Aug 24, 2021
The Civil Services Aptitude Test commonly known as CSAT or General Studies-II is a qualifying paper of UPSC Prelims and candidates need to score a minimum of 33% marks to qualify the Prelims exam.
CSAT was introduced in the year 2011 as a part of the Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) to test the analytical skills, reasoning ability, and aptitude of a candidate.
Due to the qualifying nature of the CSAT paper, it is often taken casually by most of the candidates. They don’t devote sufficient time for its preparation. There are many instances where candidates have excelled in the General Studies-I paper but performed poorly in the CSAT. Under the present UPSC scheme of examination, candidates have to score a minimum of 33% i.e. 66 marks out of the 200 allotted for the CSAT paper in order to appear for the Civil Services Mains examination.
The changing nature of the difficulty level of CSAT paper every year has surprised many candidates. Hence, this paper should not be taken for granted as the UPSC exam comes with a surprise every year.
Before we throw light on “How to Prepare for UPSC Prelims CSAT?” let us first understand the CSAT exam pattern, marking scheme, and its exam syllabus.
The UPSC CSAT Exam syllabus consists of the following broad categories:
The syllabus seems short enough but a casual approach may push you to the brink of failure so try to focus on key and weaker areas of the syllabus to make your preparation more effective and fruitful. A planned strategy like the one listed below will help you with the CSAT preparation.
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As compared to General Studies-I, the CSAT syllabus is defined and can be easily prepared through practice. If a candidate devotes one to two hours daily for the preparation, he/she can easily qualify this paper. The below mentioned crucial tips, if followed religiously can make the CSAT preparation more productive:
We hope that this article will help you in effectively preparing for CSAT and pass it without any hindrance.
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Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.
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