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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
Reasons for cultural contacts between southeast asia and bay of bengal Modern post 1857 1. 2.world is created by 3. 8. Kheda satyagraha.Ancient 1. 6. why Land settlement system of lord cornwallis Quit india movment. 5. 3. Nehru report recommendations Usha mehta-role indian freedom struggle Home charges in drain of wealth. Vedic civilization-meaning of dharma and rita Medival 1.false statement Weddernburn and caine committee 1893 Gandhi-book unto this last . 4. 7. Indus valley (secular/textile) 2. Jain philosophy.
castle-mosque-tomb and temple in every city) from medieval portion.D. 2.Again no point in mugging up those 150 places of harappa where painted gray pottery was found or the 1500 kings. It is also time to put D. 3. Polity Panchayat 1. 4. places and kings have lost relevence for CSAT. 5.Basu on rest from now onwards for prelims. And not a single question asking to match the article numbers or timelines. its going to the surpass the current Katrina kaif (geography). 1500 timelines and 1500 places (stupa here and there. 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. fundamental duty-which of the following is not See majority of questions from budget /money related matters of constitution. Lower Gangetic climate good for which crops . metropolitan planning committee 73rd amendment provides for-statements Financial polity 1. 2. Geography Agriculture 1. consolidated fund of india-withdrawing money revenue of union government goes into each account Static 1. Economy is gaining importance and limelight like never before and in future prelims. Dates.
having relevance with biodiversity conservation Two rivers of jharkhant and odisha merging and forming biodiversity area at Site for in-situ method of conservation of flora . 4. La nina is different from a el nino 2.2. 3. No specific place (city. 18. 17. No mapping-questions. 14. 10. 16. which adds co2 Biodiversity forms the basis for human existence by Oil-zapper Coal combustion at thermal plants. Brahmaputra makes u turn because 2. pollutants emitted Ozone hole in antarctica why Microbial fuel cells-statements Bioasphalt important because Mangroves in tsunami Red data book for endangered species Carbon credits-false statement. 2. 7. 12. 3. 8. 4. why formed? 3. 11. Malacca strait-reducing travel time to east asia. 20. Animal living in sandy and saline area in india Algal blooms in seawater Carbon cycle. Micro-irrigation Name of state producing lot cash crops. 5. Climate change-biodiversity 1. 19. Only one. 6. African and eurasian desert belt. 13. 5. Agro profiles of states have became important. Only 11 questions (because lot has gone in to climate change topic). district) based question. Why 3. Why western ghats and indo-burma regions are hot spots of biodiversity Why carbon dioxide does not remain in lower atmosphere Marine upwelling zones are important for ecosystem productivity because Why tropical rainforest does not regenerate quickly Himalayan range is rich in species diversity because Central acts. Salinization in irrigation State with good climate for orchid cultivation Physical 1. Westerlies in southern hemisphere are stronger. biodiversity area at Odisha. 9. Jetcraft flies easily in lower stratosphere why? World geography 1. central part producing cotton. 15.
azolla and salvinia grow in aquatic habitats. blu-ray disc is different from dvd bluetooth and wi-fi device -difference virtual private network physics 1. As UPSC itself said in syllabus “general issues on environment that donot require subject specialization” however. 2. 3. Let me quote a passage from civil service times’ december issue dedicated to biodiversity Pteridophytes: india has about 1200 species under 204 genera. 5. 6. most questions are “4TF” type so you need to have your concepts clear. those of acrostichum occur in mangrove ecosystems. Biodiversity between lower and higher latitudes Almost 1/5th of the paper is from climate change. 3. 2. while here we find the question don’t require that much depth.21. Science and technology Computers 1. ^See how deep and minute details are bombarded in various magazines and books. 4. While species of marsilea. 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 .
9. 2. No disease question this time. they gave 4 statements and asked you to identify the true/false out of them. 6. 4. 8. 2. 7. 2. antioxidants and fruit aspartame artificial sweetener blood groups trans fats advertisement genetics 1. botany 1. 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. False statement Closed economy. meaning Class struggle process in karl marx's theory Fdi and fii difference between High food inflation because Fiscal stimulus. 10. That’s why mere acquaintance with a topic won’t help. Bt-brijal. 2. brent crude oil meaning heavy water in nuclear reactor-its function biology biochemistry 1. 3. 3 bio-questions directly related to day-to-day life. Gdp and per capita income increased during last 5 years or not Credit to agriculture and allied activities by various institutes Economic growth is coupled with Lowering of bank rate leads to Value added tax. didnot turn out to be very helpful) Economy 1. . tree dies when bark is removed because bt-brinjal advantage dna sequencing will help us in Total 18 questions from science. Botany makes comeback. tree bark this time. We see ads of calorie-free sugar and trans-fat free cooking oil and antioxidants everyday. DNA sequencing= current affairs from magazine. 5.chemistry 1. (Otherwise the 'current S&T portion of Mags dealing with all those Graphene etc. you need to have some idea on how and why of the topic. carnivore plant last time. But in almost every question. 4. 3.
