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English Passage (Compulsory)

Comparative Analysis of Civil Services Prelim Paper - II (CSAT)

Analysing Civil Services Prelims Exam
UPSC In-depth Question Analysis - Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

Subject Year - 2011 Year - 2012 Year - 2013
Reading Comprehension 30 32 24
Mathematics 11 3 11
Reasoning 17 28 25
English Passage (Compulsory) 9 8 8
Decision Making 8 9 6
Data Interpretation & Graphs 5 x 5
  80 Marks 80 Marks 80 Marks

First, we have Reading Comprehension which requires lots of practice and it is very important part of the paper because out of 80 questions around 24-25 questions are coming in the paper.
Next is Mathematics, we can see that the number of mathematics questions are very very less (pure maths approach). No need to do Vedic  mathematics and all. you can solve questions with class 7th to 8th level preparation. So in mathematics the mental ability portion is basic maths and it is not a problem.
Reasoning is also important, almost 25 questions.