UPPSC PCS 2021 – Complete Syllabus and Exam Pattern

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UPPSC PCS 2021 – Complete Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the PCS (Provincial Civil Service) exam to recruit state government functionaries in provincial civil services and other state services. These functionaries get their posting in various important departments such as land records, land revenue, general administration, etc. 

UPPSC 2021 exam schedule was released on January 15. The UPPCS 2021 prelims exam will be conducted on June 13. Earlier UPPSC released the UPPCS 2020 main exam admit card on January 7. The UPPSC main exam 2020 will be conducted at Prayagraj, Ghaziabad, and Lucknow.

While starting with the exam preparations, the candidates must have complete knowledge of the exam pattern and syllabus. This article will give you complete information regarding the same. 

UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern

The complete paper pattern of UPPSC PCS Exam is given below:

Name of the ExamType of the Exam/TimeMarks
UPPSC PrelimsPaper 1: General Studies IPaper 2: General Studies II (CSAT)Paper 1: 150 questionsPaper 2: 100 questions
UPPSC MainsGeneral HindiEssayGeneral Studies IGeneral Studies IIGeneral Studies IIIGeneral Studies IVOptional Subject – Paper 1Optional Subject – Paper 2General Hindi – 150 marksEssay – 150 marksAll General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks eachTotal – 1500 marks
UPPSC InterviewPersonality Test/Interview100 marks

Prelims

  • The UPPSC PCS prelims exam consists of two papers – GS-I and GS-II.
  • Both the papers are conducted on the same day. 
  • The duration of each paper is two hours.
  • Both papers will be of 200 marks.
  • There will be a total of 150 questions in the first paper and 100 questions in the second paper.
  • The papers will be conducted in offline mode on OMR sheets.
  • All the questions asked in the paper will be of Multiple-Choice type.
  • Paper- I will decide the cutoff of the exam whereas Paper-II will be qualifying in nature. The candidates have to score at least 33% marks to qualify it. 
  • There will be a 0.33% negative marking for every incorrect answer in each paper.

Mains

  • In the new exam pattern, there are four general studies papers instead of two papers of general studies
  • The UPPSC PCS main exam consists of eight papers – General Hindi, Essay, General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III, General Studies IV, Optional Subject – Paper 1, and Optional Subject – Paper 2.
  • The papers will be conducted over a course of a week. 
  • There will be two sessions for the conduction of the papers; Morning Session – 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM and Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM.
  • The maximum marks for the main exam will be 1500 (where General Hindi – 150 marks, Essay – 150 marks, and All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each).
  • The tests will be conducted in offline mode (Pen Paper Based).
  • As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.
Agriculture & Veterinary ScienceArabic Lit.Zoology
ChemistryHindi Lit.Statistics
Defence StudiesPersian Lit.Physics
ManagementSanskrit Lit.Mathematics
Political Science & International RelationsGeologyCommerce & Accountancy
GeographyPsychologyEconomics
HistoryCivil EngineeringPublic Administration
Social WorkMedical ScienceSociology
Agricultural EngineeringPhilosophyAnthropology
Mechanical EngineeringBotanyElectrical Engineering
LawEnglish Lit.Animal Husbandry
Urdu Literature

Interview

The UPPSC Interview is held for the candidates who clear the Main Exam. The interview is for 100 marks and tests the general awareness, character, expression power/personality, intelligence, and general suitability for the service.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus

The complete syllabus of UPPSC PCS Exam is given below:

Prelims

Paper I

  • Current events of National and International importance: On Current Events of National and International Importance, candidates will be expected to have knowledge about them.
  • Indian History: Ancient, Medieval, Modern: 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, growth of nationalism, and attainment of Independence
  • Indian and World Geography- Physical, Social, 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 Governance and Polity: It covers details of Indian Polity, Economic and Culture, questions will test knowledge of country’s political system including Panchayati Raj and Community Development, broad features of Economic policy in India and Indian CulturePolitical System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
  • Social and Economic Development: Sustainable Development Poverty Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.General Issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.
  • Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialization: The questions will be in respect to problems and the relationship 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: This section questions will be from 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

Paper II

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills (including communication skills)
  • Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • General Mental Ability
  • Elementary Mathematics (class X level – Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, and Arithmetic):
  • Elementary Mathematics (Up to Class X Level)
  • Arithmetic : 
  1. 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. 
  2. Average
  3. Ratio and proportion
  4. Percentage
  5. Profit and Loss
  6. Simple and Compound Interests
  7. Work and Time
  8. Speed, Time, and Distance
  • Algebra: 
  1. Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of polynomials and their Interrelationship, Remainder theorem, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations.
  2. Set Theory:- Set, null set, subsets and proper subsets of a set, operations (Union, Intersections, difference, symmetric difference) between sets, Venn diagram.
  • Geometry: 
  1. Constructions and theorems regarding triangle, rectangle, square, trapezium and circles, their perimeter and area.
  2. Volume and surface area of sphere, right circular cylinder, right circular Cone and Cube.
  • Statistics: 
  1. 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 (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

General Hindi (class X level)

  1. हिंदी वर्णमाला, विराम चिन्ह
  2. संधि, समास
  3. क्रियाएं
  4. अनेकार्थी शब्द
  5. वर्तनी
  6. अर्थबोध
  7. विलोम शब्द
  8. पर्यायवाची
  9. मुहावरे एवं लोकोक्तियां
  10. त्तसम एवं तद्भव देशज विदेशी (शब्द भंडार)
  11. हिंदी भाषा के प्रयोग में होने वाली अशुद्धियां
  12. उत्तर प्रदेश की मुख्य बोलियां शब्द रचना, वाक्य रचना, अर्थ

Mains

Essay

  • 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 programs and projects.

Mains Paper I

  • History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • 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.
  • The human migration-refugee problem of the World with a focus on India.
  • Frontiers and boundaries with reference to the 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.
  • 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.).
  • The history of the world will include events from the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century such as the French revolution of 1789, the 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 the economy, polity, and social structure.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

Mains Paper II

There will be three sections in the question paper of Candidates who will have to select an 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 the following sphere :

Section A: Literature and Culture, Social sphere, Political sphere.

Section B: Science, Environment and Technology, Economic Sphere Agriculture, Industry, and Trade.

Section C: National and International Events, Natural Calamities, Landslide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought, etc. National Development programs and projects.

Mains Paper III

  • 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 18 century to the middle of the 20 century such that as the French revolution of 1789, the 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 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.
  • The human migration-refugee problem of the World with focus on India.
  • Frontiers and boundaries with reference to the Indian sub-continent.
  • Population and Settlements- Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages.

Mains Paper IV

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

Mains Paper V

  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology, in digenization 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.
  • 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.
  • Components of Government Budgets and Financial System.
  • Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and management.
  • Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements. Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  • Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wild life, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment,
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • India’s internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Issues in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry.
  • Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social justice and inclusive growth.
  • 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, Technology missions in agriculture.
  • Land reforms in India since independence.
  • Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.
  • Major Crops, Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Role, kind and mandate of security forces, Higher defense organizations in India18- 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.
  • Science and Technology-developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security, India’s Science and Technology policy.

Mains Paper VI

  • 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.
  • Attitude: Content, structure, function, its influence and relation with thought and behavior, moral and political attitudes, social influence, and persuasion.
  • Case studies on the above issues.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Emotional Intelligence- concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance.
  • 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.
  • 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, challenges of corruption.
  • 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.

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