Reading the ‘Hindu’ Effectively for Civil Services !!


The Hindu is a CSE aspirant’s most genuine source for current affairs. Nobody can possibly crack Civil Services without reading the Hindu regularly. Most of the aspirants realize it’s importance but feel perplexed when they first start reading it.

In the current post, I’ll elucidate the importance of the Hindu and define ways of reading it so as to gain maximum benefit.

How is the Hindu Different from other Indian Newspapers ?

  1. The Hindu covers ‘news’ and not ‘paparazzi’
  2. Some of the finest individuals publish their editorials in the Hindu.
  3. The English Language and syntax used in the Hindu are genuine and not mixed with Hinglish.
  4. The coverage of Current Affairs across disciplines is quite good.

How to Gain the most out of Reading the Hindu ?


Reading Hindu should be a daily activity. Invest around 1.5 hours on it daily (at least). Fix daily time for it. You can either read it in the morning or during mid day or even night. (I used to read the Hindu during evenings)


UPSC will test you on your knowledge of current affairs in relation with the world around and not in isolation. You will have to master the craft of relating news items to your General Studies (GS) syllabus.

For instance, if there is a coverage on , let’s say – drought in South India. Relate it to Geography and Environmentboth focusing on an aspect like El Nino.


If there is news about “Wanna Cry” malware, relate it to technology. Focus on hacking, cyber attacks, cyber crimes, cyber laws.


No matter how boring you find the editorials (you will at first), don’t avoid them. You will be interested over a matter of time. Nobel Laureates like Paul Krugman contribute to the Hindu weekly. Follow their posts and derive benefit out of them


The Hindu comes up with unique editions. One day of the week is fixed for the Environment and Wildlife, another for Technology so on and so forth. Make sure your read them well. In the past few years, UPSC has picked up questions from there directly. Also, buy the special editions that the Hindu publishes yearly – Hindu’s Survey on Indian Agriculture, Hindu’s Survey on Indian Industries so on and so forth


Lastly, and most importantly – make notes from the Hindu. What you read today will be forgotten by you in three days time if you don’t revise. Notes will serve the purpose of a good compilation especially when the exam gets closer. I had maintained a note book (discipline wise). You can do the same. These notes will be useful for Prelims and Mains both. In fact for Mains, they will one of your most handy resource.

Most Important Aspects to Cover while reading the Hindu

  • Polity
  • International Relations
  • World Economy
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Wildlife
  • Technology
  • Research

What to Skip while reading the Hindu ?

  • Bollywood Snippets
  • Articles on Philosophy
  • Rowdy political statements

Start reading the Hindu effectively from today itself and help scale up your preparation.

All the very best.


Akriti Mattu

  • Sneha

    Mam I am a huge fan of yours. It is so good that you have dedicated this portal for Civil Services aspirants. Please guide me and tell me that is it mandatory to read more than 3 newspapers per day ?

    • Hi Sneha

      Your words are most kind. You don’t have to read 3 newspapers per day. Rather focus on reading the Hindu thoroughly. It will help you a lot.

  • Priyanka

    Mam,it’s so nice that you are helping civil services aspirants.kindly share your detailed time table for cse preparation.

  • Hi,
    I came here while browsing Quora. So, I apologise if I am posting a query at a wrong place.
    I am reading class 11 ncert Indian art book. What are the other books that I need to read to cover art and culture portion of CSE? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi.

      You don’t need to apologize Bimal.

      Art and Culture comes across as a tricky component of the GS Syllabus to a lot of aspirants. The syllabus is expansive and the topics unclear.

      Art and Culture is not to be prepared in isolation. A part of it should be studied along with Indian History. The portion that is left should be studied separately.

      A few resources –

      New NCERT-Class 12th
      CCRT Website
      NIOS material
      The Hindu (Specfic Articles on Art and Culture)

      In addition to the above sources, do visit –


      Best wishes.

  • prakash pandey

    Hello mam…sorry to disturb you and also because you will have to stress yourself in reading such a long question.I am a b.a.student currently in the 2 nd year …..and i will be appearing for cse 2020 due to my age restrictions. I have already browsed the internet a lot….mrunal,unacademy,quora and a lot of other stuff but still couldn’t find a relevant answer to my question….because those answers are many and are in bits.mam my humble request is if you could please suggest me a complete strategy right from today till the interview e.g.when to start reading current affairs,what to avoid,how to make notes even from the Hindu as making notes throughout the year will be a tough task and notes will become difficult to memorize etc…..including every possible detail like which test series to join,how to prepare for static and dynamic portion,some life hacks,how to avoid getting distracted,how to make crisp notes from books and also a time table….I have 33 months to prepare and I have already bought dozens of books like India after Gandhi,spectrum,romila thapar,r.s.sharma,satish Chandra,bipin chandra,Norman Lowe for history, majid Hussain and Leong for geography,laxmikanth,dd basu,khullar for environment,nitin singhania,al basham,pushpesh pant for international relations,kartikeyan for ethics,ashok Singh for science,ramesh Singh for economics and essay and arihant past 25 years question papers plus I also have all ncerts in PDF form.mam I am highly confused and your help would prove a boon for me…..please guide me.

    • Hi Prakash,

      I’ll try my best to help you. Leave your email address here and I’ll create a PDF for you covering all the details 🙂

      Best wishes.

      • Hello mam,
        I am in the same dilemma as Prakash and your guidance would be of paramount help.Would you be able to send the same pdf to me as at my email address([email protected]).
        Thank you.

        • Manoj Prajapati

      • Siddhali Nevrekar

        Maam… Same problem of prakash is with me..
        Please do help me to..
        And Do send me also the pdf…
        [email protected]

      • Manoj Prajapati

        Maam… I have same problem of prakash.
        Please do help me to..
        And Do send me also the pdf…
        [email protected]

        • Akriti Mattu

          Apologies for the late revert. The site is currently undergoing a revamp.

          How may I help you ?

          • Manoj Prajapati

            mam, I have bought many books for preparation of civil services but not getting where to start and which subject should i preapre first and i am very confused about GK and Current Affairs that what all resource will help me in GK and Current Affair.
            Should i read multiple books or not. could you suggest me authenticate book for each subject which will help me.
            Could you help me regarding same.

            sorry for long msg


          • Start from the India Year Book.

  • Hi Shalini,

    Drop me an email at [email protected] enlisting your needs. I’ll go through them and get back to you.

  • newspaper for study great

  • Your blog is really helpful for the aspirants, thanks

    • You’re very welcome.

      I face the issue for time constraint. Else, I would have updated articles daily. I’ll try to do it in a few months.