Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Reading Newspapers and Making Current Notes (plus some of my Current Notes)

Hi,

Civil Services papers have two broad areas - static and dynamic (mainly current events related).

When you read the newspaper, always keep in mind that - GS papers are of 'General Knowledge', i.e. something which a well read mature person should know. So, my advice is that - while you should read the newspaper thoroughly and try to understand the issue and concepts at hand, never do a deep research as it may be very time consuming and may not be significant from the point of view of the exam.

Secondly, the question may arise - Which newspaper(s) and magazines? How many newspapers should I read? I would suggest that you pick only one newspaper as you have limited number of hours in your day and all the papers cover more or less same stories (especially the significant ones). The Hindu and Indian Express are two good newspapers primarily because they are limited and concise in their content and don't have many distractions and 'extra' news as in case of other tabloid styled newspapers like ToI and HT. My favorite was The Indian Express as content wise it is generally richer than The Hindu (It carries a readable Op-Ed page also apart from a page called 'I.E. Explained' which covers contemporary issues of importance in depth). Also try to read the readers' comment daily. They often give interesting insights and give you an alternative perspective than the column writers. You may also start thinking critically and may send a comment once in a while. It can be a sort of answer writing practice for you (and since in this case you will be read by millions of other readers, you will automatically more careful in writing your thoughts :) ).

Thirdly, the question may arise - What to read in the newspaper(s) and magazines? To get an idea, read last years question papers again and again to enter into the psyche of the paper setters. You will slowly realize that often conceptual things are asked and you need to learn only basic facts. Further, you will also realize that development of critical thinking is an integral part of answer writing. So, whenever you read, give a critical thought to the item you read.

Fourthly, I would also suggest that you also try to search the issue on internet or Wikipedia. Often, there are Wiki pages on all the major issues (you will find wiki pages on every possible topic - say for example, try searching Indo-China relations) which give background, causes, consequences and so on of a particular event. 

Finally, never keep cuttings of newspapers or magazines (and similarly, save the raw articles from internet) as over the time they become so bulky that you will never be able to even skim through them during exam time. make your own notes topic wise and try to find every dimension of it (background, players involved, significance for India/society/World, future possibilities and so on). By doing so, you will be kinda writing a comprehensive answer on a particular topic and you will save time on separate answer writing practice.

Here are some of my notes on current events and other topics -
  1. Current Events Notes
  2. International Organisations and Events Notes (Static Part)
These notes will give you an idea that you should organised your notes so that you don't have to save the same article many a times. You may simply make new addition to the topics already covered in such notes. 

Leave a comment if you notice some discrepancy in these notes or have some suggestion or query.

Best of luck!
Nitin Sangwan

176 comments:

  1. Hi sir ,
    Which software did you use for making notes , to edit them etc ?

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  2. yes, sir kindly answer this query as which software you used throughout the preparation for making and editing notes? Which software do u recommend?
    Also, other than indian express what were your other current affairs resources? Kindly throw some light on this.

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    1. I used MS Word only. It is not about software, but the continuous organisation of material that you read. I tried to type whatever new additions I made to my notes in a systematic manner.

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  4. sir , is it sufficient to just add additional info into those topics.

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    1. Hi Aman,

      It is difficult to say whether it is sufficient. In this exam, sky is the limit. But if you have not very organised notes, then my notes can be a good starting platform.

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  5. hi,i want to know how to prepare notes.In your notes,you have separate topics.how did you identify and manage(keep track) of those topics?

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    1. Hi Kamal,

      The question is very generic and simple and hence has a simple answer. When you make notes, you do it regularly. When you do it regularly, things automatically fall in their place. You just read and note them down in a logical sequence.

      Nitin

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  6. hello sir
    what is the right time for a candidate for preparing and making notes of current affairs who wants to appear in 2017

    who wants to appear in 2017

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    1. Hi,

      This is the right time. As making current notes (or any other notes) is necessary for better management of your time and resources.

      The earliest you do it, more will you benefit.

      Nitin

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  7. which sources you referred for Geography, Modern History, World History, Culture, Economics, while making these notes ?
    can you kindly list them ?

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    1. Hi,

      The sources are listed at the beginning of each of the documents.

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    2. Hi,

      The sources are listed at the beginning of each of the documents.

