I’m happy to let you know that we have solved one of the major problems being faced by all UPSC aspirants, that is, CURRENT AFFAIRS!!!
I understand that you have been burdened by the need to cover newspapers extensively which could take up most of your day. Alternatively or in addition, you might also be reading those current affairs materials in the market. But they are also becoming bulkier and lack proper analysis.
Even if you put all your efforts into reading all those newspapers & materials, you would have still forgotten most of the information in the exam. That is really sad and frustrating.
So we have launched Current Affairs Mindmaps (Prelims) – the revolutionary initiative that will help you ace the current affairs part by solving 4 major problems-
- Integrated learning (Prelims & Mains)
Also, this initiative finally makes IAS EXPRESS, the one-stop solution for UPSC preparation.
If you are not aware of mind mapping and its benefits – Click here.
How this initiative will help boost your understanding of concepts?
Whenever you read a new topic, your brain would search for answers to the questions starting from what, why, where, when, who, how, etc.
But newspapers and study materials don’t organise their points according to these questions.
Also, we straight away read “how” part in the newspapers or materials without actually reading “what” part. This would seriously undermine your brain’s potential to learn new things effectively.
Our mindmap solves this problem by serving current affairs concepts in the following format for effective understanding –
In this way, you could learn new concepts very effectively & quickly (10X faster than your normal reading of newspapers & current affairs materials) as we make it easier for your brain to consume all those info.
By using our mindmap, your brain will also know beforehand what it is going to learn = it can take in that info more effectively.
Below is the example that will help you understand what I’m talking about.
How this initiative will help boost your revision?
You may have already known that “effective understanding leads to effective revision”. As I have already mentioned, our mindmaps give you a better understanding = it would also help you in revising those concepts effectively.
Besides, whenever you are trying to revise a concept, you might first want to revise “why” or “how” part instead of “what” part as you may have some memory of the latter.
But traditional materials just list out Infos without any order = you need to read each and every line from the start in order to get to the “how” part = slower and ineffective revision.
By using our mindmaps, you could eliminate this problem as you could straight away jump to “how” part without the need to read the “what” part again or vice versa.
Also, every point is organized and linked in the mindmap that enables quick revision.
How this initiative will help boost your retention/memory?
With the help of our mindmap you could learn concepts with respect to the natural way of your brain learning new things (what, why, where, etc) = you will end up remembering more concepts for the long term.
Moreover, the visual nature of mindmaps allows for easier recall.
How this initiative will help in integrated learning?
We provide the link to related IE Article (big-picture analysis of important topics) at the end of each topic in our prelims mindmap. You can learn the basics or read in-depth issues just by clicking those links which will help in your mains preparation too.
- Big picture – You can take in the bigger picture quickly and easily at a glance with a mindmap. We also provide super-categorisation, that is, all topics are organised under respective categories and sub-categories. Example- Monetary Policy Committee would come under Economy=>Banking & Payments, Endangered species comes under Environment=>Biodiversity=>Species.
- Simplification – Mindmaps allow for the simplification of complex relationships between topics.
- Structured – Just like each and every object in the world has a structure, a topic that you are reading also has a structure. But the traditional paragraph based reading cannot show you the structure unique to each topic.
- Creativity – Your creativity will get boosted as you can get big-picture easily with mind maps.
- Interactive – IE Mindmaps are interactive i.e., you can collapse, expand, navigate around and search for a particular topic inside the mindmap. This provides for the active learning process and you never get bored. It is not possible in image or PDF mindmaps. You can read it with any device (Mobile/Tablet/PC). No software is needed.
- Lecture + Self-study – As mindmaps are interactive and each node is opened by clicking them = it seems like someone actually teaching you (= more focus) & you will also get the same efficiency as that of self-study in terms of learning/retention.
This mindmap is divided into: Categories and Compilations.
- All topics are organised under the respective category. Example: Economy=>Banking&Payments.
- Link to mains articles is also provided in the respective category. You can read them to get big-picture and integrated learning.
- If some category is empty, then it means there was no news on it. You can just ignore it.
It is the compilation of
- Related topics covered in “Categories” – Indices/reports, Schemes, Committees, National & international organisations, Bills/Acts, Policies, Development Projects.
- Additional related topics not covered in “Categories” – Awards & Honours, GI Tags, Defence, Persons in News.
It is a sure-shot way to get more marks in current affairs part of prelims as these types of questions have been repeatedly asked in the exam.
You can expand all nodes or nodes in a particular topic at the same time by clicking Transform=>Expand All or Focus at the bottom of the mindmap. Focus option is recommended as it won’t crash the mindmap.
- If you want to read a particular topic quickly, you can use the IAS EXPRESS’s search bar to find it. For example, use the search bar to find “bimal jalan panel”, it will show both prelims june 2019 mindmap and mains article on RBI’s surplus fund = Integrated learning.
- You can also use the search functionality inside the mindmap to find a topic in that particular mindmap.
Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Livemint, Indiatoday, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Downtoearth, etc.