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What is current affairs? how should i prepare for current affairs?

This is probably the most misunderstood topic. students ask me all the time - "I am appearing in 2011, so current affairs is from march 2010 to march 2011, right?" Absolutely not.

Think, how does a paper setter create the questions? does he sit with a pile of newspaper for the whole year? No, he just thinks of issues that seem important and recent enough to be asked. Now what is fresh in his memory need not be something that happened just within the year.


Also, in most issues and news topics have a continuity. Is Gujarat riot current affairs? Is Obama's election current affairs? But when since when are they getting covered by newspapers? even today, gujarat riot accusations make big news. it is fresh in the paper setters memory. chances are high that a question maybe asked from one of these issues. The reality is, you can not draw a line saying that this is where current affairs start.

I suggest that to be safe you should cover last 3 years current affairs - reading that much will also ensure that you really understand the context of what is happening right now, and your chance of getting an answer correct will increase a lot.


How do I cover so much current affairs? Here are the resources, freely available on internet.


its quite easy actually. here's the archive for frontline.


Pratiyogita Darpan will have a yearly news round up. so does the hindu every year. Hindu's issues are all available on online - thats several years of news archive. Now that you need not spend your time on static Gk, at least do this much!


Remember, that success rate/ cut off is going to go up with removal of static gk. current affairs is a quantifiable and more guessable subject, for which you can prepare very well and have a much better strike rate.




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Comment by Varen on December 29, 2010 at 9:32am
i just completed CSR. would pratiyogita darpan will do for the coming months before CLAT??
Comment by Tanisha Kapur on December 28, 2010 at 7:15pm
I am following CSR.. Will that be fine?
Comment by Ramanuj Mukherjee on December 27, 2010 at 6:21pm
thanks aymen :)
Comment by Ramanuj Mukherjee on December 26, 2010 at 1:01pm
@tanisha i dont think you need a yearbook this year. just used pratiyogita darpan.
Comment by Ramanuj Mukherjee on December 26, 2010 at 1:00pm
hi, its really difficult to make an exhaustive list, but follow
Pratiyogita darpan and i have started posting topics i think are
important on this page on current affairs.
Comment by Tanisha Kapur on December 26, 2010 at 11:43am
Which yearbook to follow for preparing current affairs?
Comment by Ramanuj Mukherjee on December 24, 2010 at 6:18pm
as far as clat is concerned, no static GK at all is required. only reasoning questions in legal reasoning - no maxims case laws etc.
Comment by Aastha Bhansali on December 24, 2010 at 1:27pm
sir, does that mean that we must stop mugging up the constitution as well? Any other tips for a better and comprehensive prep? What about the Legal reasoning section? will it have all reasoning questions and no case laws, maxims and stuff?
Comment by sarah jane on December 23, 2010 at 7:12pm
no static gk or more importance to current events?
Comment by Ramanuj Mukherjee on December 23, 2010 at 12:48pm
it may sound too good to believe, or too hard because you have prepared a lot of it, but yes, no history, geography, eco, sociology, science etc is going to be asked. this is what i have maintained for a long time now.

While they mention may to may, i am talking about a pragmatic approach. i dont expect the paper setters to verify whether what they are asking happened within the last 12 months. for instance, pls tell me, is war in afghanistan current affairs, does it fall within the bracket suggested? everything that is happening now has a context, and unless you know the context, you risk missing out or not understanding things.

reading at least last two years current affairs is highly recommended. this is a small measure that may take an extra week, but will ensure big returns. now its upto you to do it or not. lets just say tis one of the best hacks CLAThacker has up its sleeves, its a tried and tested thing :)

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