CSAT Syllabus

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CSAT Syllabus

The Civil Services Aptitude Test or otherwise known as CSAT consists of two papers: General Studies Paper and General Ability Test. For the purpose of evaluation, all aspiring candidates must appear in both Papers of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. If a candidate does not appear in both papers, they will be disqualified. CSAT was first introduced in 2011 as part of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) to assess IAS aspirants’ analytical skills, reasoning ability, and aptitude. If you are a UPSC aspirant and want to know about the CSAT syllabus, then you are at the right place to be because, in this blog, we will be detangling all the information about the CSAT syllabus. So read this blog till the very end to know about the CSAT syllabus for 2021. 

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UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

The UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 are due to take place on June 27, 2021. On the same day, both the General Studies Paper and the CSAT will be held. Between the two articles, there is a chasm. As a result, students are encouraged to plan in such a way that they can effectively solve each article. Here are a few key points to remember about the Prelims that every candidate should be aware of:

Exam Pattern  CSAT General Studies Paper-I CSAT General Studies Paper-II
Number of Questions 100 80
Total Marks  200 200
Type of questions  Objective  Objective 
Mode of paper Offline/Pen-Paper mode Offline/Pen-paper mode
Negative Marking The question earned a third of the total marks available. The question earned a third of the total marks available.
Date of Exam 27th June 2021(Shift-1) 27th June 2021(shift-2)

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CSAT Syllabus 

As mentioned in the previous part of the blog that the CSAT exam has two papers: 

  • CSAT General Studies Paper 1
  • CSAT General Studies Paper 2 

Let us see a detailed syllabus guide for the CSAT exams 2021. 

Syllabus for General Studies Paper 1

  1. General Science 
  2. General issues on Environmental
  3. Economic and Social Development
  4. Indian Polity and Governance
  5. Indian and World Geography
  6. History of India
  7. Current Affairs

Syllabus for General Studies Paper 2

  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Comprehension
  • Basic numeracy such as numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. (Class X level)
  • Data Interpretation such as charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. (Class X level).

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Topic Wise CSAT Syllabus for GS-I

General Science  Materials, Nano Technology and Robotics
Nuclear Technology
Intellectual Property Rights and Other Miscellaneous Issues
Science & Technology in India
IT and Communication
Economy Basic Concepts 
Economic Measurements
Money & Banking
Public Finance in India
Open Economy
Economic Sectors
Government Schemes and Programmes
Geography General Geography
Bio Geography
Human and Economic Geography
Indian Geography
World Regional Geography
Ecology & Environment
Environmental Pollution
Climate Change
Environmental Governance
Resource Degradation and Management
Polity Citizenship
Fundamental Rights
Directive Principles of State Policy
Fundamental Duties
Evolution of the Consitution
Salient Features of Indian Constitution
Union & Its Territory
System of Governance
Local Government
UT and Special Areas
Constitutional & Non-Constitutional Bodies
Union Executive
Union Legislature
State Executive
State Legislature
Political Dynamics (Political Parties, Election, Pressure Groups)
International Relations
Art and Culture Numismatics
Performing Arts
Religion and Literature
National and Regional Festivals
Pottery Tradition
History Ancient History
Pre-Historic Times
Indus Valley Civilization
Rig Vedic Period
Later Vedic Period
Mauryan Period
Post-Mauryan Period
Gupta Period
Harshwardhana Period
Sangam Period (South-Indian Dynasties)
Medieval History
Afghans, Rajputs & Mughals
Establishment of North-Indian Empire
The Mughal Empire
Marathas and the Other Indian States
The decline of the Mughal Empire
Vijaynagar Empire
Major Dynasties of Early Medieval India (Pratiharas, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas)
Cholas and South-Indian Kingdoms
Early Muslim Invasions
The Delhi Sultanate
Modern History
Development of PressSocio-Religious Reforms
Peasant Movements
Revolutionary Nationalism
Indian National Movement-I (1905-1918)
Indian National Movement-II (1918-1929)
Indian National Movement-III (1930-1947)
Governors-General and Viceroys of India
Constitutional Development of Indian
Advent of Europeans
British Expansion
Administration before 1857
Economic Policies of the British
Impact of British Administration
Revolt of 1857
Administrative Changes after 1857
Development of Civil Services
Development of Education

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How To Prepare for UPSC CSAT Syllabus 2021?

Here are some tools and pointers to help you plan for the UPSC Prelims or CSAT Syllabus:

  • Read the CSAT syllabus extensively and develop a study plan to ensure that you cover every aspect of the syllabus.
  • Read NCERT books of relevant subjects (History, Polity, Economy, Geography, Art& Culture) from 8th to 12th grade to strengthen your foundation and get the basic concepts of General Studies correct for the prelims or CSAT exam 2021.
  • Read some regular current affairs analysis and monthly magazine analysis to stay up to date with the latest trends and developments in current affairs.

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