How to Read Current Affairs for GPSC

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Questions concerning current affairs are asked in both preliminary and the mains examinations of the Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) examination. If a candidate has the right source in hand, reading and learning from current affairs is not a hard nut to crack.

This article will abreast you with the right sources of current affairs and also some preparation tips to remember important events of national and international importance. Candidates who sat for this year’s preliminary examination would also find it useful and can apply it for preparation for the Mains exam. The date for GPSC Result of prelims isn’t out but as soon as it is declared candidates will have to revise their mains syllabus. These tips can come in handy then.

What comprises current affairs?

In the name of current affairs, candidates are informed to read about the national and international events that are important from India’s perspective and worldwide. However, candidates often get confused about what to read and what to leave while reading the daily newspaper.

As a matter of fact, every piece of news that is relevant for the topics mentioned in the GPSC syllabus is important for the examination. Now, one should know what topics also overlap with current affairs. These are:

  1. Indian Polity and Governance
  2. International Relations
  3. Indian Economy
  4. Geography
  5. Science and Technology

As it is, current affairs is asked in prelims and general studies-III of the Mains examination. But, candidates should also focus on current affairs related to the above-mentioned topics.

Now, let’s find out the best resources to read current affairs from.

Current Affairs Resources for GPSC Exam

The Commission has designed the syllabus of the GPSC examination in such a way that current affairs become an important part of all the stages of the examination. Hence, it is of utmost importance to know the best resources available to cover current affairs:

  1. Daily Newspaper – Candidates should subscribe to one national newspaper and one regional newspaper to cover all such daily events that are important to the state as well as to the country.
    1. Gujarat Samachar is one of the reputed newspapers in the state of Gujarat. Candidates can opt for this one to cover any news that is related to the development of the state.
    1. The Hindu or Indian Express – These are two national daily newspapers that are mostly recommended to cover the national and international news. A candidate can opt for either of these.
  2. Government Website – These are some of the best resources to collate current affairs from. The list of such sites and their importance are given below:
    1. Press India Bureau – It is very important for all those events that are of national and international importance. PIB published press releases on any such event that is of interest to the public concerning the country. It is a government website to disseminate information on government policies and schemes; initiatives in and around the country, etc.
    1. PRS India – It is a non-profit organization in India that releases analyses on the bills introduced in the Indian Parliament for better analysis and debates. As legislative initiatives are a part of Indian Polity, candidates must refer to this website for any such important bill which is in the news.
    1. Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines – These are monthly magazines released by the Indian Government. Both of these magazines have their own style of publication where Yojana focuses on one theme on a monthly basis while Kurukshetra deals with rural development and agriculture. Candidates should read these for their mains exam preparation.
  3. TV Shows – It might sound confusing as to why television shows are being recommended for the exam preparation but information that comes from visual media helps many aspirants who find it difficult to retain what they have only read so far. The list of some important tv shows that one can time out for as per their own comfort level:
    1. The Big Picture by RSTV – The show brings debates on parliamentary affairs which are important for the preparation of topics like polity, constitution, governance, etc.
    1. ABP News’ Pradhan Mantri –  The candidates can get archives of this show. It talks about the development phase of the country under the leadership of 13 Prime Ministers. This is also a relevant resource for polity preparation.
    1. Doordarshan’s Bharat Ek Khoj – There are 53 episodes that a candidate can watch. It is based on former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s Book, ‘Discovery of India.’
  4. Monthly Current Affairs – Many institutes release their monthly current affairs which a candidate should read as a monthly revision. These can fill in the lacunae one has while reading daily newspapers.

This way candidates can cover current affairs. Aspiring candidates should have with them every minute details of GPSC Recruitment with them which help them be updated with the exam process.

With full planning and honest effort, the GPSC Administrative Services Examination will be a cake walk for aspirants.