The current trend of UPSC Civil Services Examination reflects the immense importance of current affairs in all 3 stages of Civil Services Exam, and hence good current affairs preparation is pre-condition for selection in UPSC.
How to Prepare current affairs for UPSC?
Editors at ‘The Hindu’ are definitely well aware of Newsworthy stories and how to distinguish them with the opinions based articles. Being a dedicated Civil Service aspirant, you must be well aware that an effective ‘60 minutes’ reading per day of ‘The Hindu’ is extremely important.
This National Daily offers an elaborative account of information on matters related to Government policies & programs, Stories of National & International importance with special focus on information for socio-economic and political issues. Editorial is the most important section and must not just be read, but deeply understand and make important pointers.
You should by now have started analyzing the story, editor’s perspective on the same & justify your opinion in words of your own. If you still have not started penning your words, do it right away. This way you will be able to explain yourself keeping a broader view of experts in consideration and still learn to balance the thoughts & words.
The environment gets special coverage in the national daily for most relevant and prevailing issues that could cause harm in future. ‘The Hindu’ is one of the best sources of information on economic developments and policies with an exclusive Thursday edition for scientific developments & related studies on Science and Technology.
Recent Editorials at The Hindu
The Indian Express
Indian express is a national daily considered very important for UPSC Preparation along with ‘The Hindu’, for, both the newspapers focus on the quality of articles and their firm stand on the issues of National and International importance.
Recent Editorials at Indian Express
Press Information Bureau
PIB updates are very important for current affairs preparation. Press Information Bureau delivers assured & authentic information on Programs and Policy updates directly from the government on a daily basis. The Information is unbiased with balanced insights on topics relevant for the current affairs section of the UPSC Civil services preparation. It also features selective articles on important personalities with their contribution to the society or that information which is important in regard to its association with historical accounts.
Recent articles at PIB
India Year Book
India Year Book is an annual book issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (under Government of India) containing all the information related to various programs and policies initiated by the government during the year. UPSC has consistently been asking 13 to 20 questions (out of 100) in the Preliminary.
PRS Legislative Research
It is an independent research institute to make the Indian legislative process better informed, more transparent and participatory. PRS Discusses the bills and policies of the government and you can find all the tabled and non-tabled bills of Parliament here, easy to understand summary of acts and bills. It aims at helping readers keep track of all significant policy events, including reports by parliamentary and government committees. PRS also offers a monthly comprehensive report of the major policy developments across various sectors in the country. It is another very important source of current affairs for UPSC Civil Services preparation.
Monthly Policy Review @PRS
Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis: Primary goal for IDSA is the creation and distribution of defence and security-related knowledge, thereby promoting both national and international security. It gives detailed coverage of India’s national security, internal security and relations and is a very effective source to prepare or get an opinion on International Relations, Defense relations and governments approach for national and international diplomacy. Hence IDSA updates are the best source of information to prepare for paper 3 – Internal & External Security.
All India Radio: AIR (All India Radio) is one of the oldest and most preferred sources of information for Indian audience serving with all major public announcements from the government. UPSC aspirants refer to AIR shows and repositories for all important announcement made by the government and officials for all major policies and issues of National & International Importance. These notifications are authentic and from official sources.
Yojana and Kurukshetra
Yojana & Kurukshetra are the two most preferred magazines read by UPSC aspirants for preparation of Civil Services examination current affairs part. Yojana, a monthly magazine published by the Publication Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting highlights socio-economic issues is well-known for representing a balanced picture by incorporating views and opinions of all stakeholders over matters of concern. Kurukshetra is again a monthly Hindi magazine dealing with various social and political issues of the society. The Kurukshetra magazine also provides a platform for people to share their opinion about various social issues. Both these magazines cover articles on diverse topics along with a detailed analysis of government schemes and programs. UPSC aspirants can also benefit from special coverage on social issues and policies affecting vulnerable sections. Both Yojana & Kurukshetra are very important and authentic sources of information & opinions on government programs and policies.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Debates
As a UPSC civil services aspirant you must be well aware of Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha discussions and its importance in understanding the government functioning, its policies, regulations & all the amendments made. These channels host regular discussions with government officials and related experts to share their opinion and views on various socio-economic and political discourses. Lie discussions & debates are an effective source of learning multiple dimensions of the subject in conversation while unearthing loads of quality information and different dimensions in within set program timings. Watching Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Debates is not just helpful in current affairs preparation for Prelims stage but allows a candidate understand and frame a proper, well-backed answer for related questions asked in the UPSC Civil services mains examination.
Finance Ministry of India prepares an annual commentary on the state of the economy of India (economic development during the course of the year) also known as Economic Survey. Government of India through Economic survey spells out its economic agenda while representing related issues and priorities in this document. Studying Economic Survey will help UPSC Aspirants understand the performance of major development programs, along with highlights from the policy initiatives and the prospects of the economy.
Economic Survey 2017-2018