Get Best CSAT Online Coaching at Wise IAS
The aptitude test is an important part of the IAS exams. CSAT stands for Civil Service Aptitude Test. It is a crucial part of the UPSC prelims. However, the UPSC refers to the exam as General Studies- GS Paper II. Therefore, in the context of UPSC prelims, GS paper II refers to the CSAT while in the context of UPSC Mains, GS Paper II is the Polity paper.
CSAT has been of qualifying nature since 2015. However, the paper pattern undergoes constant internal changes within those 80 questions that form the paper. Thus, the CSAT classes were started by us to make the matter simpler and comfortable for the students. The classes help them in scoring good in the CSAT component. The aim behind our CSAT online coaching is to help students overcome the fears about paper dynamics with the help of our comprehensive delivery mechanism.
We at Wise IAS offer full guidance and preparation for the civil service aptitude test. With the help of our online coaching for CSAT you can benefit in the following manner:
- Get a better understanding of the CSAT.
- Interactive video lectures for every lesson that helps in understanding the lesson in a better way.
- The Wise IAS notes cover the complete syllabus for UPSC CSE examination.
- The MCQs and practice questions for UPSC CSE Exam.
CSAT Exam Pattern
The CSAT was introduced in 2011 for testing the analytical skills of the candidates. It is the second paper in the UPSC prelims. It is officially known as General Studies Paper-II.
The Exam Pattern:
- Number of questions- 80 objective type MCQ questions
- Negative marking- 1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question
- Time- 2 hours
- Type of exam- Offline exam
- Language of CSAT exam- English/ Hindi
- Maximum marks- 200
- Qualifying marks- 66 marks (33% qualifying criteria)
CSAT syllabus- GS- Paper II- UPSC Prelims 2020
The CSAT syllabus for UPSC 202 comprises the following broad categories:
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
- Logical reasoning and analytical skills
- Decision-making and problem solving
- General mental ability
- Basic numeracy
Highlights of the online program
- It is a 4-week program for covering CSAT.
- There are 2 CSAT sectional tests
- There will be 10 prelim mock tests (Paper-2)
- We will offer elaborate study material
- The class tests will be conducted for selected sessions
The classroom sessions will include 80 hours of teaching wherein all areas asked in the CSAT will be covered, including the general mental ability, reasoning ability, data interpretation, and comprehension. Also, a set of a booklet on the subtopics will be provided exclusively to the students. The booklet has been designed keeping in consideration the latest pattern of CSAT paper. The booklet contains fundamentals of each subtopic as well as exercises of varying difficulty levels.
If you are looking for online coaching to cover aptitude for civil services, connect with Wise IAS today!
Best books for CSAT (GS Paper II):
The books recommended by IAS toppers for acing the UPSC Prelims – CSAT (GS Paper II) are given below:
- CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH
- Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey
- Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S. Aggarwal
However, since the CSAT exam in UPSC CSE was made qualifying in 2015, candidates need to score only 33% to qualify for Mains, provided they score above the cut off in UPSC Prelims – GS Paper I. Aspirants can practice CSAT Questions while visiting the linked article.
The qualifying nature and the level X standard questions in CSAT mean that serious candidates do not need to memorise or go through multiple books.
CSAT marking scheme:
- The CSAT paper consists of 80 questions which the candidate has to finish in the allotted time of 2 hours only.
- Each question carries 2.5 marks in the CSAT paper making the total to 200 marks.
- Candidates must remember that there is negative marking in the CSAT paper.
- For every incorrect answer, the candidate is penalised 1/3rd of the total marks allotted to that question, i.e., 0.83 marks will be cut.
- If a question is not attempted, i.e., the candidate leaves it blank on the OMR sheet, no marks will be cut for that question.
CSAT strategy for IAS Prelims 2020:
- Candidates should not ignore the CSAT paper thinking it is only a qualifying paper.
- If candidates feel that their general English comprehension and basic math skills are not up to the mark, they should spend a decent amount of time on the CSAT paper.
- This holds true especially for aspirants from the humanities and arts background who have not been in touch with such subjects ever since their school days.
- For those candidates who are at ease with the type of questions asked in the CSAT paper, practising the adequate number of UPSC previous years’ question papers for CSAT will do.
- But if candidates do not practice the CSAT question papers, it would be very difficult to complete the 80 questions in the prescribed time limit of two hours.
- Remember, candidates should score at least 66 marks. If they do not qualify, even very high marks in the GS paper I will not help them clear the IAS prelims stage.
- For candidates to increase their speed in solving math questions in the CSAT paper, they can take help from certain well-used maths tricks. Refer to this article Maths Tricks to Break the CSAT Bricks for the same.
- Questions from data interpretation, logical reasoning, etc. are generally easy but if the candidate is unfamiliar with them, answering them can be a tricky affair. This is where practice becomes essential.
- Also, some of the CSAT questions are lengthy and rather time-consuming. It becomes doubly important for candidates to practice mock test papers or enrol for a reliable CSAT test series.