prepare Current Affairs for IAS Examinations

As we know that understanding of current affairs plays an important role in all the three stages of IAS preparation (Preliminary Examination, Main Examination, and Interview or Personality Test). In recent years, the importance of current affairs has increased in the IAS exam, in which the analytical tendency of the questions proportionately as well as some topics like events related to environment and economy, etc. have increased.

prepare Current Affairs for IAS Examinations
prepare Current Affairs for IAS Examinations

how to prepare the current affairs for the IAS exam?

The syllabus of UPSC Prelims quite clearly mentions “current events of national and international importance” which we understand as current affairs or current affairs. The Commission has very efficiently covered the current affairs in the examination, but this part has not been defined in the syllabus of both the preliminary and the main examination. A candidate should develop the art of reading all the important news related to important current affairs and making notes from them through newspapers on the basis of the level of the UPSC exam every day.

There is no specific trend of questions asked from current affairs in the IAS exam. If we study the previous year’s paper, we can understand that many questions were asked directly from many current events. Current affairs cover a wide range of subjects and these overlap with major disciplines such as geography, policy, economics, history, environment, and science, and technology. In this way, we understand that it is difficult to classify questions under a specific subject for the preparation of current affairs.

Topics covered in daily current affairs.

Aspects of government/policies, policies of India which are at the international level like – Act East Policy, International Institutions – International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations Security Council, International Agreements Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Wassenaar Arrangement, Start Treaty, Rights Issue, Social Sector Initiatives, Good Measures taken by the Government on Sustainable Development, etc.

You can easily understand the importance of newspapers. All static portions such as geography, history, economics, politics, science, and technology or environment, etc. are a regular part of daily news. In addition, to answer the questions of UPSC, we need to gain an understanding of the relationship of contemporary issues with the static aspect and its analysis, etc. When you are aware of contemporary developments and events, it is not difficult to prepare.

How to make notes for current affairs.

For the preparation of current affairs, it is recommended that you make notes in the proper way. For this, create a dedicated file and in it, you can note and modify the current case study material. In this way, you can easily add special notes to your study material by updating the specific information found on any topic, and in this way, all the materials on your current affairs subject will remain in one place. Make a list of all related topics so that you can easily go to the required subject. For your convenience, you can divide current affairs into various fields so that when you study from newspaper and other sources, you can categorize and keep the news related to the subject in your current affairs file.

What is the importance of current affairs in the IAS exam?

Current events or directly related questions can be asked in the Civil Services Examination. You can use current events for examples to illustrate the stance you took in your answer.

Classification of current affairs:

  • Government Schemes and Policies
  • Science and technology
  • India’s space mission and defense system
  • International institutions like the World Bank, World Trade Organization, IMF, United Nations, etc.
  • International NGO
  • International Social and Environmental Initiatives
  • And current national news

Read the tips and sources given below for suggestions to study news related to preparing and studying subject-based notes for current affairs in the UPSC Civil Services Examination:

  • Geography:  Newspaper reports on melting icebergs, El Nino / La Nina, etc.
  • Indian Society:  Women’s Issues, Women’s Organization in News, Population Issues, Regionalism, Communalism, Poverty Issues and Schemes Globalization and its impact on special groups like women, migrants, etc.
  • Social justice:  NGO, union budget, health and education to education issues, food security issues, etc. welfare schemes, etc.
  • Governance:  Report and article of Planning magazine.
  • International Affairs:  Newspapers, News Websites.
  • Indian Economy:  Discussion in news channels, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha TV, Economic Survey, Union Budget, Government initiatives, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Electricity, etc.
  • Science and Technology:  The Hindu Newspaper and Science Reporter magazine.
  • Internal Security:  Indian security, terrorism, cybersecurity, government measures to prevent them, etc.
  • Conduct Ideas:  Examples of corporate espionage, corruption, etc.
  • The Hindu newspaper:  The Hindu newspaper is one of the best sources to prepare for socio-economic and political issues and in its editorial and opinion section gets a detailed description and views about various government programs and policies. is. Apart from this, environmental issues – issues and policies at the national and international level, national economy, economic development and policies, science and technology, etc. Its scientific development block is very useful every day.
  • The Indian Express:  Articles published in international relations are considered better than other newspapers. Much important information for International Relations (IR) can be prepared from it.
  • Press Information Bureau:  The major source of information on government and program updates on a daily basis and selected articles on important persons and their contributions, in which some important historical articles are also published.
  • Websites: You can visit some websites like Gk in Hindi, GKToday for current affairs and MCQ training.

You should learn how to create an answer by combining information being read from newspapers and other sources with the UPSC syllabus which is suitable from analytical perspectives. It is important to have a complete syllabus for current affairs so that when you study for information through sources, you can immediately relate that news to the relevant subject and briefly note the related news in your current affairs file.

A detailed list of sources for current affairs 

  • The Hindu Newspaper
  • Frontline magazine
  • Press Information Bureau (PIB)
  • Planning and Kurukshetra
  • Live mint news
  • All India Radio News Discussion
  • Mann ki Baat (by Prime Minister)
  • Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha TV
  • Government Ministries Website
  • India Year Book
  • Economic survey
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Mathubrumi Yearbook
  • Competition mirror magazine

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