Prelims – CSAT
The full form of Prelims CSAT is the Preliminary Civil Services Aptitude Test. It was introduced in the year 2011 as a part of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) to test the analytical skills, reasoning ability and aptitude of IAS aspirants.
- CSAT stands for Civil Services Aptitude Test. It is a part of the UPSC Prelims (Civil Services Exam – Preliminary). However, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) refers to the exam as General Studies (GS) Paper – II.
- Hence, in the context of UPSC Prelims, GS Paper II refers to the CSAT while in context of UPSC Mains, GS Paper II is the Polity (etc.) paper.
- Candidates are advised to understand the complete UPSC syllabus and the syllabus of CSAT in UPSC Prelims to avoid confusion.
What is IAS Prelims CSAT exam in IAS?
The IAS Prelims CSAT/UPSC Prelims CSAT exam is the first stage of the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination (CSE).
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The UPSC Civil Services Exam comprises three stages:
- Preliminary Exam – 2 objective type papers (General Studies Paper 1 and Paper 2)
- UPSC Mains – 9 theory papers
- IAS Interview
Check your eligibility for CSAT (UPSC Eligibility Criteria).
The two papers in the UPSC Prelims are:
- General Studies Paper – I
- General Studies Paper – II or CSAT
Refer the UPSC Prelims Syllabus for a detailed analysis.
UPSC Prelims 2020 – Exam Pattern
The UPSC Prelims comprises of two objective type papers (General Studies I and General Studies II or CSAT) for a total of 400 marks. Both papers are usually held on the same day in two sessions via offline mode (pen-paper).
The Prelims Admit Card would be released on the official website of UPSC 2-3 weeks before the date of the exam.
|UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern||General Studies I||General Studies II or CSAT|
|Number of questions||100||80|
|Negative Marking||Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)||Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)|
|-0.66 marks for every incorrect answer||-0.83 marks for every incorrect answer|
|Duration of exam||2 hours||2 hours|
|UPSC Prelims 2020 Date of exam||May 31, 2020||May 31, 2020|
|Language of exam||English/Hindi||English/Hindi|
|Cut Off marks||Counted for Merit. Cutoff varies every year.||33% qualifying criteria (66 marks)|
UPSC Prelims 2020 – Syllabus
The detailed UPSC Prelims syllabus for 2020 Exam is given below:
General Studies Paper-1 Syllabus:
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
General Studies Paper-2 (CSAT) Syllabus:
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
- Decision-making and problem-solving.
- General mental ability.
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level)
- Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level).
- English language comprehension skills – Class X level.
You can find the in-depth syllabus for UPSC Prelims 2019 here.
UPSC Prelims – Trend Analysis
UPSC has established itself to be predictably unpredictable. So, candidates should only see the trends as a reference and not draw too much inference. In the table given below, we have broken down the UPSC Prelims 2019 GS 1 paper:
|Subject||Number of questions|
|Environment & Ecology||11|
|Science & Technology||7|
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes