Reading newspapers helps in civil services exams
Newspaper reading and deep knowledge in text books of
standards IX, X and XI will determine the performance of IAS and IPS aspirants,
according to B. Ramasamy, Director, RIAS Civil Services Academy, New Delhi.
He was speaking at a motivational programme conducted by Mohamed Sathak
Dastagir Matriculation School here on Thursday.
“Many people wrongly think that academic excellence in higher
education will be the key for success in civil services examinations. According
to my experience, newspaper reading and a deep understanding in school subjects
will be the keys to clear them easily,” said Mr. Ramasamy.
He said almost all questions asked in the preliminary
examinations of the civil services held after the introduction of new pattern
were from the newspapers, particularly The Hindu , and school texts of Central
Board of Secondary Education, Matriculation and National Council of Educational
Research and Training. Not even a single question was asked from other these.
Mr. Ramasamy said in his opinion most of the academic toppers
had been struggling in civil services examinations. But regular newspaper
readers and those, who practically studied the basics of school education, were
Hence, the IAS aspirants should read newspapers regularly
from at least standard VI and should be well versed in all school subjects from
standards IX to XI. These textbooks should not be thrown away. They would have
to be revisited again at the time of preparation for civil services
examinations. Constant revision would ensure success for the aspirants.