# Trend Analysis of IAS Prelims GS Paper II (CSAT)

The UPSC Prelims is the first hurdle to cross over in the UPSC civil services exam. Only if you clear the prelims exam would you be eligible to sit for the UPSC mains exam. The prelims exam is comprised of two objective-type papers namely, the General Studies Papers I and II. The GS II is also called the CSAT and is basically a test of your comprehension, analytical, numerical and decision-making abilities. This paper is only a qualifying one and the marks obtained in this paper do not count for the ranking. But you need to score at least 33% here in order to qualify. In this article, we bring you a trend analysis of the CSAT papers from 2011 to 2017.

We have classified questions asked in CSAT into some broad categories like math and basic numeracy, logical and analytical reasoning, visual reasoning, reading comprehension, decision making and data interpretation. In the following table, you can see the number of questions that were asked from these sections from 2011 through 2017.

 Headings 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Math & basic numeracy 11 3 11 20 30 31 28 Logical & analytical reasoning 17 28 21 23 18 21 22 Reading comprehension 39 40 33 31 30 28 30 Decision making 8 9 6 Â Â Â Â Data interpretation 5 Â 9 6 2 Â Â Total 80 80 80 80 80 80 80

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As you can see from the above table, the number of questions asked under the reading comprehension section has decreased. From around 40 in the first two years, it hovers around the 30 mark now. Mathematics and basic numeracy comes next in line in the number of questions. It is followed by the reasoning questions. The last two years have not seen any questions from the decision making and data interpretation sections.

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