Firstly, Editorials only from the two national newspapers namely, ‘The Hindu’ and ‘Indian Express’ are to be read if your aim is the Civil Services Examination.
How to read the Newspapers is the first question, which is asked by the IAS aspirants. Reading the Newspapers for IAS exam is imperative to get the best insights and critical analysis of government policies. The editorial columns of the Newspapers help immensely in the IAS Preparation because they have a very detailed and comprehensive approach to cover important topics for IAS Exam.
- Why only these two sources are suggested is because editorials from these two newspapers are 98% of the times neutral, unbiased, multilaterally explained and very reasonable and rational in their opinions and approach towards any topic. All these are the prime requirements from an aspirant writing the CSE mains answer papers.
- Editorials are important along with the news in question as it lays your basis to forming an opinion on any news article or prevailing topic in discussion.
- Secondly, three different editorials on one same issue for example, will provide you with three distinct viewpoints by three different analysts, giving you a deeper insight and an all round opinion about the subject matter.
- Lastly but also most importantly, it’ll provide you with direct facts, stats and data figures from the preliminary examination perspective and improve your vocabulary, language skills and answer writing precision from the mains and essay perspective.
People say that reading the newspaper is an art, but it can very well be mastered with practice and we tell you how
Focus on the Issue not the news: Suppose there is a news headlined as “High Court judge removed from his seat”. So instead of reading who is removed, what he did to be removed, when was he removed. etc. focus on “How a High Court judge can be removed”, “What provision does our Constitution have for the removal of a judge from his seat”, “What effects could it have on our nation and upcoming generation” etc.
- Categorise the news: Divide the news or issues into a few categories like Environment & Biodiversity, International Relations, Personalities & Awards, Government Policies & Schemes, Economic Policies, International Organisations, Science and Technology, Health and Medicine, Miscellaneous etc.
- Matter in “The Hindu” is not enough in itself: Surf the internet and gather more information about the topics of importance.