How to remember current affairs for UPSC CSE Prelims 2020?

Importance of current affairs has been consistently increasing, particularly in the recent years where the UPSC Prelims paper has seen as many as 35 questions from current affairs in a single paper.

There are a number of ways to train your brain to memorize things faster and optimize learning,

Memorizing current affairs or for that matter anything depends on how well you perform the 3 Rs of reading, relating and revising.

These three Rs can be efficiently achieved by going through the following steps:-

  1. Read current affairs from the most important source i.e. newspapers. Some of the good ones include The Hindu, The IndianExpress, Livemint, DownToEarth, etc. Subject-wise notes of current affairs from the newspaper can also be made (as writing down the information is an important step of memorizing).
  2. At the end of the month a good current affairs monthly compilation like KSG India CurrentConnect can be used which would help to revise and relate to various other topics in the syllabus.
  3. To finally concretize whatever the aspirant has read and to revise it, one can go for current affairs based prelims tests. Remember to consolidate all that you have read from different sources at one place in your notes.


  1. Aspirants can also take quizzes on current affairs with their fellow aspirants and family members.
  2. Teaching others what you have learned has also proven to be a very effective way to memorize something. The process of translating the information into your own words helps your brain to better understand it. It’s a win-win for everyone.