Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) Exam 2021 : Important Dates, Selection Process, Preparation, Pattern and Syllabus

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the state agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination for entry-level appointments to the various Civil Services of Uttar Pradesh.

The Constitution of India grants the agency’s charter. Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution, titled Services Under the Union and the States, provide for a Public Service Commission for the Union and each state.

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC), Allahabad, has recently released the Revised Exam Calendar for various upcoming exams in the year 2020-21. Candidate Who Are Enrolled in Any Examination of UPPSC and Waiting for the Examination Dates Must Download the Calendar and go through the exam date.

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has released a revised 2020-21 calendar on Monday, 15th June. All the candidates can check the revised timetable for the UPPSC on its official website, http://uppsc.up.nic.in/.

The commission had to postpone several exams slated to be conducted in April, May, and June due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Now the dates for these exams have been revealed.

The process of conducting the pending exams will begin from the 18th July 2020 Assistant Prosecution 2018 Main exam. The Subordinate Services 2019 Main exam will be held on 25th August 2020.

List of Examinations Conducted by the UPPSC from time to time

Direct recruitment through interviews only as per the service rules of various posts

  • Combined State/Upper Subordinate Preliminary Examination.
  • Combined State/Upper Subordinate Main Examination.
  • Combined State/Lower Subordinate Examination.
  • R.O/A.R. O Preliminary Examination (Only for the Commission)
  • R.O/A.R. O Main Examination (Only for the Commission)
  • APS Examination (Only for the commission and secretariat of UP and Revenue)
  • Assistant Registrar Examination
  • Combined State Engineering Examination.
  • U.P. Nyayic Seva (Junior Division) Examination
  • Assistant Prosecuting Officers Examination

UPPSC Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must fulfill the UPPSC PCS Eligibility Criteria, including the educational qualification and age limit. Have a look at the detailed eligibility criteria mentioned below as notified by the UPPSC:

Age LimitThe Minimum age limit is 21 years, and the upper age limit is 40 years. The Upper age limit is relaxed for category candidates.
SC/ST/OBC/Sports Person/UP Govt Employee5 Years
Ex-Servicemen10 Years
PwD15 Years
No. of AttemptsThere is no criterion related to the number of attempts given in the official notification.

For claiming all the benefit of reservations or age relaxations, candidates must:

  • Have a domicile of their state- UP
  • A category certificate from the competent authority of UP State
  • In the case of women/female candidates, the caste/domicile certificate issued from the father’s side shall be considered valid or applicable.
  • Also, male candidates with more than just one wife (living) are not eligible for UPPSC.
  • Female candidates who have married a person who already has a wife (living) are not eligible.
  • Female candidates who are pregnant (12 weeks or more) will be declared temporarily unfit.
  • Candidates claiming age relaxation/reservation in more than one category for the UP PCS Exam shall be entitled to only one concession, whichever is more beneficial.

UPPSC Educational Qualifications

All the candidates must be graduates to appear for the UPPSC PCS exam. All the candidates who are appearing in their graduation degree exam can also appear in the review. Still, they need to submit their final year mark sheet at the time of UPPCS main exam Detailed Application Form (DAF) submission.

The candidates who have any percentage in the degree course can fill the UPPCS application and appear in the UPPSC PCS exam. Besides, there are some particular educational qualifications required for some specific posts. The details of which are as follows:

PostEducational Qualification required
Sub Registrar, Assistant Prosecuting Officer (Transport), Law officer, Law Officer (Mandi Parishad)Graduation (Law)
District Basic Shiksha Adhikari/ Associate DIOS & Other equivalent administrative posts, District Administrative OfficerPG Degree
District Cane OfficerGraduation (Agriculture)
District Audit OfficerGraduation (Commerce)
Assistant Controller Legal Measurement (Grade-I)/Assistant Controller Legal Measurement (Grade-II)     Degree in Science with the stream of Physics and Mechanical Engineering is usually considered one subject.
Assistant Labour CommissionerDegree (Arts) with Sociology or Economics as a subject or Commerce/ Law
District Programme OfficerDegree (Sociology/ Social Science/ Home Science/ Social Work)
Senior Lecturer, DIETPG Degree with B.Ed.
District Probation OfficerPG Degree (Relevant Disciplines)
Designated Officer/ Food Safety OfficerPG (Chemistry)
Statistical officerPG (Mathematics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Statistics/ Agricultural Statistics)
Labour Enforcement OfficerBachelor’s Degree/PG (Relevant Disciplines)
Distt. Horticulture officer Group-2 Grade-1B.Sc (Agriculture / B.Sc (Horticulture)
Extension Service Officer Group-2B.Sc or B.Sc. (Ag.) followed by a 15-month Post-graduate Diploma Course
Tax assessment officerBachelor’s degree (Commerce or Economics)
Marketing Officer/ Secretary Group-II (Mandi Parishad)Graduation (Relevant Disciplines)
Account and Audit Officer (Mandi Parishad)Graduation (Commerce) with Accountancy
Senior Sugarcane Development InspectorPG (Agriculture Science) and CCC Certificate
Veterinary and Welfare officerB.V.Sc. and AH or equivalent

