IAS : CSAT

 PLANNER

By

SATENDRA TRIPATHI

 

 

  New Pattern

   1. General Studies - Paper 1

                   Total questions-100

                   Total Marks-200

                   Time - 2 hrs.

 

   2. General Studies - Paper 2

                Total Questions-80

                   Total Marks-200

                   Time - 2 hrs.

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                        Contents

Vol-1

(A)    Civil Services

          As a Service

          Eligibility

          Examination system

(B)    Syllabus :             GS - I

          IAS  : CSAT        GS - II

                   (Prelim)

          and Exam Details

3.       Analysis - GS - I

          Actual Question

 

Next Issue

Vol-2

 

1.  Volume-2 of IAS Planner: Analysis of IAS (Mains), Book list and Study Material.

2.  Study Material in Volume-2 of IAS Planner-Environment and Development, Sustainable           Development, Human Rights and International Organizations.

3.  Current Events in the Volume-2: Details of ten most important National and International                  issues: Background History, Analysis and Nature of questions that can be asked.

           Civil Services

v  Civil Services are in the common parlance known by the name of IAS and PCS          Examinations. Civil Services are the most prestigious and coveted Services in the              Country.

        v  There are three categories of Civil Services:

                   (i)      All India Services

                   (ii)    Central Services and

                   (iii)   State Services.

 

v  To join Civil Services the Candidates have to qualify Civil Services examination             conducted by UPSC, New Delhi and State Civil Services Examination conducted by                    respective State Pubic Service Commission.

 

Civil Services Examination

UPSC-New Delhi

 

v  A candidate after qualifying this examination joins one of the following services as                    per his/her merit.

 

          (i)      IAS   -        Indian Administrative Services.

          (ii)    IPS    -        Indian Police Services.

          (iii)   IFS    -        Indian Foreign Services.

          (iv)    IRS   -        Indian Revenue Services

          (This includes Income-Tax and Custom Excise)

          (v)     IRTS -        Indian Railway Traffic Services.

          (vi)    IRPS -        Indian Railway Personnel Services.

          (vii)  IRAS -        Indian Railway Account Services.

          (viii) IAAS -        Indian Audit and Account Services.

          (ix)    IPS    -        Indian Postal Services etc.

Eligibility Criteria :

     1. Graduate from any stream recognized by UGC.

     2. An appearing candidate in final year of Graduation can also apply.

     3. Minimum 21 years of age and maximum 30 years on 1st August in the year in which                    the candidate is taking the main examination.

     4. There are maximum of 4 attempts for General candidates and 7 for OBC candidates.      There is no limit for SC/ST candidates.

     5. There is age relaxation for candidates of SC/ST and OBC.

 

Examination Pattern

     1. It is a three tier examination i.e. a candidate has to qualify three stages to get selected in the merit list.

          (i)      Preliminary examination.

          (ii)    Main examination.

          (iii)   Interview

     2. The vacancy is declared by UPSC-New Delhi and then the examination process           starts.        

          (i)      Vacancy                                  :        December of every year

          (ii)    Preliminary examination       :        June (Next year)

          (iii)   Main Examination                 :        Oct-Nov

          (iv)    Results of Main Examination                   :        March

          (v)     Interview                                :        April

          (vi)    Final results                            :        May

Pattern of Examination:

Preliminary examination-Old Pattern:

 

1.  There were two papers

     (i)      Optional Subject:

              v  Marks- 300     

              v  Questions-120

              v      Time 2 hours.

 

     (ii)     General Studies:

              v  Marks-150

              v  Questions-150

              v      Time -2 hours.

 

          Note  :  From 2011, the pattern of IAS examination has been changed by UPSC, New Delhi. On 12th June 2011 the Preliminary Examination was held on the new  pattern for the first time.

 

New Pattern-IAS:CSAT

          From 2011, the subject has been deleted from the examination. Now both the papers will be of General Studies i.e. GS Paper-1 and GS Paper-2.

