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Bank or any other job interviews. MPPSC. they ask you quest Your profile is made up of: Your Location + Academic Background + hobbies and Extra- Socio. whether UPSC. if you are an MBBS or Pharmacist. Secretary. IBPS. For example. Why? Because the magazines have the page limit. Cricket. the current affairs relate to TB/HIV/M research. you need facts and viewpoints. To write a decent essay. political. In the UPSC IAS. UPPSC. such magazines or websites for competitive exams do not help you in the pro role-playing questions. Computer: then you are supposed to know the current affairs related Most of the people. etc. you have to read newspapers. (i.A (English): What’s the latest trend in English literature? What was the controv festival? And so on. CAT or any interview and heavy competition. they’re only supple a newspaper. if you’re DSP.e.. If you’re a B. GPSC. Mains and interview) current affairs. IPS or CAT/IIM. Secondly.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. State PSC aspirants or MBA aspirants: they don’t pr current affairs until the 11th hour. MPSC.. For this you need “Fodder”.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . to cover Same goes for the readymade blogs/ websites dealing with current-affairs. they’ve to put big advertisement of coaching classes. Such magazines only serve as “supplement” and not as “substitute” of the newspapers. they cannot give justice to every sin because on every second page. etc. Tennis. and new fodder material. administrative and economic problems of your city. Chess. district and state. Because in the government job exams. http://mrunal. at all three stages (preliminary. And (Sometimes) the role-playing questions about how will you tackle them.html Whether you are preparing for UPSC. KPSC. When the interview or group-discussion (GD) is barely 2 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM .

(Your Administrative reforms for the “profile Based Questions”) 1.. No need to do Ph. Press conference of government.. You don’t have to become a share market expert. Press conferences of political parties and civil society. 3. that should give you a asked directly or indirectly from newspaper. The big full-page advertisements given by ruling party. All you have to do is brief highlight of what was the scam the presence status in investigation or court and how to prevent it in future. administrative press conference of union and State government. Most important part is “who runs the scheme?” for example NREGA rural development Ministry (and not under Labour Ministry) 4.D on every scam. Various bills. But now experts and poli 3 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . Election related items: what will the initiatives taken by the election commission? Any probl 5. If there is some really good colum Bibek Debroy). And then read the newspaper keeping that in mind. 3. Therefore.html Then They start google searching for GK related to their profile. you cannot cover all satisfactorily. Mr XYZ the accountant of store-dept in Commonwealth games misreported a Learn to skip the garbage sentences while you are reading a news item. 2.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. You might have seen some coaching “Sirs” advising that you must-read Hindu and Econo overkill. cri It depends on your time and energy. You don’t have to October 2007. where they announce various policies. about their achievements. Same goes for elections: The XYZ by-elections were conducted on 23th October 2004 in belong with JYZ Political party defeated Maoists kidnap a collector = name of the collector is not important. they list out the va and provisions in it. It is important because. not the press conference of Congress 2.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . minutes of Cabinet meetings. You have to prepare these for both Union as well as your own state Government. 1. but you don’t have to go through two or thre First go through the old question papers of UPSC (at least last three years). daily reading of newspape Even if you’re going to write your Mains exam in Hindi/ Gujarati/ Tamil / Telugu medi newspapers because the local newspapers only serve the “masala” news of politics. http://mrunal. (This usual on the birth anniversary of Nehru Gandhi Family). In such a short time. then following him is excellent. otherwise one newspaper is enough.

