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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 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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Guide me.iam first year B.tec. student.
#161 Hitesh Luhar 2015-07-16 23:30
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#159 Rashi Gupta 2015-07-15 23:12
Sir I am have completed my second year in graduation(btec h) and I m 19 yrs old. Can I give exam for 2016-2017? Kindly send me the books liat required for full preparation. Pls reply.
#158 kalyan kumar konderi 2015-07-14 18:50
Hi, Actually I want to know the subjects of this exam, and I want to know the level of exams.. I was very much interested in becoming an IAS but no one is their to guide me in this aspect.. So please help me.....
#157 immanuel jebaseelan 2015-07-14 09:26
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#156 Meghna mandloi 2015-07-11 19:26
I want to prepare for CSAT,can you please send me proper guidelines of this exam and also request you to kindly suggest me book for the same which help me to prepare for the same.
Thanking you.
#155 Abhinav Garg 2015-07-11 12:53
Hello Sir, I just want to know whether CSAT syllabus for the upcoming years will be same or not?
Thank You in advance. Hope to hear positive and soon from your side soon.
#154 Amber Soni 2015-07-08 23:52
सर में upsc first pepar की self तैयारी करना चाहता हु।
plz मुझे किसी अछि सी book का नाम जानना है।
#153 ashish sen 2015-07-08 21:32
hello,sir, I wanted to know...about the entrance exam's name of civil services.and how to prepare for the entrance +the syllabus I want to know.

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