Cracking CSAT

Let us focus on the syllabus to understand the contents and on frequently asked questions that are being asked in the examination-

  • Reading Comprehension & Comprehension: There is a huge misconception among the students between Comprehension & English language comprehension skills mentioned in the syllabus. Comprehension is all about understanding a problem or situation fully covering its all aspects & its judgement in the right direction and generally deals with problem solving. The English language comprehension skills throws light only on the language part, since English has become an crucial language internationally. But also it existed in past in mains examination. The vital essence is it is now covered two times.

  • General Mental Ability: The portion of General mental ability is not new to candidates since it existed in Paper I i.e.. The GS paper earlier but it has now moved to CSAT Paper II. It consists questions on verbal and non-verbal aptitude i.e.. General verbal reasoning, analogies, coding-decoding, anagrams, working with words and alphabets, abstract reasoning, spatial and 3 − D reasoning and so on:

  • Basic Numeracy: The Basic Numeracy is not about higher Mathematical Skills, but about the ability to handle basic quantitative & financial data which is a must for a Civil Servant. UPSC expects a Civil Servant to be well thorough with the numbers, finances, quantitative data, budgets etc. Just like English partly, Data Interpretation questions also existed earlier as a part of Mains Syllabus but now covered with much more weightage (As 10 − 12 questions which earlier was 1 − 2 questions), As main syllabus will be the same, this topic will help you in preparing for the mains.

  • Logical & Analytical Ability: Problems based on the logical as well as analytical abilities deal with problems on comparison, attributes, blood relations, statement and arguments, statements and conclusions, statements and assumptions, theme detection, conclusion determination and so on. For this section, you must be well thorough in the ability to reason the fundamental information given in the question and have a sound knowledge of current affairs on which these questions will most probably be based. Such questions have a wide range of easy and complex nature from the questions that appear in clerical and banking examination to those in CAT and GMAT. Candidates must be well prepared to face any difficulty among these questions.

  • Decision Making & Logical Problem Solving: Decision making consists of taking correct decisions without negotiating with moral and ethical values instead of taking just facts based decision. It will show the candidate's ability to judge than ability to memorize. The decision making section will consist questions on assertion-reason, cause-effect, course of action, judgment and decision making. Questions may be there on various economic situation, areas of security, intelligence, technologies, law and order, revenue and budgets, management and so on:

  • Interpersonal Skills & Communication Skills: Interpersonal skills and communication skills are the very crucial part of the personality of civil servants and will consists the questions based on the behavioristic approach with specialised questions on the conflict resolution, behaving in a particular situation, anger management, organizational hierarchy and so on:

Crucial tips to enhance marks

  • Self-Study as well as confidence.

  • Guidance of experts.

  • Good study material and references.

  • Practice hard.

  • Solving huge categories of questions.

  • Practice, Practice & Practice, that's the vital success mantra.