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Title: Importance of discussing News & GS topics with peers during ias preparation


1
IMPORTANCE OF DISCUSSING NEWS GS TOPICS WITH
PEERS
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2
INTRODUCTION
  • The road to LBSNA where IAS/IPS/IFS aspirants
    undergo training is a rough one. The journey is
    long and arduous. Thousands of aspirants studying
    in IAS coaching institutes in Chandigarh at
    present aspire to reach its gates and come out as
    officers. To help aspirants realise their goal of
    becoming a civil servant in India we at O2 IAS
    academy in Chandigarh regularly post about all
    major issues relating to various dimensions
    of UPSC preparation.
  • UPSC CSE is touted as one of the worlds toughest
    exams to crack. Hence, devoted aspirants do not
    waste even a minute of their precious time. Most
    dedicated aspirants have this doubt whether they
    should discuss newspaper and other GS subjects
    with their peers, what should be the duration and
    topics of discussion etc.  Today we will discuss
    this topic and all its dimensions in detail. We
    have already established in our previous blog
    posts that execution of daily, weekly and monthly
    plans and revisions are the recipe for success in
    UPSC CSE. Lets discuss the relevance of having
    meaningful discussions related to various topics
    of UPSC syllabus and all the dos and donts
    related to it.

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IMPORTANCE OF PURPOSEFUL DISCUSSION
  • When we say purpose we do not mean purpose at a
    large scale or in general. We are not referring
    to the larger purpose in life or purpose in
    becoming civil servant. What we mean by
    purposeful is the aim, goal or reason behind
    having discussions during your UPSC journey.
  • We believe that while you are studying for long
    durations on a daily basis it becomes very
    important to break the monotony of the day with
    some light discussion with friends and family.
    But, we are not talking about aimless gossip
    sessions with friends on daily basis. While
    discussions and debates with your peers can be
    beneficial but what matters the most are the
    contents and topic being discussed. Thus spending
    hours and hours on futile gossip is irrelevant.
    What matters is how much you have learnt during
    your discussions from your friend, family or
    teachers.
  • Thus, it is very important to have a purpose
    behind what you are discussing. The scope of
    discussion should be specific and defined and not
    vague and pointless. We would consider it a
    success if the only take away from this blog is
    that students should not indulge in sort of
    aimless gossip and should have structured
    discussions or debates with purpose i.e. related
    to UPSC syllabus directly. This mantra will aid
    in streamlining your study and discussions. This
    will make you more productive and reducing the
    amount of time you are wasting drastically. Since
    every human being crave some sort of minimum
    social interaction and UPSC journey is a long one
    which cannot be completed without social
    interactions. So it is beneficial in longer run
    if aspirants streamline and customize their
    social life according to their upsc journeys
    requirements.

4
WHAT TO DICUSS WITH PEERS
  • Before you start forming big social circles and
    indulging in deep discussions in the name of upsc
    preparation caution must be taken in ensuring
    that you are well equipped to have a well
    informed discussion which is expected of a well
    read UPSC aspirant. There are certain
    pre-requisites of that you should have read the
    NCERTS, have gone through UPSC syllabus, previous
    year question papers and should have started
    reading at least one newspaper. These are
    absolute minimum essentials that you HAVE to
    cover. No discussion has to be done on whether
    standard books and newspaper is necessary for
    UPSC. So, for clearing your doubts we will
    address some widely talked about topics amongst
    aspirants.

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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF NEWSPAPER READING?
  • If you dont have the habit of reading newspapers 
    daily then it will take at least two months to
    get accustomed to daily newspaper reading.  You
    should read either The Hindu or The Indian
    express. You may read both if you are a fast
    reader. Do not refer to any other newspaper.
    Random selection of newspaper and moreover news
    is futile for UPSC preparation. You should choose
    a standard newspaper for preparation of UPSC CSE.
    An aspirant must never skip out on reading
    newspaper since it forms the basis of many
    questions directly and indirectly.
  • Do not spend 3-5 hours on Newspapers daily as it
    is not the optimum strategy to cover the IAS
    syllabus! Avoid anything on Politics (read polity
    related news not politics), Sports,
    Entertainment. Avoid making notes in the first
    reading. There is no point in creating parallel
    news paper type notes of your own!

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WHAT TOPICS TO BE COVERED FROM NEWSPAPER
  • Newspapers are written with a very specific
    formula the who, what, when, where, why, and
    how always come first. As an IAS Aspirant, you
    have to focus on the underlying theme or issue
    rather than specific technicalities. 
  • Go through PYQs and prescribed UPSC syllabus
    and analyse each topic of syllabus properly. You
    will understand the trend and type of news which
    is of significance in newspaper. Mainly the news
    related to sports, entertainment and fiction are
    not required. Local news which is related to
    national policy is important, otherwise ignore.
    In addition national and international news
    related to socio-economic, environmental and
    economy should be analysed. Recent happenings in
    science and technology and International
    Relations of India with neighbouring countries
    and other organisations are also very important.
    Moreover, Editorial section is the most important
    part of the newspaper and must never be missed.

