UP PCS Syllabus 2020 - Candidates preparing for Uttar Pradesh PCS exam should be aware of UP PCS 2020 syllabus. UPPSC also prescribes the syllabus of UP PCS 2020 for both prelims and mains. UP PCS Syllabus 2020 is divided into various parts. For prelims UP PCS examination, comprises general studies (GS) 1 & 2 and mains consists of general hindi, essay, GS - 1, 2, 3 & 4 and optional paper 1 & 2. Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts UP PCS 2020. It is conducted once every year for recruitment of candidates to various UP upper subordinate services. Both prelims and mains exams are held in offline mode. UP PCS prelims is an objective based exam whereas mains is subjective. For more information regarding the UP PCS 2020 syllabus candidates can refer to the below article.

UP PCS Syllabus 2020

UP PCS Syllabus 2020 - Prelims Exam

Aspirants appearing for the UP PCS exam should know the syllabus inside out as it is the first step towards the preparation of the exam. To familiarize themselves with the UP PCS 2020 syllabus can refer to the table.

UP PCS Prelims syllabus

General Studies 1

General Studies 2

National & International Current affairs


History of India

  • Indian National Movement

  • Freedom Movement

  • Social, economic & political aspects of Indian History

  • Growth of nationalism

  • Attainment of independence.

Logical reasoning & analytical ability.

Indian & World Geography - Physical, Social & Economic Geography of India and the World.

Decision making & problem solving.

Indian Polity & Governance - Panchayati Raj, Constitution, Political System, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

General mental ability.

Economic & Social Development - Sustainable Development, Social Sector Initiatives, Poverty Inclusion, Biodiversity, Demographics, Environment, Climate Change, etc.

Elementary Mathematics upto Class 10

  • Arithmetic - (i) Number systems: Natural Numbers, Integers, Rational & Irrational numbers, Real numbers, Divisors of an Integer, prime Integers, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of integers & their Interrelationship. (ii) Average (iii) Ratio & proportion (iv) Percentage (v) Profit & Loss (vi) Simple & Compound Interests (vii) Work & Time (viii) Speed, Time & Distance

  • Algebra - (i) Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. & H.C.F. of polynomials & their interrelationship, Remainder theorem, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations. (ii) Set Theory - set, null set, subsets and proper subsets of a set, operations (union, intersection, difference, symmetric difference) between sets, venn diagram.

  • Geometry - (i) Constructions & theorems regarding triangle, rectangle, square, trapezium & circles, their perimeter and area. (ii) Volume & surface area of sphere, right circular cylinder, right circular cone & cube.

  • Statistics - Collection of data, classification of data, frequency, frequency distribution, tabulation, cumulative frequency. Representation of data - bar diagram, pie chart, histogram, frequency polygon, cumulative frequency curves (ogives), measures of central tendency: arithmetic Mean, median & mode.

General Science

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

General English upto Class 10

  • Comprehension

  • Direct & indirect speech

  • Punctuation & spellings

  • Active voice & passive voice

  • Parts of speech

  • Transformation of sentences

  • Words meanings

  • Vocabulary & usage

  • Idioms & phrases

  • Fill in the blanks

General Hindi upto Class 10

  • Hindi Varnmala

  • Sandhi, Samaas

  • Kriya

  • Anekarthi Shabd

  • Vilom Shabd

  • Tatsam, Tatbhav, Deshaj, Videshi (Shabd Bhandar)

  • Shabd Rachna, Vakya Rachna, Arth

  • Shabd Roop

  • Paryayvachi Shabd

  • Muhavre, Lokoktiyaan

  • Arthbodh

  • Hindi Bhasha Ke Prayog Mein Hone Wali Ashshudhiyaan

  • Uttar Pradesh ki Mukhya Boliyaan

UP PCS Syllabus 2020 - Mains Exam (Compulsory subjects)

Candidates who qualify the UP PCS 2020 will be eligible to appear for UP PCS mains exam. The syllabus for mains examination has been explained in detail in the tables below.

Syllabus for general hindi

  • Shabd gyan evam prayog

  • Upsarg evam pratyaya prayog

  • Vilom shabd

  • Vakyansh k liye ek shabd

  • Vartani evam vakya shuddhi

  • Sarkari evam ardhasarkari patra lekhan,

  • Diye huye gadya ka avbodh evam prashnottar

  • Sankshepan

  • taar lekhan, karyalaya aadesh,

  • adhisuchna, paripatra

  • Lokokti evam muhavre

Syllabus for Essay


Section - A

  • Literature and culture

  • Social

  • Political

Section - B

  • Science, environment & technology

  • Economic

  • Agriculture, industry & trade

Section - C

  • National and International Events

  • Natural calamities, drought, landslide, earthquake, deluge, etc.

Aspirants have to write one essay from each section i.e. A, B & C.

Syllabus for GS 1, 2, 3 & 4



GS 1

  • History of Indian culture, salient aspects of art forms, literature & architecture from ancient to modern times.

