Understanding the relevance of Yojana for UPSC Exam Preparation
Yojana is one of the resources widely suggested by many experts to include in the preparation of UPSC Exam. Most of the aspirants ask questions frequently, why Yojana is important for IAS Exam Preparation and how to read. So, here we answer these questions through this article ‘understanding the relevance of Yojana for UPSC Exam’.
What is Yojana?
Yojana is a monthly magazine published by the Government of India that covers socio-economic issues in India.
Why Yojana for UPSC Exam Preparation?
Yojana is the best magazine suggested by many to refer as one of the resources in the preparation of IAS Exam as it covers in detail the social and economic issues briefed in the newspapers.
- Yojana published by the Government of India that covers socio-economic issues gives data and facts
- The main purpose to read Yojana is to collect important points on the topics that are already read in the newspapers.
- Yojana is important for UPSC Mains and Interview Preparation perspective and it is important for Mains and Interview preparation only. Mostly Yojana is helpful for General Studies Paper 2 and Paper 3 as well as Essay paper and moreover
- It provides unbiased view i.e., both pros and cons
- Most of the UPSC Toppers mention suggest Yojana and mentions it as the best magazine
- It covers various crucial topics like Governance, Federalism, International Relations, Budget and more
Points to keep in mind before knowing how to read Yojana and what to read from Yojana:
- Start read Yojana once finished reading the NCERTs and basic study material
- Opinions of some minister or person
- Case studies
- Examples of experimental projects
In order to make your IAS Exam preparation effective, well organized, as well as fruitful, it is advised to avoid other magazines as it may turn out unproductive as well as time-consuming.
Here are the topmost 5 tips on how to cover Yojana for UPSC Civil Services Exam Preparation:
Reading of Yojana Magazines in UPSC Mains Exam perspective should be started from the previous year edition.
Example: If a candidate is appearing for UPSC Mains 2016 then he/she should start referring the Yojana Editions from December 2015 to November 2016. (For candidates appearing for UPSC 2017 Exam it is advised to start with the December 2016 edition till November 2017 edition.)
I. The main reason of reading Yojana is to collect important points on the topics that are already been read in the newspapers.
II. Make a list of all the 12 topics. Below given is the list of topics released in the Yojana Magazine from December 2016 till the new edition i.e., September 2016 for those who are taking up UPSC Mains 2016-17. Candidates appearing for UPSC exam 2017-18 are suggested to start their preparation with the December 2016 Edition until November 2017.
- December 2015 -Climate change and sustainability
- January 2016 -Education
- February 2016 -Health
- March 2016 -Union Budget 2016-17
- April 2016 -North East on the development horizon
- May 2016 -Differently Abled
- June 2016 -India Strides
- July 2016 – Water : A Precious resource
- August 2016 – Power for all
- September 2016 – Women Empowerment
And the other two editions for the Month of October and November 2016 will be updated very soon once it is released in Yojana Magazine.
III. Once you have prepared the list of topics from the Yojana Magazine, now all you have to do is to understand the topic and correlate it to the syllabus and in UPSC Exam point of view. As mentioned earlier, Yojana is important for UPSC Mains exam GS Paper 2 and 3, Essay Paper, and interview preparation.
January 2016 issue – Education important for GS Paper 2
February 2016 issue – Health – important for GS Paper 2
March 2016 – Union Budget 2016-17 – important for GS Paper 3
May 2016 issue: Differently Abled – important for GS Paper-2, GS paper-3, and Essay paper as well.
IV. Make notes of the topics. Every Yojana edition has few developmental initiatives of the government that are explained in brief, so it is advised to IAS candidates to pay attention to those as well.
Select those topics that you have already read in the newspaper and which is important from the exam point of view and check for the same in the Yojana edition and under each topic, there will be sub-headings and core idea and it is recommended to make notes of those.
V. It is also recommended to aspirants while making notes from Yojana to keep previous years’ question papers of General Studies Papers of Mains Exam and Essay Paper abreast as it will give an idea how questions have been framed by the UPSC.
VI. It is recommended to candidates to spend at least a maximum of 8 hours on each issue
Hope, this article on “Understanding the relevance of Yojana for UPSC Preparation” would be helpful for IAS aspirants. To download Yojana PDF click on the below links.
Download Yojana Magazines 2015
Download Yojana Magazines 2016