Struggling with the CSAT (GS Paper II) in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims?

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What is CSAT?

  • CSAT stands for Civil Services Aptitude Test. It is a part of the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Civil Services Examination conducted in India. The Civil Services Examination is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to various civil services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and others.
  • CSAT specifically refers to the second paper of the Preliminary Examination conducted by UPSC. The CSAT paper is designed to test the candidate's aptitude and reasoning abilities. It includes questions related to comprehension, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision-making, problem-solving, basic numeracy, and data interpretation.
  • The CSAT paper was introduced in 2011 to assess the candidates' critical thinking and decision-making skills, in addition to the General Studies Paper-I. It is a qualifying paper where candidates need to score a minimum qualifying mark as determined by the UPSC. The marks obtained in the CSAT paper are not counted for ranking purposes but are crucial for determining eligibility to appear for the Main Examination.


  • Number of questions: 80 Objective-Type (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Time Duration: 2 hours (same as General Studies Paper-I)
  • Type of Exam: Offline Pen and Paper based
  • Language: English and Hindi
  • Qualifying Nature: The CSAT is a qualifying paper. You need to secure a minimum of 33% marks (around 66 marks) to qualify for the next stage (UPSC Mains). There's no separate weightage for CSAT in the final merit list.
Marking Scheme
  • Each correct answer fetches 2.5 marks.
  • Negative marking applies - ⅓rd mark deduction for every wrong answer (0.83 marks per question).
  • No penalty for unattempted questions.
Focus Areas
  • Comprehension: Ability to understand and analyze information presented in passages, graphs, charts, etc.
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability: Identifying patterns, analyzing arguments, drawing logical conclusions, solving puzzles, etc.
  • Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency: Interpreting data presented in various forms (tables, charts) and assessing the sufficiency of data to answer questions.
  • Basic Numeracy: Applying elementary mathematical concepts to solve problems (percentages, averages, ratios, basic algebra, etc.)

Features of UPSC CSAT Mock Test Series 2024

  • 230+ Sectional-Wise tests and 20+ full-length mock tests covering the entire CSAT syllabus
  • Questions designed to match the latest UPSC exam pattern
  • Sharpens your analytical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills
  • Detailed answer explanations to solidify your understanding
  • AI-powered performance analysis to identify areas for improvement

Focus on your strengths, address weaknesses, and develop the skills you need to excel in the CSAT with this valuable test series!

Enrolling in our CSAT Test Series 2024 brings numerous advantages to UPSC aspirants:

  • Familiarity with Exam Pattern: Gain confidence by getting accustomed to the format and structure of the actual CSAT exam, reducing stress and boosting performance on the exam day.
  • Time Management Skills: Sharpen your ability to manage time effectively, a critical skill for navigating the time-bound nature of the CSAT paper during the UPSC exam.
  • Identification of Weaknesses: Pinpoint specific areas of weakness through comprehensive test analysis, allowing you to focus your efforts on improving those aspects of your preparation.
  • Improved Speed and Accuracy: Regular practice with the CSAT test series enhances your speed and accuracy in solving aptitude and reasoning-based questions, essential components of the CSAT paper.
  • Realistic Exam Simulation: Experience a simulated exam environment through our test series, enabling you to familiarize yourself with actual exam conditions and better prepare for the exam day.
  • Feedback and Solutions: Receive detailed performance breakdowns and solutions, guiding you to understand the correct approach to problem-solving and learn from mistakes effectively.
  • Self-Assessment Tool: Regular participation acts as a self-assessment tool, allowing you to gauge your readiness for the actual UPSC exam and adjust your preparation accordingly.
  • Benchmarking Performance: Compare your performance with peers in the test series, providing a benchmark to evaluate your standing and identify areas for improvement.
  • Adaptability to Changes: Stay prepared for any potential changes in the CSAT exam pattern by being part of a dynamic test series that adapts to new developments.
  • Enhanced Confidence: Regularly attempting CSAT mock tests boosts your confidence levels, making you feel more prepared and confident when facing the actual exam.

Enrolling in a CSAT test series is a strategic investment in your UPSC preparation, offering a comprehensive approach to skill refinement, weakness identification, and overall readiness for the Civil Services Aptitude Test.

Terms and Conditions

  • CSAT Prelims Test Series 2024 will remain valid until UPSC Prelims- 2024.
  • Fees once paid are non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.
  • Any Prelims Mock Test can be attempted only once.
  • Test series will remain available for 7 days a week for writing Tests.
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