Civil Services Aptitude Test

CSAT refers to Civil Services Aptitude Test, a compulsory part of Civil Services Examination, that act as a screening test to Civil Services Main examination Conducted annually by Union Public Service Commission of India. It is also known as Civil Services Preliminary Examination.

The UPSC CSAT examination is fundamentally an elimination test and was primarily implemented to end the usage of scaling system. The main agenda to introduce UPSC CSAT is to scrutinize candidates who not only have knowledge but also the aptitude for reasoning. Since UPSC CSAT is a qualifying paper, one needs to score minimum 33%. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for
admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

Eligibility

Age

A candidate must have attained the  age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August of year of examination

Educational Qualification

Appearing or passed Graduation from any recognised university of India

Paper Pattern

Subject

Time

Marks

Paper I

General Ability

2 hrs

200

Paper II

Communication Skills and Reasoning

2 hrs

200

CSAT Syllabus

Paper-1

(General Ability)

  •  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 specialisation
  •  General Science.

Paper-2

(Communication Skills and Reasoning)

  •  Comprehension
  •  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).

Batches Details

Course Eligibilty Course Focus Duration

CSAT (Chindits)

Final year appearing or passed any graduation degree Preparation of CSAT and other competitive written Exam (CDS, AFCAT, CAPF) along with interview preparation
1 Academic year     (Apr – Mar)