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CSAT 2011 exam was taken on 12 June 2011. There were 100 questions worth 2 marks each.

Majority of them were “4 statements true and false” (4tf) questions, i.e. 4 statements are given for each question and then you‟re required to identify the correct and incorrect ones. So mere acquaintance with some topic doesn‟t help, you need to have idea about „what, why and how‟ of a topic. To compare this 2011 paper with 2010 paper, click me

Broad analysis

History .

Ancient 1. 8. 4. 2. Vedic civilization-meaning of dharma and rita Medival 1. 7. why Land settlement system of lord cornwallis Quit india movment. 6. Nehru report recommendations Usha mehta-role indian freedom struggle Home charges in drain of wealth. Jain philosophy. Reasons for cultural contacts between southeast asia and bay of bengal Modern post 1857 is created by 3. 3.false statement Weddernburn and caine committee 1893 Gandhi-book unto this last . Kheda satyagraha. Indus valley (secular/textile) 2. 5.

D. Polity Panchayat 1. Dates. It is also time to put D. 5. And not a single question asking to match the article numbers or timelines. its going to the surpass the current Katrina kaif (geography).Again no point in mugging up those 150 places of harappa where painted gray pottery was found or the 1500 kings. 2. fundamental duty-which of the following is not See majority of questions from budget /money related matters of constitution.Basu on rest from now onwards for prelims. 1500 timelines and 1500 places (stupa here and there. Geography Agriculture . 2. consolidated fund of india-withdrawing money revenue of union government goes into each account Static 1. vote on account and interim budget-difference between them union budget is not pass it by the lok sabha when the functions of finance commission of india. metropolitan planning committee 73rd amendment provides for-statements Financial polity 1. Economy is gaining importance and lime-light like never before and in future prelims. 3. 4. places and kings have lost relevence for CSAT. castle-mosque-tomb and temple in every city) from medieval portion.

why formed? 3. Algal blooms in seawater 3. No mapping-questions. Westerlies in southern hemisphere are stronger. 3. Jetcraft flies easily in lower stratosphere why? World geography 1. 13. 5. pollutants emitted 7. Brahmaputra makes u turn because 2. Microbial fuel cells-statements 9. Agro profiles of states have became important. district) based question. biodiversity area at Odisha. African and eurasian desert belt. Biodiversity forms the basis for human existence by 5. Animal living in sandy and saline area in india 2. No specific place (city. Malacca strait-reducing travel time to east asia. 4. Carbon cycle. 2. Why 3. Salinization in irrigation State with good climate for orchid cultivation Physical 1. Oil-zapper 6. Only 11 questions (because lot has gone in to climate change topic). Marine upwelling zones are important for ecosystem productivity because . central part producing cotton. Coal combustion at thermal plants.1. Mangroves in tsunami 11. Why carbon dioxide does not remain in lower atmosphere 15. Why western ghats and indo-burma regions are hot spots of biodiversity 14. Only one. Ozone hole in antarctica why 8. Carbon credits-false statement. Lower Gangetic climate good for which crops Micro-irrigation Name of state producing lot cash crops. which adds co2 4. Bioasphalt important because 10. Climate change-biodiversity 1. Red data book for endangered species 12. La nina is different from a el nino 2.

Two rivers of jharkhant and odisha merging and forming biodiversity area at 20. blu-ray disc is different from dvd bluetooth and wi-fi device -difference virtual private network physics . most questions are “4TF” type so you need to have your concepts clear. Why tropical rainforest does not regenerate quickly 17. Himalayan range is rich in species diversity because 18. Central acts.16. 2. Science and technology Computers 1. Biodiversity between lower and higher latitudes Almost 1/5th of the paper is from climate change. while here we find the question don‟t require that much depth. Let me quote a passage from civil service times‟ december issue dedicated to biodiversity Pteridophytes: india has about 1200 species under 204 genera. Site for in-situ method of conservation of flora 21. ^See how deep and minute details are bombarded in various magazines and books. As UPSC itself said in syllabus “general issues on environment that donot require subject specialization” however. those of acrostichum occur in mangrove ecosystems. azolla and salvinia grow in aquatic habitats. 3. While species of marsilea. having relevance with biodiversity conservation 19.

