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UPSC CSAT Exam 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

September 8, 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.

About Exam and Conducting Body

Every year the union public service commission conducts a nationwide competitive exam, civil service examination, for the recruitment of officials at civil services of the nation. This includes IFS or Indian foreign services, IAS or Indian administrative services, and IPS i.e. Indian police service. Civil service exams are conducted into two parts.

  • Preliminary exam
  • main exam
  • Personal interview

The preliminary exam has two objective-type papers-

  • General Studies Part I
  • General Studies Part II

These exams, collectively, are called the civil service aptitude test or CSAT.

CSAT exams are like screening tests that candidates need to clear for appearing in UPSC mains. Candidates are required to score 33 % of marks to clear these exams to the list for the mains.

These exams being objective may sound easier but they require a thorough knowledge of current affairs along with other topics such as-

  • Mental ability
  • comprehension and grammar
  • data interpretation and analytical skills,
  • logical reasoning
  • Basic math’s etc.

UPSC CSAT exams are conducted by UPSC i.e. union public service commission every year. UPSC is a government agency that conducts exams for the recruitment of various high-level central government public servants. CSAT is conducted annually.

Following are the important details about UPSC-

ParticularsDetails
ExamUPSC CSAT
Governing BodyUPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
TypeAutonomous Constitutional Authority
Head QuarterDholpur House, New Delhi
ChairpersonMr. Pradeep Kumar Joshi
Established1st October 1926

UPSC CSAT Exam Notifications and News

Every year UPSC i.e. union public service commission conducts civil service exams. Its preliminary exam is called the civil service aptitude test or CSAT. For the year 2022, UPSC has already announced the exam dates in March. The CSAT Preliminary exams were held on 05th June, 2022

UPSC Exam 2022 – Important Events IAS 2022 Exam DateDetails 
UPSC CSE Notification 2022 Release Date02 February 2022UPSC releases the UPSC CSE Notification PDF on the official website in both English and Hindi. 
UPSC Application Date 202202 February 2022Along with the notification, UPSC announces the application form on the official website. 
Last date to apply for UPSC Exam 202222 February 2022Aspirants can only apply online for the UPSC prelims exam 2022. 
UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2022 Date15 May 2022 (Tentative)The UPSC prelims admit card is released a few days before the exam online. 
UPSC Prelims 2022 Date05 June 2022UPSC Prelims Exam 2022 is conducted in pen and paper mode in two shifts for each paper. 
UPSC Prelims Result 2022 Date22nd June, 2022UPSC Result for the prelims exam is released in form of a list of candidates selected for the mains exam. 
IAS Mains Exam Date 202216 September 2022IAS Mains Exam 2022 is a descriptive test and is held offline. 
UPSC Mains Result 2022 DateTo be announcedUPSC releases the Mains result PDF announcing the list of candidates selected for the interview. 
UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2022To be announcedUPSC Personality Test is held in Delhi. 
UPSC IAS Result 2022 (Final list of selected candidates)To be announcedFinal UPSC Result releases the list of candidates with AIR.

Due to this delay, admit cards are also not issued yet but they will be issued soon. The result of the UPSC CSAT preliminary exam would be declared at a later date than expected too. Dates for Main and subsequently for the personal interview would be declared later too.

Candidates must be aware that UPSC accepts only online forms. Printing the form and sending it across via mail or any other means would make the application form bogus and invalid. All the information related to UPSA CSAT exams is declared on the official website of the UPSC. Candidates can access all the information regarding the exam only on the website.

UPSC CSAT Exam Date

UPSC released the exam notification for CSAT 2022 in March with the date of the exam.  For the year 2022, the exams were supposed to be held in June but due to the COVID pandemic, the dates of the exam are postponed to October 2022.

All the corresponding dates like the date of release of admit card, date for mains, and then personal interview have been subsequently moved ahead too.

