Current Affairs Important Topics For UPSC Prelims 

Cracking the UPSC exam is more than just a dream. Every year lakhs of aspirants appeared for the exam to gauge their luck but, only a limited number of aspirants who are well equipped with the required resources, advanced life skills, and knowing trending can qualify for the exam.  

The Civil Service Exam (UPSC) comprises three stages –

  1. UPSC Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions.
  2. UPSC Mains – 9 papers – descriptive – essay type.
  3. UPSC Interview or UPSC Personality Test.

UPSC Prelims exam is the first stage in which aspirants have to appear and must pass to appear in Mains exam, despite it is just only for screening purposes. So, the aspirants should keep the foundation strong. 

General Studies paper 1 is one of the major components of the prelims exam which is sub-divided into:

  1. Current Affairs.
  2. History.
  3. Geography.
  4. Economics.
  5. Polity
  6. Environment and Ecology.
  7. General Science.

Current Affairs Spanning 10-12 months prior to the date of the exam are considered as relevant but recently UPSC is increasing the weightage of questions based on the national and internal events. For current Affairs preparation, reading newspapers like The Indian Express, The Hindu along with regular updates on Government schemes, Polices are essential.

Here, we have listed some important Current Affairs topics that will be useful during the preparation of the UPSC Prelims exam. Have a look:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Citizen Amendment Act
  • National Register of Citizens (NRC)
  • Article 370
  • Environmental Conventions
  • New acts passed by parliament
  • Triple Talaq Bill
  • Issues concerning Elections in India
  • India & Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
  • Interstate water disputes
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Impacts of Social Media
  • Increasing Heat Waves
  • Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Ease of doing Business
  • International Criminal Court
  • US & China Trade war
  • Data Protection – Technology and Privacy
  • Me Too Movement in India
  • India’s air pollution
  • Supreme Court Judgements
  • Reconstitution of Cabinet Sub-committees
  • Decriminalization of Politics
  • Iran nuclear deal
  • Ayushman Bharat – PMJAY Scheme
  • Draft Model Contract Farming Act 2018
  • Environment Performance Index
  • Women Safety
  • Cyber Security
  • Election funding
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Rural Women Empowerment
  • Jobless growth in India
  • Extreme Weather and Health Hazards
  • Police Reforms in India
  • India’s growing underwater capability
  • Malimath Committee report
  • Current & future prospect of the Indian economy
  • Digital Economy
  • Kashmir unrest & dispute
  • The US withdrawals from various International alliances
  • Parliament disruptions
  • Uniform civil code
  • Privatization of certain Healthcare Services
  • Marital rape
  • The merger of PSU banks
  • Privatization of Air India
  • Capital Punishment/death sentence
  • Politics and Economics of farm loan waiver
  • National Medical Commission Bill
  •  Barring MPs from practicing law
  • Controversy over changing the Constitution
  • Section 377: Constitution Vs Mortality
  • Data Localisation
  • Crisis in the sugar sector
  • Live Streaming of SC proceeding
  • Doubling the Farmer’s income
  • Mob lynching
  • RTI lynching
  • Minimum Support Price
  • Non Performing Assets
  • Lokpal
  • Power & Role of RBI

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