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  8. sir do you have some colleccted quotations one two liners important sayings helpful in essay and gs papers..plz share if u have

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    1. Hi Manu,

      I will try to post them soon

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  9. sir...do u read newspapers online or offline and how you add notes to word from book or paper material read offline..pls suugest

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    1. I used to read newspapers offline. However when I made notes, I referred online articles as and when required.

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    2. Hi sir,I am studying in B.Tech agriculture 2nd year..pls guide me for preparing IAS exam from this stage..

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    3. H Prajakta,

      You may start with a few basic books. The list of the books is here -

      http://meandupsc.blogspot.in/2016/06/suggested-book-list-for-upsc-civil.html

      Most of these can be ordered online. Initially order a few books only and once you are done with them, go for some other material. www.xaam.org provides all preparation related material.

      Nitin

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  10. Hi sir,

    I am a beginner for upsc 2017 prep. And i started making notes offline with 7 major divisions that are polity geography economy IR culture science n tech and environment.
    But i came across the problem that its getting difficult to categorise the events into subtopics so intensively like you did since i am doing it offline.
    Please guide me what is beneficial and best in this situation.

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    1. HI,

      Everyone faces such difficulties, but over the period of time, things fall into their place. I am sure, if you do it diligently, you woo will have no difficulties after a few months.

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  12. Hello Sir
    I am Abhinandan Jain preparing for Upsc 2017
    sir is it importnt to join any coching classes.

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    1. HI Abhinandan,

      Joinoing coaching is not mandatory at all. If you believe in yourself and are ready to workhard consistently, no coaching is required. All things that are asked in UPSC are of graduation level and hence no deep knowledge is required as such. The only thing is that the syllabus is a bit lengthy and you have to manage that.

      http://meandupsc.blogspot.in/2016/06/suggested-book-list-for-upsc-civil.html

      Here are some of the books that I think are good fort he beginners like you. Go through them and start reading them.

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  13. Nitin, I cannot even start to emphasize what a goldmine you have here! Many thanks and all the best for your training.

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  14. sir, you didn't mention which magazine to refer?? for current affairs i am refering to the indian express and civil service chronicle, as THE HINDU is costly, Rs 8/-.

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    1. Hi,

      Indian Express is a good choice. You may refer to any magaznie like Pratiyogita Darpan.

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  15. Are the current affairs notes hand typed or copied & pasted? So much of organisation of notes and updating them daily didnt kill much of your time? How much time did you give to it on a daily basis?

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    1. Hi Rishi,

      It was a mix of both. No it didn't used to take much time after a certain period because a base is created. After that only small pieces of information is added to that. On daily basis it used to take usually less than one hour (apart from the time it used to take to read the newspaper).

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    2. Hi Rishi,

      It was a mix of both. No it didn't used to take much time after a certain period because a base is created. After that only small pieces of information is added to that. On daily basis it used to take usually less than one hour (apart from the time it used to take to read the newspaper).

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  16. HI ,
    i want to ask how to read current events daily, i mean reading newspaper and going through PIB take almost 3.5 to 4 hrs everyday.How to minimize the time for current or is it okay to spend that much time for it.
    And for notes making is it advisable to make notes GS paper wise means paper 1,2,3,4 or topic-wise like environment,governance etc.
    And while making notes from newspaper , points with description should be written or just keywords and no description.

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    1. Hi Saket,

      It is a normal time duration if you are a beginner. In the course of time it will come down.

      It is better to make notes topic wise and paper wise. There should not be complete copy and paste. Instead, you should write in your own language and write crisply so that notes are manageable at the end of the day.

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  17. Sir,
    May I know detailed contents in syllabus, Like topic wise. But in civils notification only subject names are mentioned, Because if we take Geography under it 'n' no.of contents is there, regarding this I am confusing what to read and what not?
    Currently I am working in a bank.

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    1. Hi R S Reddy,

      For what to read and what not, please read past years papers thoroughly. It will help you solve your dilemma.

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    2. Hi R S Reddy,

      For what to read and what not, please read past years papers thoroughly. It will help you solve your dilemma.

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  18. Hey, Thanks so much for this. I have been wanting to ask someone who had cleared upsc and finally I found you.


    I am giving upsc prelims this year. I have done all the ncerts plus few others, but while giving mock tests I still come across few thinks which I would not have heard of or a little more than what i have come across and that scares me.

    Since this is my first prelims I want to know if even you came across this situation. I know my question is silly, sorry for this.

