Current affairs, a part of general studies, educate about political, socio-economical and geographical events, issues, or incidents occurred round the world. Globalization has brought many transformations in the world. The incidents that happen in any corner of world can influence people of different parts of entire world. The global socio-economical, political and geographical changes can influence living of the people around the world. So, it is important to keep a watchful eye on current affairs. Moreover, in this modernized world different sectors have been interdependent and interrelated and hence individuals have to be aware of current affairs of the world. Media has been playing a vital role in educating people on current affairs. Newspapers, TV channels are the best resources for current affairs.
Current affairs in APPSC exams
APPSC, the public service commission conducts several entrance examinations for the recruitment of personnel to mainly group I, II, III and IV services of the state and to various other service departments. Current Affairs has been considered for entrance examination by APPSC as a major part of the syllabus to assess the sensitivity of applicants towards the social, political and economical issues in the society.
Group I services exam contains a screening test followed by a written examination. The screening is entirely based on current affairs and failing this paper wouldn’t be promoted to write the ‘main exam’ which is a written examination. The general studies paper is for 150 marks and is based on current events of national and international importance, geography, politics, and economy. In group II exam, like group I it contains general studies comprising 33% of total. Group III and IV examinations comprise high percentage of current affairs. About 50% of the syllabus contains general studies. If we can look at the table 1, it clearly presents the percentage of current affairs in each examination. Apart from these groups, APPSC conducts several other examinations to fill departmental vacancies. Majority of these examinations contain about 30 – 50% of general studies.
% of total marks
Table 1: General studies and its weight in different APPSC exams
Preparation for current affairs:
As half of the syllabus for APPSC entrance examinations contains current affairs, they must be dealt carefully. The first question that lights in our mind is where we should start from to prepare for current affairs. Time must not be wasted in gathering oldest materials regarding current affairs. Newspapers and TV channels are the best resources; it must be made as a hobby reading newspaper. Importance must be given to every point. Discussions and quiz help for memory. Strategic preparation of notes is very important part of preparation.
To conclude, current affairs weight about 30-50% of total marks in all examinations conducted by APPSC. So ignoring current affairs can severely affect the chances of qualifying the exam. Making newspaper reading as a hobby, thorough preparation of current affairs can make the APPSC exams easy.