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How Read Newspaper For IAS Prepration by uniqueias: 7:12pm On Sep 11, 2020
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What is the importance of Newspapers..Blogs reading?

In Civil services exam current issues play a big and important role at all the 3 levels of the exam . Standard newspapers like The Hindu ,UPSCExam related Blogs ,You -Tube channel Websites ..provide in depth analysis , which can be crucial for your success in the IAS exam!

In these resources tons of matter is given, so aspirants should know that the difference between necessary -useful and unnecessary useless material !

Newspapers and Blogs carry the news of the world.

Newspapers provide information and general knowledge.

This habit will widen your outlook and will enrich your knowledge.

Reading newspapers and Blogs makes you well informed ready for mains answer writing and group discussions on the current issues.

Thus reading news papers ,following Blogs ,YOU –Tube content is crucial .

How to read Current Affairs from News Papers /Blogs?

' The Hindu ' is the preferred newspaper for IAS aspirants ,because most of the questions are triggered from there .

Here are some points I shall suggest .

- Sit at your study table with a Pencil/Pen while reading, so that you don’t miss out on any vital news-

-You should highlight /Glow light /Underline the important points .

Avoid reading the newspaper while travelling. You can definitely read the notes made out of the newspaper while travelling if you lack time.

-Always have the syllabus in front of your mind .

-Have the past question papers with you and keep referring to them ,to understand how questions are asked .

-Understand the issue rather than just reading word by word.

-Keep following suggestions in your mind while reading current affairs-

-Any judgment/ruling / direction by Supreme Court/High Court is important.
-While you note down the judgment ,also understand its relevance in your syllabus.

-Relate it to Polity/Environment /Geography /History /Economics..

Identify social issues /challenges facing the society as such .

-The treaties and agreements signed on such bilateral visits.

-International organisations like the UN, ASEAN, WHO, IMF, etc. and their reports/publications. India’s role in them should also be read.
Major political events in other countries that have possible international ramifications like a military coup, uprisings, etc.

-Climate change news/global warming.

-News related to environment and ecology.

-Science and tech news like major developments in the science fields.

-News about any endangered species, any species becoming extinct, etc.
What to do after following the news?

-When you read the newspaper ,Blogs daily, understand the whole dynamics first then write it down the important points in your language.

- After identifying the issue ,take down notes topic wise and not date wise.

-Classify what you read into categories like geography, polity, economics, environment, ecology, science and technology ,International Events /Affairs etc.

-This will help you make notes and also ease your preparation.

-Make notes in your own words Point wise.
-Keep it simple and easy to learn.

Which news we should not focus ?

-Avoid all ‘masala’ news items .
- The great Indian Pappu Comedy Show .Although for time pass and comedy you can .
-Press conferences by political parties.

-The nitty-gritty of the share market.
-Who defeated whom in the by-elections, etc.

-Entertainment news.

-Sports news unless it is your hobby mentioned in the DAF.

-Irrelevant States’ news (unless it has a larger national implication).

How to read the Hindu Newspaper for IAS aspirants?
The Hindu newspaper. First and foremost, let us know the relevant pages of The Hindu: –
a) Page 1 is generally about the Headlines of the day ( Reading of relevant news is recommended)

b) Pages 2-5 carry regional news (These pages can be skipped)

c) Pages 6-8 deal with State News (These pages can be skipped)

d) Page 9 deals with National News (Reading of relevant news is recommended)


e) Page 10 is Editorial Page (Reading of relevant news is recommended -most Important)

f) Page 11 is Op-Ed page (Reading of relevant news is recommended -most Important)

g) Pages 12-13 contain news in general (Reading of only relevant news is recommended -

h) Page 14 is about World affairs (Reading of relevant news is recommended )

i) Pages 15-16 focuses on trends, growth parameters, fiscal and monetary policies, socio- economic issues etc. (Reading of relevant news is recommended )

j) Page 17 and rest is on Sports etc. (Reading can be skipped)

Editorial and Op-Eds pages are the valuable and informative sections and hence these should be read thoroughly as priority one read.

An op-ed, short for "opposite the editorial page", is a written prose piece typically published by a newspaper or magazine which expresses the opinion of an author usually not affiliated with the publication's editorial board.

How U-Tube –Content (V-logs) help in Current affairs preparations ?

The Civil service preparation has gone through metamorphic changes in recent years. The aspirants for Civil services along with the books and newspapers take the help of internet, especially YouTube channels for their preparation.

The following Youtube channel provides everything needed to crack UPSC .

- PIB India

The channel is run by the Press Information Bureau, which is the nodal and the official agency for dissemination of information shared by the Government of India.

-Rajya Sabha TV

It is the official channel of the Rajya Sabha. In this channel, aspirants can watch the live telecast of the debates on important issues in the house, interviews of the ministers and top officials, and special programmes on government-sponsored schemes on various issues.

-Lok Sabha TV

This is the official channel of the lower house of the Parliament i.e. Lok Sabha. Besides the live coverage of the proceedings of the house, it also produces and telecasts a whole range of programmes on issues relating to democracy, governance, social, economic and constitutional issues and citizens’ concerns.

-U-Tube Channel of Unique Study Circle

The channel is run by Unique IAS Study Circle .The Channel disseminate information about current relevant issues & Various aspects related with preprations .
What are the Useful Websites For current a issues for Civil Service Preparation?
Following are the websites useful for current issues for UPSC preparation.

prsindia.org – PRS Website for tracking bills in Parliament.

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pib.nic.in – Press Information Bureau Website, for government updates.
makeinindia.com – Make in India initiative for manufacturing-related info.

Which Blogs help in Current affairs preparations ?

The exam is considered one of the toughest in India, but with thorough preparation and strong determination, one can crack it.

Here, here is the list of blogs to help you prepare for the UPSC civil services exam.

-Ira Singhal's blog
Irasinghal..com is a blog run by the topper herself, wherein she shares her set of study tips for IAS aspirants, FAQs addressing queries, links for video lectures, exam guidance, book recommendations, preparation strategy and more.

Follow this blog to learn from the horse's mouth.

-The blogs of Drishti IAS-

-The Blogs of Unique IAS-

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