UPSC CSAT 2022: Exam Dates, Latest Notifications & Exam Calendar

September 9, 2022

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The Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Aptitude Test (UPSC CSAT) 2022 is a part of the preliminary exam of the Civil Services Examination (CSE). The CSAT Exam is designed to judge the analytical ability, reasoning skills and aptitude of the candidates. More importantly, it is only a qualifying paper meaning that candidates only have to clear the 33% cutoff  to clear the CSAT exam. No rank list is prepared for this paper. So, all those candidates who clear the required cutoff move to the next stage.      The official notification for the CSAT Exam was released on 2nd February 2022 by the Union Public Service Commission which provides all the necessary details about the exam. The UPSC CSAT Exam is a great career opportunity for Engineering, Medical Science, and Law students and for students holding a bachelor’s degree. Candidates who qualify for the Preliminary Examination move forward to the Mains Examination. Thereafter, candidates who ultimately qualify for the Mains Examination along with the Personal Interview stage are selected for the Civil Service Posts all over India.

UPSC CSAT 2022 – Latest News

  • Candidates can apply for the UPSC CSAT Prelims exam – 2022 online from 2nd February 2022 and the last date for receipt of applications will be notified as 22nd February 2022 till 18:00 (6 pm).
  • The UPSC CSAT Prelims exam will be on 5th June 2022, and both papers will be taken on the same day.
  • The first shift of the CSAT prelims exam will start at 9:30 am and will finish at 11:30 am, followed by the second shift which started at 2:30 pm and finished at 4:30 pm.
  • Finally, the UPSC Mains exam will be on 16th September 2022.

UPSC CSAT 2022 – Official Notification

The notification released by the commission is open to change when the need arises. The following table mentions all the exam-related notifications, which can be accessed through their official website as well.

Events of UPSC CSAT Exam 2022UPSC CSAT Exam Dates
UPSC CSAT Notification 2022 Release Date02 February 2022
CSAT Application Start Date 202202 February 2022
Last date to apply for UPSC CSAT Exam 202222 February 2022
UPSC CSAT Prelims Admit Card Release Date 202210th May 2022
CSAT Prelims Exam Date 202205 June 2022
UPSC CSAT Prelims Result 202222nd June 2022
CSAT Mains Exam Date 202216 September 2022

UPSC CSAT 2022 – Exam Date

The application procedure began on 2nd February 2022 up till 22nd February 2022. The application process was online, and the form was accessible from their official website. Admit Cards for the Prelims examination were released a week before the paper i.e. in the last week of May 2022. On 5th June 2022, the Prelims examination was held in offline mode at all the respective exam centers. The result s soon expected to be announced by the commission after which eligible candidates will appear for the Mains examination from 16th September onwards.

UPSC CSAT 2022 Exam DateExam Type
CSAT Preliminary Exam05 June 2022Objective
CSE Main Exam16 September 2022Descriptive

Candidates who have filled in the application form to appear in the Civil Service Exam 2022 should remember the application number and password and should check their emails at regular intervals as UPSC can publish the download link of admit card (e-hall ticket). UPSC preliminary exam Admit Card can be downloaded from 10th May 2022.

UPSC CSAT Preliminary exam 2022 will be taken on 5th June 2022, and the UPSC CSE Mains exam 2022 will be taken on 16th September 2022.

Know More – UPSC CSAT Admit Card and Interview call letter

UPSC CSAT 2022 – Important Details

  1. Candidates are required to apply online to appear in the exam by using the official website.
  2. The application for registration contains two stages viz. Part I and Part II.
  3. While completing the application form, candidate will receive a registration ID which needs to be noted down for future reference.
  4. The application form will be divided into three parts – paying exam fees, uploading signature and photograph, and selection of examination center for appearing in the exam.
  5. The exam fees should be paid by net banking or by Visa/Master/RuPay/Credit/UPI.
  6. Uploading documents like a photograph and signature should be in. JPG format.
  7. The file size of a photograph and signature should not exceed 300 KB each and should not be less than 20 KB.
  8. Candidates should submit their application through their official website well before the last date of submission so that they get their preferred exam center near their residence.  

There has been no change in the exam pattern for the year 2022, candidates appearing for the CSAT exam should be a minimum of 21 years of age and a maximum of 32 years of age.

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Q.1 What is the date for the UPSC CSAT exam 2022?

Ans. The CSAT prelims exam 2022 will be conducted on 5th June 2022. Civil Services preliminary examination conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) consists of two papers. While Paper I is on General Studies and Paper II is on Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). So, the first shift of CSAT prelim exam Paper I will start at 9:30 am and get finished at 11:30 am, followed by second shift paper II, that will start at 2:30 pm and get finished at 4:30 pm.

