OPSC Previous Year Question papers are a testament to the fact that current affairs are extremely important for all three phases of the exam.
As you know that OPSC is conducted in three stages namely Prelims, Mains, and Interview. While in the OPSC Prelims, current affairs are asked in objective-type GS-I, adding relevant pieces of information from current affairs in OPSC Mains answers will fetch you good marks. In the interview or personality test round, the panel may ask direct or indirect questions from the recent happenings.
Hence, preparing current affairs is extremely important for OPSC preparation. Here is our 5-step approach for preparing current affairs for OPSC. But before that lets first discuss about the resources or tools to be used for this strategy
Resources for Current Affairs for UPSC
Some of the most authentic resources for reading Current Affairs for UPSC exam are:
- The New Indian Express newspaper
- Indian Express Explained (Website)
- PIB website
- Daily and monthly compilation of Current Affairs by Any Good Institute
- Yojana Magazine
- Kurukshetra Magazine
- Pratiyogita Darpan
- Other government publications, like India Year Book and Economic Survey
- Audio and Video resources: RSTV channel, All India Radio Spotlight discussion
Aspirants should develop the habit of reading newspapers, and make it a routine to dedicate an hour to study the newspaper thoroughly. That, however, does not mean reading all newspapers. Let us look at the important steps to follow while preparing for current affairs in order to prepare current affairs effectively:
Step 1: Know the syllabus
Glance through the newspaper and mark the news headlines that are relevant to the OPSC syllabus. For this, you are required to have a complete understanding of the syllabus first. Hence, always keep a list of micro-topics for OPSC CSE at your study table.
Step 2: Limit the Resources
There is a deluge of reading materials, especially with the current affairs. We have plenty of newspapers, websites, monthly magazines, yearly magazines at our disposal. Hence, aspirants may get confused on what to refer to. Hence, it is important to identify the most useful resources for the OPSC exam.
Step 3: Check Time Allocation
You must read only the relevant news articles thoroughly. However, while doing so, make sure you are not spending more than an hour reading newspapers. You should finish reading daily current affairs within 2 hours. Freshers may take a bit longer in the beginning. However, make sure you limit the time to two hours per day during the weekdays. During the weekend, make sure you revise your notes at least once.
Step 4: Leverage online tools to make notes
While it is advisable to make small handwritten notes from important editorials for answer-writing, you should avoid doing so for all the current affairs as it is extremely time-consuming. However, you can leverage the benefits of online tools like Evernote, google docs, etc. to prepare notes online. All you need to do is copy the content from the website and paste it into your doc. Make sure you organize the content according to the subject so that it is convenient to look for them when in need.
Step 5: Keep Revising the Current Affairs
Revision is extremely important when it comes to current affairs. While the static portion of the syllabus is limited, current affairs get piled up by the day. Hence, if you haven’t indulged in constant revision, it will be extremely difficult for you at the end to look up the current affairs for an entire year. Hence, keep revising the current affairs constantly so that you never lose a track of it. Incorporate them in answer-writing and keep referring to the current affairs even while preparing the static topics.
At the End, follows the about 5-point strategy honestly success will kiss your feet.