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:
General Studies - I
General Studies - II
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)
Letter writing, notice writing, office order, circular, telegram, etc.
Prefix and suffix
Synonyms and antonyms
One word answer
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:
Commerce & Accountancy
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Political Science & International Relations
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
100 – 150 question
9:30 am – 11:30 am
100 – 150 question
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
General Studies - I
General Studies - II
General Studies - III
General Studies - IV
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.