UP PCS Exam Highlights

UTTAR PRADESH Provincial Civil Service is conducted for the recruitment of State administrative officers. It is among the most awaited job notifications among the Civil Services  aspirants. That’s why, any of its notification is most awaited. After official notification UTTAR PRADESH Provincial Civil Service UP PCS is conducted in three phases- Preliminary , Main and Personality test (interview). All candidates who clear Preliminary and Main online tests have to appear for the Personality test (interview). Selection of candidates is based on performance of the candidate in the Mains and Personality test (interview). Depending on the vacancies, shortlisted candidates are posted at any one of the particular government department as a Gazetted Officers .

Exam Notification

UTTAR PRADESH Public Service Commission ​release its official notification for the post of PCS every year. UP PCS releases its vacancies to recruit the eligible candidates for the post of UTTAR PRADESH Provincial Civil Service (UP PCS). The notification contains all related information viz- vacancies, syllabus and exam pattern. There may not be changes in the exam pattern which includes the sectional timings/sectional cut-offs etc. Thus, it is always beneficial to read over the official notification properly.

Exam Pattern

To get success in UP PCS  Exam, it is necessary to know the exam pattern and detailed syllabus of this exam. This will help you to prepare for this exam. To ensure your full-proof success, it is necessary that you are aware of the ever changing exam pattern and other related details. UP PCS Exam will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Personality Test (Interview) Process. It is mandatory for a candidate to clear each level of examination to get selected to the various post.

  • UP PCS Prelims
  • UP PCS Mains
  • UP PCS Personality Test (Interview)

UP PCS Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The Preliminary examination for the Combined State / Upper Subordinate Services (General Recruitment / Special Recruitment) Examination and Assistant Conservator of Forest/Range Forest Officer Services Examination will consist of two compulsory papers of which answer sheet be on OMR sheets.
  • The papers shall be 200 marks each and of two hours
  • Both the papers shall be objective Type & multiple choice in which there shall be 150 questions in GS-1 and 100 questions in GS-2 (CSAT).
  • Timing of paper 09.30 to 11.30 A.M. Paper II will be from 2.30 to 4.30 P.M.



No. of Questions



9.30-11.30 am


200 marks

Paper-2 (Qualifying in Nature)

2.30- 4.30 pm


200 marks

UP PCS Mains Exam Pattern

  • There will be 8 papers (General Hindi, Essay, 4 General Studies paper & 2 papers of any one optional subject selected by the candidate) in pcs mains. All papers will be type of written nature.
  • The Written examination will consist of the following compulsory and optional subjects. The candidates have to select any one subject from the list of optional subjects for main examination which will consist of two papers of 200 Marks.




150 marks


150 marks

General Studies First Paper

200 marks

General Studies Second Paper

200 marks

General Studies Third Paper

200 marks

General Studies Fourth Paper

200 marks

Optional Paper-I

200 marks

Optional Paper-II

200 marks

UP PCS Qualification


Educational Qualification

(I) All Post Candidates should have a Bachelors Degree from recognized University or equivalent qualification.

(II) Specific post-wise educational qualification requirements.

Post Name


Sub Registrar, Assistant Prosecuting Officer (Transport)

Law Graduate

District Basic Shiksha Adhikari / Associate DIOS and Other equivalent administrative posts, District Administrative Officer

Post Graduate Degree

District Cane Officer, U.P. Agriculture Service

Group “B” (Development Branch)

Agriculture Graduate

District Audit Officer (Revenue Audit)

Commerce Graduate

Assistant Controller Legal Measurement (Grade-I) / Assistant Controller Legal Measurement (Grade-II)

Degree in Science with Physics or Mechanical Engineering as one subject

Assistant Director Industries (Marketing),

Assistant Director Industries (Handloom)

Post Graduate Degree

Assistant Labour Commissioner

Degree in Arts with Sociology or Economics as a subject or Commerce/Law

District Programme Officer

Degree in Sociology or Social Science or Home Science or Social Work

Senior Lecturer, DIET

Post Graduate Degree with B.Ed.