rights issue. 9. 13. Prime reason for giving economy such an important. 6. 3. 2. 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. Economy has been their weakest link. Some coaching classes used to show off like by merely doing geography one can crack prelims. 14. Like 2010. (lifted from M.A. and wassenaar arrangement South-east Asia has got attention of global community because . In 2010 there were 26/150 questions from economy (17%).why Imf gives loans to which nations. Sociology) child-women rights from un declarations. this new economy is not about numbers but understanding. because their GS strategy heavily relies upon current affairs and geography. 16. 12. Current account deficit. 7. 17. Nothing asked. imo is to put coaching classes at disadvantage. These questions could be solved by self study of routine books without having any special material. 4. If you count financial polity’s 5 questions in economy then it is 22/100 marks = even more than climate change. Look east policy means New start Australia group. empowerment etc 1. 5. Social economical development. 2. 3. Current international affairs 1. 15. 8. how to reduce Economically-foreign visitors in common wealth games amounts to Teaser loans by commercial banks Base effect's role in inflation Why disinvestment in public sector enterprises Mega food parks. So economy is given equal importance like last time. names-dates. This time it 17/100= 17%. 500+government schemes named after rajiv and indira since the independence: big list of chronology. 4.11.
food parks etc. and here it is barely 4 marks of international! But don’t get disappointed. If you don’t. minister-bureaucrat relations etc. Magsaysay. (lifted from m. friends and neighbors…not by competitive exam candidates anymore. So 80% of them cannot even score more than 20%. but out of them only 20-25 thousand candidates are serious. it’ll help in mains. sports and awards Just like 2010. till then presume that you’ve cleared the prelims and start preparing seriously for mains from tomorrow. just because they did not ask it in prelims. hence I’m putting look east in current-international. kids. I call upon all the civil service aspirants to stop paying attention to them. Socio/pub. Think of them as cash-crops. it is a very sad day for all those Shantiswaroop Bhatnagars. Not a single question! What a shame. Disinvestment in PSE. CWG and Asian games winners. public policy topic in magazines and books was going towards all the theoretical and philosophical stuff. i’m appearing). 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 August.ad) while here we see the public policy questions are not philosophical but to the point e. then nothing better than that. Nobles and national film awards. 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. so guys take care. if you get good market price. .a. and rest janta is JBPS (just because papa said.g. Lets say 2 lakh appeared. Example. 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. Now they’re doomed to be remembered only by their wives. You may have prepared lot from current based national and international affairs. then others will and they’ll get more marks. 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. Person in news. Public policy or yearbook stuff Public policy study-material in market. and it really hurt at that stage.Manmohan singh and Patil’s visits to southeast asia were making lot news in magazines and recently concluded trade pacts with asian nations.
Mains strategies by toppers Public administration and General Studies (anay dwivedi) http://anaydwivedi.Vijayakarthikeyan) http://www.com/ Anthropology (Dr. 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. here are some useful links for mains strategies by toppers.scribd.indianofficer. Talking of which. Many friends cleared the prelims but missed the interview call by just a few marks.html If you’ve some odd subject and can’t find its mains strategy or book list then this ebook has all answers http://www. So whatever your score is.000 serious players competing for about 12000 mains seats.html Geography by Abhiram http://www.indianofficer. = 2 serious guys competing for 1 mains form. it hurts. So 20.html#post35979 Political Science by Abhiram http://www. many of them just come to roam and picnic in the city and don’t even bother to sit through both papers.com/forums/10586-q-share-your-anthropology-actionplan.K. from 30-40-70-90 anything. it is good.com/doc/6192829/How-to-Crack-Civil-Services-Examination .wordpress.com/forums/10560-topper-strategy-how-i-prepared-political-sciencemains-abhiram-g-sankar. Prelim marks = not counted in final merit but mains marks are counted and to get a decent rank in final list.indianofficer. get busy doing mains..Hell. you need to score huge in mains. So instead of waiting and worrying about cut-off till august.com/forums/10532-topper_strategy-how-i-prepared-geography-mainsabhiram-g-sankar.
