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UPPSC (Utter Pradesh Public Service Commission) PCS Preparation Tips 2021

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Oct 27, 2020

A lot of students are in fear of thinking for the UPSC PCS examination. Anything is possible with great hard work. However, to prepare good for any exam and reach a goal in that, it is necessary to rely on both elements – good work as well as smart study. Here, in this article, we are going to focus on Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission preparation tips which will help you to appear the exam. A lot of students are applying for the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) every year. Nonetheless, due to the strict negative marking, there will be a drop-down in the merit.

UPPSC Exam Preparation

UPPSC PCS Preparation

Some tips that you can help candidates crack their preparation are.

  • In History, give more and more important to the Social, Political, and Economics sections. A lot of student focuses on the independence movement specifically from the Gandhian era.
  • Focus more on Physical Geography and Economics because many questions are asking from these topics.
  • A lot of students will read the constitution to marks well in polity-related questions. Also, give priority to the latest developments and political systems.
  • The environmental section is a very important section
  • Reading the NCERT textbooks will land you very safe in the general science section.
UPPSC Previous Papers

Previous Year Papers

  • The good way to get into what to prepare and what to leave is by going through the UPPSC last year’s papers.
  • Do not miss the last year paper.
  • Analyze and solve ten years of papers to learn how UPPSC asks the hard questions and what is the weight of disparate topics is.
  • After solving a few last year’s papers, you will also knowledge that UPPSC demands understanding and analysis of a topic rather than up and knowledge.
  • Focus on the knowledge and solve the papers again at the end of the examinations.
UPPSC Revision

How to Revise?

The UPPSC subjects are high and comprehensive. It is highly good that you revise everything that you study multiple times. The super trick to pass UPPSC Prelims is focusing on quality rather than quality. The goal should be that, if you have studied the topics, you should be able to answer it. To carry out this, multiple revisions are allocated. This practice will add to your memorization and retention.

Current Affairs

  • Reading a top newspaper per day should be every UPPSC candidate habit. You must cover all the very important current affairs and make correct notes. UPPSC Prelims Exam contains a vast number of questions from current affairs. Hence, you should keep your eyes on daily current affairs or monthly collection of current affairs.

UPPSC PCS Prelims has the following topics:

  1. Current events of National & International importance
  2. Indian History and National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography
  4. Indian Governance and Polity
  5. Social and Economic Development
  6. Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity
  7. General Science.

Focus more and more on economics and physical geography because more questions are expected from this subject.

Many students will read the constitution to score well in the polity- expected question. Along with this, give Priority and the political system and latest development.

UPPSC PCS Prelims Paper- 2, the candidate should practice reading apprehensive, logical reasoning, and English grammar more as questions from these sections are asked in the aptitude exam in the majority. Some reference books for PCS Prelims Paper- 2 are.

  1. M.K Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  2. R.S Aggarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude
  3. For the section, Reading Comprehensions, follow the past year question papers.
UPPSC Mains Exam

UPPSC Mains 2020 and 2021

  • The significant subjects given in UPPSC Syllabus are History, Geography, Polity, Economics, and Current Affairs.
  • UPPSC Preparation books for Mains are:
  • History-Bipin Chandra
  • Nation Laxmikant
  • Geography Lexicon or Majid Hussain or G.C. Leong
  • Economy-School Textbooks or Ramesh Singh
  • Current Affairs-The Hindu/Monthly Compilation of any great magazine

Apart from the books above, some other important reading sources are;

  1. Budget and Economic Survey
  2. State Board books
  3. NCERT books

To prepare for the very necessary paper 1 and 2 where learning of Bengali language is important, Aspirant should practice report –writing and translations from school textbooks and Bengali newspapers.

  • Practice last year's questions papers.
  • Do MAQ important question-solving practice to prelims
  • Do additional focus on answer writing practice for mains

The preparation for UPPSC PCS, there are a few terms in many subjects that distract the candidate. So I told you in this article many tips for preparation so you read this article.

UPPSC prelims subject 2020 UPPSC Exam Preparation
Current affairs of National & International importance One newspaper will suffice
Indian History and National Movement History should be read as:
  • Ancient - School Textbooks - NCERT Notes: Ancient Indian History Notes
  • Medieval - School Textbooks - NCERT Notes: Medieval Indian History Notes
  • Modern - Spectrum (Rajiv Ahir) - NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History Notes
  • National Movement - IGNOU B.A. Notes
Indian and World Geography Indian geography should be read as:
  • Physical – School Textbooks (Standard 6-12)
  • Human – School Textbooks (Standard 6-12)
  • World – Newspaper, and Atlas
Polity and Indian Governance To easily know the basics of Indian Polity, read school textbooks.
Reference book: Laxmikanth .
Development and social Economic To know the basics of Indian Economics, refer to school textbooks (Standard 9-12)
Climate Change and Biodiversity. Environmental Ecology. Reference Book – PD Sharma
General Science School textbooks from classes 6-12 should be read

Know Details about Negative Marking

UPPSC Prelims exam has a negative marking of 1/3rd marks for incorrect answers. The prelims exam is an exam of expulsion. If you do not limit your negative marks, you will be eradicated from the competition. To remain in the race and get ahead of your competition, you must remember and solve numerous mock tests a test series to limit your negative marks.

The god way curtail them is by solving the UPPSC Test series and gradually knowledge the best way to attempt the paper and minimize the wrong answers

The tips mentioned above are time tested, and very topper will give assurance for them. Follow the tips and remain consistent in your UPPSC prelims exam preparation, and you shall surely qualify the exam.

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


What are the best books for UPPSC exam preparation?
kavita rani

Hi Priya. For Indian History and National Movement, refer Ancient - School Textbooks, Medieval - School Textbooks, etc. For more details related to the latest books, refer here.