Civil Services Exam

Civil Services Exam 2016: Reading newspapers especially the Hindu is a must for cracking civil services. In the present post , we will elucidate ways to read the Hindu daily so as to gain from it tremendously.

Civil Services Exam

Hi friends ,

Most of my students have had this question –

How to read the Hindu ?

The Hindu ‘ is the preferred newspaper for Civil Services aspirants  because most of the questions are asked from there both directly and indirectly.

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Before you learn how to read the newspaper , here are some points to be noted :

  • Always have the syllabus in front of you .
  • Have the past question papers with you and keep referring to them, to understand how questions are asked . 
  • Understand the ‘issue’ rather than just reading word by word. After identifying the issue ,take down notes topic wise and not date wise.
  • Know the important websites to be referred

Websites of various ministries


  • Do not spend more than 1 hour on the newspaper. Many students end up spending 3-4 hours merely on the newspaper. It does not help.
  • What helps is a quick reading of the newspaper jotting the important point. This will help you revise current affairs later.

Important Tips 

Focus on Issue rather than News 

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Suppose there is a news headlined as “Supreme Court judge removed from his seat”. So don’t read who is removed, what he did so he is removed, when is he removed. etc. Focus on “How a Supreme Court judge can be removed”, “What provision does our Constitution have for removal of judge from seat”, “What effects could it have on our nation and upcoming generation” etc.

Try to Categorize the news in few categories

 Divide news or issues in few categories like International Relations, Environment & Biodiversity, Personalities and Awards, Government Policies and Schemes, International Organisations, Economic Policies, Science and Technology etc.

Read the Hindu’s editorial

Matter given in The Hindu itself is not enough. Surf the Internet to get more about it. For example if something like the DNA Profiling Bill is in news , it will be seen in The Hindu Editorial as well. Editorial will give a some points and idea about it but that is not enough. Google the questions emerging in your mind like “Why DNA Profiling is required in India?”, “What are effects of DNA Profiling on people life where this law already exists?”, “Will it take away our privacy?” etc.

Relevant articles for the exam

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  1. Any judgement/ruling /remark by Supreme Court/High Court is important. While you note down the judgement ,also understand its relevance in your syllabus. Relate it to Geography /History /Economics/Polity.

2.  Identify social issues /challenges facing the society as such . Understand its pros and cons and also note down the recent incidents .You can quote them to substantiate your point. Example -caste riots ,moral policing ,restriction on freedom of speech,etc.

3.  Note down any issue being discussed in the Government departments/ministries. Note down the pros and cons of the issue .example -Linking rivers ,water conservation ,etc.

4.  Identify schemes/policies/ initiatives of the government .

For prelims,

you will have to know  –

Objectives of the policy

Under which ministry /department / it operates.

Any special feature of the policy.

Who are the members (If its an organisation eg. Inter State council)

Any constitutional provisions related to it .

For mains ,

You will have to understand the issue relating to the policy/scheme and make notes on pros and cons.

5. While reading the editorial , identify the issue first .Then find out points in favour and against it. Please understand the the editorials have a bias towards one opinion. So,it is your duty to identify points ,both for the topic and against the topic.

What to Omit ?

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  • The political statements regarding the political parties
  • The state news, city news
  • Articles related to relationships/philosophy etc.
  • The extra magazines that are attached and finally
  • Read the front page selectively

Hope you find the article helpful.

Happy reading  🙂

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