[UPCS CSE CSAT] Best Books For UPSC CSAT/Aptitude Test, CSAT Syllabus and CSAT Pattern
UPSC CSAT Syllabus (Aptitude Test) :
CSAT Paper II: 200 Marks; Duration: Two Hours; Number of Questions: 80
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.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)
Marking Scheme: Total 80 questions have 200 marks, thus each question is of 2.5 marks. There is a negative marking of 33% or 0.83 marks. Decision making section doesn't have any negative marking.
UPSC CSAT Pattern & Analysis :
General Mental Ability
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
Comprehension (Both English & Hindi)
English Language Comprehension Skills
Best Recommended Books for UPSC CSAT Paper 2 (Aptitude Test):
English Language (Grammar & Comprehension)/Communication Skills :
This Section consist of Comprehension, Vocabulary (synonym, antonym), Sentence correction, Fill in the blank, Sentence arrangement / sentence completion etc.
English Section is a very important section but it is not very difficult section, you can go through any Good English Grammar and composition book.
If you are looking for a multipurpose Book For English Grammar and Composition then I will Suggest to choose any one of the mentioned below, these books are also useful for CSAT, SSC, SBI, IBPS PO/CLK and many other Exams.
1. Objective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant) / Here Just Go for it. Beautifully Written and lot of practice questions are included. This is best Book I have gone through.
For Vocabulary Building & English Complete Command :
Best Books till Date, If you strictly follow these books and try to improve your English I can bet you will improve very quickly within a couple of months and in 6 months your English will be at a different level.
Topics : These are the topics which Frequently appear. Simplification, Number System, LCM/HCF,Roots, Fractions, Average, Percentage, Loss & Profit, Ratio and Proportion, Simple & Common Interest, Time & Work, Trains, Mensuration, Mean, Mode, Median etc... And Some other topics too....
This book is a Amazing book with Very good basics and shortcuts and lot of Questions for practice. It covers almost whole syllabus, Book is very Useful for SSC, IBPS, and all other exams. Trigonometry, Mensuration, Geometry and many other topics are give very good quality and depth.
Go for this book its not very costly, covers almost everything, written nicely and the book you were looking for.
2. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant / Here This book is also very good book Covers whole syllabus and shortcuts are given. Book is written very beautifully and have very good basics. I will say this is one of the best book.
Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, General Mental Ability, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning etc Note : R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning + Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is the Best Combination... because R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning Covers Some part very Good + Lots of Questions for practice But it lacks in Analytical Reasoning part so for this Part Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is very very useful. These are also very useful for SSC, Bank Exams etc.
A lot of practice is needed to fetch good marks in this section, here are some of the required books for this section:
R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning + Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is the Best Combination, because R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning Covers Some part very Good + Lots of Questions for practice But it lacks in Analytical Reasoning part so for this Part Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is very very useful. These are also very useful for SSC, Bank Exams etc
This Book is Best Book Available for Analytical Part with lots of questions for Practice. Best Part of this Book is the Great Conceptual Approach and problem solving methods. Syllogism, Statement, assumptions, Input output, Puzzles ect are the some topics which are explained Very Well. This Book is Very much needed for every Exam where Reasoning is asked whether its UPSC CSE exam or bank Exams or SSC Exams. This is one time investment and provides Great material.
Believe me this book is better than RS Aggarwal Reasoning book, reason is this book is up to date and have very good basics and includes last few years previous questions and standard of difficulty is very good. Book is written in a very lucid manner and very easy to understand the concepts and practice. Fully solved and lots of question for practice.
Decision Making & Problem Solving: This section consists of case studies in which your decision making skills, attitude, character, and common sense is tested through questions, This tests whether you are right person with right attitude to deal with difficult and tricky situation as a Civil Servant. So build the right kind of attitude and and approach about sensitive topics. Although in this Section CSAT Manual will be helpful so choose one of the manual I have mentioned below.
Apart from this there are CSAT or Aptitude Manuals Which are also very useful, although The books above are mentioned are basic and very useful books, but if you want to have one CSAT Manual then here are two best one.