CSAT 2011 Syllabus, Notifications & New Pattern

Posted by RakeshP on Oct 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

To keep Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in harmony, the examination system of it is updated from time to time with the changing environment. At the Civil Services Examination (CSE), the Prime Minister has agreed the proposal for introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The CSAT is expected to come into effect from Civil Services Examination, 2011.

CSAT will not only enable us to choose civil servants with right aptitudes but also end the use of scaling system, a matter of concern to some.


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

CSAT 2011 Syllabus

In governing the law of India, UPSC holds a very significant role. It is meant to appoint the candidates for the post of civil services in India, which is impossible without a test. Because not every individual can be selected for the job which really needs intellect and serious. These exams are the medium to check their overall knowledge and only then they can pass through this fire test to attain their mission of acquiring a job in civil services.

CIVIL SERVICES (Preliminary) EXAM, 2010

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 2011 would consist of Paper I and Paper II:

Testing skills:

Change to be effective only for the first stage of the CSE from 2011,

  • Candidates to appear for two objective papers having emphasis on aptitude and ethical and moral dimension of decision-making
  • Both the papers to have equal weightage

Paper Pattern:

Total Marks: 200
Duration: 2 Hours

Paper 1


  • History of India and Indian national movement,
  • Current events of national and international importance,
  • General science,
  • Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.,
  • General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change-that donot require subject specialization,
  • Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world and
  • Indian Polity and governance – constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.

Paper 2


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

Notification Date: 2nd January, 2011

Submission of Civil Service Forms from 2nd January, 2011 and ends on 1st February, 2011
8th February, 2011 is the last date for submission of form for remote area.

All the candidates will have to attempt common papers unlike the current format which provides for only one common paper as the new system will also provide a level-playing field and equity. Although a scaling system is currently used in the preliminary examination in order to ensure that no candidate who has choosen for any particular optional paper gets advantage because of unreliable degree of difficulty of any paper or inbuilt scorability, the government has received complaints objecting to the method.

Let’s compare the features of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to have a better understanding on the proposed new pattern.

S.No Civil Services Preliminary Examination Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)
1 Two Objective Papers with one General Studies and One Optional out of the 23 subjects given by UPSC Two Objective Papers with one General Studies and One General Aptitude Paper
2 More weightage for optional with 300 marks for Optional subject and only 150 marks for General Studies Equal weightage for both General Studies as well as General Aptitude paper. Both carrying equal marks
3 Advantageous for people who completed masters degree and having a grip on Academic Subject Equally good for All kinds of graduates creating a level play ground.
4 No Transparency in terms of Assessment and disclosure of Preliminary marks Complete Transparency in terms of disclosure of marks
5 High amount of disparity between one optional subject and the other, creating sense of biasedness on few particular optional subject. No disparity, Equal game to be played by all in a equal platform
6 Easy for Candidates who studied in high caliber institutes compared to a student with Rural background. All the students have equal opportunity, since everyone has to prepare in similar patterns.
7 High Competition due to people cramming with the subject knowledge in Optional. Infuses fresh blood in the examination arena such that all the people have to prepare a fresh.

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  1. Ashutosh Aditya says:

    CSAT pattern for Civil Services preliminary exams is quite good in terms of equality in questions to every group of students either technical or non-technical. Parameters inhibited in paper-1 & paper-2 will itself extract the quality officers for performing against diverse challenges in social, economic & other spheres of human life in real Indian Government system.

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