District Probation Officer

Post Graduate Degree

Designated Officer/Food Safety Officer

Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry

Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology

Statistical officer

Post Graduate Degree in mathematics

Information Officer/District Information Officer/Script Writer/Feature Writers/Incharge, English

Bachelor’s degree

Principals, Government

Intermediate Colleges

(For Boys or Girls)

Post-graduate degree

Labour Enforcement Officer

Bachelor’s degree with Economics or Sociology or commerce

and Post Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Degree

Age Limit

  • To apply for UP PCS you need to be a minimum 21 years old and the maximum age limit is 40 years old.
  • Candidates fulfilling the age limit criteria can apply for UPPSC recruitment 2019.
  • For the age-relaxation of the various category, please check out the official notification of UPPSC.

Age Relaxation 

SC5 Years
ST5 Years
OBC5 Years
Sports Person5 Years
State Govt. Employees5 Years
Physical Handicapped15 Years
Ex. Servicemen5 Years

Selection Process

The UP PCS selection for PCS (Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services), Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) and Range Forest Officer (RFO) will be based on Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choices), Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination) and then Viva- Voice (Personality Test)

UP PCS Exam Syllabus

Pre Syllabus

Paper-I General Studies-I

Duration: Two hours Marks – 200

  • Current events of national and international Importance: –On Current Events of National and International Importance, candidates will be expected to have knowledge about them.
  • History of India & Indian National Movement: –In History emphasis should be on broad understanding social, economic and political aspects of Indian History. In the Indian National Movement, the candidates are expected to have synoptic view of nature and character of the freedom movement, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence.
  • India and World Geography-Physical,Social,Economic geography of India and the World: – In World Geography only general understanding of the subject will be expected. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical,Social & Economic Geography of India.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,Rights Issues,etc.:-In Indian Polity,Economic and Culture,questions will test knowledge of country’s political system including Panchayati Raj and Community Development,broad features of Economic policy in India and Indian Culture.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development,Poverty,Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.:- The candidates will be tested with respect to problems and relationship between Population,Environment and Urbanization. General Issues on Environmental ecology,Bio-diversity and Climate Change-that do not require subject specialization, General awareness of the subject is expected from candidates.
  • General Science: –Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of Science including matters of everyday observation and experience,as may be expected of a well-educated person, who has not made a special study of any

Note: –Candidates are expected to have general awareness about the above subjects with special reference to Uttar Pradesh.

Paper- II General Studies- II (CSAT)

Duration:Two hours

Marks -200

  • Comprehension. 
  • Inter personal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision making and problem solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level-Arithmetic,Algebra,Geometry and Statics.
  • General English up to Class X level.
  • General Hindi up to Class X level.

 Elementary Mathematics (Up to Class X Level)

  1. Arithmetic:- (i) Number systems: Natural Numbers, Integers, Rational and Irrational numbers, Real numbers, Divisors of an Integer, prime Integers, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of integers and their Interrelationship.

(ii) Average (iii) Ratio and proportion (iv) Percentage (v) Profit and Loss (vi) Simple and Compound Interests (vii) Work and Time (viii) Speed, Time and Distance

  1. Algebra: –(i) Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and C.F. of polynomials and their Interrelationship, Remainder theorem, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations.(ii)Set Theory: -Set,null set,subsets and proper sub sets of set, operations (Union, Intersections, difference, symmetric difference)between sets,Venn diagram.
  2. Geometry: –(i) Constructions and theorems regarding triangle, rectangle, square, trapezium and circles, their perimeter and area. (ii) Volume and surface area of sphere, right circular cylinder,right circular Cone end Cube.
  3. Statistics: –Collection of data,Classification of data,frequency,frequency distribution, tabulation, cumulative frequency. Representation of data – Bar diagram, Pie chart, histogram, frequency polygon, cumulative frequency curves (olives), Measures of Central tendency: Arithmetic Mean,Median and Mode.

