UP PCS Syllabus 2019
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 - 4:07 p.m. IST by Aayushi madavi

UP PCS Syllabus 2019 - Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has prescribed the syllabus of UP PCS 2019 recruitment examination in its notification. UP PCS syllabus 2019 has been prescribed for two stages of the exam - prelims and mains. UP PCS 2019 syllabus is further divided into General Studies-I and General Studies-II while for mains examination it is prescribed for General Hindi, Essay, General Studies-I, II, III, IV, and Optional Paper-I and II. Candidates can opt one out of 29 subjects for Optional Papers. It is essential that the candidates check UP PCS syllabus 2019 before starting preparations for the exam.
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UP PCS examination is conducted for the recruitment of candidates for various posts of UP Upper Subordinate Services like Statistical Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Block Development Officer, Deputy Collector, etc. and for the posts of Assistant Conservator of Forest (A.C.F.) and Range Forest Officer (R.F.O.). UP PCS 2019 is being conducted for 300 vacancies through general recruitment, 9 vacancies through special recruitment, 2 for Assistant Conservator of Forest, and 53 for Range Forest Officer. The prelims exam of UP PCS 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on December 15 and mains exam will be conducted from April 20, 2020.

UP PCS Syllabus 2019 - Stages

The exam body prescribes the syllabus of UP PCS for the following stages of the exam.

  1. Preliminary Exam

  2. Mains Exam (Compulsory and Optional Papers)

  3. Personality Test

UP PCS 2019 Syllabus for Prelims Exam

Given below are the topics in UP PCS syllabus for both papers of the prelims exam.

UP PCS Prelims Syllabus 2019

General Studies-I

General Studies-II

Current events of national and international importance.


History of India and Indian National Movement.

  • Social, economic and political aspects of Indian History

  • Indian National Movement

  • Freedom Movement

  • Growth of nationalism

  • Attainment of independence.

Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

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

Decision making and problem solving.

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

  • Community Development

  • Economic policy in India

  • Indian Culture

General mental ability.

Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

  • Problems and relationship between population, environment and urbanisation.

  • General issues on environmental ecology

  • Biodiversity and climate change

Elementary Mathematics upto Class X level

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

  2. Algebra - (i) Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of polynomials and 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.

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

  4. 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 and mode.

General Science

General English upto Class X level.

  • Comprehension

  • Active voice and passive voice

  • Parts of speech

  • Transformation of sentences

  • Direct and indirect speech

  • Punctuation and spellings

  • Words meanings

  • Vocabulary & usage

  • Idioms and phrases

  • Fill in the blanks

General Hindi upto Class X level.

  • Hindi Varnmala, Viram Chinha

  • Shabd Rachna, Vakya Rachna, Arth

  • Shabd Roop

  • Sandhi, Samaas

  • Kriya

  • Anekarthi Shabd

  • Vilom Shabd

  • Paryayvachi Shabd

  • Muhavre, Lokoktiyaan

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

  • Arthbodh

  • Hindi Bhasha Ke Prayog Mein Hone Wali Ashshudhiyaan

  • Uttar Pradesh ki Mukhya Boliyaan

UP PCS Syllabus 2019 for Mains Examination (Compulsory Papers)

Paper-wise syllabus of UP PCS for compulsory subjects is provided below.

UP PCS 2019 Syllabus Mains for General Hindi

General Hindi

Diye huye gadya ka avbodh evam prashnottar


Sarkari evam ardhasarkari patra lekhan, taar lekhan, karyalaya aadesh, adhisuchna, paripatra

Shabd gyan evam prayog

Upsarg evam pratyaya prayog

Vilom shabd

Vakyansh k liye ek shabd

Vartani evam vakya shuddhi

Lokokti evam muhavre

UP PCS 2019 Syllabus for Essay

In this paper, candidates will have to write three essays from three sections (one out of three choices in each section). Word limit for each essay will be 700 words. Candidates can check the topics from which the essay questions will be asked in the table below.


