CSAT Exam Pattern For UPSC IAS Exam By Yuvraj IAS

CSAT Exam Pattern For UPSC IAS Exam By Yuvraj IAS


CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test was introduced in 2011 to test candidates’ analytical skills. It is the second paper in the UPSC Prelims. Officially, it is known as General Studies Paper – II.

The CSAT exam pattern for UPSC :

  • Number of questions: 80 Objective-Type (MCQ) questions
  • Negative Marking: Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Type of Exam: Offline exam
  • Language of CSAT exam paper: English/Hindi
  • Maximum Marks: 200
  • CSAT qualifying marks: 66 marks (33% qualifying criteria)

CSAT Syllabus – GS Paper II- UPSC Prelims

The CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) syllabus for UPSC comprises the following broad categories:

  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).

 

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