How To Prepare For Current Affairs Section In UPSC Civil Services

By Sashikanth

Be it a graduate of medicine or engineering, Civil Services is a common goal to most of them. Every year, close to one million candidates compete for around thousand vacancies in various services that include IAS, IPS and IFS. Without any second opinion, everyone agrees that clearing this toughest examination in the country is a gruelling task.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the Civil Services, is all set to kick-start the year-long selection process with the preliminary exam.


Almost all the aspirants of Civil Services know the role of the preliminary exam in the selection process. Many aspirants feel that clearing the preliminary exam is a tough task compared to the main examination. This is due to high competition and less success ratio.

There is no need to question which area is the most important one in the preliminary exam because every aspirant knows it is current events, also known as current affairs and/or current happenings.

There are no boundaries to the current events section for both the main and preliminary exams. And one can expect a question from any corner of the world.

When the syllabus is massive and exam date is approaching, there will be many queries regarding how to tackle this section, specifically during the last month of the preparations. Explore them below!

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Tracking Daily Events

Most of you should be aware of the areas that come under current events in the preliminary exam. Many experts, including the rankers, suggest reading the newspaper regularly, which is the most important task of every aspirant of Civil Services.

One has to take a note of all the major events that are happening at a national and international level. Starting from geopolitics to sports, one should know what is going on and its impact on the society.

At least one hour a day should be spent reading the newspaper in order to achieve a better score in the current affairs section in the preliminary and main exams.

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Monthly Magazines

No one should ignore this current affairs section at any cost. If you fail to track the daily events, try to cover them with the help of monthly magazines. There are many monthly magazines published exclusively for the aspirants of Civil Services, such as Civil Services Chronicle, Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Wizard and Civil Services Times.

One can pick any of the magazines of their choice and start reading them, which not only provide information about the current affairs but also nourishes your approach.

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India's Year Book

India's Year Book, which was published annually by the Publication Division of the Indian government, is the most important book for Civil Services aspirants. This consists of complete information about the government's policies and schemes including the latest developments.

As the book is published by the government authority, the data is reliable and authentic. This yearbook should be kept for reference purposes only. Aspirants who have not followed the data and aim to cover the current affairs section can refer this book. Aspirants can also refer other year books such as Manorama.

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Make A Timeline

If you are one amongst the aspirants who have not prepared for the current affairs section from day one, you should prepare a timeline of the last month. This activity will help you understand the impact of the current affairs.

Try to keep separate notes for this section at least for this last month. Do this activity with the help of monthly magazines and yearbooks.

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Regular Practise

Be it static or factual knowledge, regular practise is required for everything. And no exception for current affairs also. During the last-month preparations, one should practise the current affairs by solving the bits published in the monthly magazine.

Never ignore this section because most of the questions in the preliminary exam are related to current affairs.

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