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An Introduction of CSAT
Nov 18, 2013

What is CSAT ?

Since 2011 UPSC has changed the pattern of prelims. It has included a new paper of CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) along with General studies, each of 200 marks. This has been done on the recommendations of Alagh Committee. 

Earlier prelims consisted of – a) General Studies (150 questions); and b) Optional subjects (120 questions). The total paper was of 450 marks. The value of optional subject was more than the general studies and students who has mastered in optional subjects get easily through the prelims. Later UPSC has realized that due to this the administrative efficiency of selected candidates are poor as they do not have holistic knowledge. Thus to overcome this deficiency UPSC has introduced CSAT to select the candidates for the prelims on their mental ability and aptitude related to surroundings rather than on the knowledge of a particular subject. 

A general study paper consists of 100 questions each of 2 marks, whereas CSAT consists of 80 questions each of 2.5 marks.

The syllabus for CSAT consists of:

  1. Comprehension (Bilingual)

  2. Interpersonal skills including

  3. Communication Skills;

  4. Logical reasoning and analytical ability

  5. Decision-making and problem solving

  6. General mental ability

  7. 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).


The syllabus of CSAT is though similar to CAT, MAT and GMAT, but the levels of questions are quite easier because for proper governance correct aptitude is needed.  It is likely to check your mental ability, framework of mind in different situations of day to day.  


Importance of CSAT in Prelims:

CSAT plays a very important role in Prelims. With little practice only a candidate can score higher in CSAT as compared to General Studies. 

CSAT is simply an aptitude test which checks the person’s ability to think right at right time. It is not mugging up of information and simply marking it on the paper. The knowledge comes from day to day experiences. 

For passing in the prelims a person has to score above 220-225. If you have been able to correct around 70 questions in CSAT then easily you can score 175 and simply 25 correct questions in GS will clear the exam. Whereas on the other hand if you are weak in CSAT then you can not compensate it by GS because the paper of GS is tough, widely covered and scoring there is not easy. So start preparing for CSAT from now onwards, it can help you in coming closer to your goal of becoming an IAS officer. 

Some questions of CSAT from previous papers are listed below:

Examine carefully the following statements and answer the three items that follow

Out of four friends A, B, C and D, 

I. A and B play football and cricket,
II. B and C play cricket and hockey, 
III. A and D play basketball and football, 
IV. C and D play hockey and basketball.

1. Who does not play hockey? 

a) D b)
c) B d) A

2. Who plays football, basketball and hockey? 

a) D b)

c) B d) A

3. Which game do B, C and D play? 

a) Basketball b) Hockey 
c) Cricket d) Football


Passage 

Seven-year-old Jim came home from the park without his new bicycle. "An old man and a little boy borrowed it," he explained. "They are going to bring it back at four o'clock." His parents were upset that he had given his expensive new bicycle, but were secretly proud of his kindness and faith. Came four o'clock, no bicycle. The parents were anxious. But at 4:30, the door bell rang, and there stood a happy man and a boy, with the bicycle and a box of chocolates. Jim suddenly disappeared into his bedroom, and then came running out. "All right," he said, after examining the bicycle. ''You can have your watch back!"

1. When Jim came home without his bicycle, his parents 

a) were angry with him. 
b) were worried.
c) did not feel concerned. 
d) were eager to meet the old man and the little boy.

2. Jim returned the watch to the old man and the little boy because     

a) they gave him chocolates. 
b) his father was proud of him. 
c) he was satisfied with the condition of his bicycle. 
d) they were late only by 30 minutes.


A sum of Rs. 700 has to b used to give seven cash prizes to the students of a school for their overall academic performance. If each prize is RS. 20 less than its preceding prize, what is the least value of the prize? 

a) RS. 30
b) RS. 40 
c) RS. 60
d) RS. 80


A contract on construction job specifies a penalty for delay in completion of the work beyond a certain date is as follows: Rs. 200 for the first day, Rs. 250 for the second day, Rs. 300 for the third day etc., the penalty for each succeeding day being Rs. 50 more than that of the proceeding day. How much penalty should the contractor pay if he delays the work by 10 days?

(a) Rs. 4950 (b) Rs. 4250
(c) Rs. 3600 (d) Rs. 650


You have been asked to give an explanation for not attending an important official meeting. Your immediate boss who has not informed you about the meeting is now putting pressure on you not top place an allegation against him/her. You would...

(a) Send a written reply explaining the fact.
(b) Seek an appointment with the top boss to explain the situation.
(c) Admit your fault to save the situation.
(d) Put the responsibility on the coordinator of the meting for not informing.


Best of luck…..

 


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