The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the state agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination for entry-level appointments to the various Group A and Group B Civil Services of Uttar Pradesh. The agency’s charter is granted by the Constitution of India. Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution, titled Services Under the Union and the States, provide for a Public Service Commission for the Union and for each state. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) came into existence on 1 April 1937, with the main aim of recruiting candidates to various services in the state. The commission is regulated by Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Regulation, 1976.
List of Examinations Conducted by the U.P. Public Service Commission from time to time.(Direct recruitment through interviews only as per the service):

1. Combined Competetive Examination (Civil Services)
2. Assistant Forest Conservator(ACF)/Forest range officer(FRO)Examinations (Natural Resource)
3. R.O/A.R.O Preliminary Examination (Only for the Commission) (Civil Services)
4. R.O/A.R.O Main Examination(Only for the Commission) (Civil Services)
5. A.P.S. Examination(Only for the Commission and secretariat of U.P. and Revenue) (Civil Services)
6. Assistant Registrar Examination (Civil Services)
7. Combined State Engineering Examination. (Engineering)
8. U.P. Judicial Services (Junior Division) Examination (Law)
9. Assistant Prosecuting Officers Examination (Law)
10. U.P. Palika (Centralized) Health Services : Food & Sanitary Inspector Examination. (Medical)
11. Combined State/Lower Subordinate Examination. (Civil Services)
12. Combined Junior Engineer Examination. (Engineering)

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (PCS)

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has released a notification for Combined State / Upper Subordinate Services (PCS) and Assistant Conservator of Forest (A.C.F.) / Range Forest Officer (R.F.O.) Services Exam 2021. The candidates holding the required qualification and experience can apply to the UPPSC PCS Pre 2021 Exam. According to the notification, UPPSC PCS 2021 online application has already started on 5th February 2021. The last date to fill up the application form is 5th March 2021. The candidates should apply for the exam as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute hassle on the official website.
UPPSC PCS 2021: Important dates

UPPSC PCS 2021 Notification05th February 2021
Online Registration Starts05th February 2021
Last Date to Apply Online05th March 2021
UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam 202113th June 2021
UPPSC PCS Prelims Result 2021To Be Notified
UPPSC PCS Mains Exam 202103rd October 2021

UPPSC PCS 2021: Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit (as on 01/07/2021)
• Minimum Age Limit: 21 Years
• Maximum Age Limit: 40 Years
• Candidates should t have not been born earlier than 02/07/1981 and not later than 01/07/2000
• Maximum Age Limit for PH Candidates: 55 Years
• Candidates must have not been born before 02/07/1966
• Age Relaxation is applicable as per rules.

Educational Qualification

S.NoPost NameQualification
1Sub Registrar, Assistant
Prosecuting Officer(Transport)
Law Graduate
2District Basik Shiksha Adhikari /
Associate DIOS and Other
equivalent administrative posts,
District Administrative Officer
Post Graduate Degree
3District Audit Officer
(Revenue Audit)
Graduation (Commerce)
4Assistant Controller Legal
Measurement (Grade-I) /
Assistant Controller Legal
Measurement (Grade-II)
Degree in Science with Physics or Mechanical
Engg. As one subject.
5Assistant Labour
Degree in Arts with Sociology or Economics as a
subject or Commerce/Law
6District Programme OfficerDegree in Sociology or Social Science or Home
Science or Social Work.
7Senior Lecturer, DIETPost Graduate Degree with B.Ed.
8District Probation OfficerPost Graduate Degree (Relevant Disciplines)
9Child Development Project
Graduate Degree in Sociology or Social Work or
Home Science or any qualification
10Designated Officer /
Food Safety Officer
PG Degree (Chemistry) or Bachelor’s Degree (Relevant Disciplines)
11Statistical officerPG (Relevant Disciplines)
12District Cane Officer, U.P.
Agriculture Service Group
“B” (Development Branch)
Graduation (Agriculture)
13Labour Enforcement
Bachelor’s Degree or PG Diploma/ Degree (Relevant Disciplines)
14Principals, Government
Intermediate Colleges
(For Boys or Girls)
PG, L.T. Diploma or B.T. or B.Ed
15Assistant Research
PG (Chemistry)
16Assistant Director
Graduation (Agriculture)
17Manager (Administration/
M.B.A. or Equivalent Degree
18Assistant Store
Purchase Officer
19Technical Assistant
PG (Chemistry)
IIAssistant Conservator of Forest (ACF)Bachelor’s Degree (Relevant Disciplines)
IIIRange Forest Officer (RFO)Bachelor’s Degree (Relevant Disciplines)

Application Fees

The last date to pay the fee is 03rd March 2021
• For UR/OBC Exam fee Rs. 100/- + On-line processing fee Rs. 25/- Total = Rs. 125/-
• For SC/ ST Exam fee Rs. 40/- + On-line processing fee Rs. 25/- Total = Rs. 65/-
• For Physically Handicapped Exam fee NIL+ On-line processing fee Rs. 25/- Total = Rs. 25/-
• Dependents of the Freedom: According to their original category Fighters/Ex-Serviceman/Women.

