SDM Exam Syllabus

SDM Exam Syllabus
SDM Exam Syllabus

The PCS Exam pattern for UPPSC Mains 2021 is given below. The same pattern was followed in UPPSC Mains 2020:

Name of ExamCombined State/Upper Subordinate Services (General Recruitment/Physically Handicapped – Backlog/Special Recruitment) Main (Written) Examination
Number of PapersEight; General Hindi Essay General Studies I General Studies II General Studies III General Studies IV Optional Subject – Paper 1 Optional Subject – Paper 2
UPPSC Exam DateMains 2021 – October 3, 2021, onward Mains 2020 – January 22, 2021, onward (UPPSC Admit Card for Mains 2020 ) Mains 2019 – September 22, 2020, onward
Duration of Exam3 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 MarksGeneral Hindi – 150 marks Essay – 150 marks All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each Total – 1500 marks
Type of ExamOffline (Pen-paper)
Nature of QuestionsEssay/descriptive type
Optional SubjectsAs per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.

Given below are the 34 optional PCS exam subjects for UPPSC Mains 2021 per the latest exam pattern:

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

The candidates who clear the Main stage of the PCS Exam are eligible for Interview.

The interview (in the new PCS exam pattern) is for 100 marks and tests the general awareness, character, expression power/personality, intelligence and general suitability for the service.

UPPSC Syllabus – PCS Exam Syllabus

The UPPSC syllabus overlaps significantly with the UPSC Syllabus for the IAS Exam. With the new PCS exam pattern and UPPSC syllabus, candidates preparing simultaneously for the Civil Services Exam (UPSC) and the state civil services exam will have a slightly easier task.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus – Prelims

The Prelims syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 is given below.

Paper 1:

  1. Current events of National & International importance
  2. Indian History and National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography – Socio-economic, Physical geography
  4. Indian Governance and Polity – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
  5. Social and Economic Development – Demographics, Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives etc.
  6. Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialisation
  7. General Science

Note: – Candidates are expected to have general awareness about the above subjects with special reference to Uttar Pradesh.



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