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WHAT ARE THE MISTAKES ONE SHOULD AVOID
  • Aspirants who are preparing at home or studying
    in UPSC coaching institutes in Chandigarh and
    other parts of India make following most common
    mistakes during their UPSC journey Wasting time
    on online forums, debating on irrelevant issues
    which have no connection with your UPSC
    preparation, and wasting time and effort to
    impress people with your knowledge, wasting time
    on social media platforms.

8
SHOULD AN ASPIRANT INDULGE IN DEBATE AND
DISCUSSIONS
  • Indulging in debates on any topic on social media
    is a wastage of time.  Facebook, WhatsApp, and
    other forms of social medias should be used
    sparingly. It is not beneficial and has low cost
    to benefit ratio.
  • In addition try to limit your time on internet
    over all. Also aspirants should avoid reading too
    much on one sub topic as our aim is not to become
    a scholar on some topics/ subjects, without
    focusing on the whole syllabus. This will not
    serve the purpose.

9
SHOULD ONE DICUSS TOPPER STRATEGIES?
  • Many aspirants have the tendency to blindly
    follow Toppers Strategies how many hours they
    sleep, what they eat, what movies they watch,
    what software they use for taking notes, etc.
     This is a very wrong strategy. You should never
    discuss anybodys strategy too much in your group
    since every aspirant has different strengths and
    weaknesses and preferences which vary as per
    their educational background and understanding.
  • As the main ingredient is revision of standard
    text books. Everything else is just secondary
    insignificant technical stuff One Note or
    Evernote or paper for taking notes? Should I take
    test series or not? Should I also join the
    coaching that my friend is attending? How many
    hours to study? What to eat?

10
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE DISCUSSED?
  • There are many aspirants who spend more time
    observing other aspirants than themselves and
    scrambling for more books, materials, websites,
    YouTube channel, news papers, and magazines
    during discussions with fellow UPSC aspirants.
    This should never be done

11
DO NOT MAKE IMAGINARY PLANS
  • In the company of fellow aspirants avoid day
    dreaming about which schemes and policies all of
    you will implement when after becoming officers,
    what kind of facilities the officers get, and
    what kind of cadre to get in the future. Do not
    waste time in thinking such things even without
    clearing Prelims or Mains once.

12
QUEST FOR MAGICAL EXAM STRATEGY
  • A huge chunk of aspirants reach library even
    before the gate opens at the break of dawn. Their
    sole goal is to occupy that one magical seat they
    adore in library. After that you will never find
    them on seat or studying. This is a sheer wastage
    of time. A upsc aspirant should never waste their
    time arguing and disturbing other aspirants for
    not getting their choice of seat. You aim is to
    complete your syllabus not to attain that fav
    seat in library.

13
HOW TO DEAL WITH COLLEGE FRIENDS AND RELATIONSHIPS
  • For aspirant who are preparing during or just
    after finishing your graduation, college friends
    also a major source of disturbance. But you have
    to remind yourself that they already placed in
    some good jobs. But you still a student studying
    for UPSC CSE and they have plenty of time after
    their classes or jobs. So if they distract you
    from your studies by their unnecessary gossip
    then you should be mentally strong to not deter
    from your aim. You should minimize such social
    obligations. Do not indulge is petty gossip of
    who said what to whom and why, who wore what to
    which place etc. If somebody is being a bad
    influence then you should minimize your
    interaction since it will be better for you in
    long run.

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ROLE OF HAVING DISCUSSION WITH COACHING FRIENDS
  • At times even the coaching friends can act as a
    major distraction during our preparation. Some
    the mutual competition which is supposed to act
    as external motivation can be too much and end up
    distracting you from your goal. So do not take
    the competition in class tests and mock tests too
    seriously. If during discussion and debates the
    other aspirants do not conform to your opinions
    then do not get worked up. Sometimes there can be
    more than one correct opinion with varying
    perspectives. Opinions should be shared and taken
    with a pinch of salt.

15
CONCLUSION
  • most common mistake made by many UPSC aspirants
    is that they reinforcement their mistakes. Since
    many of them never take or accept any
    feedback. Sometimes it can be difficult to see
    and realize ones own mistakes. One can be blind
    to ones own flaws at times. So, always take a
    feedback of your answers from teachers or from
    mains qualified fellow aspirants and have
    discussions with them. Such purposeful structured
    discussions will relieve a lot of your doubts,
    fears and worries. The social company provided by
    them is also fulfilling basic human need for
    interaction. Thus take full benefit of your free
    time by having news related or GS related
    discussions. Sometimes discuss major rivers,
    industries may be social issues like dowry, labor
    laws, fundamental rights, IR etc and enrich your
    UPSC preparation even in your free time.
  • We hope that these tips will help you. These were
    our views and opinions on this topic. What are
    your thoughts and inputs or queries on this
    topic? Comment below and share your views with
    us. We would be happy to assist you in your IAS
    preparation battles and answer your queries.
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