UPPSC Syllabus 2018

UPPSC Syllabus 2018 – Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has prescribed the syllabus of Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services Provincial Civil Services (P.C.S) and Assistant Conservator of Forest (A.C.F.)/Range Forest Officer (R.F.O.) services examination along with the notification on July 6, 2018. The Commission has provided the complete UPPSC syllabus 2018 for all stages of the exam – prelims, mains and personality test. UPPSC 2018 syllabus provides the comprehensive list of subjects and topics required for the various stages of UPPSC 2018. It is crucial that candidates are aware about the subjects and topics of each exam stage in order to plan accordingly for the exam.

UPPSC syllabus will help candidates recognise their weaker areas so that they can work and improve on these subjects and/or topics. UPPSC 2018 prelims has been conducted on October 28. Check here for more information regarding UPPSC 2018 syllabus and exam pattern.


UPPSC Syllabus 2018

UPSSC 2018 Syllabus for Prelims

The prelims stage of the exam will consist of two papers – Paper 1 and 2. Both papers will comprise only objective type questions. Paper 2 is qualifying in nature with minimum qualifying marks of 33%. Therefore, merit list will be prepared to shortlist candidates for Mains exam on the basis of marks secured in Paper 1. The detailed UPPSC syllabus 2018 has been given below.

UPSSC syllabus for prelims:




Paper 1

General Studies - I

  • Current events of national and international Importance

  • History of India and Indian National Movement

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

  • India and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World

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

  • General Science


Paper 2


General Studies - II

  • Comprehension

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills

  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability

  • General mental ability

  • Decision making and problem solving

  • Elementary Mathematics upto class 10 level: Arithmatic, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics

  • General English upto class 10 level: Comprehension, Active Voice and Passive Voice, Parts of Speech, Transformation of Sentences, Direct and Indirect Speech, Punctuation and Spellings, Words meanings, Vocabulary and Usage, Idioms and Phrases, Fill in the Blanks

  • General Hindi upto class 10 level

UPSSC Syllabus 2018 for Mains

The mains exam of UPPSC recruitment will consist of six compulsory papers. Candidates will also need to one subject from the given list of optional subjects. The optional subject selected by the candidate will contain two papers. The difficulty level of questions asked in all the papers of Mains exam will be similar to that of garduation level. Candidates can check the complete list of syllabus for mains exam from the tables given below.


UPPSC Syllabus for Mains (Compulsory Subjects)




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.

  • National development programmes and projects


General Hindi


Precis writing

Letter writing, notice writing, office order, circular, telegram, etc.

Vocabulary skills

Prefix and suffix

Synonyms and antonyms

One word answer

Error detection

Proverbs and idioms

General Studies - I

History of Indian Culture: Salient aspects of Art forms, literature and architecture from ancient to modern times

Modern Indian history (1757 AD to 1947 AD)

Freedom Struggle: Various stages, important contributors and contributions from different parts of the country

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization in India till 1965 AD

World History: 18th century to middle of the 20th century including French Revolution (1789), Industrial Revolution, World Wars, redraw of national boundaries, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism etc.

Salient features of Indian society and culture

Role of women in society and women organization, population and issues associated with it, poverty and developmental issues, problems of urbanization and their remedies

Meaning: liberalization, privatization and globalization and their effects on economy, polity and social structure

Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism

Distribution of major natural resources of the World: Water, soil, forests of South and South-East Asia with special reference to India, factors responsible for location of industries (with special reference to India)

Salient features of physical geography: Cyclone, earthquake, glaciers, ocean currents, tsunami, volcanic activity and winds

Oceanic resources of India and their potential

Human migration: Refugee problem of the World with focus on India

Boundaries and frontiers with reference to India

Population and Settlements: Its types and patterns, urbanization, smart cities and smart villages

Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh geography: Climate, forest, human and natural resources, soils, mines and minerals, sources of irrigation, wildlife

Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh: Architecture, art, culture, festival, folk-dance, heritage, history, literature, regional languages, social customs and tourism

General Studies - II

Indian Constitution – Amendments, evolution, features, historical underpinnings, significant provisions and basic structure, role of Supreme Court in the evolution of basic provisions of Constitution

Role of Finance Commission in Centre-State financial relations

Functions and responsibilities of Union and States: Issues and challenges pertaining to federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges faced therein

Separation of powers, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions, emergence and use of alternative dispute redressal mechanisms

Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with other major democratic countries

Parliament and State legislatures: Structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers and privileges and concerned issues

Structure, organization and functioning of Executive and Judiciary: Ministries and departments of the Government, pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in Polity, Public Interest Litigation (PIL)

Salient features of Representation of People's Act

Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and their responsibilities

Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design, its implementation and Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies including NITI Aayog, features and functioning

Development processes: Role of NGOs, Self Help Groups (SHGs), various other groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and performance of these schemes, laws, institutions, mechanisms and bodies constituted for protection and betterment of 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 politics

Important aspects of governance: Transparency and accountability, applications of e-governance, models, successes, potential and limitations, citizens, charters and institutional measures

Role of Civil Services in a democracy (in 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: The Indian diaspora

Important international institutions/agencies: 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 (SDG's)

Components of Government Budgets and Financial System

Issues of poverty, unemployment, social justice and inclusive growth

Major crops, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems, storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce, e-technology in aid of farmers

Land reforms in India since its Independence

Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices, Public Distribution System: objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping, technology missions in agriculture, and issues of buffer stocks and food security

Food processing and related industries in India: Location, scope and significance, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management

Effects of liberalization and globalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and its effects on industrial growth

Science and Technology: Its developments and applications in everyday life and in National Security, India's Science and Technology policy

Infrastructure: Energy, ports, roads, airports, railways etc.