Section - A

  • Literature and culture

  • Social sphere

  • Political sphere

Section - B

  • Science, environment and technology

  • Economic sphere

  • Agriculture, industry and trade

Section - C

  • National and International Events

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

UP PCS Syllabus 2019 for General Studies-I

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.

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

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

History of the world; events from 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 and effect on the society.

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 the 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 U.P.- geography- human and natural resources, climate, soils, forest, wild-life, mines and minerals, sources of irrigation.

UP PCS 2019 Syllabus for General Studies-II

General Studies-II

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

Functions and 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.

UP PCS 2019 Syllabus for General Studies-III

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 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.

UP PCS Syllabus for General Studies-IV

General Studies-IV

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 2019 for Optional Subjects in Mains Exam

Candidates have to select an optional subject out of list of 29 subjects. There will be two papers for the optional subject, each carrying 200 marks. Candidates will be given 3 hours to attempt each paper. UP PCS syllabus for both papers is prescribed separately in the notification of the exam. Each paper will be divided into two sections and each section will contain 4 questions. Candidates have to attempt five questions in total, out of which they must pick 2 questions from each section. Candidates can check the list of optional subjects from the table given below.

List of UP PCS Optional Subjects

Optional Subjects














Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences



Political Science & International Relations



Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

English Lit.

Urdu Lit.

Hindi Lit.

Sanskrit Lit.

Commerce and Accountancy

Public Administration

Medical Science

From this year onwards, 5 subjects have been excluded from the list of optional subjects - Social Work, Defence, Agricultural Technology, Persian and Arabic.

UP PCS Syllabus 2019 for Personality Test

The last stage of UP PCS recruitment exam is personality test. Candidates will be tested on the basis of general awareness, intelligence, character, expression power/personality and general suitability for the post applied for. UP PCS personality interview is conducted for a total of 100 marks.

UP PCS Exam Pattern 2019

The exam pattern of UP PCS prelims and mains examination is given below.

UP PCS 2019 Exam Pattern for Prelims

Candidates must know the exam pattern of UP PCS 2019 to understand the syllabus well. UP PCS prelims exam has two papers - General Studies I and II. Both the papers will be conducted are objective nature and will be conducted in offline (OMR sheet) mode. One-fourth of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted if answered incorrectly. Candidates Exam pattern for prelims exam is given in the table below.


No. of Questions

Total Marks

Time Duration

General Studies-I



2 hours

General Studies-II



2 hours

UP PCS 2019 Exam Pattern for Mains Exam

The mains examination of UP PCS 2020 has a total of 8 papers. Mains written examination is subjective in nature and is conducted offline. Candidates have to take 6 compulsory papers and 2 papers of the optional subject that they have chosen. UP PCS exam pattern for mains exam is given in the table below.

Mains Exam Pattern of UP PCS 2019


Total Marks

Time Duration

General Hindi


3 Hours



3 Hours

General Studies-I


3 Hours

General Studies-II


3 Hours

General Studies-III


3 Hours

General Studies-IV


3 Hours

Optional Paper-I


3 Hours

Optional Paper-II


3 Hours

UP PCS 2019 Marking Scheme

UPPSC decides the marking scheme of UP PCS examination. In the prelims examination, 1/4th of the marks allotted to a question are deducted if answered incorrectly while no marks are deducted or awarded for not attempting a question. If candidates mark more than one option for a question, it would be considered incorrect and marked accordingly. For the mains exam, cut off marks are decided using a scaling process based on the total number of candidates appeared for the exam and number of candidates appeared for each optional subject (out of the 29).

UP PCS Application Form 2019

UP PSC has released the online application form of UP PCS on October 16. Eligible candidates, between 21 to 40 years of age having a degree in graduation can fill the UP PSC PCS application form 2019 and apply for the Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services examination till November 13. Those candidates who have already filled the application can refer to the detailed syllabus and exam pattern in order to know what topics the question paper will be based on.

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