Time and again, at BYJU’s we have stressed on the importance of reading newspapers which has become an indispensable part of the preparation towards UPSC Civil Services Examination. For a competitive exam of this importance, reading newspapers is extremely crucial as the weightage given to the dynamic part of the syllabus is pretty huge and it’s ever increasing. In this article, you can read about how to make notes from The Hindu for IAS exam.
Any IAS aspirant will agree to the fact that there is so much to read in a newspaper every day. The most reliable English daily for UPSC civil services exam preparation is “The Hindu” or “The Indian Express”. The significance of reading Newspapers can be judged by the amount of time one consumes while studying from it. However, it is virtually impossible to go through each and everything and remember it.
One needs to be extremely well versed with the IAS exam pattern and UPSC Syllabus before kick starting with the current affairs preparation. A beginner having less understanding of the UPSC syllabus and pattern will take substantial time to read and prepare from the newspapers. Going through the syllabus thoroughly help an aspirant to pick the right articles/issues from the Newspaper from the exam perspective, while leaving out irrelevant ones. This way, the time spent on the Newspapers will be reduced as well as he/she is well aware as to which articles to read and which ones to skip.
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The question is how to make notes from newspaper for UPSC and make it meaningful. Notes making is indeed an art and one picks it up over a period of time. Notes should be concise, effective and readable in a short time, all at once. The ways in which notes can be prepared for IAS exam can vary according to person to person. 2 noted methods are as mentioned below:
- Few aspirants prefer to maintain dedicated register/book/pages or flip cards and divide it by months, subjects and topics.
- Being the dynamic portion of the syllabus, some prefer to make notes digitally as it’s easier to classify and edit/append notes. Use of internet is inevitable for current affairs and this method makes it easier to update from the net directly. Notebooks in Evernote can be used and divide it as per subject and topics.
Both the techniques of note making mentioned above have its pros and limitations. It is to each one’s discretion as to which technique holds good for them.
Let’s have a look at few pointers on how to make effective notes from newspaper for UPSC:
- A thorough understanding of the different sections of Newspaper: Primary focus should be given to important articles, defense news, economy, constitutional amendments, Environment, Government bills and schemes, International affairs, social issues, etc. This aids in efficient note making.
- One needs to focus on bigger issues and learn to ignore trivial incidents. Controversies around a statement, small result of a contest can be ignored conveniently.
- Note making shouldn’t be an exact replica of what is given in the newspapers. An aspirant is expected to note down the summary of important issues and articles. Maintain the very essence of the article, note down the theme, facts, reasons, benefits, implications etc. One needs to mainly focus on the key phrases.
- The notes prepared for current affairs needs to be very crisp. As they say, “Less is always more in UPSC preparation”.
- One needs to learn how to relate dynamic and static sources to get in-depth understanding. When a judgment or ruling is noted down, a student also needs to understand its relevance in the syllabus by relating it to be it Polity, Economics or Geography.
- Make a habit of noting down social issues and challenges that our society is facing. These can be used in answer writing in mains where an aspirant can quote the same to substantiate their point. While noting this down, include all the facts, pros and cons and also note down any recent incidents related to that.
- Any issues of linking of rivers, water conservation, water disputes, being discussed in the Government ministries should be noted down as well. The relevance of these hot topics can be frequent questions in prelims, mains and can be discussed in interviews as well. Keeping a check on these issues will give an aspirant a detailed understanding and this helps in many subjects across general studies.
- Editorials are extremely important as they contain opinions and analysis on various subjects. Editorials can have biased opinions. But as a UPSC aspirant, it is expected of that person to identify points, both for the topic and against the topic. This helps in building one’s perspective which needs to be neutral.
- Have a habit of writing down the date of the paper that you are using. This helps one to keep a check of the events being noted down. Also right before wrapping up the notes on a regular basis, inculcate a habit of including the source, the column referred with the corresponding headline. This will help ring a bell while frequently revising the notes.
- Finally, the time required at the end to revise the notes should be minimal and not painstaking.
Understanding the purpose of notes helps one prepare notes in a better manner. Identify if the purpose is to use it solely or generally by everyone. If the purpose is to use it solely then notes can be prepared as per individual discretion. But for the latter part where it is used generally by everyone, then it is essential that it should be pretty good material concisely and precisely maintained. Taking notes can be a tedious procedure but with a right strategy in place it will seem a lot easier.