4. If you count algae bloom and carbon-cycle like questions from climate change into science portion then it is around 25/100= 1/4th of the paper from science only. tree dies when bark is removed because Total 18 questions from science. That‟s why mere acquaintance with a topic won‟t help. 2. We see ads of calorie-free sugar and trans-fat free cooking oil and antioxidants everyday. 2. you need to have some idea on how and why of the topic. 4. lake frozen on top but bottom is liquid cfl and led lamps-difference between them artificial satellite does not fall down because asteroids and comets-difference between them geostationary satellite meaning ionosphere facilitates radio-communication because chemistry 1. But in almost every question. 2. 6. No disease question this time. Botany makes comeback. (Otherwise the 'current S&T portion of Mags dealing with all those Graphene etc. antioxidants and fruit aspartame artificial sweetener blood groups trans fats advertisement genetics 1. 5. 2. 3.1. brent crude oil meaning heavy water in nuclear reactor-its function biology biochemistry 1. 3 bio-questions directly related to day-to-day life. tree bark this time. 3. didnot turn out to be very helpful) Economy . bt-brinjal advantage dna sequencing will help us in botany 1. Bt-brijal. carnivore plant last time. DNA sequencing= current affairs from magazine. they gave 4 statements and asked you to identify the true/false out of them.

1. Lowering of bank rate leads to 5. So economy is given equal importance like last time. Fdi and fii difference between 9. False statement 6. 6. Human rights given under universal declaration of human rights Tribal insurrection in 19th-century National minority-advantages given Physically disabled people-benefits available under the law Inclusive growth can be furthered by Aam admi bima yojana Micro-finance includes which facilities Who is eligible for mnrega Demographic dividend meaning Again for empowerment and socio-economic topics were covered from theoretical angles by books and mags. 2. Mega food parks. 9. 7. imo is to put coaching classes at disadvantage. 3. 4. Value added tax. how to reduce 12. Some coaching classes used to show off like by merely doing geography one can crack prelims. 500+government schemes named after rajiv and indira since the independence: big list of . Closed economy. 5.A. Base effect's role in inflation 15. 8. Like 2010. Gdp and per capita income increased during last 5 years or not 2. Credit to agriculture and allied activities by various institutes 3. Social economical development. High food inflation because 10. this new economy is not about numbers but understanding. Sociology) child-women rights from un declarations. empowerment etc 1. Fiscal stimulus. Economically-foreign visitors in common wealth games amounts to 13.why 17. 11. Economic growth is coupled with 4. Why disinvestment in public sector enterprises 16. because their GS strategy heavily relies upon current affairs and geography. Teaser loans by commercial banks 14. rights issue. Economy has been their weakest link. This time it 17/100= 17%. If you count financial polity‟s 5 questions in economy then it is 22/100 marks = even more than climate change. (lifted from M. Prime reason for giving economy such an important. meaning 7. Class struggle process in karl marx's theory 8. Imf gives loans to which nations. In 2010 there were 26/150 questions from economy (17%). Current account deficit.

Nobles and national film awards. Current international affairs 1. (lifted from m.g. and here it is barely 4 marks of international! But don‟t get disappointed. 2. . Example. just because they did not ask it in prelims. Look east policy means New start Australia group. Nothing asked. Disinvestment in PSE. minister-bureaucrat relations etc. food parks etc. You may have prepared lot from current based national and international affairs. Now they‟re doomed to be remembered only by their wives. These questions could be solved by self study of routine books without having any special material. Not a single question! What a shame. if you get good market price. Person in news.a. and wassenaar arrangement South-east Asia has got attention of global community because Manmohan singh and Patil‟s visits to southeast asia were making lot news in magazines and recently concluded trade pacts with asian nations. friends and neighbors…not by competitive exam candidates anymore. 3. Think of them as cash-crops. I call upon all the civil service aspirants to stop paying attention to them. Socio/pub. 4. hence I‟m putting look east in currentinternational. public policy topic in magazines and books was going towards all the theoretical and philosophical stuff. kids. sports and awards Just like 2010. was designed according to college-syllabus and was leading nowhere. So I‟m putting them in to relevant sections (economy) rather than classifying them strictly according to syllabus.chronology. it is a very sad day for all those Shantiswaroop Bhatnagars. Pratiyogita darpan should totally scrap down their monthly sections dedicated to these (and give us discount for less number of pages)…lol wait a minute! You may get some 2 markers related to bigwig NRI and sportsmen in mains so don‟t totally neglect. it‟ll help in mains. then nothing better than that. names-dates. Magsaysay. Public policy or yearbook stuff Public policy study-material in while here we see the public policy questions are not philosophical but to the point e. CWG and Asian games winners.