  • The Freedom Struggle- its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

  • Post-independence consolidation & reorganization within the country (till 1965A.D.).

  • Modern Indian history (from A.D.1757 to A.D. 1947): Significant events, personalities & issues, etc.

  • History of the world; events from the 18 century to the middle of the 20 century such as French Revolution of 1789, Industrial Revolution, World Wars, redraw of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism, etc. - their forms & effect on society.

  • Salient features of Indian Society & Culture.

  • Role of women in society & women's organization, population & associated issues, poverty & developmental issues, urbanization, their problems & their remedies.

  • Meaning of liberalization, privatization & globalization and their effects on economy, polity & social structure.

  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

  • Distribution of major natural resources of the world - water, soils, forests in reference to South & 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, cyclones, ocean currents, winds and glaciers.

  • Oceanic resources of India & their potential.

  • Human migration-refugee problem of the world with focus on India.

  • Frontiers and boundaries with reference to Indian sub-continent.

  • Population & Settlements - types and patterns, urbanization, smart cities & smart villages.

  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh – history, culture, art, architecture, festival, folk-dance, literature, regional languages, heritage, social customs, & tourism.

  • Specific knowledge of U.P.- geography- human & natural resources, climate, soils, forest, wild-life, mines & minerals, sources of irrigation.

GS 2

  • Indian constitution - historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions & basic structure, the role of the Supreme Court in evolution of basic provisions of the constitution.

  • Functions & responsibilities of the Union and the 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, organization, 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 the 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, implementation, and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

  • Development processes- the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), SelfHelp 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 related to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger, their implication on body politic.

  • 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 a democracy in the context of emerging trends.

  • 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.

GS 3

  • 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 technologies.

  • Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Space Technology, Computers, Energy resources, nanotechnology, microbiology, biotechnology. Issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), and digital rights

  • Environmental security and ecosystems, conservation of wildlife, 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 defense organizations in India

  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh economy:- overview of UP economy: state budgets. Importance of agriculture, industry, infrastructure and physical resources. Human resources and skill development. Government programmes and welfare schemes.

  • Issues in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and animal husbandry

  • Law and Order and Civil Defence with special reference to U.P.

GS 4

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human action, dimensions of ethics, ethics in private and public relationships. 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 behavior, moral and political attitudes, social influence and persuasion.

  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, 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 the 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 the above issues.

UP PCS Syllabus 2020 - Optional Subjects

Along with the 4 GS papers applicants have to choose one optional subject for mains out of 29 subjects. The optional subject comprises two papers 1 & 2 each of 3 hrs of 200 marks each. Aspirants are advised to choose the optional subject wisely as it is considered as a scoring subject and might give the applicants the edge they need to clear the UP PCS exam. List of optional subjects is given below.

UP PCS Optional Subjects















Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences



Political Science & International Relations


Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Urdu Lit.

English Lit.

Hindi Lit.

Commerce and Accountancy

Sanskrit Lit.

Public Administration

Medical Science

UP PCS Exam Pattern 2020

Stages involved in the selection of right candidates the various posts under the UP PCS 2020 are as follows:

  1. Preliminary Examination

  2. Mains Examination (Compulsory and Optional Papers)

  3. Personality Test (Interview)

UP PCS Syllabus 2020 - Personality Test

There is no prescribed syllabus for the personality test, which is the last stage of the selection process for UP PCS examination. In the personality test the candidates are tested on the bases of their character, response to various questions, general knowledge and awareness, etc.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UP PCS Syllabus 2020

Question: When is UP PCS 2020 going to be held?


UP PCS 2020 is supposed to be held on June 21,2020.

Question: How many optional subjects do I have to select for the UP PCS 2020 exam?


Aspirants have to select one optional subject only out of the 29 given in the list above.

Question: Should one know Hindi for writing the UP PCS exam?


Yes, it is a compulsory subject in UP PCS mains examination. So one should know how to read and write hindi.

Question: Is there negative marking for the UP PCS 2020 exam?


Yes, ¼ of the marks allotted to the question answered incorrectly in prelims only but. In mains there is no -ve marking.

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I am Lt Col Sukesh Sur and am a permanent commission officer in Army.I am planning to take VRS. My date of birth is 25 jan 1983 and I will be retiring in june 2026.kindly guide me on following please-: a)Will I get age Relaxaction b)Am I eligible for any quota under ex serviceman

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

Colonel, There is an upper age limit for UPPSC PCS. It is capped at 40 years. You will be 42 years by the year 2026. But by the virtue of serving the Nation and being an ex serviceman, you get an age relaxation of 10 years. So if you retire in 2026 at the age of 42, you still can appear for UPPSC. Now this is 2020 and we are talking about 2026. This eligibility criteria applies as long as the rules are not modified. If the rules and criteria change at any point in time then the eligibility criteria might change for you too. And there will be ex-serviceman quota for upto 1%.

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