UPPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2023

As per the latest UPPCS official Notification, the UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern has been revised. Important changes in the exam pattern include:

  • The UPPCS Mains will now have 8 compulsory Papers.
  • The choice of optional subjects has been removed.
  • Instead of the two optional subject peppers, two compulsory papers have been added. These papers will be on General Knowledge of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The revised UPPCS Mains Syllabus has also been released here you can check the updated UPPCS new Syllabus in table below.
1. General Hindi Conventional 150 marks
2. Essay Conventional 150 marks
3. General Studies (First Paper) Conventional 200 marks
4. General Studies (Second Paper) Conventional 200 marks
5. General Studies (Third Paper) Conventional 200 marks
6. General Studies (Fourth Paper) Conventional 200 marks
7. General Studies (Fifth Paper) Conventional 200 marks
8. General Studies (Sixth Paper) Conventional 200 marks

UPPSC Prelims Syllabus 2023

UPPSC PCS Prelims Syllabus General Studies Paper 1

Total Marks: 200 marks

  1. Current events of national and international importance: On Current Events of National and International Importance, candidates will be expected to have knowledge about them.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement: In History emphasis should be on broad understanding social, economic, and political aspects of Indian History. In the Indian National Movement, the candidates are expected to have a synoptic view of nature and character of the freedom movement, growth of nationalism, and attainment of Independence.
  3. India and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World: World: In World Geography only general understanding of the subject will be expected. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social & Economic Geography of India.
    1. 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.
  4. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.: The candidates will be tested with respect to problems and the relationship between Population, Environment, and Urbanisation.
  5. General Issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization, General awareness of the subject is expected from Candidates.
  6. 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.

UPPSC PCS Prelims CSAT Syllabus Paper 2

General Studies (CSAT) – II Total Marks: 200 marks

  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 upto Class X level-Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.
  7. General English upto Class X level.
  8. General Hindi upto Class X level.

Elementary Mathematics (Up to Class X Level)

  1. Arithmetic:- (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 triangle, rectangle, square, 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


शब्द रचना पर्यायवाची शब्द
वाक्य रचना मुहावरे & लोकोक्तियाँ
अर्थ तत्सम एवं तद्भव
शब्द-रूप देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार)
संधि & समास वर्तनी
क्रियाएँ अर्थबोध
अनेकार्थी शब्द हिंदी भाषा में होने वाली अशुद्धियाँ
विलोम शब्द मुख्य बोलियाँ

UPPSC PCS Mains Syllabus 2023

The main examination comprises 8 compulsory papers.

General Hindi Syllabus

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

  • हिंदी वर्णमाला, विराम चिन्ह
  • शब्द रचना, वाक्य रचना, अर्थ
  • शब्द-रूप
  • विलोम शब्द
  • तत्सम एवं तद्भव, देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार)
  • वर्तनी
  • पर्यायवाची शब्द
  • मुहावरे एवं लोकोक्तियाँ
  • हिन्दी भाषा के प्रयोग में होने वाली अशुद्धियाँ
  • उ.प्र. की मुख्य बोलियाँ
  • संधि, समास
  • क्रियायें
  • अनेकार्थी शब्द
  • अर्थबोध

Essay Syllabus

The Essay Paper will be divided into three parts. Candidates must choose one subject from each section and write an essay of approximately 700 words on that topic. In the three sections, the topics of essay will be based on the following :

  • 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, Land slide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought etc. (3) National Development programmes and projects


UPPSC PCS Syllabus General Studies – I

  1. History of Indian Culture – 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 – From the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century such as the French revolution of 1789, the Industrial revolution, World Wars, redrawing of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc. (Their forms and effect on the 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 economy, polity and social structure.
  9. Social empowernment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  10. 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).
  11. 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 focus on India.
  14. Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.
  15. Population and Settlements– Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus General Studies – II

  1. Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure, Role of Supreme Court in evolution of basic provisions of Constitution.
  2. 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 .
  3. Role of Finance Commission in Centre- State financial relations.
  4. Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.
  5. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries.
  6. Parliament and State legislatures– structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned 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 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, and Human Resources.
  15. Issues relating to poverty and hunger, and their implication on politics.
  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 diaspora.
  21. Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning.
  22. Current affairs and events of Regional, National and International importance.



UPPSC PCS Syllabus General Studies – III

  1. Economic planning in India: Ojectives and achievements, Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  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 pricesPublic 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 in 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, nano-technology, microbiology, bio- technology. Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR) and digital human 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, role of media and social networking, Basics of cyber security, money laundering and human trafficking.
  16. India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.
  17. Role, kind and mandate of security forces, Higher defence organizations in India
  18. Issues in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry.


