#20: How to read Newspaper for civil service preparation?


A good newspaper ,I suppose is a nation talking to itself -Arthur miller

The importance of reading the newspaper cannot be overemphasized for success in the UPSC Civil Services Exam. With civil service examinations  focusing slowly weaning away from static and gravitating more towards the current component of syllabi, the significance of reading newspapers for the IAS Exam has increased tremendously. It is thus obvious that students pay attention to this .

Significance  of reading newspaper

Develops good habit and gives educational value

Improves our language skills and vocabulary

Awareness about country’s current economic situation

Widens our outlook and gives us a perspective

Strengthens reading and writing skills

It makes you a good speaker (improves communication skills and builds confidence)

It develops a thought process develops a thought process

Helps in reading comprehension for CSAT

There are few thing which are prerequisites before commencing with daily newspaper reading: –

(a) Keep the UPSC  Syllabus handy.

(b) Learn the keywords of the syllabus.

(c) Carry out brief analysis of previous year question papers.

(d) Make an effort to focus on the issue rather than the news.

(e) Develop the habit of focusing on what and why rather than when and where.

Competitors have a misconception that to ace the current affairs in the paper, one needs to go through the whole newspaper, which is daunting, as it can take a lot of time. 

Competitors require   1-2 hours a day to read a newspaper. Inculcating the habit of reading it daily would save  a lot of time. Jot down the important events and issues, and this ensures that the aspirant has time for other topics as well. Avoid making notes in the very first reading, you are likely to find more essential points while reading further. Read the editorials and articles related as per exam point of view.

One must divide news or issues in few categories like:

International Relations,

Environment & Biodiversity,

Personalities and Awards,

Government Policies and Schemes,

International Organizations,

Economic Policies,

Science and Technology etc.

 It is believed that most of the questions posed in the UPSC exam are related to current affairs. The questions asked in the paper can be direct or even indirectly related to the topic.

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