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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 ?

READ DAILY

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)

FOCUS ON ASPECTS OF NEWS RELATED TO THE GS SYLLABUS

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.

OR

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

NEVER IGNORE EDITORIALS

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

FOCUS ON ‘UNIQUE DAY’ EDITIONS

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

MAKE NOTES

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.

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