 

       1.       General Studies Paper - 1

                   v  Total Marks-200

                   v  Total Questions-100

                   v      Time-2 hours

 

          2.       General Studies Paper - 2

                   v  Total Marks-200

                   v  Total Questions-80

                   v      Time-2 hours

Main Examination:

      1.       General English: Marks - 300

                   Time- 3 hours.

 

          2.       Any Indian language given in VIIIth 

                   v  Schedule: Marks- 300

     v  Time -3 hours.

          Note: These two papers are qualifying in nature. The marks are not added in the results of main examination and final merit list. If a candidate fails in any of these two papers then his rest of the papers are not evaluated by UPSC.

          3.    Essay:

               Marks-200

               Time   -  3 hours.

            4.         General Studies Paper-1:

                        Marks - 300

                        Time -3 hours.

            5.         General Studies Paper-2:

                                    Marks -300

                                    Time - 3 hours.

            6.         (i)        Optional Subject (1) Paper-1:

                        Marks - 300

            Time -3 hours

   (ii)    Optional Subject (1) Paper-2:

                        Marks - 300

            Time -3 hours

            7.         (i)        Optional Subject (2) Paper-1:

                        Marks - 300

                        Time -3 hours

                        (ii)       Optional Subject (2) Paper-2:

                        Marks - 300

                        Time -3 hours

            Main Examination: Total Marks-2000

            Interview: Marks - 300

            Total Marks:

            Main Examination+Interview=2300

 

 

Analysis of IAS:CSAT

Actual syllabus as prescribed by UPSC-New Delhi.

 

     1.       General Studies Paper - 1

                   Total questions-100

                   Total Marks-200

                   Time-2 hours

 

New Syllabus

  • UNIT 1:  Current events of national and International importance.
  • UNIT 2: History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • UNIT 3:  Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, economic  geography of India and the world.
  • UNIT 4: Indian polity and governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.
  • UNIT 5: Economic and Social development- sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
  • UNIT 6: General issues on environmental ecology, bio- diversity and climate change-(that do not require subject specialization).
  • UNIT 7: General science.

 

2.       General Studies Paper - 2

          Total questions-80

          Total Marks-200

          Time-2hours

 

New Syllabus

 

-           Comprehension

-           Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

-           Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

-           Decision making problem solving.

-           General mental ability.

-           Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, table, data sufficiency etc.- class X level).

-           English language comprehension skills (Class X Level).

 

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Analysis

To understand and make a strategy to prepare for the IAS:CSAT, both the papers of General Studies have been thoroughly analyzed keeping in mind the syllabus, questions and pattern of examination conducted on 12th June 2011.

       General Studies Paper -1

        The new syllabus of GS-1 has been classified into two sections-

1.       Traditional GS

2.       Applied GS

 

 

 1. Traditional GS.- It includes History, Geography and General Science.

2. Applied GS.- It includes Current events of national and International importance, Indian polity and governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc. Economic and Social development, sustainable development, poverty,

inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.

 General issues on environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and                                                              climate  change-(that do not require subject specialization).

 

            The examination held on 12th June 2011 included 25 questions from traditional GS and 75 questions were from Applied GS. The 25 questions in the traditional GS contained 10 questions from modern history of India.

Total questions asked from different categories:

Analysis of General studies-1 paper clearly indicates that a candidate has to focus his preparation around applied GS. Now a candidate can not  depend upon traditional books and outdated method of  old preparation. The candidate should focus on current events and various aspects of   Applied GS such as current Geography, Current Economy, Cu  Science, Polity,Constitution,GovernanceEnvironment,Ecologyand Bio-diversity.

 

Note: The candidates has to focus on various policies and programmes related with welfare, democracy and rights: Economic, Social and  Sustainable development and other national and international issues confronting India and humanity.

