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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


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#172 amit bgs 2014-07-28 18:57
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#171 Anumita 2014-07-25 14:40
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 :-)
#170 Aryann 2014-07-23 12:18
#169 amitesh kumar 2014-07-14 11:14
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IAS and preparation trick so i carck the my exam in 1st attempt
#168 ias cracker 2014-07-11 00:06
guys, for cracking ias prelim exam, 1st of all there is need to read ncert books 6th to 12th. moreover, prepare for paper2. second paper is easy to prepare. so, more focus should be on paper 1.
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#165 v.jaipal 2014-06-30 23:32
sir i started the preparations for ias 2015 from ncert,but i dont know how to prepare to it ,please help me sir..........wh ich books i should follow,and how to prepare for it to crack in first attempt
#164 saurav yadav 2014-06-21 12:16
I am a graduate. i wan to prepare for csat. plz suggest me some coaching in delhi.

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