UPSC Civil services exam is considered as one of the toughest exams to the crack in the world. With its daunting syllabus spanning varied fields, students have many doubts regarding its varied aspects. And in today’ blog post we’ll be discussing one such important aspect of frequently asked questions: newspaper reading. So let’s explore whats and hows of newspaper reading. We at O2 IAS Academy has added Newspaper Analysis in the curriculum in our IAS Coaching in Chandigarh
Before we begin addressing how to read the newspaper and make notes out it let us first understand WHY to read the newspaper for UPSC civil services exam Preparation. Firstly, the importance of reading the newspaper has increased tremendously in the past few years for the Civil Services aspirants. Since there has been an increasing trend of current affairs based questions in all stages of UPSC examination:
Secondly, newspaper reading is a must for any citizen who wishes to remain well informed about the world and its happening. It is a necessary exercise for grooming and building up of general knowledge.
Lastly yes indeed there are always substitutes – other newspapers, magazines, current affairs capsules, mobile apps and so on. But 1 hour reading of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper as a daily exercise for all aspirants has multiple benefits. Most important of the benefits would be the ‘pictorial memory’ which would be of immense help in Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
Also, there would be a lot of improvement in your vocabulary and communication skills.
Now, the next question: Which newspaper should I read for Civil Services prep?
There are numerous newspapers available in the market these days but from the examination perspective, The Hindu and The Indian Express are best suited. Both these newspapers cover entire news very well from the national perspectives, international perspectives, science & technology and other issues in a very holistic manner. Students can choose any one newspaper of their liking from these two. Reading newspaper is a crucial and indispensable part of IAS preparation and must never be skipped.
Before we start our discussion on how to read the newspaper, here are some important points one must bear in mind:
Know the important websites to be referred to and when necessary to supplement the newspaper.
Websites of various ministries
What should I read in the newspaper?
(Objectives of the policy, under which ministry /department / it operates, any special feature of the policy, who are the members (If it’s an organisation .eg. Inter State council), any constitutional provisions related to it)
Tips for Effective and Faster Reading of the ‘The Hindu’ newspaper
The above-mentioned guidelines apply to the Indian Express newspaper as well.
Things to do after reading the newspaper:
International Relations, Environment & Biodiversity, Personalities and Awards, Government Policies and Schemes, International Organisations, Economic Policies, Science and Technology etc.
In the end, I would say that no one can crack Civil services exam without reading at least one newspaper Daily. Just because we have special newspaper analysis class, O2 IAS Academy is among Best Coaching centres for IAS Coaching in Chandigarh