CSAT 2016 Civil Services Aptitude Test Informations
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UPSC Civil Services 2016 Exam Schedule
1. Civil Services CSAT 2016 Prelims Exam Schedule
CSAT 2016 Exam Date : 07.08.2016 ( Sunday )
CSAT Exam 2016 Duration : 1 Day.
2. Civil Services Mains Exam Schedule 2016
Civil Service CSAT Main Exam 2016 : 03.12.2016 ( Saturday ).
Duration for CSAT 2016 Exam Main : 05 days.
CSAT – What is CSAT? – Civil Services Aptitude Test
Civil Services Aptitude Test. It is being conducted by Union Public Services Commission ( UPSC ) and hence it is also known as UPSC CSAT. Starting from 2011, CSAT is being held as a combination of two papers ( General Studies and General Aptitude ) The combined score in those two papers is being used to select candidates who can appear for Civil Services ( Mains ) Exam. The candidates who can score well in the Civil Services ( Mains ) Exam and the subsequent Interview, will be appointed for the prestigious IAS ( Indian Administrative Service ), IPS ( Indian Police Service ), IFS ( Indian Foreign Service ), IRS ( Indian Revenue Service ) and numerous other services.
When will CSAT 2016 be held?
CSAT ( Civil Services Aptitude Test ) is traditionally conducted every year in May. CSAT paper 1 will be conducted in the morning session and CSAT paper 2 will be conducted in the afternoon. Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) announced that CSAT 2016 will be held on August 07, 2016 ( Sunday ).
Age limit for CSAT 2016 :
Indian nationals who have attained the age of 21 years, and not have attained the upper age limit of 32 years on 1st August of the year in which he / she attempts the exams are eligible. The upper age limit for CSAT 2016 is given in the table below for various categories.
|General Category||32 years|
|SC / ST||37 years|
|Physically Handicapped||42 years|
Educational Qualification for CSAT 2016 :
The candidate must hold any degree in any discipline from any recognized university. Final year degree students who will obtain degree by August 1, 2016 are also eligible for CSAT 2016 Exam. The degree can be of any class ( distinction, first, second etc. ). Degree obtained by distance education / open university is also eligible if the university is a recognized university.
No. of Attempts allowed in CSAT 2016 Exams
Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible.
For some candidates there is a limit on the number of times you can attempt IAS Exams ( Civil Services exams ). Even attending to one paper of CSAT ( IAS prelim exam ) counts as an attempt. Applying for CSAT ( IAS prelim exam ) but not attending for any paper does not count as an attempt.
|Category||No. of Attempts|
|Physically Handicapped||No limit on number of attempts.|
|SC & ST||No limit on number of attempts.|
How to Apply for CSAT 2016 Exam?
The next CSAT 2016 Exam will be held on 07.08.2016. Online application process for Civil Service Exam 2016 will start from 23.04.2016 to 20.05.2016.
How much is the pass score in CSAT 2016 to qualify for Mains?
CSAT has 2 papers – paper I ( General Studies and current affairs ) which is generally very tough and paper II ( General Aptitude ) which is generally very easy. Assuming those difficulty levels, a combined score ( total score from both the papers ) of about 50% is good for general category candidates to qualify for Mains.
How long it takes to prepare for IAS CSAT Exam 2016?
It depends on the candidates ability, availability of time, current level of expertise etc. In general, for a typical graduate, it takes about 400 hours of intense preparation. Candidates have to simultaneously prepare for the Mains Exams as they will not have much of a time once the CSAT results are out.
CSAT Syllabus – UPSC IAS CSAT 2016 Syllabus
What is the Syllabus for UPSC CSAT 2016?
The Syllabus for UPSC CSAT ( Civil Services Aptitude Test ) :
Paper I – ( 200 marks ) Duration : Two hours.
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
Paper II – ( 200 marks ) Duration : Two hours.
- 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 )
CSAT 2016 Exam pattern
What is the Exam Pattern of the UPSC CSAT 2016?
The UPSC CSAT 2016 will have two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. All questions are of objective type. The marks scored in the CSAT 2016 are used for determining qualified candidates for the Civil Services ( Mains ) Exam 2016 only. The CSAT 2016 score ( marks ) will not be carried over to the next stage ( Civil Services Mains Exam 2016 ).
UPSC CSAT ( Civil Services Aptitude Test ) has two papers
Papers I tests the General Awareness.
Paper II tests Logical Reasoning skills / Decision making skills / problem solving skills / Communication skills / mental ability / analytical ability / Comprehension skills / numerical aptitude / Data interpretation / English Language Comprehension skills.
When will the UPSC CSAT 2016 be held?
CSAT 2016 is expected to be held on Sunday, 07.08.2016.
Main Exams will start from 03.12.2016 ( Saturday ).
UPSC allows online application only and the process is very simple, secure and reliable as electronic acknowledgement ensures that application process error-free. The application website will open after the notification is issued in 23rd April, 2016.
The last date for filling the online application for CSAT 2016 is 20.05.2016.
About 3,00,000 people are expected to take the test and about 11,000 – 12,000 people will be qualified for the Civil Services ( Mains ) Exam.