Selected Contemporary Essays is a comprehensive and lucid collection of essays meant for complete coverage of the all viable essay topics for the first Essay Paper of the UPSC Mains examination. Each socio-political and economic topic that is of current relevance with respect to the examination has been covered to serve as complete theoretical guidance. This book is aimed to provide broad perspectives on the issues and challenges regarding the present social issues in the country. Written by an IAS officer, Dr Saumitra Mohan, who is presently the collector and magistrate of Burdwan, it is imbued with first-hand knowledge of the major ongoing processes of social and economic change. The book is a melange of 134 essays on important topics as deemed important for the central and state civil services. These essays have been thematically put together in the shape of this book for the benefit of the larger readership who are engaged in the preparation of various competitive examinations. Accordingly, carefully selected essays on topics relating to various global, economic, strategic, security and socio-political issues have been included in the book. It also contains the previous years??? essay questions for thorough practice.