Counted amongst the toughest exams in India, one needs to clear 3 levels namely Prelims, Mains, and Interview in order to join the coveted Civil Services. Paying more attention to other subjects, candidates often are unable to clear the prelims because of CSAT. Keeping in view its importance, here is a blog that will focus on the CSAT exam with all its components.
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What is CSAT Exam?
CSAT, which is also known as the Civil Service Aptitude Test is one of the 2 papers of the Civil Services prelims examination. While General Studies Paper I consists of questions asked from dynamic and static GK and subjects like Indian National Movement, Polity, Environment, Geography, etc, General Studies Paper-II/CSAT assesses a candidate’s reasoning, English, and general aptitude.
CSAT Exam Highlights
Let’s understand the important parameters of the CSAT examination pattern through the table given below.
|Exam Name||Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2021|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission|
|Exam Frequency||Once in a year|
|Exam Mode||Offline – Pen & Paper Mode|
|Exam Stage||Prelims – Mains (written) – Mains (interview)|
|Language||Prelims – English & Hindi|
|Number of Exam Centres||Multiple|
Important Dates for 2021
|Application Begins||February 10, 2021|
|Application Last Date||March 11, 2021|
|Prelims Admit Card 2021||TBA|
|Prelims Exam 2021||June 27, 2021|
|Main Exam 2021||September 27, 2021|
|Prelims Result 2021||TBA|
|Interview & Personality Test||TBA|
CSAT Exam Eligibility
The eligibility criteria of the CSAT exam is same as that of the IAS prelims. Candidates can click on the below mentioned button to know about the detailed IAS eligibility.
CSAT Exam Pattern
Here is the detailed exam pattern of the CSAT prelims and Mains exam-
CSAT Prelims Exam:
Stated below are the important pointers related to the Prelims exam-
- MCQ Questions
- 0.66 marks will be deducted for wrong answers
- It is compulsory to appear in both the papers of the Prelims level
- Blind candidates will be given an extra time of ten minutes for each paper in the UPSC Prelims exam
|Paper- I General Studies||100||200||2 hours|
|Paper-II GS (CSAT)||80||200||2 hours|
CSAT Mains Exam:
Stated below are the important pointers related to the Mains exam-
- The candidates who secure marks above the cutoff marks in the UPSC Mains exam will be summoned for the Personality Test or the last stage of the CSAT exam.
- The candidates can select their medium of writing the UPSC Mains exam paper as Hindi or English or any other language as listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution
- The Interview round/Personality Test will comprise of a total of 275 marks.
- The total marks of the UPSC Mains Paper are 2025 including the Personality Test.
|Paper A||Compulsory Indian Language||300||3 Hours|
|Paper B||English||300||3 Hours|
|Paper I||Essay||300||3 Hours|
|Paper II||General Studies- I||300||3 Hours|
|Paper III||General Studies- II||300||3 Hours|
|Paper IV||General Studies- III||300||3 Hours|
|Paper V||General Studies- IV||300||3 Hours|
|Paper VI||Optional Paper 1||300||3 Hours|
|Paper VII||Optional Paper 2||300||3 Hours|
CSAT Exam Syllabus
Now that you have understood the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test, let us go through the CSAT exam syllabus in detail.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision-making and problem solving
- General mental ability
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class Xth level)
- Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class Xth level)
- Questions will be asked related to English Language Comprehension skills based on class 10th level.
Bringing laurels in civil service examination is a quite challenging task, nevertheless, If you are abreast of the CSAT syllabus and are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, success will surely follow you. Tabulated below are some of the CSAT books that you can consider for practice:
|General Studies Paper 2 2020 for Civil Services Preliminary Examination||McGraw-Hill||BUY HERE!|
|Analytical Reasoning||M. K. Pandey||BUY HERE!|
|Cracking the CSAT Paper-2 – Civil Services Aptitude Test||Arihant||BUY HERE!|
|The Mantra of CSAT Paper II 2020||Gautam Puri||BUY HERE!|
|A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning||Dr R.S.Aggarwal||BUY HERE!|
|The Pearson CSAT Manual 2013||Edgar Thorpe||BUY HERE!|
|Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation||Trisha||BUY HERE!|
|Conceptual Approach to Csat||P.N Roy Choudhary||BUY HERE!|
Without any doubt, practice makes a man perfect. As discussed, CSAT examines a candidate’s logical and analytical reasoning along with English language skills. Thus, only with meticulous efforts and hard work, you can crack India’s toughest examination. Given below are some tips and tricks that you can consider for clearing CSAT.
- CSAT is considered easy but it takes time to get a grasp over it. Analyse previous year question papers and identify your weak areas.
- Since a lot of questions are asked from comprehension passages, it is essential that you devote some time to this. Go through the questions, read the passage and then start answering. This way you would know what you have to look for in the passage. Since passages require a lot of time to comprehend, practicing such CSAT questions is very crucial.
- To solve the reasoning part with accuracy, practice 5-6 reasoning questions every day. Go through the previous year question papers to understand the difficulty of such questions and start practicing accordingly.
- Keep important mensuration formulas or those related to topics from the analytical section in front of you. Memorise them thoroughly.
- Enroll yourself in online mock exam series to check your clarity and ability pertaining to the examination.
- Be a voracious reader of newspapers, magazines, and journals as it can help you comprehend the passages better, improve your vocabulary and grammatical skills.
CSAT Trend Analysis 2011-2020
|Year\Topics||Math & Basic numeracy||Logical & Analytical reasoning||Reading comprehension||Decision making||Data Interpretation|
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