UPPSC 2021: Selection Process

The UPPSC Exam comprises of three stages. The candidate will have to clear each of the rounds successfully to be appointed as UPPSC Officer.
1. Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions (MCQs)
2. Mains – 8 papers – essay/descriptive type
3. Interview

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

• The UPPSC PCS Preliminary exam will have two question papers.
• The question paper will be objective in nature.
• There will be negative marking i.e. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong response Preliminary examination.
• There is no negative marking for leaving a question blank.

No. of Papers (2)1. Paper 1 – General Studies I
2. Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
Duration of Exam• Both papers conducted on the same day;
• Paper 1 – 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM
• Paper 2 – 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM
Maximum Marks• Both Papers will be of 200 marks each.
• However, only Paper 1 will be considered for merit ranking
• Paper 2 is a qualifying paper on the lines of IAS Prelims (33% qualifying criteria)
Number of Questions• Paper-I: 150 questions
• Paper-II: 100 questions
Type of ExamOffline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets
Nature of QuestionsAll questions will be of Objective type (MCQs)

UPPSC PCS Mains Exam Pattern 2021

• The total marks including the Interview will be 1500 + 100 = 1600 Marks.
• Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration.
• Each paper is of 3 hours duration

Number of Papers (8)1. General Hindi
2. Essay
3. General Studies I
4. General Studies II
5. General Studies III
6. General Studies IV
7. Optional Subject – Paper 1
8. Optional Subject – Paper 2
Duration of Exam• Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;
• Morning Session – 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM
• Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM
Maximum Marks• General Hindi – 150 marks
• Essay – 150 marks
• All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
• Total – 1500 marks
Type of ExamOffline (Pen-paper)
Nature of QuestionsEssay/descriptive type
Optional SubjectsAs per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.


The candidates who will clear the UPPSC PCS Mains Exam will be eligible to appear for the Interview. The UPPSC PCS Interview will hold 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, and general suitability for the service.
The final merit of the candidates will be made on the basis of the UPPSC PCS Mains and Interview scores.

UPPCS Pay Scale For All Posts

The pay scale pr Salary for the UPPCS Recruitment of all posts under the combined state services exam is Rs. 9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs 4600/- (except Naib Tehsildar whose grade pay is Rs. 4200/-) to Rs. 15600-39100/- Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-
Under the Assistant Conservator of Forest / Range Forest Officer Services Examination the Pay-Scale, grade pay, and status of Post are given as below:
• Assistant Conservator of Forest- Rs.15600/- to Rs.39100/-, Grade Pay- Rs.5400/-, (Level 10 in the pay matrix Group) Group “B”, Gazetted.
• Range Forest Officer Services Examination- Rs.9300/- to Rs.34800/-, Grade Pay – Rs.4800/-, (Level 8 pay matrix 47600 – 151100) Group “B”, Gazetted.

How to Apply For UPPSC PCS 2021?

1. Click on the official link.
2. Click on the Apply link given on the page. A registration link will open up in the new window.
3. Click on New Registration in the application window.
4. Provide personal credentials like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number, etc.
5. Click on the submit button to the completed online registration form of UPPSC PCS.
6. After the Registration, a Registration ID and a password will be sent to your mobile no. and email id.

UPPSC Syllabus for Prelims

The Syllabus for the UPPSC PCS Prelims is quite similar to that of IAS. As you know that the UPPSC Prelims comprises of two papers objective in nature, therefore the syllabus for both the papers is provided below.
UPPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper I
1. Current events of National & International importance
2. Indian History: Ancient, Medieval, Modern
3. National Movement
4. Indian and World Geography – Socio-economic, Physical geography
5. Indian Governance and Polity – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
6. Social and Economic Development – Demographics, Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
7. Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialization.
8. General Science
UPPSC Syllabus for Paper 2
1. Comprehension
2. Interpersonal skills (including communication skills)
3. Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
4. Problem Solving & Decision Making
5. General Mental Ability
6. Elementary Mathematics (class X level – Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, and Arithmetic)
7. General English (class X level)
8. General Hindi (class X level)

UPPSC Syllabus: UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern is given below. The marks obtained in this exam will be considered for the final selection of the candidates. The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers descriptive in nature. The duration of the exam would be 3 hours for each paper. The UPPSC Mains Exam will be of a total of 1500 marks. The papers will be conducted over a week’s duration.

Name of ExamName of Exam All the papers will be held in a week’s duration.
UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination
Number of Papers (8)1. General Hindi
2. Essay
3. General Studies I
4. General Studies II
5. General Studies III
6. General Studies IV
7. Optional Subject – Paper 1
8. Optional Subject – Paper 2
Duration of Exam• Morning Session – 3Hrs
• Afternoon Session – 3Hrs
Maximum Marks• General Hindi – 150 marks
• Essay – 150 marks
• All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200
• marks each
• Total – 1500 marks
Type of ExamOffline (Pen-paper)
Nature of QuestionsEssay/descriptive type
Optional SubjectsAs per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.

