Civil Service Training
VIAS in partnership with Samkalp New Delhi
The selection is conducted by Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). There are three marked stages in the selection process namely i) CSAT, ii) Mains and iii) Interview.
This paper was earlier known as the Prelims or Preliminary. This part consists of two papers of 200 marks each. Nearly 4, 00,000 aspirants appear for the CST every year of which around ten percent get qualified.
This test measures the candidate’s analyzing skills rather than the memory capacity. The questions are multiple choice objective type with four answer options. The candidate will have to select the option which is more likely to be correct. That means all the other three options may also be right. Negative marking would be applicable for wrong answers.
This paper consist of Logical reasoning and analytical skills, English language comprehension skills, Inter personal skills, Basic numeracy, Quick Decision making and problem solving skills, Data interpretation, Data sufficiency etc.
This is a descriptive paper for 2000 marks. The candidate can select two subjects of his choice from the list of 27 subjects approved by UPSC. The subjects include Humanity subjects, science, mathematics etc. The papers/subjects for this section should be selected cautiously after considering the depth and volume of one’s knowledge.
This is the phase where the candidate’s personality is put to test. Since the general and in depth knowledge in subjects have already been measured in the first two sections, this part focuses on whether the candidate is suitable for Civil services. The questions would include those on one’s family background, hobbies, education etc. The board would ask your opinion on various national and international issues. You are free to take any stand but should substantiate your claims and support your views with proofs and evidences. Say only the truth because or else you would most certainly be caught. Saying NO or I DO NOT KNOW as an answer is not bad or wrong. It is better to use simple, clear and unambiguous sentences as answers. Remember, your language skills are not being tested here. Mistakes in the sentences that you frame might send out an impression that you are not very clear in your opinion. It is better to answer after a pause once you hear and understand the question.