UPPSC prelims exam pattern and syllabus

To excel in UPPSC Prelims examination, you should have a sound idea of the UPPSC prelims exam pattern and syllabus. If you thoroughly know the exam-pattern and the syllabus then you can direct your preparation strategy in the best direction and achieve your goal easily.

Here, in this article, we have compiled all the necessary information regarding UPPSC prelims exam pattern and syllabus that will help you to have best preparation strategy for the exam. For updates always check uppsc website.

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UPPSC PCS Selection Procedure

  • As per UPPSC PCS 2020 notification: prelims and mains exam will be conducted offline across the state.
  • The UPPSC PCS selection procedure has 3 stages:
    1.  Prelims (objective & MCQ)
    2.  Mains (Written)
    3. Personality Test (Interview)

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern and Syllabus

  • As per UPPSC PCS 2020 notification: The Prelims exam of UPPSC PCS 2020 is an offline mode of examination having:
  • The UPPSC Prelims Exam consists of two compulsory papers.
  • The UPPSC Prelims Exam paper-1 consists of 150 Questions.
  • The UPPSC Prelims Exam paper-2 (CSAT) consists of 100 Questions.
  • The questions will be in Hindi and English language both.
  • This stage is qualifying in nature i.e. the scores will not be considered in the preparation of the final merit.
  • There will be 4 options to each question. Candidates need to be careful in choosing the suitable option.
  • Paper-2 of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • It is mandatory for the Candidates to appear in both the papers of Preliminary Examination for the purpose of evaluation.
  • Therefore, a candidate will be disqualified in case he does not appear in both in papers.
  • The merit of the Candidates will be determined on the basis of marks obtained in Paper-I of the Preliminary Examination.


NOTE: The candidates are advised to score enough to stay in the competition by following UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Pattern, as the cut-off keeps on varying every year.

UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Syllabus

To excel in the UPPSC PCS Prelims 2020 examination you should follow the UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Syllabus exhaustively. The UPPSC syllabus overlaps significantly with the UPSC Syllabus for the IAS Exam. The prelims exam is the screening exam that weed out the candidates for the main exam. With the new UPPSC PCS exam pattern and UPPSC Prelims Exam syllabus, candidates preparing simultaneously for the Civil Services Exam (UPSC) and the state civil services exam (UPPSC) will have a slightly easier task.

Paper - 1 (General Studies)

History – In History emphasis should be on broadunderstanding 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 ofIndependence. 

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 u0026amp; Economic Geography of India. 

Polity  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. 

Economics – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. The candidates will be tested with respect to problems and relationship between Population, Environment and Urbanisation.

Environment and Ecology It do not require subject specialization, General awareness of the subject is expected from candidates.

Science and Tech/General ScienceQuestions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of Science including matters of every day observation and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person, who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs On Current Events of National and International Importance, candidates will be expected to have knowledge about them. 


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

Paper - 2 (CSAT)

General English Up to Class X Level

    1. Comprehension
    2. Active Voice and Passive Voice
    3. Parts of Speech
    4. Transformation of Sentences
    5. Direct and Indirect Speech
    6. Punctuation and Spellings
    7. Words meanings
    8. Vocabulary and its Usage
    9. Idioms and Phrases
    10. Fill in the Blanks


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.

2. Algebra: (i) Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of polynomials and their Interrelationship, Remainder theorem, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations. (ii) Set Theory – Set, null set, subsets and proper subsets of a set, operations (Union, Intersections, difference, symmetric difference) between sets, Venn diagram.

3. 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 and Cube.

4. 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 (ogives), Measures of Central tendency: Arithmetic Mean, Median and Mode.


सामान्य हिंदी

  • हिंदी वर्णमाला, विराम चिन्ह,
  • शब्द रचना, वाक्य रचना, अर्थ,
  • शब्द-रूप,
  • संधि, समास,
  • क्रियाएँ,
  • अनेकार्थी शब्द,
  • विलोम शब्द,
  • पर्यायवाची शब्द,
  • मुहावरे एवं लोकोक्तियाँ,
  • तत्सम एवं तद्भव, देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार),
  • वर्तनी,
  • अर्थबोध,
  • हिंदी भाषा के प्रयोग में होने वाली अशुद्धियाँ,
  • उ.प्र. की मुख्य बोलियाँ


NOTE: (हाईस्कूल स्तर तक) के पाठ्यक्रम में सम्मिलित किए जाने वाले विषय

UPPSC PCS Mains Exam Pattern

  • The UPPSC PCS mains written examination will consist of six compulsory and two optional Papers.
  • The time allotted for each paper is 3 hours.
  • For the Pattern & syllabus for mains examination Click Here…

Personality Test (Interview)

  • The Personality Test (VIVA-VOCE) will constitute 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, general suitability for the service, some general knowledge questions and current topics.