·         Dates

·         Eligibility

·         Exam Pattern

·         Syllabus

·         Strategy

·         Recommended Books for UPPCS

Events Dates
UPPSC PCS 2022 Official Notification Release Date March 16, 2022
UPPSC PCS 2022 Online Application starts from March 16, 2022
Last Date for Receipt of Fee Online in the Bank March, 2022
Last Date to Apply for UPPSC PCS 2022 April 16, 2022
UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Date 2022 12, June, 2022
UPPSC PCS Prelims Result 2022 July, 2022
UPPSC PCS Mains Exam Date 2022 27 September 2022 onwards

UPPSC PCS Vacancy and Recruitment

The total UPPSC PCS Vacancy 2022 released with the official recruitment notification is 350. As per the UPPSC PCS notification, the recruitment exam will be held for 350 vacancies. The UPPSC PCS vacancies may increase as per further requisition requests. The number of selected candidates in Mains and interviews is as per the vacancies

UPPSC PCS 2022  Vacancies                        350 

The UPPCS (Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services) include the post of

  • Deputy Collector,
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police,
  • Block Development Officer,
  • Assistant Regional Transport Officer,
  • Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Tax),
  • District Commandant Homeguards,
  • Treasury Officer/Accounts Officer (Treasury),
  • Cane Inspector and Assistant Sugar Commissioner etc.

UPPSC PCS Eligibility Criteria

Uttar Pradesh PSC releases the eligibility criteria for the PCS examination in the official notification. The applicants must check and confirm that they comply with the UPPCS eligibility before applying for the exam. The UPPCS eligibility contains a limitation on age limit and educational qualification. Certain posts require specialized eligibility criteria. The complete details about the UPPCS eligibility are mentioned below.


The UPPSC PCS age limit mentioned in the official notification is calculated as of July 1, 2022. To apply for UPPSC PCS  you need to be a minimum of 21 years old and the maximum age limit is 40 years old. Candidates fulfilling the age limit criteria can apply for UPPSC PCS recruitment . The above prescribed UPPSC age limit for general is for the Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services Examination.

For the age-relaxation of the various category, please check out the information below.

UPPSC PCS Age Relaxation

Candidates can claim reservation/Age relaxation in one category. Applicants must note that ) The SC, ST, OBC, EWS, Dependents of Freedom Fighter, PH. and Ex-Serviceman candidates who are not permanent residents of U.P. shall not be given the benefit of reservation/age relaxation.

UPPSC PCS  Age Limit Age Relaxation
UPPSC PCS age limit for SC 5 Years
UPPSC PCS age limit for ST 5 Years
UPPSC PCS age limit for OBC 5 Years
UPPSC PCS age limit for Sports Person 5 Years
UPPSC PCS age limit for State Govt. Employees 5 Years
UPPSC PCS age limit for Physical Handicapped 15 Years
UPPSC PCS age limit for Ex. Servicemen 5 Years

Educational Qualifications for UPPSC PCS

For the posts included in the Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services Examination, the candidates must possess Bachelors Degree of any recognised University or equivalent qualification up to the last date for receipt of application. The post wise educational qualification is given below:

S. No Name of the Post Essential Qualification
1 Sub Registrar, Assistant Prosecuting Officer (Transport) Law Graduate
2 District Basik Shiksha Adhikari / Associate DIOS and Other equivalent administrative posts, District Administrative Office Post Graduate Degree
3 District Audit Officer (Revenue Audit) Commerce Graduate
4 Assistant Controller Legal Measurement (Grade-I) / Assistant Controller Legal Measurement (Grade-II) Degree in Science with Physics or Mechanical Engg. As one subject.
5 Assistant conservator of Forest A Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subject namely Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology, Forestry, Statistics or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a University established by Law in India or a Foreign University approved by the Central Government from time to time, or a qualification recognised by the Government as equivalent thereto.
6 Range Forest Officer of Forest A Bachelor’s Degree with two or more of the subjects, namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Forestry, Geology, Agriculture, Statistics, Horticulture and Environment or Bechelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from a University established by Law in India or possess a qualification recognized by the Government as equivalent thereto.
7 Assistant Labour Commissioner Degree in Arts with Sociology or Economics as a subject or Commerce/Law.
8 District Programme Officer Degree in Sociology or Social Science or Home Science or Social Work.
9 Senior Lecturer, DIET Post Graduate Degree with B.Ed.
10 District Probation Officer Post Graduate Degree in Psychology or Sociology or Social Work or any qualification equivalent thereto or Post Graduate Diploma in any Branch of Social Work from any recognised Institute of Social Work.
11. Designated Officer / Food Safety Officer (1) Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry as one of the subjects from a University established by law in India or a qualification recognised by the Government as equivalent thereto, or
(2) Atleast one of qualification prescribed for Direct Recruitment to the post of Food Safety Officer given as below:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Agricultural Science or Veterinary Sciences or Bio-Chemistry or Microbiology or Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry or Degree in Medicine from a recognised University, or any other equivalent/recognised qualification notified by the Central Government, Provided that no person who has any financial Interest in the manufacture, import or sale of any article of food shall be appointed to be a Food Safety Officer.
12. Statistical officer Post Graduate Degree in mathematics or Mathematical Statistics or Statistics or Agricultural Statistics from an university recognized by Law in India or equivalent qualification recognised by the Government.
13. Labour Enforcement Officer Bachelor’s degree with Economics or Sociology or commerce and Post Graduate Diploma or Post graduate Degree in Law / Labour relation / Labour welfare / Labour Law / Commerce / Sociology / Social work / Social welfare / Trade Management / Personnel Management.
14. Child Development Project Officer Graduate Degree in Sociology or Social Work or Home Science or any qualification equivalent thereto recognised by the Government.

