How to Study Current Affairs for IAS exam

The Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) is regarded as “The mother of all examinations”. It takes a lot of hard work, determination, consistency and extensive preparation to sail through all the three levels of this examination. It is conducted by the commission every year for recruitment to various posts in the Central and All India Services. While lakhs of aspirants in the country appear for the examination, only a few hundred serious and well-prepared candidates will make it to the final list. It is absolutely possible to crack this exam with a proper strategy and rigorous preparation. What gives an aspirant an edge over many hardworking peers in the examination is how well he/she is updated with the current affairs. Current Affairs has gained increasing importance in both Preliminary exam as well as the Mains exam. Therefore it must be an indispensable part of your everyday preparation. Read on to find out how to have all the current affairs on your fingertips right before your examination.

  • Make reading the newspaper, a daily habit.

A newspaper is considered as the Bible for UPSC preparation. It is essential for an aspirant to choose a newspaper of their choice and read it meticulously every single day without fail. Making short notes from the newspaper will also prove to be beneficial at the time of revisions while helping you remember the concepts better. Start reading the newspaper at least one year prior to the date of your Preliminary examination.

  • Follow one or two current affairs magazines:

During the mains examination, an aspirant is expected to present his views about a topic in a clear and concise manner within the given time frame. The aspirant can gather fodder from the newspaper, but in order to understand various dimensions of a given topic, it is essential to follow one or two current affairs magazines. A critical analysis of a topic would help the aspirant answer better at the time of mains examination.

  • Watch news channels and debate shows:

Studying continuously for a long duration might become monotonous. In order to make learning less boring, one can watch various debate shows that involve veterans, experienced people, Field experts, etc. Their opinions and suggestions can be used as strong points to support your answers in the mains examination. At the same time, you can learn how to express your views on the personality test.

  • Make judicious use of the internet:

There are various websites and UPSC online materials to help the UPSC aspirants in their preparation for the exams. Specifically, with respect to current affairs preparations, there are various initiatives like daily quiz, issues in news, everyday news analysis, etc. The aspirant must pick and choose one or two such initiatives to add value to his/her preparation for the civil services exam.

  • Watch YouTube Videos:

Certain concepts or issues in news require detailed study to be understood well. There are many channels on YouTube that post current affairs videos which will help an aspirant understand and remember such concepts better.

There are a plethora of options to prepare for current affairs for the Civil Services Examination.  Following many sources without revision will not yield desired results. An aspirant must choose and stick to a few sources, prepare thoroughly and most importantly, revise those topics in order to remember them well during the examination. With a good strategy and consistent preparation, one can clear the IAS exam in the very first attempt.

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