geography or current affairs) 2. DD basu is as irrelevant for prelims as Mimoh Chakhrabarti is for bollywood. The glorious era of India yearbook is finally over.(unless history is your optional subject) because GS (History) mains syllabus is only post. *GS (Mains) also has Art-culture portion from Ancient-medieval.) in each town. 5. 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. because all they do is throw date-place-name-height and length details at you without clearing your concepts. mountain or waterfalls not important because of the new climate change-biodiversity topic. All the Hindustani and Carnatic musicians. you don’t need some magicmaterial by coaching class/magazines copied from M. 1. 9. are not important anymore. financial polity given emphasis. countries participating in FIFA. The new 'Space/Astronomy GS' is about basic understanding only. it’d not hurt much. Self-study is sufficient for biodiversity –climate change topic. Dates. Aint no point in studying in depth for medieval/ancient anymore.fisheries. 7. you could solve most by merely going through the legendary Laxmikanth. 3.. But no need to remember it anymore. 6. village. Say Goodbye to PSLV chronology and Planet :size and number of moons tables. (be it history. CWG or Asian Games. Government has setup 5000+ National institutes on each subject (dairy. Polity very easy. Specific names of city. places and people = not important. Don’t throw it away though.In short. Climate change is taken over geography as the new ‘hot topic’. you may even sell your books related to that. you can use it as dumbbells or to kill cockroaches. measurements of playgrounds.Conclusion Basically the brief of whatever I’ve already mentioned above +not looking for any debates. 4. May be this was done to crush the coaching factories.. 10. 8.1857 mutiny onwards. Economy = new katrina kaif. (hardly 4 marks) if you’re feeling lucky.pulses. Same is true for all those 'prelim special issues' of various magazines dealing with Geography. Not the conventional kings and battles stuff.. Geography= fast losing its popularity like Akshay kumar.famous players of each sports. . dancers and painters.sc (botany) or IPCC journals and bombarding you with tones of minute details. but it requires different books and different approach. Sayonara to All the sports-related terms. Economy etc.
From 2008 UPSC was moving away from it. Malacca straits. Bark of tree. Neither does it care about the logic behind restructuring of loans. The trend of delving into seemingly inconsequential but inherently logical concepts continues. Year book fan boys again gulped down hard exam . S. UPSC does not want the rate of interest IMF charges to developing countries. Subsvirgin /Subhash (2010 topper) My observations 1.it is all part of that late-90s trend.. Simple.. Keep it simple. Dutt Sundaram. 2010 trend continues. As the idea advert says. antioxidants. This booklist is doing rounds all over google because it was on famous vajiram’s official site since last 4-5 years. Geo + Economy + General Science = 60 % of the questions. Nothing from census either. Jet flights.etc. places and awards.. If you’re still preparing with that 90s mindset then better get over with it asap. It wants to know who gets these loans. Short paper 2. To see the analysis of paper-II (Aptitude) Click me Now I take the liberty of copy-pasting other people's views EclipsedFate :You forgot 1 thing. Dd Basu.Kashyap etc. Toughness level was more or less the same as that of the last year's paper. Whatever we do for GS current: names. silly! 6. NCERT Fan boys got a breather this time.. 2010 this trend was given a proper burial and 2011 =cement is poured over it and it is sealed forever. etc.I spent hours on it. Aspartame.The 90s are officially over When you’re newcomer to ias exam.C. 5. you search for booklist on internet and you come across this list :Mishra Puri.. 4. 3. This booklist is no longer relevant because it was prepared keeping the late-90s trend in mind.
2 Table of Contents Introduction 1 Reading Comprehension 3 LR & DI (Logical reasoning and Data Interpretation) 4 Reasoning 4 Data and GRaph interpretation 4 Quantitative aptitude / Mental ability 5 Conventional mental ability 5 English language (No Hindi questions here) 5 Decision Making (no penalty for any question) 5 Conclusion (again not looking for debates) 7 Speed calculation vs Speed reading 7 Engineer-science-MBA friendly? 7 Remove the caps and start from the scratch 8 Introduction CSAT Aptitude Paper-II had 80 questions worth 200 marks.PAPER.(Exam on 12 June 2011) Comprehension 28 Mental Ability 10 Verbal reasoning 17 Data interpretation8 English 9 Decision Making 8 total 8 Number of Questions asked from each topic .