UPPSC PCS Application Fees

The UPPSC PCS Application Fees  will be paid online after filling out the registration form. The category-wise UPPSC application fee  is mentioned below.

Category Fees
General Rs. 125
Handicapped Rs. 25
Ex-Serviceman  Rs. 65  


UPPSC PCS Selection Process

The UPPSC PCS selection process for PCS (Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services), Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF), and Range Forest Officer (RFO) will be based on Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choices), Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination) and then Viva- Voice (Personality Test).

UPPSC prescribes a three-stage selection procedure for Combined State / Upper Subordinate Services Examination. The UPPSC Prelims exam is qualifying the nature to shortlist candidates for UPPSC Mains  Exam.


UPPSC Exam Pattern

The UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern was also released along with the official notification. The UPPSC exam pattern includes UPPSC PCS exam pattern Prelims and UPPSC PCS exam pattern Mains. The complete details are mentioned below.

UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Pattern

UPPSC PCS Prelims Paper Timings No. of Questions Marks
Paper-1 9.30-11.30 am 150 200 marks
Paper-2 (Qualifying in Nature) 2.30- 4.30 pm 100 200 marks


UPPSC PCS Main Exam Pattern

UPPSC PCS Mains Sections Marks
Hindi 150 marks
Essay 150 marks
General Studies First Paper 200 marks
General Studies Second Paper 200 marks
General Studies Third Paper 200 marks
General Studies Fourth Paper 200 marks
Optional Paper-I 200 marks
Optional Paper-II 200 marks

UPPSC PCS Syllabus

UPPSC PCS syllabus is mentioned in the detailed notification. The UPPSC syllabus for PCS exams includes the syllabus for the Prelims Exam and Mains examination. The UPPSC Prelims syllabus is mentioned below.



UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Syllabus

Paper-1 General Studies-I

  • Current events of national and international Importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and governance
  • India and World Geography
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Environment & Ecology
  • General Science

Paper-2 General Studies-II (C.S.A.T.)

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Comprehension
  • General mental ability
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level- Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.
  • General Hindi up to Class X level
  • General English up to Class X level

MAINS EXAMINATION                             

UPPSC PCS Mains  Exam Syllabus

General Studies-I

  • History of Indian Culture– Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times
  • Modern Indian History (from A.D 1757 to A.D 1947)– Significant events, personalities and issues, etc.
  • Freedom Struggle– Its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country
  • History of the world– will include events from 18th century to middle of the 20th century such as French Revolution of 1789, Industrial Revolution, World Wars, redraw of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism, etc. their forms and effects on the society
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.)
  • Salient features of Indian Society and culture
  • Role of Women in society and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Meaning of liberalization, privatization and globalization and their effects on economy, polity and social structure
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
  • Distribution of major natural resources of World- Water, Soils, Forests in reference to South and South-East Asia with special reference to India.
  • Factors responsible for the location of industries (with special reference to India)
  • Salient features of Physical Geography– Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone, Ocean Currents, winds and glaciers
  • Oceanic resources of India and their potential
  • Human migration– refugee problem of the World with focus on India
  • Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent
  • Population and Settlements– Types and Patterns, Urbanization, Smart Cities and Smart Villages
  • Specific Knowledge of Uttar Pradesh– History, Culture, Art, Architecture, Festival, Folk dance, Literature, Regional languages, Heritage, Social Customs and Tourism
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh Geography- Human and Natural Resources, Climate, Soils, Forest, Wild-Life, Mines and Minerals, Sources of Irrigation

