UPPSC PCS Syllabus: Detailed UPPSC Syllabus & Exam Pattern

UPPSC Syllabus 2020:  The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the responsible body for conducting the Public Service Commission Examination (PSC). Through the UPPSC Exam Group A and Group B Officers are appointed in the administrative services of the state government. The syllabus is different for the UPPSC PCS prelims and main exam but the candidate should take an integrated approach to the UPPSC syllabus because most of the topics are common.

The UP Govt. has released the notification to appoint suitable candidates through the UPPSC PCS Exam 2020. The application will be made available online from 21st April to 18th May 2020. This year the total no. of vacancies is 200. But the vacancies will surely go up as the requisition from the various department is not received yet.

Here we are discussing the latest pattern of the UPPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020: UPPSC Exam Pattern

Before we discuss the UPPSC Syllabus let us first have an idea of the Exam Pattern. The UPPSC  PCS Exam comprises of three stages.

  1. Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions (MCQs)
  2. Mains – 8 papers – essay/descriptive type
  3. Interview

The candidate will have to clear each of the rounds successfully to be appointed as UPPSC Officer.

Name of the Exam Type of the Exam/Time Marks
UPPSC Prelims
  • Paper 1 – General Studies I
  • Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
  • Paper 1: 150 questions
  • Paper 2: 100 questions
UPPSC Mains
  • General Hindi
  • Essay
  • General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • General Studies III
  • General Studies IV
  • Optional Subject – Paper 1
  • Optional Subject – Paper 2
  • General Hindi – 150 marks
  • Essay – 150 marks
  • All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
  • Total – 1500 marks
UPPSC Interview
  • Personality Test/Interview
  • 100 marks

UPPSC Syllabus: UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern is given below. This is qualifying in nature used for the purpose of filtering out candidates to appear for the UPPSC Mains Exam. The UPPSC Prelims comprises of two papers: || Paper I Paper II ||. Both the papers will be of 200 marks each with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The duration of the exam would be 2 hours with both the papers being conducted on the same day.

Name of Exam UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam
No. of Papers (2)
  1. Paper 1 – General Studies I
  2. Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
Duration of Exam  

  • Both papers conducted on the same day;
  • Paper 1 – 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM
  • Paper 2 – 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM
Maximum Marks
  • Both Papers will be of 200 marks each.
  • However, only Paper 1 will be considered for merit ranking
  • Paper 2 is a qualifying paper on the lines of IAS Prelims (33% qualifying criteria)
Number of Questions
  • Paper-I: 150 questions
  • Paper-II: 100 questions
Type of Exam Offline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets
Nature of Questions All questions will be of Objective type (MCQs)

Marking Scheme For UPPSC Prelims Exam

  • There will be a 0.33% negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  • For e.g., if the maximum marks allotted for a question is 2, then answering it incorrectly would incur a penalty of 0.66 marks
  • Filling multiple circles on the OMR sheet for the same question would be treated as an incorrect answer and it would lead to negative marking.
  • There is no negative marking for leaving a question blank.
  • Paper 2(CSAT) is a qualifying paper in UPPCS/ PCS Pre paper in which the candidates must obtain a minimum of 33% marks.
  • The selection from the UPPCS/ PCS Pre paper stage will be done on the basis of marks obtained in Paper 1.

UPPSC Syllabus For Prelims

The Syllabus for the UPPSC PCS Prelims is quite similar to that of IAS. As you know that the UPPSC Prelims comprises of two papers objective in nature, therefore the syllabus for both the papers is provided below.

UPPSC Prelims Syllabus For Paper I

  1. Current events of National & International importance
  2. Indian History: Ancient, Medieval, Modern
  3. National Movement
  4. Indian and World Geography – Socio-economic, Physical geography
  5. Indian Governance and Polity – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
  6. Social and Economic Development – Demographics, Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  7. Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialization.
  8. General Science

UPPSC Syllabus For Paper 2

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills (including communication skills)
  3. Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
  4. Problem Solving & Decision Making
  5. General Mental Ability
  6. Elementary Mathematics (class X level – Algebra, Statistics, Geometry and Arithmetic)
  7. General English (class X level)
  8. General Hindi (class X level)

UPPSC Syllabus: UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern is given below. Thie marks obtained in this exam will be considered for the final selection of the candidates. The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers descriptive in nature. The duration of the exam would be 3 hours for each paper. The UPPSC Mains Exam will be of a total of 1500 marks.  The papers will be conducted over a week’s duration.

Name of Exam UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination
Number of Papers (8)
  1. General Hindi
  2. Essay
  3. General Studies I
  4. General Studies II
  5. General Studies III
  6. General Studies IV
  7. Optional Subject – Paper 1
  8. Optional Subject – Paper 2
Duration of Exam  

  • Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;
  • Morning Session – 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM
  • Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM
Maximum Marks
  • General Hindi – 150 marks
  • Essay – 150 marks
  • All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
  • Total – 1500 marks
Type of Exam Offline (Pen-paper)
Nature of Questions Essay/descriptive type
Optional Subjects As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.

UPPSC Syllabus For Mains

The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers. The marks secured in the UPPSC PCS main exam are the deciding factor in the final selection. There are two major changes in the UPPSC main exam pattern.
Firstly, UPPSC does away with the objective type papers and re-introduced the descriptive type papers as in the past but with the increase in the number of papers.
Secondly, UPPSC introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper which was not there earlier.

Essay: Paper II

There will be three sections in the question paper of Candidates will have to select Essay. One topic from each section and they are required to write an essay in 700 words on each topic. In the three sections, topics of the essay will be based on the following sphere :
Section A: Literature and Culture, Social sphere, Political sphere.
Section B: Science, Environment and Technology, Economic Sphere Agriculture, Industry, and Trade.
Section C: National and International Events, Natural Calamities, Land slide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought, etc. National Development programs and projects.

