India Essay Writing Competition

Tata Building India School Essay Competition

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Areas of Study :
Topic on Nation Building
Level :
School level
Scholarship Funded by :
Tata group of companies
Provided to :
Indian Students of classes 6-12


Important Dates

Last Date for receipt of completed application forms
  By Post:Jul 31, 2018
  In Person / Online:Jul 31, 2018
The online edition is open to all school students class 6th to 12th and the current edition 2017-18 started from 1st August 2017 the last date of submission is 31st July 2018, 24:00 Hrs

Tata Building India School Essay Competition is India's largest school essay writing competition organised by Tata group of companies to motivate and nurture young minds across India. The essay competition provides a unique platform to encourage young leaders of tomorrow to showcase their expressions in writing, on a host of subjects related to nation building. Started in 2006, this national level contest is conducted annually in different languages across the cities of India. The idea of the competition has been very well received by both the students and the teaching fraternity reflected by the overwhelming response from participating schools and students. The competition would be conducted across 180 cities, 7000+ schools and will cover approximately 3.5 million students.

Structure of Essay Competition

The essay competition is a two-phase activity across all the participating schools in the country for students of classes 6-12. The first phase consists of exposing these young minds to inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulate them to think about the nation. Following this, students are asked few questions based on the films shown.

To ensure a level playing field, the students are divided into 2 participating categories across all languages.

  • Junior level for classes 6-8 and 
  • Senior level for classes 9-12

Each year a different topic on the theme of nation-building is selected and participants are required to submit an essay between 500-600 words. The underlying theme of the topic is always nation building. The topics are carefully chosen for students to be creative, insightful and genuine.

Rewards and Recognition

The winners are rewarded at each level, the school level winners are amplified at school and special functions are held to felicitate city level winners at regional level. The national level winners are felicitated in Delhi. 

Prizes at the school level include certificates, medals and special Tata Building India merchandise. The city winners and the runners-up receive gifts like Digicam / Handycam / MP3 player, Certificates and trophies. The national level winners receive laptops as the grand prize.

How to Participate in Tata Building India School Essay Competition

  • Tata Building India School Essay Competition is open to all schools in a particular city where this competition is being conducted.
    To check the cities coverage log on to
  • Students cannot participate on their own in this competition. Only schools can participate. Request for participation can be made at the official website.
  • The English/ Hindi/ regional language version competition will be only conducted in schools where the medium of instruction is necessarily English/ Hindi/ regional language respectively
  • There is no entry fee
  • A student can participate only once from his own school. Valid Identification & contact details has to be produced in case of a request from the organizers
  • The Competition (film screening & essay writing) has to be conducted only in the school during the schedule timings. Entries can be disqualified for not following the given procedure
  • The essay topics are different for each year. Entry will be considered valid only if the essay is written on the given topic
  • The organizers retain the right to make any changes to the event, its format, date, rules and in any matter related to this event without any prior notice
  • Entry to the competition for schools is by invitation only and organizers reserve the right to accept or reject any application to registration and / or entry to the proceedings
  • By entering the competition, the participants & attendees permit themselves to be photographed/ recorded by electronic, online and print media for telecast, publications & contacted by their given email ids and other display usage of the organizers
  • All national/state level winners will be provided stay and return travel for the national award ceremony only from the city of victory i.e. their city of participation
  • Organizers will arrange for the prize distribution for winners & runners up through their event management agency. Any loss of prizes during transit or due to any other reason would not be organizer's responsibility & hence wouldn't be liable for replacement
  • Once you participate in the competition you indicate your acceptance for the format, prizes & decisions including judging of essays on school, city & national level which will final and binding
  • All decision taken by the organizers will be final & binding on all issues related to Tata Building India School Essay Competition

Judging Process

The essays of the students are screened at 3 levels: School level, City level and National level. The essays are judged on the parameters of relevance to the topic, structure, creativity and communication of the idea.

Further, one-time, need-based special Tata Building India Scholarships will be awarded to a few students from each city based on defined criteria and other terms and conditions.

  • School Level
    Essays at the school level are short listed by the identified judges within the school, the school level winners are identified in both categories
  • City Level
    The essays of the school level winners across the schools from each city are collected and evaluated by a panel of 3 judges from the academic and the journalism fields, two winners in each category are short listed for city level recognition as winners from the respective cities.
  • National Level
    The city level winner's essays in both categories from each city are finally judged by an elite panel comprising of eminent people to choose the national winners. It would be of interest to note that the essay is written by the child only once and is evaluated at three levels.

Contact Details

Phone : 022-66657891, 66657564
Email: Contact I



As part of its ‘Awareness Programme on Indian Foreign Policy’, Indian Council of World Affairs announces the second edition of ICWA Essay Competition for school students (15-18 years) and undergraduate/ post graduate students (18-25Years).

The young writers this year have the opportunity to demonstrate their innovative thinking on the following topic:

Junior Level (15-18 years):
What India’s Foreign Policy means to Young India/ India’s Foreign Policy Priorities for the Youth – (1500 words).

Senior Level (18-25 years):
Conflict, Religion and Foreign Policy (2500 words).


Junior Level:
First Prize: Rs. 15000
Second Prize: Rs. 10000
Third Prize: Rs. 5000

Senior Level:
First Prize: Rs. 25000
Second Prize: Rs. 15000
Third Prize: Rs. 10000

The last date of submission is 30th July, 2017

Click here to read Terms and Conditions, Technical Parameters and Evaluation Criteria


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