INTRODUCTION- CSAT paper syllabus and analysis
UPSC introduced the CSAT paper in 2011. Earlier there was an optional subject objective type paper in preliminary examination and a common GS paper. The basic objective was to check the innate ability of students and to provide a common evaluation standard. Post 2015 the CSAT paper had been made qualifying.
- Paper consists of 80 questions each carrying 2.5 marks.
- One has to score 33% to qualify the exam.
- Negative marking- 1/3rd of the marks allotted to the questions will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
- Duration- 2 hours
- The qualifying nature and the level X standard questions in CSAT mean that serious candidates do not need to memorise or go through multiple books.
1.Logical Reasoning and analytical reasoning
- Alphanumeric series
- Reasoning Analogies
- Artificial Language
- Blood Relations
- Cause and Effect
- Critical path
- Cubes and cuboids
- Data Sufficiency
- Decision Making
- Deductive Reasoning/Statement Analysis
- Embedded Images
- Figure Matrix
- Mirror and Water Images
- Odd One Out
- Picture Series and Sequences
- Paper Folding
- Pattern Series and Sequences
- Order & Ranking
- Seating Arrangements
- Shape Construction
- Statement and Assumptions
- Statement and Conclusions
2.Maths and Basic Numeracy
- Number system
- HCF and LCM
- Basic Algebra
- Simple interest and compound interest
- Ratio and proportion
- Chain rule
- Time, work and wages
- Profit, loss and discount
- Time and Distance
- Set theory, Venn diagrams
3. Data interpretation
- Since the paper is qualifying in nature, so one should devote proportionate time for preparation.
- Step 1- One should do a section wise analysis of the previous year question papers.
- Step 2- Select your resources for each section.
- Step 3- Practice is the only key. Devote at least 1 hour daily.
- Step 4- Attempt as many full length mock tests as possible. It would help in self evaluation and time management during the exam.
- McGraw Hill CSAT manual
- RS Aggarwal – Quantitative aptitude
- Word power made easy – Norman Lewis
TREND ANALYSIS- CSAT paper syllabus and analysis
RELEVANCE in other exams:
CSAT/ Aptitude is relevant in other exams as well.
- State PCS prelims
- UKPCS mains – paper 7 (120/200 marks aptitude)
- BANKING EXAMS
- RAILWAYS etc.
Oracle IAS tips/view:
- To clear IAS prelims, you need at least 66 marks out of 200 for CSAT (GS Paper 2). The paper 2 is qualifying in nature. The merit will be decided by GS paper 1.
- If you are thinking that scoring 66 marks out of 200 for CSAT is not a big deal, you may be mistaken.
- We have seen many candidates who end up worrying after the exam.
- The difficulty level of this paper is steadily increasing.
- You need to take this paper seriously.
For Engineering and science background aspirants:
- Download and solve last 5 year CSAT PAPERS
- Try not to make mistake in the Mathematics section and the LR section. It takes less time and is scoring.
- Solve 7–8 mock test papers before the exam.
- Weak point could be the paragraphs (English comprehension) section. Practice 2–3 paragraphs (English comprehension) daily in the last few months.
For Arts and Non-science background students:
- Practice one hour daily as per your schedule.
- Focus on mathematics and DI section.
- Solve SSC, Other UPSC exam papers like CAPF, CDS etc.
- Note down all the mathematics formulas and logical and analytical reasoning methods.
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