UPSC civil services exam is one of those exams which do not rely completely on the static syllabus. It also wants to test the current affairs knowledge of the aspirant. Interestingly the exam requires a candidate to be well aware of the current events taking place nationally and internationally. This is also exclusively mentioned in the syllabus released by the UPSC.
Many students are unable to figure out how to prepare for current affairs for UPSC exam. Consequently, they end up referring to multiple sources trying to grab every information which they can. But, this approach does not work quite well. Let’s discuss some tips to prepare for current affairs
Daily Newspaper Reading
A candidate who seriously wants to prepare for the civil services exam shall develop the habit of daily newspaper reading. This is one of the pillars to prepare current affairs for UPSC exam. To begin with, one can subscribe to any of the good national newspaper like The Hindu, The Indian Express, Livemint, or others. It is not advisable to go for multiple newspapers as it will soak away your time which is not worth it
Begin reading one newspaper daily. Before that, learn your syllabus by heart so that you can choose which news to read and which one to skip. In the beginning, it will take around 2-3 hours to complete the newspaper but eventually, it will lower down to 40 minutes to one hour.
Some of the news you need to focus upon are
- Supreme court judgements – follow them till the end and note down the crux in your polity note aligning with the topic.
- Environment news – national and international summits, various initiatives by governments or society, and various environmental reports.
- Science and Technology – news related to space, biotechnology, health, defence, and new initiatives needs special attention.
- Art and Culture – various festivals and architecture in news. Link it with your static syllabus to understand the importance.
- Editorials – you need to go through the editorials to know several viewpoints regarding the ongoing developments. For example, the efficiency of COVID Atmanirbhar Package devised by the government can have several viewpoints. So, one must go through these and develop his own opinion regarding the topic
Monthly Current Affairs Magazines
Several coaching institutes publish their monthly booklets to prepare current affairs for IAS exam. They are helpful for candidates as they contain concise notes of monthly current events and framed from the exam point of view. Also, they are essential to cover the things which are not covered by the newspaper.
Several advantages of these magazines are that they are prepared from a number of resources like various newspapers, government websites, and the internet and provide all the information in one place. It is easy for students to read them and constitute one of the most essential aspects of the strategy for current affairs. Students can also search for current affairs today to get a daily dose of the events.
If anyone is preparing for UPSC CSE then it is of utmost importance to read current affairs magazines deliberately before the exam. Recent trends show that the static questions are also related to current affairs.
Test Series Module After covering the above two aspects, a student shall solve current affairs test papers. One of the main advantages of solving the papers is that you will get to know about your performance. Also, some new information that was not covered earlier may be covered through the test series. Moreover, test solving will also give an idea of the pattern of the current affairs questions in the real exam. It should be done a month before the exam so that maximum information can be retained at the time of the test