The PCS Exam pattern for UPPSC Mains 2021 is given below. The same pattern was followed in UPPSC Mains 2020:
|Name of Exam||Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (General Recruitment/Physically Handicapped – Backlog/Special Recruitment) Main (Written) Examination|
|Number of Papers||Eight; 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 Date||Mains 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 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 Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each Total – 1500 marks|
|Type of Exam||Offline (Pen-paper)|
|Nature of Questions||Essay/descriptive type|
|Optional Subjects||As 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 Science||Arabic Lit.||Zoology|
|Defence Studies||Persian Lit.||Physics|
|Political Science & International Relations||Geology||Commerce & Accountancy|
|History||Civil Engineering||Public Administration|
|Social Work||Medical Science||Sociology|
|Mechanical Engineering||Botany||Electrical Engineering|
|Law||English Lit.||Animal Husbandry|
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.
- Current events of National & International importance
- Indian History and National Movement
- Indian and World Geography – Socio-economic, Physical geography
- Indian Governance and Polity – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights issues, etc.
- Social and Economic Development – Demographics, Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives etc.
- Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – general issues that do not require subject specialisation
- General Science
Note: – Candidates are expected to have general awareness about the above subjects with special reference to Uttar Pradesh.