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Here’s the best way to answer UPSC IAS Civil Services current affair questions

Pawan Kumar 0

Civil Services aspirants have always had some common questions while preparing for the most competitive Civil Services examination, especially regarding current affairs preparation because there is no static information to be studied.

There are multiple information sources, vast topics to keep updated with and a whole year’s current affairs to be aware of.

Let’s first understand how you will be questioned, or in what manner UPSC will frame its question related to current affairs and what is the best way to deal with answering the same.

For an instance, if we take the news ‘India ranks 78th on WEF Energy Transition Index’, the question could be framed like:

Question: The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) has released the report titled ‘Fostering Effective Energy Transition’ ranking. Consider the following statements regarding this:

India has ranked 78th position in Energy Transition Index while Sweden topped in the list of 114 countries. Among India’s emerging market peers, Brazil stood at the 38th place, Russia at 70th and China at 76th place.

India has improved its performance score by 5.6 per cent in a period of 2013 – 2018, especially with reduced subsidies, improved energy access, and reduction in cost of Imports.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

A. 1 only
B. 1 and 2
C. 2 and 3
D. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

Explain the answer like this:

A report titled ‘Fostering Effective Energy Transition’ was released by The World Economic Forum (WEF) on March 15, 2018. In this report, 114 countries were ranked based on how well they can balance energy security and access to environmental sustainability and affordability. India was ranked at the 78th position in the report’s Energy Transition Index, where in Sweden topped the Index.

Key points of the report:

The Energy Transition Index was topped by Sweden, followed by Norway at the second position and Switzerland at the third.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Finland (4th), Denmark (5th), the Netherlands (6th), the United Kingdom (7th), Austria (8th), France (9th) and Iceland (10th).
Among India’s emerging market peers, Brazil stood at the 38th place, Russia at 70th and China at 76th place.

This is how you must include all the major highlights of the topic and make this answer even better, depending on your understanding and effective explanation skills.

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