Preparing for IAS CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) Examination

Recent pattern of the civil services preliminary exams was implimented in the year 1979 because of the Kothari Commission. Since 41 years, the preliminary pattern remained with only some small changes once in 10 − 15 years.

From 2011 onwards, civil services aspirants should made themselves for a sea change in how they prepare for the preliminary examination as the Union Public Service Commission i.e.. UPSC has received the Union Government's approval for introducing the Civil Services Aptitude Test i.e.. CSAT pattern.

So what will the CSAT be like?

  • CSAT have 2 papers common to all the candidates with no optional paper.

  • The age limit could be lowered.

  • The number of attempts could also be lesser.

  • More focus will be on understanding and analysis than remembering.

  • Paper is there to test the candidate's aptitude for well recognised civil services from ethical and moral perspective.

What will be the impact of these changes?

  • Only the tuition classes notes will not be sufficient for cracking the CSAT exam.

  • Candidates who are having low moral and ethical aptitude will got out, However which is not happening at present.

  • IAS candidates can not ignore General Studies paper and depends completely on the optionals.

  • UPSC gives more priority to the young candidates having high motivation and enthusiasm meanwhile the interviews.

How should you prepare for the CSAT exams?

  • Questions can be asked even from small topics.

  • Enhance your general knowledge and mental ability.

  • Focus more on decision oriented analytical questions.

  • Ready to answer situational questions that are faced by the civil servants in real world.

Books for Paper 1 of IAS Preliminary Examination

Books for Paper 2 for CSAT

  • Examrace CSAT Series

  • Or refer individual books namely RS Aggarwal, Verbal and comrehension guides, Class V to X Books by NCERT etc.