CSAT - Civil Services Aptitude Test 2018

Conducted by : Union Public Service Commission
  • Exam Type:National Level
  • Format: Offline/PBT
  • Language:English,Hindi

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) or Civil Services Preliminary Examination to recruit personnel in the elite Government Services of India such as IAS, IFS, IPS etc. Civil Services Examination and Civil Services Mains Examination is an essential process for recruitment which is followed by an interview. This is a screening test conducted annually by UPSC.

Application process for CSAT 2018 that will be conducted on June 03, 2018 will start from February 2018. Candidates who are interested in making career in government sector should regularly check UPSC website to ensure that they get CSAT 2018 notifications at the right time.  

CSAT 2018 Overview

Exam Name

Union Public Service Commission

Commonly known as

UPSC CSAT

Exam Level

National Level

Conducting Body

UPSC

Posts Available

Government Posts

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Timelines

Dates

23 Aug,2015
Sunday
None
18 Dec,2015
Friday
None
02 Feb,2018
Friday
Application Posted
06 Jun,2018
Wednesday
Date of Exam

Eligibility Criteria

Only the candidates who meet CSAT 2018 eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply for the exam. Application forms of the candidates who don’t qualify on eligibility criteria will be rejected. So it is better to first check requirements of UPSC and apply for CSAT 2018 exam only when you meet them.

Citizenship:

  • Resident of India
  • A subject of Nepal, Sri Lanka or Bhutan

Age limit

  • Candidates between the age of 21 and 30 years can only apply for CSAT 2018 exam.
  • Age relaxation: 3 years for OBC candidates
  • 5 years for SC/ ST candidates

Qualification

Minimum graduate degree from a recognised university/ college is required

Application Details

After the release of CSAT 2018 notification, candidates will be allowed to fill the online application form. To register for CSAT 2018 exam, candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC and click on “UPSC Civil Services 2018 Exam Application Form’.

  • The next step after landing on the registration page is to register on the site by providing your login details
  • Fill the application form by providing all the details like age, name, qualification etc.
  • Submit all the required documents including scanned copy of photo and signature
  • Now when you are done with the information filling process, go through it once again and submit CSAT 2018 application form.

CSAT 2018 Exam Dates

Event

CSAT 2018 Dates (Tentative)

Release of notification

February 2, 2018

Starting of online application process

February 22, 2018

Last date to apply for CSAT 2018

March 17, 2018

Release of CSAT 2018 admit card

April 2018

CSAT 2018 Preliminary Exam

June 03, 2018

CSAT 2018 preliminary examination result

August 2018

CSAT 2018 Main Exam

October 01, 2018

 

EXAMINATION FEES

To complete CSAT 2018 application process candidates need to pay an application fee of Rs. 100. Candidates will be allowed to make payment via online mode through debit/ credit card or net banking as well as through offline mode where they will be able to do it via a Challan. Candidates from SC/ ST category, females and PwD candidates are exempted from the payment of the fee.

Category

Fee

General and OBC Candidates

Rs. 100/-

SC/ST/PH/Women Candidates

No Fee

 

Exam Pattern

CSAT Exam Pattern

CSAT 2018 will be conducted in three phases:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Interview

Candidates who want to apply for CSAT 2018 exam should also check the exam pattern. It not just helps candidates get an overview of the question paper but also prepare for the exam well.

  • Candidates from general category can take the exam a maximum of 4 times
  • 7 attempts are allowed for OBC candidates
  • There is no limit of attempts for candidates from SC/ ST category
  • CSAT 2018 Exam Pattern
  • CSAT 2018 will have two exams
  • Paper I will include a total of 400 marks questions on General Studies
  • Paper II will be of a total of 200 marks
  • Candidates will get 2 hours in CSAT 2018 Preliminary exam
  • The question papers will be in Hindi and English language

Counselling/Interview

Candidates who successfully clear both Preliminary and Main exam will be called for interview round. Candidates need to check merit list to find whether they qualify for the interview round or not. 

Exam Centres

Agartala

Jaipur

Nagpur

Aurangabad

Tirupati

Chandigarh

Mumbai

Madurai

Srinagar

Gangtok

Imphal

Lucknow

Sambalpur

Dharwar

Kohima

Ahmedabad

Ranchi

Shimla

Jorhat

Hyderabad

Chennai

Shillong

Allahabad

Bangalore

Udaipur

Itanagar

Aligarh

Delhi

Bareilly

Kolkata

Aizawl 

Dehradun

Jodhpur

Dispur

Vishakhapatnam

Cuttack               

Jammu

Panaji

Pondicherry

Goa

Bhopal

Kochi

Patna

Raipur

Port Blair

Thiruvananthapuram

 

Exam Syllabus

The main objective of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is to assess logical reasoning and thinking the performance of the candidates. Keeping this in the mind, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from English, one language paper, and General studies are asked.

CSAT 2018 General Studies Paper 1

•   Current Affairs: Events of national and international importance
•   History of India and Indian National Movement
•   Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
•   Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
•   Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
•   General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (no subject specialisation required)
•   General Science

CSAT 2018 General Ability Test Paper 2

•   Comprehension
•   Interpersonal skills including communication skills
•   Logical reasoning and analytical ability
•   Decision-making and problem-solving
•   General mental ability
•   Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
•   English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
•   Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)

CAT Contact Details

Shri MangalMarndi (secretary) (Examination):
Ph: 011- 23384610

Shri S.R.Ghosh(secretary) (Examination)
Ph: 011- 23383052

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