The CSAT Mains exam 2022 will be conducted on 16th September 2022 onwards, there will be nine (9) papers for CSAT mains exam.

Q.2 Will the UPSC CSAT postpone again due to COVID?

Ans. The judgement from the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India against the plea for the postponement of the Union Public Service Examination in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, the CSAT exam 2020 was scheduled for 4th October 2020. While the Delhi High Court have continued hearing plea seeking postponement of UPSC CSAT Mains exam 2021 scheduled between 7th January 2022 and 16th January 2022 in the view of third wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

The union public service commission had postponed  civil services preliminary exam scheduled to be held on 27th June 2021 to 10th October 2021. Now, the plea has been finally rejected by Delhi High Court. Therefore, looking into the scenario the CSAT exam date for prelims and Mains for the year 2022 will not get postponed in wake of COVID 19.

Q.3 Do both the papers of the UPSC CSAT are scheduled for the same day?

Ans. The first stage of evaluation by union public service commission is by preliminary exam called as Civil services aptitude test (CSAT prelims exam 2022). There are further two stages CSAT mains exam and personal interview.

CSAT preliminary exam has two papers:

General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (CSAT). The nature of exam is such that the scores Paper I will determine if you qualify for cut off for prelims exam. The candidates will need only 33% or 66 marks to appear in order to qualify in Paper I. Paper II cut-off marks depends on number of students appearing for prelims exam, previous cut-off scores, how students performed in the exam etc. Paper I will have 100 questions and Paper II will have 80 questions, both papers will be of 200 marks each.

CSAT UPSC Preliminary exam 2022 will be conducted on 5th June 2022. GS Paper I will begin at 9:30 am and get finished at 11:30 am, followed by paper II, that will start at 2:30 pm and get finished at 4:30 pm.

Q.4 When will UPSC declare the result of the UPSC CSAT exams?

Ans. CSAT exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) takes place in following three phases.

  • First phase is UPSC CSAT also known as CSAT preliminary exam that has Two papers namely General Studies paper I and General Studies paper II (CSAT).
  • Second phase is UPSC mains has 9 papers, with 2 mandatory papers on English and Indian language, 1 paper on essay, Four papers on General Studies and 2 optional subjects.
  • Followed by Personal interview of a candidate.

UPSC declares the result of exam after one month of exam date. The preliminary exam date is on 5th June 2022, The mains exam date is on 16th September 2022. The UPSC CSAT exam 2022 results for preliminary test will be in the month of October 2022 after completion of mains exam.

Q.5 How many times is CSAT Exam conducted in a year?

Ans. Civil Services Aptitude exam is to check aptitude, analytical skills and reasoning ability of a candidate, conducted by Union Public Service Commission. The exam takes place in three stages CSAT preliminary exam, CSAT mains exam and interview. Candidate appearing for CSAT exam should apply on the website from 2nd February 2022 and complete the application form before the last date 22nd February 2022. UPSC exam authorities will inform on candidate’s email address about downloading admit card. The tentative date of receiving a link to download admit card for the exam is 15th May 2022. The Preliminary CSAT exam will take place once in a year on 5th June 2022 in offline mode. The UPSC CSAT preliminary exam will have two papers – General Studies I and General Studies – II (CSAT). Paper I will have total of 100 questions and Paper II will have total of 80 questions. Each paper will be of 200 marks each. The test for both papers will be on the same day. The first paper will be taken between 9:30 am to 11:30 am, the second paper will be taken from 2:30 pm and get finished at 4:30 pm.

Q.6 Is CSAT paper removed from UPSC?

Ans. CSAT preliminary exam has two papers General Studies I having 100 questions and General Studies II having 80 questions. In total, each of these papers are of total 200 marks, the candidates appearing these papers have to appear offline on two separate session in a single day. In order to qualify candidates have to score at least 66 marks out of 200 marks. As for the preliminary exam, it is conducted to evaluate analytical skills, aptitude, personality, mindset, logic and knowledge of a candidate. This is the first step of exam followed by 9 papers of CSAT mains and personal interview. CSAT exam has not been removed from UPSC and will continue as preliminary exam required for candidate in order to appear first stage of exam.

Q.7 When was CSAT introduced in the UPSC CSE Exam?

Ans. Civil Services Aptitude exam (CSAT) has been a qualifying paper and is also known as CSAT preliminary exam is a first stage of exam conducted by UPSC to recruit civil services officers. To clear the CSAT Exam, aspirants have to qualify with at least 66 marks in GS paper I and cutoff marks in paper II. Both papers of preliminary exam are each of 200 marks. After the CSAT prelims, there will be 9 papers for CSAT Mains. Subsequently, the CSAT prelims exam was introduced in 2011.