Current affairs is an important part of UPSC CSE preparations.

But choosing the right source from an overwhelming amount of information can be tough.

Bhopal resident Ria Dabi (23) cleared UPSC CSE 2020 and secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 15 in the examination.

She pursued political science from Lady Shri Ram College, DU, and started preparing for the exam soon after.

“I always knew I wanted to attempt the CSE. Having witnessed my older sister (Tina Dabi) clear the exam and top it has been an inspiration for me.” 

The topper shares some techniques that worked for her while preparing for the current affairs section in the exam. 

Two newspapers a day: Throughout the preparation period, Ria read at least two newspapers everyday– The Indian Express and The Hindu.

In depth reading of newspapers is necessary. You can leave out sports and business pages.

Never skip the editorial: The editorial section deals with significant topics in India, which can’t be missed.

Current affairs magazines: Going through latest current affairs magazines will also help, she says.

Cut and paste:  Cut and save any snippets that center around important information.

Vital subjects include newly launched government schemes, any summit or conference, the environment, and international relations.

Study the syllabus:  Having a good knowledge of the syllabus will help you avoid wasting time on unimportant topics.

Revision is key:  Other than reading once, go through major news again and again.

No to too many resources:  “Stick to NCERT and build your foundation using it.”

Work on presentation skills:  It is also about how you present the knowledge you have.