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    1. Hi Kaushik,

      This is just natural. To clear the prelim exam you need to know only 60/Qs out of 100. Many will be totally out of blue.

      Just focus on your strengths. Rest will be fine


      Best of luck for your exam!

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  19. Hi Nitin sir, First i want to say big thanks to you ..as u r providing ur notes for us..really like a brother u r giving ur hand for someone who really needs help. I am preparing for cse 2017 i read ur notes but i am little confused about how to answer the questions ..in ur notes u wrote facts nd reports ...but for answering a question how can we start our answer ?? please guide me with some example..and em a hindi medium student so em little worried about interview ..bcoz the board asks questions in english.

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    1. Hi Ghazia,

      Facts are to be used at appropriate places in answers. For example - if there is a question on gender inequality, you may quote figures like work force participation ratio etc.

      Regarding interview, the board can be in Hindi also. You have to give your choice for medium of interview while applying for Mains exam.

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    2. Hi Ghazia,

      Facts are to be used at appropriate places in answers. For example - if there is a question on gender inequality, you may quote figures like work force participation ratio etc.

      Regarding interview, the board can be in Hindi also. You have to give your choice for medium of interview while applying for Mains exam.

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    1. Hi Nitin sir, thank you for this background its very useful for beginners like me. I am preparing for upsc 2017 from july 2016 but i a little bit confused as i am giving bank xams also from 2014 but not successful anywhere upsc is a dream job for everyone i wanted to prepare for upsc always but my parents want me to get first bank job as a backup but now after spending 2 yrs for bank nd still keeping it side by side with upsc plzz guide me weather i should go for upsc along with bank as backup or only for bank exams. i m a CS engg 2014 batch from UPTU. now i m so much frustated that i m unable to take any right decision. whenever i m trying to quit upsc don't know why again after 2-3 days i go for searching upsc preparation. plzz guide me sir

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    2. Hi Aakrati,

      It is always better to focus on one thing instead of having multiple targets.

      Follow your heart keeping in mind tour capabilities. If you think you can study really hard, UPSC can be your target as well.

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    3. Hi Aakrati,

      It is always better to focus on one thing instead of having multiple targets.

      Follow your heart keeping in mind tour capabilities. If you think you can study really hard, UPSC can be your target as well.

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  22. Hello Nitin Sir..sir i have many doubts regarding preparation and i find you will guide me through..please mail me @ gautam.gurjar@gmail.com......humble request sir

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    1. Hi Gautam,

      I will definitely try to help you out. But please put your doubts here. It will benefit a lot of other aspirants like you as well. I have created this blog for this reason only as I have to write similar mails again and again to aspirant like you.

      Best of luck!

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    2. No issues sir..this would be good idea. Sir i am full time working professional but i want to prepare for UPSC only. I want you to guide me how i supposed to prepare and manage time.
      i want you to guide to the point.....its request as i am in lot of dilemma.

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    3. Hi Gautam,

      I have answered to this question in one of the comments in one of my posts. Kindly go through.

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  23. Hi sir,
    I am a absolute beginner and I am confused wether to prepare notes for current affairs from now only or not ? Should I start after finishing ncert's? I am going to give exam in 2018. And I am really confused how to make notes for current affairs and when to start? If u suggest me something it would be of great help.
    Thank u

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    1. Hi Rakesh,

      I suggest you to read past years papers and syllabus multiple times to get an idea about the topics which need to be covered from current events sources like newspapers. And the earlier you start, better it is. Make separate sections in your notes as per syllabus.

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  24. Sir, I'm preparing for CSE 2017. I'm finding it difficult to revise Current Affairs. Did you revise the CA weekly/ monthly. How would you suggest aspirants to go about with it ?

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    1. Hi Swethaa,

      Better you revise selected portions as frequently as possible. When you read newspaper and magazines, try to make notes. It will automatically revise the CA.

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  25. Thanks sir..... Notes are extremely helpful.

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  26. Thanks sir..... Notes are extremely helpful.

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  27. hello sir .. first i want to congrats you .. for your success and thanks you for providing such impeccable ideas..sir i too have a problem actually i also didn't believe in coaching and all.. instead i currently follow an app name U.PSC and IAS baba..i want to know that are these apps really helpfull..

