The importance of reading newspaper is well known to all IAS Aspirants and play a vital role in their preparations. Among so many newspapers, “The Hindu” is the most preferred one as a number of questions are directly or indirectly asked from it. There is no way you are getting selected without reading it. If you can endure it for the first few months, it actually gets easier.
But the concern here is how one should read the Hindu newspaper for IAS Preparation. That is why Educolada is here to help the Aspirants know the tricks and tips for faster yet effective reading of the Hindu newspaper.
Apply This Defined Formula:
The particular formula of – WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY and HOW always comes first while reading any newspaper. A good newspaper is written in a very specific formula from a bird’s eye view making sure that the headline informs you of the key upshot. As an IAS Aspirant, you have to read it in a mission mode and not just for the sake of UPSC preparation.
Do Not Skip This Important Page:
Always read the Editorial page of the Hindu as it is the most important page from the perspective of UPSC Exam. Start with the editorials (usually 2) given on the left margin and 1 in the centre. Then move to the “lead” article. It will strengthen your reading skills and leave you with new difficult words which will be an addition to your dictionary.
Categorization of News:
The simplest way to read and retain the information of the newspaper is to divide the most talked about issues into few categories like: Government Policies and Schemes, Economic Policies, Environment & Biodiversity, International Relations, Personalities and Awards, International Organizations, Health and Medicine, Science and Technology, Miscellaneous etc.
Don’t Miss Thursday’s Edition:
Science and Technology coverage should not be skipped as it covers many questions both in prelims and in mains as well. You do not need to mug up any kind of facts, just focus on the trending topics and analyze them as they change in particular area.
Know What is Irrelevant:
Remember not to over sweat on covering a lot of grounds. Do not waste your precious time in reading news related to Sports and Entertainment. The reason you are suggested to read the Hindu newspaper is because it focuses less on junk and promotional news. Also avoid reading open page on Sundays because the content written is not useful from the examination approach.
Focus on Relevant Articles:
Identify social issues and challenges faced in the society. Understand its pros and cons and also note down the recent incidents. You can quote them to substantiate your point. While you note down the judgments, also understand its relevance in your syllabus.
Therefore, religiously one hour reading of “The Hindu’” newspaper as a daily exercise is a cheap medicine with multiple benefits.Utilize it Wisely.