Achievements of Indians in science and technology, indigenisation of technology, developments of new technologies, transfer of technology, dual and critical use technologies

Environmental security and ecosystems, conservation of wildlife, biodiversity, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Awareness in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and space technology, computers, energy resources, nano- technology, microbiology, biotechnology, issues related to intellectual property rights (IPR) and digital rights.

Disaster as non-traditional security and safety challenge, disaster mitigation and management.

India's internal security challenges: Terrorism, corruption, insurgency and organized crimes.

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

Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh economy: Overview of Uttar Pradesh economy: State budgets, importance of agriculture, industry, infrastructure and physical resources, human resources and skill development, government programmes and welfare schemes

Role, kind and mandate of security forces, higher defense organizations in India

Law and order and Civil Defence with special reference to Uttar Pradesh

Issues in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and animal husbandry

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 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 non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public services, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections

Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world

Emotional intelligence: Concept and dimensions, its utility and application in administration and governance

Probity in governance: Concept of public service, philosophical basis of governance and probity, information sharing and transparency in government Right to Information (RTI), codes of conduct, codes of ethics, citizen's charter, work culture, quality of service delivery, utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption

Public/Civil Service values and ethics in Public Administration: Status and problems, laws, rules, regulations, ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions, and conscience as sources of ethical guidance, strengthening of moral values in governance, accountability and ethical governance, ethical issues in international relations and funding, corporate governance.

Case studies on issues stated above

UPSSC Syllabus – Optional Subjects for Mains examination

Candidates will need to select any one subject from the list of optional subjects prescribed by the Commission. The optional subject will comprise two papers and each paper will be of 200 marks. Both optional papers will be subdivided into two section. Each of these sections will consist of four questions. Candidate have to answer total four questions of the paper. However, they must opt at least two questions from each section. The list of optional subjects for UPPSC 2018 mains has been provided below.

UPSSC optional subjects list:




Hindi Literature



Social Work

Persian Literature




Sanskrit Literature



Civil Engineering

Commerce & Accountancy


Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

Mechanical Engineering

Public Administration



Electrical Engineering

Agricultural Engineering


Defence Studies

English Literature

Medical Science



Urdu Literature



Political Science & International Relations

Arabic Literature


UPPSC Syllabus for Personality Test

Personality test is the last exam stage of UPPSC 2018 and will pertain to matter of general awareness, intelligence, character, expression power/personality and general suitability for the posts applied under.

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2018

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has declared the exam pattern of UPPSC 2018. UPPSC exam pattern 2018 provides details regarding the number of papers, subjects and topics, duration, total marks and marking scheme for each stage of the exam. The complete UPPSC exam pattern 2018 has been provided below for the feasibility of candidates.

UPPSC Exam Pattern - Preliminary Examination

UPPSC prelims exam will consist of two papers – General Studies Paper 1 and 2. This stage of the exam will be held offline. Both papers will comprise only objective type questions. The Commission will determine the qualifying marks of Paper 1 while minimum qualifying marks of Paper 2 is 33%. Since Paper 2 is qualifying in nature, candidates will be shortlisted to appear for the mains examination on the basis of marks obtained in Paper 1.



Number of questions

Duration of exam


Paper 1


100 – 150 question

2 hours

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Paper 2


100 – 150 question

2 hours

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2018 - Mains Examination

UPPSC 2018 mains examination is a written exam comprising both compulsory and optional subjects. The Commission has prescribed a list of optional subjects from which candidates have to select one subject. Candidates must secure the minimum marks determined by the Commission in the General Hindi paper. There will be three sections in the Essay paper. Candidates will need to attempt one topic from each section. The word count of each essay should be around 700 words. Candidates will be provided 3 hours to solve each paper. There will be two sections in both papers of the optional subject and each section will contain four questions. Candidates are required to answer only five questions while they must select minimum of two questions from each section. All papers in mains exam will be conventional type except General Studies I, General Studies II and General Studies III which will contain only objective type questions.


No. of questions



Compulsory subjects

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 Subjects

Paper I



3 hours

Paper II



3 hours

UPPSC 2018 Exam Pattern – Personality Test

The personality test will be held for 100 marks to evaluate candidates’ academic records, general awareness, intelligence, character, expression power/personality and general suitability for the service.

UPPSC Marking Scheme 2018

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has determined the marking scheme of UPPSC 2018. Candidates will be awarded one mark for every correct answer. In the Prelims exam, one-third of the marks (0.33) allotted for each question will be deducted for incorrect responses. Candidates marking more than one answer for a question will be considered incorrect and negative marking will be applicable for such answers. However, if no answer has been provided against a question, no marks will be deducted.

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