General Studies & CSAT Coaching in Delhi

CSAT stands for the Civil Services Aptitude Test. It was first started in 2011 as a part of the UPSC examination (Preliminary). This examination helps in determining how strong the aspirant is in analyzing, reasoning, and natural ability to do something (aptitude test). All of these aspects are closely measured to shortlist the best candidate for IAS services.

This CSAT examination is typically called the General Studies Paper-II in the UPSC examination. Destination IAS Academy provides end-to-end coaching, mock tests, and study material together with online classes in Hindi and English medium.

For UPSC Prelims candidates, GSAT refers to the Civil Services Aptitude Test. On the other hand, it is termed General Studies (GS) Paper-II for the Union Public Service Commission (Mains) candidates, which is the polity paper.


What is the Prelims Exam in IAS?

As the word prelims suggest, it’s the first phase of the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination or CSE.

For this, the aspirants have to prepare themselves for the UPSC exams. Thousands of aspirants opt in for IAS General Studies coaching online and offline every year to crack it up. And only a few lucky ones get through it successfully. They are the dedicated candidates who prepare the CSAT syllabus, including GS.

For those who are really concerned about the syllabus, here is a quick view.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

GS Paper I CSAT/GS Paper II
Current Events Comprehension
History of India and Indian National Movement Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills
Indian & World Geography Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
Economic & Social Development Decision-Making & Problem-Solving
Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, & Climate Change General Mental Ability
General Science Basic Numeracy & Data Interpretation(Class X Level)

CSAT Exam Pattern

Now that you know the syllabus, here is a roundup of the way this examination paper is set. Remember, it’s the second paper in prelims, which is typically called General Studies Paper II. It is really important to seriously study and prepare for success. This is why GS coaching is often preferred.

Here at Destination IAS Academy, we come up with GS classes and batches online. It helps far-located students to leverage quality coaching. We intentionally ensure that students should be all set to achieve success in it. So, we prepare them in the pattern the CSAT exam is prepared.

Here is a quick view of the pattern for the UPSC CSAT examination.

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Type of Exam: Offline exam
  • UPSC Prelims Syllabus
  • Date of CSAT exam
  • Number of questions: 80 Objective-Type (MCQ) questions
  • Negative Marking: Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)
  • Language of CSAT exam paper: English/Hindi
  • Maximum Marks: 200
  • CSAT qualifying marks: 66 marks (33% qualifying criteria)

Best Helpful Books for CSAT (GS Paper II)

We provide the best coaching for GS in Mukherjee Nagar center, Delhi. The faculties here are the former IAS officers who share their own secrets, books, and preparation methods to become real achievers.

Get through the books that our faculties recommend during the GS coaching for IAS.

  • General Studies : A Brief History of India (NCERT)
  • General Studies : World History
  • General Studies : Modern Indian History
  • General Studies : Geography of Indian
  • General Studies : World Geography
  • General Studies : Indian Constitution & Polity
  • General Studies : Indian Economy
  • CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH
  • Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S. Aggarwal

However, the qualifying marks in the UPSC CSE are only 33% in Mains, given that the qualified candidates have scored above the cut-off in Prelims GS Paper-I. Here at our academy, we always guide them to obtain as many scores as they can.

Learning and practicing from multiple books won’t help unless aspirants memorise & understand concepts clearly & seriously. This is why we motivate them to start with comprehending the previous year's question papers for CSAT. Then, shift to preparing a strategy for learning.

In the next section, discover the marking scheme to prepare accordingly.

CSAT Marking Scheme

  • The CSAT paper carries 80 questions to attempt in 2 hours only.
  • Each question carries 2.5 marks, totaling 200 marks.
  • The provision of negative marking is there. Every incorrect answer will lead to 1/3rd of the total marks attained, which is 0.83. 
  • Leave the question “not attempted” on the OMR sheet. It won’t result in any deduction in your score. 

Why is CSAT GS Important?

The following details will help you identify why the CSAT is important:

  • For merit list, the total scores of both UPSC Prelims Paper-1 (General Studies) and Paper-2 (CSAT) are totaled to ensure if you qualify for the UPSC mains examination.
  • The UPSC has slightly changed the pattern because of the protest that is about covering the CSAT in the ranking order. In 2015, it was a qualifying examination.
  • Now, there are 33% marks, which are 66 marks out of the 200, required as a minimum score for qualifying for the civil services preliminary examination.
  • Those who score 66 or more in the GS paper-2 and also obtain the UPSC required marks in the GS paper-1 can easily appear in the mains of the civil services examination.

Destination IAS Academy comes up with online and offline batches or classes for the General Studies coaching for the prestigious career-oriented exams. You may contact us for registering with our academy for preparations.

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