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UP PCS Syllabus 2023 (Prelims & Mains) UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern PDF

UP PCS Syllabus

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has released the revised UP PCS Syllabus 2023 on the official website. Check the latest UPPSC PCS Syllabus & Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains which is well-discussed below on this page. Also, download the UP PCS Syllabus 2023 PDF in Hindi or English.

With the help of the UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2023, candidates can prepare well for the examination. So, applicants can download the UP PCS Syllabus 2023 PDF in Hindi / English & UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern from here and start preparation accordingly.

Check New Changes in UP PCS Exam Pattern:

Applicants have to select one optional subject (2 papers) in place of two in Mains. In General Studies, you will have to appear in 04 papers of 200 marks each in place of the existing two papers.

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UP PCS Syllabus 2023

Structure of UPPSC PCS Exam

Before jumping to the UPPSC Syllabus, let us first understand the structure of the UPPSC PCS Examination. The UP PCS Exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Prelims: 2 Papers ( Objective )
  • Mains: 8 papers (essay/ descriptive type)
  • Interview

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2023

Refer to the table placed below to check the overall UP PCS Exam Pattern 2023:

Name of the ExamType of the Exam/TimeMarks
UP PCS Prelims ExamPaper 1: General Studies I150 marks
Paper 2: General Studies II (CSAT)100 marks
UP PCS Mains ExamGeneral Hindi150 marks
Essay150 marks
General Studies I200 marks
General Studies II200 marks
General Studies III200 marks
General Studies IV200 marks
Optional Subject – Paper 1200 marks
Optional Subject – Paper 2200 marks
UP PCS InterviewPersonality Test/Interview100 marks

UP PCS Prelims Exam Pattern

The detailed UP PCS Exam Pattern 2023 for Preliminary Examination is given in the table below:

Name of ExamUPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam
No. of Papers (2)
  • Paper 1 – General Studies I
  • Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
Duration of Exam2 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
  • Each Paper carries 200 marks.
  • 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 questions
  • Paper II: 100 questions
Type of ExamOffline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets
Nature of QuestionsObjective type (MCQs)
Negative Marking
  • As per the new UP PCS exam pattern, there will be a 0.33% negative marking for each wrong answer.
  • Filling multiple circles on the OMR sheet for the same question will be considered an incorrect answer.
  • There is no negative marking for unattempted questions.

UP PCS Mains Exam Pattern

There are two major changes in the UPPSC PCS Main Exam Pattern:

  • UPPSC re-introduced the descriptive type papers as in the past but with an increase in the number of papers.
  • UPPSC introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper as a part of the UP PCS Main exam.

Refer to the table placed below to check the detailed UP PCS Exam Pattern 2023 for Main Examination:

Name of ExamUPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination
Number of Papers (8)
  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
Duration of Exam3 hours for each paper
  • 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 Optional subject papers – 200 marks each
  • Total – 1500 marks
Type of ExamOffline (Pen-paper)
Nature of QuestionsEssay/descriptive type
Negative MarkingNIL
Optional SubjectsAs per the new UP PCS exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.

UP PCS Pre syllabus and UP PCS Mains Syllabus are listed below for the convenience of those aspirants who are going to attend the UPPSC PCS 2023 Exam.

UP PCS Syllabus – Prelims

UP PCS Prelims Syllabus: Paper I

Topics covered in UP Provincial Civil Services Syllabus are as follows:

  • Current events of National and International importance.
  • Indian History – Ancient, Medieval, and Modern
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change
  • Indian Governance and Polity – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Social and Economic Development – Sustainable Development Poverty Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General Science

UP PCS Prelims Syllabus: Paper II

Topics covered in UPPSC PCS Prelims Syllabus for Paper 2 are as follows:

  • General English up to Class X level
  • General Hindi up to Class X level
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • General mental ability
  • Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level- Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics

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Elementary Mathematics (Up to Class X Level):


Topics covered in UP PCS Prelims Syllabus are as follows:

  • Number systems: Natural Numbers, Integers, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of integers and their interrelationship Rational and irrational numbers, Real numbers, Divisors of an Integer, prime integers, etc.
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Profit and Loss
  • Speed, Time, and Distance
  • Simple and Compound interests
  • Work and Time.

