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UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024 for Prelims, Mains and Optional Paper

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024 : The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has released a notification for the Combined State/Senior Subordinate Services Examination 2024 (UPPSC Exam 2024). Qualified candidates can submit their applications online through the official website, uppsc.up.nic.in, from January 1 to February 2, 2024. The deadline for the application fee payment is January 29. Prospective applicants are urged to make the most of this opportunity and submit their applications within the given timeframe.

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024

The UPPCS Exam is administered by UPPSC in order to recruit Group A and Group B officers for the state government’s administrative services. The UPPSC Exam Pattern has changed from the 2018 UPPCS Prelims exam. The new UPPSC Exam Pattern is more or less modelled on the pattern of the UPSC CSE Exam. The key components of the new UPPSC Exam pattern are:

  • 0.33% or 1/3rd UPPSC negative marking will now be used in the preliminary exam.
  • Along with the Essay and General Hindi Paper, the UPPSC mains will have 6 GS Papers. UPPSC Optional Subject Removed from Main Exam 2024
  • 100 marks will be assigned for the Interview/Personality Test.

There are three stages to the UPPSC PCS Exam, and each stage has a specific purpose. The commission publishes the UPPSC Syllabus 2024 along with the UPPSC Notification 2024 on its official website.

Name of the Exam Name of the Paper Marks
UPPSC Prelims Exam (2 Papers) Paper 1: General Studies I 150 marks
Paper 2: General Studies II (CSAT) 100 marks
UPPSC Mains Exam (8 Papers) General Hindi 150 marks
Essay 150 marks
General Studies I 200 marks
General Studies II 200 marks
General Studies III 200 marks
General Studies IV 200 marks
General Studies V 200 marks
General Studies VI 200 marks
UPPSC Interview Personality Test/Interview 100 marks

Check out:- UPPSC Mains Analysis 2023

UPPSC Optional Subject Removed 

UPPSC has released the notification for the UPPSC exam 2023 on the 1st of March 2023. The major change that the commission had done in the present year’s exam pattern is that it has removed the optional papers from the mains exam and has replaced it with two additional General Studies papers GS Paper V and GS Paper VI.

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2024

Here is a complete discussion about the UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern. This is purely qualifying in nature, and it serves as a screening tool to filter out non-serious applicants. There are two papers, Paper I and Paper II, in the UPPSC PCS ACF/ RFO Prelims exam. Each paper has 200 marks and consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). See the following table below for the UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern.

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern
Name of Exam UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam
No. of Papers (2) Paper 1 – General Studies I Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
Duration of Exam  2 hours for each paper on the same day in two shifts. Paper 1: 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM Paper 2: 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM
Maximum Marks Both Papers will be 200 marks each.
Number of Questions Paper-I: 150 questions Paper II: 100 questions
Mode of Exam Offline (Pen-paper mode) OMR sheets
Negative Marking Paper 1- 0.44 (0.33% of allotted marks) Paper 2- 0.66 (0.33% of allotted marks)
Nature of Questions Objective Type Questions (MCQs)
UPPSC Prelims Exam Date 2024 17th March 2024
Category State PSC Exam

UPPSC Prelims Exam Marking Scheme

  • Paper-I will determine the exam cutoff and merit ranking
  • Paper II i.e., CSAT Paper is qualifying in nature so, candidates must score at least 33% marks in paper II.
  • Every wrong answer will lead to a negative marking of 0.33%. For instance, if a question has a maximum mark limit of 2, answering it incorrectly will cost you 0.66 marks.
  • Multiple circles being filled in on the OMR sheet for the same question would be regarded as an improper answer, and a negative marking would result.
  • Not answering a question results in no marks being deducted.

UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2024

Candidates who passed the PCS and ACF/RFO preliminary exams are eligible to take the main examination. The following table contains the UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern. The final selection of the candidates will take into account the candidates’ scores in the main exam. There are eight papers of a descriptive nature in the UPPSC Mains Exam. The UPPSC Mains Exam, which has a cumulative weighting of 1500 marks, is a merit-deciding round. In the UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern, there are two major changes that happened in 2018 and one change in 2024 is the removal of optional paper from mains syllabus.

  • With an increase in the number of papers, UPPSC has replaced objective-type papers with descriptive-type papers in the Mains exam once again.
  • The “Ethics” paper, which was not there before, was introduced by UPPSC.
Name of Exam UPPSC 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. General Studies V
  8. General Studies VI
Duration of Exam Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;
Sessions Morning Session: 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM Afternoon Session: 2 PM – 5 PM
Maximum Marks
  1. General Hindi – 150 marks
  2. Essay – 150 marks
  3. All GS (General Studies) Papers will be of 200 marks for each.
  4. Total – 1500 marks
Mode of Exam Offline (Pen-paper)
Nature of Questions Essay/Descriptive type
Negative Marking NIL
Optional Subjects According to the revised UPPSC Exam Pattern, removed the optional papers from the mains exam.
UPPSC Mains Exam Date 2024 September 2024

UPPSC Interview Exam Pattern

An Interview or Personality Test is the last round of the UPPSC Exam. The UPPSC Exam’s current round is the last one. Candidates who passed the main exam will receive an invitation to the personnel interview. There will be a 100-mark interview. A Board that is appointed by the UPPSC conducts interviews with candidates. The purpose of the interview is to determine if the candidate is personally qualified for a career in state services by a board of experienced and impartial observers. In the Personality Test Round, candidates must be informed of events/issues both internal and external of their state or country, in addition to their academic studies. The interview is more of a purposeful dialogue meant to probe the candidate’s mental capabilities and capacity for analysis.

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UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024

What is the exam pattern of UPPSC?

There are three stages to the UPPSC PCS Exam i.e., Prelims, Mains and Interview or Personality Test.

How many exams are conducted by UPPSC?

UPPSC has conducted various examinations such as:

Combined Competitive Examination (State Civil Services)
Assistant Forest Conservator(ACF)/Forest range officer (FRO) Examinations.
R.O/A.R.O Examination

How many marks are in UPPSC?

There are 8 papers of a descriptive nature in the UPPSC Mains Exam which has a cumulative weighting of 1500 marks and is a merit-determining round.

How many attempts are there in PCS?

For the UPPSC PCS Exam, there are no limits. To take the exam, a candidate must be between the ages of 21 and 40.

Is there any interview in PCS?

Like the IAS Exam, the PCS exam is conducted in 3 stages: Prelims. Mains. Interview. So, yes there is an interview round in the PCS exam.

Is the UPPSC Optional Subject Removed from Main Exam 2023?

Yes, UPPSC Optional Subject has been removed from Main Exam 2023 and in its place two additional GS Papers has been added

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