The Union Public Service Commission or UPSC sets a certain age limit for the candidates belonging to different categories.
The UPSC age limit for the candidates belonging to General Category is between 21 to 32 years. The maximum number of attempts that general category candidates have is six. For the candidates belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), the age limit is 21 to 32 years with six as the maximum number of attempts available for EWS candidates. For the candidates who are from OBC (Other Background Classes) category, for them, the age limit is 21 to 35 years with 9 attempts. The SC/ST candidates are given an unlimited number of attempts with the age limit of 21 to 37 years. The age limit for the candidates who are from Defence Services Personnel background is 21 to 35 years with 9 attempts. For the differently abled candidates, the age limit is between 21 to 35 years with 9 maximum attempts.
What are the Current Affairs 2024 Examination?
Most of the questions in UPSC are related to current affairs. Current affairs 2024 is a very important part of the syllabus for both Prelims and Mains. However, the syllabus is based on the dynamic portion. For covering the dynamic portion, the aspirants need to update themselves with the latest current affairs.
Some current affairs 2024 are mentioned below:
Varanasi City is going to be announced as the “first tourism and cultural Capital of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). For ages, the rich heritage and aesthetic traditions of Varanasi have created great inquisitiveness among the people from different parts of the world.
Nationwide Campaign: “Har Ghar Tiranga”: The Central Government is planning to introduce a nationwide Campaign- “Har Ghar Tiranga” underlining the 75th Independence Day.
For excelling in the exam, current affairs can be studied in a precise manner from Byju’s exam Prep UPSC 2024.
Current Affairs Syllabus for UPSC 2024
The UPSC Prelims Current Affairs involves the following topics:
History of Indian National Movement and India, Current affairs or events of International and National importance, World, and Indian Geography- Economic, Physical and Social Geography of the world and India, General Issues related to Climate Change, Biodiversity, Environmental Ecology. Such topics do not require subject specialization, Indian Governance and Polity- Panchayati Raj, Constitution, Public Policy, Political System, Right issues, and so on. Social and Economic development: Demographics, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives, Poverty, etc.
How to cover Current affairs for UPSC 2024:
Reading newspapers is the first and mandatory step to covering Current Affairs for UPSC. The books based on current affairs to which UPSC aspirants can refer for their preparation are mentioned below:
Manorama Yearbook, India Yearbook, Current Affairs by Arihant, Newspaper: The Indian Express or The Hindu, Economic survey, Yojana Magazine, Mathrubhumi Yearbook, Pratiyogita darpan Magazine, Kurukshetra Magazine.
Practise mock tests- The mock tests help to analyse the intensity of the preparation. Even after completing the syllabus, aspirants commit many mistakes while solving the mock test. So, it is very important for the candidates to practise mock tests because there are many recent events of which only a few people are aware. The candidates must have a strong grip over current affairs to qualify for this exam.
Some other sources of current affairs for UPSC are All India Radio- Spotlight/discussion, Internet, Misc. (RSTV’s big picture, India’s world, and PRS India), monthly compilation, and IE section explained on the website.
While reading current affairs try to emphasise issues, not on news. For example- The Verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the news, but the main issue is about the duo- relationship between India and Pakistan. The structure and mandate of ICJ. Other questions like how cases are called up in the court, functions, and the role of India in global fora.