My friend Chakreshm said i made the mistake of not studying till prelim result in my 1st attempt and paid the price by missing final selection by 10 marks. And you mustn’t give up hope just because some fancy coaching class sir at delhi came up with a magical cut-off figure of 60 after surveying his 50 brilliant students in a shanty basement of Mukharjinagar or just because someone said he attempted more than you. = 2 serious guys competing for 1 mains form. If you don‟t.indianofficer. but out of them only 20-25 thousand candidates are serious. you need to score huge in mains. Lets say 2 lakh Anthropology (Dr.Vijayakarthikeyan) http://www.html#post35979 Political Science by Abhiram http://www. and it really hurt at that stage. it hurts. from 30-40-70-90 anything. Talking of which.wordpress.indianofficer. So instead of waiting and worrying about cut-off till august. So 80% of them cannot even score more than 20%.Please Don’t ask me about cutoffs in blog comment or emails My answer to all your cut-off queries is this: Result will be declared around 15th get busy doing mains..000 serious players competing for about 12000 mains Mains strategies by toppers Public administration and General Studies (anay dwivedi) http://anaydwivedi. Prelim marks = not counted in final merit but mains marks are counted and to get a decent rank in final list. it is good. Many friends cleared the prelims but missed the interview call by just a few marks. So 20. i‟m appearing). then others will and they‟ll get more marks. many of them just come to roam and picnic in the city and don‟t even bother to sit through both and rest janta is JBPS (just because papa said. till then presume that you‟ve cleared the prelims and start preparing seriously for mains from tomorrow. so guys take care. So whatever your score is.html Geography by Abhiram http://www. here are some useful links for mains strategies by toppers.html . Hell.indianofficer.

The new 'Space/Astronomy GS' is about basic understanding only. Dates.(unless history is your optional subject) because GS (History) mains syllabus is only post.. Wizard's Geography special book (and any other 'special Geography book') blasting your head off with 50000 x 10^20 place names in India and World. Economy etc. you don‟t need some magic-material by coaching class/magazines copied from M. but it requires different books and different approach.famous players of each sports.) in each town. Specific names of city. Not the conventional kings and battles stuff. Self-study is sufficient for biodiversity –climate change topic. Geography= fast losing its popularity like Akshay (botany) or IPCC journals and bombarding you with tones of minute details. measurements of Conclusion Basically the brief of whatever I‟ve already mentioned above +not looking for any debates. dancers and painters. CWG or Asian Games. financial polity given emphasis. 4.scribd.In short.. Climate change is taken over geography as the new „hot topic‟. Sayonara to All the sports-related terms.1857 mutiny onwards. 1. (be it history. 3. village. Same is true for all those 'prelim special issues' of various magazines dealing with Geography. 5. *GS (Mains) also has Art-culture portion from Ancientmedieval. 8. All the Hindustani and Carnatic musicians. are not important anymore. . Say Goodbye to PSLV chronology and Planet :size and number of moons tables. you can use it as dumbbells or to kill cockroaches. (hardly 4 marks) if you‟re feeling lucky. Polity very easy. mountain or waterfalls not important because of the new climate change-biodiversity topic. But no need to remember it anymore. May be this was done to crush the coaching factories.pulses.fisheries. DD basu is as irrelevant for prelims as Mimoh Chakhrabarti is for bollywood. Economy = new katrina kaif. 7. Government has setup 5000+ National institutes on each subject (dairy. Aint no point in studying in depth for medieval/ancient anymore. countries participating in FIFA. Don‟t throw it away though. 9. because all they do is throw date-place-name-height and length details at you without clearing your concepts.. you may even sell your books related to that. geography or current affairs) 2. places and people = not important. 6. you could solve most by merely going through the legendary Laxmikanth. The glorious era of India yearbook is finally over.If you‟ve some odd subject and can‟t find its mains strategy or book list then this ebook has all answers http://www. 10. it‟d not hurt much.

This booklist is no longer relevant because it was prepared keeping the late-90s trend in mind.Kashyap etc.etc. Whatever we do for GS current: names. From 2008 UPSC was moving away from it. S.The 90s are officially over When you‟re newcomer to ias exam. Dd Basu. Dutt Sundaram. places and awards. you search for booklist on internet and you come across this list :Mishra Puri. To see the analysis of paper-II (Aptitude) Click me Now I take the liberty of .C. This booklist is doing rounds all over google because it was on famous vajiram‟s official site since last 4-5 is all part of that late-90s trend.. If you‟re still preparing with that 90s mindset then better get over with it asap. 2010 this trend was given a proper burial and 2011 =cement is poured over it and it is sealed forever.