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UPPSC Syllabus 2024, Check PCS Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has notified the Combined State / Senior Subordinate Services Examination 2024 (UPPSC Exam 2024). The UPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2024 are essential for candidates to know to prepare for the UPPSC PCS Exam 2024. Knowing the UPPSC Syllabus will provide details about the subjects and topics from which questions will be asked in the exam.

UPPSC Syllabus 2024

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has made changes to the UPPSC Syllabus. On February 25, 2023, Uttar Pradesh PSC announced that two papers in the UPPSC PCS Mains of the optional subject will be replaced with two new Uttar Pradesh General knowledge papers that will test the candidate’s knowledge about the state of Uttar Pradesh. The UPPSC Exam comprises three stages and every stage has its significance. UPPSC Syllabus 2024 is released along with the UPPSC Notification 2024 by the commission on its official website. The First 2 stages of the UPPCS exam have a detailed syllabus which is covered in this article below.

Stages Examinations Details
Stage 1 Prelims Exam 2 Papers (Objective Type)
Stage 2 Mains Exam 8 GS papers (Descriptive/Conventional Type)
Stage 3 Interview Personality Test

Note: UPPSC has removed the optional papers from the UPPSC Mains Exam 2024 and in its place, it has added two General Studies Papers.

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024

UPPSC Preliminary exam is Objective Type in nature whereas the Mains Examination is descriptive. In the UPPSC Exam Pattern, the prelims paper consists of two papers, GS Paper I and GS Paper II whereas the mains paper consists of 6 GS papers, an Essay paper and a Paper of General Hindi. Check the details about the UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024 below:

UPPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims
Particulars Details
Number of Papers in UPPSC Exam Paper 1 – General Studies I Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)
Exam Duration 2 hours each
Total Marks 200 marks for both Papers.
Total Questions Asked Paper 1: 150 questions Paper 2: 100 questions
Negative Marking 1/3 Marks is deducted for every wrong answer
UPPSC Exam Pattern for Mains
Total Number of Papers Essay General Hindi General Studies Paper-I General Studies

Paper-II General Studies

Paper-III General Studies

Paper-IV General Studies

Paper-V General Studies


Marks Distribution Essay – 150 Marks General Hindi – 150 Marks General Studies Paper I – VI – 200 Marks Each
Time Allotted 3 hours for all Papers
Total Marks of Mains 1500 Marks
Interview Stage
Personal Interview 100 marks

UPPSC Prelims Syllabus General Studies Paper 1

Here we will discuss the detailed topic-wise UPPSC Syllabus 2024 for the UPPCS Prelims Exam:

  • Current events of National and International Importance: Candidates must be knowledgeable about current events of National and International importance.
  • Ancient, Mediaeval, and Modern Indian History: A comprehensive study of the social, economic, and political facets of Indian history should be emphasised in history classes. Candidates in the Indian National Movement should have a broad understanding of the nature and characteristics of the liberation movement, the rise of nationalism, and the achievement of independence.
  • Indian and World Geography: The physical, social, and economic geography of India and the world are covered in Indian and world geography. Only a basic understanding of the subject will be enough for World Geography. The physical, social, and economic geography of India will all be addressed in questions on Indian geography.
  • Indian Governance and Polity: It includes specifics about Indian politics, the economy, and culture. Questions will test your understanding of the political system, which includes Panchayati Raj and community development, as well as the broad strokes of Indian economic policy and Indian culture. The political system, constitution, public policy, Panchayati raj, rights issues, etc.
  • Social and Economic Development: Sustainable Development in Social and Economic Terms Demographics, social sector initiatives, poverty inclusion, etc.
  • Biodiversity, Environmental Ecology, and Climate Change: It includes general topics of the environment and ecology that do not require any subject or topic specialization. The issues and connections between population, environment, and urbanisation will be the focus of the questions.

UPPSC Prelims CSAT Syllabus Paper 2

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills (including communication skills)
  • Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • General Mental Ability
  • Elementary Mathematics (class X level – Algebra, Statistics, Geometry and Arithmetic):
  • General English (Class X level)
  • General Hindi (Class X level)

UPPSC Mains Syllabus 2024

There are eight papers in the UPPSC Mains Examination. The final selection decision is made based on the results of the UPPSC main exam.

  • Paper I: General Hindi
  • Paper II: Essay
  • Paper III: General Studies I
  • Paper IV: General Studies II
  • Paper V: General Studies III
  • Paper VI: General Studies IV
  • Paper VII: General Studies V
  • Paper VIII: General Studies VI

UPPSC Optional Subject Removed

The UPPSC exam 2023 notice was made public on March 1st, 2023. The commission’s removal of the optional papers from the main exam and replacement of them with two extra General Studies Papers, designated as GS Papers V and VI, is the most significant modification to the current year’s exam pattern.

