How to Read Newspaper
This article targets the students who find difficulty in reading newspapers for competitive exams. Here are some indispensable steps for how to read newspapers for the purpose of competitive examinations-
a) Firstly stick to good quality newspaper which provide relevant information from ‘Exam point of view’.
‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian express’ are recommended.
b) Before starting reading newspaper, Go through the previous year question papers of the exam for which you are appearing. This will give you the idea about the way questions are asked directly and indirectly.
c) Start reading newspaper from end.The last pages contains important current affairs related to sports and business deals. In this way your concentration and curiosity level remains same in the last pages also which usually gets on decreasing
d) Focus on Topics Such As-
- Announcement of various policies.
- Various bills.
- Appointment of CEOs and CMDs of Maharatna , Navratna ,Miniratna companies and popular private firms.
- Government advertisements describing various Schemes and policies.
- Prepare for both union as well as state government.
- Sports tournament and world cups.
- Important Summits and Global issues.
- Countries in news with their capitals.
- Economic related issues (eg, New Repo rate , CRR, SLR, RBI monetary policy.)
- Obituaries of Famous personalities.
e) Highlight the important news related to national, international, economy, sports,burning issues.
This will help you in comprehension section. Also note down the key points in your notes copy which
will improve your writing skills, helping you in your Mains exam and Essay writing.
Do’s and Don’ts: how to read newspaper
- Avoid the ‘masala’ news related to cricket, politics and Bollywood.
- Do not do research on news related scams.
- No need of maintaining a scrap book of newspaper cuttings which usually many students do.
This will consume your time and the working potential gets channelized.
- Try to speed up the comprehension daily.
- Do not go in depth of news at the same time.