UPSC Civil Services Aptitude Test [CSAT]

UPSC CSAT 2018

Exam Date : 3rd June 2018
Result Date : 15th July 2018

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Application forms, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern for UPSC CSAT 2018

  • UPSC CSAT conducted by Union Public Service Commission is the Phase I of 3-Phase selection process of the civil services examination
  • CSAT is the preliminary examination of UPSC Civil service Exam
  • The filling of online Application Form for UPSC CSAT 2018 will commence in month of March /April
  • Preliminary/CSAT examinations is an objective type test. Click here for more information.
  • The Exam duration is 2 hours each.
  • Questions based on general awareness is asked in CSAT Paper-I. 
  • CSAT Paper-I consists of 100 questions and carries 200 marks.
  • CSAT Paper-II is conducted to assess comprehension skills, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning ability, decision-making and problem-solving skills, general mental ability, basic numeracy skills and English language comprehension skills of the class 10th level.
  • CSAT Paper-II is a qualifying paper which means its marks won’t be added to Paper-I and its score is not considered as eligibility criteria for mains exam.
  • CSAT paper-II has objective type 80 questions for 200 marks.
  • Each question carries 2.5 marks and there is negative marking for every incorrect answer of 0.83 marks. 
  • UPSC CSAT exam Paper I and Paper II will be conducted on the same day.

Important details of UPSC CSAT:

Exam Name

UPSC PRELIMINARY EXAM

Commonly known as

UPSC CSAT

Exam Standards

National Level

Conducting Body

UPSC

Posts Offered

Government Posts


About UPSC CSAT Exam:

  • The Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year to select candidates for Civil Services Main Exam.
  • Those who pass the Mains Exam and Interview can join prestigious Indian government services such as IAS, IPS, etc.
  • The Indian Administrative Services is special as it works internally for the smooth functioning of law and order without any hindrance.
  • An IAS officer holds important positions in the Union Government, States, and public-sector undertakings.
  • An officer selected into the IAS gets exposure in various roles like the Collector, Commissioner, Chief Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, etc.

The Civil Services Exam is a paper-based test and consists of three successive stages:


 Attainable Govt. Posts through UPSC CIVIL Services Exam:

  • Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Group A
  • Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A
  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group A
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), Group A
  • Indian Postal Service, Group A
  • Indian Defence Accounts Services, Group A
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Revenue Services (IT), Group A
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group A
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group A
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group A
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group A
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group A
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services, Group B
  • Indian Trade Service, Group A (Gr. III)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group B.
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group A
  • Armed Forces Headquarter civil service, Group B (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Pondicherry Police Services, Group B
  • Pondicherry Civil Services, Group B

UPSC CSAT 2018 Important Dates

  • Availability of Application Form: The UPSC CSAT Application Form will be available March onwards.
  • Last Date Applying: The UPSC CSAT Application Form availability will end until April.
  • Availability of Admit Card: The UPSC CSAT Admit Card for the applied Candidates will be available on the 15th May 2018
  • Offline Examination Date: The Offline CSAT exam will be held on the 3rd of June 2018 
  • The Announcement of Results: The UPSC CSAT Results will take one month after exams to get announced.
  • Cutoff List Availability: As soon as the Results for UPSC CSAT 2018 have been announced

UPSC CSAT 2018 Eligibility

Nationality

  • For the services such as Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, it is must for a candidate to be a citizen of India.
  • For services apart from IAS and IPS, a candidate must be either
  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Nepal, or
  4. a subject of Bhutan, or
  5. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the objective of permanently settling in India, or
  6. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intent of permanently settling in India.
  • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
    Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Services.
  • Candidates in the case where a certificate of eligibility is required, they may be admitted to the examination but the proposal of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

Age Limit

  • Candidates Belonging to Unreserved Category must have attained 21 years of age and must be less than 32 years.

