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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
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


#135 shanker lal 2015-01-24 14:53
How to do preparation of second paper.what is the name of perfect book.
#134 Thangboi Lupheng 2015-01-22 21:15
I'm studying BA History honours. I want to become IAS officer. Help and advice please
#133 Thangboi Lupheng 2015-01-22 21:13
Dear Sir,
Kindly please help me how to through CSAT.
I'll remain thankfull to your help
#132 anilanil 2015-01-22 14:23
Hello there need help for UPSC exam ,please tell me which book to refer for prelims as well as mains.
#131 knowlesh 2015-01-21 01:00
I want to preparation upsc, but I have no any idea to start. And need a guideline except any coaching.
#130 VIKRAM104 2015-01-13 14:20
I am Vikram.Iam going to prepare for IPS exam.Please help me prepare and give me a suggestions.
#129 Amani 2015-01-05 10:16
Sir,I have finished my engineering and working for a school.I want to prepare for civils without coaching.What is the syllabus,which books should i refer.Please kindly help.
#128 vandana mishra 2015-01-03 05:07
I am bsc&have to prepare for ias suggests steps.
#127 vivek kumar jagotra 2014-12-21 21:16
Dear Sir.
Am passed and want to perpare for IRS.
Please suggest me how I perpare for that and also suggest me institute for it. Am so nervous.. Thank you
#126 svkmr254 2014-12-20 09:03
sir... i am btech graduate from Electrical engineering. I want to prepare foe civils. suggest me subjects to prepare and the authors of books .. please help me sir.

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