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Last date to apply

30 July 2019

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About ICWA Essay Competition

ICWA Essay Competition 2019 has started and the last date to apply online is 1 October 2019. All the entries are accepted in PDF format only, however, candidates can submit their entries in video format as well. Get complete details on this page. ICWA is a junior and senior level essay competition based on ‘Awareness Programme on Indian Foreign Policy’. Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) started the competition in 2016, and this is the 3rd Edition of the essay writing competition. The students enrolled in school and aged 15 to 18 years are eligible to participate under the junior level category, and the students enrolled in PG/UG programs in any recognised college/university in India and aged 18-25 years are eligible to participate under the senior level category. Scroll down to read more on ICWA Essay Competition 2019.

  • This is the 4th Edition of ICWA Essay Competition.
  • This year, the candidates can also submit their entries through the URL of their YouTube uploaded video on the given topic.

ICWA Essay Competition 2019 Dates



ICWA Essay Submission Ends

1 October 2019

ICWA Essay Result Announces

Not announced yet


ICWA Essay Writing Competition Topics

In ICWA Essay Competition 2019, Topic and word limitation of the essay should be as per the details mentioned below

The topic of the Essay Writing Competition


Word Limitation

Why climate change is important for India’s Foreign Policy?’ ‘Why should India be friends with its neighbours OR

Why Indian Foreign policy should give top priority to neighbours?

Junior Level


Impact of International Affairs on Daily Lives in India OR

Impact of Government's Foreign Policy on Daily Lives in India

Senior Level


Young Indian writers have an opportunity to demonstrate their innovative thinking on the topic mentioned above and write an essay. The essay should be submitted via e-mail till 30 July 2019. Top 3 entries in both junior and senior category will be selected for cash prizes. 

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ICWA Essay Competition Eligibility Criteria

Gender  All
Region  All India
Class/ Age  15-18 and 18-25 years old students
Nationality: The senior or junior participants must be an Indian citizen.

Age: The junior participants should be aged 15 to 18 years old and the participants applying under senior category should be aged 18 to 25 years old.

Educational Qualification: The students applying under junior category should be enrolled in any recognised school in India and the students applying under senior category must be enrolled in a graduate/post-graduate program in a College/University from anywhere in all over India.

The language of the essay: Essay should be written in English or Hindi.

ICWA Essay Competition Reward

The top entries submitted under the senior and junior category in the ICWA Essay Competition 2019 will be awarded as under:


Junior Category Amount

Senior Category Amount

1st Prize

Rs. 15000

Rs. 25000

2nd Prize

Rs. 10000

Rs. 15000

3rd Prize

Rs. 5000

Rs. 10000

ICWA Essay Competition Application form and Process

The students wish to participate in ICWA Essay Competition 2019 can submit their essay only through online mode. The essay has to be submitted online until 1 October 2019. To submit the essay online, the candidates have to follow the guideline mentioned below:

Guidelines for Submission of the Essay

  • The participants have to provide separate personal information along with the essay.
  • The participants have to include a separate cover page which must have the personal information of the participant. The participants have to write the following personal information on the cover page:
    • Name
    • Father’s name
    • Mother’s name
    • Class
    • Program
    • Name and address of the school or college or university
    • Residence address
    • Mobile and landline number
    • Email address
  • Certificate from School/ College - Before submission, the participant has to attach a certificate from the School/Institute/College/University where he/she is currently enrolled.

ICWA Essay Competition - Technical Parameters

The candidates participating in ICWA Essay Competition need to submit their entries in PDF format only. The following are the format which needs to be followed:

  • The Text must be written in any of three types: 
    • Book Antiqua
    • Cambria
    • Times New Roman
  • The font size would be 12 and line spacing would be only 1.15.
  • The paper margin would be 1-inch from all four sides.
  • The candidates who want to submit ICWA Essay in video format need to submit the URL of the YouTube uploaded video in the comment section on the official page of ICWA i.e. mygov.in/task/icwa-essay-writing-competition-2019/

ICWA Essay Submission

The eligible students who wish to participate in the competition under junior or senior category can submit essay only through online mode. Essay along with the required certificate of the participant should be sent via email to essayicwa@gmail.com latest by 1 October 2019. The hard copy of the essay has not to be sent via offline mode.

Selection Criteria

Each essay will be judged on the following criteria

Criteria Weightage
Central Theme 20%
Coherence and Organization in Structure 20%
Creativity 40%
The clarity in Language, Expression and Style 20%

ICWA Essay Competition Contact Details

Phone: 011-23753615

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