UPPSC PCS Exam Syllabus 2020 – (New) PCS Exam Pattern

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the PCS Exam for recruiting Group A and Group B officers in the administrative services of the state government.

UPPSC Prelims 2018 onwards, the PCS exam pattern has been changed. The PCS Exam syllabus for Mains 2018 is based on the new pattern. Also, UPPSC Pre 2019 and Mains are as per the new PCS exam pattern.

In this article, we will provide the latest UPPSC syllabus and exam pattern for Prelims and Mains.

The salient points of the UPPSC new exam pattern 2018 are:

  1. Introduction of 0.33% negative marking in the Prelims Exam
  2. The UPPSC mains will have 4 GS papers and only one optional subject (2 papers) along with the Essay and General Hindi paper.
  3. The interview will be for 100 marks

The new PCS exam pattern is closely modelled on the lines of the UPSC IAS Exam.

UPPSC Syllabus 2020 (New Pattern):-  Download Image Here

PCS Exam Pattern

The UPPSC conducts the PCS Exam in three stages:

  1. Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions (MCQs)
  2. Mains – 8 papers – essay/descriptive type
  3. Interview

The PCS exam pattern for UPPSC Prelims 2020 is given in the table below:

Name of Exam Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (General Recruitment/Physically Handicapped – Backlog/Special Recruitment) (Preliminary) Examination
Number of Papers
  1. Two;
  2. Paper 1 – General Studies I
  3. Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
UPPSC Exam Date (Prelims 2019) December 15, 2019
Duration of Exam 2 hour each;


  • 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 Exam Offline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets
Nature of Questions All questions will be of Objective type (MCQs)
Negative Marking
  • As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, there will be 0.33% negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  • For e.g., if the maximum marks allotted for a question is 2, then answering it incorrectly would incur a penalty of 0.66 marks
  • Filling multiple circles on the OMR sheet for the same question would be treated as an incorrect answer
  • There is no negative marking for leaving a question blank


The PCS Exam pattern for UPPSC Mains 2019 is given below:

Name of Exam Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (General Recruitment/Physically Handicapped – Backlog/Special Recruitment) Main (Written) Examination
Number of Papers Eight;


  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
UPPSC Exam Date
  • Mains 2019 – Postponed [Original Date – 20th April 2020 onward; Revised Date – To be announced]
  • Mains 2018 – October 18, 2019, onwards
Duration of Exam 3 hours each;


  • 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 Exam Offline (Pen-paper)
Nature of Questions Essay/descriptive type
Optional Subjects As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.


Given below are the 34 optional PCS exam subjects for UPPSC Mains 2018 (onwards) as per the latest exam pattern:

Agriculture & Veterinary Science Arabic Lit. Zoology
Chemistry Hindi Lit. Statistics
Defence Studies Persian Lit. Physics
Management Sanskrit Lit. Mathematics
Political Science & International Relations Geology Commerce & Accountancy
Geography Psychology Economics
History Civil Engineering Public Administration
Social Work Medical Science Sociology
Agricultural Engineering Philosophy Anthropology
Mechanical Engineering Botany Electrical Engineering
Law English Lit. Animal Husbandry
Urdu Lit

The UPPSC Personality Test/Viva-Voce/Interview is held for the candidates who clear the Main stage of the PCS Exam. The interview (in the new PCS exam pattern) is for 100 marks and tests the general awareness, character, expression power/personality, intelligence and general suitability for the service.

UPPSC Syllabus – PCS Exam Syllabus

The UPPSC syllabus overlaps significantly with the UPSC Syllabus for the IAS Exam. With the new PCS exam pattern and UPPSC syllabus, candidates preparing simultaneously for the Civil Services Exam (UPSC) and the state civil services exam will have a slightly easier task.

UPPSC PCS Exam Syllabus – Prelims

The Prelims syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 is given below.

Paper 1:

  1. Current events of National & International importance
  2. Indian History and National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography – Socio-economic, Physical geography
  4. Indian Governance and Polity – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
  5. Social and Economic Development – Demographics, Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives etc.
  6. Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialisation
  7. General Science

There will be questions on the above topics with special reference to Uttar Pradesh. The official syllabus will be given in the UPPSC Notification. Given below is the syllabus from the 2018 notification.

The detailed UPPSC syllabus for PCS Prelims Paper 1 is :

UPPSC PCS Exam 2019 Prelims Syllabus for Paper 1

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)

The detailed UPPSC syllabus for Maths, English and Hindi sections of PCS Exam Prelims Paper 2 is:

UPPSC syllabus for PCS Prelims
UPPSC syllabus for PCS Prelims

Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the UPPSC PCS Exam and the latest UPPSC results from the links below:

UPPSC Mains Syllabus 2019

In the changed pattern, the UPPSC Mains comprises 8 theory papers.

The PCS exam syllabus for General Hindi paper:

General Hindi syllabus for UPPSC Mains 2019

The UPPSC syllabus for Essay PCS exam paper:

Essay syllabus for PCS Mains exam 2019

The PCS Exam syllabus for General Studies Paper 1:

GS 1 syllabus for UPPSC Mains 2018-19
GS 1 syllabus - PCS Exam Syllabus

The UPPSC syllabus for General Studies Paper 2:

UPPSC Syllabus for PCS Mains GS 2 paper
GS 2 syllabus for UPPSC Mains 2019

The PCS Exam syllabus for General Studies Paper 3:

UPPSC Mains Syllabus for GS 3
UPPSC Mains Syllabus for GS 3

The UPPSC syllabus for General Studies Paper 4:

GS 4 UPPSC Syllabus - PCS Exam 2019
GS 4 syllabus for UPPSC PCS Exam 2019

Aspirants can follow the UPPSC PCS Preparation booklist, tips and strategies in the linked article.

Regarding the UPPSC syllabus for the 34 optional subjects, candidates can refer to the UPPSC notification 2020, 2019 and 2018 below.

UPPSC Notification 2020 is expected to be released in April 2020.

UPPSC Notification 2019:-  Download Image Here


UPPSC Notification 2018:-  Download Image Here

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