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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. http://www.frontline.in/archives.htm
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.