What are the best ways to cover current affairs for a UPSC aspirant?

by youth ias youthdestination

Current affairs are very important for UPSC examinations in present days. The questions of prelims, mains and interviews are based on current affairs. Government policy, programs, achievement, important news related to India or the world, and anything important related to your syllabus in the news are current affairs.

The Civil Service exam is organized to check the awareness of candidates of their surroundings. The candidate is going to be part of governance. Current affairs are related to governance, so candidates need to be updated with current affairs.

Many incidents occur every day around the world, so it is not possible to keep track of everything. Making notes daily is also very difficult and time-consuming. It is quite necessary to cover the current affair holistically.

Follow these tips to cover current affairs.

  • Read a standard newspaper like The Hindu and Indian express.

  • The candidates also can prepare handwritten notes but don't make notes on more than one page daily. Prepare notes for Prelims exam only. 

  • Note down the news about an important event place policy program of the scheme by the government. You can also follow the Youth Destination monthly compilation for current affairs. We provide DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ FOR UPSC so that candidates can revise them. This will help to cover your daily current affairs for UPSC.

  • To cover monthly current affairs, candidates can read our monthly magazine for current affairs if something is missed in your daily notes that will be covered up in the monthly magazine. This magazine will provide full coverage of UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS IN HINDI

  • To cover current affairs for the mains exam, making notes is not very important. Read the monthly magazine to cover the current affairs for mains.

  • Current affairs for an interview can be covered from newspapers like the Hindu.

  • Prepare current affairs according to the syllabus.

  • GS paper second and third is inspired by current affairs. Case studies are also picked from current affairs. Understanding the weightage of current issues, it is necessary to prepare it thoroughly. 

  • UPSC checks the aptitude of candidates if the aspirant is updated or not with current affairs. Questions are analytical,, so a deep understanding of the issues is needed before preparing any strategy. Be aware of the policy, schemes and other relevant facts. Making handwritten notes is beneficial, but they are very time-consuming. You should utilize your time wisely.


Try to read the summaries. It will not take more than 10 minutes. When you read the newspaper regularly that is inspired by it, it helps the candidate cover the PIB articles.

Rajyasabha TV

The playlist of this channel is on YouTube. The candidate can cover all relevant content that is needed to clear this exam.

India radio All India radio

Watch the show spotlight. You do not need to buy a radio, and you can follow this YouTube channel. If you want to score more, you can use the Youth Destination newspaper explainer series. It will help to develop analytical answer writing skills. Try to understand the author's message while reading an editorial. 

Note making

  • Note making depends on an individual choice. Some students need notes, and some don't, so take this call on your own. Some students prefer offline notes or some online notes. However, you can make short notes from newspapers. Read the magazine after one month of reading the newspaper to recall the current affairs so that they can be retained in your mind for a long time. You can skip making notes if you revise a monthly magazine many times.

  • You can also make digital notes while reading newspapers online. It not only saves your time but also helps you to organize notes.

  • You can shorten and edit your notes easily. Making handwritten notes from the newspapers may be tiring for some students. Use Evernote or MS word for making notes.

  • Read the policies and bills from genuine resources, and the law commission report summary, Economic survey and the budget recommendation of the committee and owners.

  • Visit the websites of the ministry for some organizations like BRICS, ADB etc.

  • Yojana magazine also covers DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR UPSC to a great extent but don't read Yojana page by page. Read some important articles and news. Underline the key points to revise the letter.

  • Only reading current affairs is not sufficient. Also, solve MCQ as it would help in the Prelims exam and for the mains exam. Answer writing practice is also very helpful.

  • For the interview, you can read an additional newspaper apart from 'The Hindu'.

  • Keep your sources limited but revise them two to three times.

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