Why Should we read Current Affairs?
Current affairs has proportionally increased with the analytical trend of questions as well as with the enhanced weightage of environment and science. There is no particular trend in which UPSC has asked questions from current events. Its unpredictable nature can be sensed from last year paper where many direct questions from current events were picked.
Current Events plays a key role in all the three stages of UPSC preparation, especially in the Mains and Interview. A large section of the questions cover the current affairs.
It covers a wide range of topics which overlaps with the CORE subjects like Geography, Polity, Economics, History and Dynamic subjects like environment, science and technology. Henceforth, it is hard to classify questions under a specific heading/topic. This is the reason, why many of the aspirants are of the notion that, not many questions have been asked from current events in the recent years (from Prelims perspective). But this is wrong!! Current Events plays a key role in all the three stages of UPSC preparation, especially in the Mains and Interview. Even after reading and revising, you may not be able to recollect all current affair material in the exam hall
Thus, some aspirants spend an indefinite amount of time researching the “best website” and the ‘best coaching material’ website for Current Affairs and invest less time actually reading it. Others have this perfectionist mindset that forces them to make copious notes and compilations from tons of material available in the market. Desist from this. Do your research for a day, decide on your sources, and stick with it. You’ll do just fine.
My Current Affair sources:
- The Hindu (One English Daily)
- IE Explained section on website (for comprehensive understanding of an issue)
- One daily compilation (Choose any among Insights/ IAS Baba/ Forum/ Vision/ CivilsDaily etc.)
- One monthly compilation
- All India Radio— Spotlight/Discussion
- Misc (RSTV’s Big Picture, India’s World, and PRS India)
Moreover, it is all done after extracting the relevant topics from the major newspapers as a part of daily initiatives.
- While hearing a petition seeking directions to the centre/ states to control religious conversion, the Supreme Court asserted that there is no reason why a person above 18 can't be allowed to choose their religion.
- BAFTA Awards 2021: The US road movie 'Nomadland' wins four major awards. India's Netflix Film 'The White Tiger' lost to 'The Father' in the Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay category.
- The centre's guidelines are expected to help doctors as well as those who have been administered the vaccine to identify and treat unusual signs and symptoms in cases of ‘serious and severe’ instances like rare blood clots.
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- IPL Points Table 2021: The Kolkata Knight Riders have begun their IPL 2021 campaign with a 10-run win over the Sun Risers Hyderabad. SRH skipper David Warner had won the toss and opted to field first.
- In a promotional video by the UAE government, al-Matroushi, born in 1993, has been described as an engineer at the Abu-Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Co.
- The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as BAFTA Awards 2021, lockdown and third vaccine given emergency use approval in India among others.
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