UPPSC Important Dates

Official Notification15th Jan 2021
Opening date of submission of online application18th June 2021
Last date for submission of online application15th July 2021
Last date for Form submission19th July 2021
Unani Medical Officer (Screening) Exam – 201825th July 2021
Combined State Agricultural Services (Prelims) Exam – 20201st Aug 2021
Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (Prelims) Examination 202124th Oct 2021
State Agriculture Services Mains Exam 202026th Nov 2021 onwards
Review Officer/ Assistant Review Officer Prelims 20215th Dec 2021
Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (Main) Examination 202128th Jan 2022
ACF/RFO mains 20217th March 2022 onwards
Review Officer/ Assistant Review Officer Mains 202110th April 2021 onwards
ACF/RFO Prelims exam24th Oct 2021

I.                  UPPSC PCS Selection Process 2020

A.   The candidates are selected for the UPPSC PCS Recruitment through three successive phases. These phases are:

  • Prelims Exam- objective type questions (MCQs)
  • Mains Exam- essay/descriptive type
  • Interview- (Oral)

UPPSC conducts the PCS Exam for recruiting Group A and Group B officers in the administrative services of the state government. UPPSC Prelims 2018 onwards, the PCS exam pattern has been changed.

B.    The salient points of the UPPSC new exam pattern are:

  • Introduction of 0.33% negative marking in the Prelims Exam
  • The UPPSC mains will have 4 GS papers and only one optional subject (2 papers) and the Essay and General Hindi paper.
  • The interview will be for 100 marks.

II.               Preliminary Exam Pattern

A.   The Exam consists of two papers: Both exams are of a two-hour duration:

  • Paper 1: General Studies (200 marks/150 Questions)
  • Paper 2: CSAT (200 marks/100 Questions)

Note: Paper 2(CSAT) is a qualifying paper in which the candidates must obtain a minimum of 33%. However, the selection for Mains stage will be made based on marks obtained in Paper 1

B.    Syllabus of Paper 1: General Studies

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity & Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science

C.    Syllabus of Paper 2: CSAT

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level
  • General English up to Class X level
  • General Hindi up to Class X level.

III.           UPPCS Main Exam Pattern

For mains, examination candidates have to appear for four compulsory papers. In addition to this, the candidates have to select any two subjects from the list of optional subjects for the main examination. Each optional subject will consist of two papers.


  • General Hindi: 150 marks (Subjective)
  • Essay: 150 marks (Subjective)
  • General Studies (I – Paper): (Objective)
  • General Studies (II – Paper): (Objective)

General studies paper – I & Paper – II Shall be objective type containing 150 questions and for solving the questions two hours is allowed. For other compulsory and optional papers, three hours is permitted. Two hundred maximum marks have been allotted for each optional question paper.

IV.            Main Exam Syllabus


There will be three sections in the question paper of the essay. Candidates will have to select one topic from each section, and they are required to write essay in 700 words on each topic.

  • Section A: (1) Literature and Culture (2) Social sphere (3) Political sphere
  • Section B: (1) Science, Environment and Technology (2) Economic Sphere (3) Agriculture, Industry and Trade
  • Section C: (1) National and International Events. (2) Natural Calamities, Land slide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought, etc. (3) National Development programs and projects.


  • Explanation of the given prose section and question-answer
  • Precise Writing
  • Government and Semi-Government Letter Writing, Wire Writing, Office Order, Notification, Circular
  • Word knowledge (a) prefix and suffix (b) inverse word (c) a word for the phrase (d) spelling and sentence purification
  • Phrases and idioms.


  • History of India-Ancient, Medieval, Modern
  • Indian National Movement and Indian Culture
  • Population, Environment, and Urbanization in the Indian Context
  • World Geography, Geography of India and its natural resources
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • Indian Agriculture, Trade and Commerce
  • Specific knowledge of UP regarding education, culture, Agriculture, Trade Commerce, methods of living, and Social Customs.
  • History of India and Indian culture will cover the broad history of the country from about the middle of the nineteenth century.


  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy
  • General Science (Role of Science and technology in the development of India including science in everyday life)
  • General Mental ability
  • Statistical Analysis, Graphs, and Diagrams.

The part relating to the Indian polity will include questions on India’s political system and the Indian constitution. The Indian economy will cover broad features of economic policy in India. The part relating to the role and impact of science and technology in the development of India. Emphasis will be on the applied aspects.

The part relating to statistical analysis, graphs, and diagrams will include exercise to test the candidate’s ability to draw common-sense conclusions from information presented in the mathematical, graphical, or diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies limitation or inconsistencies therein.


Note: A candidate will not be allowed to offer more than one subject from each group. You can opt for more than one subject from other groups.

