UPSC CSAT Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Aptitude Test

UPSC CSAT Exam Pattern

UPSC CSAT Prelims Exam Pattern :

PaperSubjectQuestionMarks
Paper – IGeneral Studies.100200
Paper – IIGeneral Ability or Aptitude80200
Total180400

UPSC CSAT Main Exam Pattern :

PaperSubjectMarks
Paper A(One of the Indian languages,
to be selected by the candidate
(from the languages listed in the
Eighth Schedule to the Constitution
of India) (Qualifying)
300
Paper BEnglish (Qualifying)300
Paper IEssay250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I (Indian
heritage and culture, history and
geography of the world and society)
250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II (Governance,
constitution, polity, social justice
and international relations)
250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III (Technology,
economic development, bio-diversity,
environment, security and
disaster management)
250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV(ethics,
integrity and aptitude)
250
Papers VI,
VII
Two papers on subjects to
be selected by the candidate from
the list of optional subjects
below (250 marks for each paper)
500
Sub Total (Written Test)1750

UPSC CSAT Prelims Syllabus :

CSAT Syllabus for Paper I:

  • Paper I tests contender’s knowledge on current events, history of Indiaand Indian national movement.
  • and social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity, climate change and general science, Art and culture

CSAT Syllabus for Paper II:

  • This paper evaluates aspirant’s skills in comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making
  • Problem solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English Language comprehension skills and mental ability

UPSC CSAT Mains Syllabus

Paper A: Any Indian Language:

Select one language from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.

UPSC CSAT Syllabus for Paper B: English:

  • It is organized to test skills of aspirants in English and Indian Language
  • Contenders are selected on basis of some facts like how they understand these languages and how they express their ideas clearly and correctly.

Pattern of questions would be generally as follows:-

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary

UPSC CSAT Syllabus for Papers which are counted for Merit

Paper 1: Essay:

  • Write essays on multiple topics.
  • Aspirants are required to write essay by arranging ideas on given topic.

Paper 2 General Studies 1:

  • (Indian Heritage/ Culture, World History & Geography)
  • Indian culture will cover the main feature of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from  to present times
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country
  • Post-independence consolidation and restructuring within the country

Part 3: General Studies 2 Syllabus:

  • Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations
  • Functions and duties of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

UPSC CSAT Syllabus for Paper 4: General Studies 3:

  • (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management)
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
  • Government Budgeting
  • Development, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Disaster and disaster management
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism
  • Land reforms in India

UPSC CSAT Syllabus for Paper 5: General Studies 4:

  • (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence,  and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and ; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
  • Emotional, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and
  • Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, and administrators; of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

Paper 6 and 7: Optional 1 /Optional 2

List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Literature of any one of the following languages:

  • Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati,
  • Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri
  • Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam
  • Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya
  • Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali
  • Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu
  • Urdu and English

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