Following is the latest date chart of UPSC CSAT exam 2022-

UPSC Exam 2022 – Important Events UPSC CSAT 2022 Exam DateDetails 
UPSC CSAT Notification 2022 Release Date02 February 2022UPSC releases the UPSC CSAT Notification PDF on the official website in both English and Hindi. 
UPSC Application Date 202202 February 2022Along with the notification, UPSC announces the application form on the official website. 
Last date to apply for UPSC Exam 202222 February 2022Aspirants can only apply online for the UPSC prelims exam 2022. 
UPSC CSAT Prelims Admit Card 2022 Date10 May 2022 The UPSC prelims admit card is released a few days before the exam online. 
UPSC Prelims 2022 Date05 June 2022UPSC Prelims Exam 2022 is conducted in pen and paper mode in two shifts for each paper. 
UPSC Prelims Result 2022 Date22nd June 2022UPSC Result for the prelims exam is released in form of a list of candidates selected for the mains exam. 
UPSC CSAT Mains Exam Date 202216 September 2022IAS Mains Exam 2022 is a descriptive test and is held offline. 
UPSC Mains Result 2022 DateTo be announcedUPSC releases the Mains result PDF announcing the list of candidates selected for the interview. 
UPSC CSE Exam Interview Dates 2022To be announcedUPSC Personality Test is held in Delhi. 
UPSC IAS Result 2022 (Final list of selected candidates)To be announcedFinal UPSC Result releases the list of candidates with AIR.

Admit cards for the UPSC CSAT exam have also not been released yet. Candidates can download admit cards from the official website of UPSC thus one should be aware of such release.

Check out the updated Date & Notification schedule for UPSC CSAT

UPSC CSAT Application Fee

For the UPSC CSAT application, the fee is different for a different categories. For candidates of general category or economic weaker section or OBC category, the fee is Rs 200. There is no application fee for female candidates or candidates of the SC/ST category or candidates with disabilities.

S. NoCategoryApplication Fees CSAT
1.GeneralRs 100
2.OBCRs 100
3.Economic Weaker SectionRs 100
4.Female CandidatesNIL
5.SC/STNIL
6.Candidates with DisabilitiesNIL

The economic weaker section is that sub-category in which candidates belong to the family with less than 8 lacs as their annual income and do not belong to any SC/ST or OBC class.

UPSC CSAT Eligibility Criteria

To appear for the UPSC CSAT exam, candidates need to fulfill certain criteria. They must ensure of these before filling up the application form as there will be no refund of the application fee

Candidates must also remember they can attempt these exams only 6 times (though the number of attempts varies for different categories). Thus candidates must make sure they fulfill these criteria before applying. These criteria are divided into different categories.

Educational Criteria

  • Candidates appearing for the UPSC CSAT must be a graduate from govt. recognized university.
  • Candidates who have appeared for the exam of their final year of graduation and are awaiting the result can also apply for the UPSC CSAT but must present proof of their certification for the Mains.
  • Technical graduates i.e. candidates with MBBS or BE degrees can also apply for CSAT.
  • A candidate with a technical or professional qualification recognized by govt. of India which is equivalent to the technical or professional degree can also apply.

Age Limit

There is an age limit for candidates appearing for UPSC CSAT. This is different for candidates of different categories-

  • Candidates applying for the UPSC CSAT must be at least 21 years old but not older than 32 years.
  • The upper age limit for candidates of the SC/ST category is relaxed by 5 years.
  • The upper age limit for candidates of the OBC category is relaxed by 3 years.
S. NoCategoryAge Limit
1General21yrs to 32 yrs
2SC/STRelaxed upper limit by 5 years
3.OBCRelaxed upper limit by 3 years

Nationality

  • For IFS, IAS, and IPS, only candidates with Indian nationality can apply.
  • For other services candidates can be-
    • A citizen of India
    • A subject of Bhutan
    • a subject of Nepal
    • A Tibetan refugee who immigrated to India to permanently settle here.
    • Citizens of Indian origin who immigrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African nations like Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

UPSC CSAT Vacancies

PSC does not declare the number of vacancies for the UPSC CSAT exam. Vacancies are declared for the civil service positions which are filled by candidates based on their preference and merit position. The candidates who clear CSAT are selected based on the cut-off for the year.

