UPPSC Syllabus:-

Paper-I (General Studies-I)

1. Current events of national and international importance.

2. History of India and Indian National Movement.

3. Indian and World geography – Physical, Social, and Economic geography of India and the World.

4. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

5. General Issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.

6.General Science.

History of India & Indian National Movement:-

In History, emphasis should be on a broad understanding of social, economic and political aspects of Indian History. In the Indian National Movement, the candidates are expected to have a synoptic view of the nature and character of the freedom movement, the growth of nationalism and the attainment of Independence.

Indian and World Geography:-

Physical, Social, and Economic geography of India and the World: In World Geography only a general understanding of the subject will be expected. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to the Physical, Social & Economic Geography of India.

Indian Polity and Governance:-

Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.:- In Indian Polity, Economics and Culture, questions will test knowledge of the country’s political system including Panchayati Raj and Community Development, broad features of Economic policy in India and Indian Culture.
Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.:- The candidates will be tested with respect to problems and relationships between Population, Environment and Urbanisation.
General Issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change -that do not require subject specialization, General awareness of the subject is expected from candidates.

General Science:-

Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of Science including matters of everyday observation and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person, who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
Note:- Candidates are expected to have general awareness about the above subjects with special reference to Uttar Pradesh.

Paper-II (General Studies-II)

1. Comprehension.

2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

4. Decision-making and problem-solving.

5. General mental ability.

6.Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level- Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.

7. General English up to Class X level.

8. General Hindi up to Class X level.

9.Elementary Mathematics (Up to Class X Level)

1. Arithmetic:-(CSAT)

(i) Number systems: Natural Numbers, Integers, Rational and Irrational numbers, Real numbers, Divisors of an Integer, prime Integers, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of integers and their Interrelationship.

(ii) Average.

(iii) Ratio and proportion.

(iv) Percentage.

(v) Profit and Loss.

(vi) Simple and Compound Interests.

(vii) Work and Time.

(viii) Speed, Time and Distance.

2. Algebra:-

(i) Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of polynomials and their Interrelationship, Remainder theorem, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations.

(ii) Set Theory:- Set null set, subsets and proper subsets of a set, operations (Union, Intersections, difference, symmetric difference) between sets, Venn diagram.

3. Geometry:-

(i) Constructions and theorems regarding triangles, rectangle, squares, trapezium and circles, their perimeter and area.

(ii) Volume and surface area of a sphere, right circular cylinder, right circular Cone and Cube.

4. Statistics:-

Collection of data, Classification of data, frequency, frequency distribution, tabulation, cumulative frequency. Representation of data – Bar diagram, Pie chart, histogram, frequency polygon, cumulative frequency curves (ogives), Measures of Central tendency: Arithmetic Mean, Median and Mode.

General English up to Class X Level

1. Comprehension.

2. Active Voice and Passive Voice.

3. Parts of Speech.

4. Transformation of Sentences.

5. Direct and Indirect Speech.

6. Punctuation and Spellings.

7. Words meanings.

8. Vocabulary & Usage.

9. Idioms and Phrases.

10. Fill in the Blanks.

सामान्य हिंदी (हाईस्कूल स्तर तक) के पाठ्यक्रम में सम्मिलित किये जाने वाले विषय:-

1. हिंदी वर्णमाला, विराम चिन्ह

2. शब्द रचना, वाक्य रचना, अर्थ

3. शब्द-रूप

4. संधि, समास

5. क्रियायें

6. अनेकार्थी शब्द

7. विलोम शब्द

8. पर्यायवाची शब्द

9. मुहावरे एवं लोकोक्तियाँ

10. तत्सम एवं तद्भव, देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार)

11. वर्तनी

12. अर्थबोध

13. हिन्दी भाषा के प्रयोग में होने वाली अशुद्धियाँ

14. उ.प्र. की मुख्य बोलियाँ

सामान्य हिंदी:-

1. दिये गए गद्य खण्ड का अवबोध एवं प्रश्नोत्तर।

2. संक्षेपण।

3.सरकारी एवं अर्धसरकारी पत्र लेखन, तार लेखन, कार्यालय आदेश, अधिसूचना, परिपत्र।

4. शब्द ज्ञान एवं प्रयोग।

(अ) उपसर्ग एवं प्रत्यय प्रयोग

(ब) विलोम शब्द

(स) वाक्यांश के लिए एकशब्द

(द) वर्तनी एवं वाक्य शुद्धि

5. लोकोक्ति एवं मुहावरे।

Paper 2 : ESSAY

This paper will have 3 section of Candidates will have to select the topic for the 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 following sphere:

Section A Section B Section C
(1) Literature and Culture. (1) Science, Environment and Technology (1) National and International Events
(2) Social sphere. (2) Economic Sphere (2) Natural Calamities, Land slide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought etc.
(3) Political sphere. (3) Agriculture, Industry and Trade (3) National Development programmes and projects.
General studies paper I

