Civil Services Aptitude Test 2013

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 2013 | Civil Services Aptitude Test 2013

This year  UPSC is conducting a civil service aptitude test for the selection of candidates for civil services.The CSAT (earlier called as Civil Services Preliminary examination). The examination is organized once in a year in accordance with the rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training. It is one of the most competitive examinations in the country. For example, in year 2008-09, approximately 7% of the candidates, who appeared for the Civil Services Examination, were able to qualify for appearing in the Main Examination.


Important Information – Civil Services Exam,2013

Eligibility Conditions:

  • Age: The candidate age is between 21-30yrs (as on 1st August of the year of Examination) for qualified the exam.
  • Nationality: The subject should be an Indian National either by birth or otherwise.


  • A subject of Bhutan Or
  • A subject of Nepal Or
  • A Tibetan refuge
  • Educational qualification: Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university can apply for CSAT.

Number of attempts a candidate is able to take:

Each candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination. In Case of SC/ST this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply. Also, the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to OBCs, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven. IAS/IFS officers are not eligible to appear for the exam.

The Exam Fee for CSAT is of Rs 50. There is no Fee for Female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST/PH categories.

Application Procedure:
The application for Civil Services exam 2013 is ONLY through online mode. No other mode for submission of applications is acceptable. The last date for filling the online application form for CSAT 2013 is expected to be in early March 2013.The detailed instructions are available on the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in for filling up the online application form. It is to be noted that there are two different parts of filling up the application form -Part I and Part II.It is compulsory to fill both the parts; otherwise your application form will be rejected. Also, you will have to fill up Part I first and then Part II – in the same order. Before filling up the form, please go through the instruction as issued by UPSC.The Preliminary Examination shall now constitute of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of 2 hours duration each.


The new syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination, applicable for Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2011 onwards:

Comparison: New Pattern & Old Pattern
The comparison between the old pattern and the new pattern on different parameters like Marks, questions, marks per question, time, negative marking.


Old Pattern(till 2010)

New Pattern(from 2011)

Name of the examinationCivil Services Preliminary examinationCivil Services Aptitude Test
PaperPaper 1(General Studies)Paper 2(One optional
paper out of 23 subjects)
Paper 1Paper 2
Marks150 marks300 marks200 marks200 marks
Questions150100/120 ****
Marks Per question13/2.5****
Time120 mins120 mins120 mins120 mins
Negative Marking0.33 marks0.33 of the marks allotted
to that question

Comparison: Past and Present (for Paper-1)

The comparison between the old syllabus for Paper-1 and the new syllabus for Paper-2. It can clearly be observed that the test area of ‘General Mental Ability” which was there in Paper-1 (old syllabus) has now been taken out from Paper-1 and kept in Paper-2 (as the next table indicates).

Old Syllabus-Paper 1 or General Studies(till 2010)

New Syllabus -Paper 1(from 2011)
General ScienceGeneral Science
Current events of national and international importanceCurrent events of national and international importance
History of India and Indian national MovementHistory of India and Indian national Movement
India and World GeographyIndia and World Geography
Indian Polity and EconomyIndian Polity and Governance
General Mental AbilityEconomic and Social Development
 General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate change


Comparison: Past and Present (for Paper-2)

The table below gives the comparison between the old syllabus and the new syllabus for Paper-II. It can be observed that Paper-II had undergone a major change in light of the fact that lots of new areas have been included, which were earlier not there in Civil services (Preliminary) examination.

Old Syllabus

Of Paper 2

(till 2010)

New Syllabus- Paper 2(from 2011)

Optional Paper

(any one out of 23 subjects)

Interpersonal Skills including Comprehension Skills
Logical reasoning & Analytical ability
Decision making and Problem Solving
General Mental Ability
Basic Numeracy (Numbers & their relations, orders of magnitude etc)-Class Xth level, Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc)-Class Xth level.
English Language Comprehension Skills(Class Xth level)

Main Examination:

The candidates who clear the first stage of the civil services examination (i.e. CSAT), will be called for the next stage (i.e main examination). In year 2008, the number of candidates who qualified for mains was approximately 7% of the total number of candidates who appeared for civil services preliminary examination. The Main Examination consists of a written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type. Out of these 9 papers, first two papers are only qualifying in nature.




Paper-IOne of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the eigth schedule to the constitution (Qualifying Paper).300
Paper-IIEnglish(Qualifying Paper)300
Papers-IV & VGeneral Studies (2 papers)600(300 marks for each of the two papers)
Papers-VI, VII, VIII & IXAny two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers. Thus, a total of four papers1200 (300 marks for each of the four papers)
Total (Excluding the marks obtained in the qualifying paper)2300

Number of Test Takers-Prelims & Mains

The table below gives the number of candidates who applied for civil services (prelims & mains) for different post

Year of ExaminationNumber of Candidates applied for CS(Prelims)Number
of Candidates appeared for CS(Prelims)
of Candidates applied for CS(Mains)
of Candidates appeared for CS(Mains)

Total number of vacancies


Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written Main Examination will be called for an interview for a Personality Test. However, the papers on Indian Languages and English will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these qualifying papers will not be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be called for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

Centres for Preliminary Examination:
The examination centres for the preliminary exam usually are:

AllahabadDelhiJodhpurPanaji (Goa)Srinagar
BangaloreDispurKochiPort blairTirupati

Important Dates:
CSAT 2013
is expected to be held on a Sunday in May 2013. UPSC will decide on the date by January 2013 and the notification will published in all major newspapers of India and The Employment News.

So, we wish you all to work hard so that you will be able to clear the CSAT test and we wish you a very best of luck to all candidates who are going to appear in the test.

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 2013

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