For the year 2022, the UPSC has declared a total of 712 vacancies that will be filled by the Civil Service exam. This was announced after the exam notification for the UPSC CSAT came out on 02nd February 2022.

Read More – How Can I Start Preparing for UPSC Civil Services 

UPSC CSAT Salary

Candidates who appear for the UPSC CSAT go on to join Indian Foreign Services, Indian Administrative Services, and Indian Police services along with many other senior government civil services positions. The salary structure for these all services varies. Following is the basic pay structure for IAS, IFS, and IPS under the 7th pay commission.

For IAS

Sr. NoLevelBasic Pay (In Rupees)
1Starting/ Entry Level56,100
2Cabinet Secretary Level2,50,000

* This has to be noted that this pay band does not include DA, HRA, and other benefits and allowances.

For IFS

Sr. NoGradePay Band (In Rupees)
1Junior Scale56,100
2Cabinet Secretary Level2,40,000

* This has to be noted that these pay band does not include DA, HRA and other benefits and allowances.

For IPS

Sr. NoLevelBasic Pay (In Rupees)
1DSP/ACP (Starting level)56,100
2DGP/Director of IB or CBI/Commissioner of Police2,25,000

* This has to be noted that these pay band does not include DA, HRA and other benefits and allowances.

UPSC CSAT Syllabus

The UPSC CSAT has two papers and the syllabus of both these papers is different. Following is the description of the syllabus that candidates appearing for CSAT exams need to cover.

Syllabus for General Studies Paper- I

  • National and international current affairs
  • Indian History and history of Indian national movement
  • Topics related to socio-economic development
    • Social inclusion
    • Poverty- Causes and effects
    • Demographics
    • Sustainable and non-sustainable development and its effects
  • Indian Polity and its governance
    • Indian Constitution
    • Branches of government
    • Panchayat Raj in Indian villages
    • Rights and duties
    • Public policies etc.
  • Geography of India and its socio-economical affects
  • World Geography and its socio-economic effects
  • General Studies

Syllabus of General Studies Paper-II

  • English Language
  • Grammar and comprehension
  • Reasoning and analytical ability
  • Data interpretation and analysis
  • Basic Maths
  • Problem-solving capability
  • Decision making
  • Interpersonal skills such as communication skills

UPSC CSAT Exam Pattern

UPSC CSAT exams are the preliminary phase of UPSC Civil services exams.

  • CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test)
  • MAIN exam
  • Personal Interview

CSAT in turn divided into two papers-

  • General Studies Paper I
  • General Studies Paper-II

For CSAT Exams following points are to be remembered-

  • These exams are of a total of 400 marks with 200 marks each.
  • Candidates need to clear both these exams.
  • These usually occur on the same day with a break of 2-3 hours in between.
  • These are in-person exams and are taken in offline mode.
  • There is negative marking in these exams.
  • The language of these exams is Hindi and English. These exams are not held in regional languages.
  • To qualify, candidates need to clear both papers.

Know More – UPSC CSAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC CSAT Admit Card

Admit cards for the UPSC CSAT exams are usually released three to four weeks before the exams. For the year 2022, , Admit cards for the UPSC CSAT 2022 may be released by mid-September 2022. Candidates must remember-

  • Candidates must download the admit cards from the official website of the Union Public Service Commission, underactive examinations.
  • These admit cards are NOT sent by the commission by post or courier.
  • No such request would be considered. Candidates must download the admit card, check it properly, and take a printout of it.
  • Candidates must keep the admit card safe and secure.

Know More – UPSC CSAT Admit Card and Interview call letter

UPSC CSAT Result

UPSC announces the result of the CSAT exams on its website. These results are announced and can be downloaded from upsc.gov.in.