UPPSC Mains General Hindi Syllabus Paper I

In the changed pattern, the UPPSC Mains comprises 8 theory papers. The PCS exam syllabus for the General Hindi paper: UPPSC Syllabus 2024, Check PCS Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern_4.1

UPPSC Mains Essay Syllabus Paper II

The question paper for candidates who must choose an essay will have three sections. They must choose one topic from each section and write a 700-word essay on it. The essay’s three sections’ subjects will revolve around the following areas of study:

Section Topics
Section A Social sphere, political sphere, and literary and cultural spheres.
Section B Agriculture, industry, and trade; science; the environment; and the economic sphere.
Section C Events on a National and International level, natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, and landslides, as well as national development efforts.

UPPSC Mains Syllabus GS Paper III

  • The key elements of Indian art, literature, and architecture from ancient to modern will be covered in the history of Indian culture.
  • History of Modern India (from A.D. 1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant incidents or events, personalities, issues, challenges, etc.
  • The Freedom Struggle: its numerous phases and significant participants/contributors from various regions of the nation.
  • Consolidation and reorganisation that occurred in the country after independence (till 1965A.D.).
  • The events from the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, such as the French Revolution of 1789, the Industrial Revolution, the World Wars, the redrawing of national borders, Socialism, Nazism, and Fascism, etc.—their forms and effects on society—will be included in the study of world history.
  • Important aspects of Indian culture and society.
  • Role of Women in Society and Women’s Organization, Population and Related Problems, Poverty and Developmental Problems, Urbanization, Their Issues and Solutions
  • Definition of globalisation, privatisation, and liberalisation, as well as its implications for the political system, the economy, and the social order.
  • Regionalism, communalism, secularism, and social empowerment.
  • Distribution of the world’s primary natural resources, including water, soils, and forests, with special reference to South and South-East Asia and India. factors affecting where industries are located (with special reference to India).
  • Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, cyclones, ocean currents, winds, and glaciers are prominent physical geography elements.
  • India’s ocean resources and their potential.
  • The worldwide refugee and migrant crisis, with a focus on India.
  • Borders and frontiers in relation to the Indian subcontinent.
  • Types and patterns of population and settlements, urbanisation, smart cities, and smart villages.

UPPSC Mains Syllabus GS Paper IV

  • Historical foundations, development, features, amendments, major provisions, and the basic structure of the Indian Constitution. The Supreme Court’s role in the development of the Constitution’s fundamental provisions.
  • Functions and obligations of the Union and the States: problems and difficulties with the federal system, difficulties with the devolution of authority and resources to local levels.
  • The Finance Commission’s function in Center-State financial interactions.
  • Separation of powers, institutions, and means for resolving disputes.
  • Alternative conflict resolution techniques’ emergence and utilisation.
  • Comparison between the constitutional systems of other significant democracies and India.
  • Structure, operation, business practises rights and privileges, and pertinent topics pertaining to the federal and state legislatures.
  • Ministries and Departments of Government, Pressure Groups, Formal/Informal Associations, and Their Role in the Polity: Structure, Organization, and Operation of the Executive and the Judiciary. lawsuits in the public interest (PIL).
  • The Representation of People’s Act’s key characteristics.
  • Appointment to different constitutional bodies, powers, tasks, and duties.
  • The characteristics and operations of statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial entities, such as NITI Aayog.
  • Governmental initiatives for development in different fields, as well as problems with their conception, execution, and information technology (ICT).
  • Self-Help Groups (SHGs), diverse groups and associations, funders, charities, institutional stakeholders, and other stakeholders have a role in the development process.
  • The Center and States’ welfare programmes for the most disadvantaged segments of the population, as well as the effectiveness of these programmes, processes, laws, organisations, and bodies set up to protect and improve these vulnerable segments.
  • Issues pertaining to the growth and administration of social services in the fields of health, education, and human resources.
  • Issues with hunger and poverty and how they affect society at large.
  • Essential facets of governance. Citizens, charters, and institutional measures; transparency and accountability; e-governance applications, models, accomplishments, limitations, and possibilities.
  • The function of the civil service in a democracy in light of contemporary trends.
  • India’s connections with its neighbouring nations.
  • Groupings and agreements at the bilateral, regional, and international levels involving or affecting India.
  • Political and policy implications for India’s interests and the Indian diaspora in developed and emerging nations.
  • Important international institutions and agencies, including information about their mission and operations.
  • Specific familiarity with the political, administrative, revenue, and judicial systems of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Regional, state, national, and international current affairs and events.

