I’m a civil services aspirant and have appeared for the interview last year. Like most of you guys I’m also trying my best to clear this mammoth exam. This blog is an initiative to help each other especially the beginners in reading and analyzing every day’s events which are important from the examination point of view.
With the changing pattern of UPSC-CSE, newspaper reading has now became an integral part of one’s preparation for General Studies papers both at pre and mains level. Also many questions asked in optionals like Public Administration, Geography, Sociology etc were dynamic in nature and demanded a thorough grasp of current happenings.
So I guess “why to read newspaper”, a question posed by aspirants few years back is now settled beyond any doubt. But interestingly it has been replaced by even more puzzling riddle “How to read” and “What to read” in the newspaper.This blog is an humble attempt to answer them.
Frankly, I have found newspapers not just the piece of papers carrying information regarding yesterday’s events rather I believe they are the index to unravel the vast ocean of knowledge just like the index we have in the beginning of any book. They provide you ideas and snippets which if spotted out intelligently can be utilized as a beginning point to know more about the world. This could no less be applicable for the civil service preparation.
Thus whole idea is to pick the relevant news from the newspapers ( especially The Hindu) and more importantly extract clues from it to know more using the ‘Brahmaastra‘ of modern era- INTERNET and the other standard texts.
But every time we move ahead we must ensure that we are moving in the right direction and the stuff which have been extracted out is both relevant and memorizable in order to be reproduced in the examination hall whenever demanded.
So let’s do this!