If I say that UPSC exam comprises of just two subjects, they being; STATIC and DYNAMIC, it won’t be an understatement. Even though the UPSC website has provided an elaborate list of topics and syllabus, it actually is an extramarital affair between the static and dynamic.
You can’t live without it but you can’t even live with it. It is a pain you are bound to bear but cannot explain about because it is you who has chosen to live it.
Now the fact that Civil Services Exam has just two subjects as we discussed above, you cannot give a miss to current affairs. If the static portion helps you understand the Indian background and takes you to the roots of the Indian society, the current affairs helps you survive the present.
If what Britishers did to India in 200 years is important to understand the present Indian society, the current affairs will help understand that how the current relations should be evolving keeping in mind the welfare of our citizens. So, I won’t be overstating if I say, STATIC is the driving force and DYNAMIC is the fuel that drives.
Significance of current affairs in IAS exam
UPSC is fond of asking questions based on current issues. Believe us, UPSC has been following the same trend for years together.
Most of the topics mentioned in the UPSC mains exam syllabus are dynamic in nature. It means that topics need to be regularly updated based on the recent developments.
Say for example: International Relation topics, Background information of India s relation with other countries can be read from text book, but for recent development in bilateral and multilateral relations, one has to follow newspaper regularly for writing good answers.
In Prelims exam, UPSC asks questions directly from newspaper or at times based on current issues it asks basic fundamental questions in the prelims examination. In prelims examination, most of the current affairs questions demand some factual knowledge. So students are advised to make a small note all the current affairs related for prelims exam.
In UPSC IAS mains interview, the interview panel asks questions on various social issues, student profile based regional issues and also on national issues. So, a student should always be updated on current issues. For interview preparation, Student should develop an individual opinion on current issues (as an interview is a test of personality rather than knowledge).