As you can see.K. Chapter "Microfoundations of Inclusive growth" Manoranjan Mohanty.Gandhi 28 20 1. So Comprehension for Aptitude=Climate Change topic for GS=HOT.% Wise topic breakup for CSAT 2011 Paper II (Aptitude) Reading Comprehension Paragraph Right to Education (lifted from The Hindu editorial) Inclusive growth Creative society Country under Foreign domination Keystone species Ecosystem Moral Act Total Questions 5 5 4 # of Lifted from 4TFs 3 3 The Hindu editorial Economic Survey 2009-10. "Social Movements in All 4 Creative Society: Of Autonomy and Interconnection " in people's Rights 4 2 Discovery of India by Nehru questions 4 question 3 3 All 3 3 2 Ethical Religion (1907) by M. . Comprehension question =28 = more than any two of the remaining topics combined.
who is in front of whom. How many females are unmarried All animals are carnivores All trains run on diesel All poets are poor 2*2 squares. Find the Missing number A.2. (same was the case with GS paper…lot of 4TF questions) 4. some of them male and some of them female.C. how many ways Number of triangles in a pyramid Total Questions 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 17 Data and Graph interpretation Set Number of questions Age pyramids of 4 nations. Here we find most questions are 4TF. (page #1=English. then you‟ve to flip pages more number of times. may lead to wrong conclusions. A going to B. Description of Mr.B. These types of questions eat more time and energy because you have to read each sentence very carefully to make sure there is no hidden meaning inside it. (Map direction) Plane mirrors Min Colors required to paint a big wheel with number of sectors 2*2 square. In school exams.D. 2800 people taking part in a voting. 2/7th of them married. the comprehension questions are direct.C living in North. Paragraph about A.Y and The standing in line. 3. So it requires practice. 4TF means (4 statements: true or false) i.e. Identify the nation with declining population 1 Population growth curve of ABCD 1 Pie Charts comparing diseases of two towns 2 Velocity of Train A and B (graph) 1 . paragraph is one first page then questions will be on 3rd page. You may need to re-read many passages again and again for each 4TF.X. you‟re given multiple statements and asked to identify how many correct/incorrect. In UPSC prelim-question papers. And if it is a 4TF question.B.simple 4 options and answer can be found directly from any single sentence. LR & DI (Logical reasoning and Data Interpretation) Reasoning Set Family Tree. Tabulate the data to answer the questions 70% male. Mere hasty superficial reading.south etc.E is given – relate them to each other. Page#2=Hindi translation) So you‟ve to frequently flip the pages.
Square divided into four rectangles. Time Speed Distance Venn diagram Geometry % of students not playing Football 1. Two trains. Three persons walking with different steps 1. R. Hence For LR/DI portion. English language (No Hindi questions here) He walked several miles3 My toothbrush 3 Polar bear 3 Total 9 These questions required only interpretation of simple English paragraphs and answer the question based on that. Quantitative aptitude / Mental ability Conventional mental ability Topic Word problem HCM LCM Question Coin of Rs. . moving railway and boat speeds etc. 1 and 2. Graph showing speed and time of three athletes. these questions don‟t require mugging up tons of complex formulas for liquid mixtures allegation.Disease graph-# of bacteria vs Time 3 Total 8 Compared to BANK PO verbal-reasoning and Data interpretation questions. ratio of distance covered by them. You don‟t need to master the Chinese Remainder theorem or Vedic math formulas for high-speed calculation. Water of the tank will last for how many days 2.Agrwal‟s Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning book is more than sufficient to get a grip on logical-reasoning and data interpretation.S. In this portion there was nothing complicated like Sentence correction in GMAT or complex synonyms-antonyms in CAT/Bank PO. Marks 1 1 2 1 2 Averages Student: 3 tests with average N score 1 Counting 6 routes from City A to B 1 Progression Penalty for Each day 1 Total 10 As you can see. No special coaching is required for this. partnership. 2. these are relatively easy. total amount 50 Rs.
