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6 Ideal Newspapers and Magazines to Help You Crack Competitive Exams

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6 Ideal Newspapers and Magazines to Help You Crack Competitive Exams

In a cut-throat competitive universe, it’s not easy to excel in the various entrance exams without applying your knowledge from different kinds of aspects. Academics demanded a lot of your industriousness and these competitive exams are always a step ahead. To emulate yourself with the intense level of these exams, reading newspapers and magazines plays a significant role.

Reports state that around 56% of the students read newspapers to enhance their general knowledge quotient. 42% of such people spend more than an hour reading newspaper. Reading newspapers and magazines can act as a boon in helping you prepare for the toilsome entrance exams.

Whether you prepare for JEE, AIPMT, CAT or for government exams like UPSC Cil Services and other bank exams, newspapers have a lot in store for every kind of exam. We bring to you some of the best newspapers and magazines you should read to enhance your knowledge.

These media publications cover all kind of current affairs, national and international news, and a lot else to help you prepare for your exams. 

1. The Hindu

The Hindu

The Hindu is one of the world’s ten best English daily newspapers. The newspaper recorded a 20% growth during Jan-June 2018 and has become South India’s largest selling newspaper.

You must have already been advised a lot by your relatives and professors to daily read this newspaper. The Hindu provides a facsimile of journalistic excellence and authenticity. Sections such as Who-What-Why-When-Where, World News, Editorials, and Science are very important for your preparation of Prelims and Mains exams of all sort.

2. The Economic Times

The Economic Times

As per the Indian Revenue Services, The Economic Times tops the financial category of newspapers by gaining a readership of 2.8 million people. The newspaper consolidated its fourth position among the top ten English newspapers.

This newspaper is inclusive of International Finance, Indian Economy, Business News, Stock Market, etc. This helps a lot, especially for the bank exams.

3. The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Founded in 1932 by Ramnath Goenka, The Indian Express focuses on news related to Parliamentary Committees, Commissions, Bills, Acts, Editorials, and Economy. The news style is matchless due to the wide coverage and expertise.

This local-national duo newspaper enriches your knowledge bank of extant socio-political issues and current affairs which makes it pre-eminent for aspirants preparing for the civil services.

4. Business Standard

Business Standard

According to IRS, the Business Standard is the third largest financial news daily with a total readership of 505,000. It substantially involves the garden-fresh data on economic policies, RBI, Stock Market, and International Relations along with expert criticism.

The striking headlines, factual cover stories, and authentic editorials make this newspaper valuable for aspirants preparing for the UPSC IAS exam.

5. Pratiyogita Darpan

pratiyogita darpan

Pratiyogita Darpan is a monthly current affairs magazine for aspirants of government jobs. The magazine focuses on current affairs, employment-related news, toppers' interviews, and solved papers of competitive exams. Also available online, the magazine has proved to be a big ticket for its readers.

6. Yojana


Yojana is a monthly magazine that expresses the government’s views on various ongoing socio-economic issues and presents data and analysis for the same. You can find all the recently launched government schemes, government initiatives, policy initiatives, etc. here.

This magazine is very prominent for the Mains exams including essay writing and personality tests.

Entrance exams are getting tougher year by year. Reading newspapers will not only enrich your knowledge to crack such exams but also improve your language skills. So, develop a habit in advance to devour each prominent word in your newspaper. Good luck!!