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UPSC CSAT Syllabus, Pattern and Age Limit

No Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination from 2011

UPSC CSAT 2011 Syllabus is released, Please visit http://syllabus.iupsc.com/csat/

The examination system of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is updated from time to time to keep it in harmony with the changing environment. In regard to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) the Prime Minister has approved the proposal for introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The CSAT is expected to come into effect from Civil Services Examination, 2011.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

CSAT will not only enable us to choose civil servants with right aptitudes but also end the use of scaling system, a matter of concern to some.


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  1. pratap
    March 10th, 2010 at 23:55 | #1

    can i get a model paper for CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST.

  2. Rocky
    March 10th, 2010 at 23:57 | #2

    so complete pattern would be changed,i mean there would not be one gk paper and 1 subject paper ??
    what kind of pattern would be there ??

  3. March 11th, 2010 at 01:09 | #3

    chenges are always welcome but also wants ralaxation for ag limit as crores of young talent unaware about exam

  4. rupesh
    March 11th, 2010 at 06:15 | #4

    i think that upsc should reform in the syllabus according to the changing scenario because by changing the paper the rural student would not be able to compete against a DU/JNU student………..
    this thing is really a matter of concern because our country is a socialistic country………

  5. Prerna sharma
    March 11th, 2010 at 22:26 | #5

    Till the syllabus is not out on cannot tentatively argur what the test will be like.but if it is like other aptitude tests then by default it will include things like numerical and logical reasoning , even more problematic is checking moral and ethical standards-it is a psychological situation.
    this criteria will really leave no good career option for humanities students per se…it is already a degraded field now the subject is gone for worse.like always science and commerce will have their way.isin it?

  6. manish kumar yadav
    March 12th, 2010 at 02:46 | #6

    i too support the concern for lakhs of rural and humanities aspirants who will be cornered and have to be in a disadvantageous position vis a vis science stream students.the new pattern willbe a deathtrap for many aspirants.

  7. Prabha Nair
    March 12th, 2010 at 06:46 | #7

    Of course, Aptitude Test is a good way to test the knowledge of candidates.. But before that, the UPSC should clear the confusions related to CSAT as early as possible..The change in syllabus has already made many of the aspirants depressed.. Is mathematical ability too involved in the aptitude testing. If yes, Engineering and Management students will get a boost. It will be a blow to humanities students.

  8. Gaurav,patna
    March 12th, 2010 at 07:00 | #8

    will pattern of main exam will also change?

  9. govil gautam
    March 12th, 2010 at 12:47 | #9

    bhai do u think UPSC vyl give u da model paper…?
    jo pre/mains ka marksheet tak ni lagati,at da tym of result…
    n aisa association vic dont give a damn to ny1…
    suc commision vic doesn’t even declare cut-offs…

    i think dey r nt gonna do anything to help students…

  10. govil gautam
    March 12th, 2010 at 12:55 | #10

    hello miss prerna sharma…
    dis comment z fr ur comment above…

    i completely agree vid ur point of view…
    it vyl nt leave ny sort of scope fr humaniy students…
    dis decision of UPSC clearly shows its dual n biased behaviour…
    dis change, wud rather say it drastic change, wud bring more n more engineering studentsn management graduates to crack IAS as dere wud b logical n reasonin q vid da essence of quantitative apptitude…

  11. govil gautam
    March 12th, 2010 at 12:56 | #11

    @Prerna sharma

    i completely agree to u mam…

    it vyl nt leave ny sort of scope fr humaniy students…
    dis decision of UPSC clearly shows its dual n biased behaviour…
    dis change, wud rather say it drastic change, wud bring more n more engineering studentsn management graduates to crack IAS as dere wud b logical n reasonin q vid da essence of quantitative apptitude…

  12. barkha
    March 13th, 2010 at 06:38 | #12

    hello mam
    i m very confuse to here dis km csat strat ho rha bt y. kya arts wal.e students ko india se bhar nikalna chati hai sarkar. yyyyyy all dis do wid arts students

  13. March 13th, 2010 at 07:04 | #13

    hi, i wanted to know about syllabus for csat and about the optional subjects available for csat? is it objective or subjective?

  14. vijay
    March 13th, 2010 at 14:59 | #14

    CSAT ll be more advantage for engineering and management students. However its not very tough and arts and science students also can crack CSE if they work hard.

    When UPSC will announce the syllabus of CSAT ????
    Whether the main exam pattern will also be changed… How many optionals will be there?

  15. vijay
    March 13th, 2010 at 15:02 | #15

    Many of them say that UPSC hav jus announced abt CSAT n its not confirm tat the CSE 2011 pre pattern will consists of ly quantitative aptitude..

