UPSC CSAT Exam: 2020 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Aptitude Test [UPSC CSAT]

UPSC CSAT - UPSC Civil Services Aptitude Test

Union Public Service Commission or UPSC contributes to being a well-renowned organization that conducts different kinds of examinations such as Combined Defense Services Examination, Civil Services Examination, Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Indian Forest Service examination. These examinations are conducted at different examination centers in a successful manner every year. Union Public Service Commission or UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination every year. 

The examination is conducted primarily in three stages - Civil Services Preliminary Examination, Civil Services Main Examination, and Personal Interview. The main written examination can be taken only by those candidates who have successfully qualified in the preliminary CSAT Written Test. This entrance examination comprises of seven papers which are inclusive of General Studies, English, Geography, and History of the world, Indian Heritage and Culture and any two optional subjects that are selected by the candidate along with a personality test.

The UPSC preliminary examination comprises of two papers. There are multiple choice questions in the papers that carry 200 marks each. Paper I comprises of 100 questions whereas paper II consists of 80 questions. The question papers are in Hindi and English language. 

The number of candidates that clear the preliminary examination is almost twelve to thirteen times of the total approximate number of vacancies that are to be filled in that area in different posts and services. It is a prerequisite to writing both the papers of the preliminary examination for the evaluation purposes. The candidate will be declared disqualified in case if he/ she does not appear in any paper of the examination. 1 mark is deducted for three wrong answers in the prelims examination. Hence, it is a must that the candidate should be very careful and refrain from making wild guesses in the preliminary examination.

UPSC CSAT Exam Date

The application form for the examination can be availed from 7th October. The last date of filling the application form is 20th October 2017. Admit card will be available for download from 10th November 2017. The offline examination will be conducted on 3rd and 9th of the month of December in 2017. The results of the examination will be declared tentatively in the month of January or February. The cutoff lists can be availed soon after the results of CSAT 2017 are declared.

UPSC CSAT Eligibility criteria

It is a must to fulfill the eligibility criteria for appearing in UPSC CSAT. Only Indian nationals have the eligibility to appear for these examinations. General candidates can appear for this examination for maximum 6 times. On the other hand, schedule caste and schedule tribe do not have a restriction for taking this examination. The candidates that belong to OBC category are eligible for applying for maximum 9 times. Candidates require attaining a minimum of 21 years for applying for this examination. The age limit for appearing in the examinations is 35. Candidates should have a graduation degree from a recognized university for appearing in the examination.

UPSC CSAT Application Form & fees

Candidates can avail the application form from 7th October. Candidates can procure the application form either offline or online in accordance with the choice of the candidate. Application form can be downloaded from the official website of CSAT. The payment of the application fees can be done either offline or online. After submitting personal details, the SBI bank challan should be printed on A4 size paper. The printed payslip will be required for the payment of application fee in CSAT. Candidates are required to send the application form to the mentioned address prior to the last date for offline mode of application.

UPSC CSAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Candidates should follow the syllabus for a better preparation for the examination. There are primarily 2 papers in the examination. Paper I comprises of questions from General Science, Economic and Social Development, Current events of national and international importance, General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change, History of India and Indian National Movement, Economic and Social Development, Indian Polity and Governance, Indian and World Geography and General Science. Paper II, on the other hand, comprises of questions from Basic numeracy, Comprehension, Decision-making and Problem-solving skills, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, General mental ability and Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

CSAT is conducted in pen and paper mode. The paper comprises of multiple choice questions. There is a time allotment of 2 hours for completing the question paper. The question paper is set both in English and Hindi. 1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. 200 marks are allotted for each paper in the examination.

UPSC CSAT Admit Card

Candidates can download the admit card from the official website by entering Registration ID, Name, Roll Number, Date of Birth, etc. For appearing in the entrance test, candidates should carry the admit card on the day of preliminary and the main examination. You should go through all the details that are printed on the admit card and ensure that they are correct. Admit card is considered to be an integral part of the examination.

UPSC CSAT Results & Score Card

Candidates require login into the official website of UPSC CSAT for checking the availability of results on the website.

Availability of Prelims examination result: Prelims is recognized to be the first stage towards selecting in the procedure. The results of the preliminary examination will be declared on 16th September 2017.

Availability of CSAT main examination result: After qualifying in the prelims test, candidates need to appear for the personality test and main examination. The results of these examinations will be announced in the month of February and January 2018. The final result will have the list of candidates that have been selected.