UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Paper 2 – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
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).
General Studies Paper 2 is also for 200 marks like the General Studies Paper 1 of Civil Service Exam Prelims. Paper 2 is comparatively easier and high-scoring than General Studies Paper 1. In all previous examinations Prelims Paper 2 so far, the number of questions in CSAT Paper 2 was 80, with each question carrying 2.5 marks. Negative marking being one-third, the candidate will lose 0.833 marks from his total for wrong answers.
Books to refer for Prelims Paper 2
- A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr.R.S.Aggarwal
- Pearson CSAT manual.
- TMH CSAT
- Arihant CSAT
- Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
Science students with good maths background need only to revise just before exams. Humanties and commerce students + science students with weak maths need to spent 2hr a week for CSAT.It is not a big deal and dont end up the day studying CSAT the whole day.