UPPSC PCS Syllabus General Studies – IV

  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, 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 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: 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.
  8. Case studies on the aforementioned topics


UPPSC PCS Syllabus General Studies – V

  1. History, Civilization, Culture and Ancient Cities of UP.
  2. Architecture, their significance and maintainability, museum, archive and archaeology of UP.
  3. Contributions of UP in Pre and post-1857 freedom struggles of India.
  4. Eminent freedom fighters and personalities of UP.
  5. Rural, Urban and Tribal issues: social structure, festivals, fairs, music, folk dances, literature and languages/dialects, social customs of UP.
  6. Political System of UP: Governance, Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, State Assembly and State Council, Center-State Relation.
  7. Public Service, Public Service Commission, Auditing, Advocate General, High Court and its jurisdiction in UP.
  8. Special State Selection Criteria, Official Language, Consolidated Fund and Contingency fund, Political Parties and State Election Commission of UP.
  9. Local Self Government: Urban and Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right related issues in U P.
  10. Good Governance, Eradication of Corruption, Lokayukta, Citizen Charters, E- Governance, Right to Information, Redressal Policy.
  11. Land Reforms and its impact in UP.
  12. Issues Related to Security in UP:
  13. (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.
  14. Law and Order and Civil Defense in UP.
  15. Medical and Health issues in UP
  16. State Education System of UP.
  17. Contribution of U P in the development of India.
  18. Current Affairs of UP.
  19. Implementation of Jal Shakti Mission and other central welfare schemes in UP.
  20. NGOs in UP: Issues, Contribution and Impact
  21. Tourism in U P: Issues and prospects.
  22. Emphasis on Innovation in various fields in UP: Issues and it’s impact on employement and socio-economic development of the society.



UPPSC Syllabus General Studies – VI

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

UPPSC Exam Pattern



UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

Paper No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper-1 – General Studies I 150 200 marks 2 Hours (9.30-11.30 am)
Paper-2 – General Studies II (CSAT) 100 200 marks 2 Hours (2.30- 4.30 pm)

Marking Scheme For UPPCS Prelims Exam 2023

  • Stage 1, i.e, the Prelims exam is an objective-based, multiple-choice question type exam.
  • This is subdivided into two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, for which the information is given in the above-mentioned paragraph.
  • For every wrong answer, 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.
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)
  • Prelims 2023 – 14th May 2023
  • Prelims 2021 – 23rd September 2023
Duration of Exam 2 hours each;

  • Both papers are 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 questionsPaper-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 each incorrect answer, one-third (1/3) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as negative marking. This means that if a question carries three marks, one mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer.
  • 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.

Stage-II – UPPSC Exam Pattern for Mains 2023

Candidates who qualify in the UPPSC PCS preliminary exam will be eligible for the mains examination. In the below-mentioned table we have listed down the latest UPPCS Mains exam pattern.

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. General Studies V
  8. General Studies VI
UPPSC Exam Date
  • Mains 2023 – September 23, 2023 onwards
  • Mains 2022 – September 27, 2022 onwards
  • Mains 2021 – January 28, 2022 onwards
  • Mains 2020 – January 22, 2021, onwards
  • Mains 2019 – September 22, 2020, 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 will be of 200 marks each
  • Total – 1500 marks
Type of Exam Offline (Pen-paper)
Nature of Questions Essay/descriptive type
Optional Subjects No Optional Subject in UPPCS 2023 Exam


Paper Description Marks
1 General Hindi 150
2 Essay 150
3 General Studies-I 200
4 General Studies –II 200
5 General Studies –III 200
6 General Studies –IV 200
7 General Studies – V 200
8 General Studies – VI 200
Total (Written Test) 1500
  • The UPPCS mains examination will have descriptive questions.
  • The total marks of the UPPCS Mains exam are 1500 marks, for this candidates have to write detailed answers in the exam.

Stage III – UPPSC PCS Interview – Personality Test (Viva Voce) 

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. There is no such fixed pattern for the UPPCS interview. All the document verification happens in this stage and the candidates are assigned to a particular interview board. After the interview, the final selection is decided.

We hope that you could get detailed information about the UPPSC PCS examination syllabus and exam pattern from this article. THE UPPCS exam syllabus is very broad with two written examinations and different stages involved in them. It is essential to be thorough with the syllabus for good results. We have also mentioned the exam pattern here so that the candidates understand the pattern of the UPPSC PCS pre and mains syllabus in the examination and prepare accordingly.