The 2021 UPSCGeneral Studies Paper 2, also known as CSAT had a total of 80 questions based on Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and Verbal Ability. This year there were 27 questions in the Verbal Section compared to 25 questions in the same section last year.
The Quantitative ability section had 6 Data Sufficiency questions. The main topics covered were Number System, Algebra and Arithmetic. There were no lengthy calculations. The overall level of difficulty for the Quantitative section was easy to moderate.
There were 17 questions on Reasoning, which had a mix of questions based on Clocks and Calendars, Coding, Direction, Series, Ranking and Arrangement. There were four questions on Statement Conclusion too. The overall level of difficulty was easy to moderate for this section.
In the Verbal section, there were twenty six passages with a total of twentyseven questions. The questions were based on critical reasoning with a mix of assumption and inferential types. Utilization of the method of elimination and question selection strategies could ease the solving process. Overall, the level of difficulty was moderate.
Subjects 
Topics 
Number of questions 
Quantitative Ability 
Data Sufficiency 
6 
Number System 
9 

Algebra 
5 

Average 
4 

Profit, Loss and Discount 
1 

Percentage 
1 

Ratio 
2 

Time, Speed and Distance 
1 

Time and Work 
1 

Data Interpretation 
2 

Selection / Combination 
2 

Geometry / Mensuration 
2 

Reasoning 
Directions 
2 
Statement/ Conclusion 
3 

Series 
3 

Ranking – DS 
2 

Row arrangement 
1 

Logical Puzzles 
2 

Clocks and Calendar 
4 

Verbal 
Single/Two Question RCs (Critical Reasoning Based) 
27 
Total 
80 
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