CSAT pattern from 2011 (posted on 27/august/2010)

the  government will soon come out with a detailed syllabus of the civil service aptitude test (CSAT) — a new scheme of examination, which is to replace the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination from 2011.

The test is meant for short listing candidates for the CS (Main) Examination, being conducted every year to recruit officers in IAS, IFS, IPS and other elite central services.

The Centre had in March approved the proposal for introduction of CSAT in place of CS (Preliminary) from next year, and subsequently asked the  (UPSC) to work out its syllabus.

“The government will shortly notify the new scheme of examination giving details of the syllabus which is being worked out. CSAT is expected to come into force from the civil service examination, 2011″, said the minister of state for personnel Prithviraj Chavan.

In written response to a parliamentary question in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Chavan said: “In CSAT, one of the optional subjects which a candidate could have chosen out of 23 optional has been replaced with a common paper on aptitude test”.

Referring to the syllabus, which is yet to be finalized, sources in the ministry explained that the candidates may now have to appear in two objective type papers, having special emphasis on testing their “aptitude for civil services” as well as on “ethical and moral dimension of decision making”.

Both these papers — having equal weight age — will be common to all candidates in place of one common paper (general awareness) and one optional paper (any particular subject of choice) under the existing system, which lays greater emphasis on subject knowledge.

As of now, the change will be effective only for the first of the three stages of the CSE from 2011 onwards. The second and third stages — CS (Main) Examination and Interview, respectively — will remain the same till a panel of experts goes into various aspects of the entire system and submits its report.

The proposal to this effect was sent to PMO last year by UPSC.

Officials, familiar with the proposal, explained that the changes had been suggested by various committees. Most of the panels had advocated for laying greater emphasis on “aptitude” of candidates than their subjects’ knowledge’s, arguing that the specialists or experts of any particular subject may not necessarily be good civil servants unless they have actual inclination towards it.

An official said: “The new system (CSAT) will also provide a level-playing filed and equity since all candidates will have to attempt common papers unlike the current format which provides for only one common paper”.

Though scaling system is currently used in Preliminary examination in order to ensure that no candidate who has opted for any particular optional paper gets any undue advantage because of varying degree of difficulty of any paper or inherent scorability, the government has received a number of complaints objecting to the method on one or the other ground.



csat prelims syllabus announced by upsc (posted on 19/oct/2010)

there is normal general studies paper subjects consisting of :

– history,

– inm,

– india & world geography,

– polity & governance,

– economic & social development ,

– ecology,

– biodiversity,

– climate change

– general science

the CSAT paper consists the subjects :

– comprehension

– interpersonal skills

– logical reasoning & analytical ability

– decision-making (its their in both p.a. as well as psychology)

– problem-solving (its their in psychology main syllabus = paper 1 chapter no 8 thinking & problem solving)

– general mental ability

– basic numeracy = numbers & their relations, orders of magnitude, of class 10th

– data interpretation = charts, graphs, tables, data efficiency of class 10th level

– English language comprehension skills of class 10th

* each paper consists of 200 marks , totally 400 marks.

* 200 marks to be completed in 2 hours time.

view here for full details : csp2011-syll



notification for 2011 csat prelims (posted on 29/oct/2010)

application for the year 2011 csat prelims will be issued from February 19 2011 & last date of submitting application is on 21st march 2011.

exam will be held on june 12th 2011.



books list for gs_2011 (posted on 8/nov/2010)


  • XIth and XIIth NCERT(Ancient,Medieval and Modem)
  • India’s struggle for Freedom by Bipin Chanda (history optionals)

Geography- VIth to XIIth NCERT

  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong (prelims book)


  • XIth and XIIth NCERT
  • Indian Polity by Laxmi Kant.
  • d. d. basu


  • XIth NCERT (India’s Economic Development)
  • XIIth NCERT (Macro Economics)
  • Evolution of Indian Economy – I.C. Dhingra.
  • Indian Economy – Mishra & Puri

General Science


General Mental Ability

  • R.S. Aggarwal. (General Aptitude)

Current Affairs

  • The Hindu Newspaper
  • All India Radio Station News
  • Magazines Civil Services Chronicle & aspirant times (yojna, kurukshetra r of ur choice which ever u want u can read..)

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