New Initiative: Optional Writing Challenge

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

Dear Aspirants


As promised we are launching Optional Writing Challenge from today. The two papers of the Optional subject are worth 500 marks and hence they can be ignored only at your peril. So, the importance of writing practice cannot be overemphasized. To aid you in your preparation we are launching today Optional Writing Challenges with expert reviews for you. Due to resource constraints and also because of the no of students taking the subjects, we are launching this initiative only for Public Administration, Geography, History and Sociology (Political Science to be launched soon) for the time being as these are some of the most popular Optional Subjects taken by a vast no of students.


Initially we will be starting with one question from each Optional Subject with reviews by our subject experts which may be increased depending on the response of the students.


We have put together a team of experts that will be reviewing your answers on a regular basis. So Please take this initiative seriously and write your answers regularly.


We hope that this initiative helps the students as much as our other initiatives. Do let us your views in the comments below.


All the best from gradeup UPSC Team!



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