France. Reason for the rail accident and suggest = important. 4. CPI etc. UK. 2. But t phenomenons = important. Planning Commission etc. NASSCOM etc. EU etc.. What treaties or trade pacts did they sign? What is going on in UN. 6. and particularly what India did in 7. 3.) Any major event: the democratic uprising in Middle East. landslides or tsunamis on which date= not important. International: ASEAN. How much does it weigh? = not importa When and How many men did leopards kill in Maharashtra = not important.. that does not affect future of the World. 4. World Bank. IIP. RBI. Lady Gaga or Justine Timberlake’s world tours. SEBI. Not the “numbers” but the reasons behind that number and the 5. Press conference or press note by Government. GDP. is explained read it.) 3. 6. http://mrunal. WPI. Columns and Editorials related to Economy. IMF. 3. (they usually complaint or suggest about Government policie houses. ASSOCHAM. Why is leopar important. How many killed in floods. 2. Israel palestine.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . What is Government doing to stop the leopard? = important. SP says BSP took 50 crores or vice versa = not important. US vs Chin NATO-Afghanistan and so on. 1. China. World Bank? Elections in the big nations : USA.html comprehensive hostage-crisis guideline after this incidence= important. For example sex-scandles of Sarkozy. Science and Tech related items for example CERN. Climate change. ISRO sends an artificial satellite = important. 1. missle tests so on. should also note down the names of Chaimen of various 4 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . G20 etc . Meetings of organisations such as ASEAN. environment related news. Railway accidents. 1. 4. China’s space program. Political or military coup (usually in South America and Africa. More on How to prepare India and World topic for General Studies (Mains) Paper II. 8. How many people are killed in a car bomb blast in Pakistan or Afghanistan? XYZ researchers found out that eating tomato daily helps preventing tooth ache = not import Anything “small-time”. 2. Bilateral visits of prime ministers and presidents. Russia. Those preparing for Bank exams. 5. how many killed =not important.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.

Similarly there is one Yogindar Alagh in Indianexpress. the yearbo government schemes etc. For example Shekhar Gupta for IndianExpress on S written by experts (including self-proclaimed experts) on a particular topic of politics.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . pottery. Maintain the balance: some column writers have a habit of being totally cynical and anti-Gov Singh of Indianexpress. which you can use in your mains / essay / interview answers. That itself is not important. 2. But not every sentence and line is imp it. It’s not worth the “Cost-benefit” ratio. 2. appear here. There is a narrow column on the left hand side of the front page. econom Usually columns are made up of 7-8 paragraphs. if IIP was 0.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. Reason most example..” And if you criticise the Government. “Bihar Mahadalit Land Racket. For example. For example in Indianexpress. then you should also offer the reform suggestions. Some people use highlighters to mark important lines and then file those newspaper cu suits you (noting down or filing the cuttings). the political turomil every week. Important Questions are : is this IIP good or bad? And why is it good or bad? What’ll economy and Government / RBI policies? 1. who pretends to write on rural Devel that when I was a minister”=Not important. Lifestyle = painting. But in Nepal. “Numbers”. These are big paragraphs like articles in the centre pages of a newspaper. So skip him. music. most of which cannot be afforded by m 5 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . the Prime ministers are changed every wee ball commentery of everything..13 on Jan-2012. it turns out they’re quite older than what th Editorial is written by the editor himself. http://mrunal. while I do admire her for having the guts to openly write against Son your answers. So just note them down. Whether it w important. most of the time.html 1. b. Daily Ups and downs of sharemarket. You must not admire or criticize a particular individual (minister / politician) in don’t prepare a line that is “too leftist” or “too rightists.” If you are a candidate from Bihar. Generally each article has photo of the author and usually the author gives a 20 years’ old pho you ever happen to see them in actual TV Debate. history and future re a. you should it. fashion events etc. But Not every column is worth your time and energy. The main news item on the frontpage: it is usually “not-very-important”. Because Economy is not about number but the meaning.

Circle down on important lines from the news (which news. Unless something rela example should BCCI be brought under RTI? And the copyright act vs Bollywood.html The last 3-4 pages of English newspaper are devoted to this. Navjivan Trust of A’bad says no to Gujarati version of “Let’s kill Gandhi” written by Tushar Gujarat Maritime Board and pollution board gives clearance to ship-breaking of Exxon 6 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . And last but not the least a newspaper. http://mrunal. ^none of above. 3. For others. A Red colored 0. folders. Keep the red pen handy.. Loose papers. that is already explained above). is important. Needs certain tools. A study-desk or Table 2. Sanjay Joshi’s men have put posters against Modi in Ahmedabad.. Is usually Gujarat / Ahmedabad news for example 20 people died in car accident in rajkot xyz girl eloped with a neighbour A cop was found taking bribes Stone-pelting and rioting in XYZ part of Ahmedabad after a cricket match. just follow the same procedure for your Indianexpress/ Hindu. Anything historic about Sports will get published in the competi blogs/ current-affairs related websites anyways. notebooks 4. So daily following these sports-pages = not w Bollywood and cricket related news = not important in any case.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. 1.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . Keshubhai Patel said XYZ against Narendra Modi.7mm ballpoint pen and or a red sketch pen. if your “hobby” is tennis or ches related sport-news. I say just skip it. I’m taking Gujarat Edition of Indian express as reference.

