Feb 16, 2022
CSAT paper is becoming a tough nut to crack. Previously, students used to not even read for this paper as it was just qualifying in nature. However, UPSC has its own plans. From the past three years, the toughness of CSAT Paper has increased exponentially. Hence, it should be covered adequately during the UPSC exam preparation.
The situation has reached such proportions that many students are able to clear the cutoff of GS Paper I yet because of non-qualification in Paper II, they are denied the opportunity to write the Mains exam. Therefore, improving marks in CSAT papers has become a necessity.
Cracking the nut of CSAT requires planning at two levels: Before Exam and During exam day.
One of the reasons for low marks in CSAT is that students do not read for CSAT. They just feel that there is no need for that. At the same time, they leave it for the last days before the exam. However, just before the exam, they feel that revising the current affairs would be more beneficial than CSAT. So, in order to prevent themselves from falling into this trap, students should make a smart strategy.
Also read: Role of CSAT in UPSC Civil Services Prelims
o Firstly, don’t be emotional about Maths questions. If you are not able to get the answer in one go just move on, never ever keep trying multiple complex equations and calculations.
o Secondly, read the comprehension at a fast pace and understand the gist of it. Based on that answer the question.
o Thirdly, attempt more and more reasoning questions.
o Finally have clarity of thinking.
By following the above-mentioned strategies, students can improve their marks in CSAT papers.
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