India Year Book is published by Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and is considered a “raam-baand aushadhi” for UPSC Preparation. It is actually named as Indialike India 2011, India 2012. India 2011 was published at the end of year 2010 or at the starting of 2011, so it covered everything that happened in and until 2010. The complete name is India ABCD - A Reference Annual, where ABCD is the year of publication.
It has lots of data and it is really hard to read it and the question of remembering anything doesn’t comes up. ;) So how to crack such a tough nut. Here is what I did? It is a very silly way but this is how I did it.
There is one book available in the market called India ABCD At A Glance (based on India (Pub. Divn’ India mentioned above)) published by New Vishal Publication. It is again one book that you cannot read as it can be termed as notes of India YB. It throws so much data at you without any references that it becomes even hard to read it. So, this cannot be the solution either.
Here is what I did to read India YB. As New Vishal’s India (henceforth known as NV) is a copy of India YB (Henceforth known as IYB), I tried to mix them both. So, here are the steps that I followed:-
First Sitting — Take the points from NV and find the same line in IYB. Mark all such points in I using a Marker.
Second Sitting — Now start reading IYB and put away NV. Mark any extra points you thing would be relevant. Also, keep unmarking those points that you had marked from NV, if you think that information is redundant or not required.
Third Sitting — Read only the markings from IYB in this sitting. Definitely you will be reading some lines here and there but that is okay.
Fourth Sitting — Yahan tak agar pahunch gaye…to apne charan yahan post kar dena!! Hum natmastak ho jaaayenge!! ;) In this reading you will be referring only the markings alone
You have to do all this one after another without switching to any other subject or book. This is how I managed to read India Year Book.