How to Prepare Current Affairs For Competitive Exams

Current Affairs is a most important part of competitive exams preparation such as UPSC preparation, WBCS preparation, SSC preparation, PCS preparation, etc. In UPSC exam there are lots of questions come from current affairs both in Preliminary and Mains exams. About 40% to 60% questions in Prelims and mains exam of UPSC are directly come from current affairs or are directly related to the current affairs. Not only in UPSC exam, current affairs is essential for success in other competitive exams. 

How to Prepare Current Affairs For Competitive Exams

In WBCS, UPPSC and other state civil servant exams about 27% to 30% questions asked in both prelims and mains exams, specially in Preliminary exam. In SSC (Staff Selection Commission) exams, there are total of 10% to 15% questions directly come from current affairs. Therefore, it becomes more essential as well as importance for every competitive exams. Staying updated on current affairs will always help you and keep you two steps ahead of competitive exams preparation. Today we'll discuss how to prepare current affairs for UPSC Exam as well as other competitive exam.

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How to prepare current affairs

There are several ways to learn or prepare for current affairs. And among from all that ways, today we share some important tips and ways to prepare current affairs for any exam whither it is government job exams or private job exams. 

Read Newspaper

Newspaper plays an important role to prepare current affairs for UPSC exam as well as other competitive exam and it also plays important role in our life. Newspaper is one of the most important sources of current affairs. Reading newspaper is a good habit and it improves our general awareness. Daily newspaper reading can help you to improve your general knowledge as well as it will help you to prepare current affairs. 

Before start to reading newspaper for current affairs, you have to choose authentic and reliable newspaper. Here we'll share some famous, best and authentic newspapers name and news channels name which will help you to collect and prepare daily current affairs such as, for English newspaper, you can choose :

  • The Hindu
  • The Times of India 
  • Indian Express
  • Hindustan Times

And for English news channel, you can choose :

  • DD India (Doordarshan)
  • India Today
  • WION
  • Et cetera

There are so many Hindi newspaper available for current affairs preparation such as :

  • Dainik Jagran
  • Amar Ujala
  • Navbharat Times
  • Lokmat Samachar 

And for Hindi newspaper you can select following news channel :

  • DD News
  • Sansad TV
  • Rajya Sabha TV
  • Et cetera

How to read newspaper for UPSC competitive exams

Choose one newspaper and one or two news channels according your language preference for current affairs preparation. Don't choose more than two newspapers, it'll waste your time. It is better to read one newspaper rather than two. We'll suggest you to read "The Hindu" newspaper and "Navbharat Times" newspaper for your preparation. Read newspaper daily for 30 to 40 minutes and make notes accordingly.

Read Magazine

Magazine is also important for current affairs preparation. Monthly magazine can also help you to prepare current affairs for competitive exams. Magazine can help you improve your general knowledge and it will always keep you up to date. There are so many magazine available on market but you have to choose right one for you. Many aspirants are still confused and they are still finding that which magazine is best for UPSC and other competitive exams?. So, here we are suggesting some magazine that can help you to make your current affairs preparation easier. Such as :

  • Yojana Magazine
  • India Year Book
  • Kurukshetra
  • Down to Earth

How to read magazines for competitive exams

Again we advice you that choose any one magazine or maximum two because if you choose multiple magazine it'll waste you time for other topics preparation, so make sure you choose a best magazine according to your choice. After choosing a correct magazine for you, you have to make your own notes regarding your current affairs preparation. It will not only help you to understand the magazine and their important topics but also help you to improve your writing skills for UPSC and other exam preparation. Read monthly magazine and write down important news and government survey and it will help you to prepare your current affairs and make you two steps ahead of Civil Service Exam preparation.

Online Platform

Online platform like Website and YouTube can also help you to prepare your current affairs. Nowadays online platform is one of the best source for competitive exam preparation. There are so many websites and YouTube channels available for study materials and preparation for competitive exams. Online websites like "Vision IAS", "Study Iq", "Drishti IAS", "Byju's", "Study Patron" (our website), etc can help you to prepare your current affairs easily. Vision IAS current affairs, Drishti IAS current affairs, Study Iq current affairs are one of the best according to our research, even we are trying to provide best and free current affairs for all the competitive exam aspirants on our website. 

YouTube channels such as "Wifi Study", "Study IQ", "Unacademy channels", "Drishti IAS", "Vision IAS" "World Affairs" can help you to collect your current affairs. But here again we want to suggest you that don't follow all of these online platforms, choose one or two or maximum three online platforms for your preparation and limit the time you spend on these online platform. 

Current Affairs Revision 

Like other important subject, current affairs should also needs to be repeated for better preparation otherwise you'll forgot what you read before. So it is very important to revise current affairs regularly. You can Revise it daily for 30 minutes. Make topic-wise notes and then repeat it accordingly. Repeat only important news for current affairs. 

FAQs on How to Prepare Current Affairs 

How can I study current affairs effectively?

Instead of reading more than two newspapers and every news in depth, you should read only important news regarding your exams. We suggest you to see previous year question papers and then you'll get basic idea about what type of questions are asked in competitive exam regarding current affairs. 

How can I get current affairs daily?

Nowadays it is very easy to find daily and monthly current affairs from online platform. But here we have shortlisted some online platforms that will help you to get your current affairs easily such as Study Iq, Vision IAS, Study Patron, etc. We'll recommend you please read this article for additional information. 

From when should we start preparing current affairs?

This is an interesting question although it is depend on the candidates but we'll suggest you to read current affairs before a year or two years of your exam. In competitive exam, current affairs come from past two years or more years. So, you should cover at-least 2 years current affairs before your exam date. 

How many hours should I study current affairs?

We have said it before that in every competitive exams, there are about 20% - 40% questions come directly but you should not spend more time on it. We'll suggest you to read current affairs daily for 30 minutes to 1 hour. At first you can take some extra time but after few weeks you can follow your time table

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Hello everyone, I’m Mritunjoy Biswas and I did masters degree in English literature. Now I’m a private tutor and I have been teaching for last 5 years.


  1. What are the best book for upsc? By the way this is quit informative article. Thank you

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