UPPSC (Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission) PCS Exam Pattern

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Oct 14, 2020

As do other exams “Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) PCS” (Provincial Civil Service) is the arduous exam conducted by UPPSC in the state of Uttar Pradesh for the senior administrative posts in the state and it comes beneath Group A & Group B clearing this exam gives the aspirants/ test takers to have a career in bureaucracy in stateful & they hold numerous posts in the divisional and district. Not only that UPPSC had changed the PCS Exam Pattern from UPPSC Prelims 2018 onward & syllabus is based on the new PCS exam pattern of UPPSC 2020.

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UPPSC Exam Overview

Overview of the PCS Exam 2020

Name of the Exam PCS (Provincial Civil Service)
Conducting Body Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission(UPPSC)
Language English & Hindi
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Level State Government Job (UP)
Selection Process
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personal Interview
Exam Cities Across the Uttar Pradesh
Helpdesk Exam No. 0532 – 2407547 &
+91 – 8765973668
Official Website https://uppsc.up.nic.in/
Vacancy 200
Age Limit 21 (Minimum) to 40 years (Maximum)

Exam Pattern PCS

Presently “UPPSC” conducts the PCS exams in 3 levels/ stages with slight changes for the “Prelims & Main Exam” of UPPSC. Besides these exams are meant to serve as a screening test only & the scores obtained in the PCS and Preliminary Examination by the test takers qualified for admission to the “Main exam’. The selection process includes

  1. Preliminary Exam: 2 Papers ( Objective )
  2. Main Exam: 8 papers (essay/ descriptive type)
  3. Personal Interview
UPPSC Prelims Exam

Preliminary Exam Pattern PCS

The nature of the PCS preliminary exam is Objective Type/ MCQ & this exam pattern is act as a filtering agent to weed out test-takers/ aspirants. In addition “Preliminary Exam” comprises of two papers i.e., General Studies I & General Studies II, with Objective/ MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions both the papers are of 200 marks.

Preliminary Exam Paper Pattern (PCS) Marks Questions Duration Type
General Studies-I 200 150 2 hrs Offline Mode (OMR Sheets)

Stratagem marking for PCS Prelims Exam

  1. At the onset “General Studies I” will decide the cutoff of the exam & in “General Studies II” test takers/ aspirants need to score 33% marks. In addition, 0.33% negative marking/ minus marking will be given for each & every incorrect/ wrong answer For Eg: if the maximum marks allotted for a question is 2 marks means, then answering it wrong would incur 0.66 marks (of penalty)
  2. Inward the “OMR sheet” filling enormous circles on for the similar question would be treated as an erroneous answer & it would lead to negative mark/ minus mark
  3. Too there is no negative/ minus marking for blank/ leaving questions
UPPSC Mains Exam

UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The Main Exam of PCS nature is “Subjective Type” & it consists of 8 papers

  1. General Hindi Paper
  2. Essay Paper
  3. General Studies Paper (4)
  4. Optional Paper (2)
PCS Main Exam Pattern Duration Marks/ Scores
Essay 3 hrs 150
General Hindi 3 hrs 150
General Studies Paper-1 3 hrs 200
General Studies Paper-2 3 hrs 200
General Studies Paper-3 3 hrs 200
General Studies Paper-4 3 hrs 200
Optional Paper-1 3 hrs 200
Optional Paper-2 3 hrs 200
Overall Scores 1500

As more the optional subject will have two question papers of 200 marks each, it covers

  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture & Veterinary Science
  • Geography
  • Management
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Civil Engineering
  • History
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Law
  • Sanskrit Literature
  • Psychology
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Botany
  • English Literature
  • Zoology
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Literature
  • Persian Literature
  • Defence Studies
  • Social Work
  • Management
UPPSC Personal Interview

Personal Interview (PCS)

This is the final call/ round for “PCS Exam” test-takers who qualify “Main exam” (PCS) will be called for the Personnel Interview with approximately 100 Marks & there is no set pattern for the PCS “Personal Interview” and it differs from test-takers to test takers. Furthermore, the interview is conducted on the office premises in “Prayagraj” of the UPPSC. Yet the test takers/ candidates need to report at the office on the assigned date, as well in the interview process, all the original documents related to the academic records & professional experience are verified by the office staff and the test takers/ candidates are assigned to a particular interview board of UP. In which each & every board is chaired by the member of the commission of UP (Uttar Pradesh). Beyond the exam pattern, the number of candidates passing the prelims exam was also changed recently right now the number of test-takers passing the Preliminary Exam is restricted to 13 times the number of vacancies, also the number of test-takers passing the PCS main exam will be 2 times the number of vacancies & and this ratio was 18 times sooner. Moreover, the Personal Interview (PCS) is to check the personal suitability, mental and analytical ability of the candidate/ test-takers career in the state services & they must aware of the current affairs all over the globe.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.