The UPSC Civil service exam demands a candidate to be well abreast with the current affairs and have good general awareness. The recent trend in the question papers emphasises the importance of preparing for current affairs in the IAS preparation. The candidates, the future bureaucrats of the country are expected to have general awareness about various issues, both on the National as well as the International level.
If one observes the pattern of the UPSC Previous year papers, one can see the shift in focus from the static / conventional topics to the issues related to current affairs. Hence, current affairs preparation becomes a very important part to get through all three levels of examination – the Civil Service Prelims exam, the UPSC mains and the personal interview.
During preparation, there could arise questions as to how and how much current affairs to study for the IAS exam. It is important to note that one has to start reading the News paper from the day he/she starts preparing for the civil services exam. Gradually, various other sources of current affairs like, the Press Information Bureau, Kurukshetra, Yojana etc can be covered.
IAS Current Affairs Study Materials
- Newspaper is the bible for UPSC aspirants! The questions asked at all the three stages of examination require the knowledge of the current happenings. To be able to write a good essay, one needs fodder, which comes from reading the newspaper. You do not have to read multiple news papers. Choose one newspaper of your choice and read it thoroughly. Skip the sports news, political news, advertisements, entertainment news etc which are of less or no importance with respect to the UPSC syllabus. Cover the editorials intensively and make small notes which will come handy at the time of revisions.
- Cover the current affairs for 18 months prior to your exams i.e., start reading the news paper religiously 18 months before your exam date and do not give it a break until you are done with your exams. This has to be done on a daily basis, religiously! Repeated revisions from the notes prepared while reading the News paper is also essential.
- There are a plethora of resources online. Do not overwhelm yourself with all the material and websites. Select a few that you are comfortable with and follow them religiously.
- Many websites publish daily quiz, take such quizzes to test the level of your preparation. Again, remember to use the internet judiciously. Do not waste your precious time reading unnecessary articles.
- Revision is the key! When there are a lot of issues, it becomes necessary to revise in order to be able to remember them for the exam. Make sure your first revision is within a week after reading the topic and the second revision within a month from the date of second revision. It is important to remember certain relevant facts, as this will help in answering many Current affairs IAS questions.
Usually, it becomes very difficult for an aspirant to cover all the sources of current affairs, pick and choose what is required for the examination. Therefore to ease the burden, BYJU’S Free IAS Prep websites has various initiatives to assist the aspirants in the current affairs preparation. Some of them are:
- Comprehensive News Analysis: everyday analysis of News with the background and its relevance to the UPSC General Studies syllabus is posted on the website on a daily basis. This will help the aspirant read only those articles in the newspaper which are relevant to the examination.
- PIB Summary and Analysis: analysis of the news on Public Information Bureau, its summary, detailed analysis with the complete background of the issue on a daily basis.
- Topic of the Day: A brief note including the key facts, advantages, disadvantages etc, on important topics in news or basic concepts, important from the examination perspective.
- Rajyasabha TV: Analysis and gist of debates on Rajya Sabha TV that is relevant to the UPSC syllabus.
- Issues in news: all-round coverage of burning issues in news, relevant to the exam.
- Gist of Yojana : Complete gist of the magazine’s monthly issue.
- Gist of Kurukshetra: Complete gist of the magazine’s monthly issue.
It is advisable for the aspirants to follow all these initiatives regularly to make sure any important current affairs topic for the UPSC preparation is not missed out.