Relaxation of upper age limit

  • Maximum of five years of relaxation if the candidate belongs to Schedule Cast (SC) or Schedule Tribe (ST).
  • Maximum of 3 years of relaxation if the candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC). Creamy layer won’t be able to avail this relaxation.
  • Maximum of five years of relaxation if a candidate has been a permanent resident in the State of Jammu & Kashmir since 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989
  • Maximum of three years of relaxation for Defence Services personnel who got disabled in operations during conflicts with a foreign country or in disturbed area and were discharged due to it.
  • Maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and who have given at least five years Military Service and have been released on completion of an assignment or otherwise been dismissed or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service.
  • Maximum of 10 years of relaxation for blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped candidates

Note:

  • Candidates should be very careful in entering their date of Birth in the UPSC IAS Examination Application Form.
  • If any discrepancy is found in the subsequent stages, they would be disqualified. 
  • The DOB mentioned in the mark sheet of 10h grade or any qualifying exam would be considered as the valid DOB.

Education Qualification

  • Candidates must be a graduate from a recognized University or a deemed university.
  • ­­­­­­Candidates who have appeared for the final year of bachelor's degree and awaiting the result, along with candidates who intend to appear at such qualifying examinations can also apply, provided that they submit their proof of qualification along with the application for the Mains exam.
  • Candidates who possess professional and technical qualification recognized by Government equivalent to the professional and technical degree can also apply.
  • Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but has not completed internship by the time of submission of the application for the Civil Services (Main) Examination can also apply.

Number of Attempts Allowed

  • Union and Public Service Commission have raised the number of attempts and age limit for the candidates since 2015.
  • For General category candidate’s the numbers of attempts are 6 with an upper age limit of 32 Years
  • For OBC candidate’s numbers of attempts are 9 with 35 years of upper age limit.
  • For SC/ST category candidate’s number of attempts is unlimited and with an upper age limit of 37 years.
  • For physically handicapped candidates the number of attempts is 9 for General category and OBC with unlimited attempts for SC/ST. The upper age limit for general, OBC and SC/ST category is 42, 45 and 47 respectively.

UPSC CSAT 2018 Application Process

  • Official Website of CSAT: (www.upsconline.nic.in).
  • Application Form to CSAT: Application to UPSC CSAT  can be made either online or offline depending on the candidates wish, Application Forms (both, online and offline) are available at the official website for the CSAT 2018 exam.
  • Payment of Application Fees to CSAT: The payment can be made either online or offline. After submission of personal details, print the SBI bank challan on an A4-size paper. The printed payslip needs to be used for payment of application fee to CSAT. For an offline mode of application, the application form is to be sent to the mentioned address before the last date.

UPSC CSAT 2018 Application Form Details

  • Visit the official website of UPSC upsconline.nic.in
  • Application form of UPSC CSAT Exam will be of two parts- Part-I and Part-II
  • In Part-I enter your detail information such as name, parent's name, educational qualification, address etc
  • In Part II, Candidate has to make payment. He/she can select the mode of payment (online and offline mode),
  • Candidate as to select suitable examination centre carefully  (No changes can be entertained in future)
  • Upload your pre-scanned copies of photograph and signature with satisfying the specification
  • Click on submit button to complete the application process successfully

UPSC CSAT 2018 Admit Card

  • Availing the Admit Card: Candidates can log onto the official website (www.upsconline.nic.in) to download their respective Admit Card. Candidates who have applied for the prestigious Civil Services or Indian Administrative Services IAS 2018 can download officially issued IAS Admit Card by entering Registration ID, or Name, or Roll Number, along with other details such as date of birth.
  • Details on CSAT 2018  Admit Card: The UPSC Admit Card contains details of the candidate such as Roll Number, Name, Examination Timing and Centre Assigned.
  • Admit Card to CSAT 2018: To appear in the exam, the candidate must carry the UPSC IAS Civil Services Admit Card 2018 on the day of prelims as well as the main exam. Go through all details printed in admit card. Check that they are correct and verifiable against official documents. Note that it is probable that name has been cut short for technical reasons, so if you see a short form of your name, do not panic. If you are not able to download admit card of UPSC Civil Services Examination 2018, get in touch with UPSC.
  • Documents to be Carried to the CSAT 2018 Examination: Valid ID proof is advisable, for verification during the CSAT 2018 examination day

