Tuesday, 29 March 2016

How to prepare for CSAT ?

Hi friends ,

CSAT played a game changing role ever since it was introduced. In 2013 and 2014, candidates scored a maximum score of 160+ in this paper to easily make it in the cutoff .

However,  UPSC announced in 2015 ,that CSAT will be a mere qualifying paper. It seemed that CSAT wont matter anymore .However , there were many students who didn’t clear prelims in 2015 merely because they could not qualify CSAT.

A candidate just requires to get 66 out of 200 makes in CSAT . However , UPSC ,as seen in 2015, has made the paper tougher .Hence ,CSAT requires preparation.

Step-by-step process to prepare CSAT
1.Go through the previous CSAT papers of 2012,2013,2014 and 2015.

CSAT Paper II Analysis
Topic
2011
2012
2013
2014
Basic Numeracy
13
3
19
19
General Mental Ability
15
16
12
7
Decision Making & Problem Solving
6
7
6
0
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
10
14
12
22
Comprehension (Both English & Hindi)
27
32
23
26
English Language Comprehension Skills
9
8
8
6
Total
80
80
80
80

2. Solve these 4 question papers and take an average score.

3. Now, one by one analyse each paper and find out the area of core strength and weakness.

4. In the area of core strength, aim to get atleast 80 % questions right. Example –If you are good at basic numeracy ,ensure that you get 8 out of every 10 questions asked right 
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5. Identify the areas of weakness and pay attention .For example –Comprehension skills can be weak for a particular candidate .Hence, it is advisable to practice comprehension passages enough to get atleast 60% of questions right. Never ignore a particular area.

Enrol for tests and monitor your performance .Time management is the key !

All the best ,


P.S -Here are the links to CSAT questions papers of previous  years.

CSAT 2015 

3 comments:

  1. Sir, am 2017 aspirant and am moving with my slow pace, Already began from NCERT's. However Sometimes I doubt that
    1. Am i doing right by following limited sources ?
    2. Am following those sources from where i can understand topics? Am i doing right?

    3. I am taking time to understand basics, its been 3 months. My pace has been really slow, sometimes inconsistent.
    I have a habit of questing every concept. When i dont find anwers, i get anxious
    My reason for this inconsistency is i get burn out after 15 days and think that with this very slow pace, how will i cover syllabus?
    Please please help.

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    1. Hi friend,
      The ONLY way to reduce your doubts about the preparation( especially about your reference material) is to take up tests with a reputed institute and check if you are comfortable with the questions.
      If you cant afford taking up tests ,look into previous question papers of UPSC or borrow institute tests from friends.
      And remember, you are not the only one who has this doubt.Everybody who prepares for UPSC has the same doubts.

      Answer to Qn 3 - I understand your concern. I advise you to be clear with the concepts, even if it takes a little longer.
      And remember , it is better to be slow and consistent, rather than fast and inconsistent. That means ,you shall study just for two hours a day,but that should be a daily practise. And not be like a person who studies 14hours for 10 days and then takes a one week break. Remember "consistency" will bring you success.

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