                        

          (1)  Traditional GS:

a.       Ancient & medieval history-5

                             b.      Modern history & national movement-8

c.       Geography-8

d.      General Science-8

          (2)   Applied GS:

a.       Current affairs -5

b.      Current economy, current geography and current science.-19

c.       Polity, constitution and governance -14

d.      Economic & social development -19

e.       Environment, Ecology & biodiversity-10

f.       Misclaneous-4

 

Actual Questions asked in the 12th June, 2011    IAS:CSAT

 

General Studies Paper -1

Topic wise questions of IAS:CSAT held on 12th June 2011.   

Analysis

General Studies Paper - 1

Total questions-80

Total Marks-200                                                         

Time-2hours

 

New Syllabus

 

-           Comprehension

-           Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

-           Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

-           Decision making problem solving.

-           General mental ability.

-           Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, table, data sufficiency etc.- class X level).

-           English language comprehension skills (Class X Level).

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v      The General Studies Paper -2 of IAS : CSAT has been categorized under following                        heads-

            Group A- Basic numeracy, Graph and Data interpretation.

            Group B- Logical reasoning, Mental ability and Analytical ability.

            Group C- General comprehension, English comprehension and decision making.

 

Note : After analyzing the General Studies Paper -2 of IAS:CSAT held on 12th June 2011 clearly indicates that almost 70% questions in this paper were based on General Studies.For example, comprehension passages were from-inclusive growth, Economy, Ecosystem and Right to education. That means only those candidates who are good in General Studies Paper -1 can do well in IAS:CSAT GS Paper-2.

Topic wise questions that were asked in IAS:CSAT GS Paper -2 held on 12th June 2011.

 

     General Studies Paper -2

     1.   General Comprehension -27

      2.   English comprehension -9

      3.   Decision making -8

      4.   Graph and Data Interpretation -15

      5.   Basic numeracy and maths-12

      6.   Logical reasoning, Mental ability, analytical ability-9

            FOR CSAT approach one must have knack for good-administration and DECISION-MAKING.               One must understand WELFARE STATE CONCEPT, DEMOCRACY RULE OF  LAW &                          SENSITIVITY, RELEVANCY OF INFORMATION.

 

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-2

ANCIENT AND MEDIVAL HISTORY

53.    The tendency for increased litigation was  visible after                 the introduction of the land settlement system of Lord                        Cornwallis in 1793. The reason for this is normally                          traced to which of the following provisions ?

            (a)   Making Zamindar’s position stronger vis-a-vis the                                   ryot

            (b)   Making East India Company an overlord of                                                    Zamindars

         (c)   Making judicial system more efficient

         (d)   None of the (a), (b) and (c) above

56.      India maintained its early, cultural contacts and trade              links with Southeast Asia across the Bay of Bengal.            For this pre-eminence of early maritime history of             Bay of Bengal, which of the following could he the                  most convincing explanation/explanations ?                                       (a)        As compared to other countries, India had a better                                 ship-building technology in ancient and medieval                                     times

         (b)  The rulers of southern India always patronized                         traders, brahmin priests and buddhist monks                         in this context

         (c)  Monsoon winds across the Ray of Bengal                facilitated sea voyages

         (d) Both (a) and (b) are convincing explanations in                              this context

77.    The  Jain   philosophy   holds  that  the world      is created and maintained by

         (a)  Universal Law

         (b) Universal Truth

         (c)  Universal Faith

         (d) Universal Soul

92.    Regarding the Indus Valley Civilization, consider the              following statements :

         1.   It was predominantly a secular civilization and                         the religious element, though present, did not                         dominate the scene.

         2.   During this period, cotton was used for manufacturing                              textiles in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 only

         (c)  Both 1 and 2

         (d) Neither I nor 2

100.  The “dharma” and “rita” depict a central idea of                      ancient Vedic civilization of India. In this context,           consider the following statements :

         1.   Dharma was a conception of obligations and of                             the discharge of one’s duties to oneself and to                             others.

