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UPSC CSAT Syllabus

UPSC CSAT Syllabus 2021: Start preparing as per given New UPSC CSAT Syllabus!!! CSAT stands for Civil Services Aptitude Test and it is conducted by Union Public Service Commission once a year to appoint aspirants for Civil Services Exam. Candidates who are planning to prepare for the UPSC CSAT Exam they may get the CSAT Syllabus along with exam paper from this page and prepare accordingly. You may also download the syllabus for both Preliminary and Main Paper in PDF forms along with the UPSC CSAT Model Paper from official site through online mode.

Civil Services Aptitude Test consists of three stages that is Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Personal Interview. The first stage contains Preliminary Examination, Second will contain Main Examination and three will include Interview. Before appearing this exam candidate should know what kind of question they have to face in exam. Therefore team of goldeneraeducation.com are providing the UPSC CSAT Exam Syllabus, Exam Pattern & model question paper right here.

UPSC CSAT Exam Pattern


CSAT Preliminary Exam

Subjects Marks
General Studies Paper – I 200 Marks
General Studies Paper – II 200 Marks

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For Preliminary Exam:

CSAT Paper-1 Analysis:

Topic 2011 2012 2013 2014
History and Culture 13 20 15 21
Economy 18 12 18 6
Polity 17 25 18 13
Geography 11 11 14 15
Environment & Bio-diversity 22 23 22 21
Science & Technology 19 9 13 17
Current Affairs 7
Total 100 100 100 100

CSAT Paper-2 Analysis:

Topic 2011 2012 2013 2014
Basic Numeracy 13 3 19 19
General Mental Ability 15 16 12 7
Decision Making & Problem Solving 6 7 6 0
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 10 14 12 22
Comprehension (Both English & Hindi) 27 32 23 26
English Language Comprehension Skills 9 8 8 6
Total 80 80 80 80


Preliminary Exam

Paper I

Paper I consist following sections:

  • 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, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science.

Paper II

Paper II covers following topics:

  • Comprehension
  • 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)

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Main Exam

CSAT Main Exam consists of the following optional subjects

Agriculture Management
Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science Mathematics
Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
Botany Medical Science
Chemistry Philosophy
Civil Engineering Physics
Commerce & Accountancy Political Science & International Relations
Economics Psychology
Electrical Engineering Public Administration
Geography Sociology
Geology Statistics
Indian History Zoology
Law

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Optional Language Subjects:

Applicants have to choose one subject from the following:

Arabic Gujarati Manipuri Sanskrit
Assamese Hindi Nepali Sindhi
Bengali Kannada Oriya Tamil
Chinese Kashmiri Pali Telugu
English Konkani Persian Urdu
French Marathi Punjabi
German Malayalam Russian

Analysis of Preliminary Exam:

CSAT Paper-1 Analysis:

Topic 2011 2012 2013 2014
History and Culture 13 20 15 21
Economy 18 12 18 6
Polity 17 25 18 13
Geography 11 11 14 15
Environment & Bio-diversity 22 23 22 21
Science & Technology 19 9 13 17
Current Affairs 7
Total 100 100 100 100

CSAT Paper-2 Analysis:

Topic 2011 2012 2013 2014
Basic Numeracy 13 3 19 19
General Mental Ability 15 16 12 7
Decision Making & Problem Solving 6 7 6 0
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 10 14 12 22
Comprehension (Both English & Hindi) 27 32 23 26
English Language Comprehension Skills 9 8 8 6
Total 80 80 80 80


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CSAT Main Exam and Interview

Paper-I One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-II English (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-III Essay 200 Marks
Papers IV & V General Studies (300 Marks for each paper) 600 Marks
Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper) 1200 Marks

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UPSC CSAT Model Sample Paper

  1. Identify the correct match: Date Celebrated as
  2. May 8 World Health Day
  3. May 1 World Literacy Day
  4. May 17 World Telecommunication Day
  5. June 5 World Ozone Day

Ans.3

  1. Mount Etna is a famous volcano located in
  2. Argentina
  3. Italy
  4. Mexico
  5. Philippines

Ans. 2

  1. Tungabhadra Sanctuary is located at
  2. Madhya Pradesh
  3. Uttar Pradesh
  4. Karnataka
  5. West Bengal

Ans. 3

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  1. The agency of United Nations that was set-up to strengthen the international cooperation in the field of education and improve the standards of education is
  2. UNEP
  3. UNCTAD
  4. UNESCO
  5. UNDP