General Studies-II

  • Indian Constitution– Historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure, Role of Supreme Court in evolution of basic provisions of Constitution
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and States– Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Role of Finance Commission in Centre-State financial relations
  • Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions, Emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms
  • Comparison of the Indian Constitutional scheme with that of other major democratic countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures– Structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned issues
  • Structure, organisation and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary– Ministries and Departments of the Government, Pressure Groups, and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity, Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and their responsibilities
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, their features and functioning
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, implementations and Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Important aspects of governance– Transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations and potential, citizens, charters and institutional measures
  • Role of Civil Services in democracy in the context of emerging trends
  • Development processes– The role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger, their implication on body politic
  • India and its relationship with neighbouring Countries;
  • Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and / or affecting India’s interest
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests- Indian diaspora
  • Important International Institutions, Agencies their structure, mandate and functioning
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh regarding Political, Administrative, Revenue and Judicial System
  • Current affairs and events of Regional, State, National and International importance

General Studies-III

  • Economic planning in India, objectives and achievements, Role of NITI Aayog, Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Social Justice and Inclusive growth
  • Components of Government Budgets and Financial System
  • Major Crops, Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, Limitations, revamping, Issues of buffer stocks and food security, Technology missions in agriculture
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
  • Land reforms in India since independence
  • Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
  • Infrastructure– Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
  • Science and Technology– Developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security, India’s Science and Technology policy
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology, indigenization of technology. Developments of New technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use of technologies
  • Technology– Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nano-technology, microbiology, biotechnology
  • Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights
  • Environmental security and Ecosystems, Conservation of Wild life, Biodiversity, Environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Disaster as a Non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and management
  • Challenges of International Security– Issues of Nuclear proliferation, Causes and spread of extremism, Communication networks, role of media and social networking, Basics of
  • cyber security, money laundering and human trafficking
  • India’s internal security challenges– Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes
  • Role, kind and mandate of security forces, Higher defence organizations in India
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh Economy–State Budgets, Importance of Agriculture, Industry, Infrastructure and physical resources, Human Resources and Skill Development, Government Programmes and Welfare Schemes.
  • Issues in State’s Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry
  • Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to Uttar Pradesh



General Studies-IV

  • Ethics and Human Interface– Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human action, dimensions of ethics, Ethics in private and public relationship, Human Values
  • Lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Attitude– Content, structure, function, its influence and relation with thought and behaviour, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion
  • Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public services, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
  • Emotional Intelligence– concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
  • Public/Civil Service values and ethics in Public Administration– status and problems, ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions, laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance, accountability and ethical governance, strengthening of moral values in governance, ethical issues in international relations and funding, corporate governance
  • Probity in Governance– concept of public service, philosophical basis of governance and probity, information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, codes of ethics, codes of conduct, citizen’s charter, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption
  • Case studies on above issues


There will be three sections in the question paper of Essay, Candidates will have to select one topic from each section and they are required to write an essay in 700 words on each topic. In the three sections, topics of essay will be based on following sphere:

  • Section A – (1) Literature and Culture (2) Social sphere (3) Political sphere
  • Section B – (1) Science, Environment and Technology (2) Economic Sphere (3) Agriculture, Industry and Trade
  • Section C – (1) National and International Events (2) Natural Calamities, Landslide, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought etc. (3) National Development programmes and projects

सामान्य हिंदी

1. दिये गए गद्य खण्ड का अवबोध एवं प्रश्नोत्तर।

2. संक्षेपण।

3. सरकारी एवं अर्धसरकारी पत्र लेखन, तार लेखन, कार्यालय आदेश, अधिसूचना, परिपत्र।

4. शब्द ज्ञान एवं प्रयोग।

(अ) उपसर्ग एवं प्रत्यय प्रयोग

(ब) विलोम शब्द

(स) वाक्यांश के लिए एकशब्द

(द) वर्तनी एवं वाक्य शुद्धि

5. लोकोक्ति एवं मुहावरे।

The List of optional subjects for the UPPCS PCS exam

Agriculture 2.Animal Husbandry and veterinary science
3. Anthropology 4. Botany
5. Chemistry 6. Civil Engineering
7. Commerce & Accountancy 8. Economics
9. Electrical Engineering 10. Geography
11. Geology 12. History
13. Law 14. Management
15. Mathematics 16. Mechanical Engineering
17. Medical Science 18. Philosophy
19. Physics 20. Political Science & International Relations
21. Psychology 22. Public Administration
23. Sociology 24. Statistics
25. Zoology 26. Hindi (Literature)
27. Sanskrit 28. English (Literature)
29. Urdu (Literature)  


UPPSC PCS Exam Preparation Strategy

UPPSC PCS Exam is one of the challenging exams in UP owing to the vast as well as, contemporary syllabus leading to intense competition. However, with structured preparation and the right guidance, you can clear the UPPSC PCS exam right on the first attempt. We’ve chalked out a step-by-step preparation strategy on how to prepare for UPPCS Exam. This will also provide an answer to how to crack the UPPCS exam on the first attempt. Let’s look at the step-by-step preparation strategy for UPPCS Exam.