UPSC CSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • UPSC CSAT Exam consists of two paper, Paper-I and Paper-II with 200 marks each
  • Negative marking for both paper for all incorrect answer

Number of attempts

 

Category

SC/ST

OBC

General

Number of Attempts

Unlimited (till 37 Years of Age)

9

6

UPSC CSAT 2018 Syllabus

Syllabus for CSAT Prelims

Paper I

Paper II

Current Events

Comprehension

History of India

Interpersonal Skills

Indian and World Geography

Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability

Indian Polity and Governance

General Mental Ability

Economic and Social Development

Decision Making and Problem Solving Skill

General Issues on Environment

Basic

Numeracy

General Science

Data Interpretation

UPSC CSAT 2018 Results

Candidates will have to log in to the official website for the UPSC CSAT 2018 examination to check for the Availability of the Results on the website.

  • Availability of CSAT 2018 Prelims Result: Prelims is the first stage towards selection in the services. The results of the Prelims examination will be announced on 15th July 2018.
  • Availability of CSAT 2018 Mains Result: On the basis of the Result of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018 held by the Union Public Service Commission, the candidates with the following Roll Numbers have qualified for the Personality Test for selection to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other Central Services (Group A and Group B). The results will be available in the month of January/February 2018.
  • Availability of CSAT 2018 Final Result: The result of mains and Personality Test/Interview, which will be announced in the month of January/February 2018 will determine the final list of candidates selected for Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, and Other Central Services.

UPSC CSAT 2018 Counselling

  • Counselling Date: The Counselling Process for the eligible candidates will take place as soon as the results are announced. The eligible candidates will be notified to be prepared for the counselling process with the necessary documents.
  • Eligibility: Candidates who have cleared the UPSC CSAT 2018 examination with good scores are eligible. Candidates failing to clear the examination with the recommended scores will have to re-apply for the CSAT 2018 examination.

Discussion Forum View all 108 Questions

I am a Deaf candidate opting for UPSC CSAT 2017.What are my privileges regarding Eligibility?

Asked By: Tarun Shah,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Deaf candidates will be given exemptions regarding Age limit and the No. of attempts for UPSC CSAT.

The maximum Age Limit of Deaf Candidates can be up to 42 years for UPSC CSAT.

The number of attempts for UPSC CSAT is based on the category of the candidate:

  • General - 9
  • OBC - 9
  • SC/ST - Till the upper age limit
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How long doest it take for me to get placed as an IPS Officer after I clear my UPSC CSAT?

Asked By: Anish Mathews,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Once you've cleared your UPSC CSAT Mains, you must undergo a Physical Fitness Test taken by Specially Trained Doctors/

Once the candidate meets all the physical fitness requirements and successfully completes the 6 months training in their allocated cadre and the 1-month academic training, he/she is confirmed as an IPS officer and will take the placement in the allocated cadre.

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Why do we need to attend the prelims for CSAT?

Asked By: Deepika Basu,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The preliminaries for UPSC CSAT act as a preparation segment for CSAT Mains and is also a filter for the CSAT Mains.

Those candidates who have cleared the prelims will be provided a shot at CSAT Mains and to a further extent, the chance to be a part of the IAS service in India.

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Can you give me a brief about the Union Public Service Commission?

Asked By: Prakriti Jain,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Union Public Service Commission is India's central agency authorised to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Engineering Sevices Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination and other exams. The agency's charter is granted by the Constitution of India. Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution, titled as Services Under the Union and the States, provide for a Public Service Commission for the Union and for each state. The examination conducted for Civil Servants has a success rate of 0.1%–0.3%.

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How many stages does the CSAT exam have?

