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CSAT Syllabus

CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) has two papers:

  1. General Studies 
  2. General Ability Test

CSAT was first time conducted in 2011. There is no sectional cutoff. Marks for both paper I and paper II are combined to select candidates for the Mains exam.

General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper - 1 (2014) 1st Edition General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper - II 2014 1st  Edition General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper

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CSAT General Studies Paper 1 Syllabus

CSAT Paper I: 200 Marks; Duration: Two Hours; Number of Questions: 100

  1. Current Affairs: Events of national and international importance
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (no subject specialization required)
  7. General Science

CSAT Paper I Analysis

Topic 2011 2012 2013
History and Culture  13 20 15
Economy  18 12 18
Polity 17 25 18
Geography 11 11 14
Environment & Bio-diversity 22 23 22
Science & Technology  19 9 13
Total 100 100 100

CSAT General Ability Test Paper 2 Syllabus

CSAT Paper II: 200 Marks; Duration: Two Hours; Number of Questions: 80

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
  7. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
  8. Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)

Marking Scheme: Total 80 questions have 200 marks, thus each question is of 2.5 marks. There is a negative marking of 33% or 0.83 marks. Decision making section doesn't have any negative marking.

CSAT Paper II Analysis

Topic 2011 2012 2013
Basic Numeracy 13 3 19
General Mental Ability 15 16 12
Decision Making & Problem Solving 6 7 6
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 10 14 12
Comprehension (Both English & Hindi) 27 32 23
English Language Comprehension Skills 9 8 8
Total 80 80 80


#118 shashi kant sharma 2014-10-18 01:52
dear sir,
please provide me details how to prepare and key to crack this nutshell. Plz give me sugestion to prepare.
#117 meghana koundinya 2014-09-27 14:05
sir i am bcom first year so how can prepare foe these exams . thank u
#116 DEEPTHI_T_C 2014-09-21 19:39
sir may i know the books prefered for the civil service exam .i am very much interested in this .also the study tips sir.i am thankful to you sir.
#115 Ma 2014-09-04 15:48
kindly let me know ab,t 2015 pre+mains syllabus....... .
#114 mithilesh kumar gupt 2014-08-29 23:02
hi ,nothing
#113 Naresh Kumar Bairwa 2014-08-23 16:16
I want to join in civil service so tell me about for IAS how can preparation of this exam
#112 prashant kumar 2014-08-22 00:51
i am a 1-year b-tech student please help me to getting books and resourses for preparing G.K. I.A.S examination
#111 sushant kumar 2014-08-18 21:02
Sir, i m final year engineering student, i want to crack IAS plz give me some idea and trick for this.......
#110 varun v 2014-08-08 21:21
Quoting Anumita:
Hi, i want to prepare for civil services, haven't attempted this exam yet. please guide me as to what to study from the NCERT books. i was said in your comment the NCERT from 6th to 12th is to be studied for the preliminary exam. Can you please guide me the subjects for which i should study the NCERT. it will help alot.
Thanking you :-)

you ncert is must , n go for laxmikanth indian polity , geography by gocheonlong
#109 samparka mandal 2014-08-06 13:16
:lol: heavy

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