CSAT Preparation for General Studies is one of the important components of Civil Services. The IAS exam is one of the most prestigious exams of our country. Also, this is one of the toughest to crack. Yet each year lakhs of aspirants appear for the exam and the best among them make it to their dream destination. Many of them choose the way of civil services coaching in Chandigarh where as others prepare by themselves.
CSAT exam Pattern
The first step towards Civil Services is to familiarize yourself with the pattern of the examination.
Phase 1: Preliminary Examination (Usually known as CSAT)
There are two papers in Prelims exams – namely Paper I and Paper II.
Paper I tests your General Studies and Paper II tests your Aptitude.
Qualifying Paper I lets you appear for the Mains examination.
Paper II is only to analyze you i.e it is only of qualifying nature. The marks scored in Paper II are NOT added for the overall merit of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination.
Phase 2: Main Examination (Also known as Mains)
The Main Examination will consist of written examination. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type i.e descriptive in nature.
Phase 3: Personal Interview
Candidates, who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test.
STEP 2: CSAT Preparation Important Rules
1. The CSAT aptitude test or Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination will be a qualifying paper only with a minimum of 33% to be secured to sit for the Civil Services (Mains) exam.
2. The questions in both Paper-I (current affairs) and Paper-II (aptitude test) will be of multiple choice, objective type for 200 marks each and the time allotted for each paper is two hours.
3. It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he or she does not appear in both the papers of the (Prelims) exam.
STEP 3: CSAT Syllabus
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).
STEP 4: Topic Wise CSAT Preparation Strategy
Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability.
Problem Solving & Decision Making.
General Mental Ability.