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    1. Hi Raghwendra,

      I haven't used these apps, but the quality of material on the upcoming apps and online guidance portals is comparable and even better than regular classes by prominent coaching institutes.

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  28. i request you to please provide a perfect time table for study more than 11 hours a day..i want to take sociology and geography as my optional..is it will better to take two different optional papers

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    1. Hi Raghwendra,

      It is better if you make your own time table as per your aptitude. Secondly, UPSC has only one optional now a days.

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  30. Sir Want to that if I am reading Hindu daily and revise Current affairs by Online website like Insight online ias,Ias baba,Vision with their mind map.
    So at the end of the month I will get also hard copy and soft copy of segregated CA notes for all months.

    So it is necessary to make CA notes by self,if I am following any one like vision CA notes etc.
    Please Comment this is necessary for me.

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    1. Hi Mayank,

      Making your own notes gives you a certain degree of confidence and proficiency in CA which ready made notes like that of Vision IAS cannot give. In my opinion, they can be supplementary at best and not the primary source for CA.

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  31. Hai Sir thanks a lot for sharing your notes t gives a clear cut idea in making notes
    All the best for your training sir

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  32. Hi Sir, Thanks a lot for ur help. Now a new problem occur before me after reading The Hindu and IASBABA's DNA i am unable to revise them..plzz help me . And getting the same thing in Chronicle magazine nd Drishti current affairs magazine.. em confusing??? what to do ??plzz suggest me how to maintain them..i spend a lot of hours on current affairs nd get little time for subjects like history , geography nd so on. plz tell me how to work smartly??

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    2. I have one suggestion for you. Limit your sources of current affairs. Don't refer so many resources. Just one newspaper and notes of any institution will be sufficient. If you cannot revise what you read, it might not be helpful at all.

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  33. Sir Want to know that online note is good and effective or offline... Please guide...

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    1. Hi Mayank,

      If the content is same, it doesn't make a difference. It depends from person to person. Online notes can be easier to manage if you are well versed with computer/laptop/notepads.

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  35. Hello Sir, Thank you so much...
    Please Guide me, Actually I want to Join any test series for UPSC-2017 but due to budget constraints, So I have Decided to go with
    1) Insight on line IAS Treat series..
    2) IAS Baba ILP-2017 Program
    I want to study effective and efficient manner so that I can score good marks in prelims as well as mains...So I think which one I can join... because they have proper time table for 300 day program...to give me a better guidance and support...
    So I am Confused...what to do

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    1. Hi Mayank,

      If you are a beginner, I would suggest you to focus on basic books and material first and go for a test series later on.

      Only strategy is to read as much as you can and work harder.

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  36. Should I Have to go with IAS BABA ILP-2017 TIME TABLE BASED ABD TEST SERIES OR INSIGHT TEST SERIES WITH THIER TIME TABLE..

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    1. Hi Mayank,

      I am not aware about their time table.

      If you have joined that, it is better to follow that.

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    2. Till no I have not joined any want to jon...if possible can you check the below programs provided by these 2 :


      1) http://www.insightsonindia.com/2016/08/08/insights-ias-test-series-mission-2017-secure-rank/

      2)
      http://iasbaba.com/road-to-mussoorrie-ilp-2017/

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    3. Hi Mayank,

      Due to time constraints, I will not be able to go through these links. Whichever you chose, follow that diligently.

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  37. Hi sir,
    I have been studying your modern history notes along with bipin chandra.
    is this sufficient ?
    and one more problem that i've got is :
    everyday i'm used to read The Hindu, Chanakyaias articles along with gktoday. even then i don't get satisfaction as whenever i surf internet, i get encountered with some non-covered-by-above-sources news.
    plz tell me what to do?

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    2. I think reading Bipan Chandra along my notes should be sufficient. Apart from it you may Google other events which you might come across while reading newspapers, magazines etc.

      It is not possible to cover each and everything in current affairs, so you have to draw a line somewhere. If you are prepared reasonably well, then it is fine.

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  38. Sir , with so much of online reading thesedays don't you think it will take a toll on eyes.Could you suggest some solution to it.

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    1. Hi Suman,

      Solution is simple. Read offline books.

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  39. Thanks in advance

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  40. Sir,is it necessary to read news paper daily..i am following IASbaba's daily news analysis..in that they used to post daily editorials and imp articles of Hindu and Express..so is it worthy to go like this....