The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers. The marks secured in the UPPSC PCS main exam are the deciding factor in the final selection. There are two major changes in the UPPSC main exam pattern.

Firstly, UPPSC does away with the objective type papers and re-introduced the descriptive type papers as in the past but with the increase in the number of papers.
Secondly, UPPSC introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper which was not there earlier.

Essay: Paper-II

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

General Studies I: Paper III

1- History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2- Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, personalities and issues, etc.
3- The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from
different parts of the country.
4- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.).
5- History of the world will include events from 18 century to the middle of the 20 century such that as French revolution of 1789, the industrial revolution, World Wars, redraw of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc-their forms, and effect on society.
6- Salient features of Indian Society and culture.
7- Role of Women in society and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
8- Meaning of liberalization, privatization, and globalization and their effects on the economy, polity and social structure.
9- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
10- Distribution of major natural resources of World- Water, Soils, Forests about South and South-East Asia with special reference to India. Factors responsible for the location of industries with special reference to India.
11- Salient features of Physical Geography- Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone, Ocean Currents, winds, and glaciers.
12- Oceanic resources of India and their potential.
13- Human migration-refugee problem of the World with a focus on India.
14-Frontiers and boundaries regarding the Indian sub-continent.
15- Population and Settlements- Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages

General Studies II: Paper IV

1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure, Role of Supreme Court in the evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States: issues and challenges about the federal structure, devolution of powers, and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
3. Role of Finance Commission in centre-state financial relations.
4. Separation of powers, dispute redressed mechanisms, and institutions. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressed mechanisms.
5. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries.
6. Parliament and State legislatures- structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers and privileges, and concerning issues.
7. Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary: Ministries and Departments of the Government, Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
8. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
9. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, Powers, functions, and their responsibilities.
10. Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, their features, and functioning.
11. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, implementation, and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
12. Development processes- the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
13. 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.
14. Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
15. Issues relating to poverty and hunger, their implication on the body politic.
16. Important aspects of governance. Transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential, citizens, charters, and institutional measures.
17. Role of Civil Services in a democracy in the context of emerging trends.
18. India and its relationship with neighbouring countries.
19. Bilateral, Regional, and Global groupings and agreements involving India and/ or affecting India’s interest.
20. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s
interests- Indian diasporas.
21. Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate, and functioning.
22. Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue, and Judicial System.
23. Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National, and International importance.

General Studies III: Paper V

1. Economic planning in India, objectives, and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2. Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social justice, and inclusive growth.
3. Components of Government Budgets and Financial System.
4. Major Crops, Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in the aid of farmers.
5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security, Technology missions in agriculture.
6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
7. Land reforms in India since independence.
8. Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy, and their effects on industrial growth.
9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
10. Science and Technology-developments and applications in everyday life and National Security, India’s Science and Technology Policy.
11. Achievements of Indians in science & technology, indigenization of technology. Developments of New technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use technologies.
12. Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nanotechnology, microbiology, biotechnology. Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights.
13. Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wildlife, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment,
14. Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation, and management.
15. Challenges of International Security: Issues of Nuclear proliferation, Causes and spread of extremism, Communication networks, the role of media and social networking, Basics of cybersecurity, money laundering, and human trafficking.
16. India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency, and organized crimes.
17. The role, kind, and mandate of security forces, Higher defence organizations in India18- 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 Programmes and Welfare Schemes.
18. Issues in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, and Animal Husbandry.
19. Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.

General Studies Paper IV: Paper VI

1. 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, the role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values.
2. Attitude: Content, structure, function, its influence, and relation with thought and behaviour, moral and political attitudes, social influence, and persuasion.
3. 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.
4. Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
6. 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.
7. Probity in Governance: the concept of public service, the 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.
8. Case studies on the above issues

Optional Paper for UPPSC PCS Mains Exam: Paper VII & VIII

The UPPSC PCS Mains exam will consist of eight papers of which candidates will have to choose from a list of 34 subjects for the last two papers. Candidates will be able to select one optional subject as both the optional papers will constitute questions from the subject opted by candidates. The list of all the optional subjects has been provided below.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus: List of Optional Subjects for Mains

Agriculture & Veterinary ScienceArabic Lit.Zoology
ChemistryHindi Lit.Statistics
Defence StudiesPersian Lit.Physics
ManagementSanskrit Lit.Mathematics
Political Science & International RelationsGeologyCommerce & Accountancy
HistoryCivil EngineeringPublic Administration
Social WorkMedical ScienceSociology
Agricultural EngineeringPhilosophyAnthropology
Mechanical EngineeringBotanyElectrical Engineering
LawEnglish Lit.Animal Husbandry
Urdu Lit

UPPSC Interview

This is the final round of the UPPSC Exam. Candidates qualifying for the Prelims and the Mains exam will be called to appear for the Interview. The Interview will be for 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, and general suitability for the service.

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