    Students who prepare to write CSE 2011 want to prepare for which pattern???????????????????

  16. govil gautam
    March 13th, 2010 at 19:25 | #16


    all da 2 papers vyl b objecitve in nature…
    i mean both da papers of decision making and moral n ethical aptitude vyl b objective type papers…

    n fr syllabus Mr.D.P.Agarwal hs formed a commitee to recommend on da same n dis committe yl submit its report as soon as possible…
    n syllabus vyl nt b declared till da notification of UPSC cums…
    n it vyl cum as usual in december…(dis tym it got late n came in jan)

    sumthing lyk pub administration , socialogy , reasoning , data interpretaion , graphs vyl b asked…

  17. Pratap Ashok Chavan
    March 14th, 2010 at 03:57 | #17

    I need some examples of questions that may be asked in csat exam 2011. I would also like to know whether the Syllabus of main exam will remain the same or it is likely going to be changed before the exam in oct 2011.

  18. akhya
    March 14th, 2010 at 05:26 | #18

    i think it is too early too comment about the pattern. first the picture should be clear. what did they think, they plan, pattern of paper etc. only than we can comment about its plus-minus. hope it will be better for aspirants of all streams if they have really the aptitude for administration. worry factor is the methodology for testing this aptitude. hope upsc relieve us as early as possible from this mental zigzag.

  19. veer
    March 14th, 2010 at 07:19 | #19

    the CSAT will be a better pattern to choose the new civil servants as it emphasizes more on moral values rather then someone knowledge

  20. Shan
    March 14th, 2010 at 08:58 | #20

    hy swetha,
    the syllabus has not published yet.Even it is announced that CSAT may be continued from 2011.So that there is no information about that

  21. priya
    March 18th, 2010 at 11:34 | #21

    do cast will have option to choose medium hindi or english else like cat medium will also get fixed

  22. fanish
    March 18th, 2010 at 15:18 | #22


  23. ravi
    March 19th, 2010 at 09:32 | #23

    thats great thing for upsc because it made so worried about syllabus so that i can start

  24. March 20th, 2010 at 02:02 | #24

    the CSAT will be a standardized pattern of exam but the govt need to reform to help the poor students in village areas, n also no one is clear about the scheme of exam which lacks in preparation for the students in 2011. this will affect n will be a death trap for the aspirants who have their last attempt in 2011

  25. vijay
    March 21st, 2010 at 03:02 | #25

    i have a question that whether UPSC is going for age and number of attempt reduction from year 2011 . IF SO what willbe the maximum age for the general candidate to appear for CSE (Prelims)

  26. Rajeev Sagar
    March 21st, 2010 at 03:47 | #26

    I agree for the decision of patten change of UPSC examination……… this is the well syllbs for a administrative post.

  27. praveen
    March 22nd, 2010 at 04:38 | #27

    hello everyone, introduction of Aptitude is really brings changes in the process of the rectruitment and may enhance the era of competetiveness, moreover, pattren of question which they may introduce is quite unambiguous to us. I would like to know the pattern and questions????

  28. nihar mohanty
    March 22nd, 2010 at 05:23 | #28

    pls extend the age limits upto 32 years for general catagory candidates and the month of 1s ty of may shold be the basis of date od birth. since the prilims is conducted in the month of may.

  29. Kiran
    March 22nd, 2010 at 06:24 | #29

    Hey everybody here , I have gone thru all of your above said comments & do agree with your views … But now what to do as we all are already preparing for 2010 Preliminary as well as mains exams & really worried to know that the syllabus to going to be changed but atleast UPSC should inform the candidates atleast 2 years before making any change .
    Because what about the efforts & hardwork which we have already done % doing , its just like a an electric mental shock which UPSC has given to its aspirants .
    Would say this IS INJUSTICE to all the candidates …
    Atleast we have been given sometime …

  30. March 23rd, 2010 at 05:30 | #30

    s what u said is evident that it effects all the aspirants…..
    I dont understand why they have introduced aptitude in prelims bcoz it makes the knowledge of scienc and maths, a compulsory one.. already sci and math candidates have lot of opportunities to receive a prestigious post like engineering or medical n moreover an mba candidate also needs to attend CAT GATE or exams which contain aptitude as their main criteria……then y do they give option to Xth students for opting a group without maths n science when they feel it is necessary to get any high post in any field they proceed with..
    its a myth … for which upsc needs to give a detail explanation to save the life of present aspirants as well as the future followers…

  31. manish
    April 3rd, 2010 at 12:20 | #31

    it is really a shokking news . but upsc is also right,that this type of exams could produce more efficient administrators but upsc should also provide modal papers for CSAT,as it will be the first exam of changed pattern .and no student have any idea about what is going to come.
    UPSC must provide with a proper pattern and modal papers to help out the students …..

