UPSC Civil services examination is considered one of the toughest exams due to the vastness of its syllabus. Current affairs portion forms a major chunk of the questions in both Preliminary exam as well as Mains exam. Keeping yourself abreast with the current happenings and relating it to the static portions of geography, history, economy and polity is the best way to cover the syllabus efficiently.
One of the best resources to prepare UPSC Current Affairs is reading a national newspaper. Making short notes from the newspaper will help in revision in the later stages of preparation. Few tips for current affairs preparation is given in the article.
Tip 1: Limit Resources to refer.
Most websites and reviews suggest various resources for preparation and the aspirants end up referring to multiple sources which is not good. It is better to limit to just one newspaper utmost 2 in case one can spare some more time. Yojana is a government magazine and the aspirants can refer to get details write-ups on issues.
Tip 2: Limit Time for Current Affairs
Current Affairs is very vast and some aspirants spend more time on it leaving very less time for other subjects to be covered on that day. The ideal time to be spent on current affairs would be less than 2 hours a day and then focus on the rest of the subjects in the syllabus
Tip 3: Issue has to be given more importance than news
Aspirants must realise that UPSC will give question based on the issue and not a particular news. It is not the minute update that must be focused, rather the background of the issue that must be given more importance. There are a few focus areas in subjects that one must focus on each subject every year. Like in Polity one must focus on Government schemes, amendments, new acts of the Parliament, etc. In Economy, it is important to read the budget and economic survey. So it is important to identify important issues and focus on them.
Tip 4: Learning to make notes
One of the best ways to make notes for current affairs is by using softcopy or apps that can keep your notes online. The biggest benefit is that you can edit the notes on the go. Handwritten notes are not easy to be updated and over a point of time it becomes clumsy. So it is better to make online notes.
Tip 5: Revision is the most important key
It does not matter how much efforts you have put to prepare current affairs. It does not matter how much notes you have made all your efforts are in vain if you would not revise the notes you have made and then reproduce it in the exam. So this final step has the highest importance. One of the best ways to check on the quality of the revision is to take up Current Affairs Quiz atleast once per week to have a continuous revision.
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