Ans. 3

  1. What is the approximate length of Indian coastlines?
  2. 3,440 km
  3. 4,589 km
  4. 7,500 km
  5. 8,924 km

Ans. 3

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  1. Reserve Bank of India is headquarter at
  2. Kolkata
  3. New Delhi
  4. Mumbai
  5. Chennai

Ans. 3

  1. Jana Gana Mana, was accepted as the National Anthem of India by the Constituent Assembly of India in
  2. 1950
  3. 1949
  4. 1948
  5. 1947

Ans. 1

  1. Which of the following cricketers holds the world record for maximum number of double centuries in test cricket?
  2. Mark Waugh
  3. Martin Crowe
  4. Marwan Atapattu
  5. Don Bradman

Ans. 4

  1. The person who has climbed Mount Everest the most — 12 times is
  2. Babu Chheri
  3. Appa Sherpa
  4. Peter Hillary
  5. T. W. Tenzing

Ans. 2

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  1. Which Indian state has its maximum area under the forest cover?
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Madhya Pradesh
  4. Arunachal Pradesh
  5. Kerala

Ans. 2

Explanation: The figure gets laterally inverted and vertically inverted alternately.

  1. What among the following options can replace ‘?’ in the below sequence?

M M N M N O M N O P M N O P Q M N O P Q?

  1. M
  2. R
  3. P
  4. Q

Ans. 2

  1. In a birthday party, each child eats at most 5 toffees. No child eats less than three biscuits. Considering all children, there are more toffees than biscuits, more biscuits than chocolates and more chocolates than number of children. Find the minimum number of children present at the party?
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 5
  5. 7

Answer 2

Explanation: (M), (MN), (MNO), (MNOP), (MNOPQ), (MNOPQR)

Category: Clock and Calendar

  1. Kushal put his timepiece on the table in such a way that at 6 p.m. hour-hand points to North. In which direction the minute-hand will point at 9:15 p.m.?
  2. South-East
  3. South
  4. North
  5. west

Ans. 4

Explanation: The value at each corner of the diagram equals the sums of difference of the numerical values of the letters in the boxes adjacent to the corner in clockwise direction starting from NRG.

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Category: Series

  1. Which number replaces the question mark ?
3.9 2.75 7.25 6.50 3.25
11.7 8.25 21.75 ? 9.75
  1. 11.5
  2. 12.25
  3. 13.5
  4. 9.5

Ans. 4

  1. In a certain code language if “RAINBOW” is coded as “TCKPDQY”, then how will you code word “MATHEMATICS” in that language?
  2. OCVKHPDVKEU
  3. OCVJHPDWJDU
  4. OCVJGOCVKEU
  5. OCVKGOCVKEU

Ans. 3

  1. Victor lent Rs. 2600 to two friends such that the interest gained from first friend at 10% in 5 years is equal to that from second friend at 9% in 6 years. How much did he lend to first friend?
  2. Rs 1350
  3. Rs 1250
  4. Rs 1050
  5. Rs 1000

Ans. 1

Explanation:  If 5 invitation cards go into the correct boxes the sixth would automatically go into its correct box. Thus, there is no possibility when exactly 5 invitation cards are correct and 1 is wrong.

  1. A, B and C throw a dice in succession till one gets a ‘six’ and wins the game. Then the probability of C’s winning is.
  2. 25/91
  3. 36/91
  4. 31/90
  5. None of these

Ans. 2

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18. A mixture of wine and water contains 8Litres of wine, and 32 Litres of Water. A new mixture with wine concentration of 30% is to be formed by replacing “x” litres by wine in this mixture. Find the value of “x”.

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 8
  4. 10

Ans. 2

  1. The central banking functions in India are performed by the
  2.         Central Bank of India
  3.         Reserve Bank of India

          III.        State Bank of India

  1.         Punjab National Bank
  2. I, II
  3. II
  4. I
  5. II, III

Ans. 4

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  1. ICICI is the name of a
  1. chemical industry
  2. bureau
  3. corporation
  4. financial institution

Ans. 4

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