  32. monalisa mishra
    April 4th, 2010 at 05:51 | #32

    i heard that upsc is going 2 reduce the age as well as chance limit in civil services 4r general category

  33. Leela Prasad
    April 11th, 2010 at 03:54 | #33

    I think UPSC has not taken a good decision.

  34. Deepak
    April 14th, 2010 at 18:39 | #34

    Its da human tendency to resist the changes…Even if UPSC has brought out a change, it shud nt b an issue….bt da important part is that, it shud provide proper support in da form of revised syllabus, sample/model papers, updates/ notifications from time 2 time…Afta UPSC is da only source for right information…

  35. shalini mathur
    April 18th, 2010 at 04:08 | #35

    the new pattern CSAT is good because earlier G.S. covered everything under the sun and there was’nt any limit but now we are relying more on concepts and reasoning and logic so i feel its good.

  36. April 19th, 2010 at 01:15 | #36

    can i get a model Practice paper for CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST 2011.

  37. Pradeep Hegde
    April 19th, 2010 at 01:16 | #37

    The new pattern CSAT has not yet implemented(as we know that it ll harm to the last attempt people in 2011). So don’t panic(Even it may change at the last moment), you people put your maximum effort in whatever you are currently doing..
    And Guys be open minded when the syllabus is mainly of arts subject(including G.S we ll much emphasis on arts subjects), those Engg and management people never come back with anything. And similarly we should not comment that it ll be advantages for them and not for us.
    As u people know that we are going to become administrative officers we should have broad mind.. Cheers guys…

  38. Ravi h
    April 20th, 2010 at 13:51 | #38

    This new pattern is really good,it may help to technical people(BE).But good strategy to test their logical ability…

  39. April 23rd, 2010 at 08:32 | #39

    No pattern or no mechanism of testing can b hundred % perfect…so take it with a pinch of salt ki d pattern f examination..current or proposed hv its +ve as wel as -ve points…d most imp. Thing is,upsc should hv declared this 2 yrs bfore..as whole examination itslf takes 1 yr..nd secondly..upsc shud provide model papers etc so that we can have a clear idea..wel m a engg. From pune..looking frwd to hv study partners..intrested persns pls cntct..my email- [email protected]

  40. April 23rd, 2010 at 10:15 | #40

    hi i wanted to know about new pattern for upsc so please send me all the information as soon as possible

  41. jk
    April 28th, 2010 at 08:32 | #41

    Dear arts and science students/graduates..The syllabus given here r not tough..its a challenging one..GO AND STUDY NOW..ALL THE BEST

  42. kavita biradar
    May 4th, 2010 at 01:42 | #42

    Can i get a model paper for CSAT…

  43. Aparna Sharma
    May 6th, 2010 at 04:41 | #43

    I too want to go for UPSC examination.I am not aware abt the syllabus,nor the pattern of the examination ,it will be really helpful if u can send me the links were i can fine details abt these.
    Aparna Sharma

  44. pankaj agarwal
    May 6th, 2010 at 08:55 | #44

    shweta :hi, i wanted to know about syllabus for csat and about the optional subjects available for csat? is it objective or subjective?

    please upgrade me with the latest CSAT EXAM PATTERN .

  45. May 7th, 2010 at 05:30 | #45

    dear non math guys….y r u so worried??? u think IItans have nothin else to cum and join the most corrupted field in the world wen they have white collar jobs worth millions waiting for them..dont worry..the pattern will be tough for all…whatever it may be… now stop bein a cry baby and start preparing….

  46. ashutosh
    May 8th, 2010 at 07:50 | #46

    there is problem about age limit reduction for rural background candidates will upsc do something to save them from becoming ineligible from age factor ??????

  47. MIHIR
    May 8th, 2010 at 14:33 | #47

    i think the dream will not be completed…with the changed scenario…why it happens when i start something…ooops

  48. garima saxena
    May 10th, 2010 at 03:07 | #48

    i want to know the pattern of CSAT…and the syllabus required for it.can i also get some sample paper regarding the new intervention.it’ll be very helpful.my id is : [email protected]

  49. karishma
    May 10th, 2010 at 03:54 | #49

    Does anyone know when will the syllabus for the changed pattern be officially announced????

  50. bharati
    May 10th, 2010 at 10:47 | #50


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