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 

  1. A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr.R.S.Aggarwal
  2. Pearson CSAT manual.
  4. Arihant CSAT
  5. 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.