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UPPSC Exam Pattern 2023, UPPCS Prelims, Mains & Interview

UPPSC Exam Pattern

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 negative marking will now be used in the preliminary exam.
  • Along with the Essay and General Hindi Paper, the UPPSC mains will have 4 GS Papers and only one optional subject with two papers (earlier it was 2 Optional Subjects to choose from the list).
  • 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 2023 along with the UPPSC Notification 2023 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
Optional Subject – Paper 1 200 marks
Optional Subject – Paper 2 200 marks
UPPSC Interview Personality Test/Interview 100 marks

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

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.

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 2023
To be notified

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

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.

  • 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. Optional Subject – Paper 1
  8. Optional Subject – Paper 2
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 & Optional Subject 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, candidates are only required to choose one optional subject from the provided list (2 papers).
UPPSC Mains Exam Date 2023
To be notified

UPPSC Interview

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.

UPPSC Exam Pattern FAQs

Q. What is the exam pattern of UPPSC?

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

Q. How many exams are conducted by UPPSC?

Ans. 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

Q. How many marks are in UPPSC?

Ans. 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.

Q. How many attempts are there in PCS?

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

Q. Is there any interview in PCS?

Ans. 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.

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FAQs

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.

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