The importance of current affairs in the UPSC exams cannot be undermined. There is a category in the prelims syllabus itself titled, ‘Topics of national and international importance’. There could be any number of questions from current affairs as UPSC does not follow a set pattern in the number of questions from this category. If you want to be well prepared for the upcoming UPSC prelims, it is imperative to know the correct sources for the current affairs for UPSC exams and also the right method to study them.
Make reading the newspaper a daily habit
Newspapers are a great source of the latest happenings in the country. Not only do they contain facts but also insights into an event of importance in the form of editorials and discussions. The Hindu, The Indian Express and Business Standard are the most relevant newspapers you can read. Make sure to read articles on national and international events, administration, economic news, and science and technology. Additionally, you can read newsmagazines like the Civil Services Times.
Other sources to prepare for the current affairs
Apart from newspapers, you should go over books like India Year Book, Manorama Year Book, Mathrubhumi Year Book, and online sources like the Press Information Bureau website which releases the latest news on national polity and administration. You should also download Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines from their websites. Yojana discusses socio-economic issues whereas Kurukshetra talks about rural development issues. Both are important as far as current affairs for UPSC exams are concerned. The Economic Survey is a very important source for UPSC current affairs. It is an annual document released by the Ministry of Finance of the Government of India that reviews and summarises the major economic programs of the previous year. Don’t ignore to listen to the daily news on national channels for possible current affairs questions in the UPSC exams. Also, get an idea of the proceedings and discussions on Rajya Sabha TV. Click below for a gist of the latest discussions on Rajya Sabha TV.
How are the UPSC current affairs questions asked?
It is important to note that you do not have to cram all the information given in the various current affairs study material. For instance, questions are not direct but indirect as in how an event affects the current socio-political scenario in the country. That is why it is important to listen in to news and discussions on current affairs topics. Remember to correlate current affairs with conventional subjects like geography, history, economics, etc. For instance, it is not important to remember how many people died or were injured in a national calamity but what were the possible causes for the calamity and what measures could be taken to prevents such a catastrophe in the future.
So, let us recap on the strategy for preparing for the UPSC current affairs questions.
- Read newspapers every day.
- Go through all other sources such as yearbooks, Yojana, Kurukshetra, PIB, etc.
- Watch Rajya Sabha TV and other news channels.
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