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    2. Hi Nagesh,

      I haven't seen IASbaba's analysis. But any other such analysis can also serve the same purpose. Reading newspaper is like your own hard work which always come handy.

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  41. Sir from which sources did you make current affairs notes. Was it only newspaper ?

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    1. Hi Shubham,

      Newspaper was a prime source. Apart from it, try to do as much as you can. You may follow a monthly compendium if some popular institute as well.

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  42. First of all many congratulations to u...sir m asking about the insight website dat is it good to follow...

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    1. Hi Ankit,

      It is reasonably good. Whatever you are following, just be regular in that. Apart from it, always read a newspaper as well.

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  43. Hlo sir....actually i wana improve ma writing skills and vocabulary ...how to tackle with this problem...?

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  44. Hi Nitin, I am very comfortable making notes online. But I am worried it will hinder with my writing abilities. Can you tell me how to tackle this? Is it okay to make notes online?

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    1. Hi,

      Making notes is more about organizing your thought process and less about answer writing. Irrespective of our changed habits, I am sure most of us do write something or other regularly. I think that is sufficient. If you are still not very comfortable, write answers of a question or two once in a while.

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  45. Hello Sir,please tell me only reading Hindu's editorial page along with Vision IAS monthly current affairs booklet is sufficient or not??
    I am a hindi medium students and completely a beginner.

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  46. Hello Sir,please tell me only reading Hindu's editorial page along with Vision IAS monthly current affairs booklet is sufficient or not??
    I am a hindi medium students and completely a beginner.

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    1. Hi Chanchal,

      I think that shall be sufficient. Instead of reading just editorial, go through other sections also.

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    2. Hi Chanchal,

      I think that shall be sufficient. Instead of reading just editorial, go through other sections also.

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  47. hello sir,first of all want to extend my sincere congratulations to you, sir i have a doubt regarding notes of current affairs. sir you said we should divide articles on the basis of topics mentioned,sir when we read newspapers we come across many articles,sir i want to ask you how we should write them i mean in points or in paragraph,sir it would be an immense help if you post a copy of current notes for any day newspaper. thanking you.

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    1. Sir,I am preparing for cse2017 and still my ncerts are not completed but i cover half of indian polity; from prelims point of view i read current affair from August 2016 and for mains i thought i should started from Dec 2016 but em confused and after spending all day ,i didn't get satisfied with my self study ...till now i haven't take help of any coaching ...??? I am unable to cool my mind plzz suggest me.

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    2. Hi Gaurav,

      Many such samples are in my notes. Currently I am too occupied to write a fresh sample. While writing an answer, if you have more points, better to write in points as points look cleaner and are easy to read. But this is not a rule and please go by the question.

      Happy Diwali and best of luck!

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    3. Hi Khushi,

      I think you need to put more hard work and time. Just do that.

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  48. Sir, I am adding up the my stuff on your yearly collection of affairs. Indeed you deserve appreciation. But I've a doubt, which year it was last updated ?

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    1. Hi Sankrit, they were updated last in 2015.

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  49. Sir I am 1 yr Is engineering student.How can I start Ias preparation??

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  50. Sir I am 1 yr Is engineering student.How can I start Ias preparation??

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    1. Hi Aparna,

      Please read a post where I have mentioned some standard sources. Go through them.

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  51. Hello ,
    i completely read your notes on history , and i also made mine keeping your notes as a platform and , i realized that notes making is very easy but organizing is very difficult. I have a doubt, while making all these notes mainly history did u read the standard books on computer or did u use hard copy if hard copy then give tips regarding this.The notes which i made its hardcopy but its difficult to update these notes. Whats your opinion on Using evernote is it helpful, Thank you.

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    1. Hi,

      I tried to read soft sources wherever possible. I think MS Word is very versatile and user friendly.

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  52. hai nitin sir this is srikanth .. firstly congratulations sir ... sir i hav gone through ur history notes and found them very useful... sir can u assure me that reading only your notes will help me out in getting thorough concepts rather than going through the standard text books ?

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    1. Hi Srikanth,

      I don't guarantee that my notes are everything or they are best. The reader has to take a call. I always say that reading basic books is necessary before you read any other notes.

