How to prepare for CSAT ? Strategy and tips for Preparation of CSAT



Finally IAS aspirants will face a different pattern of examination from next year. UPSC has announced the new scheme of examination for IAS Prelims 2011.the idea is to introduce an aptitude test in place of the existing optional subject paper in the civil service preliminary exam. There was a hue and cry over proposal for civil service Aptitude Test (cast), its implementation and its syllabus for long ,. However ,interpretation of the CAST syllabus has created a new beginning .though many question have been answered by The union ministry of personal as it announced changes in the pattern of the civil service preliminary ,will take some time to settle the dust.
The existing pattern of the civil service preliminary exam was conceived in 1979.on the recommendation of the Kothari commission since then, for 41 years the preliminary pattern sustained with only come minor change once in ten or fifteen years .But from 2011 on ward civil service aspirant should prepare themselves for a sea change . Last two year’s configuration of question is witness in itself.
With the new format, candidates will answer two objective type prepare Which are the General studies prepare and the general Aptitude paper, collectively it is termed as CAST . however there are no change planned for the format of the main exam and interview for the coming year.But in due course of time the pattern of main examination and interview may change probably sooner than we expect.
Both of the papers of the cast will carry equal marks and is easy and helpful for graduates of all field and genres. It is completely transparent.                                                                                                
 The second paper- Being introduced by replacing the optional paper- will have aptitude, data interpretation English Language comprehension skills, these two sections are more or less on the lines of MBA entrance bas the same model. Subscribing the view that CSAT is a banking exam model, is a dangerous mistake. An aspirant needs to understand that the very purpose of this examination is to select IAS, IPS, IFS etc. That’s why, decision making and problem solving is there in the new scheme. For all those arts and student who are subscribing this scheme of examination as MBA entrance or banking, we would like to inform that second paper is extension of first paper.
But the orientation of GS mains is changing.
       Before you gear up for the IAS-2011, you also need to understand the basic philosophy of this change. Most of the Committees/Commissions constituted by the Government of India (GOI) have advocated laying greater Services rather than on their knowledge of a particular subject. The Second Administrative Reforms Commission has recommended the following in the their report submitted to GOI in November 2008.
  Current decision is based on the Alagh Committee Report. The relevant portion of the Report goes like this- “The present testing of optional subject is based on College/University curriculum. Re-ex
amining the candidates in their own subjects appears to have doubtful utility. The universities have already done the work and retesting, possibly even at a lower level that what candidates have completed earlier, appears to be unnecessary. What is important is the relevance of a subject to the job requirements of a Civil Servant, especially in the changing scenario.” The Alagh Committee had also deliberated on the nature of the Preliminary Examination. With regard to General Study’s paper, it was of the view that it should be recast into a “Civil Services Aptitude Text.” The Second Administrative Reforms Commission while agreeing with the idea of CSAT has recommended “the Preliminary Examination should consist of an objective type test having one or two papers on General Studies including the Constitution of India, Indian Legal System, Indian Economy, Polity, History and Culture. There should be no optional subjects”. Dust of recommendation and anticipation is finally settled now. According to Alagh Committee the report, the structure of CSAT    should contain the following:
This syllabus of CSAT was a proposal to the UPSC. The final shape of the syllabus was given after the prof. S.K. Khanna Committee Report.
  The benefit of introducing aptitude tests in the civil exam is that it assesses your logical reasoning and thinking performance. It is based on multiple choice questions answered in exam conditions. People who have a sense of moral and ethical values, are logical in their thinking and who take sensible decisions will find the CSAT to be comparatively easy. With the implementation of the CSAT, it is possible to choose better and more competent civil servants who have the right aptitude. It will also bring the use of scaling systems to an end. Civil servants will thus be chosen based on their ability of handling the tough decision making life of civil servants and not based on their expertise on a single subject. We also need to learn that this change is not sudden. Various committees including the second Administrative Reforms Commission, in their reports submitted over the years suggested the changes and laid greater emphasis on the ‘aptitude’ of candidates than their knowledge of a subject. These committees argued that specialists or experts in any particular subject might not necessarily be good civil servants. Moreover the preliminary exam which does not discloses the marks, Cut off to select the candidates for main exams or the method which they use to compare various optional subjects is repugnant to the Right to Information Act 2005. It is criticized in various directions and dimension that there is no transparency in the current format in which preliminary exam is conducted. Here we are presenting first issues of CSATCSAT value edition series every fortnight to cover every section of the syllabus.


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  1. hello sir i am doing my frist year i do not have maths background .i want to appear for cvils how should i start my preparation for csat.please help me.

  2. sir i am pursuing BBA and i am in 2nd semester… i want to prepare for csat 2013. how should i start..?


  4. Good Afternoon sir, I am Atul Jain doing bachelor of engineering with computer science branch. i want to prepare for CSAT examination. But,i don’t know how to start,what is the paper formate and what’s the phases that i have to clear . Please give me complete details about CSAT it’s various phases and the subject that i would have to study.. thanks. i will wait for your kind reply..

  5. Good Afternoon sir, I am Atul Jain doing bachelor of engineering with computer science branch. i want to prepare for CSAT examination. But,i don’t know how to start,what is the paper formate and what’s the phases that i have to clear . Please give me complete details about CSAT it’s various phases and the subject that i would have to study..

  6. hi,i m doing b.d.s from govt. dental college raipur.for some reason i m not able to join the coching for csat exam,i m having 3 years more for my degree to complete so i want to use these years as drop or preprational years for csat exams,so plz help me guide how to start my prepration by myself n books which i should consult,i m thinking to choose zoology as my optional subject so let me know probablity of selection in this subject ?

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