How To Prepare For Current Affairs In UPSC
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How to Prepare for Current Affairs in UPSC

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Current affairs is an important part of the UPSC exam. There are many ways to stay updated with current affairs. Current affairs are categorised as Daily, Monthly and yearly current affairs. There are various references for current affairs based on their categories. Current Affair section is very important to study 

Top Sources for UPSC Current Affairs

Official Website - Press Information Bureau  

This is the official website of press related updates from the Government of India. Every official press release from ministries and official departments from the central government.update on PIB website from time to time. All official news updates on PIB website are authentic and genuine. UPSC aspirants must refer to the PIB website for authentic current affairs.    

PIB has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chnadiragh, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Imphal cities. Official website for PIB is

PRS Legislative Research

PRS Legislative Research is another website to refer government notes over political and official reports and information. Official websites are always recommended to be referred to as authentic sources so aspirants must visit and study only authentic websites only.  

Daily Newspaper

Daily newspapers are the best and most preferable sources of information about current affairs. UPSC aspirants must refer to nationalised newspapers for current affairs. There are a lot of newspapers daily in various languages like Hindi, English and other regional languages. Aspirants  can choose their preferred language. This is recommended for aspirants to develop the habit of daily reading of newspapers specially. Aspirants must prepare notes from newspapers to remember important news from daily news.         

Magazines of Current affairs 

There are some useful magazines available at Yojana, Kurukshetra, Aajkal, Bal Bhart etc are good to refer magazines for UPSC exam preparation. There are other magazines that are also there for reference for UPSC exam preparation but always refer to authentic magazines from renowned sources like Pratiyogita Darpan, Indian Year Book, Economic Survey etc.

IDSA: Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis 

IDSA is an autonomous body to analyse research and studies on issues of national security and the impact of defence measures on the economic, security and social life of the nation.

Few publications are under IDSA are as follow, 

  • Strategic Analysis

  • Asian Strategic Review

  • Strategic Digest

  • Delhi Papers

  • Occasional Papers

The above stated publications contain research results which helps to understand concepts of national security and impact of defence measures on nation’s individuals.  

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LokSabha TV and RajyaSabha TV

These two broadcasting TVs are great sources of information about bills and debates of the Upper house and the lower house of parliament. Aspirants must refer to these two broadcasting channels on a daily basis. These are very informative television mediums to stay updated with parliamentary proceedings.

Online preparation

Online sources are the most easily available content of today’s time for UPSC exam preparation. But, the major issue is the authenticity of the source and content available on the internet. Always refer to authentic and official websites and links to gather information. Most of the online platforms provide current affairs study material for free. One of them is Legacy IAS Academy which is rated one of the Best IAS Coaching In Bangalore for  UPSC Preparation and study materials. Legacy IAS Academy provides up to date current affairs backed by the top research team. you can refer to them frequently.    

Self Prepared Notes

Self prepared notes always remain key to success in UPSC exams. Self-prepared notes are not only important for Current affairs but also for every subject of UPSC exam preparation. You will have to work hard during notes preparation, authentic sources of information must refer to prepare notes. Indexing must be clear and specific with topics, So that at the time of revision it would be easy to search topics. 

Current Affairs are an important part of UPSC exams. For the Prelims exam, the questions can be prepared from newspapers or at times based on current issues and questions. On the other hand, in UPSC IAS mains interview, questions can be asked on regional, social and national issues. So, Aspirants should always be updated on current issues.