         2.  Rita was the fundamental moral law governing                         the functioning of the universe and all it            contained.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 only

         (c)  Both 1 and 2

         (d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

MODERN HISTORY AND NATIONAL  MOVEMENT

 

54.    Which one of the following observations is not true about the Quit India Movement of 1942 ?

         (a)  It was a non-violent movement

         (b)  It was led by Mahatma Gandhi

         (c)  It was a spontaneous movement

         (d) It did not attract the labour class in general

55.    Which amongst the following provided a common factor for tribal insurrection in India in the 19th century ?

         (a)  Introduction of a new system of land revenue and taxation of tribal products

         (b)  Influence of foreign religious missionaries in tribal areas

         (c)  Rise of a large number of money lenders, traders   and revenue farmers as middlemen in tribal areas

         (d) The complete disruption of the old agrarian order of the tribal communities

59.    With reference to the period of colonial rule in India, “Home Charges” formed an important part of drain of wealth from India. Which of the following funds                 constituted “Home Charges” ?

1.      Funds used to support the India Office in         London.

         2.   Funds used to pay salaries and pensions of                         British personnel engaged in India.

         3.   Funds used for waging wars outside India by                             the British.

Select   the   correct   answer   using   the codes given below :

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  1 and 2 only

         (c)  2 and 3 only

         (d) 1, 2 and 3

60.    What was the reason for Mahatma Gandhi to      organize a satyagraha on behalf of the peasants of                         Kheda ?

         1.   The Administration did not suspend the land                 revenue collection in spite of a drought.

         2.   The Administration proposed to introduce                  Permanent Settlement in Gujarat.

Which of the statements  given  above is/are correct ?

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 only

         (c)  Both I and 2

         (d) Neither 1 nor 2

63.    What was the purpose with which Sir William                           Wedderburn and W. S. Caine had set up the                        Indian Parliamentary Committee in 1893 ?

         (a)  To agitate for Indian political reforms in the                   House of Commons

         (b)  To campaign for the entry of Indians into the                             Imperial Judiciary

         (c)  To facilitate a discussion on India’s Independence                                     in the British Parliament

         (d) To agitate for the entry of eminent Indians into                          the British Parliament

67.    Mahatma Gandhi said that some of his deepest                    convictions were reflected in a book titled, “Unto                   this Last” and the book transformed his life. What            was the message from the book that transformed           Mahatma Gandhi ?

         (a)  Uplifting the oppressed and poor is the moral                               responsibility of an educated man

         (b)  The good of individual is contained in the good                             of all

         (c)  The life of celibacy and spiritual pursuit are                 essential for a noble life

         (d) All the statements (a), (b) and (c) are correct in                              this context

68.    With reference to Indian freedom struggle, Usha                 Mehta is well-known for

         (a)  Running the secret Congress Radio in the wake                             of Quit India Movement

         (b)  Participating in the Second Round Table                 Conference

         (c)  Leading a contingent of Indian National Army

         (d) Assisting in the formation of Interim Government                                     under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

70.    With reference to the period of Indian freedom      struggle, which of the following was/were     recommended by the Nehru report ?

         1.   Complete Independence for India.

         2.   Joint electorates for reservation of seats for m                                inorities.

         3.   Provision of fundamental rights for the people                            of India in the Constitution.

Select   the   correct   answer   using   (he codes given below :

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 and 3 only

         (c)  1 and 3 only

         (d) 1, 2 and 3

 

GENERAL SCIENCE

 

27.    A layer in the Earth’s atmosphere called Ionosphere                facilitates radio communication. Why ?

         1.   The presence of ozone causes the reflection of                               radio waves to Earth.

         2.   Radio   waves   have   a   very   long wavelength

Which of the statements, given  above is/are correct ?

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 only

         (c)  Both 1 and 2

         (d) Neither 1 nor 2

18.    When the bark of a tree is removed in a circular                   fashion all around near its base, it gradually dries up                   and dies because

         (a)   Water from soil cannot rise to aerial parts

         (b)   Roots are starved of energy

         (c)   Tree is infected by soil microbes

         (d)   Roots do not receive oxygen for respiration

32.    The function of heavy water in a nuclear reactor is                               to

         (a)  Slow down the speed of neutrons

         (b)  Increase the speed of neutrons

         (c)  Cool down the reactor

         (d) Stop the nuclear reaction

50.    The surface of a lake is frozen in severe winter, but                  the water at its bottom is still liquid. What is the           reason ?