Bicycle distribution and Vidhyalaxmi scheme. Highlight the important news lines for example the timing of Balika Vadhu. Same is not possible in a notebook. We are done with 5 pages These are devoted to “national news” Only concentrate on important exam oriented news. http://mrunal. Haha just Most important. Skip it. Highlight the important news lines and move on. administration. cut and file them.html contains dangerous chemicals.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . (Names are not important. when the follow up ne QFIs..250/. The advantage of loose papers = you can add more pages between.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.. Folder / Notebook Administration 7 of 17 Sorting All the polity. OR you can write these in loose pap separate folders.to all Government school students who li apart from the mid-day meal. Highlight the gems diagrams. Underline the important lines using Highlight the gemstones and move on. Go through those red lines and either write them in the relevant notebook / cut and file it. but the important part is the big “en of ship-breakers in Alang” Gujarat State Government launches “Girl Child education” and “School enrollment drive Ahmedabad Municipal corp will give Rs. Development related items should be either wr 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . Scan through every item. Your can either keep five separate full-scape notebooks. Now it is time for review. We are done highlighting the important newslines. including small box news.

. which is again important for the Mains exam.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.news related to hobbies.. http://mrunal. environment.write or paste the part. First part. You’ve to do this on daily basis. In the beginning. 2012 | Category: strategy 109 comments to [Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than one hour « Older Comments 1 2 8 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . They don’t read every line of a newspap the lines and hand automatically highlights the keywords. Topicwise Boo UPSC (Mains) Exam [Strategy] Electrical Engineering: Topicwise Boo [Strategy] Gujarati Literature for UPSC Mains E Booklist [Strategy] How to spend 9 Months? To those fail reappear in 2013 June 6th.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . It’s an art and can be mastered only also improves your handwriting speed.html Economics Your profile S&T International Same exercise One file or notebook. you’ll develop the expertize of weeding out the unimportant news and note down th I’ve seen Maestros who write the summary note of entire The Hindu newspaper on just o without missing even a single important item. make three sub-parts in it.about your academic background Third part. Just because mains are over. you can read it using google reader: Click me to le [Strategy] UPSC Civil Service Exam (Part 5 of 5 prepare for State PSC etc [Strategy] UPSC Civil Service Exam (Part 3 of 5 prelims and Mains [Strategy] Jammu Kashmir Administrative Servic off by Shoaib Noor [Strategy] Mathematics : Strategy. IF you’re unable to get Hindu in your city. Same exercise ^ you don’t have to write the entire sentences highlighted in red-pen but just the keywords or phras entire issue. Like a professional athlete This must be your daily regime as long as you’re a contender. this’d be time-consuming mental torturing exercise. All the science-tech. climate change related stuff. But with time. doesn’t mean you stop this.

prefer keywords. short sentences while making notes. This takes to do justice to my optional subjects.. for example Justice Katju = press council... relevance and future implications of it. Yumii October 11. Please advise. http://mrunal.html suma October 9. I am finding these pointers quite useful while making notes from T and I would appreciate if you respond to these. could you uploa on this web site for our reference? 2. 2. 2012 at 11:24 AM · Reply Dear Mrunal. But by and large. diplom verbatim. Your posts are really helpful.. due to which my n Since you mentioned that we should keep some “fodder” material keeping Mains into consideration news item and try to think about the background. hence wanted to ask yo Thanks. 2012 at 9:53 PM · Reply THANK U VERY MUCH SIR. (because this information is important for MCQ or 2 But there is some really important statement/analysis/quote on economy.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . it depends on the nature of sentence and topic. Beside they ask about map related question.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.. If it is not inconvenient for you. Thank you for your suggestions. =) xyz 9 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . 2012 at 7:59 PM · Reply 1. I think there wasn’t any question on maps in 2011′s paper either but UPSC is infamous for be still many months left before 2013′s exam so I suggest you should prepare atlas as well. Development. IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF REMOVING OPTIONAL PAPER IN MAINS BY 2015??? PLS LET ME KNOW ABT IT SIR!!! Madhavi October 11. 1. 2012 at 7:01 PM · Reply Thank you. I get tempted to copy down whole sentences instead of writing just keywords. Mrunal October 13. I also would like to know whether we should refer to Atlas simultaneously while reading a newsp questions in Prelims these days? I did not come across any in CSAT 2012.

