The civil services examination has seen a new development just before the release of exam notification date 16th May, 2015.

CSAT paper has been declared by the government as a qualifying exam, with a minimum requirement of 33% pass marks.

The English Language Comprehension section from General Studies Paper-2 (CSAT) of Civil Services Prelims will remain excluded just like in 2014.

CSAT qualifying exam for 2015 Civil Services Examination

To put the news in simple words, the Paper-II (CSAT) will be the deciding factor as to whether your Paper-I will be evaluated or not in the Civil Services prelims. Once you score a minimum 33% in the CSAT exam, your performance in GS will be evaluated.

This also means that the CSAT exam can be expected to get even more difficult from 2015 since it is now a qualifying exam.

This news comes as a delight for many and as bad news for many more. We here at PrepLadder have been predicting the importance of CSAT aptitude test for the clearing the CSE Prelims. All those ignoring this subject have all the more reason to rethink their preparation strategy for Civil Services exam.

According to the Official Release by the Government:

The Government has stated the following regarding the 2015 Civil Services Examination:

• An Expert Committee would be constituted to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time namely, eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of Civil Services Examination.

• Till such time the Government takes decision on the recommendation of the above Committee, the General Studies Paper-II(CSAT) in the Civil Services(Preliminary) Examination will remain a qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

• The English Language comprehension skill portion from General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services(Preliminary) Examination will continue to remain excluded.

• The above decisions are incorporated in the CSE Rules-2015.


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