11 most useful sources for Current Affairs Preparation for Civil Services Exam 6

UPSC has recently declared the results of CSE 2018. Congratulations to all the candidates who have made it to the list! It’s time to fasten your seat belts for the flight you are about to take off to a glorious career at Civil Services.

Now, for the candidates who are aspiring for a career in Civil Services and targeting Civil Services Exam 2019/20 or 20121, we have some important guidance and points to cover. 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 a must. 

And those who are appearing for prelims this year, first of all, we strongly advise them to go for self-assessment and must enroll for Prelims Test Series. Chanakya IAS Academy is what we would recommend based on our research and analysis, you can always opt for others whichever suits best to your need. But the point is, enrol for the one! Because Prelims Test Series would undoubtedly help you in many ways.

And for all those who are targeting at UPSC Civil services examination 2020/21  – Buck up fellas, the clock is ticking by! Either begin the full-fledged preparation now with the complete course for UPSC Preparation or opt for a Short Term Program for Prelims, as Civil Services Prelims exam is just 5 months away.

How about current affairs preparation?

Just checking if you are up with these most important sources for Current Affairs preparation

  • Hindu: 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 In 2016 itself, 14 questions were directly asked from India Year Book. You can study the whole book very effectively with Chanakya IAS Academy’s IYB (India Year Book) gist with a comprehensive format for an easy reading that assures you do not skip any important fact or data. Concisely designed IYB gist helps you revise current affairs based information covering every chapter in a very detailed manner & save time from studying unnecessary & irrelevant data at other sources. IYB is very relevant for all the 3 stages of India’s most competitive examination and covers all the static(GeographyPolityHistoryEconomy) & dynamic (Science & TechnologyDefenseCurrent Affairs Art & CultureEnvironment and Bio-diversity) subjects for an all-around preparation of the exam.
  • 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.
  • IDSA: 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.
  • Economic Survey: 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.
  • Daily News Analysis: UPSC Civil services examination covers a majority of questions from currents affairs & updates in all the 3 extensive stages. Daily News analysis helps students study an issue or story of National or International importance and frame their understanding accordingly. Such practice on a regular basis helps students stay ahead with current updates and strengthen their logical reasoning. Subscribe for Daily News Analysis and give an edge to your preparation for India’s most competitive Civil Services Examination.

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