Current Affairs 2021 - Latest Current Affairs 2021 PDFs for UPSC & More

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To prepare for any competitive exam, one of the important sections to read and learn is current affairs. Exams like UPSC, Bank, SSC, RRB or any Government (Sarkari) Exam demand aspirants to be updated with what’s happening in India and around the world. Current affairs is an integral part of the general awareness section of these exams.

In order to prepare you for the challenges in the exam or competition you are aspiring for, we cover the periodic and category-wise current affairs topics that are relevant for all types of competitive exams mentioned above.

Latest Current Affairs 2021 Compilations For Competitive Exams

  • 16 September 2021: CNA
  • 16 September 2021: Hindu Video Analysis
  • 15 September 2021: PIB
  • 16 September 2021: AIR Spotlight – Discussion on Cabinet Decisions
  • Daily News

    Why is it important to read current affairs?

    Current Affairs refer to the events of national and international importance relevant from competitive exams perspective like Civil Services Exam, Bank exam, etc. With the change in the pattern of examinations, questions related to current events and news have assumed a major role in deciding the fate of students.

    Broadly, the type of questions asked in the general awareness section can be divided into two:

    • Static
    • Dynamic

    The static portion pertains to that section of the UPSC syllabus or other exams syllabus that doesn’t change. For instance, the Revolt of 1857, the physical features of India, etc.

    The dynamic portion pertains to current affairs. The best bet to cover current affairs is the daily newspaper and following credible sources like Press Information Bureau (PIB) and Yojana Magazine.

    A good understanding of Current Affairs is central to success in the IAS exam, Government exams, or any competitive exam. The current affairs span subjects like history, geography, economy, environment and ecology, polity, science and technology etc.

    Candidates should remain updated on current affairs that create headlines nationally as well as internationally. In fact, recent trends have shown that the static and dynamic portions of current affairs syllabus have significant overlap. The probability of encountering unexpected questions from current affairs in the traditionally static portions of the syllabus is quite high.

    BYJU’S Coverage of Competitive Exam Current Affairs

    • Get the daily Current Affairs and news analysed and in a ‘notes-format’
    • Get monthly Current Affairs compilations of the important national and international events in a magazine PDF
    • Watch a video analysis of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper every day
    • Analysis of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) articles
    • Regular analysis of the Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) programmes for UPSC
    • Gists of the Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines
    • Weekly Current Affairs webinars exclusively for UPSC, Bank, SSC and other Government Exams.

    Current affairs coverage by BYJU’S include:

    Current Affairs 2021

    Frequency of Publication


    Comprehensive News Analysis (CNA)


    The daily news analysed and classified as per the UPSC and other competitive exam syllabus. Keep updated with the daily current affairs from The Hindu. Make your newspaper reading simpler with Daily News Analysis by BYJU’S

    Best of PIB


    Press Information Bureau (PIB) articles selected for UPSC. Keep updated with the latest government policies, plans, implementations and achievements with PIB Summary on all Government schemes.

    The Hindu Video Analysis


    Free YouTube video lectures of the daily news from ‘The Hindu’. Subscribe to channel ‘BYJU’S IAS’ for more

    Static GK

    Go through and download the PDF of Important articles on various Static GK topics such as List of Space Research Centers & Units in India, List of Cabinet Ministers, RBI Governors List, etc.

    UPSC Monthly Magazine


    The daily news compiled and classified for IAS preparation in a downloadable magazine in PDF format. Download the BYJU’S UPSC Monthly Magazine

    Gist of Yojana


    Gist of the important articles in Yojana magazine for UPSC preparation.

    Gist of Kurukshetra


    Gist of the important articles in Kurukshetra magazine for UPSC preparation.

    Gist of RSTV

    Important programmes in Rajya Sabha TV like ‘India’s World’, ‘The Big Picture’ and ‘In Depth’ analysed and summarised. Read more Gist of RSTV

    Issues in News

    All major issues featured in the news analysed and provided in a crisp format. Read Issues in News for Govt Exam preparation

    Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)


    Analysis of important articles from the EPW magazine; updated weekly. Read BYJU’S EPW – Economic & Political Weekly notes

    Economy This Week

    Weekly Current Affairs updates of the important business news for IAS preparation; you can download the PDF notes and watch the video lectures as well; read ‘Economy This Week’ for updates on the business world

    Topic of the Day

    For Daily Current Affairs, read about a new topic every day in brief, get today’s Topic of the Day

    This Day in History

    Read about the news and events that happened on this day, every day; get today’s ‘This Day in History’

    Current Affairs Quiz

    Take a quiz on current affairs and general knowledge and evaluate yourself. Test your knowledge with Weekly Current Affairs Quiz.