Asked By: Ankit Chauhan,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The UPSC CSAT exam has two stages which are as follows: -

  • Preliminary Examination (Objective type) comprising 2 exams: General Studies and CSAT
  • Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview).
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QUPSC CSAT 2017

what is the Civil Service Exam based on

Asked By: SujataTashi,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Civil Services Exam is a paper based test and consists of two successive stages:

  • Preliminary Examination (Objective type) comprising 2 exams: General Studies and CSAT
  • Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview)
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QUPSC CSAT 2017

what is UPSC all about and does it serves for

Asked By: Sachin Talpade,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year to select candidates for Civil Services Main Exam.

Those who pass the Mains Exam and Interview can join prestigious Indian government services such as IAS, IPS, etc.

The Indian Administrative Services is special as it works internally for the smooth functioning of law and order without any hindrance. An IAS officer holds important positions in the Union Government, States, and public-sector undertakings.

An officer selected into the IAS gets exposure in various roles like the Collector, Commissioner, Chief Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, etc

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How many times will the CSAT exam be conducted every year?

Asked By: Shekhar Verma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The CSAT will be conducted once every year.

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QCSAT 2017 Overview

Can you give me an overview about the CSAT exam?

Asked By: Bishita Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to select candidates for the Civil Services Main exam. The candidates have to pass the Main exam and Interview so as to join prestigious Indian government services. The Civil Services Exam is a paper based test and consists of two successive stages which are the preliminary examination and the Civil Services Main examination. 

The Indian Administrative Services works internally for the smooth functioning of law and order without any hindrance.

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If I pass the Main exam. Can I start working?

Asked By: Ashish Mehta,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

You have to pass the main exam and you also have to clear the interview round to be eligible for the prestigious Indian government services.

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QCSAT 2017 paper based exam

Is the CSAT exam a paper based exam?

Asked By: Dechamma Subbaiah,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes. The CSAT exam is a paper based test and it consists of two successive stages.

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What is the benefit of being an IAS officer?

Asked By: Devi Mohan,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The benefits of being an IAS officer are as follows: -

  • It is a respected profession.
  • The Indian Administrative Services is special as it works internally for the smooth functioning of law and order without any hindrance.
  • An IAS officer holds important positions in the Union Government, States, and public-sector undertakings.
  • An officer selected into the IAS gets exposure in various roles like the Collector, Commissioner, Chief Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, etc.
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Who conducts the CSAT exam?

Asked By: Rishi Banerjee,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts CSAT every year.

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Are there any combinations of subjects that are not allowed in UPSC SAT 2017?

Asked By: Vinayak Shamanna,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Some of the following combinations of subjects are not allowed:

  • Political Science & International Relations; and Public Administration.
  • Commerce & Accountancy; and Management.
  • Anthropology and Sociology.
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Agriculture; and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
  • Management and Public Administration.
  • Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject.
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science; and Medical Science.
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How many attempts are permissible in UPSC CSAT 2017?

Asked By: Taher Shah,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The number of Attempts varies according to Category a candidate belong to:

  • Maximum of 4 attempts for general category.
  • Maximum of 7 attempts for OBC category.
  • No restriction for SC/ST category, except age limit.
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Is the CSAT Preliminary exam Subjective or Objective?

Asked By: Gajanand,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The preliminary examination is an Objective type. You will see multiple choice questions in the exam.

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QCSAT overview

How many attempts are permissible for CSAT?

Asked By: Vignesh,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • Maximum of 4 attempts for general category.
  • Maximum of 7 attempts for OBC category.
  • No restriction for SC/ST category, except age limit.
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QDescription of CSAT

What is the use of CSAT exam?

Asked By: ramesh k,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

CSAT exam is conducted every year to select candidates for Civil Services Main Exam. Those who pass the Mains Exam and Interview can join prestigious Indian government services such as IAS, IPS, etc.

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What is UPSC CSAT?

Asked By: Shib Sundar,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year to select candidates for Civil Services Main Exam.

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What are the number of attempts permitted to write UPSC Civil Services Exam?

Asked By: Pravin k,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

For general category candidates: 6 times

For OBC: 9 Nine times

For a candidate belonging to SC/ST category: Unlimited (there is no restriction on a number of attempts for SC/ST category).

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