● History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
● Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, personalities and issues, etc.
● The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
● Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.).
● History of the world will include events from 18th century to middle of the 20th century such as French revolution of 1789, industrial revolution, World Wars, redraw of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc-their forms and effect on the society.
● Salient features of Indian Society and culture.
● Role of Women in society and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
● Meaning of liberalization, privatization and globalization and their effects on economy, polity and social structure.
 Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
● Distribution of major natural resources of World- Water, Soils, Forests in reference to South and
South-East Asia with special reference to India. Factors responsible for the location of industries
(with special reference to India).
● Salient features of Physical Geography- Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone, Ocean
Currents, winds and glaciers.
● Oceanic resources of India and their potential.
● Human migration-refugee problem of the World with focus on India.
● Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.
● Population and Settlements- Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages.
● Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh – History, Culture, Art, Architecture, Festival, Folk-Dance, Literature, Regional Languages, Heritage, Social Customs and Tourism.
● Specific knowledge of U.P.- Geography- Human and Natural Resources, Climate, Soils, Forest, Wild-Life, Mines and Minerals, Sources of Irrigation.

General studies paper II

● Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basis structure, Role of Supreme Court in evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
● Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein .
● Role of Finance Commission in Centre-State financial relations.
● Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.
● Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries.
● Parliament and State legislatures- structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned issues.
● 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).
● Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
● Appointment to various Constitutional posts, Powers, functions and their responsibilities.
● Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, their features and functioning.
● Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, implementation and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
● Development processes- the role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
● 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
● Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
● Issues relating to poverty and hunger, and their implication on the body politic.
● Important aspects of governance. Transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential, citizens, charters and institutional measures.
● Role of Civil Services in a democracy in the context of emerging trends.
● India and its relationship with neighbouring Countries.
● Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and/ or affecting India’s interest.
● Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests- Indian diaspora.
● Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning.
● Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue and Judicial Systems.
● Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National and International importance.

General studies paper III

● Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
● Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social justice and inclusive growth.
● Components of Government Budgets and Financial System.
● Major Crops, Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in the aid of farmers.
● 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, and Technology missions in agriculture.
● Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, and supply chain management.
● Land reforms in India since independence.
● Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
● Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
● Science and Technology-developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security, India’s Science and Technology Policy.
● Achievements of Indians in science & technology, indigenization of technology. Developments of New technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use technologies.
● Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nano-technology, microbiology, and biotechnology. Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights.
● Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wildlife, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment,
● Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and management.
● Challenges of International Security: Issues of Nuclear proliferation, Causes and spread of extremism, Communication networks, the role of media and social networking, Basics of cyber security, money laundering and human trafficking.
● India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.
● Role, kind and mandate of security forces, Higher defence organizations in India
● 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.
● Issues inAgriculture, Horticulture, Forestry andAnimal Husbandry.
● Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.

General Studies Paper – IV

● 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.
● Attitude: Content, structure, function, its influence and relation with thought and behaviour, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion.
● Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public services, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
● Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
● Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
● 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.
● 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, and challenges of corruption.
● Case studies on the above issues.

UPPSC Syllabus

Before going to the UPPSC Syllabus let us give you an idea of the Exam Pattern of UPPSC PCS and ACF/ RFO.
The UPPSC PCS Exam comprises three stages namely.
1. Prelims: 2 Papers ( Objective )
2. Mains: 8 papers (essay/ descriptive type)
3. Interview

Name of the Exam Type of the Exam/Time Marks
UPPSC Prelims Exam Paper 1: General Studies I 150 marks
Paper 1: General Studies II 100 marks
UPPSC Mains Exam General Hindi 150 marks
Essay 150 marks
General Studies I 200 marks
General Studies II 200 marks
General Studies III 200 marks
General Studies IV 200 marks
Optional Subject – Paper 1 200 marks
Optional Subject – Paper 2 200 marks
UPPSC Interview Personality Test/Interview 100 marks

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern is discussed here. This is only qualifying in nature, it is used as a filtering agent to weed out the non-serious candidates. The UPPSC PCS and ACF/ RFO Prelims comprised of two papers i.e., Paper I and Paper-II. Both the papers are of 200 marks with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Check the UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern in the table below.

Name of Exam UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam
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, they are of two hours each
Maximum Marks Both Papers will be of 200 marks each.
Number of Questions
  • *Paper-I: 150 questions
  • *Paper-II: 100 questions
Type of Exam (CSAT) Offline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets
Negative Marking
  • Paper 1- 0.44
  • Paper 2- 0.66
Nature of Questions All questions will be of Objective type (MCQs)

UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualified for the PCS and ACF/ RFO prelims exam are called for the mains exam. The UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern is given below. The marks of the mains exam will be considered for the final selection of the candidates. The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers that are descriptive in nature. The UPPSC Mains Exam is a merit deciding round, it holds a great weightage as it is of 1500 marks.
There are two major changes in the UPPSC main exam pattern.
*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.
*UPPSC introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper which was not there earlier.

Name of the Exam UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination
UPPSC Mains Exam
  • 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
Sessions Morning Session – 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM
Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM
Duration of Exam Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;
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
Negative Marking NIL
Optional Subjects As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.