As we prepare the content for this issue, I have a distinct feeling that things are getting back to a new normal, if not the normal that we used to know. Educational institutions are already getting into their regular mode. Others too are resuming their normal activities. Some of the cities and states have announced withdrawal of the mandatory use of masks; though, we must continue to take precautionary measures against the pandemic. What in particular drew my attention this month was the usual flow of news events that have a positive impact on our present as well as future. The UGC, for example, announced a new entrance test for admissions in Central Universities with far-reaching impact and the Union Government has withdrawn AFSPA, the draconian law, from some more parts of the Northeast. And, so on.
This will have a direct impact on you as you will have to read and know about much more things after a lull of almost two years. When there is a regular flood of news events, one has to engage more to choose from them what is relevant and then prepare notes covering all necessary aspects of them. It is natural, therefore, that our work at CSR has increased with the continuous news flow. At the same time, it gives me immense satisfaction that we are doing a highly useful work for our young readers who are preparing their best for various competitive examinations so that they can contribute to the nation-building after getting selected for a respectable and meaningful job.
As you already know, CSR brings you everything that you must know in a balanced and positive manner. Month after month, year after year, magazine after magazine and issue after issue, when we collect, compile, collate and curate the most important national and international events in a succinct and lucid manner in the CSR, when we select the bouquet of diverse editorial content for the benefit of our innumerable valuable young readers aspiring to come out with flying colours in various competitive exams, there has always been a single dedicated motto: the most relevant, the most useful, the most positive selection of content.
So you have an important feature of ‘Group Discussion’, written by Wing Commander Dinesh Mathur, VSM (Retd.), one of the most experienced experts on the subject, discussing all aspects of one of the burning topics in a focussed manner, in addition to giving you a glimpse of the format of GD. Same goes for ‘Facing the Interview Board’, which touches more than one current issues that might figure in your next interview, again, giving you a hint of manners and appreciable conduct during interviews. Mr. JC Chaudhry, Founder & Chairman, Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL) one of the highly reputed and successful coaching institutes in the country, writes a regular column in CSR to provide valuable guidance to you through the intricacies of a subject you must know about. Prof. V.P. Gupta, Director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, another institute which has a formidable reputation of guiding many aspirants to make it to the Civil Services Examination, picks up one of the most relevant topics every month to give you all inside details and debates surrounding it. Then, you have latest mock tests from the top coaching institutes of the country, which help you refresh your knowledge of subjects and issues besides helping you to practise. And, of course, you have a comprehensively selected bouquet of news events in India, the world, fields of economy, education, science & technology, and sports. Some of the subjects we discuss in great detail, incorporating all aspects of them, are there in the Analysis of Current Issues. In a nutshell, every issue of CSR covers all the news and views of the month that are relevant for you to prepare for competitive examinations.
It is the diligence and meticulousness with which we at CSR prepare all this content for your benefit that has helped us to stay most appropriate and useful for our young readers, generation after generation. My heart gets filled with pleasure as well as gratitude when I hear from All India Services officers, many of them retired ones, that how the CSR contributed to their success many years ago when they were preparing for CSE. Recently, a 1990 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer took to social media to post a photograph of an old 1990 cover of CSR shared by one of her batchmates with the caption “Purani yaden taza ho gayeen (a lot of memories got refreshed)”.
So rely on this of your trusted friend, the CSR, for all your requirements of knowledge and information and prepare thoroughly for your next test.
Wishing you the best for all your future endeavours.