Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam

Current affairs is an essential part of UPSC civil service examination. Our Current affairs include issues of national and international importance although it is not mentioned in the syllabus of IAS examination. The questions are asked on recent happenings. Apart from this, if you correlate current affairs with descriptive answers in mains, it will increase the possibility of getting higher scores in the Civil Service exam. Read Current Affairs on a daily basis.

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Staying up-to-date with current affairs is essential for cracking the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exam, as it is an important part of the exam syllabus. Here are some ways current affairs can help you prepare for the UPSC exam:

  1. Prelims Exam: The UPSC Prelims exam consists of questions on current events and happenings, such as national and international news, government schemes, policies, and initiatives, science and technology, sports, etc. Therefore, keeping up with the latest developments in these areas can help you score well in the Prelims exam.
  2. Mains Exam: Current affairs are an essential part of the UPSC Mains exam as well. Questions related to current events are asked in the General Studies paper, which includes topics such as Indian Society, Governance, International Relations, etc. You will also have to write essays on topics related to current affairs in the UPSC Mains exam.
  3. Personality Test: The UPSC Personality Test, also known as the Interview, can also include questions related to current affairs. Being well-informed about the latest happenings in various fields can help you answer questions confidently and impress the interview panel.

To keep up with current affairs, you can read newspapers, watch news channels, follow relevant websites and social media handles, and subscribe to current affairs magazines. Additionally, make notes of important events and revise them regularly to retain the information.

How to Prepare Daily Current Affairs for UPSC

Make a Vision & make it a regular habit. Fact based current affairs are not asked in the UPSC examination. Questions are asked in depth. For Example :- If the government has launched any new scheme. To know the name of the scheme and its affiliated ministry are not sufficient. You should know about the origin of the scheme, how it will affect the economy and population, its impact and also budget allocation. It will make your preparation easy and you can complete the early round up of daily current affairs for UPSC in a more easy way.

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Tips for Daily Current affairs for UPSC

  1. 15 to 20 questions are asked in the Prelims exam from the Current affairs. Questions are asked direct and indirect as well. Approx two-thirds of questions in Prelims are asked from current events.
  2. In GS paper many questions are asked which do not directly belong to current affairs but are inspired from contemporary events.
  3. Before starting to prepare current affairs a good understanding of the syllabus is a must. Make a list of sub topics and put it on your study table. Read a standard newspaper Daily and the headlines that are relevant to the IAS exam.
  4. It is necessary to read current affairs for all the three stages of UPSC examination. If you write your answer based on current facts, you can ensure the highest marks in the exam. Deep understanding of current events is essential for the UPSC exam.
  5. Revise the current affair constantly. Constant revision is very necessary otherwise it will be very difficult to revise current affairs for the whole year.

Some Extra Tips for current affairs

  1. UPSC exam’s current affairs are gaining more importance than the static portion.
  2. If you prepare handwritten notes for current affairs, it is good but don’t make notes for all the current affairs. It can be time consuming. You can prepare notes online on Google docs or Evernote. Simply you can copy the current affairs from the particular website and paste them on Google docs sheet.
  3. Organize current affairs according to the subject so that it will be easy to look for them when in need.
  4. There is no need to read a lot of study materials for current affairs. So don’t be confused among the plenty of newspaper websites, monthly magazines or early magazines. Choose the important resources which are useful for the UPSC exam.
  5. Don’t spend a lot of time reading newspapers, fix your time allocation for the relevant news. Don’t read current affairs more than 2 hours in a day although if you are a fresher, you can take some more time. On weekends, limit your time to 2 hours per day and revise the notes which you have prepared for the whole week.

Frequently Asked Question

The IAS exam is conducted to test the candidates’ awareness about the current happenings around him. IAS exam not only checks aspirants knowledge but also their alertness and awareness. That is why you will have to update yourself regularly about current issues regional, national or international. Sufficient knowledge of current issues will ensure your success in UPSC exams at all three stages- UPSC PrelimsUPSC Mains and UPSC Mock interview.

UPSC has been frequently asking questions based on current affairs for years and it has become a trend now. Most of the topics of the mains syllabus are dynamic in nature. These topics require a regular update based on the current developments.

UPSC asks direct questions from newspapers in the Prelims exam. In prelims examination, most of the current affairs questions are fundamental in nature and expect some factual knowledge. Make small notes for current affairs for the Prelims exam.

A lot of questions are asked on various social issues, regional issues and national issues in the mains interview. So always stay updated on current issues. Develop an individual approach on current issues because in interview your personality and opinion is more important rather than knowledge.

‘The Hindu’ newspaper is the best source for current affairs. Aspirants can also choose ‘The Indian Express’.

The Economic times, All business standards are also suitable for economic related issues.

  • Newspapers The Hindu
  • The Indian Express
  • Monthly current affairs magazine- Yojana and kurukshetra
  • Niti aayog reports
  • Economic and political weekly
  • Some genuine resources on the internet
  • All India radio

Students will need to prepare other subjects for general studies for the mains exam so it is necessary to read all the relevant news and editorials given in the newspaper.

Read economic news, important national news, international news according to the UPSC mains syllabus. Always keep a copy of the UPSC syllabus while studying current affairs. The Sunday newspaper column of The Hindu is best for science and tech related news.

Read the newspaper first superficially and mark the news which are related to UPSC exams and then again read the complete news carefully. You can also mark important points for making notes for final revision before the examination. Don’t spend more than 1 hour reading the newspaper and making notes. In starting you may consume more time but later decrease this time limit.

Follow the editorial section of the Hindu on a regular basis for mains preparation.

Editorials are written by subject expertise that is why they are more authentic, reliable and beneficial for mains examination’s answer writing. Personal views in news analysis and editorials are not important for UPSC candidates.

UPSC questions are not only interesting but also challenging at the same time. Most of the time UPSC asks some basic fundamental questions derived from current issues.

  • Practice 50 MCQs on current affairs daily
  • In exam time practice so MCQs daily
  • Newspaper reading 30 to 45 minutes daily
  • Check the issues and make notes on them.

To identify the keywords make short notes for a topic. Keywords are very important for current affairs so look at the keywords during the preparation of any particular topic. Write down all the keywords related to one topic so that you can relate a keyword directly with the topic. It will make it easy to write in the exam. When you will find a keyword in the question you can relate it to the topic.

There is no need to search a lot about the best current affairs sources. There is actually a need to read them with effort rather than searching for the best websites for current affairs. Don’t read every possible source and make useless notes. Decide on some genuine sources and then stick with them. Some news related to share market, entertainment, sports news and political parties are not important as per the need of UPSC exam.

UPSC asks the question on the issues that are in the news. So always look for something more than the news while preparing current affairs for UPSC. The story behind the news is important. Analyze issues and make notes on them.

You will have to present your ideas (issues) in the exam, not incident (news). While Reading any news check these points:

  • Why this topic page in a news
  • Background knowledge of the news like reports, facts and data
  • What is the current status of the news and what action has been taken by the government
  • See both sides of the news pros and cons

Think from your own perspective and add your personal opinion and solution in notes.

To revise current affairs, the best method is writing them again and again. If you have a true desire to clear the UPSC civil service exam then revision is the must. By following these methods you will be able to capture more current affairs in a most relevant way.

For good preparation, it is very necessary to understand the nature and scope of the syllabus . Be clear about what to study and what to study. The questions are asked always within the syllabus so stay tuned with the updated syllabus.

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