  • Results for the CSAT are only announced on the UPSC website
  • Candidates can check and download the result using their registration number to log in.
  • These results are not announced in any newspaper or any other publication
  • Candidates need to clear both the papers separately to move onto the mains and personal interview.

Know More  – UPSC CSAT Result & Cut off Marks

How to Apply?

For the year 2022, the UPSC announced exam notification for CSAT in March. Candidates who are looking to apply for the UPSC CSAT exam in the coming year should keep the following things in mind-

  • UPSC announces the exam notification on its official website, upsc.gov.in.
  • These announcements are not made in any other newspaper or any other exam or government platform.
  • Before applying for these exams, candidates must make sure they fulfill all the requirements or eligibility criteria since they cannot claim a refund of the application form.
  • Candidates can apply only a certain number of times to these exams thus they should make sure to apply only when they are fully prepared.
S. NoCategory of CandidatesNumber of Attempts
1General6
2OBC9
3SC/STUnlimited attempts till the age of 37

Steps to Apply for the UPSC CSAT Exams are –

  • Candidates must visit the official website of UPSC
  • Click on “Examination”
  • Choose “Active Examination”
  • Along with all the other active exams, they will find an announcement for the “Civil Service Examination”
  • They must first register for part A of the examination form using their name, their father’s name, mother’s name, contact details, and date of birth.
  • For Part B of the form, they must fill in their educational details and center preference. Candidates need to upload the required documents too.
  • Once these are done, they would pay application fees.
  • Candidates must check the details they are providing. They should complete the documents they are uploading. So there is no mistake and no chances of application rejection.

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FAQs

Q.1 What is the UPSC CSAT exam?

Ans. The UPSC CSAT is the preliminary exam for the civil services exams. CSAT or Civil Service Aptitude Test has two objective type papers. Candidates need to clear these exams before appearing for Civil Service Main exams and personal interviews.

Q.2 How many times can I appear for the UPSC CSAT exams?

Ans. Candidates of the general category can appear six times for the UPSC CSAT exams. Candidates of the OBC category can appear 9 times and candidates of the SC/ST category have an unlimited number of attempts till the age of 37.

Q.3 Can I apply if I am in my final year of graduation?

Ans. A final year student can only apply after giving their final exam. They would also have to provide proof of qualification at the time of the main exam.

Q.4 When is UPSC CSAT 2022?

Ans. The UPSC CSAT/Preliminary Exams are was held on 05th June, 2022. Further, the results for the same were announced on 22nd June, 2022.

Q.5 What is the age limit to apply for UPSC CSAT?

Ans. The age limit for the candidates appearing for the UPSC CSAT is 21 yrs to 32 yrs. This age limit is for candidates of the general category. Whereas the upper limit of the age bracket is relaxed by 3 years for candidates of the OBC category. It is relaxed by 5 yrs for candidates of the SC/ST category.

Q.6 What is the application fee for the UPSC CSAT?

Ans. The application fee for the UPSC CSAT exam for candidates is Rs. 100. This is for Candidates of the general and OBC categories. However, for the female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST category, there is no application fee.

Q.7 Can I solve UPSC CSAT in my regional language?

Ans. No, the language for papers in UPSC CSAT is either Hindi or English. There is no other choice of language.

Q.8 Is the UPSC CSAT exam online?

Ans. No. UPSC CSAT exams are offline exams. For 2022, the UPSC CSAT/Preliminary Exam was held on 05th June, 2022. Even more recently, the Commission announced the results on 22nd June, 2022.  

Q.9 Do I need to study international affairs too for UPSC CSAT?

Ans. Yes. For General Studies Paper I, candidates are required to study international relations and International affairs. Therefore, reading a newspaper regularly is important.

Q.10 Why is the UPSC CSAT considered one of the toughest exams?

Ans. This exam has a vast syllabus. These exams have many limitations for candidates. Such as an age limit, restricted number of attempts, and negative marking. Because of all these reasons, this is considered one of the toughest exams in the country.

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