What to read in newspaper for UPSC
Being at the crux of the current affairs preparation, there can be no substitute of an everyday reading of the daily newspaper. The question that many aspirants have is, about which newspaper to read that suffices for the preparation? The fact is, no newspaper ever can be a one stop shop for this examination. The preparation has to be smart enough to extract the best out of a daily news. The best newspaper right now is ‘The Hindu’ and one can also go for ‘The Indian Express’ in case time permits. Following are the points which an aspirant can utilise for one’s own preparation for the current affairs, which would not require any magazines or outside notes. These are some of the steps that you need to follow before starting with the current affairs preparation:
- Analyse the UPSC syllabus entirely
- Make a dedicated register for current affairs or can even make a word file
- Go through some of the previous years questions asked in the civil services preliminary as well as mains exam with respect to the current affairs.
These 3 steps will in itself give you an understanding as to what the exam demands of the aspirant. Hence here is a list of what not to read the newspapers before going on to ‘what to read.
What not to read:
- The political statements regarding the political parties
- The state news, city news
- Read the front page very selectively
- Articles related to philosophy/ relationships etc
- The extra magazines that are attached
This would save a lot of time.
What to read:
- Issues related to governance, the opinions of eminent personalities on the way government should function
- Pros and cons of the topics that are making headlines which relate to the syllabus
- Any recent disaster occurrence anywhere in the world
- International news if it is affecting India in any way
- News about India’s neighbours and how India is affected/ India’s say
- Recent economic developments are done by the Government of India, RBI, international organisations or Central banks of other important countries. Do not read the economy news related to the private enterprises
- New developments in India in the field of Science and Technology, say Space mission, Missile development or newly developed vaccination, etc.
- News regarding the environment, says The Paris Summit, India’s Goals, etc.
Not only should you understand what to read from the newspaper, you should also know how to read newspaper for IAS exam. One must ensure that they make notes regularly which doesn’t only cover what is given in the newspaper, but also covers the areas around it, which one can get through a good research on the internet. This activity can be done for the whole week or three days once. Sometimes, there are news clips that do not really have substance in themselves but are important from the point of view of the examination.
- Recent Cauvery (Kaveri) Water Issue
Recently, the Supreme Court gave a verdict about Cauvery Water releasing where it asked Karnataka a government to “live and let live”.
The court directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) i.e., 13.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) for ten days, while Karnataka was ready for only 10,000 and Tamil Nadu insisted on 20,000.
Instead of remembering the numbers, try to relate the current event with the subject, here it is a water dispute between two states, hence questions in Polity may appear.
From Polity what kind of questions may appear?
It is advised to go through the Interstate River Water Disputes ((IRWD) Act in the constitution of India and Inter-State Disputes, as questions maybe asked on these under Polity.
We at BYJU’s constantly strive to provide you with the updated current affairs through our website. Also, the aspirant can contact their mentors for any guidance. We wish you all the best and hope this article will remove all the doubts regarding the coverage of current affairs. We hope that you are successful in making your own comprehensive document before the exam and do not require any external source.
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