Jul 28, 2021
Newspapers are a wonderful treasure of information, facts, and analysis- all of them required for efficient UPSC Civil Services preparation. Newspaper reading is an inevitable part of the IAS exam preparation. While reading newspapers, you don’t have to ‘Read’ news, but ‘Study’ news. Ask any successful IAS officer about the importance of reading newspapers; they will strongly recommend following this vital ritual for at least one hour.
Newspapers are a crucial knowledge bank and keep UPSC aspirants updated with the recent developments and happenings of the national and international levels. They also provide the much-needed study material for current affairs which is a crucial ingredient of the questions asked in the IAS exam. Not following current affairs daily is doing injustice to yourself!
However, aspirants should note that it is not essential to read the whole newspaper in detail. Not everything that is in the newspaper will be relevant from the IAS preparation point of view. Hence, there is a specific way in which newspapers should be read to make the most of the reading session. Read further to understand The ‘Art of Newspaper Reading’.
Almost every IAS aspirant knows the importance of reading newspapers for UPSC exam preparation. The most recommended newspapers for the Civil Services Exam preparation are ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’.
Suggested primarily for their high standards, ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’ distinguish between News and Opinions very well. From Prelims till the Final Interview round, if you become Pro in reading newspapers effectively, you are bound to manage time effectively and will stand a chance to crack India’s toughest exam.
Candidates should strategically and smartly read the newspaper. For effective reading, follow the suggestions given below. The goal is to facilitate the UPSC exam preparation without wasting much time. Keeping the UPSC syllabus in mind, you should carefully read the newspaper from Polity, Economics, National news & International Relation, and General Knowledge point of view.
Since major topics have been covered already, you should also read and study important global issues such as Climate Change/Global Warming. Also, brush up your knowledge related to issues related to the environment, biodiversity, news about endangered and extinct species, culture and heritage news, and other science and technology-related news.
Reading newspapers will assist you right from the beginning till the end in the UPSC exam preparation. Apart from that, it is always a good idea to stay updated with everything that is happening across the country and globe, and newspapers provide you with the desired information.
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Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.
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