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Pattern and Syllabus

Pattern and Syllabus

 The UP PSC Exam is conducted in three different stages. 

  • Prelims (Objective Type)
  • Mains (Descriptive Type)
  • Interview ( Personality Test)


The Prelims Exam is conducted through two different Papers. Each contains 200 marks and 2 hours for the candidate to finish the exam. Also, every wrong answer carries 0.33% in negative marking. Both the exams are conducted offline. 


Paper Format and Subjects 



Syllabus for Prelims Exam 


General Studies Paper I 


As per the notification given by the UP-PSC on their official website, the following topics must be prepared by the candidate for the Exam: 


General Studies Paper-II Syllabus 


The Paper-II of the General Studies subject has to be qualified by the candidate to get through the prelims. 33% mark is the minimum requirement for qualifying this paper. Paper-II of the Prelims Exam is formed to test the candidates' English and Aptitude Skills in general. 

The Topics required to be studied by a candidate for Paper-II are as follows: 

  • Decision making and Problem Solving 

  • Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level- Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics. 

  • Interpersonal skills, including communication skills 

  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability 

  • Comprehension 


  • General mental ability 

  • Basic English up to Class X level. 

Mains Exam is the most important exam in the UP-PSC Examination process. It consists of 6 compulsory and 2 Optional Written Exams Papers. A total of 3 hours is allotted to the candidates for each paper. 


Paper Format and Subjects 



Syllabus for Mains Exam 


General Hindi 


(1)  दिये हुए गद्य खण्ड का अवबोध एवं प्रश्नोत्तर 

(2)  लोकोक्तियाँ एवं मुहावरे 

(3)  शब्द ज्ञान एवं प्रयोग 

(अ)   वाक्यांश के लिए एकशब्द 

(ब) विलोम शब्द 

(स) उपसर्ग एवं प्रत्यय प्रयोग 

(द) वर्तनी एवं वाक्य शुद्धि 

(3) सरकारी एवं अर्धसरकारी पत्र लेखनतार लेखनकार्यालय आदेशअधिसूचनापरिपत्र 

(4) संक्षेपण 


EssayThere will be three sections in the question paper of Candidates 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 spheres: 



General Studies – I 

General Studies – II 

General Studies – III 

General Studies – IV 

1- History of Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of literature, Art Forms, and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 

2- Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, issues and personalities, etc. 

3- Various stages of the Freedom Struggle and its important contributors from the different parts of the country. 

4- Post-independence reorganization and consolidation within the country. 

5- The history of the globe will include the events from the 18th century to the 20th century. For Example, the French revolution of 1789, World Wars, Industrial Revolutions, changes in the national boundaries, Fascism, Nazism, Socialism, etc. Their forms, and effects on society too. 

6- Features of Indian culture. 

7- Role and play of women in the society and their organizations, population, developmental and poverty issues, urbanization, their issues and solutions, etc. 

8- Meaning of LPG (LiberalisationPrivatisation and Globalization) and their effects on social, polity, and the economic structure. 

9- Social empowerment, regionalism & secularism, communism. 

10- Distribution of the major resources during and after World- Water, Soils, Forests in reference to South-East Asia with special focus on India. 

11- Important features of the Physical Geography- Cyclones, Tsunami, Earthquakes,  Volcanoes, Ocean Currents, glaciers, air, etc. 

12- Oceanic resources of India and their uses. 

13- Refugee of and from India, issue of Human Migration. 

14- Boundaries and frontiers of the Indian sub-continent. 

15- Population and Settlements- Patterns and Types, Urbanization, Smart Villages and Small Cities. 

16- Specific knowledge about the State of Uttar Pradesh, Its History, Culture, Art, Architectures, Festivals, Regional Languages, Heritage, Social Customs and Tourism. 

17- Uttar Pradesh’s – Geography, Natural Resources, Climate, Soils, Wild-Life, Minerals and Mines, Sources of Irrigation. 

1- Important features of the Indian Constitution. Like its evolution, amendments, significant provisions and changes in the basic structure, the Role of the Supreme Court of India in the evolution of basic provisions of the Constitution. 

2- Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States. Issues and challenges relating to the federal structure, distribution of powers and financial reach to all at the bottom. 

3- Role of the Financial Commission in Centre-State relations regarding finances. 

4- Separation of powers, dispute redressal Institutions and mechanisms. Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal methods. 

5- Comparison of the Indian constitutional framework with other economies. 

6- Parliament and State legislatures- Structures, their powers and privileges. 

7- Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary bodies of the nation: Ministries and Departments of the Government, Pressure groups,  Public Interest Litigations(PIL’s) 

8- Important features of the Representation of People's Act. 

9- Appointment to important Constitutional posts, powers, their functions and responsibilities. 

10- Features and functioning of the statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog. 

11- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and the issues regarding it. 

12- Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), donors, charities, institutional and other groups or associations. 

13- Welfare schemes implemented for the vulnerable sections of the nation by the Centre and the States, the performance of these schemes, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and improvement of these vulnerable societies. 

14- Issues relating to development and management of Social Services, Health, Education, and Human Resources, etc. 

15- Regarding governance. Transparency and accountability, e-governance 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’s 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- Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue and Judicial systems. 

23- Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National and International importance. 

1-Financial planning in India, objectives and achievements. role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable improvement desires (SDG's). 


2- Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social justice and inclusive increase. 

3Additives of presidency Budgets and financial system. 

4Foremost plantsdistinctive styles of irrigation and irrigation structuresstoragetransport and advertising of agricultural produce, e-technology inside the aid of farmers. 

5Issues associated with direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution devicegoals, functioning, barriers, revamping, troubles of buffer stocks and meals securitytechnology missions in agriculture 

6- Meals processing and associated industries in India- scope and significanceplace, upstream and downstream necessitiesdeliver chain management. 

7- Land reforms in India due to the fact of independence. 

8Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economic systemchanges in industrial policy and their results on the commercial boom. 

9- Infrastructure: power, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. 

10- Technology and era-trends and applications in regular life and in countrywide safety, India's technological know-how and technology coverage. 

11- Achievements of Indians in science & era, indigenization of technologydevelopments of recent technologiestransfer of generationtwin and important use technology. 

12- Focus within the fields of data and conversation era (ICT) and space technologycomputer systemselectricity resources, nano- era, microbiology, biotechnology. problems relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights. 

13- Environmental protection and Ecosystems, Conservation of untamed existence, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment, 

14- Catastrophe as a Non-traditional security and protection venturedisaster mitigation and control. 

15- Challenges of international safetyproblems of Nuclear proliferation, causes and spread of extremism, communique networks, the function of media and social networking, fundamentals of cyber securitycash laundering and human trafficking. 

16- India's inner protection demanding situations: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes. 

17- Roletype and mandate of security forces, higher defence corporations in India 

18- Unique know-how of Uttar Pradesh economy:- 

19 Overview of UP economic systemKingdom Budgets. importance of Agriculture, enterprise, Infrastructure and physical resources. Human resources and ability developmentgovernment Programmes and Welfare Schemes. 

19- Problems in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry. 

20- Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P. 


1. Ethics and Human Interface:  Determinants of Ethics in human action, ethics in private and public relationships, the essence of consequences. Human value lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, society and the educational role of family, institutions in inculcating values. 

2. Attitude: Content, structure, function, and relation with thought and behaviour, social influence and persuasion, moral and political attitudes. 

3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, 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. 

4. Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration: ethical concerns, status and problems and dilemmas in government and private institutions, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance, and ethical governance, accountability strengthening of moral values in governance, ethical issues in international relations and funding. 

5. Probity in Governance: the concept of public service, information sharing and transparency in government, the philosophical basis of governance and probity. Right to Information, citizen's charter, work culture, utilization of public funds, quality of service, delivery challenges of corruption. 

6.  Case studies on the above issues.  


3. Interview Process(Personality Test): The Interview Process consists of 100 Marks as well. The test is meant to understand the candidate’s character, general awareness, intelligence, expression, power/personality, and knowledge regarding the current awareness. 

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