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Rau’s IAS coaching centre is one of India’s best IAS training institutes, with 70 years of legacy. UPSC CSAT foundation course by Rau’s IAS offers comprehensive coverage of the entire CSAT syllabus in a time bound manner through well designed CSAT study material and top UPSC IAS CSAT Foundation teachers.
CSAT foundation course 2024 will help you develop an in-depth understanding of concepts and learn unique techniques to solve MCQs with speed and accuracy. It’ll cover everything from the basics to the requirements of the UPSC CSAT exam 2024.

CSAT Foundation Course

Rau’s IAS CSAT Foundation course 2024 is taught by an exceptionally gifted team of teachers who specialise in IAS coaching. The course offers foundation classes of 100+ hours, regular topic tests during the teaching modules and  Rau’s IAS CSAT test series 2024 after completion of the course.


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Why is Rau’s IAS CSAT Foundation Course coaching highly sought after

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Comprehensive coverage of entire CSAT syllabus in timebound manner.

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Rau’s IAS CSAT Foundation COURSE for UPSC 2024

Regular Afternoon Batch

Monday to Friday

1 Class daily of 2 hours
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


2.5 months


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Starts from

3rd NOV 2023

Regular Evening Batch

Monday to Friday

1 Class daily of 2 hours
6 to 8 PM


2.5 months


English medium

Starts from

3rd NOV 2023

Weekend Batch


2 classes of 2 hours each
Class 1: 10 – 12 PM
Class 2: 12:30 – 2:30 PM


6 months


English medium


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Features of Rau’s IAS
CSAT Foundation Course

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  • • Develop in-depth understanding of concepts via logical and analytical methods.
  • • Learn unique techniques to solve MCQs with speed and accuracy
  • • Solve all 5 years PYQs in class
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  • • Concept Builder Books
  • • Topic wise class exercises.
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  • • Topic Tests
  • • 10 FLTs = 800 MCQs
  • • Test Discussion & unlimited doubt solving.

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Percentage class by Swaminathan

Introduction to Quantitative Aptitude

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We guarantee to break you free from your fear!

Our UPSC CSAT Course 2024 is designed to help you ace the CSAT paper without any doubt. With our unique teaching methodologies, you’ll develop confidence to tackle all questions in the UPSC CSAT paper.

What is CSAT in UPSC

Civil Services Aptitude Test, CSAT is one of the two compulsory papers of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination. This is also known as GS Paper-II of UPSC Prelims exam. It was introduced in the year 2011 to test the administrative aptitude of candidates – analytical skills, logical reasoning, comprehension, general mental ability and basic numeracy.

It must be noted that CSAT is a qualifying paper, i.e., you must get the minimum qualifying marks (of 33%) to be eligible to get shortlisted for UPSC Mains Exam.

The latest CSAT paper pattern for UPSC is:

  •  Number of questions: 80 MCQs
  •  Marks per question: 2.5
  • Maximum Marks: 200
  • Negative Marking: For every incorrect answer, the candidate is penalized 1/3rd of the total marks allotted to that question, i.e., 0.83 marks will be cut.
  • However, no marks will be deducted for a question if it is not attempted.
  •  Time: 2 hours
  •  Language of CSAT exam paper: English/Hindi

Importance of CSAT in UPSC

It must be noted that the UPSC CSAT paper is qualifying in nature, i.e., you will not be able to clear UPSC Prelims, if you do not get the minimum qualifying marks in CSAT (GS Paper 2), however high you may score in GS Paper 1.

  •  UPSC has set minimum qualifying marks of 33% in CSAT, i.e., if you do not get 66+ marks in CSAT, you are out!
  •  In the last few years UPSC has gradually increased the difficulty level of CSAT paper. And many students who took CSAT for granted, even after scoring high marks in GS Paper-I, failed at the UPSC Prelim exam.
  • Therefore, IAS aspirants should not take CSAT for granted, take out enough time to learn and develop the skill to qualify the CSAT paper.


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Is CSAT qualifying in UPSC?

Yes, CSAT is a Qualifying Paper, i.e., marks secured in the UPSC CSAT paper will not be considered towards the marks making the cut-off for the UPSC Mains exam. In other words, marks secured in this UPSC CSAT paper will not determine the selection of the candidate for UPSC Mains Exam. The cut-off for IAS Mains exam, therefore, is purely determined by the marks secured in Prelims GS Paper I. Minimum qualifying marks for CSAT are fixed at 33%. CSAT Paper is of 200 marks. That means a minimum of 66 Marks are to be secured in this Paper for eligibility for consideration in the cut-off list for the IAS Mains exam.

Is there any negative marking in CSAT Paper 2?

For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one‐third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question is deducted as a penalty.

What is the syllabus for UPSC CSAT Paper?

CSAT Paper includes questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. of class X level) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. of Class X level).

Which is the best book to study for the UPSC CSAT exams?

There are many CSAT books in the market. Some of the well-known books are:
  • • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggrawal
  • • CSAT by McGraw Hill
  • • Cracking the Civil Services Aptitude Test Paper-II by Arihant

But you need not refer to all of these books and solve an endless number of questions to qualify for the CSAT paper. The CSAT syllabus is well-defined and easily mastered with proper guidance and practice. All you need to do is approach it smartly, make sure you devote enough time to learning the skills required to solve the CSAT questions and put in ample practice solving all the question types which have come in the CSAT papers in the past 5 years.

Is CSAT easy to crack?

Most of the aspirants end up underestimating CSAT, thinking that it has easy quant questions which can get them qualifying 66 marks out of 200. Hence, CSAT is kept as the last priority while preparing for UPSC CSE. This is a blunder. One must understand that if this paper is not qualified, the effort put in for GS and Optional papers will not be worthwhile. There have been many cases in the recent past where aspirants scored way above the Mains cut-off but failed to clear CSAT.
Therefore, CSAT needs attention, less time and attention than GS and Optional subjects, but enough focus and attention to qualify it with sufficient margin.
  1. Solve PYQs to examine your aptitude level for the UPSC CSAT paper
  2. Assess your strong and weak areas
  3. Do not count on your strong areas to help you qualify for the CSAT paper. UPSC is known for being unpredictable and loading too many questions from the same syllabus topics. You would not want to face too many questions from your weak areas.
  4. So, start working on your weak areas now.
  5. Learn the techniques to solve questions and practice 4-5 questions daily.

What is CSAT passing marks?

33% of the total 200 marks or 66+ marks.

What is the duration of Rau's IAS CSAT course ?

Course durations can vary depending on the type of program and the specific needs of the students. In the regular batch, the duration is 2.5 months, and for the weekend batch, it is 6 months.

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