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UPPSC Syllabus 2020: Check UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020 Prelims and Mains Syllabus, Download PDF

UPPSC Syllabus 2020: The UPPSC PCS Prelims exam will be held on 11 October 2020 and the UPPSC PCS Mains 2020 exam will be held on 22 January 2021. Through the UPPSC PCS recruitment exam, Group A and Group B Officers are selected for the various administrative services. The UPPSC syllabus is the most important component of the preparation. The UPPSC PCS syllabus is defined in the UPPSC notification but the candidates need to read, learn and explore the UPPCS syllabus to prepare the topics which are not mentioned in the UPPSC syllabus. For the benefit of all the aspirants who are preparing for the exam, we are providing the latest syllabus for prelims and mains exam along with exam pattern. Candidates who are interested in the UPPSC Recruitment 2020 need to appear for the Prelims and Mains examinations and qualify them to get into the merit list. UPPSC syllabus of prelims and mains exam is different from other exams and appearing candidate can go through the detailed UPPSC syllabus mentioned below and start their preparations now.

UPPSC PCS Selection Procedure

The UPPSC PCS Exam has 3 stages:

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

UPPSC Exam Pattern for PCS Prelims

UPPSC PCS 2020 Prelims exam will be conducted offline in a pen and paper mode. All the questions will be objective multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Prelims exam will be held in two sessions for Paper 1 and Paper 2. The exam pattern of UPPSC PCS prelims exam in given below.

Paper Total Questions Marks Duration
Paper-1 – General Studies I 150 200 marks 2 Hours
Paper-2 – General Studies II (CSAT) Qualifying in Nature 100 200 marks 2 Hours

UPPSC Pre Syllabus 2020 (Prelims Exam)

Paper Syllabus of UPPSC
Paper 1 Current events of National & 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
General Science
Paper 2 Mathematics

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
General English

  • Comprehension
  • Active & Passive Voice
  • Parts of Speech
  • Direct & Indirect speech
  • Punctuations & Spellings
  • Vocabulary
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Idioms & phrases
General Hindi

  • Hindi Grammar

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UPPSC 2020 PCS Mains Exam Pattern

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
Optional Subject – Paper I 200 3 Hours
Optional Subject – Paper II 200 3 Hours

UPPSC PCS Mains Syllabus

The marks secured in the UPPSC PCS main exam are the deciding factor in the final selection. With the change in UPPCS exam pattern, new syllabus of the UPPSC main exam came into force.

There are two main changes that have been done in the mains exam pattern. Firstly, UPPSC has re-introduced the descriptive type papers as in the past with the increase in the number of papers. Secondly, UPPSC has introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper.

The paper-wise official UPPSC Mains syllabus is given below

UPPSC Essay Paper Syllabus

The candidates need to write three essays (in about 700 word) 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 programmes and projects.

UPPSC General Studies Paper I UPPSC PCS Syllabus

  • History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian History: Significant events, personalities and issues, etc.
  • The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from various parts of India.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within India (till 1965A.D.).
  • History of the world including events from 18th century to the middle of the 20th century.
  • 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 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 a focus on India.
  • Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.
  • 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.

UPPSC Syllabus of General Studies II

The list of the topics of GS II are as follows

  • 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 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 other major democratic countries.
  • Parliament and State legislatures– structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned issues.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of 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 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).
  • Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), various groups and associations, donors, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, mechanisms, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection 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, 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’s 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
  • Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning.
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue and Judicial System.
  • Current affairs

UPPSC PCS General Studies III Syllabus

  • GSIII is the most dynamic paper of UPPSC PCS main exam. Appearing candidates must update their textbooks for the new data released by the government from time to time.
  • Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  • 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 (PDS)- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping, issues of buffer stocks and food security, 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.
  • Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: 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, nanotechnology, 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 cybersecurity, money laundering and human trafficking.
  • India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organised crimes.
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh Economy
  • Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.

UPPSC General Studies IV- Ethics Syllabus

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.


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, 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

Concept of public service, the philosophical basis of governance and probity, information sharing and transparency in government. Right to Information, codes of conduct, citizen’s charter, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds.

Case studies on the above issues.

Optional Papers in UPPSC

Given below is the 34 optional PCS exam subjects for UPPSC Mains 2018 (onwards) as per the latest exam pattern that candidates can select from:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the educational qualification required to be eligible for UPPSC PCS recruitment exam 2020?
The candidate must hold a bachelors degree to be eligible for the UPPSC PCS recruitment exam 2020.

Q. Will there be any negative marking in UPPSC PCS 2020 Exam?
Yes, there is negative marking in Paper I of UPPSC PCS Prelims exam 2020.

 Q. How many recruitment stages are there in UPPSC PCS exam 2020?
There are 3 stages in the recruitment procedure of UPPSC PCS exam 2020 namely Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Q. How many papers are there in the UPPSC PCS Main Exam 2020?
There are 8 question papers in the UPPSC PCS main exam 2020. All the papers are compulsory and the marks secured in all the papers are counted for the final merit.

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