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.
Pattern
 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.
SYLLABUS:
1.Logical Reasoning and analytical reasoning

 Alphanumeric series
 Reasoning Analogies
 Artificial Language
 Blood Relations
 Calendars
 Cause and Effect
 Clocks
 CodingDecoding
 Critical path
 Cubes and cuboids
 Data Sufficiency
 Decision Making
 Deductive Reasoning/Statement Analysis
 Dices
 Directions
 Embedded Images
 Figure Matrix
 InputOutput
 Mirror and Water Images
 Odd One Out
 Picture Series and Sequences
 Paper Folding
 Puzzles
 Pattern Series and Sequences
 Order & Ranking
 Seating Arrangements
 Shape Construction
 Statement and Assumptions
 Statement and Conclusions
 Syllogism
2.Maths and Basic Numeracy

 Number system
 HCF and LCM
 Basic Algebra
 Fraction
 Percentage
 Simple interest and compound interest
 Average
 Ratio and proportion
 Chain rule
 Time, work and wages
 Profit, loss and discount
 Time and Distance
 Set theory, Venn diagrams
3. Data interpretation
4.Reading comprehension
STRATEGY:
 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.
REFERENCE BOOKS
 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)
 CAPF
 CDS
 BANKING EXAMS
 SSC
 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 Nonscience 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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