V.               Subjects     

A.   Group A

  • Social Work
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology

B.    Group B

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

C.    Group C

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

D.   Group D

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Agriculture Engineering

E.    Group E

  • English Literature
  • Hindi Literature
  • Urdu Literature
  • Arabic Literature
  • Persian Literature
  • Sanskrit Literature

F.     Group F

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Public Administration

G.   Group G

  • Management
  • Public Administration
  • Other Subjects
  • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Geology
  • Psychology
  • Botany
  • Law
  • History
  • Commerce & Public Administration
  • Accountancy
  • Defence Studies

Note- For more details, visit- http://uppsc.up.nic.in/CandidateHomePage.html

Uttar Pradesh PSC Exam Preparation

In this article, we suggest some useful tips before starting your preparation for UPPSC.

  1. Since these exams are the state exams, one should be well aware of the history and geography of the particular state.
  2. Since PSC is a civil service exam, the candidates should be ready for a high difficulty level and mentally prepared for putting in a reasonable amount of hard work.
  3. Though the exam is a state exam, one must have basic knowledge of the country and the latest happenings in the country. For that, the candidates must start following one national newspaper to keep themselves well acquainted with the happenings worldwide.
  4. The candidates should pay particular attention to enhancing their general knowledge. They should be ready to learn new things every moment.
  5. For the interview, the candidates should be well prepared with the regional language, culture, and customs. This adds to your credit.
  6. Since UPSC conducts the exam, the pattern remains the same, i.e., prelims first, then the mains, and the interview. But the small states go for the primaries directly.
  7. Also, the candidates should pick up the last few years’ question papers and solve them. This will give them an idea of the pattern and make them comfortable with it.
  8. It is a plus point guided by an experienced candidate or a good teacher who can direct your efforts correctly.
  9. Candidates must keep appearing for the mock papers and keep a check on the time because, with proper preparation, it is essential to attempt all questions in time.
  10. The students should appear simultaneously for both the PSC and UPSC exams because the syllabus is almost the same with a slight difference.

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the PSC Exam for recruiting A and B officers within the administrative services of the government.

Essential Points of the UPPSC New Exam Pattern

  • Introduction of 0.33% negative marking within the Prelims Exam
  • The UPPSC mains will have 4 GS papers and just one optional subject (2 papers) alongside the Essay and General Hindi paper.
  • The interview is going to be for 100 marks.
  • The latest PSC exam pattern is carefully designed on the lines of the UPSC IAS Exam.

UPPSC Exam Stages

The exam in three stages:

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

UPPSC Prelims Papers

Number of Papers2
Paper 1General Studies I
Paper 2General Studies II (CSAT)
MarksBoth Papers are going to be of 200 marks each.

UPPSC Mains Paper

Number of Papers8
Paper 1General Hindi
Paper 2Essay
Paper 3General Studies I
Paper 4General Studies II
Paper 5General Studies III
Paper 6General Studies IV
Paper 7Optional Subject – Paper 1
Paper 8Optional Subject – Paper 2
MarksGeneral Hindi – 150 marks
Essay – 150 marks
All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
Total – 1500 marks

Note: The UPPSC Personality Test/Viva-Voce/Interview is held for the candidates who clear the most stage of the PSC Exam. The interview (in the new PSC exam pattern) is for 100 marks and tests the overall awareness, character, expression power/personality, intelligence, and general suitability for the service.

Subject-wise Exam Preparation Strategy

  • History: As many as 25 questions are asked from history. Solve previous years’ question papers as many questions are repeated. You can buy SK Ojha and History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra for preparation.
  • Geography and Environment: The same number of questions are asked from this section, too (25 questions). Students can follow the same preparation strategy for history.
  • Science and Technology: Students can refer to NCERT for preparation. This is the best source to prepare for factual questions. Basic concepts are clarified very well through NCERT books.
  • Political Science (Polity): For political science, it is essential to remember articles and schedules. You can buy charts related to these and place them around your study area. Just go through them daily to remember things. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth is the best book to refer to.
  • Economics: Read Acts, Economic Survey, Latest programs, and schemes. Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram will be sufficient for exam preparation.
  • State-related questions and Current Affairs: The question paper will surely have Uttar Pradesh related questions. So, you are required to read about the state and know the latest happening in the country. Also, current affairs at the national level are essential too. Ghatna Chakra, Pratiyogita Darpan, etc. will be useful for preparation.

Apart from these, solve previous years’ question papers for all subjects. You can subscribe to a monthly magazine to stay updated about the current affairs. Mobile apps for general knowledge are also available.

Remember: Paper-II is the qualifying with a minimum of 33% requirement.

These questions are asked from the Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, and Hindi. This paper examines the necessary IQ of the candidate.


The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the state agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination for entry-level appointments to the various Civil Services of Uttar Pradesh.

The Constitution of India grants the agency’s charter. Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution, titled Services Under the Union and the States, provide for a Public Service Commission for the Union and each state.

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC), Allahabad, has recently released the Revised Exam Calendar for various upcoming exams in the year 2020-21. Candidate Who Are Enrolled in Any Examination of UPPSC and Waiting for the Examination Dates Must Download the Calendar and go through the exam date.

Areas covered in this article-

  • A general overview of the UPPSC Exam
  • The syllabus and nature
  • UPPSC Syllabus
  • PSC Syllabus
  • UPPSC Mains Syllabus
  • PSC Exam