UP PCS Syllabus of Algebra:-

Topics covered in Uttar Pradesh PCS Syllabus are as follows:

  • Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of polynomials and their interrelationship, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations & Remainder theorem.
  • Set Theory: Set null set, subsets and proper subsets of a set, operations (Union, Intersections, difference, symmetric difference) between sets, Venn diagram.


Topics covered in UPPSC Lower PCS Syllabus are as follows:

  • Constructions and theorems, rectangle, square, trapezium and circles, their perimeter and area, regarding triangle
  • Volume and surface area of sphere, right circular cylinder, right circular Cone, and Cube.


Topics covered in UPPSC Lower Subordinate Syllabus are as follows:

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

General English (Up to Class X Level):

Topics covered in UP PCS Mains Syllabus are as follows:

  • Active Voice and Passive Voice
  • Parts of Speech
  • Vocabulary & usage
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Transformation of Sentences
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Punctuation and Spellings
  • Words Meanings
  • Fill in the Blanks

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

Topics covered in UP PCS Syllabus in Hindi are as follows:

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

UP PCS Syllabus – Mains

UP PCS Syllabus: Mains General Studies-I

  • History of Indian Culture– 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.
  • Freedom Struggle– Its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country
  • 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 effects on the society
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.)
  • 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 Uttar Pradesh Geography- Human and Natural Resources, Climate, Soils, Forest, Wild-Life, Mines and Minerals, Sources of Irrigation

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UP PCS Syllabus: Mains General Studies-II

  • Indian Constitution– Historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure, Role of Supreme Court in evolution of basic provisions of Constitution
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and 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, organisation 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, implementations and Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  • 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 democracy in the context of emerging trends
  • 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
  • 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 System
  • Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National and International importance

UP PCS Syllabus: 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, 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, 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 of technologies
  • Technology– Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nano-technology, microbiology, biotechnology
  • Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights
  • Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wild life, 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, 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–State Budgets, Importance of Agriculture, Industry, Infrastructure and physical resources, Human Resources and Skill Development, Government Programmes and Welfare Schemes.
  • Issues in State’s Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry
  • Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to Uttar Pradesh

UP PCS Syllabus: 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 relationship, 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 behaviour, 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 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, 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

UP PCS Mains Syllabus: Essay

There will be three sections in the question paper of Essay, Candidates will have to select one topic from each section and they are required to write an essay in 700 words on each topic. In the three sections, topics of essay will be based on following sphere:

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

UP PCS Mains Syllabus: सामान्य हिंदी

  • दिये गए गद्य खण्ड का अवबोध एवं प्रश्नोत्तर।
  • संक्षेपण।
  • सरकारी एवं अर्धसरकारी पत्र लेखन, तार लेखन, कार्यालय आदेश, अधिसूचना, परिपत्र।
  • शब्द ज्ञान एवं प्रयोग।

(अ) उपसर्ग एवं प्रत्यय प्रयोग
(ब) विलोम शब्द
(स) वाक्यांश के लिए एकशब्द
(द) वर्तनी एवं वाक्य शुद्धि

  • लोकोक्ति एवं मुहावरे।

UP PCS Syllabus 2023: Optional Subjects

The list of optional subjects to be chosen for the Mains Exam has been listed below.

Agriculture & Veterinary
Arabic Lit.Zoology
ChemistryHindi Lit.Statistics
Defence StudiesPersian Lit.Physics
ManagementSanskrit Lit.Mathematics
Political Science & International
GeologyCommerce &
HistoryCivil EngineeringPublic Administration
Social WorkMedical ScienceSociology
Agricultural EngineeringPhilosophyAnthropology
Mechanical EngineeringBotanyElectrical Engineering
LawEnglish Lit.Animal Husbandry
Urdu Literature

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UP PCS Syllabus 2023 – Interview:

Those applicants who will qualify the Pre and Main Exam may appear for a Personal Interview. The interview would be 100 marks in place of 200. Thus, the total marks for UPPSC PCS Exam 2023 would be 1,500 in place of 1,600.

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