CSAT Preparation Strategy

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Strategy to Qualify the CSAT Paper

The CSAT or the GS Paper 2 of the UPSC Preliminary Examination is of a qualifying nature and a candidate needs to only score 33% in order to qualify The CSAT Paper.

We will suggest 2 steps here to qualify The CSAT Paper.

1st Step: – In this step, we suggest that you should pick up previous year CSAT paper and solve in in a time bound manner. After expiry of time, evaluate your result with analysis. If you are scoring comfortably above the 50% then Just practice few papers, you don’t need to do much.

Just practice a few more papers. If you are falling short, there can be two scenarios:

  1. You are not able to manage it in the 2-hour time frame.
  2. You need a better grasp over the topics.

People falling in the first category should keep practicing more past papers and mock papers.

2nd Step: – In this step, If You will fail in 1st step, then adopt this strategy.

In this step, Prepare for CSAT is making a study planner where one must spend two hours daily on CSAT preparation for one month.

Next step is SWOT analysis and hence allotting time to each subject as per area of weakness and strength. Firstly, you should know syllabus of CSAT.After that you should follow below given guidelines.

  • Quantitative Ability can be studied by understanding basic mathematical concepts chapter wise and hence taking up small tests or quizzes.
  • Cover topics as per marks weightage and number of questions asked from a topic by knowing CSAT Syllabus.
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension requires a strong grip on vocabulary and grammar hence one must be thorough with the rules and solve tests regularly.
  • Also spending one hour daily for reading newspaper, magazines or journal and listening to All India Radio does not only prepare one for RC but also keeps them updated with Current Events.
  • Data Interpretation is one of the easy and scoring subjects but at the same time consuming as well. Questions asked in Data Interpretation are mainly based on bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, etc., hence one must know to read these graphs and charts to solve questions at a great speed.
  • Reasoning requires critical thinking to come to a conclusion and pick correct.
  • It mainly covers topics like blood relation, seating arrangement, syllogism, series completion, coding decoding, etc.
  • Solving tests frequently is very necessary to pass this section of CSAT.

We have classified questions asked in CSAT into some broad categories like math and basic numeracy, logical and analytical reasoning, visual reasoning, reading comprehension, decision making and data interpretation.

In the following table, you can see the number of questions that were asked from these sections from 2011 to 2017 to focus on weightage wise focus on topic.

Headings 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Math & basic numeracy 11 3 11 20 30 31 28
Logical & analytical reasoning 17 28 21 23 18 21 22
Reading comprehension 39 40 33 31 30 28 30
Decision making 8 9 6
Data interpretation 5 9 6 2
Total 80 80 80 80 80 80 80

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