An IAS Aspirant What to read in Newspaper??

This is a very common confusion everyone faces at the start of there preparation. By the day one learns the art of reading the newspapers, it would be almost time for prelims to start and you miss out almost all the news bytes. So in order to tackle that problem, let’s see what we have to read from news papers beforehand.

Why to read in newspapers?

Almost all the questions in prelims general Studies paper are based on the newspaper current events. The first item in the syllabus of prelims exam (Paper-I) is current events of national and international importance. But more than that, all other areas, let it be history or geography, if you carefully go through the previous question papers, one would realize that are some way related to current issues. Hence if you have to crack civil service prelims, newspaper reading is a must!

The main has an essay paper and four general studies paper this time onwards. Hence importance of newspaper reading is higher than ever.

The interview questions are completely based on your evaluations of international, national and regional event.

In short, one cant prepare for Civil Services without proper newspaper reading.

So let’s come to our point,

What to read in newspapers???

Generally, I would like to divide the newspaper informations with respect to UPSC syllabus into 11 parts.

Internationa l- Happenings elsewhere in world

Bilateral – between a country and India


India’s developmental programs

Jurisprudence and polity

Ecology and environment

Finance and inclusion

Science and technology

Health and nutrition

Miscellaneous- Awards, News makers etc.

Regional – issues in your zilla or area, which can come handy in interview.

How to prepare notes???

Ideal techniques for preparing newspaper notes in buying two registers which are 5 subject note books. It will make your notes look organized and neat. Buy a small notebook for regional news too… So you have two registers and a note book for the purpose. Don’t forget to maintain them on a daily basis. If possible revise them at every week or it might look too much at the end. You can add all those additional information’s you get from articles, magazines etc into respective headings.

At the end of year, you would have collected everything you need for the exam…. Trust me!!!


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