Before reading the syllabus for CSAT 2012, go through these important points:
1.CSAT is the first of a two step test.this one being the elimination test before the main test. A percentile based cut off will be set which varies every year depending on how tough the paper is set.the top students with the more right answers will be selected to go on for the main exam depedning also on number of vacant positions available.
2.Papers I tests the General Awaress and Paper II tests Logical Resoning skills/Decision making skills/problem solving skills/Communication skills/mental ability/analytical ability/Comprehension skills/numerical aptitude/Data interpretation/English Language Comprehension skills
3.The CSAT has 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 are used for determining qualified candidates for the Civil Services (Mains) Exam only. The CSAT score (marks) will not be carries to the next stage (Civil Services Mains Exam)
4.CSAT 2012 will be held on May/June 2012. The Notificaion for CSAT will be carried my all major newspapers of India. About 3,00,000 people are expected to take the test and about 11,000 people will be qualified for the Civil Services (Mains) Exam.
5.CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) from 2011, CSAT will select candidates who can appear for Civil Services (Mains) Exam. The candidates who can successfully pass 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
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)
– English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
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