The Preliminary Examination Paper II (CSAT) assesses comprehension, abstract reasoning, analysis competency, problem-solving ability, judgment and decision-making ability of the candidates.
This is new addition to Civil Services Examination and has replaced the optional subject paper in Preliminary Examination and now, all candidates face similar paper that assess candidate’s reasoning abilities and aptitude.
Civil Servants and the government official work and act in the best interest of the people of the country. Higher ethical standard and practices is critical in administering work to gain trust and confident of the people.
In emerging situation as moral, ethic, and credentials of civil servants have got the top priority in selecting the appropriate candidates at the recruitment stage, thus this new paper has evolved to assess candidate’s such qualities.
The exploration of these qualities at recruitment level would ensure the future Civil Servant is compliant, performance-oriented, and relatively open.
Some of the candidates were really confused about this paper but, the question papers of Prelims Paper II for 2011, 2012 and 2013 have cleared all the doubts candidates had about its structure.
The syllabus has broadly been divided into following sections: