CSAT 2016 Civil Services Aptitude Test Informations
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Civil Service Examination 2016
UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Service ( IAS ), Indian Foreign Service ( IFS ), Indian Police Service ( IPS ) and other Central Services and posts in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary. The Union Public Service Commission will hold the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination, 2016 on 7th August, 2016. This preliminary examination will be common for the candidates applying for Civil Service Examination and Indian Forest Examination, and will act as a Screening Mechanism for Selection of candidates for the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination and Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination.
CSAT – What is CSAT? – Civil Services Aptitude Test
Civil Services Aptitude Test, a compulsory part of Civil Services Examination, that act as a screening test to Civil Services Main examination Conducted annually by Union Public Service Commission of India. It is also known as Civil Services Preliminary Examination. 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 ).
Who is Eligible to appear for CSAT 2016?
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.
Age Relaxation for CSAT 2016 :
|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. Candidates appearing in the requisite Degree qualification are also eligible for appearing in the examination, however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination. 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.
How Many Attempts are allowed in CSAT 2016 Exams?
|Category||No. of Attempts|
|Physically Handicapped Candidate belonging General Category||9|
|SC & ST||No limit on number of attempts.|
How are attempts for Civil Service Exam calculated?
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. Notwithstanding the disqualification / cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
How to Apply for CSAT 2016 Exam?
Candidates are required to apply through online mode on the Commission’s Website www.upsconline.nic.in.
Online application process for Civil Service Exam 2016 will start from 27.04.2016 to 27.05.2016.
While submitting the online applications for the Civil Service ( Preliminary ) Examination, the candidates will have the option to choose either the Civil Service or the Indian Forest Service or Both.
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 ).
Negative Marks for CSAT Exam :
1. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third ( 0.33 ) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
2. If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
3. If a question is left blank, i.e no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.
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.
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 )