UPSC IAS Prelims 2015 : General Studies Paper II CSAT : Syllabus

The candidates will find here Syllabus of General Studies Paper II of IAS Prelims Exam.They need to plan and prioritise their preperation strategy accordingly based on the given syllabus.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified syllabus of Civil Services Preliminary Examination, 2015 (popularly known as IAS among candidates) in its notification published on 23rd May 2015. Syllabus of General Studies Paper II of IAS Prelims broadly covers the topics of Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, General Mental Ability, Decision Making and Data Interpretation.

Syllabus of General Studies Paper II of IAS Prelims examination has been designed to test candidate’s ability to analyse based on logical interpretations and General Mental Ability whereas reading comprehension are specially designed to test candidate’s ability to read, analyse and deduce conclusion. Decision making questions are included in General Studies Paper II to judge candidate’s decision making capability in balancing moral or ethical dilemma with the  administrative ethics.

Though, recent decision of UPSC making General Studies Paper II (CSAT) qualifying in nature has brought a full stop to cross-subsidization through CSAT in Civil Services Prelims Examination but it’s importance still prevails as any score below 33% in General Studies Paper II would automatically disqualify candidate from appearing in civil services mains examination. Now, candidates need to plan their strategy to clear prelims precariously so as to maintain the balance between General Studies Paper I and II.

Candidate should plan his systematic study for General Studies Paper II (CSAT) based on syllabus pattern and prioritize his preparation considering the paper pattern in recent years. UPSC has prioritized few topics in recent years where they especially focus on Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, General Mental Ability.

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UPSC IAS Prelims General Studies Paper I Paper Pattern

UPSC IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II (CSAT) Paper Pattern

Syllabus of UPSC IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II: (Qualifying in nature with 33% Marks)

Total Marks – 200                                                       Duration – 2 Hours


 1. Comprehension

 2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;

 3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability

 4. Decision-making and problem-solving

 5. General mental ability

 6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency    etc.-Class X level)


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