Preliminary Examination – CSAT Syllabus

CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test is the Preliminary examination of UPSC, it test the aptitude of examinee to tackle Reasoning and Analytical questions. Consist of two papers, each of 200 marks and two hours of duration and it is compulsory to appear in both.

It is an Objective section, and every wrong attempt will cost you 1/3rd marks of the attempted question.

CSAT is just a screening test, thus the marks obtained will not be entertained in your final merit.


Syllabus for Paper 1:

Current events (National and International)
History of India
Geography of the world (Physical, Social, Economic)
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution
Economic and Social Development
General Issues (Environmental Ecology, Bio-Diversity, Climate change etcs.)
General Science

Syllabus for Paper 2:

Interpersonal Skills
Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic Numeracy
Data Interpretation
Comprehension Skill (English)


You should prepare in following manner


1) finish your optional preparation by April – 2015.

2) Complete NCERT books by February – 2015

3) Thorough reading of The Hindu, Business Standard (or any other business newspaper of your liking) Yojana and any one international newspaper/magazine (NYT/Economist/FP – on internet) – Reading current events and answering questions based on these events completes 60% of your exam preparation. (all relevent informations are provided on

4) Try to answer at least one or two questions every day. The questions are provided regularly on our website i.e.

5) Revision every week. Revision is the key to success. Everybody studies for 12 hours every day for 365 days. It will all go waste if you do not revise regularly.

6) Practice CSAT questions at least 2-3 times a week. CSAT pactice set is available on our website i.e.

7) Join a good test series.  We at provide free as well as paid test series.



Important NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam


For general studies (Prelims or Mains), aspirants need to focus on the NCERT texts on the below subjects.





Political Science


Fine Arts




NCERT books are available in many leading book stores. Also you can buy NCERT books online from Flipkart, and get it delivered at doorstep. If you find difficulty to get hard-copies of NCERT texts, you can always get soft copies in PDF form from the site Just like NCERT website which offers free download of quality books, NIOS website as well as CBSE website offers quality PDFs. Click on the links above to download text books from these websites.


History – Must Read NCERT Books


—6th – Our Pasts 1

—7th – Our Pasts II

—8th – Our Pasts III – Part 1, Part 2

—9th – India & the Contemporary World 1

—10th – India & the Contemporary World II

—11th – Themes in World History (Focus on –Industrial Revolution)

—12th – Themes in Indian History I, Themes in Indian History II, Themes in Indian History III


Geography – Must Read NCERT Books


—6th – The Earth : Our Habitat

—7th – Our Environment

—8th – Resources & Development

—9th – Contemporary India 1

—10th – Contemporary India 1I

—11th – Fundamentals of Physical Geography, —11th – India – Physical Environment

—12th – Fundamentals of Human Geography, —12th – India – People & Economy


Economics – Must Read NCERT Books


—9th – Economics

—10th – Understanding Economic Development

—11th – Indian Economic Development

—11th – Statistics for Economics

—12th – Introductory Microeconomics

—12th – Introductory Macroeconomics, —Class XII – Supplementary reading material in Economics – Introductory Macroeconomics


Political Science – Must Read NCERT Books


—9th – Democratic Politics I

—10th – Democratic Politics II

—11th – Indian Constitution at Work

—11th – Political Theory

—12th – Contemporary World Politics (–8th – Environment & Natural Resources)

—12th – Politics in India Since Independence

Sociology – Must Read NCERT Books


—12th – Social Change & Development in India

Culture/Fine Arts – Must Read NCERT Books


—11th – An Introduction to Indian Art


Science – Must Read NCERT Books


For science, aspirants are advised to go through at-least these selected chapters from the mentioned standards.


—6th – ◦9: The Living Organisms & their Surroundings

—7th – ◦7: Weather, Climate & Adaptations of Animals, ◦9: Soil

—8th – ◦1: Crop Production & Management, ◦5: Coal & Petroleum, ◦7: Conservation of Plants & Animals, ◦12:  Friction, ◦18: Pollution of Air & Water

—9th – ◦14: Natural Resources

—10th – ◦14: Sources of Energy, ◦15: Our Environment, ◦16: Management of Natural Resources

—12th (Biology) – ◦Unit X: Ecology (13 – Organisms & Population, 14 – Ecosystem, 15 – Biodiversity & Conservation, 16 – Environmental Issues)