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Civil Services Aptitude Test



The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS)


The examination is one of the toughest examinations in India with success rate of 0.1%- 0.3% with more than 900,000 applicants. It is conducted in two phases - the Preliminary examination and Mains examination


CSAT (Prelims) Pattern


The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.


Prelims Paper Duration Questions Marks
Paper I - General Studies 2 Hours 100 200
Paper II - Aptitude 2 Hours 80 200
Total 400

Civil Services (Mains) Pattern


Paper Subject Marks
Paper A Indian Language (Qualifying) 300
Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies - I 250
Paper III General Studies - II 250
Paper IV General Studies - III 250
Paper V General Studies - IV 250
Paper VI Optional Subject Paper 1 250
Paper VII Optional Subject Paper 2 250
Total   1750
Interview (Personality Test) 275
Grand Total 2025

CSAT Paper-1 (General Studies): Syllabus

  1. Current 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, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change.
  7. General Science.

CSAT Paper-2 (Aptitude): Syllabus

  1. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  2. Decision making and problem solving.
  3. General mental ability.
  4. Basic numeracy and data interpretation (class-X level).
  5. English language comprehension(class-X level).