How to read The Hindu Newspaper
The importance of reading newspaper for the Civil Services it has increased tremendously. Out of the many newspapers available in the market from the Hindustan Times to the Indian Express but The Hindu covers entire news very well from the national perspectives, international perspectives, science & technology and other issues in very holistic manner.
Reading The Hindu newspaper is a crucial and indispensable part of IAS preparation. Here in this article we will discuss and follow some conceptualised steps to make this task easy.
This is a very important to understand that this is a MUST DO task because it is very very essential for UPSC examination preparation.
You can skip Front page news because these are not so important or avoid reading in detail. Try to skim through the news headlines and quoted lines.
Avoid reading Political news or issues, just have a superficial knowledge of what is happening in the political world etc. Try to avoid naming any political personalities in your answers, except for when talking about foreign policy.
Avoid reading pages 2,3,4 as they carry only news which varies from city to city and these are not so important in exam point of view.
Always read EDITORIALS usually 2 given in the left margin and 1 in the center and do not skip them. Including this there are some micro tasks which help you strengthen your reading skills like preparing a list of difficult words and write down their meanings, it will expand you vocabulary.
If you really like as article or editorial, rather than cutting it, just Bookmark it (if you are reading epaper). It will help in easy revision process.
Avoid reading Sports news because it is never asked in the UPSC examination. Also avoid reading news from Agriculture Development part which is just before sports news section.
Read the NATIONAL page meticulously (in detailed manner). Don't miss Thursday's edition of Hindu Science and Technology coverage as it covers many questions both in prelims and in mains exam as well.
Avoid reading Open Page on Sunday where reader writes content, which is mostly useless from examination approach. Completely avoid reading any magazines or any 4-8 pages extra edition which comes above 5 days a week.
No need to make notes just Bookmark and Highlight in your internet browser, preferably Google Chrome (if you are reading online). Develop a strong vocabulary to make sense of Hindu's editorials.
Read Financial portion well because many regular/recent changes are covered in those sections. Also read the last page of the newspaper very meticulously as many important information is provided there. No need to mug up any kind of facts, just remember the trends and analyze them as they change in particular area.