How to Study Current Affairs for Government Exams

You may wonder why you have to read news and know happenings around you. Current Affairs play an important role to secure more marks in any government competitive examination. You can realise the significance of reading current affairs that 52 questions (52%) are asked from current affairs in UPSC Civil Services 2016 Prelims GS I Paper.

Why should you follow Current Affairs?

An administrative officer has to take many decisions instantly. Without sufficient knowledge and current affairs, the decision making power is limited. So are the benefits to the people. For example, the plastic menace is growing day by day. Some countries already banned the usage of it. As an officer, you may need to submit a report to minimise the plastic usage to save the environment. You cannot make a comprehensive report without knowing the concepts of biodegradability, biodiversity and recent mishaps happening around the world such as many terrestrial and marine animals extinction due to the use of plastics.

Sources for Current Affairs

Newspapers

  • The Hindu newspaper is still the most valuable resource. However, the language is difficult to grasp easily. so start with reading editorials. Every week, increase the coverage of paper until you can read the full paper in 2 hours. Do not read any political news.
  • You can select any one regional paper such as Eenadu Newspaper (For Telugu and State level news) if you are preparing for State PSC exams such as APPSC or TSPSC.

TV/Radio

  • AIR Spotlight @ 09:15 PM – All India Radio spotlight programme debates on a specific topic per day by experts. This gives more insights into a particular issue. These are available on NewsOnAir website.
  • RS TV Big Picture – This is similar to the All India Radio spotlight programme. But the duration is for 30 minutes. These are available on RSTV YouTube Channel. You can safely avoid these when you are running short on time.
  • ETV News @ 7 AM or @ 9 PM – Listen these news if you are preparing for Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission exams. Otherwise, avoid. Mostly, political news is covered. However, one or two important government-related news is also covered. If you don’t have sufficient time and if you are already following newspapers regularly, then ETV News can be skipped safely.

Government Programmes, Reports, Legislations and Judgements

  • Economic Survey of India (Latest), Budget of India (Latest) comprise the minimum government reports that have to be gone through before the exam.
  • PIB Portal provides all the new initiatives of the government. This is available in Regional languages also.
  • PRS India Portal analyses the laws, budgets and judgements.
  • If you are preparing for state PSC exams, then Socio-Economic Survey of State (Latest), Budget of State (Latest), Programmes and Schemes of the state government should be covered.

How to manage time?

If you try to go through all the above resources, then you need at least 4 hours per day. If you are a full-time aspirant without any job, then that may be fine. But it is not feasible to cover all these resources for a working professional. Working Professionals and Those who are running short on time have to make a Special Study Plan to Save Time to Score More.