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Importance of Current Affairs in Civil Services Examination

Kathy Brewer

The Civil Service Examination is one of the most coveted examinations of the country. It is colloquially known to be one of the unpredictable examinations too. Hence, candidates shouldn’t leave any stones unturned to crack this examination in their first attempt.

This article will cover the most intriguing section of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, that is current affairs. Aspirants know that the commission in the recent past has started giving more importance to questions that are related to the latest current affairs of one year old. Hence, it is very important to know why it is imperative to focus on this section.

UPSC Syllabus and its relevance with Current Affairs

The commission has designed the syllabus of the IAS Examination in such a way that it covers almost everything once known. From history till ethics, questions are asked from different topics. Now, aspirants get confused about how to cover the syllabus along with the current affairs. Let’s see how:

  1. In IAS Prelims, candidates must focus on daily current affairs that are covered in the newspapers.
  2. In UPSC Mains, the same current affairs form a major part of the GS 2 and GS 3 with slight presence in GS 1 as well.

Mains GS 1 Current Affairs Topics

History is a static topic that does not need much adherence to current affairs. However, there are still chances for questions to appear which would be related to some editorials or news articles published in the preceding year. For example:

31st October 2020 marked the 145th anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This was in the news and hence, a question might be asked on national unity or Patel’s participation in Indian Union.

Apart from history, Geography and Indian Society are also related with current news. In Mains 2020, there were questions:

This shows that factors that affect Indian society and are in the news, are often asked in the question papers.

GS 2 and GS 3 Preparation with Current Affairs

The highest possibility of questions inclined towards current affairs is seen in both GS 2 and GS 3 Mains. For example, both these papers have topics like:

  1. Governance
  2. International Relations
  3. Indian Economy
  4. Environment
  5. Disaster Management

The above-mentioned topics are popular in everyday’s lives. For reference, check the example of topics from where questions were asked in the UPSC Mains 2020 that were also seen in the news below:

  1. Critically examine the role of WHO in providing global health security during the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. What are the main constraints in transport and marketing of agricultural produce in India?

Now, this will give you an idea on how current affairs are important for the examination. Candidates must always go through the previous years’ IAS Questions as that helps align their preparation with the current demand of the exam.

Candidates must note that IAS Prelims is on 27th June 2021 while Mains start from 19th September onwards. One must pull up their socks and get into the revision mode of every topic mentioned in the UPSC syllabus.

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