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UPPSC Syllabus 2024 and Exam Pattern, Prelims and Mains

UPPSC Syllabus 2024

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has published the UPPSC PCS 2024 Notification along with the UPPSC Syllabus 2024. Annually, the UPPSC organizes recruitment exams aimed at shortlisting eligible candidates for a range of Group A and Group B posts in the Uttar Pradesh Government. The UPPSC PCS 2024 Exam involves three important stages: prelims, mains, and interview. As a first step in UPPSC preparation, aspiring candidates should familiarize themselves well with the latest UPPSC syllabus 2024. This article aims to facilitate candidates in their journey toward success in UPPSC PCS 2024 by providing the complete UPPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

The UPPSC PCS Selection procedure includes 3 stages i.e. Prelims (objective), Mains (Written), and Interview round (Personality test). Here we have tabulated the detailed information about UPPSC Syllabus 2024.

UPPSC Syllabus 2024
Organization Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)
Exam Name Uttar Pradesh Combined/Upper Subordinate Exam
Job Location Uttar Pradesh
Category Syllabus
Selection Process
  • Prelims (objective)
  • Mains (Written)
  • Personality test
Mode of exam Offline
Medium of exam Both English and Hindi
UPPSC Admit Card 2024 UPPSC PCS 2024 Postponed
Official Website uppsc.up.nic.in

UPPSC PCS Selection Process

The UPPSC PCS Selection Process includes three stages:

  • Prelims (objective)
  • Mains (Written)
  • Personality test

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024

The UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024 for Prelims and Mains Exam is mentioned below.

UPPSC 2024 PCS Prelims Exam Pattern

UPPSC PCS 2024 Prelims exam will be conducted offline in pen and paper mode. All the questions will be objective multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The prelims exam will be held in two sessions for Paper 1 and Paper 2. The exam pattern of the UPPSC PCS prelims exam is given below.

  1. Mode of Examination: Offline
  2. Both Papers will be conducted on the same day.
  3. Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions
  4. There will be a negative of 0.44 in Paper-I and 0.66 in Paper-II.
  5. Paper 2 i.e. CSAT is qualifying in nature.
Paper Total Questions Marks Duration
Paper-1 – General Studies I 150 200 marks 2 Hours
Paper-2 – General Studies II (CSAT) 100 200 marks 2 Hours

UPPSC 2024 PCS Mains Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Exam Pattern for Mains is given below.

  1. Mode of Examination: Offline
  2. There will be no negative marking in main examination.
  3. As per the latest exam pattern, optional subjects have been replaced by 2 compulsory GS Papers based on UP.
Paper Name Marks Time Duration
General Hindi 150 3 Hours
Essay 150 3 Hours
General Studies – I 200 3 Hours
General Studies – II 200 3 Hours
General Studies – III 200 3 Hours
General Studies – IV 200 3 Hours
General Studies – V 200 3 Hours
General Studies – VI 200 3 Hours

UPPSC Syllabus 2024 (Prelims Exam)

The preliminary examination of UPPSC involves two papers, check the detailed syllabus for both Paper-I and Paper-II below.

UPPSC PCS Prelims Syllabus 2024
Paper I
  • Current events of National and international importance
  • Indian History and National Movement
  • Indian Geography and World Geography – Physical Geography, Socio-economic Geography
  • Indian Polity; Governance – Constitution, Political System, Public Policy, Rights issues, Panchayati Raj, etc.
  • Social and Economic Development – Sustainable Development, Demographics, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – General Issues
Paper II
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • General English
  • General Mental Ability
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • General Hindi

UPPSC PCS Mains Syllabus

The UPPSC Mains exam is the deciding factor for final selection and hence it is important to prepare well according to the UPPSC PCS Mains syllabus.

Recently, there has been a major change in the main exam pattern as the UPPSC has introduced two new papers in place of the optional papers. UPPSC has introduced General Studies – V and General Studies – VI papers to test the candidates’ knowledge of Uttar Pradesh. Topic-wise syllabus for all GS Papers of UPPSC PCS Mains Syllabus are given below.

UPPSC सामान्य हिंदी Syllabus

  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

  1. लोकोक्ति एवं मुहावरे।

UPPSC Essay Paper Syllabus

The candidates need to write three essays (in about 700 words) in three hours. There will be three sections in the UPPSC Essay question paper and the candidates need to choose one topic from each section. The section-wise syllabus is as follows

  • Section A: (1) Literature and Culture. (2) Social sphere. (3) Political sphere.
  • Section B: (1) Science, Environment and Technology. (2) Economic Sphere (3) Agriculture, Industry and Trade.
  • Section C: (1) National and International Events. (2) Natural Calamities, Earthquake, Deluge, etc. (3) National Development programs and projects.

UPPSC PCS Mains General Studies I Syllabus

  • The 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, personality issues, etc.
  • The Freedom Struggle has 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 18 century to the middle of the 20 century such as the French Revolution of 1789, the Industrial Revolution, the 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 the economy, polity, and social structure.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Distribution of major natural resources of the World – Water, Soils, and Forests in South and Southeast 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 a focus on India.
  • Frontiers and boundaries with reference to the Indian subcontinent.
  • Population and Settlements – Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages.

