaks
  3. India’s vaccination programs – how can our economy gain from our emergence as a medical hub of the world?
  4. The COVID pandemic has in fact shown us what’s important for a sound economy and environment – what is your opinion?

Women Empowerment & Other Related Issues

Women empowerment can neither be described as a total success nor a total failure in India. Even if we look around the globe, the issue gained momentum mainly in the advanced countries. The same cannot be said of the developing world. Let us focus on the following issues:

  1. Increasing participation of Women in household earnings and expenditure is bringing a change in the patriarchal structure of family
  2. Women-empowerment is but an eyewash in India- despite effective measures men rule the roost
  3. What measures will bring about women empowerment in true sense and what is stopping us from taking them?
  4. As a matter of policy making, should we classify ‘Housewife’ as a separate category to distinguish it from ‘working or self employed women’ category?

Read more >> Essay Practice for UPSC – Ultimate Topic List on Women Empowerment


How is the modern technology changing the world? Artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IOT), machine learning and big data are all laying foundations of a new world. Man versus machine battles look imminent.

Essay topics for UPSC have consistently included this subject. Some guesses for this year’s and the next year’s exams are as below:

  1. Will the Rising Influence of Artificial Intelligence in our lives jeopardize our very existence?
  2. The creation of AI will be the biggest but the last invention by human beings
  3. “The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” – B.F. Skinner
  4. “Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.” – Charles Babbage
  5. Shaping up of digital literacy in the far-flung areas of India

Wisdom Quotes

Wisdom quotes by self-improvement mentors, modern authors and erudite speakers are some of the favorites of UPSC essay paper. There are at least 3-4 such essay topics in the UPSC essay paper. Let us try our hand at these:

  1. “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  2. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” -Abraham Lincoln
  3. One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.” – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
  4. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius

How to Measure Your Performance

If you simply go on writing one essay after another without an assessment of quality, your purpose will not be solved.

Find a mentor who can check and give a score to your essay. Besides, he must analyze and say what you excelled at and what did you lack.

If you do not find a mentor, make friends with candidates who are preparing for the Civil Services Examination. You can then go through each other’s papers, discuss and compare.

What if you don’t find any one to help you? Still you are left with online choices. There are online spelling, grammar and punctuation checkers, word counters and even online services and coaches, who will do it for free or a very small cost.

Study the Given Essay Topics for UPSC Deeply

I recommend deep reading into the given IAS essay topics because these topics are very important for general knowledge paper in the prelims and the mains exams.

The subjects suggested above have only been touched for the purpose of essay writing practice. In essence, these are vast subjects and require in-depth study and analysis.

Along with your studies, try to memorize some important statistical facts and quotes by great people so that you can site them for a better illustration in your essays.

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