         (a)  Ice is a bad conductor of heat

         (b)  Since the surface of the lake is at the same        temperature as the air, no heat is lost

         (c)  The density of water is maximum at 4°C

         (d) None of the statements (a), (b) and (c) given                              above is correct

66.    A married couple adopted a male child. A few years               later, twin boys were born to them. The blood group               of the couple is AB positive and O negative. The              blood group of the three sons is A positive, B    positive, and O positive. The blood group of the               adopted son is

         (a)  O positive

         (b)  A positive

         (c)  B positive

         (d) Cannot be determined on the basis of the given                             data

81.    An artificial satellite orbiting around the Earth does                 not fall down. This is so because the attraction of                    Earth

         (a)  does not exist at such distance

         (b)  is neutralized-by the attraction of the moon

         (c)  provides the necessary speed for its steady         motion

         (d) provides the necessary acceleration for its motion

91.    Regular intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is     recommended in the diet since they are a good source                   of antioxidants. How do antioxidants help a person                 maintain health and promote longevity ?

         (a)  They activate the enzymes necessary for vitamin                            synthesis in the body and help prevent vitamin                           deficiency

         (b)  They prevent excessive oxidation of carbohydrates,                                   fats and proteins in the body and help avoid                             unneces­sary wastage of energy

         (c)  They neutralize the free radicals produced in the                            body during metabolism

         (d) They activate certain genes in the cells of the                             body and help delay the ageing process

95.    The jet aircrafts fly very easily and smoothly in the                              lower stratosphere. What could be the appropriate                  explana­tion ?

         1.   There   are   no   clouds   or    water vapour in                                 the lower stratosphere.

         2.   There are no vertical winds in the lower        stratosphere.

Which of the statements  given above is/are correct in this context ?

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 only

         (c)  Both 1 and 2

         (d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

GEOGRAPHY

 

52.    La Nina is suspected to have caused recent floods                   in Australia. How is La-Nina different from El Nino ?

         1.   La Nina is characterised by unusually cold                     ocean temperature in equatorial Indian Ocean                            whereas El Nino is characterised by unusually                                warm ocean temperature in (he equatorial Pacific                                 Ocean.

         2.   El Nino has adverse effect on south-west                 monsoon of India, but La Nina has no effect on                             monsoon climate.

Which  of the  statements  given   above is/are correct ?

         (a)  1only

         (b)  2 Only

         (c)  Both I and 2

         (d) Neither 1 nor 2

58.    With reference to micro-irrigation, which of the      following statements is/are correct ?

         1.   Fertilizer/nutrient loss can be reduced.

         2.   It is the only means of irrigation in dry land       farming.

         3.   In some areas of fanning, receding of ground                             water   table can be checked.

Select  the  correct  answer  using  the codes given below :

         (a)  1 only

         (b)  2 and 3 only

         (c)  1 and 3 only

         (d) 1, 2 and 3

71.    Among the following States, which one has the most              suitable climate conditions for the cultivation of a                large variety of orchids with minimum cost of     production, and can develop an export oriented                industry in this field ?

         (a)   Andhra Pradesh

         (b)  Arunachal Pradesh

         (c)  Madhya Pradesh

         (d) Uttar Pradesh

86.    What is the difference between asteroids and comets ?

         1.   Asteroids are small rocky plane­toids, while                               comets are formed of frozen gases held together                             by rocky and metallic material,

         2.   Asteroids are found mostly between the orbits                               of Jupiter and Mars, while comets are found                           mostly between Venus and Mercury.

         3.   Comets show a perceptible glowing tail, while                            asteroids do not.<