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How to Prepare from Newspaper Editorials for IAS

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Newspaper Editorials for IAS, Hello students, how are you? We hope you are doing great. As you know UPSC exams are coming soon and everyone knows that this is the hardest exam of India. Cracking UPSC is not an easy job. One needs to study for at least 12 to 15 hours a day to pass it with good marks. And also needs knowledge of the latest news and current affairs. Student needs to stay updated with all ongoing news of both national and international also.

Studying only books is not enough to pass UPSC, students needs to read newspaper and editorials too to pass the exam. Newspapers are a great way to learn knowledge and so is editorial.

Newspapers Editorial provides us with all the latest news written in easy language which helps us to understand easily. Editorials are also very helpful in gaining knowledge.  Today we are going to teach you to how to read editorials and how to make notes out of them for future use and to score good marks in IAS exam. 

So let’s start Newspaper editorials are useful sources for adding analytical points to the facts about any issue. 

For example, while discussing any new law, from the summary of the law itself you can read about the different provisions of the law but to further analyze it, you will need to understand the pros /cons. 

Political merits / demerits, or benefits / limitations, disadvantages, etc.
First, editorials are to be read-only from the two national newspapers,’ The Hindu’ and’ Indian Express,’ if your purpose is the examination of the civil services.

Why you should read these newspapers?

Why only these two sources are suggested is because, in their opinions and approach to any subject, editorials from these two newspapers are 98 percent impartial, objective, multilaterally explained and very fair and moral. Both these are the prime criteria of an aspirant who writes the response papers on the IAS exams. Along with the news in question, editorials are relevant as they lay the groundwork for forming an opinion on any news article or subject under discussion.

Secondly, for example, three different editorials on the same issue will give you three distinct viewpoints from three different analysts, giving you a deeper insight and an all-round view of the topic.
Last but most importantly, from the perspective of the preliminary examination, it will provide you with direct facts, stats and data figures and improve your vocabulary, language skills and answer writing precision from the perspective of the main and essay. It also improves your vocabulary as well as reading speed.

How to read newspaper editorials?

Try to read The Hindu newspaper by dividing it into categories. dividing it into categories helps you to read it quickly and you can read 2 topics today and 2 topics tomorrow and so on.Start reading the newspaper from the first page like you normally do because the most important news are published on the front page of the newspaper.

Page wise reading strategy for Hindu Newspaper

First Page – The first page includes significant noteworthy news but not all headlines are relevant. Identify the headlines under the syllabus with the related topics.
Page two to six –  Pages 2–6 are the pages of “regional news” and contain news specific to the respective states. Because the news can vary from city to city, from UPSC’s point of view these are not important.

Page Seven – This page (generally page 7) is important because it carries news that is directly linked to national significance. We advise you to pay attention on this page to main words such as the decision of the high court, the judgment of the Supreme Court, government policies, constitutional laws, parliamentary debates, etc.

Editorial Page – The daily editorial page is the top-yielding section of The Hindu newspaper. Editorials and Open Editorial pages are the Hindu’s most detailed pieces, and should, therefore, be dealt with extensively. High yielding notes can be taken from here, as per the IAS Exam perspective. Try to gather strong introductory and summative lines on critical issues from here; it will exponentially improve the value of your answers.

World News – The syllabus for the UPSC is composed of foreign affairs. This page will be useful for the topic of International Relations which is part of the syllabus of UPSC. If you notice some big happenings, spend some time here. This is the page where you can notice relevant news to support you in your exams. If you find mention of some impactful news you have to spend a couple of minutes here.

Business news Page – When reading the UPSC newspaper, you need to concentrate on parameters of growth, patterns, fiscal monetary policy, as well as socio-economic news related to health, women, and education. Focus on patterns, parameters of growth and problems here.

Summary –

You can’t ignore the importance of reading newspapers as a UPSC student. Reading newspaper keeps you updated on all the news at home and abroad. Preparing for a competitive exam like UPSC would keep you updated with all the national and international events.

Conclusion – Here’s the article’s point. Only read one newspaper a day. When you want to hear about the various opinions on a subject then you can only read the editorial section of another newspaper. Spend just 2-3 hours reading the newspaper, and compose notes. I think many of you have got the answer to this question with this post. If you still have some newspaper-related issues then drop it in the comment box below. We’ll respond.

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