This lecture gives the viewer an understanding of the key concepts that are generally tested by the UPSC in the ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ section of the CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). The lecture begins with a classification of questions such as ‘Basic Remainder’ type questions, etc and further goes on to explain powerful techniques in a simple manner to solve such questions. These techniques can be employed successfully in the actual exam. Although the CSAT (with effect from the 2015 UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam) has become a qualifying paper, its importance cannot be undermined. Candidates are advised to prepare methodically for each section of this exam. We believe that our Series can help IAS aspirants prepare for CSE in a manner which the UPSC examination requires. Please note that for any further queries or to discuss how to align your preparation strategy as per UPSC requirements (also with respect to CSAT), please feel free to write us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Although the CSAT or the Civil Services Aptitude Test, officially called the General Studies Paper II in UPSC Prelims (GS2), is only a qualifying paper, aspirants should not ignore or undermine its importance in the larger scheme of things. For candidates who are not familiar with the concepts in the CSAT syllabus, it becomes essential to thoroughly prepare for it. Also, even for those candidates who are well-versed in most of the concepts for CSAT, test practice is absolutely necessary to increase their speed. Speed is important since aspirants are given only one hour to solve 80 objective questions. Moreover, UPSC also has negative marking for incorrect answer. This means that candidates cannot ‘guess’ and hope to get right the questions to which they are not sure of the answer. In fact, they have to learn how to guess intelligently if it comes to that.