Preliminary Examination in CSE is the gateway to the rest of the selection process conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).The Preliminary exam consists of two Papers: Paper-I : General Studies and Paper-II : CSAT. CSAT stands for Civil Service Aptitude Test which is an exam used to test the analytical skill of the candidates. It consists of 80 multiple choice questions scored out of 200 marks to be answered within a 2 hour time limit. The Paper also has a negative marking system which cautions the candidates to tread these questions in efficient manner. The aspirants must score 33% in this paper in order for their Paper-I to be evaluated in the first place.
The CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) syllabus for UPSC consists of questions from the following categories:
- 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)
The candidates find it difficult in answering CSAT questions due to the lack of concept clarity and time restrictive nature of the paper. Candidates from certain educational fields like arts or humanities may especially find the math part of the syllabus intimidating due to former stated reasons. But this paper can be cleared by improving upon your topics of strengths by increasing your answering speed with miniscule errors and working on the topics where you lack clarity. This process can be supported by our comprehensive CSAT program at Kingmakers IAS Academy. Our strong faculty support help the aspirants develop this skill with time tested leaning methods and helpful hacks to approach the exam favorably.