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Writing Competition on the Life and Message of Guru Tegh Bahadur by Ministry of Education [Class IX-XII]: Submit by Dec 31

Ministry of Education, Govt of India is organizing a Writing Competition on the Life and Message of Guru Tegh Bahadur for the year 2021. The last date of application is 31 December.


The Ministry of Education (MOE), Government of India, is glad to announce an essay competition for wider participation of students studying in schools in India both at the Secondary (Classes IX-XII) stages on the theme, ‘Life and Message of Guru Tegh Bahadur’, on the occasion of the celebration of the 400th Prakash Parv of the 9th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur.

This is an auspicious occasion for all citizens of India and especially so for the school-going children to remember the heroic life of the great Sikh Guru and his message for the whole of humankind. The Guru advocated for to respecting all faiths and living in peace and mutual harmony.

The life and message of Guru Tegh Bahadur reinforces our commitment to not only work towards the goal of having a socially harmonious and economically strong nation that is rooted in its age-old culture of sarve dharma samabhava but also spread it all across the world for a better future for the humankind.


Generic Themes:

  • Evolution of the Sikh Religion
  • Sikhism and its Philosophy
  • The Sikh Way of Life
  • Ethics in the Sikh Tradition
  • Sikhism as a Devotional Path to Spiritual Fulfillment
  • The Guru Granth Sahib
  • Religious Tenets of Sikhism
  • The Sikh Historical Places of Worship and Pilgrimage.
  • Sikhism and the Tradition of Khalsa
  • Sikhism and its Practices

Specific Themes on Guru Teg Bahadur:

  • Guru Teg Bahadur and his Times
  • Guru Teg Bahadur and his Role as the 9th Sikh Guru
  • Guru Teg Bahadur: an Example of Courage
  • Guru Teg Bahadur the Champion of Freedom and Sacrifice
  • Guru Teg Bahadur : A True legatee of Baba Guru Nanak Dev


The Competition is open to all Indian students studying in schools from classes IX to XII.

The essay competition is meant for students of Secondary stages of schools under CBSE, KVS, NVS, NIOS and all School Boards/SCERTs at the State/UT Level in India.

  • Classes IX-X
  • Classes XI-XII

Submission details

Interested candidates can apply via this page.

Words Limit for Essays

  • For the Classes IX-X the essay should be within 500 words limit;
  • For the Classes XI-XII the essay should be within 800 words limit.
  • The entries should not exceed the respective words’ limit failing which the entries would be disqualified.

Languages for the Essays

Essays must be written either in Hindi or in English

Mode of submission

  • The participant should submit the write-up in PDF file format only.
  • Visit the website to submit the essay.
  • Write-up text should be submitted in readable font of Hindi/English Times New Roman for English and Unicode for Devanagari.
  • Font size should be 12 for English and 14 for Hindi.
  • Line spacing should be uniformly 1.15 only.

Important date

Start Date:30th November 2021
End Date:31st December 2021

Evaluation Criteria

  • Selection of the best essays will be taken up at two levels:
  • At the first level, each SCERT will form a Committee of Experts to examine the entries at the State/UT level and out of these select the 10 best entries for dispatch to the NCERT.
  • Next, the selected 10 essay from each State/UT will constitute a pool of selected essays at the national level for final selection of 36 (thirtysix) best entries by a Team of Experts constituted by the NCERT.
  • All the entries received within the due date will be placed before Team of Experts, the decision of which will be final and binding on all the contestants.
  • Any legal proceeding arising out of the competition/its entries/ winners shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Delhi only.

The write-ups will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Central Theme – Subject Content (40%)
  • Coherence in the organization of content (20%)
  • Correctness of language and clarity in expression (20%)
  • Creativity in style and presentation (20%)

Certification & Award

Attractive prizes shall be announced shortly for the national level entries. However, participation certificates shall be jointly issued by NCERT and My-Gov for all participants who submit their essays.

Click here to view the official notification of Writing Competition on the Life and Message of Guru Tegh Bahadur by Ministry of Education.

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