11th edition of Essay Competition over 8500 schools in India


Essay Competition over 8500 schools in India. It considered as India’s largest school essay competition.  A national level programme targeted to reach out to nearly 4 million students. From over 8500 schools spread across more than 200 cities. The theme for this year’s essay competition  is ‘Global Warming and Climate Change’. 

To be held in 13 languages English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese and Urdu for the first time.  The essay competition  encourages young leaders to showcase their expressions in writing on various subjects of national importance.  Started in 2006 as an English-language essay contest, the Tata Building India School Essay Competition is organised every year to motivate and nurture young minds across India and encourage them to think on the lines of nation building. The pan India platform allows the youth of the nation to express their views and suggestions on subjects of national importance. Additionally, Tata Class Edge, (A technology-enabled holistic instructional solution) will conduct the Tata Building India Essay Competition in their selected partner schools. The 2016-17 competition will be conducted across the country from Jammu to Tirunelveli and Guwahati to Rajkot.

Speaking about the competition, Mr. Atul Agrawal, Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Group Corporate Communications, Tata Services Limited said, “With the launch of the eleventh edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition we are hoping to expand further the decade long engagement with the youth of the nation. It is encouraging to witness the growing number of participants every year who bring with them fresh thoughts and perspectives on issues that impact the nation and society. This year’s theme on global warming and climate change is relevant and through this platform to share ideas we hope to build on the nation-wide creativity to seed and drive a wave of positive change.”

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The Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2016 – 17

will be a two-phase activity in participating schools. The first phase consists of screening inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulate the students to think about the nation. Followed by this, students will be asked to write an essay on a given topic based on the theme this year – Global warming and climate change. To ensure a level playing field for students, the competition is conducted across two categories – Junior level for Classes 6-8 and Senior level for Classes 9-12. The essays are judged on the parameters of relevance to the topic, structure, creativity and communication of the idea, and prizes are awarded for school, city, and national level winners.

Coverage of the competition


The English edition of the competition will engage about 2,500 English-medium schools spread across 72 cities, while the Hindi edition will be conducted in 2000 schools across 58 cities in north and central India. Other regional language editions will be held in respective states, where the language is the state language, covering 300 to 500 schools for each language.


Started in 2006 with 6 cities and 100,000 students in the English language, the competition has grown manifold to become India’s largest essay competition targeting to touch nearly 4 million students across 200 plus cities in 13 languages in 2016-17.

Judging process

The students will write the essay only once and the same will be evaluated at three levels:

  • School level: At the school level essays are evaluated by judges within each school. Winning entries from each school qualify for city level evaluation.
  • City level: The essays of school level winners in each city are evaluated by a panel of judges from the field of academics and journalism, among others. The best essays win city-level recognition.
  • National level: The best essays from each city are finally judged by an elite panel comprising eminent people to choose the national winners in each language (regional level winners in case of regional languages).



  • The winners at each level are rewarded and special functions are held to felicitate the city level winners and the national level winners. Prizes at the school level include certificates, medals and special Tata Building India merchandise. The city level winners and the runners-up receive prizes like cameras, blue tooth speakers, certificates, and trophies.  The national level winners receive laptops as the grand prize.
  • The crowning moment for the national winners and the runners-up is an intended visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and an interaction with a national level dignitary, eg: The Honorable President of India or the Vice President of India.


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