Top Ten Documentaries for UPSC Preparation

UPSC civil services preparation is a serious affair. It should be what with the ginormous UPSC syllabus to complete and the loads of test practice to be done – all the while trying to hone a well-rounded personality that will impress the UPSC panel! Many people spend 10 – 12 hours a day studying and reading books. Now, the IAS exam preparation needn’t be thus mundane. You can and should take some time off and indulge in your favourite pastimes. You can also take the steam off your IAS preparation by watching some really amazing documentaries that are sure to interest you, entertain you and also enlighten you. In this article, we have compiled a list of ten documentaries you can watch to help with your preparation.

  1. Story of India – a documentary by the BBC about India. It covers the ancient history to modern times including the freedom struggle and partition.
  2. Nero’s Guests – P Sainath. It talks about the story of farmer suicides in India.
  3. Mandate with destiny by Vir Singhavi – the story of elections in India.
  4. Samvidhan – by Shyam Benegal on RSTV
  5. Planet Earth – BBC
  6. Incurable India – about the healthcare system in India
  7. Guns and Glory – about the post-independent wars in India
  8. Justice series by Michael Sandel – for ethics
  9. Pradhanmantri series – about post-independence India aired on ABP news
  10. Gandhi – The Road to Freedom – BBC production

Whenever you feel bogged down by the weight of the books you are reading, you can take a break and watch anyone of the above-mentioned videos. Not only will you learn something useful for the exams, you can do so without even trying! It is said that we remember and retain more in our memory what we see rather than read. Of course, not to get too engrossed and forget about your reading. Also, it is advised to watch documentaries for learning only when you have ample time in your kitty. They should complement your reading and not replace them.

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