UPPSC PCS Mains General Studies II

  • Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions, and basic structure, Role of Supreme Court in the evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
  • 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.
  • 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 development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger, their implication on 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.
  • Current affairs and events of Regional, National and International importance.

UPPSC PCS Mains General Studies 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, and 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, 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, bio- technology. 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 
  • Issues in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry.

UPPSC PCS Mains General Studies 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, role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: Content, structure, function, its influence and relation with thought and behavior, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion.
  • 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.
  • Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil Service values and ethics in Public Administration: status and problems, ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and privale 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: concept of public service, 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.
  • Case studies on above issues.

UPPSC PCS Mains General Studies V

  • History, Civilization, Culture and Ancient Cities of UP.
  • Architecture, their significance and maintainability, museum, archive and archaeology of UP.
  • Contributions of UP in Pre and post 1857 freedom struggles of India.
  • Eminent freedom fighters and personalities of UP.
  • Rural, Urban and Tribal issues: social structure, festivals, fairs, music, folk dances, literature and languages/dialects, social customs of UP.
  • Political System of UP: Governance, Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, State Assembly and State Council, Center-State Relation.
  • Public Service, Public Service Commission, Auditing, Advocate General, High Court and its jurisdiction in UP.
  • Special State Selection Criteria, Official Language, Consolidated Fund andContingency fund, Political Parties and State Election Commission of UP.
  • Local Self Government: Urban and Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right related issues in UP.
  • Good Governance, Eradication of Corruption, Lokayukta, Citizen Charters, E- Governance, Right to Information, Redressal Policy.
  • Land Reforms and its impact in UP.
  • Issues Related to Security in UP.(I) Linkage between development and spread of extremism.(ii) Role of External, State and Interstate actors in creating challenges to internal security through communication networks, media and social networking sites,(iii) Basic rules of cyber security, money-laundering and its prevention.(iv) Various security forces and agencies and their mandate.(v) Security challenges and their management in border areas, linkage of organized crimes with terrorism.
  • Law and Order and Civil Defense in UP.
  • Medical and Health issues in UP.
  • State Education System of UP.
  • Contribution of U P in the development of India.
  • Current Affairs of UP.
  • Implementation of Jal Shakti Mission and another central welfare scheme in UP.
  • NGOs in UP: Issues, Contribution and Impact.
  • Tourism in UP: Issues and prospects.
  • Emphasis on Innovation in various fields in UP: Issues and its impact on employment and socio-economic development of the society.

UPPSC PCS Mains General Studies VI

  • Overview of the Economy of UP: Main features of the economy and State Budgets, Infrastructure and importance of Physical Resources.
  • Trade, Commerce and industries of UP.
  • UP Government Schemes, Projects and Planned Development for welfare of People, Human Resources and Skill Development.
  • Investment in UP: Issues and Impact
  • Public Finance and Fiscal Policy, Tax and Economic Reforms, One District One Product Policy of UP Government.
  • Planning and management of renewable and non-renewable energy resources of UP.
  • Demography, Population and Censuses of UP.
  • Commercialization of agriculture and production of agricultural crops in UP.
  • UP New Forest Policy.
  • Agro and Social Forestry in U.P 
  • Agricultural Diversity, Problems of agriculture and their solutions in UP.
  • Developmental Indices of UP in various fields.
  • Geography of UP: Geographical Location, Relief and Structure, Climate, Irrigation, Minerals, Drainage System and Vegetation.
  • National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries in UP.
  • Transport Network in UP.
  • Power Resources, Infrastructure and Industrial Development of UP.
  • Pollution and Environmental Issues in UP, Pollution Control Board and its functions.
  • Natural Resources of UP-Soil, Water, Air, Forests, Grasslands, Wetlands.
  • Climate Change and Weather Forecasting issues in UP.
  • Habitat and Ecosystem, structure and function, adjustment, Flora and Fauna with reference to UP.
  • Science and Technology: Its issues, advancements and efforts in UP.
  • Aquaculture, Viticulture, Sericulture, Floriculture, Horticulture, Arboric culture in up and its impact on development of UP.
  • Evolvement of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for development of UP.



How many recruitment stages are there in UPPSC PCS exam 2024?

There are 3 stages in the recruitment procedure of UPPSC PCS exam 2024 namely Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Q. Will there be any negative marking in UPPSC PCS 2024 Exam?

Yes, there is negative marking in UPPSC PCS Prelims exam 2024 i.e. 0.44 in Paper I and 0.66 in Paper II.

How many papers are there in the UPPSC PCS Main Exam 2024?

There are 8 question papers in the UPPSC PCS main exam 2024. All the papers are compulsory and the marks secured in all the papers are counted for the final merit.

Is there any negative marking in UPPSC mains examination?

No, there is no negative marking in UPPSC mains examination.

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