”Destination”. And change it to “Save as PDF”. You Are Done. I do read online…. Would you please mind to tell me whether you read The Hindu e-paper(S their website.. Click on that Destination tab “Change”. 2012 at 6:48 PM · Reply Sir. On the left tool bar there is a tab . Mrunal October 13. 2012 at 8:42 AM · Reply @Amit: Hello.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than .thehindu.. News items can be saved as pdf files on computer and I use foxit reader to read them and highlight important words.. there is a Print option on top of that article or just press Ctrl + P.html October 11.!!! Thanks a bunch again!!! 10 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM .com ? I see benefits from it. Click an article .com in Chrome. This is Deepti. 2012 at 10:59 PM · Reply great job! Amit October 12.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. If you are using any other browser then please switch to Google Chrome because i am a Deepti Chahar November 8. 2012 at 2:57 AM · Reply If u open TheHindu. 2012 at 6:37 PM · Reply @Manu Jha: Yeah…it worked…thank you very much Sir. Is it ok to read from web-version of Hindu from http://www. 2012 at 8:10 PM · Reply yes you can. http://mrunal. Deepti Chahar October 29.don’t know how to get the news open in Foxit Reader??? Thank you in advance! Manu Jha November 8.

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2012 at 10:52 AM · Reply thank you mrunal sir u are great simply marvellous keep up the good work u dnt know how much i Bless and thanks again Aamir October 30. 2012 at 8:01 PM · Reply honestly.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than . 2012 at 10:01 PM · Reply write somthing on APFC interview Sivakumar D November 3. 2012 at 10:04 AM · Reply sir..html day. 2012 at 7:26 PM · Reply Dear Sir. 2012 at 10:53 AM · Reply U are like the Jesus of Civil Service Exams-helping to find the RIGHT WAY Parshant October 30. 2012 at 8:25 PM · Reply Sir. neha October 30. the hindu and indian express both are not available in my city…only times of india and economi the hindu from website and papercopy of economic times..org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. Do I have to read artic editorials?? Everything else is same between the 2. http://mrunal. What is the possibility of changing the Mains Syllabus(common paper to all) in 2013 mains? 13 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . sir your strategy for preparing civil services exam is helping me a lot..I’m reading from The hindu and I’ve started reading Indian Express now. madhu October 29. Jagdeep Singh October 29.is it enough or not…sir please rly…I am Aamir October 30. i am impressed by y about my faults in my preparation and you really are motivating me a lot.

i was just going t and came across it. and i’m 2012 ug pa guidance sir.what do u think is more beneficial psychologically for revisions in the e (a)making notes and filing or (b)underlining keywords and filing the paper cutting? Prangyan November 7. 2012 at 2:35 PM · Reply Sir. 2012 at 12:43 AM · Reply i do follow air news and all of the exam relevant articles from different sections of it like spotlight. Is i in 2013 prelims? b.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.Is it good to complete both the options and to appear in 2014(my 1st attempt. 2012 at 10:36 AM · Reply thankyou very-very much sir for such valuable information which is very practical.int to read a news paper too. 2012 at 7:36 PM · Reply No idea sir-ji. since it is time consuming doing both and i follow few articles from frontl magazines like pd... a. deepak bharti November 14. I’ve several dilemma on attending the 2013 prelims. 2012 at 10:27 AM · Reply Sir. http://mrunal. Aiswarya November 9.Cracking IAS exam needs minimum 1 year preparation. i’ve started my pre earlier. Thank you very much for posting such valuable things.html Mrunal November 3. all the informations are student’s doubt oriented and clears many confusions re mind.org/2012/11/strategy-upsc-civil-service-exam-ias-ips-ifs-part4-time-management- Ravi Karamta November 7. I’ve only 5 more months ahead.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than .. But. 2012 at 12:33 AM · Reply While preparing news items. Read this http://mrunal. without reading newspaper reading magazine is seeing to be not perfect. once again thanks a ton sir and please keep on doing the good work…!!! ravi November 18.civil services chronicle or sort of …i am not good at writing essays my vocabula 14 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . Really blessed to see your guidance blog.