 General English (Up to Class X Level)

  • Comprehension
  • Active Voice and Passive Voice
  • Parts of Speech
  • Transformation of Sentences
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Punctuation and Spellings
  • Words meanings
  • Vocabulary &Usage
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the Blanks

सामान्य हिन्दी (हाईस्कूल स्तर तक) के पाठ्यक्रम में सम्मिलित किये जाने वाले विषय

  • हिन्दी वर्णमाला, विराम चिन्ह
  • शब्द रचना, वाक्य रचना, अर्थ
  • शब्द-रूप
  • संधि, समास
  • क्रियायें
  • अनेकार्थी शब्द
  • विलोम शब्द
  • पर्यायवाची शब्द
  • मुहावरे एवं लोकोक्तियां
  • तत्सम एवं तद्भव, देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार)
  • वर्तनी
  • अर्थबोध
  • हिन्दी भाषा के प्रयोग में होने वाली अशुद्धियाँ
  • उ0प्र0 की मुख्य बोलियाँ


Compulsory Subject for All Candidates

Sr. No.


Maximum Marks


General Hindi

150 marks



150 marks


General Studies (First Paper)

200 marks


General Studies (Second Paper)

200 marks


General Studies (Third Paper)

200 marks


General Studies (Fourth Paper)

200 marks

Compulsory Subject viz:

  • General Hindi, Essay and General Studies (First, Second, Third and Fourth papers) Papers Shall be Conventional type and for solving the questions three hours’
  • For optional Question papers three hours’Two hundred maximum marks have been allotted for each optional question paper.


  • Exam will be held on two shift 9.30 am to 12.30 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm.
  • A candidate shall be required to obtain such minimum marks in the compulsory paper of General Hindi, as may be determined by the Government or the Commission, as the case may be.
  • There shall be Two sections in all the question papers of Optional subject and each section will include Four questions. Candidates are required to answer only Five questions while they must select minimum Two


  • No candidate shall be admitted to the examination unless he holds a certificate of admission from the The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be final.
  • If a Candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, deduction may be made from the
  • A candidate may answer question papers in English Roman Scrip tor Hindi in Devanagari Scrip tor in Urdu in Persian script provided that the language papers as a whole must be answered in any of the above script unless it is otherwise indicated in question
  • The question papers shall be in English in Roman Script and Hindi in
  • The standard of knowledge required of candidates in compulsory and optional subjects will be such as a young man holdings Bachelor’s Degree of a University is expected to have except where the

Syllabus of Compulsory Papers

Paper 1:- सामान्य हिन्दी

  • दिये हुए गद्य खण्ड का अवबोध एवं प्रश्नोत्तर।
  • संक्षेपण।
  • सरकारी एवं अर्धसरकारी पत्र लेखन, तार लेखन, कार्यालय आदेश, अधिसूचना, परिपत्र।
  • शब्द ज्ञान एवं प्रयोग। () उपसर्ग एवं प्रत्यय प्रयोग, () विलोम शब्द, () वाक्यांश के लिए एकशब्द, () वर्तनी एवं वाक्य शुद्धि।
  • लोकोक्ति एवं मुहावरे।

Paper 2:- Essay

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

Paper 3:- General Studies-I

  • History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, personalities and issues, etc.
  • The Freedom Struggle-its various stages and important contributors/contributions from DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country(till 1965 A.D.)
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century to middle of the 20th century such as French revolution of 1789, industrial revolution, World Wars, redraw of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc.-their forms and effect on the society.
  • Role of Women in society and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues,urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Meaning of liberalization, privatization and globalization and their effects on economy, polity and social structure.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • 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).
  • Salient features of Physical Geography- Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone, Ocean Currents, winds and glaciers.
  • Human migration-refugee problem of the World with focus on 14-Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.
  • Population and Settlements- Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages.
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh – History, Culture, Art, Architecture, Festival, Folk-Dance,Literature,Regional Languages, Heritage, Social Customs and
  • Specific knowledge of P.- Geography- Human and Natural Resources, Climate, Soils,Forest,Wild-Life,Mines and Minerals, Sources of Irrigation.