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    2. thanq sir .... actually im persuing my btech 3rd year present ... made up my career to to go with the civils xm ... sir i even started up my preparation .. so can u guide me in a better way.. i hav collected all my study materials nd from this december i gonna start my preparation sir ..i want to give my 1st attempt in 2018...nd im pretty much confident tat i can clear it.... sir frst thing is tat i gonna start directly with the standard books nd not with NCERT's .. is tat good to start with standard books directly sir
      ?

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  53. thanq so much sir.. my academic semester will be ended in this month... and i gonna start my preparation from december 1st with geography and history parallely.. first i will go with the standard books sir.. for history i will go with rajiv ahir and for geography i will go with NCERT's class 11th and 12 th .. and as soon as i finish them i will go directly only through your notes nitin sir.. sir
    do u think my strategy is good ?

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    1. It sounds plausible to me. As you will read more you can calibrate it to suit the needs of the exam. After every few months just have a look at past years' papers, it will help in making a course correction.

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  54. Hi Sir.
    I m getting difficulties in making notes out of yojana, plz guide me how to make it? Or show us how u made it!

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    1. Hi Sameer

      Note down important points only and write them down topic wise.

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    2. Hi Sameer

      Note down important points only and write them down topic wise.

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  55. Hi sir
    as i am working i am not able to extract enough time to go through all the articles of the paper daily , will it be ok or u can say sufficient if i go through the recent popular sites who provide crux of the daily articles ??
    Thankyou . I liked the way u made such strategic notes.

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    1. if you could possibly find time to reply , i l be waiting .

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    2. Hi Kamal,

      I think that should be fine. But do read newspapers also once in a while especially on a holiday etc. Whatever you read, have a clear idea of that. If you feel more clarity is needed, just google that.

      Best of luck for your preparations.

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    3. *Komal, apologies for typo in your name.

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  56. thankyou so much for your guidance sir , means a lot when you are going through a phase where work pressure hits you mentally and physically leaving just 2-3 for daily study, sigh. long way to go.
    thanks once again.
    regards

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  57. Hello Sir, Shyam myself, I posted 2 comments but they are not showing.

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  58. Hello Sir,
    Shyam myself(a civil service aspirant)
    I congratulate you for your vibrant success.It's my honor to write a mail to such a flamboyant person, who continued his war until reaches the goal. Sir, I really admire & salute you for your continuous effort, hard word, focus, your mental strength. yes, today the podium you have achieved-you truly deserve it. & Indian Administration reasonably need a deliberate officer like you.
    It's my thankful gratitude to you for providing your notes which you made with a great & persistent effort.
    Thanks.

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  60. Shyam myself
    Sir I have few issues regading my prep. Viz-
    Weak English. I am a bengali, reading hindu editorial is a cumbersome work for me. I am reading hindu regularly since last 3 month, collected 2200 ward. Is that enough? how much efficiency is required in CSE?.Is it mandatory to be able to read hindu editorial fluently?

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    1. Hi Shaun

      Just take your own time while developing your own understanding. Don't be hasty. Reading fluently is not important, understanding is. So focus on that.

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  61. Sir,
    how to prepare current affairs?..I have so much material around me--confused!
    A)vision IAS monthly magzine(currently i am doing)
    B)Insight monthly magzine(only those articles which are not covered in Vision IAS)--should I do it?
    C)In addition with both the magzine or either one of them, how much I need to read hindu?
    D)daily news analysis of Insight-some news are given there very crisp(should I go for it?)
    E)insight monthly editorial(should i go for it?..if yes then is it also necessary to read hindu editorial?
    F) If i only follow hindu with any monthly magzin is that sufficient?
    ** MY primary qs is-please refer me any `1/2 source which will yield to highest result.
    Thanks.
    Shyam

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    1. I think you should limit your sources and focus on one paper and one other source only. If need be, just google an item that you are not able to understand fully.

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    2. yes, sir i will follow your instruction-if i do hindu + one magzine is that enough?..for editorial should i go for hindu or insight monthly magzine?

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  62. please specify the resources .. any two that you feel are best.
    thanks

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    1. Take any one of these - The Hindu or Indian Express
      Plus one monthly supplement on current affairs from any institute or publication.

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    2. Thank you very much sir, I will follow your instruction. In case whenever i feel any problem during my preparation, I will let know you here, your guidance & well wish will sail through me this journey.
      Best of luck for your life ahead. And stay healthy.
      Thanks.
      Shyam

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  63. Congratulations on your achievement sir and also for the time you are investing in clearing other's doubts. I have one query sir, I went through your notes, I am able to understand everything and considering the time left for CSE 2017, is it enough if i completely prepare from your valuable notes. I need your view on this Sir. Will be eagerly waiting for your reply.

