Syllabus of CSAT: Prelims & Main Examination
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A. Preliminary Examination : CSAT Paper - I
: CSAT Paper - II
CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) Prelims has two papers:
1. General Studies
2. General Ability Test
CSAT was first time conducted in 2011. There is no sectional cutoff. Marks for both paper I and paper II are combined to select candidates for the Mains exam.
CSAT Paper I: 200 Marks; Duration: Two Hours; Number of Questions: 100
1. Current Affairs: Events of national and international importance
2. History of India and Indian National Movement
3. Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,1. Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
5. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (no subject specialization required)
6. General Science
CSAT General Ability Test Paper 2 Syllabus
Total 80 questions have 200 marks, thus each question is of 2.5 marks. There is a negative marking of 33% or 0.83 marks. Decision making section doesn't have any negative marking.
B. Main Examination :
The written examination will consist of the following papers:
Paper A: 300 Marks-One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate
Paper B: 300 Marks- English
Papers to be counted for merit
Paper‐I: Essay - 250 Marks
Paper‐II: General Studies–I: 250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography otherworld and Society)
Paper‐III: General Studies –II: 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
Paper‐IV: General Studies –III: 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
Paper‐V: General Studies –IV: 250Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Paper‐VI: Optional Subject – Paper 1: 250Marks
Paper‐VII: Optional Subject – Paper -2: 250 Marks
Sub Total in Written test-1750 Marks+ Personality Test-275 Marks
(i) The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
(ii) Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
(iii) Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I‐VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.
Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given in Notification:
List of optional subjects for Main Examination:
(i) Agriculture (ii) Anthropology (iii) Botany
(iv) Chemistry (v) Civil Engineering (vi) Economics
(vii) Electrical Engineering (viii) Geography (ix) Geology
(x) History (xi) Law (xii) Mathematics
(xiii) Mechanical Engineering (xiv) Medical Science (xv) Philosophy
(xvi) Physics (xvii) Psychology (xviii) Sociology
(xiv) Statistics (xx) Zoology (xxi) Management
(xxii) Gujarati Literature (xxiii) Public Administration
(xiv) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (xv) Commerce and Accountancy
(xvi) Political Science and International Relations
(i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
(ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.
(iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the
Qualifying Language papers Paper‐A and Paper‐B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English.
(iv) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.
(v) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi
Please Note: The Schedule, Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility and Interview Process etc. of exam may change from time to time. Please visit the websites that authenticate the information to check for any such changes taking place. The candidates must read the notification carefully and confirm before making an application or before appearing for the exam. The CSAT Exam’s information available herein might be subject to change