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Current Affairs Strategy

Current Affairs Strategy

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Prepared by Mr. Kannan DEO (Topics frequently asked in UPSC Prelims GS Questions) Note: 1. Following Topics to be covered while reading ‘The Hindu’ and Competitive Monthly Magazines (Competition Wizard or Civil Service Chronicle or Civil Service Times – Preferably any one) 2. If possible students are suggested to take down daily notes on the basis of topics covered here. 1. NATIONAL 1. New Govt. schemes 2. Newly constituted committees on national issues. 3. Newly appointed heads of important offices 4. Inter state disputes 5. Important places in news 2. BILATERAL 1. Recent trade pacts like FTA, trade targets, items of trade, grouping in WTO 2. Bilateral defence deals and military exercises. 3. Bilateral visits by heads of nations 4. Bilateral summits (Place, theme to summit, issues discussed in summit) 5. Bilateral, trilateral and regional forums Eg : - IBSA, SAARC 3. ECONOMICS 1. RBI – monetary policy changes – CRR, Bank Rate, Forex reserves, inflation rate etc 2. Finance Ministry – Fiscal policy-tax rates, tax holidays, committees appointed to review exciting tax structures. 3. CSO – National income, Per capita income, GDP growth rate, Base year, Poverty rate etc. 4. Central Govt. schemes of Employment Generation (NREGP), Social welfare (NOAP, ICDS, MDMS), Poverty eradication (AAY), Infrastructure development (NURM, NHDP)/ 5. SEBI – Stock exchanges, Stock indexes, disinvestments, scams, committees 6. TRADE- Export items, Import items, export targets of various sector, trade pacts 7. PLANNING – Plan period, GDP target, priorities, sectoral allocations 8. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS WTO – Summits, discussed issues, groupings formed for trade dialogue. IMF, WB - development agenda, loans and grants UNDP – Theme, HDR, HDI rankings, ILO, UNCTAD reports. 4. POLITY 1. New amendments 2. National issues – Any related article in constitution 3. Major Supreme court verdict in national issues 4. Important committees related to constitution 5. Inter state river water, territorial disputes 5. INTERNATIONAL

CEO’s of major corporate bodies. 7. recent members. Declaration issued. range.Noble prize.S. planet name. civil war. 2. International peacekeeping operations – Indian role and presence 5.Literature – Jnanpith. International . comets and asteroids 4. inventors etc. 3. LB Shasthri award for excellence in pub-ad etc. Non Proliferation issues and related treaties. major agenda. purpose.Recenlty tested missiles – Name.1. Ramon Magsaysay Awards (Asian Nobel prize). missiles. S. Code name. TI . 4. Colombia shuttle crash. Recent bodies like Strategic Forces Command etc. observers. . Space accidents – Jupiter & Shoemaker levy-4 crash. 2. funding. Space phenomenon – Possible Asteroids threat etc. News makers. Right livelihood (Alternative Nobel prize). period. Discoveries – Names of recently discovered planets. disarmament and development . Sahithya Academy. treaties. AWARDS 1. 9. Newly elected head of nations and important world organisations.Greenpeace etc. space research organization(country) and name of spacecraft. Navy and Air force exercises – Place. Bilateral military. Bhatnagar . Vyas Samman.Sports – Rajiv Khel ratna – Arjuna – Dhronacharya . Bilateral defence deals-Fighters.. Oscar awards (cinema)/ Grammy awards (music). 2. DEFENCE 1. Booker – Pulitzer. 6.Science – Kalinga. nature of operation. Gandhi peace prize.Cinema – IFFI. 2. International space projects like Galileo (GPS). recent attacks and assassination.Civilian – Bharath Rathna. total membership. Dadasaheb phalke. Recent space missions – name of space mission. 3. type. SPACE 1. Terrorism – Organisations. international efforts to curb it(UN resolutions. speed. International Space station 5. 8. 2. 3. International disputes – Territorial claims. 3. nuclear capability. Saraswathi samman etc. venue of next summit. National . International summits – theme of summit. National Awards . indigenous or joint production. Major national and international award winners. WSF. 4. IG prize for peace. International forums and NGO’s – WEF. PERSONALITIES 1.Social service – IG national integration. ships. submarines. radars etc.Templeton awards etc. .) 6. technology used.Orange-Dylan Thomas awards (Literature) Abel prize. 4.

2. 2. South Asian games-mascot.Storms – Cyclone – typhoon (names of it Ex. Books which recently got national/international awards. In the line of fire. R. river of a country. Magazines . Major temples / festivals / Eg. 4. Commonwealth. . recent . .Major treaties like Montreal – Kyoto – Basel – Cartegena etc. Dhina Mani(Tamil) 2. Major national international records. Newly added disciplines. 5.Summits like UNFCCC. (Naom Chomsky.Gustav) . storm. Salman rushdie. player. India year book* . Controversial books. 2. Accidents and natural disasters – Valcano action. Recent ones containing issues of national and international importance 2. Doping cases-drug used. Questions based on national census(2001).Disease outbreak (ex.Frontline .Yojana 3. 3.Economic times. Bird flu) -Recent campaigns by environmental agencies like 13. Dailies . Vikram Seth.Personalities in Dance. Popular writers of National/ International fame. Economic Survey*. Arts and Theatre currently in news 14. Shashi Tharoor. ENVIRONMENT . Areas of bilateral and international disputes (islands etc). no of countries participated. Lajja. Location of important cities. ban period. MAP BASED QUESTIONS. Folk arts and states 5. (eg. Narayan 11. Arunthathi roy. BOOKS AND AUTHORS 1. Satanic verses) 3.Katrina. 4.10. Grand slam titles in tennis 12. 4. Recent kumba mela. Earthquake. Asian. Any major calamities (Valcanoe. CULTURE AND ART 1.K. country 5. 3. Countries – language wise. Manorama year book. top Medal winning countries 4. UNESCO World heritage sites. STUDY MATERIALS FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS AREA 1. Tsunami. UNEP etc.) 3. 4.Nargis.Calamities. Olympic. nuclear accident.The Hindu* . 1. . SPORTS 1. Players and sports events. Dances of Indian states.

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