What are the important topics to read from a newspaper in two
we have already discussed the importance of reading the newspapers for the
preparation of UPSC. Importance of newspapers is also increasing now a days as
most of the paper is made out of correct news. In this article we would discuss
how to finish in newspaper in less time and get the best out of it for the
purpose of UPSC. While discussing how to finish the newspaper in short time
preferably it should finish in 2 hours including the notes, first thing to
decide is which newspaper to follow.
The Hindu has been the lifeline of
aspirants for a long time. It still is the most used and probably most relevant
newspaper for the UPSC preparation. However Indian express is also a very good
newspaper especially if your optional is
Public administration and it is also
very useful for the polity section for mains.
As we have been saying religiously in all our articles to
please go through the syllabus. We begin the strategy to finish the newspaper in
short time with same thing. Lot many things can be striked immediately which are
not important for UPSC only by knowing the
syllabus. Similarly especial
attention will be given to things which are mentioned in the syllabus.
Mainly five pages in the newspaper should be focused by any candidate
preparing for UPSC. These are:
- Front page
- National News page
- Economy news page
- International news page and
- The Editorials
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Now the next question is what to read in those pages. First
let us discuss what not to read in those pages. Political news about political
parties, elections and political news which does not have any constitutional and
administrative significance can be left totally. News like National executive
meet of BJP, Change of guard in Congress etc. have no importance to this exam.
Similarly news like problems in film Udta Punjab is not important, what becomes
important is the Role and Functions of CBFC. Candidate needs to only look into
the administrative aspect of the issues and not the politics involved in it.
Now after looking into what not to read let's look into what
should be focused upon. Great focus should be given to any news or editorial
discussing about any scheme or program, any geographical problem, discussing any
policy initiative by RBI etc. Below mentioned are the topics which should be
given special attention;
- Any news related to electoral reforms, Judicial reform or Political
- News discussing India’s social and economic indicators like GDP,
Inflation, Poverty etc.
- Any geographical problems like flood, Draught, Monsoon etc.
- Similarly if there is a problem between states like water sharing etc.
- Carefully read about analysis of government policies like JAM, Digital
India, Make in India, Skill India, IPR policy etc.
- In International news read about important international news which have
great importance for India. This page is important for the prelims purpose
for question which relate to places of recent importance.
- Material in International page is generally less but it becomes very
important if it has great significance like Brexit or India’s entry into NSG
- In Business page avoid the news related to companies. UPSC only has
macro-economy in syllabus so only read about macro indicators like
Inflation, Job growth, Demographic dividends.
- Please also read the news related to any governmental or constitutional
body like CAG, CIC, SEBI, IMF, EU etc.
- Every Thursday Science and Tech news comes which should be read with
special focus especially for prelims.
- You can totally leave sports page, If something very big is not
happening like Olympics etc.
These are all the important section which are important for
UPSC preparation. We believe that this should be the method of reading the
newspapers. When anyone starts reading
The Hindu it takes more time so need not
to be totally worry about it. Time taken to read newspaper gradually reduces. If
you will follow the above instructions time taken to read the newspaper would
reduce to 1hour 45 minutes and finally 15 minutes should be given for preparing
the notes. Preparing notes is the most important exercise related to newspaper,
because if notes are not prepared at the time of revision you have to do the
same exercise again. So we request you to prepare the notes it is the most
well-spend time related to newspapers.