In the last 5 years, the weightage and hence, the importance of current affairs in the UPSC CSE has increased substantially. That Current Affairs is important in all the three stages of the examination speaks volumes of the key role it plays in helping an aspirant to get selected and also be a better individual. The enhanced importance to current affairs has further strengthened the dynamicity and unpredictability of the questions in the examination which has led to a fear in the minds of all kinds of aspirants- be it freshers or repeaters. The undefined nature and unlimited scope of the current affairs related happenings/events poses a dilemma to the aspirants as to what to read.

This article focuses on the current affairs based MAGAZINES FOR UPSC that aspirants should refer to in order to crack current affairs based questions in the exam with ease.

IAS GAZETTE: One Current Affairs magazine for all phases of UPSC

IAS Gazette Current Affairs July 2020 PDF - VISION


  • As stated Current Affairs form an important aspect of the UPSC examination and therefore it is important for the students to pay proper attention to the subject. Realizing the importance of current affairs, APTI PLUS started to cover the different facet of current affairs through different initiatives like: Daily News Analysis, Daily Editorial, Monthly Gist of Yojana/Kurukshetra/PIB, AIR – Discussion, RSTV, Mind Maps, Infographics, podcasts etc.
  • And lastly the most important asset: IAS Gazette. It is the HOUSE JOURNAL of APTIPLUS.
  • It covers summary of all the above along with more than 100 Multiple Choice Questions. The facts along with MCQ will help aspirants for UPSC Prelims, the in-depth analysis of the topic will help for General Study Mains, Essay and Interview.
  • Every topic is illustrated with diagram, maps, example, case studies etc. which are relevant for UPSC Preparation and helps in easy memorization by UPSC aspirants.
  • The articles are written in such a way that it will also help students in developing the skill of answer writing.
  • Thus, this magazine will be critical asset in the preparation of UPSC Exam till one gets a rank in the exam.
  • The magazine is prepared by a well experienced content team who are domain experts.
  • The magazine is available in APTI PLUS website and it can be downloaded free of cost. Therefore it is recommended that student download it and revise the magazine multiple times to achieve success in all phases of UPSC – Prelims, Mains and Interview.
  • Sources covered:
  • The Hindu
  • The Indian Express
  • Live mint
  • The Economic Times
  • PIB
  • PRS
  • Government & World Reports (NITI Aayog, Budget, WEF Economic Survey etc.)
  • Hindu Business Line
  • NCERTs
  • All standard reference books



  • YOJANA: It is a monthly journal devoted to socio-economic issues published by the Publications Division of the Union Ministry of IB. Since it is a government publication, the facts and figures are accepted by the government and official in nature. Successful aspirants in the last few years have described the Yojana as the best magazine for UPSC preparation. It is particularly important for GS 2 and GS 3 and the Essay paper.
  • KURUKSHETRA: It is also a monthly journal published by Ministry of Rural Development which focuses on rural development issues like infrastructure, agriculture, tribal population, etc. It serves as an insight into operational aspects and impact analysis of the programmes and schemes in rural areas.
  • ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY: EPW is a reputed social science journal that brings together leading subject academicians, researchers, policy makers, independent thinkers, members of NGOs and political activists for debates. Although the focus is on economic issues but it is multidisciplinary covering areas such as politics, sociology, culture and the environment.
  • DOWN TO EARTH: It is a fortnightly magazine that covers important issues relating to environment, health, livelihood and economic security. It brings together news, blogs, perspectives and knowledge related to major challenges faced by the Indian society. It is particularly important for the environment part in CSE.
  • SCIENCE REPORTER: is a monthly science magazine that is published by the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi. It is a popular platform for exchanging ideas about the state of science in the country, matters of science policy, and discussing the future course science in India should take.
  • MONTHLY REVIEW BY PRS: It is a very good source to prepare all government policies, bills and programmes.
  • WORLD FOCUS: It is an Indo-centric foreign affairs journal. It deals with discussion and analysis of International Issues with an Indian perspective.

It should be noted that magazines are a supplement to the standard books like NCERTs and other standard books and therefore, should be given importance in that order.



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