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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.

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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


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#169 bathula nikhil yadav 2015-08-23 22:36
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#168 ERRAHUL 2015-08-18 02:49
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#167 bantu pandey 2015-08-17 20:07
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#166 Taanigayatri 2015-08-17 14:59
Sir, is their negative marking for only paper2 or bath paper of csat.
#165 ANURAG SAINEE 2015-08-16 21:20
Maine Hindi medium me B.Sc.(Chemistry , Zoology) kia hai.
Mujhe English nhi aati kuchh khas . Aap mujhe bataye mai kya karu exam dena chahta hu IAS ka kaun se subject loo kya karu please aap mujhe bataye.... thanks
#164 lajpatray 2015-08-14 01:09
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#163 G.KAMAKSHI 2015-08-12 15:46
hello, sir/madam, i want to prepare for CSAT exams but i don't know about the syllabus and which book i have to chose for preparation. sir/madam please give me your advice to me
Thank you sir/madam
#162 Archana Vashishtha 2015-07-26 22:51
Sir, iam sarting vary initially for these exams kindly
Guide me.iam first year B.tec. student.
#161 Hitesh Luhar 2015-07-16 23:30
Sir, I couldn't find UPSC Syllables and proper books for guidence plz kindly help me

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