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Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC PCS 2020) Syllabus

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Oct 27, 2020

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Every year, Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts Provincial Civil Services Examination to recruit candidates for state public services that are subordinate to only IAS. Anyone within the age group of 21-40 years with a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university is eligible for the exams.

UPPSC Important Dates

UPPSC PCS Examination 2021 Tentative dates

UPPSC has released the tentative dates for the 2021 examination:

Online Application starting from 3rd week of April 2021
Last date of online fee 2nd week of May 2021
Last date of online application 3rd week of May 2021
Issue of Admit card August 2021
UP PCS Preliminary Exam 2021 August 2021
Result September 2021
UPS main exam October 2021
UPPSC Exam Pattern

UP PCS 2021 Exam Pattern

There are three stages to the selection for UP Public Civil Service:

  1. Prelims- 2 Objective type papers (400 marks)
  2. Mains- 8 Descriptive/Essay type papers (1500 Marks)
  3. Interview/ Personality Test (100 marks)
UPPSC Syllabus

UP PCS 2021 Syllabus

Prelims Syllabus Paper 1

  • National and International Current Affairs
  • Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian History
  • Physical, Social and Economic Geography- India and the World.
  • Indian Governance- Polity, Economy and Culture
  • Social and Economic Development
  • General Science
  • Biodiversity, Climate Change and, Environmental Ecology

Prelims Syllabus Paper 2- Civil Service Aptitude Test

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skill
  • Comprehension
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Elementary Mathematics (up to Class-X)
  • General English (up to Class-X)
  • General Hindi (up to Class-X)
  • General Mental Ability

UP PCS 2021 Mains

The students who qualify in the preliminary exams appear for the Mains, which consists of 8 descriptive type papers. The first paper (150 marks) consists of General Hindi and the second paper (150 marks) consists of Essays. The next four papers (200 marks each) consist of General Studies, and the last two papers (200 marks each) are optional subjects.

Paper 1

General Hindi- Vilom Shabd, Muhavrein & Lokoktiyaan, Ashuddhiyaan, Anek ke ek shabd, Patra Lekhan, Taar lekhan, others.

Paper 2

Essay- Students have to write three essays in about 700 words each in this paper, choosing one topic from each of the three sections.

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/ National Calamities- Earthquake, Landslide, others/ National Development Programs andProjects.

Paper 3 General Studies I

  • Modern Indian History
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History of Indian Culture
  • Salient Features of Indian Culture and Society
  • Indian Freedom Struggle
  • Post-Independence consolidation and reorganisation of India (till 1965)
  • World History from 18th Century to mid 20th Century
  • Role of Women in Society and their populations, organisation, and related issues, poverty, development, urbanisation
  • Liberalisation, Globalization, and Privatization
  • Social empowerment, Regionalism, Secularism, and Communalism
  • Distribution of important natural resources of the world and factors responsible for the location of the industries with special reference to India
  • Salient Features of Physical Geography
  • Oceanic Resources of India
  • The human migration-refugee problem in the world with a special focus on India
  • Boundaries and frontiers of the Indian sub-continent
  • Population and Settlement
  • Historical knowledge of Uttar Pradesh
  • Geographical Knowledge of Uttar Pradesh

Paper 4 General Studies II

  • Indian Constitution, with the role of the Supreme Court in the evolution of basic provisions of the Constitution
  • Responsibilities and functions of the Unions and the States
  • Role of the Finance Commission in the Centre-State financial relations
  • Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms (with the emergence of alternate dispute redressal mechanisms), and institutes
  • Parliament and State Legislatures
  • The Executive and the Judiciary, and Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Indian Constitutional schemes in comparison to that of other major democratic countries
  • Constitutional Posts
  • Statutory, regulatory, and quasi-Judicial bodies including NITI Aayog
  • Governmental Policies and Interventions for development, and Indian Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Developmental processes with the roles of NGOs, Self-Help Groups, others
  • Welfare Schemes for the vulnerable of the population
  • Issues related to Health, Education, Poverty and Human Resources
  • Role of Civil Services
  • India’s relations with the neighbouring countries
  • Global, Bilateral and Regional Groupings
  • International Institutes and Agencies
  • Political knowledge of Uttar Pradesh
  • Current Affairs

Paper 5 General Studies III

  • Food Processing and related industries of India
  • Economic Planning in India
  • Poverty, Unemployment, Social Justice and Inclusive Growth
  • Government Budgets and Financial System
  • Major Crops, Irrigation, and Agriculture
  • Farm Subsidies
  • Land Reforms since Independence
  • Liberalisation and Globalization
  • Infrastructure
  • Science and Technology including ICT
  • Environment and Ecosystem
  • Disaster mitigation and management
  • International and Internal Security
  • Security forces and organisations of India
  • The Economy of Uttar Pradesh
  • Horticulture, Forestry, and Animal Husbandry
  • Law and Order (special reference to UP)

Paper 6 General Studies IV (Ethics)

  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Attitude
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Contributions of moral thinkers
  • Civil Service values and ethics
  • Probity in Governance

Paper 7-8 Optional Papers (I-II)

There is a list of subjects to choose from

  1. Law
  2. Botany
  3. Agriculture
  4. Mechanical Engineering
  5. Electrical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Animal Husbandry
  8. Chemistry
  9. Medical Science
  10. Psychology
  11. Zoology
  12. Physics and Veterinary Science
  13. Mathematics
  14. Statistics
  15. Urdu Literature
  16. Hindi Literature
  17. Sanskrit Literature
  18. English Literature
  19. Management
  20. Geography
  21. Economics
  22. Political Science
  23. Sociology
  24. Philosophy
  25. History
  26. Public Administration
  27. Geology
  28. Anthropology
  29. Commerce
UPPSC Interview


Selected candidates have to go to Prayagraj for the in-person interview. There is no fixed syllabus for the interview but emphasis is given on your optional subject during questioning. The best way to prepare for the interview is staying thoroughly updated with current affairs and also history, politics and geography of your states- specifically about your locality.


Books for UPPSC


  • NCERTs
  • Ancient India- RS Sharma
  • Medieval History of India- Satish Chandra
  • Modern History of India- BL Grover


  • NCERTs
  • Geography of India- Mazid Hussain
  • Census of Uttar Pradesh
  • Physical and Human Geography- GC Leong


  • NCERTs
  • Economic Survey
  • Indian Economy- Ramesh Singh
  • Indian Economy- Lal and Lal


  • Constitution of India Bare Act
  • Indian Polity- Laxmikant
  • Indian Constitution- PM Bakshi

Environmental Science

  • Current Events
  • Environment Book- Shankar IAS Academy

Science and Technology

  • Science and Technology- Ravi Agrahari
  • Technological Updates in newspapers.

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


What is the UPPSC computer operator syllabus?
kavita rani

Hi Priya. Computer-based statistical & Numerical methods, Discrete Structures, Programming and Problem Solving through C and C++, Data Structures through C and C++, etc. are some of the important topics that are included in the UPPSC computer operator syllabus. Refer to the official website to get more details related to the exam and pattern.