A Complete CSAT Strategy for UPSC IAS Prelims 2021
What is CSAT, how it plays a crucial role in deciding the eligibility to write UPSC CSE Mains?
CSAT means the Civil Service Aptitude Test. It is the Paper-II of the Preliminary examination. It is introduced to check the mental alertness of the aspirants and was introduced in the year 2011. In other words, the Civil Service Aptitude Test is aimed at checking the analytical skill, reasoning ability, and the quantitative aptitude of IAS aspirants.
Note: Since CSAT was made qualifying exam in 2015, candidates need to score only 33% to qualify for Mains, provided they score above the cut off in UPSC Prelims – GS Paper I.
As the Prelims examination is conducted in two phases, Paper I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CSAT). In the world of information abundantly surrounding us, it is very easy to get carried away via digital distraction. It is crucial to utilise whatever is learnt for clearing the examination.
Although cut off for the eligibility to write the mains examination is decided upon the marks of Paper I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CSAT) just qualifying in nature. Here is all the game! Aspirants mistakenly believe that the paper is just qualifying so they do not need enough practise and devote their studies brushing up the General Studies concepts. But the fact of the matter is that without qualifying their CSAT paper, their marks for the Paper-I are not counted and declared non-qualified.
To ace the examination in order to write Mains Examination and grab the most coveted jobs in the country, stay tuned.
All the Best!