General Studies I: Paper III

1- History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and
Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2- Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, personalities
and issues, etc.
3- The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from
different parts of the country.
4- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.).
5- History of the world will include events from 18 century to middle of the 20 century such th th
as French revolution of 1789, industrial revolution, World Wars, redraw of national
boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc-their forms and effect on the society.
6- Salient features of Indian Society and culture.
7- Role of Women in society and women’s organization, population and associated issues,
poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
8- Meaning of liberalization, privatization and globalization and their effects on economy,
polity and social structure.
9- Social empowernment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
10- Distribution of major natural resources of World- Water, Soils, Forests in reference to
South and South-East Asia with special reference to India. Factors responsible for the
location of industries (with special reference to India).
11- Salient features of Physical Geography- Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activity,
Cyclone, Ocean Currents, winds and glaciers.
12- Oceanic resources of India and their potential.
13- Human migration-refugee problem of the World with focus on India.
14- Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.
15- Population and Settlements- Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and
Smart Villages

General Studies II: Paper IV

  1.  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basis structure, Role of Supreme Court in the evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein .
  3. Role of Finance Commission in Centre- State financial relations.
  4. Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.
  5. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries.
  6. Parliament and State legislatures- structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned issues.
  7. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary: Ministries and Departments of the Government, Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
  8. Salient features of the Reperesentation of People’sAct.
  9. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, Powers, functions and their responsibilities.
  10. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, their features and functioning.
  11. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, implementation and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
  12. Development processes- the role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  13. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  14. Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  15. Issues relating to poverty and hunger, their implication on body politic.
  16. Important aspects of governance. Transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential, citizens, charters and institutional measures.
  17. Role of Civil Services in a democracy in the context of emerging trends.
  18. India and its relationship with neighbouring Countries.
  19. Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and/ or affecting India’s interest.
  20. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s
    interests- Indian diaspora.
  21. Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning.
  22.  Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue and Judicial System.
  23.  Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National and International importance.

General Studies III: Paper V

  1. Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  2. Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social justice and inclusive growth.
  3. Components of Government Budgets and Financial System.
  4. Major Crops, Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, Limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security, Technology missions in agriculture.
  6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  7. Land reforms in India since independence.
  8. Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  10. Science and Technology-developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security, India’s Science and Technology policy.
  11. Achievements of Indians in science & technology, in digenization of technology. Developments of New technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use technologies.
  12. Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nano- technology, microbiology, bio-technology. Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights.
  13. Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wild life, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment,
  14. Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and management.
  15. Challenges of International Security: Issues of Nuclear proliferation, Causes and spread of extremism, Communication networks, role of media and social networking, Basics of cyber security, money laundering and human trafficking.
  16. India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.
  17. Role, kind and mandate of security forces, Higher defense organizations in India18- Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh Economy:- Overview of UP Economy: State Budgets. Importance of Agriculture, Industry, Infrastructure and physical resources. Human Resources and Skill development. Government Programmes and Welfare Schemes.
  18. Issues in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry.
  19. Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.

General Studies Paper IV: Paper VI

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human action, dimensions of ethics, ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values-lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  2. Attitude: Content, structure, function, its influence and relation with thought and behavior, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion.
  3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public services, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  4. Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  6. Public/Civil Service values and ethics in Public Administration: status and problems, ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions, laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance, accountability and ethical governance, strengthening of moral values in governance, ethical issues in international relations and funding, corporate governance.
  7. Probity in Governance: concept of public service, philosophical basis of governance and probity, information sharing and transparency in government. Right to Information, codes of ethics, codes of conduct, citizen’s charter, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  8. Case studies on above issues

Optional Paper For UPPSC PCS Mains Exam: Paper VII & VIII

The UPPSC PCS  Mains exam will consist of eight papers of which candidates will have to choose from a list of 34 subjects for the last two papers. Candidates will be able to select one optional subject as both the optional papers will constitute questions from the subject opted by candidates. The list of all the optional subjects has been provided below.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus: List Of Optional Subjects For Mains

Agriculture & Veterinary Science Arabic Lit. Zoology
Chemistry Hindi Lit. Statistics
Defence Studies Persian Lit. Physics
Management Sanskrit Lit. Mathematics
Political Science & International Relations Geology Commerce & Accountancy
Geography Psychology Economics
History Civil Engineering Public Administration
Social Work Medical Science Sociology
Agricultural Engineering Philosophy Anthropology
Mechanical Engineering Botany Electrical Engineering
Law English Lit. Animal Husbandry
Urdu Lit

UPPSC Interview

This is the final round of UPPSC Exam. Candidates qualifying the Prelims and the Mains exam will be called to appear for the Interview. The Interview will be of 100 Marks. The test will relate to the matter of general interest keeping the matter of academic interest in view and for general awareness, intelligence, character, expression power/personality and general suitability for the service.

UPPSC Syllabus 2020 FAQ’s

Q 1. How many papers are in UPPSC Prelims have.?

Ans. There are two papers in UPPSC Prelims: Paper-I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CSAT).

Q 2. How many papers are in UPPSC Mains exam.?

Ans. There are total eight (8) papers in the UPPSC Mains exam.

Q 3. Is knowledge of Hindi required for UPPSC.?

Ans. Yes, there is one whole paper of Hindi, which need to be qualified.

Q 4. Is there optional subjects in UPPSC mains exam.?

Ans. Yes, there is one optional subject in UPPSC Mains exam.

Q 5. Is there interview in UPPSC exam.?

Ans. Yes, there is interview in UPPSC exam.

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