The Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) conducts exams for the citizens every year to induce them into the civil services of the country. In order to get into the UPSC, aspirants must take up the respective exam for the particular area of specialisation in UPSC that they are looking for and clear it.
Usually, the exam is divided into two parts. First, a preliminary exam with objective type questions is conducted. Here, a good number of aspirants are filtered. Then, a main exam comprising essay type questions for the eligible candidates is conducted, after which candidates will be selected on the basis of an interview.
The preliminary examination of UPSC is for screening purpose only. The marks obtained in the UPSC prelims examination will be a qualification to take the UPSC Main examination and will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
The Preliminary examination consists of 2 papers with objective type questions.
Both papers carry 200 marks each and it serves as a screening test only.
CSAT is the Paper-II of Preliminary Exam the candidate will have to score a minimum 33% of marks for qualifying in Mains (written).
Paper-I of prelims includes mainly the current affairs, while Paper-II or CSAT is the aptitude test.
Note: A candidate qualified for mains in a particular year will be eligible to appear for main exams of that particular year only.
The pass percentage of this exam is very less due to the difficulty level and the seriousness of the civil services positions. UPSC is conducted for the recruitment of officers into IAS, IFS, CDS, IPS, IAAS, IRTS, IDAS, IRS, ITS and IRAS departments.
Rigorous preparation for this exam is mandatory in order to crack it. General Knowledge is a prime requirement and to test oneself before appearing for the exam is the best method to boost the candidate's confidence level before appearing for it. This can be done through practising the previous years question papers published by Careerindia.
Old question papers help candidates identify the important and frequently asked questions and give them a good practise for their aptitude and knowledge. In the last few months prior to the exams, it is sufficient for candidates to simply keep practising these questions in order to gain mastery over the subjects studied. Not only the candidate's confidence level, but also their scores will show good improvement upon following it.