Step 1: Know the exam well

  • Read the UPPCS notification thoroughly. Check out the UPPCS Exam pattern and Exam syllabus.
  • Go through the previous year papers to have a fair understanding of the type of questions asked in the exam.

Step 2: Strengthen your foundation

  • Start with NCERTs. The NCERT Notes are important for UPPCS because of following factors : 

  • NCERTs contain reliable and authentic information
  • NCERT books explain the subject matter in a simple language
  • NCERT notes are a must-read because they contain the important gist of facts and concepts in a crisp and point-wise manner
  • All the important concepts are covered in our NCERT Notes for UPPCS segment comprising topics from History, Geography and Art & Culture
  • Our NCERT Notes are ready-to-study and students can rely on them especially during revision time
  • The NCERT Notes for Art & Culture also contain illustrations and diagrams that enable students to understand and internalize concepts better and faster
  • NCERT History notes for UPPCS make the subject crisp and concise especially for those students who find it difficult to read history textbooks
  • NCERT History for UPPCS is very important as this subject is very important from the GS point of view and also helps to understand the concepts of IR, polity, etc. in a better manner

  • Step 3: Upgrade Your Knowledge with standard books and acedemic conversations
  • Read the books at least twice and then make your handwritten notes to be used for answer-writing practice at the later stage.Important Books list also given at last of this page.

Step 4: Practice Answer Writing + Revision

  • Once about 60-70% syllabus is completed from standard books, start practising answer-writing.
  • Keep your weekends free for a dedicated revision of whatever new you’ve learned during the week.

Step 5: Mock-Test Based Learning Approach

  • Sit for an actual and honest exam-like mock test at the same time and then analyze your performance.
  • Check your weak areas and brush up on the concepts that require revision and guidance.
  • Do Test Series from AMATYA* or any reputed Institutions. (* Do visit the site for such Test series.)

Helpful Books –For  UPPCS  Prelims

There are two papers in Prelims (GS 1 and CSAT) and both are of objective type with negative marking. The best UPPCS books for Prelims are given below:

Subjects  UPPSC Books

History India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan ChandraNCERT  VI to XII NCERT Fine Art  XI to XII 
Geography Certificate Physical Geography – G C LeongNCERT VI – VIII (Old Syllabus)NCERT IX- XII (New Syllabus)World Atlas (Oxford Student Atlas )
Indian Polity Indian Polity – Subhash Kashyap  Our Constitution / Our Parliament NCERT IX-XII  
Economics   Content Related IssuesNCERT IX to XII
International Relations NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)Current Affairs
CSAT Tata McGraw Hill CSAT ManualVerbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal
Solved Papers IAS General Studies Previous Years Papers .


Helpful Books –For UPPSC PCS Mains

Candidates who clear the Prelims reach the Mains stage of the UPPCS Exam. There are 9 theory papers in UPPCS out of which two papers are on the optional subject. Candidates should follow the important UPPCS  general studies Mains books for the best preparation.

Given below are the best general studies books for the UPPSC PCS Mains:

Subjects UPPSC PCS Books

History, Indian Heritage & Culture [GS Paper 1]   India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan ChandraIndia after Independence by Bipan ChandraHistory of Medieval India by Satish ChandraAncient India by R.S Sharma
Geography [GS Paper 1] Geography of India by Majid HusainWorld Geography by Majid HusainWorld Atlas (Oxford Student Atlas)Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C LeongFundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class XI
Polity & International Relations [GS Paper 2]       1. International Relations: Pushpesh Pant
Economy [GS Paper 3] Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw HillChallenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar
Ethics [GS Paper 4] Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
Solved Papers UPPCS General Studies mains Solved Papers

In the UPPSC PCS mains exam, a candidate has to choose an optional subject also. The optional papers count for 500 marks in total and therefore, it is imperative that the right books are read for the optional subjects also.

Study Material for UPPSC PCS

Apart from the books mentioned above, you are supposed to take AMATYA notes and the essential UPPSC PCS Study Material includes:

  1. India Year Book
  2. 2nd ARC Report
  3. Economic Survey (Latest)
  4. Budget (Latest)
  5. Finance Commission Report (Latest)
  6. Annual reports by central ministries
  7. Current Affairs
    1. Explained from Newspapers
    1. Yojana Magazine
    1. Press Information Bureau Release
  8. Niti Aayog Action Agenda and other Reports

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