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How many months’ current affairs are required for UPSC Prelims?

How many months’ current affairs are required for UPSC Prelims?

In the UPSC Prelims Examination Find NearBy Best UPSC Coaching in Delhi For current affairs have huge importance. Not only prelims but mains and interviews all are current affairs centric. In optional subjects also you could see the subject connectivity with current affairs. Though it is very tough to talk about how many months current affairs are required to be covered, as there is no depth of this. 

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Aspirants who are part of this UPSC Examination marathon seek the answer to this question. The conundrum is, should they cover current affairs only 0.5 years old, or 1 year old, or 1.5 years old, or 2 years old etc.? 

But when one analysis the previous year UPSC question papers of IAS Prelim, it shows that even the current affairs of 2013 has been asked in 2018 UPSC CSE Prelims. Example:

Question: As per the NSSO 70th Round “Situation Assessment Survey of Agriculture Households”, consider the following statements:

1. Rajasthan has the highest percentage share of agriculture households among its rural households.

2. Out of the total households in the country, a little over 60 percent being to OBCs.

3. In Kerala, a little over 60 percent of agriculture households are reported to have received maximum income from sources other than agriculture activities.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 2 and 3 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, had conducted Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households in its 70th round in January – December, 2013.

This shows that there is no depth of current affairs, but in general, aspirants follow the given pattern, which is safe to sail through the journey.


Usually, I.5-year current affairs prior to the 2 months of prelims exam is important. But to be on safer side it is advisable to start following current affairs religiously once the candidate decides to appear for CSE, and try to see the background of the issues too.


This phase of the UPSC Examination usually requires current affairs from the last year mains to one month before the mains in which candidate is appearing.

Example: For CSE 2021, you need to cover current from Jan 2020 to Dec 2021.

Point to be noted that UPSC has not mentioned the same anywhere but it’s just wisdom passed down from the analysis of previous years’ question papers.

The Sources that one can follow for the Current Affairs Preparation are:

  • The Hindu Daily News Paper: paper or Offline (whichever form you are comfortable with)
  • Indian Express (if you are not able to read the whole paper try, to read its explained page, you can access it on website to for comprehensive understanding of the particular topic.)
  • One daily compilation (Choose any among Eden IAS/ Insights/ Vision/ Civils Daily etc.)
  • All India Radio— Spotlight/Discussion
  • Misc. (Perspective from Sans ad TV, PRS India)
  • PIB

P.S. – One can follow any website that they find best for themselves, but caution word is one needs to do that religiously so that any topic or issue is not missed.

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