How To Prepare For Prelims (CSAT)
The Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) includes two objectivetype question papers of two hundred marks and two hourstime duration for each paper. One is on General Studies andthe other is General Aptitude Paper( which has now replacedthe optional subject that was there earlier). With the Civil
Service exam having very limited seats it’s a very difficult
exam to crack. Many students appear multiple times to clearit.Changes in formats of question papers always tend to createa lot of mental discomfort in students. Many students arefearful of subjects like mathematics. This fear may bebaseless considering the changes lay greater emphasis on the
“aptitude” which mainly involves reasoning skills and not
just mathematics. The civil services examination is basically a test to choosesuitable administrators. It tests the candidate right from thestage when one starts the preparation. One commonmisconception about the prelims is that it is a test of factsand figures. That was never so and specially now. Acandidate should have the right frame of mind and the willpower to succeed in the exam. A proper action plan is neededfor the preparation itself since he /she will be tested for someessential qualities like power of retention, clarity of concepts,ability to identify the correct alternatives with efficiency andaccuracy. All this requires a quick decision making power.With the new pattern, more stress is on language skills andanalysis and decision making capacities, so work on these ona consistent basis as these are skills that are developed over years and not just in a few months. It would be advisabble tostart focusing on your problem solving and language skills assooon as you decide to take these exams.
Paper 1 is on General Studies
This includes areas like1.
Indian National Movement, Indian Polity, Basic EconomicUnderstanding, Geography 2.
While the dynamic part includes current affairs, GK andhas no proper definition and syllabus making quite vast.
includes English, mathematics, reasoning, analyticalability, and interpersonal skills. Unlike paper 1 which has astatic part this paper provides no such respite.