CSAT Eligibility Criteria 2016 UPSC CSAT Exam Details, Paper Pattern

CSAT Eligibility Criteria

CSAT Eligibility CriteriaUPSC conducts Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) for those applicants who want to be an IAS officer. Before applying aspirants need to check CSAT Eligibility Criteria and UPSC CSAT paper pattern which they will get through the below section of this page. Here we are also providing UPSC CSAT Exam Details and CSAT Eligibility Criteria 2016.

UPSC conducts this exam every year for recruitment of eligible aspirants. Willing aspirants if they want to fulfill their dreams they must apply before the last date. We are also giving CSAT paper pattern which is necessary for those candidates who are willing to participate in this exam. Complete details about UPSC CSAT Exam Details have stated below:

Name of the Organization:

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

CSAT Application Form

CSAT Eligibility Criteria

Complete Details of CSAT Eligibility Criteria 2016 are given below:


  • For Indian Administrative and Indian Police Service, a contender must be a citizen of India.
  • For other services, a contender should be a citizen of India/ Nepal/ Bhutan, Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India/


A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limitations:

  • Applicants’ age should reside in between 21 to 32 years as on 01.08.2014.
  • Relaxation in upper age limits will be relaxed as per the government of India rules.

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Age Relaxation:

Category Relaxation in age
SC/ST 05 yrs
OBC 03 yrs
Candidate had ordinary ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir during the period of from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989. 5 yrs
Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof. Up to 3 years
ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2014 and have been released. 05 years

Educational Qualification:

Contenders should possess degree from any Universities incorporated by an Act ofthe Central


State Legislature in India other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act 1956, or possess an equivalent Qualification.

UPSC Previous Year Question Paper

UPSC CSAT Examination Pattern:

Civil Services Aptitude Test comprises two exams

  • Preliminary examination and
  • Main Examination.

Preliminary Exam Pattern:

  • The Exam shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each:
  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
  • Each paper will be of two hours duration.

CSAT Syllabus

Main Exam Pattern:

Written exam will consist of the following papers:

Papers Subjects/Language/ type of papers Marks
Qualifying Papers
(Paper A) One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in eighth schedule to the constitution. 300 Marks
Paper-B English 300 Marks
Papers to be counted for Merit
Paper-I Essay 250 Marks
Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and

Geography of the World and Society)

250 Marks
Paper-III General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social

Justice and International relations)

250 Marks
Paper-IV General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development,

Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and

Disaster Management)

250 Marks
Paper-V General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250 Marks
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 marks


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