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List of sources for current affairs for Civil Services Exam

UPSC Civil Services Examination is one of the toughest examinations in the country. It offers diverse and challenging career opportunities to the youth. Current affairs preparation is of utmost importance to the aspirants as the weightage given to the number of current affairs based questions has increased exponentially over the years. It requires an aspirant to be well abreast with the current affairs. With a huge number of sources available online as well as in the market, it is very important for the aspirant to choose authentic sources that cover most of the current events relevant to the UPSC syllabus to make sure that one’s time is not wasted on unnecessary and irrelevant materials.


Read on to find out the best sources for current affairs preparation for the civil services exam.

  1.    Newspapers:

Newspaper reading is an indispensable part of your UPSC preparation. A candidate must and should read at least one newspaper thoroughly on a daily basis. The issues covered in the newspapers relevant to UPSC syllabus must be covered in detail. It is advisable to make notes from the newspaper reading, as it will come handy during the revisions. Though there is no restriction on the choice of newspaper, it is advisable to read “The Hindu” or “Indian Express”.

Editorial section becomes extremely important as, an issue is stated, its background explained and a possible solution is arrived at. This helps in writing answers during the Civil Services Mains examination.


  1.    Magazines:

Certain monthly magazines like “Yojana”, “Kurukshetra”, etc. give a detailed analysis on one or two issues relevant to the IAS exam syllabus every month. Such magazines give you ample fodder to be utilized in mains answer writing, writing essay, facts for the preliminary examination. Hence it is essential to choose one such magazine and read it on a monthly basis.


  1.    Rajya Sabha TV debates:

An aspirant might find it monotonous to study for long hours continuously. The current affairs preparations need not solely depend on books and newspapers. Aspirants can find respite in the electronic medium as well. Debates like “the Big Picture” that involves veterans, government officials, people with expertise in the subject matter, provide various perspectives and dimensions to a topic. This might help the aspirant in looking at a matter from various angles which is expected in the UPSC Civil Services examination.


  1.     YouTube Videos:

There are various YouTube channels dedicated to UPSC aspirants. Various innovative techniques and ways are used to bring about clarity in concepts as well as issues in news. An aspirant has to make judicious use of these videos during the IAS preparation.


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