Don’t Underestimate the Importance of CSAT (GS Paper 2) for Prelims

CSAT-General Studies Paper 2

We hope that by this time everyone who is preparing for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam knows that there are two papers in the first stage – GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2 (CSAT).

Are you devoting adequate time for both papers? Or is your full-effort behind only GS Paper 1?

You need 66+ marks out of 200 for CSAT (GS Paper 2)

To clear IAS prelims, you need at-least 66 marks out of 200 for CSAT (GS Paper 2), however high are your marks in GS Paper 1.

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If you are thinking that scoring 66 marks out of 200 for CSAT is not a big deal, you may be mistaken.

We have seen many candidates who end up worrying after the exam.

The difficulty level of this paper is steadily increasing.

You need to take this paper seriously.

What does UPSC say about the General Studies Paper 2?

The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.

The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.

If you don’t have 66+ marks in GS Paper 2, however high your marks in GS Paper 1, you are out!

If you are not competent in Maths, Comprehension or Logical Reasoning – you should put good effort and practice on this paper to score good marks.

CSAT (GS Paper 2) Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

200 marks. Duration: Two hours

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).

The right strategy (and fast strategy too) to start GS Paper 2 preparation

csat basic numeracy

The right way to start this paper is by practising previous year CSAT questions.

ClearIAS offers previous year UPSC Qns re-take exams on CSAT  in a timed environment. We provide you with detailed solutions soon after the exam. You can also learn how to approach each questions using the fastest problem-solving techniques.

As per many toppers, the practice of the right kind of model questions and previous-year question papers is the primary step any serious candidate should take.

ClearIAS has already provided re-take option for last 3-year UPSC question papers (2015, 2016 and 2017) in a timed environment for anyone who enrols in ClearIAS Prelims Test Series 2018.  We will be providing re-take option for all UPSC CSAT Papers from 2011-2017 (more exams to be added in the coming months).

Users are also provided detailed solutions based on the official UPSC key (Available for 2015 and 2016. For 2017, we have created our own key until UPSC releases official key)

This would help you analyse your performance and learn the concepts behind many questions.
We have also provided detailed solutions and short-cuts to answer each question. This would help you save time and maximize your marks.

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