Civil Services IAS Prelims CSAT Sample Questions

Civil Services IAS Prelims CSAT Sample Questions

Here you can find the sample questions for the CSAT paper of IAS prelims. The sample questions are provided with answers. Go through these questions and find out what is the nature of CSAT paper.  CSAT sample questions are designed to test the decision making ability of the candidate and aptitude for the civil services. Moreover, the sample questions try to find out the ethical and moral traits in a candidate.

For example, sample questions on comprehension test how good a candidate is at fact finding, interpreting text and sifting through information. Questions on Quantitative ability will test students’ knowledge of numbers.

The syllabus and pattern of Civil Services Preliminary Examination CS(P)  has undergone significant changes with effect from 2011. These changes have already been intimated to the publicvide Press Note on 22 nd, October, 2010, which is available on UPSC website.The Commission had also indicated in the Press Note that a set of sample questions for both the papers would be put up on the UPSC website, in due course, for reference of the prospectivecandidates.A set of 14 sample questions for Paper I and Paper-II of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination, on the revised syllabus and pattern, are given below. These questions are indicative of the type of questions that may be constructed and used by UPSC in Paper-I and Paper II of CS (P)examination, 2011. However, neither the content nor the structure/type of questions may be construedas being exhaustive or limiting the freedom of UPSC to set questions based on the syllabus prescribed for the examination.

It may be noted that as per the existing practice, both the question papers would be bilingual English and Hindi, except for some questions specifically intended to test English Language Comprehension skills, which would be in English only.Some more sample questions may be put up subsequently.Hindi version of the sample questions would follow.
CS(P) Examination

SAMPLE QUESTIONS Based on revised syllabi & pattern effective from CS(P) Examination, 2012 PAPER I

1. With reference to Simon Commission’s recommendations, which one of the following statements is correct?(a)It recommended the replacement of diarchy with responsible government in the provinces.(b)It proposed the setting up of inter provincial council under the Home Department.(c)It suggested the abolition of bicameral legislature at the Center (d)It recommended the creation of Indian Police Service with a provision for increased pay and allowances for British recruits as compared to Indian recruits.2. A geographic area with an altitude of 400 meters has following characteristics:

Average maximum temp.0C
Average minimum temp.0C
Rainfall (mm)

If this geographic area were to have a natural forest, which one of the following wouldit most likely be?(a)Moist temperate coniferous forest  (b) Montane subtropical forest(c)Temperate forest(d)Tropical rain forest3. Other than
Jatropha curcas  why is
Pongamia pinnata
also considered a good option for the production of bio-diesel in India?
Pongamia pinnata
grows naturally in most of the arid regions of India.

The seeds of
Pongamia pinnata

are rich in lipid content of which nearly half of oleic acid.Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (a)1 only(b)2 only(c)Both 1 and 2(d)Neither 1 nor 24. If a potato is placed on a pure paper plate which is white and unprinted and put in a microwave oven, the potato heats up but the paper plate does not.

This is because (a) Potato is mainly made up of starch whereas paper is mainly made up of cellulose(b) Potato transmits microwaves whereas paper reflects microwaves (c) Potato contains water whereas paper does not contain water (d)Potato is a fresh organic material whereas paper is a dead organic material5. With reference to India, consider the following:1.Nationalization of Banks2.Formation of Regional Rural Banks3.Adoption of villages by Bank Branches Which of the above can be considered as steps taken to achieve the financial inclusion in India?

1 and 2 only
2 and 3 only
3 only
1, 2 and 3

6. Consider the following actions by the Government:1.Cutting the tax rates2.Increasing the government spending3.Abolishing the subsidiesIn the context of economic recession, which of the above actions can be considered a part of the “ fiscal stimulus” package?

(a)1 and 2 only(b)2 only(c)1 and 3 only(d)1, 2 and 3


ead the following passage and answer the given questions. Youranswers should be drawn from the content of given passage only.
The economy of contemporary India is a great paradox. It is a strange combination of outstanding achievements as well as grave failures. Since independence, India hasachieved remarkable progress in overcoming its economic backwardness. From beinga very poor country in the 1950s and a ‘basket case’ in the mid 1960s, it has emergedas the fourth largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity. 
Our economy has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now the country is one of the leading players in the world knowledge economy with vast intellectual capital and booming software and information technology services. While our country has joined the league of the world’s top five fastest growing economies,we are in the bottom 20 among all countries in terms of the Human Development Index. While the country is celebrating its growth rate and technological wonders, it is witnessing social contradictions and the paradox and ironies of development. Thus,there are ‘two India’ in contemporary India.1. Why is the Indian economy considered ‘a great paradox’?

It is a leading player in information technology services with low levels of literacy.

There is poverty amidst plenty in agricultural produce.

It is one of the largest economies with low human development.

It has scientific achievements with social contradictions.2. Why is India being referred to as a leading player in the world knowledge economy ? (a) India’s knowledge base in science and technology is one of the world’s best.(b)India has huge reserves of human intellectual capitals and information technology services.(c) India is among the World’s five fastest growing economics and technology reserves.(d)India has a huge reservoir of human capital and scientific knowledge export potential.3. What does the author imply by the phrase ‘two India's ?

(a)There is the India that has vast intellectual capital and the other that is largely illiterate.(b)There is the India of burgeoning growth and the India of widespread want and misery.(c)There is the India of progressive mindsets and the other who are socially conservative.(d)There is an India of outstanding achievements combined with gigantic failures.4. Consider the following statement and also the conclusions. Answer the question that follows:Statement  Education is in the Concurrent List. 

The State government cannot bring reforms in education without the consent of Central Government. Conclusion I :For bringing about quick reforms in education, it should be in the State List .Conclusion II: States are not willing to bring about quick reforms in Education.Which one of the following is correct? (a) Conclusion –I only follows from the statement.(b)Conclusion –II only follows from the statement.(c)Both conclusions I & II follow from the statement(d) Neither conclusion I nor conclusion II follow from the statement 5

Five persons P, Q, R, S, T are sitting in a row. Q is between P and T. To find who among them is in the middle, which of the information given in the following statements is/are sufficient?1. P is left of Q and right of S.2. R is at the right end.Select the correct answer using the code given below:(a)1 only