How to Crack CSAT

Yashwant Kale General, UPSC Leave a Comment

How to Crack CSAT

The CSAT paper comprises two papers in all.

Paper 1- 200 marks

Paper 1 comprises of General Studies (GS) for a total of 200 marks. The subject fields covered are-

Indian Polity – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues.
Indian History – History of India and Indian National Movement;
Environment – General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
General Science
Economics – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Current Events of national and international importance and news items.

Paper 2- 200 marks

Paper 2  is again for 200 marks but marks allotted for each question in 2.5 (total of 80 questions). Subject fields covered are-

1. Comprehension
2. English Language Comprehension
3. Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
4. General Mental Ability & Basic Numeracy
5. Decision Making & Interpersonal Skills

Read and Revise

The first area that should not be neglected is reading. Verbal and language ability is something that cannot be built in a day or two and needs constant practice. So unless you inculcate a habit of reading, cracking the exam would be very tough.

Many candidates try to mug up a lot of useless information and it results in wastage of time. One should be able to differentiate between proper and useful information. The questions asked are of 10+2 level and are not very difficult but to solve them in a short span of time requires quick thinking and practice. Especially for the twin sections on Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability and General Mental Ability & Basic Numeracy, a lot of practice is needed. Practice past question papers a lot, even the ones from NCERT books and get acquainted with each type of question. The best prepared candidate will be one who when he comes across a question in CSAT paper can immediately recognize it because he’s solved it before or at least solved a similar type of question before during his practice hours. If you try solving it during the examination on the basis of guesswork, it will result in confusion and wastage of time. So practice, practice and practice for the math portion.

One must also learn the art of elimination as very often many questions can be solved by using the elimination method. Suppose there are four responses to a particular question and you know three of them to be incorrect, then the fourth one is the answer.

Paper I is relatively easy as it requires a basic learning but it must be co-related with the basic news and current events in the world and in India. Nobody will ask you the exact article from the constitution but its application in a recent judgement is a sure shot question. For this, a basic understanding plus knowledge of current events becomes a necessity.

Maintain a daily diary earmarking time slots for each section and revise daily. Practice a minimum of 20 questions a day for the math section. A minimum of six months preparation is needed for preparing the CSAT portion.

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