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How to make notes from newspapers for UPSC

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We all accept the fact that reading newspapers is important for preparation of competitive exams. It becomes even more important for current affairs heavy exams like the Civil Services and for all UPSC exams for that matter. It is also important for exams like Bank PO and SSC.

There is so much to read in a newspaper everyday. It is virtually impossible to read each and everything and remember it. I would even say that reading everything and trying to remember everything is more harmful than it is helpful.

The question is how do we read so much stuff and how do we make meaningful notes out of it.

Here are seven steps on how to read the newspaper and make notes from the perspective of competitive exams.

Step 1.

Understand the different sections of the newspaper.

There are sections which cover events. These sections could be on different topics such as politics, environment, science, technology, business, and sports.

Editorial sections contains opinions and analysis on different subjects and often contains point of views.

Review sections contain evaluations of different products, technologies, or strategies.

Understand that different sections contain different types of information and must be read differently.

Step 2.

Learn to ignore small and trivial incidents. Do not waste time on a controversy around a statement or a small result of a contest. Focus on bigger issues.

Step 3.

Read the review and editorial sections very carefully. This is one reason we update editorials of leading newspapers on UPSCguide FB page

Step 4.

Mark the important news and create a list of events, people, outcomes.

Step 5.

Associate the items in the list with other people, and events. For example, if Gulzar received the Dada Saheb Phalke award, who won it last year?

Step 6.

Do not waste time on meaningless entertainment section. I am not asking you to avoid entertainment, just keep it separate from serious study.

Step 7.

Last and foremost, be regular. Stay updated and stay updated regularly.

You will find a big change in your current affairs preparation within one month.