    Weekly Current Affairs Webinar

    Enrol for the weekly current affairs webinar taken by experts in the field.

    Check out the best Current Affairs app for UPSC.

    How to make notes on current affairs?

    Aspirants can learn how to make current affairs notes by following three examples recently seen in the news:

    1. The recent issue of Codes on Wages Bill is important from competitive exams’ perspective. For making better notes on the issue, know about:
      • The origin of the bill
      • The purpose of the bill
      • The impact of the bill on the Republic of India
      • Debates for and against the bill should be studied by the aspirants as that can help in writing critical answers during UPSC Mains.
    2. Group of Seven or G7 47th Summit was recently held. You should know:
    • Context – In June 2021, the G7 nations attended 47th summit of the grouping.
    • Nature – It is a first physical summit held in two years.
    • RelatedCarbis Bay Declaration
    • For UPSC exam, align with UPSC Mains GS 2 syllabus
    1. Another issue in the news has been Global Minimum Corporate Tax (GMCT). For notes, you need to include:
    • Context – The Finance Ministers of G7 nations during the 47th G7 summit reached the landmark accord of setting up Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate (GMCTR), which would close cross-border tax loopholes used by some multinational companies.
    • Align it with UPSC prelims syllabus
    • For the above, you can refer to our detailed notes on Global Minimum Corporate Tax.
    1. Indian Economy for UPSC, Bank exam, SSC and other Government exam is an important subject. The relevance of Economy in terms of UPSC current affairs is there in both IAS Prelims and IAS Mains. Recently, Union Budget 2021-22 has been in the news.

    Get important Current Affairs Videos on our BYJU’S IAS Youtube Channel linked.

    Also, check our Video Analysis of the Hindu for 30th May which contains the following Current Affairs topics:

    • Serosurvey Learnings
    • Probing the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 Virus
    • Declining Forest Bird Species in Western Himalayas
    • Sri Lanka faces Marine Disaster after Ship Fire
    • Pag-asa Island

    Also, find videos on tough concepts and UPSC preparation strategies from IAS toppers.

    All you need to know about UPSC Current Affairs for IAS exam 2021

    For UPSC current affairs, the most important thing is to segregate the topics in the news as per the IAS Syllabus for Prelims and Mains. For UPSC current affairs related to IAS Prelims, it is still somewhat easier as there is just one GS paper. However, arranging UPSC current affairs notes for IAS Mains is rather challenging because of the comprehensive syllabus and descriptive-essay type questions.

    For daily current affairs, newspapers are the best source. Magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra can be used for weekly Current Affairs followup. While a monthly magazine, along with PIB, RSTV is a good way to revise the monthly Current Affairs

    Current Affairs weightage in previous years’ UPSC Prelims

    Here is an analysis of the number of questions from each subject in the last eight UPSC Prelims (General Studies I) Exam:

    UPSC Current Affairs For IAS Exam Chart
    UPSC Current Affairs For IAS Exam GS 1

    As is clear from this table, UPSC Current Affairs has been a major part of the IAS exam most of the time. Even when the count is low, the other subjects contain questions linked to IAS current affairs.

    Aspirants have a tough time deciding what news items to read and what to avoid while preparing for the UPSC exam. This is where the guidance of experts will come in handy. Every day, there is a whole gamut of newsworthy events occurring in the country and worldwide. Now, out of all the noise, how do you select the Current Affairs relevant for IAS exam? Instead of spending a lot of time deciding which Current Affairs to read and study, and then making notes on them; what if you can get the daily news analysed and dissected especially for the IAS exam? This is exactly what BYJU’S UPSC Current Affairs offerings are all about.

    Get details on the BYJU’S revolutionary IAS Tablet Course .

    Current Affairs - UPSC 2021

    FAQ about Current Affairs for UPSC & Upcoming Govt. Exams

    Which is best source for current affairs?

    A daily newspaper is the best source to cover the latest current affairs. Current Affairs in English, Hindi or any other language should be religiously followed on a daily basis. After reading newspapers, candidates should fill in the gaps using any one online resource. This way, they can cover all the new current affairs.

    Are Current Affairs 2020 useful in 2021 in UPSC Exams?

    Yes, 2020 current affairs are of immense importance for 2021 exams as usually the State and Union Public Service Commissions frame questions based on current affairs spanning last one year. Hence, for UPSC 2021, current affairs 2020 (May onwards) are useful.


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