The qualifying percentage for CSAT examination is 33% and because of this Candidates have started neglecting the CSAT Examination.
Case I. This year CSAT will be easy to clear with 33% being the qualifying marks.
Case II This year CSAT will get tougher and become very difficult to crack.
It is highly probable that in the UPSC Prelims exam 2015, the difficulty level of CSAT would be higher than in 2014.
Candidates must not get stressed as there is ample time left for preparation of CSAT. You still have 2 months at hand. To clear an aptitude test, years of practice is not needed. Even now you have sufficient time at hand to prepare for it.
Some Common Issues faced by CSE Candidates with CSAT:
CSAT was introduced in year 2011; since then the difficulty level of this exam has been increasing. Why should we expect that the difficulty level would go down this year?
UPSC surprised the candidates in Prelims 2014 General studies paper I because it included some unimportant questions. In general studies paper II (CSAT), the surprise element was its higher difficulty standard as compared to previous years and the change in its pattern when compared with previous years. The pattern in year 2014 was different because decision making questions were missing and were replaced by numerical ability questions.
English language section was also removed, but students struggled to finish CSAT examination under time pressure, despite the fact that there were less number of questions to be attempted.
High scores were difficult to attain in the CSAT 2014 exam because of the removal of easier sections like English language and decision making. While in 2011,these sections included 16 questions and 40 marks total.The number of passages in 2014 was same as were in 2013 but they were comparatively tougher and lengthier as compared to previous years. Thus we can expect the level of CSAT exam to be tougher this year too.
Tips to crack CSAT easily:
1. Time Management- Spend at least 2-3 hours for preparing CSAT examination on daily basis. This way you would get a break from preparing for GS paper too on which usually a lot of time is spent.
2. Go through recommended CSE/IAS books – Go through aptitude books specially meant for preparation of CSAT. Books for Bank-PO and CAT will misguide you about the type of questions expected in the exam. Revise you basic maths concepts from standard 6th– 10th to strengthen your basics.
3. Go through previous years question papers – Going through previous years question papers will well familiarize you with the pattern of the CSAT paper and you will be better able to attempt the questions asked after getting acquainted with the format of the paper.
4. Study online and take Mock Tests– A lot of material is available to study online during these days and after completing the study material you must practice with the help of mock tests. Attempt PrepLadder’s Free Mock Test Series 2015 and check your status of preparation.
5. Practice Reading comprehension questions as much as you can. Practicing will make you familiar with the type of passages and you never know if something comes on the similar lines in the examination. Regular study and practice will enhance your English comprehension skills, your reading speed and your vocabulary.
6. Focus more on logical reasoning as its weightage/ proportion of questions is increasing and this could be well seen in the last years question paper. Practice of Logical Reasoning questions is very important as they seem to be very easy but are very tricky usually.
Candidates are recommended to study for CSAT with a lot of diligence as its level of difficulty is increasing year by year although the qualifying % of marks is now 33%.
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