IAS Prelims 2016 : Current Affairs : Syllabus Analysis

This part of IAS Prelims Exam 2016 Syllabus consists of current happenings and events. The nature of current affairs questions in IAS Prelims Exam has undergone vast changes in last 3 to 4 years. Before 2011 the questions were more direct in nature and were picked directly from current news.

But this is not the case now. Candidates can rarely find any direct questions from current affairs. Earlier straight questions were asked from sports, personalities, places, events, facts, etc. Now no such questions are being asked.

The questions related to current affairs, which have been appearing in IAS Prelims Exam in recent years, are fundamental in nature. Now candidates are not only expected to know the current happenings but also the background of such happenings. For example, recently Government of India took ordinance route to pass and amend some laws. Candidates should try to find out the background of ordinance promulgating powers of government, related articles in the constitution and other issues involved. Another example is of global crude oil prices which are constantly declining. Candidates should not only know the trends in crude oil prices but also the fundamentals of how crude oil prices are determined and how does it affects India’s interest.

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So, even we may not find direct current affairs questions in IAS Prelims Exam GS paper I, there are many questions which are inspired by current news. Take for example this question of IAS Prelims Exam 2015.

Consider the following languages:

1. Gujarati
2. Kannada
3. Telugu

Which of the above has/have been declared as ‘Classical Language / Languages’ by the government ?

(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

This question was inspired from the news of Odia language getting a “Classical Language” status. From this news candidates were expected to know other classical languages of India, criteria adopted by government to grant 'Classical Language' status, etc.

This section of the syllabus is very important and should not be done in last hour. Candidates should regularly keep track of current affairs happenings of at least one year which are of national and international importance. Side by side they should also prepare the background behind these happenings.

Candidates cannot afford to undermine the importance of this section of syllabus. Regular follow up of a standard newspaper and if possible a magazine will be sufficient for preparation of this portion of the syllabus.

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