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    1. Hi Prretam,

      If you feel so, first focus on the basic books which I have also suggested in a separate post. Don't set too strict targets for yourself, go by your own pace and develop a clear understanding first. Be patient and work hard. Everything else will fall in place.

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    2. Thank you for your advice sir. You are really a great human being, kindly responding to each and every bodies queries, I salute you for that. My humble request is that, i would like to be in touch with you for your valuable advice during my further preparation. So if you could spare few minutes every month, i would be lucky. So if you feel it reasonable enough please mail your email id to me on preetamc329@gmail.com. I assure you, i will never waste your valuable time unnecessarily.

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    3. Hi preetam,

      It will be nice if you communicate via this blog for the larger benefit of the other aspirants as well.

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  64. Sir is this your all notes or any other notes also

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    1. These are all I have. Best of luck!

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  65. Can u give an outline including books regarding ethics paper preparation.

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    1. Hi Simon,

      For Ethics, I have suggested the material in one of my other posts. But the broad idea is that, you should a read one good book on case studies and one one on some basic theory. Apart from that, ARC report regarding governance and ethics will be sufficient.

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  66. This is great article and i like iit so much,nice information learn more on learning hub check this

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  67. Hello Sir, HAPPY NEW YEAR---
    I wish you a very very happy new year.
    All my best wishes with you for the year ahead.
    I wish you success & good health.
    Your guidance is truly helpfull for me....sir, it's my humble request to you if i have any quarry to ask you.. please...help me.
    Thanks.
    SHYAM.

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    1. A very very happy new year to you again--sir....all the best. thank you.Shyam

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  68. Hello Sir,
    Pleae help me out...I am confused like I have to join mains test series or not ?
    actually till now I have finished polity and geography once. so please sujjest me and effective time when any one to join test series.
    and please name if you know any budget good mains test series.

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    1. Hi Mayank,

      The right time to join any test series is when you are fully prepared. Don't join a test series just for the sake of it.

      I never joined one, so, I have a little idea about them. Alternatively, you may right your own answers and got it peer evaluated. I thinks, that should be as effective as the test series.

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    2. Thanks Alot Nitin Sir....You are life saver for me and also you are my ideol.... Thanks for being with us...God Bless you Sir

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  69. Hi Sir... I am curious to know.... that in the previous 2 attempts you got rank in 300s however suddenly in 2016 you got AIR-28. What did you do so different?

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    1. Hi Abhishek,

      As you spend more time, you come to know about your weaknesses and strength and then work accordingly. And a bit of luck also helps.

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  70. Sir I have finished 1st reading all static portion but I didn't make a single notes out of it and now I am planning solely revise Ur note along with dynamic updating is it right or not sir ??
    2)Are your notes contains fully static part or not sir?

    plzzzzzzz reply me sir

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    1. Hi Raj,

      I never said my notes are complete in all aspects. Please refer other standard books also.

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  73. Hello sir, can you please provide me some of the questions papers of previous exams that provide me 100% Successful Guidance for Preparing IAS Exam .Also give a list of some of the best coaching centers in Uttar Pradesh for the IAS exams preparations.

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  74. hello sir,
    shyam again.
    we have prelims in june. any suggestion regarding preplims?
    how to manage economy & history in this short duration?.. in economy i have read ncert 11, 12... what next?.
    i am reading laxmikant, should i make own note from it ? or read any prepared note?
    thanks.
    please take care.
    shyam

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  75. hello sir, if i start from today,study for 7 hours daily and follow your suggestions. is there any remote possibility of clearing the exam with good rank ?
    Regards,
    Lalit

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    1. Hu Lalit,

      Possibility is always there bro. Just work hard diligently.

      Best of luck!

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  76. Hi...A very very Happy holi to you..& your family..
    thanks.
    Shyam

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  77. HI Sir, Shyam again.My qs is----
    I have been making notes from hindu.But i feel my note making is not good enough(low quality & not sufficient enough for covering paper 2 & 3.
    I am covering news, but As you know UPSC does not ask news,its asks issues.
    Please suggest me a procedure for making notes. How to summarize & make a complete issue from a news article.
    Also please suggest me the news areas (topics).That need to be covered for paper 2 & paper 3 separately.
    i am confuse,how to link with the news paper with question paper?? .
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Shyam,Take care & best of luck.

