Yojana Magazines

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Why read Yojana magazine?

  • The first reason is that certain important keywords and topics are regularly being covered in the reports & articles of Yojana magazines. Ex – Country Development, Commissions, Electoral reforms, Geography, Environment and Ecology, Global Warming, Disaster, Tsunami, Draught, Landslide, Flagship schemes and policies of Government of India, AADHAR, Food Bill, MGNREGS, JNNURM, etc.
  • Another reason is that Yojana is being published by the Government of India = authenticity and credibility are very high.
  • Their articles are mostly politically neutral and have a balanced perspective on a crucial point or issue.
  • The articles of these magazines are written by highly experienced scholars (both national and international level), ministers, bureaucrats, and Ph.D. students. It has an underline tone of pessimism followed by overarching optimism and constructive criticism with redressal mechanism.
  • Yojana always published as a theme-specific approach for each month of the year, For example in the year 2013-14, it centered around the following themes:
  1. Good Governance (read related books)
  2. Direct Benefit Transfer (read DBT related articles and understand the issue from both negative & positive aspects)
  3. Union Budget (try to concise your study and focus on key point & keywords)
  4. Disability (study about disability acts)
  5. Social Media (important from science & tech and essay paper exam point of view)
  6. Sustainability and environmental issues (most important from exam point of view)
  7. Public Service Broadcasting (leave this safely)
  8. Inclusive Democracy (very important from exam point of view)
  9. Education for all (important from exam point of view)
  10. Growth, Employment, and Poverty (data information and key facts)
  11. Land and Natural Resources (just skim thought it)
  12. Right to Food (extremely important from exam point of view and essays as well come from these topics)
  13. Tribal and Marginalised Communities (no need to go in details)
  14. Public Health (extremely important)
  15. Administrative Reforms (good to read)
  16. Indian economy – Performance, challenges and prospects (very very important)
  17. Energy security (extremely important)
  18. Indian agriculture (good to read)
  19. Urban planning (extremely important)
Take the above strategy as an example of how to read a Yojana.

How to read?

First, you have to choose 5 to 6  articles from the magazine which you will be reading. You have to go through the Definition of the theme then all the Basics, remember the Facts and analyze both Pros and Cons , then you have to come up with a Constructive Criticism followed by a Redressal Mechanism.

While reading Yojana you need to write key phrases, words, and facts from the articles, no need to make extensive notes.

For example, here we are taking an Issue in order to evaluate the preparation aspects.

Pointed to be covered

  • What is Universal Health Coverage (UHC)?
  • Health expenditure with respect to GDP in India
  • What are all the schemes already exist like NRHM?
  • As a district collector, how will you integrate them
  • What are the points in favor and against UHC?
Take the above strategy as an example of how to cover an article or report in Yojana.

What to avoid in Yojana Magazine (non-upsc stuff)

  • Any individual achievement being portrayed.
  • Any local area where a concept or technology was first applied.
    • Transforming Rural India with Digital Technologies.
    • Child Health: Some inconvenient facts.
    • Non-communicable diseases and development in India.
  • Repeat reading.

Reference: Roman Saini, AIR-22 (CSE – 2013)

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