The Current Affairs section plays a pivotal role in the UPSC Exams. Although many exams are conducted by the UPSC, the current affairs section will always have an important part while filtering the successful candidates. This article will throw light on the current affairs segment of the UPSC exams.
The Current Affairs section is given massive importance in the Civil Service UPSC exams. This can be analysed by the number of current affairs questions asked in the UPSC exams when compared to other sections of the UPSC Syllabus. If one checks the Prelims Civil Service 2021, UPSC exams, there were 8 questions from the Science & Technology section, there were 10 questions each from Geography and Economy section, Environment subject had 11 questions, questions related to Polity section were 14 in number, History had 20 questions, but the Current Affairs section had a whopping 27 questions; the highest number of questions when compared to all other sections. In the UPSC Civil Service 2020 exam, the Geography, Environment, Science & Technology section had 10 questions each. There were 15 questions covering topics related to Economy, 17 related to Polity, and 20 questions related to History. The Current affairs had the second highest number of questions, it numbered upto 18.
If the number and types of questions asked in the UPSC exams of the Civil Service Preliminary stage, spread over 5 years from 2017 to 2021, then one can conclude the following – the number of questions asked in the Environment section varied from 10 to 15 questions, the Science & Technology section varied from 7 to 10 questions, the economy subject had 10 to 18 questions, Polity subject had 13 to 22 questions, Geography section covered 9 to 14 questions, History had 14 to 22 questions and the Current Affairs questions asked in the given time period varied from 15 to 22 questions.
BYJU’S will provide excellent study materials to cover the Current Affairs syllabus of UPSC exams. Aspirants can refer to the AIR Spotlight, Sansad TV Perspective, The Hindu Video Analysis, This Day in History, Topic of the Day, Best of PIB, Comprehensive News Analysis (CNA). These are the everyday Current Affairs analysis provided by the BYJU’S. Economy This Week, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Weekly Current Affairs Webinar, Current Affairs Quiz, International Relations This Week are the Weekly Current Affairs analysis provided by BYJU’S. The monthly Current Affairs analysis provided are Gist of Yojana, Gist of Kurukshetra, and UPSC Monthly magazine. Candidates can directly refer to the Yojana Magazine, Kurukshetra Magazines published by the Government, but referring to the Gist of these magazines will help in streamlining the preparation and preparing the notes. Aspirants should remember that Current affairs are of two types – they are static and dynamic. Aspirants have to divide their time accordingly while preparing for the Current Affairs section of the UPSC Civil Service Exam.
Apart from Civil Service Exam, the other UPSC exams are National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Combined Geo-Scientist Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, Indian Forest Service Examination, Indian Economic Service – Indian Statistical Service Examination, Engineering Services Examination, CISF AC(EXE) LDCE, and SO-Steno (GD-B-GD-I) LDCE.