Meeting missed because boss did not tell you Local thug asking you to vacate the plot in Bollywood ishtyle. 4. Same way Mr. Similarly encroaching upon the jurisdiction of other Departments (even with good intentions) may have long term negative impacts as everyone starts to poke his nose in other‟s business: it leads to chaos. IPC. one could successfully argue on all four options. Mr. 5. 6. there is division of work and separation of powers and they all exist for a good-reason. Dowry case These were quite complex than the mock-Situation reaction tests given in RS Agarwaal etc books. you met accident. in financial matters or subjects handled by different departments: there are rules to be followed. So selecting the “Superman(Lokpal!) cum Superjournalist cum superNGO cum judge-juryexecutioner cum Mr. Earthquake survivors alleging corruption charges against you.Poke-my-nose-in-everything-disregarding authority-&-rules“ approach for every question and every situation may not lead to the best answer. Vaccine for Gram-Pradhan Night shelters for homeless=increased thefts in area.Rulebook officer approach is not necessarily the bad option for every question and every situation e. 7. More than one correct answer is possible depending on your approach (humane officer vs rulebook officer vs boy scout vs Jhola-chhaap NGO or Activist of pseudo-civil society vs Columnist of The Hindu/Frontline vs IPS officer of a typical South Indian movie (who is not bound by CrPC. Here most options are either in gray area or equally „white‟. 2. Boat prices high during flood.” . Police manual or even Newton‟s three laws). if you ask them to solve these…so only UPSC can tell and I don‟t think they‟ll release the official-answer-key for this. Officers are given discretionary coercive powers for a reason and they‟re expected to exercise them according to the situation. Project deadline.Decision Making (no penalty for any question) 1. there is office-discipline to be maintained. 8. As JohnRambo said “These decision making Qs are too subjective. Humane-take-no-punitive-action officer approach may not be the „best‟ answer for every situation. where the options are black vs white: good vs evil. Like UPSC said „response will be evaluated based on level of appropriateness for given situation‟ In these Decision Making questions : which is the best answer? Even the real-life officers with impeccable service record will have different answers. 3.g.
Speed reading is going to be the must have traits from now onwards for Prelims. You can be sure that next paper won‟t be a total Pappu like 2011‟s paper. CDS. non-CAT. So again being a non-MBA. Speed calculation: A Must have skill for Bank PO and CAT. Engineer-science-MBA friendly? 1. but I don‟t think they‟ll immediately toughen this up.) 3. 2. It‟ll put candidates on panic because of the time limit. Is it really so? Let us see. 2.SSC everything because you did not know what . Increasing number of 4TF questions in comprehension. Anyone doing proper preparation from NCERT.GMAT. So there no need for anyone to feel guilty for not being an engineer/science graduate. 2. You‟re not required to memorize or calculate the cube roots of 16 digit numbers.UPSC takes it as a personal insult :D So How can (and may) UPSC increase the toughness of next aptitude paper In 2012? 1.LIC. Increasing the number and complexity of Decision Making questions (as there is no proper book/material available on this. in order to give the rural candidates a level playing ground. non-Bank PO guy is not going to put you at disadvantage because now you have enough time to practice and master your aptitude skills in right direction. from internet and bookstores dealing with everything from CAT. Some people had been saying that now Engineers.then we could say yes it is friendly for them. So for UPSC it is two birds in one stone. God forbid. Diversifying the English portion: not limiting it to just paragraph reading. because UPSC takes pride in its tough exams. May be some easy fill in the blanks etc. 4. if UPSC decides to increase the number of 4TF questions even further. If they asked for chemical formulas of compound released in ATP cycle or the amount of light emitted by 50 CFL bulbs of xyz power-rating….Conclusion (again not looking for debates) Most people concluded that this was the easiest and cheapest of all aptitude paper they‟ve ever seen. Even this time people had hard time going through the comprehension. In the GS paper. when things become transparent or too easy or unambiguous. MBA and science-graduates are at advantage than Arts/Commerce graduates because of the changed trend. 3. the science topics did not require subject specialization. Similarly now there is enough time and idea on how to deal with the secret aptitude paper. Speed calculation vs Speed reading 1.GS manuals could have solved majority of those questions.that‟ll give very stressful time in exam-hall.they eat lot of your time in reading. As you saw both GS and Aptitude paper had lot of 4TF question.Bank PO. But for CSAT. That happened because UPSC was testing the waters for the first time. it‟ll keep coaching classes at bay. till now you had compiled a mountain of material on your desk. simple mathematical understanding and accuracy in calculation is sufficient.
I used to take pride “I‟m a Pharmaceutical guy so I know all about science. Remove the caps and start from the scratch What I‟m trying to say is. this exam requires you to start from basics and removing whatever cap you‟re wearing and start from scratch. (true for any tough competitive exam) . Similarly. But now the 2011 exam is gone and you know what is worth doing and what is worth skipping. So I consider myself „freedom fighter specialist‟ And yet a new freedom fighter Usha Mehta comes in GS 2011 and I‟ve no idea about her! So for 2012: Remove the caps and start from the scratch and basics. biochem and medicines” and still my concepts about Artificial sweeteners/ Sugar-free are not clear and they asked a 4TF question= I‟m fumbling for answers.kind of aptitude paper will be there. I had mugged down Sprectum‟s book on Gandhi-Nehru Tagore and other (50+) Personalities of Modern India.