Preparation for Current Affairs for UPSC-CSE 2021

Riddika Grover

Riddika Grover

Dec 22, 2020 . Must read     

1. Limitation of Sources and Resources for current affairs


The main issues with the Current Affairs and it’s preparation for UPSC-CSE 2020 is the study material that UPSC-CSE aspirants follow and indulge in.

The UPSC-CSE AIR rank holders suggest not to follow up the current affairs referred by any online website. The mistakes that they made in their initial stages were by following up on current affairs materials from any website online.

One should not buy any study materials out of whim, living in the delusional work given by the online websites. One needs to have better guidance and a good understanding of the preparation and sources required for UPSC-CSE preparation. One should follow up a productive material. Always prefer the quality of the sources and resources available for preparation over quantity.

The sources you can refer to for the Preparation of UPSC-CSE are listed below:

  1. The HINDU (in english language) must be preferred by you daily.
  2. To comprehend the sensitivity and concerns of the issues provided in the newspaper, refer to the IE Explanation sections.
  3. Pick up IAS Forum or CivilsDaily for the daily compilation and understanding of the concepts.
  4. Refer to the right discussions done in the All India Radio

Research about current affairs daily, pick your apt sources and resources, and work accordingly on them.

2. Keep a hold of Time for UPSC-CSE preparation



 The trouble for most of the UPSC-CSE aspirants is the way they neglect preparing from newspapers. Some aspirants read newspapers for like 3-5 hours a day, which leads to almost no time for them for focusing and studying the other subjects. 

Current affairs are relevant and so are the newspapers but you not managing the time in the right manner can further lead to major issues. It is vital to keep a hold of time and not overread newspapers. Make sure you study the newspaper for just 40 minutes daily and prefer to read the daily news compilation for making notes. This way you’ll have a better picture of important selective issues.


3. UPSC-CSE Mentorship for tips and tricks



Get Guidance on UPSC-Prelims and Mains from
from those who cleared them

With the recent change in the nature of the UPSC exam, traditional methods of learning and bookish knowledge are not certainly helping the aspirants. It has become more and more difficult to understand what exactly UPSC is demanding from aspiring candidates.

A lot of content is available online which further confuses students and they waste a lot of time reading it. Most of the content is not important from the exam’s perspective.

The most important part to clear this exam is to have a well-planned and well-timed strategy.
Many students blindly follow the strategies of toppers without realising their own strengths and weaknesses. They deviate from the path and waste a lot of time and money which ultimately results in incomplete coverage of syllabus and lack of revision. Rancho’s Mentorship Session will help you form a clear strategy (according to your own weaknesses and strengths) for cracking UPSC-CSE. 


4. Keep your concentration on Concerns and Issues, not News



Keeping your focus on the concerns of the issues in the newspaper is way more necessary than just reading the news. The news tells you about what happened, not what was the reason. You must focus on the data provided, the facts related to the authentic reports for preparation of UPSC-CSE

Work upon the status of what the government has done or not done. Focus upon the opinions and suggestions provided in the news. Work and study about the ways it was further followed.

5. Start making current affair notes using Online mode



One should never create any hand-written notes for preparation. The best ways to save time and create notes can be done by starting making notes using Online software and then work accordingly.

One needs to read a lot of papers, to keep a good track of every subject, it is important to take care of every detail of the current affair. By making notes online, you’ll save a lot of time writing them down. Never just skip reading newspapers, prefer to read newspapers, and then study the online material compilations. This would help you in making an apt and good summary of the important news.

6. Study,Understand, Revise and Accomplish


The golden tip for preparation of current affairs in UPSC-CSE 2020 is to follow the golden 4 words Study,Understand Read and then Accomplish. It is important to be crystal clear about what material you chose to study. It is relevant for you to to understand the motive behind the news, the facts and the basic inforation necessary. 

UPSC-CSE 2020 Exam FAQs

What is the date of UPSC Exam 2021 prelims?

The preliminary round of UPSC Exam 2021 will be conducted on June 27, 2021. The UPSC 2021 Examination notifications would be released on the UPSC website on 10 February 2021. The last application date of examination is March 2nd, 2021.

How to start UPSC preparation at home?

The preparation of the UPSC Examination can be done at home starting with basics, start reading newspapers daily for current affairs. Read important topics frequently asked from examination from NCERT.

Is the UPSC Exam tougher than the JEE Exam?

Several aspirants consider UPSC Examination as the toughest examination in India. For a few applicants, the IIT Examination is tough too. Both examinations are tough in their manner. It depends on you how determined are you to become an IAS Officer to serve your country India or how determined you are to become an engineer. The percentage of students clearing the UPSC-IAS Examination is quite less as compared to the IIT Examination and so it’s considered a tough examination.

How many papers are there in the UPSC Main Exam?

UPSC Examination has a total of 9 question papers. In these papers, the candidates need to minimum clear the General English and General Hindi papers.