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UPSC Exam Pattern 2021 for IAS, IPS, Civil Services Exam


UPSC CSE Prelims consists of two papers namely General Studies I and CSAT (General Studies Paper-II). While CSAT is qualifying in nature, the marks obtained in the General Studies paper determine your selection for UPSC Mains. 33% (66 out of 200) is required for the CSAT paper to count towards the UPSC Prelims merit list. CSAT (GS Paper-II) requires only 33% marks, but the unpredictable nature of UPSC, as well as the increasing difficulty level each year, makes the test somewhat challenging.

Highlights of the Course:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the latest CSAT syllabus
  • 80 hours program
  • The class is both offline and live online
  • Topic wise assignments
  • Online & interactive doubt sessions.
  • 6 full-length CSAT tests
  • Faculty: Aditya Sir

CSAT Course Details:

It is an offline & online course. The online course will be conducted through our E-learning Portal- online.chahalacademy.com

Duration of the course 15 weeks
Number of Batches 3
Class begins
  • 07th January
  • 14th January
  • 21st January
  • Batch timings 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM
    Course fees
  • Offline: Rs 6000+GST
  • Online: Rs 3000+GST
  • Mode of Class
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    Admission Details:

    • Complete the admission form
    • A passport-sized photo
    • Your ID proof (Aadhar Card, Pan card, etc.)
    • Pay fees online or offline

    Exam Pattern of UPSC CSE Prelims

    Name of the Paper No of Questions Marks Allotted Time Allotted Nature of Exam
    Paper 1: General Studies 1
    Objective Type
    100 200 2 hours The score will be considered for Cut-off
    Paper 2: General Studies 2(CSAT)
    Objective Type
    80 200 2 hours Qualifying Nature- Candidates will have to score 33% to qualify CSAT.

    Highlights of CSAT Paper:

    • The CSAT paper has multiple choices
    • The 80 questions are objective in nature.
    • The CSAT paper is scheduled to last 2 hours.
    • The CSAT paper carries 2.5 marks per question
    • The total marks for the CSAT paper are 200.
    • Wrong answers carry negative marks.
    • One-third of the total marks allotted to that question, i.e., 0.83 marks are penalized for wrong answers.
    • However, if a question is left unanswered, no marks will be deducted.

    CSAT Syllabus:

    • Comprehension;
    • 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);