CSAT stands for Civil Services Aptitude Test which was introduced in 2011 by U.P.S.C. CSAT is like an elimination round and selects candidates who can appear for Civil Services (Mains) Exam. The cut-off/pass score for the exam is expected to vary each year depending on the difficulty level of the questions and the number of vacancies projected.
The CSAT has two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each.
Paper I tests the General Awareness.
Paper II tests Logical Reasoning skills/Decision making skills/problem solving skills/Communication skills/mental ability/analytical ability/Comprehension skills/numerical aptitude/Data interpretation/English Language Comprehension skills
CSAT this year will be held on May 20, 2012. About 3, 00,000 people are expected to take the test and about 11,000 people will be qualified for the Civil Services (Mains) Exam.
Last Minute Preparation Tips:
At times, we at VPM Classes worry about how we can touch the lives of Civil Service aspirants and make a meaningful contribution that makes the difference between rejection and selection for an aspirant. We have come up with some tips that would help our aspiring civil service candidates in their CSAT exam.
Mock Tests: I know the exam is around the corner, and I would suggest the candidates to take as many mock tests as possible. Mocks are a valuable tool to understand what’s missing in your preparation, and, later, to realize that if you know everything – what changes you still need to make in the way you handle yourself during the real exam to get an optimum score. Your score on the CS (P) E will not only depend on your knowledge, intelligence and attitude but is also dependent on certain requirements that become clear only when you take the test.
Mock tests can give you clues on the following:
1) Easy questions on which we make silly mistakes which means that either we are not concentrating enough or we lack the stamina for concentrating for 2 hrs. You need to develop the ability for concentrating for longer hours.
2) A clear idea about your comparative preparation of the various topics and the delicate balance in your preparation between Paper I and II.
Always try to strike a balance in your preparation. Your purpose should be to master all those topics in which you are good at and convert your weak topics into your strength areas.
Work hard and smart – Nothing beats hard work but towards the later stage of your preparation, you need the edge of smart work to rise above others. Revise and master the concepts and rules taught in books and classes. Attempt practice exercises according to stipulated time and have the attitude – How can I get even a single question wrong?
If you get any question wrong analyse and figure out what made you select the wrong answer.
1) Am I completely familiar about the topic?
2)Is there a rule/concept that I knew but I could not apply it as I did not get the hint or keyword?
3) How does the right answer compare with my wrong choice? Refer to your textbooks, friends or teachers to find the response
Continue to practice regularly until you take your exam. Finish the last remaining practice material a few days before your exam. It’s best not to do it the day before, as you’ll want time to review the last test and work on any last-minute problem areas. If any specific topics are still giving you trouble, do some targeted work in those areas. Review your class notes, and practice questions dealing with those topics. Continue to work problems in the books that you trust.
During the examination be analytical in your response. In the first round attempt only those questions about which you are absolutely sure. Do not get stuck at any question. Go on moving from question to question and come back to the difficult ones at the end. Since there is a negative marking hence in the second round, attempt only those questions in which out of the four probable answers you are sure about two , so that there is a fifty per cent chance that the answer marked by you is correct. Try the elimination technique to arrive at the best answer.
Good Luck for your Preparation!