What is the key to cracking the civil services exams? Civil service aspirants, who attended a seminar on “Civil Services Aptitude Test: 2013” organised by Triumphant Institute of Management Education (TIME) in association with The Hindu here on Sunday, were given tips on the best ways to tackle questions in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).

Faculty members of TIME and experts enlightened the aspirants on the ways and means to cracking the exams with “how to” write rather than “what to” write in the exams. Several questions from the previous year’s exams were discussed.

TIME CSAT Product Coordinator Naba Goswami posed questions to the students and asked them to reflect upon them.

Chidanand Vatare, Assistant Commissioner – Revenue, who was the first rank holder in the Karnataka Administrative Service 2012, said that the course material provided by TIME helped him in the exams.

Experts taking part in the seminar examined a wide range of questions ranging from logical reasoning to governance.

The preliminary round of the UPSC exams consists of two rounds — General Studies and the CSAT paper. The first paper is focussed on the knowledge of history, geography, current events, governance, economic, social development and general science. The second paper tests the aspirants’ skills such as logical reasoning and analytical ability, problem solving and data interpretation.

Those who attended the seminar and wished to join TIME’s CSAT programme were offered a discount of Rs. 1,000. They also got an opportunity to write the TIME Talent Search Exam at the venue, and those who scored well were promised an attractive discount in TIME’s course fee.

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