UPPSC Mains Syllabus GS Paper V

  • India’s economic planning: goals and results. Goal-setting for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): NITI Aayog’s role.
  • Poverty, unemployment, social justice, and inclusive growth are all important issues.
  • components of the financial and budgetary systems of governments.
  • Major Crops, Various Irrigation Methods, Storage, Transport, and Marketing of Agricultural Produce, and Using E-Technology to Help Farmers
  • Issues relating to buffer stocks and food security, direct and indirect farm subsidies, minimum support prices, the Public Distribution System’s goals, operations, constraints, and reform, and technology missions in agriculture.
  • Size, importance, geographic distribution, upstream and downstream requirements, and supply chain management of the Indian food processing and related industries.
  • Indian land reforms since independence.
  • changes in industrial policy and how they affect industrial growth, as well as the consequences of globalisation and liberalisation on the economy.
  • Infrastructure includes aspects like energy, ports, roads, airports, and railroads.
  • Applications of science and technology to daily living, national security, and India’s science and technology policy.
  • Indigenization of technology and Indian advances in science and technology. new technology developments, technology transfer, and technologies with dual and vital uses.
  • Knowledge in the areas of nanotechnology, microbiology, biotechnology, computers, energy resources, and information and communication technology (ICT). issues of digital rights and intellectual property rights (IPR).
  • Ecosystem security and protection, wildlife conservation, biodiversity preservation, reduction of environmental pollution and deterioration, and environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster mitigation and management as a non-traditional security and safety concern.
  • International security challenges include those related to nuclear proliferation, extremism’s causes and dissemination, communication networks, the media’s role, and social networking. the fundamentals of money laundering, human trafficking, and computer security.
  • Internal security threats in India include terrorism, corruption, insurgency, and organised crime.
  • The function, nature, and objectives of India’s higher defence organisations 18- Expertise in the economy of Uttar Pradesh – State Budget Overview of UP Economy. Agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and physical resources are important. Development of human resources and skills.
  • Welfare programmes and government programmes.
  • Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and animal husbandry-related issues.
  • Law and order and civil defence with a focus on Uttar Pradesh.

UPPSC Mains Syllabus GS Paper VI

  • Ethics and Human Interaction: The purpose, factors, and effects of ethics in human action; dimensions of ethics; ethics in interpersonal relationships, both private and public. Human Values: The role of family, community, and educational institutions in instilling values; lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators.
  • Attitude: Its content, structure, purpose, influence on behaviour and thought, political and moral attitudes, social influence, and persuasive power.
  • Ability and core principles for the civil service, including honesty, objectivity, and partisanship; loyalty to the public good; empathy, tolerance, and sympathy for the weaker groups.
  • Administration and governance can benefit from and apply emotional intelligence in several ways.
  • Contributions from moral philosophers and thinkers in India and around the world.
  • Public/Civil Service values and ethics in public administration: status and issues; ethical worries and conundrums in governmental and private institutions; laws, rules, and regulations as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Governance and Probity: the idea of public service; the philosophical underpinnings of governance; information exchange; and openness in government. Right to Information, standards of ethics and conduct, the Citizen’s Charter, workplace culture, the effectiveness of service delivery, the use of public monies, and the difficulties presented by corruption
  • Case studies addressing the aforementioned concerns.

UPPSC Optional Subjects

The list of optional subjects to be chosen for the Mains Exam has been listed below.

Optional Subject for UPPSC Syllabus
Agriculture & Veterinary Science Arabic Lit. Zoology
Chemistry Hindi Lit. Statistics
Defence Studies Persian Lit. Physics
Management Sanskrit Lit. Mathematics
Political Science & International Relations Geology Commerce & Accountancy
Geography Psychology Economics
History Civil Engineering Public Administration
Social Work Medical Science Sociology
Agricultural Engineering Philosophy Anthropology
Mechanical Engineering Botany Electrical Engineering
Law English Lit. Animal Husbandry
Urdu Literature

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UPPSC Syllabus FAQs

What is the syllabus for UPPSC?

UPPSC Syllabus is comprehensive that includes General Hindi, Essays, History, Geography, Environment, Science, Ethics, Economics, Polity, Social Issues, Security, State GK and Current based events.

Is IAS and UPPSC same?

The PCS Exam's exam format is quite similar to the IAS Exam's. The focus on the state's history, geography, politics, economy, and culture, among other topics, is different from the IAS exam in that it is not included in the PCS exam.

Is the syllabus of UPPSC and UPSC the same?

The newly released UPPSC Syllabus was modelled after the UPSC Syllabus. So, yes more or less UPPSC and UPSC syllabi are the same excluding State GK & State-related history, geography, economy etc.

Is PCS easier than UPSC?

PCS is superior to many other government occupations, so a candidate should also try for PCS because the chances of passing the PCS exam are often much higher than those of the IAS exam, despite the fact that IAS is undoubtedly better than PCS in terms of salary, growth, and overall career prospects.

Can PCS become DM?

A PCS officer usually works as a sub-divisional magistrate after completing their training (SDMs). Later, they are then promoted to the positions of city magistrate and Additional District Magistrate.

Is the UPPSC Optional Subject has been removed from Main paper from 2023?

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

What is the biggest change made for the UPPSC Syllabus 2024?

The biggest change for the UPPSC Syllabus is with regards to UPPSC Mains Syllabus. In the UPPSC Mains Syllabus, the two optional subjects have been removed and they have been replaced with two General Studies Paper which will test the candidates knowledge about the state of Uttar Pradesh

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