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The selection process for the Civil Services comprises two stages of written exams and an Interview. The first stage is the the Civil Service Preliminary exam, the second stage is the Mains Exam. The first stage is now generally known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).
The CSAT consists of two papers. Paper I is the General Studies paper, which tests the general awareness of the candidate. It contains question on subjects like Indian History, Geography, the Indian National Movement, Economy, Polity, Science, and Environment.
The second paper of CSAT is a General Aptitude test. This tests the general intelligence of the candidates. It contains questions that assess the candidate's verbal, numerical, and reasoning skills.
Cracking the CSAT Paper - 2 : Civil Services Aptitude Test covers the concepts required for this paper. The book thoroughly covers verbal and numerical skills, Data Interpretation, General Mental Ability, Interpersonal Skills and Communication, Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills, and Analytical Ability.
This edition has been completely revised and the material is presented with a new approach that is conducive to learning and developing the skills required. The syllabus covered in the book is according to the UPSC prescribed exam syllabus.
The book includes an increased number of questions based on graphs, tables and charts. There are also more questions that test the comprehension and interpretation skills of the candidate. This book provides a master strategy based on the trend analysis of previous years’ papers. This strategy helps the readers prepare well for the 2014 CSAT exam.
Cracking the CSAT Paper - 2 : Civil Services Aptitude Test also includes the past three years CSAT Paper 2, with solutions. The questions in the book have been selected from previous years CSAT and state PSC exams, to give the candidates an idea of the Civil Service exam questions over the years.
The book also includes ten Crack Sets, compiled by an expert team. These provide full practice for the exam. The full solutions for the Crack Sets are also given in the book.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ContentsUPSC Civil Services (Pre) CSAT Paper 2, 2013UPSC Civil Services (Pre) CSAT Paper 2, 2012UPSC Civil Services (Pre) CSAT Paper 2, 2011
Comprehension1. Type I Passages 2. Type II Passages3. Type III Passages4. CSAT Practice
Basic Numeracy1. Number System2. Fractions3. Elementary Algebra4. LCM and HCF5. Average6. Percentage7. Order of Magnitude8. Profit, Loss and Discount9. Ratio, Proportion, Partnership and Mixture10. Time and Work11. Speed, Time and Distance12. Simple and Compound Interest13. Permutation and Combination14. Probability15. Sets and Functions16. Clocks and Calendars17. Area and Perimeter18. Volume and Surface Area of Solid Figures19. Sequences and Series20. Plane Geometry21. StatisticsGeneral Mental Ability1. Analogy2. Classification3. Series4. Coding-Decoding5. Sequencing and Formation6. Direction and Distance Tests7. Sitting Arrangement8. Blood Relations9. Logical Venn Diagram10. Cubes and Dice11. Verification of Truth/Lie of Statements12. Puzzles13. Routes and Networks14. Time Sequence Test15. Ranking Test16. Problems Based on Ages17. Scientific Reasoning18. Inserting the Missing Character19. Grid and Matrices20. Non-Verbal and Visual Reasoning