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  78. Hi sir,
    I am not able to grab factual data from vision ias monthly booklet, schemes, ministries, interntional orgs, comventions, reports, DRDO /ISRO /NASA-mission, national parks, disease,.....
    i am not good at memorizing datas by mugging up.. plz help me sir...
    thanks

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    1. Hi Shyam,

      The only solution to that is reading more and more and revise as much you can. There is no other way, data is difficult to remember for everyone. Just keep in mind that you don;t have to remember all the data, but have to be selective in that.

      Thanks

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  79. Very useful site sir
    Thank you..
    What author do u recommand for english sir.?
    this site may be useful for few Spoken English Classes in Chennai

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  80. Hi sir
    Now i am studying 4th year btech and I want to appear in cse 2018
    Kindly give me some guidance to clear the exam

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    2. Dear friend,

      I have outlined a few of the things in the other posts of this blog mainly regarding the initial strategy and some basic books that you should start with. Please go through that.

      Thanks

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  81. Sir ,I have problem in analysing IR news .Though I know the related facts but how should i take stand while writing answers for mains

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    1. Dear friend,

      IR may sound a bit complex initially, but I would suggest you to read more and more of it and simultaneously start making notes on the various issues. If you are not clear about some issue, just google or read a Wikipedia page on that. I am hopeful that you will start to grab the issues soon this way.

      Thanks

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  82. Sir,i hope you could find few minutes to
    1.Being fresher,How much time should it take for me to complete hindu and its note making.On an average how many pages of notes should i jot down from hindu(at times i suspect whether im moving on a right track or not,coz it looks accumulation of such notes on daily basis is going to generate an additional book )
    2.Honestly speaking,my notes are below par to that analysis of insight or ias baba of same topics,which they post daily on thier respective portals.Why shouldn't i simply copy those in my dairy(i maintain handwritten notes) n hence save much needed time.Will that suffice? If not,can you please show me a way as to how to exploit such beautiful analysis of insight or iasbaba.
    3.If i should extract notes of all the current of hindu itself,then what is the need of monthly modules or should we follow rather make only notes of editorial section on daily basis n go through modules at the end of months?
    4.Being fresher,should one first go through the basic books or then Newspaper reading or one should proceed simultaneously.
    Will be highly indebted to you.
    Thanks sir.
    With regards
    2018 aspirant.

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    1. Hi,

      1. As a fresher, spend around 2 hours on news paper. And it is not about number of pages, it is about your satisfaction. Initially, you might note down more information as most of the things will be new to you. Don't worry too much if that will create one or many additional books. Making notes will help you in memorizing information regarding current affairs and organizing your content.

      2. You can take ideas from IAS Baba or wherever you like, but organize them according to your need. Initially, quality of preparation may not look very good, but it is just normal for being a beginner.

      3. Apart from reading a newspaper like The Hindu, following some other source like a onthly module is good because - it helps in revision of all the events, secondly, it also gives us a chance to notice something which we might have missed or the newspaper might not have covered. Reading newspaper is important as it helps in building mature ideas and opinions which cannot be done by reading monthly supplements.

      4. Reading books as well as newspaper should go simultaneously as you must have ample time for both in a day.

      Thanks
      Nitin sangwan

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  83. Thanks for sharing information about UPSC and we wouls like to inform you that NDA Application Form 2017 to be announced as soon

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  84. Hello sir,
    I'm a beginner and facing difficulty in making current affairs notes. But I daily watch 'daily current affairs+ editorial analysis' on YouTube and read the op-ed news on some apps but skipping the whole original newspapers. So I wanted to know whether just watching those daily analysis and reading op-ed and writing notes as op ed suggests for pre and mains separately without reading the newspaper will be enough or not? How much time should be spent ideally in reading and making notes of them?

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    1. Hi,

      I would suggest that you should develop self-sufficiency in your current affairs preparations. Reading a newspaper end to end (only relevant portions) is must. Initially, time that you take shouldn't be a concern. Take as much time you take and make your own notes.

      Secondly, when you read newspaper etc, if you come across something which is not very clear to you, google it up and add it to your notes. This way you will develop a holistic organic understanding of things.

      Thanks
      Nitin Sangwan

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