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UPSC Current Affairs or IAS Current Affairs refer to the events of national and international importance which are relevant from the Civil Services Examination perspective. With the change in the pattern of the UPSC exam, questions related to current events and news have assumed a major role in deciding the fate of students. Broadly, the type of questions asked can be divided into two – static and dynamic. The static portion pertains to that section of the UPSC syllabus that doesn’t change. For instance, the Revolt of 1857, the physical features of India, etc. The dynamic portion pertains to UPSC current affairs. The best bet to cover UPSC current affairs is the daily newspaper and following credible sources like Press Information Bureau (PIB) and Yojana Magazine.

A good understanding of UPSC Current Affairs is central to success in the IAS Exam. The IAS current affairs span subjects like history, geography, economy, environment and ecology, polity, science and technology etc. Candidates should remain updated on UPSC current affairs that create headlines nationally as well as internationally. In fact, recent trends have shown that the static and dynamic portions of the UPSC syllabus have significant overlap. The probability of encountering unexpected questions from UPSC current affairs in the traditionally static portions of the syllabus is quite high.

BYJU’S coverage of UPSC 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 IAS current affairs

Current affairs for UPSC include:

Comprehensive News Analysis (CNA) The daily news analysed and classified as per the UPSC syllabus. Keep updated with the daily current affairs from The Hindu
Best of PIB The daily Press Information Bureau (PIB) articles selected for UPSC.
The Hindu Video Analysis Free YouTube video lectures of the daily news from ‘The Hindu’. Subscribe to channel ‘BYJU’S IAS’ for more
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. Get the Gist of Kurukshetra
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 featuring in the news analysed and provided in a crisp format. Read Issues in News for IAS preparation
Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) Analysis of important articles from the EPW magazine; updated weekly. Read BYJU’S EPW – Economic & Political Weekly
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.
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.

All you need to know about UPSC Current Affairs for IAS exam 2019

For UPSC current affairs, the most important thing is to segregate the topics in 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 2019

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.

How to make notes on UPSC current affairs

  • Recently, the issue of Odisha forest dwellers seeking permanent relief under the provisions of the Forest Rights Act was in news. For making notes useful for UPSC, you need to know:
    • Context – On Feb 13, 2019, the Supreme Court ordered the eviction of illegal forest dwellers
    • Supreme Court’s directives
    • Forest Rights Act 2006 – Provisions and implementation
    • Align with UPSC Mains GS 2 syllabus
    • For the above, you can refer our Daily News Analysis for UPSC Current Affairs – 8 March
  • Similarly, another issue in news has been RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil). For notes, you need to include:
  • Indian Economy for UPSC is an important subject. The relevance of Economy related UPSC current affairs is there in both IAS Prelims and IAS Mains. Recently, the Interim Budget 2019-2020 has been in news, and you can understand that from our video lectures which are a part of our “Economy This Week” segment.
  • For consolidated IAS current affairs, check our UPSC monthly magazine section to get news specific to the UPSC syllabus and categorised as per the exam pattern.
  • Daily Current Affairs – Understanding issues in news and newspapers through videos is both engaging and helpful from UPSC preparation point of view. In our segment “Daily Video Analysis – The Hindu”, we dissect all the important information given in that day’s The Hindu Newspaper.
    • For e.g. Check our Video Analysis of the Hindu for 11th March which contains the following UPSC Current Affairs topics:
      • Lok Sabha Poll Schedule announced.
      • Cloud Seeding
      • When Pharma Co’s don’t pay penalties
      • Relevance of proof matters, not means.
      • Security concerns delay J&K Assembly Election. )
      •  Bringing politics back in
      • The flawed unit of academic quotas
      • Losing the information war.
      • Prelims based MCQs.
  • Also, find videos on tough concepts and UPSC preparation strategies from IAS toppers.

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.

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  1. Prashant Kumar Singh

    Extremely beneficial.

  2. Beneficial for all ias aspirants.

  3. That for good essential and clear fundamental for us

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