September 7th, 2019       Civil Services Preparation

UPSC Examination is a test of the 360 degree personality of an individual. This includes knowledge about basic subjects, world happenings, analytical thinking based outlook towards various opinions etc. And thus, the reading content in order to widen the perspectives of the aspirant as well as to add to add to his or her thinking ability can’t be just limited to the standard books and newspapers.

In this regard, Magazines from various publications and specialising in domains are a boon to the aspirants. They prove to be the extra reading matter which can be very useful in the preparation of UPSC Civil Service exam and also develop a more flexible outlook for an individual which will help him or her in the long run to be a better civil servant.

There are many magazines for UPSC preparation in the market but all of these are not important and not required to be read keeping UPSC preparation in mind.  Only magazines that contain articles from experts on the various topics and the ones that include more information on some topics that aren’t in detail in standard books and other books are required to be read. This will help aspirant to score high in the various stages of the UPSC Preparation and will be beneficial for the development of his or her overall personality. Reading the magazines help an aspirant get more background information on the issue along with an analytical understanding of the same. Some magazines also provide for mock tests, topper interviews and other necessary information that can be beneficial depending on aspirant to aspirant.

This article tries to suggest a list of top 10 magazines that can be highly helpful for a sincere aspirant towards the goal of clearing the civil services exam. The list is as follows (not in order of priority):

1. YOJANA

It is a monthly journal devoted to socio-economic issues. It is published by the Publications Division of the Union Ministry of IB. Although Yojana is sponsored by government and is an official venture, it is in no way restricted to expressing the government views alone. It attempts to give praise where praise is due and criticize with constructive purpose. Yojana gives different shades of opinion and views on any issue and thereby presents a balanced picture.

This magazine is helpful for aspirants for all the three stages of the exam. Besides English and Hindi, Yojana is being published in 11 other languages viz. English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Odiya. Hence, it is helpful for those writing the Main exam in regional languages. 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.

Candidates can download previous versions from the website http://yojana.gov.in free of cost.

2. KURUKSHETRA

It is also a monthly journal published by Ministry of Rural Development. Its focuses on rural development issues like infrastructure, agriculture, tribal population, etc. It is published in Hindi and English. It serves as an insight into operational aspects and impact analysis of the programmes and schemes in rural areas. It is important for all stages of the UPSC Examination again primarily GS2, GS3, essay paper and optionals like Public Administration Paper 2 etc.

3. 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. Although the articles are technical in nature and require multiple readings, it can be helpful for issues that are not very common. Example a question on micro irrigation asked in 2016 could be solved through a read of EPW. An aspirant can read from https://www.epw.in .

4. 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. In the online mode, aspirants can read it directly from the website https://www.downtoearth.org.in/.

5. PRATIYOGITA DARPAN

Available both in Hindi and English, this monthly magazine is sought after among government jobs aspirants. It focuses on employment related news, daily happenings, toppers interviews, articles on universal topics, solved papers of competitive exams etc However, for UPSC CSE the read of the magazine can be secondary in nature and is recommended only for aspirants who have exhausted other reading content. It can be used for attempting various mocks though. A Candidate can access the same at https://www.pdgroup.in .

6. FRONTLINE

Frontline is a fortnightly English magazine from The Hindu group. In-depth and insightful reporting and analysis of issues/events at the regional, national and international levels is a characteristic feature of this magazine. A range of topics are covered. They include politics, economics and social issues to the environment, nature, culture and cinema. Its cover stories are comprehensive. The magazine has progressive orientation and is highly secular, democratic and pro-people. A candidate can get access to same at https://frontline.thehindu.com.

7. SCIENCE REPORTER

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. This magazine is a one-stop solution for aspirants for latest current affairs from science.

The aspirants can access it at https://www.niscair.res.in/sciencecommunication/popularization%20of%20science/scirep0.asp.

8. MONTHLY REVIEW BY PRS

It is a very good source to prepare all government policies, bills and programmes. It is very useful for the prelims examination and for preparing current topics for CSE Mains GS 2 and GS 3. Any aspirant can access the same at https://www.prsindia.org/policy-review/monthly-policy-review.

9. WORLD FOCUS

It is an Indo-centric foreign affairs journal. It deals with discussion and analysis of International Issues with an Indian perspective. Experts, analysts and persons of eminence write comprehensively and contribute to World Focus each month. It focuses on current affairs, international affairs, economic diplomacy, foreign policy and national security issues. It is beneficial for the IR part in all the three stages of the examination. A candidate can access it at http://www.worldfocus.in/.

10. COMPETITION SUCCESS REVIEW

This magazine is a very popular magazine amongst competitive exam aspirants. It has an all-encompassing format. The magazine gives a summary of national as well as international issues. Also, it contains success stories of top candidates selected for Civil Services. Besides this, it contains interview transcripts. However, it is suggested to be read only after the aspirant has exhausted other subject matter.

Top 10 Magazines for UPSC Preparation

The above list is not exhaustive in nature. It is only a suggestive list and aspirants can read as per their convenience. However, it is advised that Yojana and Kurukshetra are read sincerely and notes made from there. Further, 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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