What is CSAT ?
Indian government has mandated Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) to select officers for its prestigious all India services including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and other prestigious services. UPSC conducts a two-stage selection process to select candidates for these all India services. Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is the first stage test that selects candidates for the most important second stage exam, Civil Services (Main) Exam and Interview.
When the CSAT will be held?
CSAT will generally be held in May/June of every year. UPSC will publish notification in 'Employment News' and all major newspapers of India. About 3,00,000 people are expected to take the test and about 11,000 people will be selected for the Civil Services (Mains) Exam.
What is the pattern of the CSAT ?
The CSAT has two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. All questions are of objective type. The marks scored in the CSAT are used for determining qualified candidates for the Civil Services (Mains) Exam only. The CSAT score (marks) will not be carries to the next stage (Civil Services Mains Exam)
What is tested on CSAT ?
Papers I tests the General Awaress. Paper II tests Logical Resoning skills/Decision making skills/problem solving skills/Communication skills/mental ability/analytical ability/Comprehension skills/numerical aptitude/Data interpretation/English Language Comprehension skills
What is the Syllabus for CSAT ?
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
- Current events of national and international importance
History of India and Indian National Movement
Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level) - English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
What is the pass score for CSAT ?
CSAT is an elimination test. So, of all the candidates appeared for the test, the top candidates in each category will be qualified to the next stage. So, the cut-off/pass score will vary each year depending on the caliber of the candidates taking the exam, the difficulty level of the questions and the number of vacancies projected.