UPPSC Exam Pattern

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UPPSC Exam Pattern

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UPPSC Exam Pattern

The UPPSC PCS Exam comprises of three stages namely.

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  1. Prelims: 2 Papers ( Objective )
  2. Mains: 8 papers (essay/ descriptive type)
  3. Interview


UPPSC Exam Pattern 2020

The candidate can check the elaborated exam pattern of UPPSC.

Name of the Exam

Type of the Exam/Time


UPPSC Prelims

  • *Paper 1: General Studies I
  • *Paper 2: General Studies II (CSAT)
  • *Paper 1: 150 questions
  • *Paper 2: 100 questions


  • *General Hindi
  • *Essay
  • *General Studies I
  • *General Studies II
  • *General Studies III
  • *General Studies IV
  • *Optional Subject – Paper 1
  • *Optional Subject – Paper 2
  • *General Hindi – 150 marks
  • *Essay – 150 marks
  • *All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
  • *Total – 1500 marks

UPPSC Interview

Personality Test/Interview

100 marks


UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern is discussed here. This is only qualifying in nature, it is used as a filtering agent to weed out the non serious candidates. The UPPSC PCS and ACF/ RFO Prelims comprises of two papers i.e., Paper I and  Paper II. Both the papers are of 200 marks with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Check the UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern in the table below.

Name of Exam

UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam

No. of Papers (2)

  1. Paper 1 – General Studies I
  2. Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)

Duration of Exam

Both papers conducted on the same day, they are of two hours each

Maximum Marks

Both Papers will be of 200 marks each.

Number of Questions

  • *Paper-I: 150 questions
  • *Paper-II: 100 questions

Type of Exam

Offline (Pen-paper) OMR sheets

Nature of Questions

All questions will be of Objective type (MCQs)

Marking Scheme For UPPSC Prelims Exam

  1. Paper I will decide the cut off of the exam,
  2. Paper II is qualifying in nature, candidates need to score 33% marks in paper II.
  3. There will be a 0.33% negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  4. For e.g., if the maximum marks allotted for a question is 2, then answering it incorrectly would incur a penalty of 0.66 marks
  5. Filling multiple circles on the OMR sheet for the same question would be treated as an incorrect answer and it would lead to negative marking.
  6. There is no negative marking for leaving a question blank.


UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualified the PCS and ACF/ RFO prelims exam are called for the mains exam. The UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern is given below. The marks of mains exam will be considered for the final selection of the candidates. The UPPSC Mains Exam comprises of eight papers which are descriptive in nature. The UPPSC Mains Exam is a merit deciding round, it hold a great weight age as it is of 1500 marks.

There are two major changes in the UPPSC main exam pattern.

  1. UPPSC does away with the objective type papers and re-introduced the descriptive type papers as in the past but with the increase in the number of papers.
  2. UPPSC introduced the ‘Ethics’ paper which was not there earlier.

Name of Exam

UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination

Number of Papers (8)

  • 1. General Hindi
  • 2. Essay
  • 3. General Studies I
  • 4. General Studies II
  • 5. General Studies III
  • 6. General Studies IV
  • 7. Optional Subject – Paper 1
  • 8. Optional Subject – Paper 2

Duration of Exam

  • *Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;
  • *Morning Session – 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM
  • *Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM

Maximum Marks

  • *General Hindi – 150 marks
  • *Essay – 150 marks
  • *All General Studies papers and Optional subject papers will be of 200 marks each
  • *Total – 1500 marks

Type of Exam

Offline (Pen-paper)

Nature of Questions

Essay/descriptive type

Optional Subjects

As per the new UPPSC exam pattern, candidates have to select only one optional subject (2 papers) now, from the list given.


The structure of the UPPSC PCS main exam is as follows





General Hindi






General Studies-I



General Studies –II



General Studies –III



General Studies –IV



Optional Subject - Paper 1



Optional Subject - Paper 2


Sub-Total (Written Test)


Personality Test (Viva-Voce)


Grand Total



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