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.
- The week's updated quizzes cover topics such as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, COVID-19 policy tracker, Hantavirus and new RBI measures among others.
- The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar has launched ‘Project Isaac’ to engage students in creative projects during the COVID-19 lockdown.
- The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as WHO's global mega trial, COVID-19 vaccine and RBI's measures to combat COVID-19 impact on economy among others.
- RBI's COVID-19 Regulatory Package: From Repo Rate & CRR Cuts to 3-months moratorium on term loans, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced several measures while addressing the media after the release of Seventh Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2019-20.
- The Reserve Bank of India on March 27, 2020 released its 7th Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2019-20 amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
- The Global Mega Trial by WHO named Solidarity will include the study and testing of 4 promising drugs in order to develop an antidote of Coronavirus.
- Prof Andrew Cunningham from the Zoological Society of London said, “The emergence of COVID-19 was not only predictable, but it was also predicted (in the sense that) there would be another viral emergence from wildlife that would be a public health threat.”
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