i don’t understand how to connect with them and write rashi November 19. vandana November 21..html but the informative part of it for example if i were asked for certain scheme i put forth the acts relev its performance depending on the question .[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than .. thanks a lot! aishwarya November 20. and the hindu is not available here.. 2012 at 11:45 AM · Reply sir when is RBI 2012 grade B exam scheduled for?? No notification out yet? Devendra November 21.p. 2012 at 11:27 AM · Reply sir i m living in outskirts of h. 2012 at 9:05 PM · Reply Awesome article ! i have gone through so many sites but not even a single site gives so accurate a They say study 6-8 hours but they don’t tell what are the important topics and what are unimportant read these articles.com 15 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . It will always be bookmarked in my laptop. 2012 at 11:48 AM · Reply Read the online epaper of Indian Express http://epaper. Partho November 21. and i ha i be able to complete all the notes if i will prepare it from online site of the hindu? or it is necessary please sir suggest me because sir i m beginner for preparation… and want to appear in 2013 ias e thank you sir. http://mrunal.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. a candidate should keep utmost focus on continuin anxiously for the notification and then picking up the books. 2012 at 1:29 AM · Reply NOM but Mrunal has said a lot of times in pastas well… plz focus on preparation rather than on if it comes in Nov or Dec or Jan ? What would matter is whether you are well prepared to write less no of vacancies in this particular exam. but i read tribune daily.indianexpress. 2012 at 9:02 PM · Reply Awesome article ! rashi November 19.

i always feel lost when it comes to newspaper reading..done with it. (They’d be availa Praful November 23. 2012 at 8:55 PM · Reply Welcome.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias. 2012 at 8:34 PM · Reply thanks alot partho Partho November 21.html And the Hindu Editorial/opinion Page online. 2012 at 1:28 PM · Reply 16 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . 2012 at 10:42 AM · Reply thank you sir.this article has defi enjoyable. 2012 at 10:03 AM · Reply You can start with Maharashtra State Education textbooks from class 7 to 12.thanks a lot again Praful November 22. aryaa November 22. I am preparing for Maharashtra State Services..can u pls gimme list of books for History and Geogr Mrunal November 23.. 2012 at 4:28 PM · Reply hello sir vandana November 21. 2012 at 4:48 PM · Reply Hi Mrunal Sir.thanks a lot.right? Praful November 23. 2012 at 1:27 PM · Reply Yaah. http://mrunal.But that alone be sufficient.I am more focused in my approach now. ashish November 21.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than .

« Older Comments 1 2 « [Economy] Definition of 100+ (A-Z) Terms of Economics from BBC [Diplomacy] Sir Cre 17 of 17 11/24/2012 1:29 AM . in upsc page you told that if IIP was 0.. static polity. Important Questions are : is this IIP good or bad? And why is it good or bad? What’ll be its impact o Government / RBI policies? BUT SIR. You don’ to get selected.BALAJI November 22. http://mrunal.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias..right?Pls suggest some recognise R.done with it.html Yaah.in some exam they asked this type of questions sir Mrunal November 23. 2012 at 11:23 PM · Reply respceted sir.[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than .. 2012 at 9:46 AM · Reply ofcourse there will be some trivial questions like that. history etc.13 on Jan-2012. That itself is not important.But that alone wont be sufficient. Wh not important. But they’re not worth mugging up given th invest that much time and energy practicing more of aptitude.