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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 2014
History and Culture  13 20 15 21
Economy  18 12 18 6
Polity 17 25 18 13
Geography 11 11 14 15
Environment & Bio-diversity 22 23 22 21
Science & Technology  19 9 13 17
Current Affairs 7
Total 100 100 100 100

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 2014
Basic Numeracy 13 3 19 19
General Mental Ability 15 16 12 7
Decision Making & Problem Solving 6 7 6 0
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 10 14 12 22
Comprehension (Both English & Hindi) 27 32 23 26
English Language Comprehension Skills 9 8 8 6
Total 80 80 80 80

Comments  

 
#130 blessy1 2015-04-16 14:07
hai sir,i am from electronics & communication background,but in options there is electrical enginering subject only.so can you please suggest me which optional subject is better to choose?
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#129 jondhale ratnapal 2015-04-16 12:45
how to prepair upsc for prelim
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#128 sandeep Dhamdhere 2015-04-15 20:50
Dear / sir madam subject -sent me UPSC syllabus my e-mail
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#127 Abc123 2015-04-15 15:14
Can I sit for the paper being 20 year old only for experience?
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#126 varun mishra 2015-04-13 16:01
will any tell ,hw to solve and strengthen paper 2 any concept ???
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#125 joshi mayur 2015-04-11 15:26
Quoting Sudhanshu:
Sir,
I AM A B TECH FINAL YEAR STUDENT OF ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING. CAN I APPLY FOR CSAT 2015? PLS REPLY.....

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#124 Sudhanshu 2015-04-11 00:26
Sir,
I AM A B TECH FINAL YEAR STUDENT OF ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING. CAN I APPLY FOR CSAT 2015? PLS REPLY.....
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#123 karan kumar 2015-04-08 08:33
Dear, for IAS you must have completed your graduation. And must be 21 years onward......... ...Good Luck
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#122 chander t 2015-04-07 19:23
Quoting amraz hameed:
Sir,
I AM B TECH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. WHICH SUBJECT
SHOULD I TAKE FOR PREPARATION FOR CIVIL SERVICES PLS REPLY

Quoting amraz hameed:
Sir,
I AM B TECH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. WHICH SUBJECT
SHOULD I TAKE FOR PREPARATION FOR CIVIL SERVICES PLS REPLY

the subjects to be choosen by M.Tech students
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#121 Sandeept 2015-04-04 21:59
i am pursuing btech in information technology . which subjects i should take for preparations of civil services examination.
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