About the BookThe Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to various civil services including IAS, IRS, IFS, and IPS, among others. The CSAT is comprised of two compulsory papers of 200 marks and of two hours duration each. The questions will be of multiple choices, objective type. The CSAT Paper-II tests the candidates’ skills in comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision-making, mental ability, problem-solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, and English language comprehension skills.
The book has been divided into 8 sections conforming to the syllabus prescribed by the UPSC for Paper-II. The section on Comprehension contains quality passages intended to test candidates’ ability to draw inferences. English language skills like narration, synonyms and antonyms, idioms and phrases, sentence arrangement, and sentence completion have been included in the next section. A large number of questions have been given in the sections on Interpersonal Skills; Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability; and Decision-making and Problem-solving. The section on General Mental Ability contains questions on analogy, series completion, coding-decoding, and mathematical operations, among others. In the section on Basic Numeracy, questions on indices and surds, simplification, profit and loss, time and distance, and simple interest have been included. The last section, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, contains questions on table chart, pie chart, bar chart, and quantitative aptitude.
There are four sets of Model Test Papers for self-practice. Answer keys have been provided for self-check. Also included are previous years’ question papers for 2011 to 2014, with answers. A large number of authentic sources have been consulted to prepare this book. It will be useful for those preparing for Civil Services Aptitude Test, Paper-II.About the Author/sAtlantic Research Division is engaged in preparing quality textbooks on various subjects for postgraduate and undergraduate students pursuing various courses, as well as for those appearing in UGC-NET/SLET and other competitive examinations like IAS, IFS, IRS, IPS, etc.
The Directors of the Atlantic Research Division are the following:
• K.R. Gupta, M.A. Ph.D., had been teaching postgraduate classes and guiding research for about two decades in the University of Jammu and Kurukshetra University. He has written over twenty books and contributed several papers in journals being published in India and abroad.
• D.S. Paul, M.A. English, has the experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at colleges and institutes. He has worked in a nationalised bank as Manager for over a decade. He has written and edited several books and contributed articles in journals of repute. He has set model question papers for various competitive examinations.
• Madhukar Gopal Bhagat, (M.A.; M.Phil. English), Kurukshetra University, and PGD (Journalism), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, served National Council of Educational Research and Training as Editor till his superannuation in September 2009. He was Asstt. Editor in Mahasagar, The Hitavada and The Narmada Herald from 1973 to 1977 before joining the NCERT where he worked for more than 30 years.