Paper 4:- General Studies-II 

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basis structure, Role of Supreme Court in evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
  • 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.
  • Role of Finance Commission in Centre – State financial relations.
  • Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries.
  • Parliament and State legislatures- structure, functioning, conduct of business,powers
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary: Ministries and Departments of the Government, Pressure groups and formal/informal associations Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, Powers, functions and their responsibilities.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, their features and functioning.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, implementation and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
  • Development processes- the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups(SHGs), various groups and associations,donors,charities, institutional and other stake holders.
  • 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.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,Education,Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger,their implication on body politic.
  • Important aspects of governance. Transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential, citizens, charters and institutional measures.
  • Role of Civil Services in a democracy in the context of emerging 18-India and its relationship with neighboring Countries.
  • Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and/ or affecting India’s interest.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests- Indian diaspora.
  • Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning.
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political,Administrative,Revenue and Judicial System.
  • Current affairs and events of Regional,State, National and International importance.

Paper 5:-General Studies-III

  • Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  • Issues of Poverty,Unemployment,Social justice and inclusive growth.
  • Components of Government Budgets and Financial System.
  • Major Crops,Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems,storage,transport and marketing of agricultural produce,e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and in direct farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, Limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security, Technology missions in agriculture.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements,supply chain management.
  • Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy
  • Infrastructure: Energy,Ports,Roads,Airports,Railways etc.
  • Science and Technology-developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security,India’s Science and Technology policy.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology, in digitization of Developments of New technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use technologies.
  • Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nano- technology, microbiology, bio- Issues relating to intellectual property rights(IPR) and digital rights.
  • Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wild life, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation,environmental impact assessment,
  • Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and
  • 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.
  • India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.
  • Role,kind and mandate of security forces,Higher defense organizations in India.
  • 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 Programs and Welfare Schemes.
  • Issues in Agriculture,Horticulture,Forestry and Animal Husbandry.
  • Law and Order and Civil Defense with special reference to UP.

Paper 6:-General Studies-IV

  • 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.
  • Attitude:Content,structure,function,its influence and relation with thought and behavior, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion.
  • 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.
  • Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Case studies on above issues.

Optional Subject As Below

  1. Agriculture Exam Syllabus
  2. Zoology Exam Syllabus
  3. Chemistry Exam Syllabus
  4. Physics Exam Syllabus
  5. Mathematics Exam Syllabus
  6. Geography Exam Syllabus
  7. Economics Exam Syllabus
  8. Sociology Exam Syllabus
  9. Philosophy Exam Syllabus
  10. Geology Exam Syllabus
  11. Psychology Exam Syllabus
  12. Botany Exam Syllabus
  13. Law Exam Syllabus
  14. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Exam Syllabus
  15. Statistics Exam Syllabus
  16. Management Exam Syllabus
  17. Political Science and International Relations
  18. History Exam Syllabus
  19. Anthropology Exam Syllabus
  20. Civil Engineering Exam Syllabus
  21. Mechanical Engineering Exam Syllabus
  22. Electrical Engineering Exam Syllabus
  23. English Literature Exam Syllabus
  24. Urdu Literature Exam Syllabus
  25. Arabic Literature Exam Syllabus
  26. Hindi Literature Exam Syllabus (हिन्दी साहित्य पाठ्यक्रम)
  27. Persian Exam Syllabus
  28. Sanskrit Literature Exam Syllabus
  29. Commerce and Accountancy Exam Syllabus
  30. Public Administration (Pub-ad) Exam Syllabus
  31. Agricultural Engineering Exam Syllabus
  32. Medical Science Exam Syllabus

Personality Test (VIVA-VOICE) Total Marks 100

  • 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 suit ability for the service.

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