UPPSC Assistant Prosecution Officer (UP APO) Exam 2019: Eligibility, Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The work profile of the assistant prosecution officer makes this job a real public service. It requires specialised skills to work in the legal system of India, which includes the in-depth knowledge of the statutes and constitution. Let us see the required eligibility conditions

Created On: Jan 17, 2019 11:21 IST
UPPSC APO Exam 2019 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
UPPSC APO Exam 2019 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

UP APO is an excellent opportunity for the law graduates in the most populous state Uttar Pradesh. The mention of population is important here because the population and the number of litigation is directly proportional to one another. Above all, the Government is the party to majority of court cases at the state level and this makes the position of Assistant Prosecution officer more important.

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has issued a notification for the Assistant Prosecution Officer also called as APO among the candidates. Prosecution Officer is a  gazetted post having the Pay Level–8, 47,600 – 1,51,100/- as given in the official notification.  The work profile of the assistant prosecution officer makes this job a real public service. It requires specialised skills to work in the legal system of India, which includes the in-depth knowledge of the statutes and constitution. In addition to that, the Assistant Prosecution officer should be well versed with the procedures and rules of the courts in India. It is a very important position in the state government because the Government is the single largest party in the pending court cases across the nation.

Educational Qualification

The candidates must possess Law Degree from any recognized University upto the last date for receipt of application. Preferential: Other things being equal such candidate shall be given preference who (1) Has served for a minimum period of two years in Territorial Army or (2) Has obtained "B" certificate of N.C.C.

Eligibility Conditions for UPPSC APO Exam

Eligibility conditions explain about the educational, age and some personal required conditions which needs to be fulfilled by the candidates in order to take the UPPCS APO Examination 2019. There are certain conditions mentioned in the UPPSC’s official APO Notification which was released on 28 December 2018.

The crux of the Educational Qualification required for the UPPPSC APO Exam is that the candidate should be a Law Graduate from any university/institute recognised by the UGC Act. The other conditions for the candidates who had served in the Indian army as the commissioned or non commissificers are give below

For Defence Personnals

As per the official notification of UPSC APO Exam 2018, Eligibility in case of Emergency Commissioned/Short Service Commissioned Officers: In accordance with the provisions of the G.O. No. 22/10/1976- karmik-2-85, dated 30-1-1985 Emergency Commissioned/Short Service Commissioned Officers who have not been released from Army, but whose period of Army service has been extended for rehabilitation, May also apply for this examination on the following conditions:

(A) Such applicants will have to obtain a certificate of the competent authority of Army, Navy, Air Force to the effect that their period of Service has been extended for rehabilitation and no disciplinary action is pending against them.

(B) Such applicants will have to submit in due course a written undertaking that in case they are selected for the post applied for, they will get themselves released immediately from the Army Service. The above facilities will not be admissible to Emergency/Short Service Commissioned Officers, if

(a) he gets permanent Commission in the Army, (b) he has been released from the Army on tendering resignation,

(c) he has been released from the Army on the grounds of misconduct or physical disability or on his own request and who gets gratuity. The candidates must possess all the requisite qualifications/eligibility conditions till the last date for submitting the applications.

Important Instructions For Candidates

•    Any wrong information given by the candidates will debar him for the maximum period of five years from applying for any post under the UPPSC.

•    The date of birth of the candidates shall be admissible as entered in High School Certificate. The candidate will have to attach his/ her High School or Equivalent Examination Certificate with the application form of Main Examination. No Other Certificates shall be acceptable for Date of Birth and if it is not attached with the application, it shall be rejected.

•    The candidates shall be required to obtain such minimum marks in compulsory paper of General Hindi as may be determined by the Govt. or the Commission as the case may be.

Most Important Point

The minimum efficiency standard for S.C. & S.T. candidates is fixed as 30% i.e. the Candidates of these Categories shall not be placed in the merit/select list if they have secured less than 30% marks in the Preliminary/Main examination.

Similarly, the minimum efficiency standard for the candidates of other categories is fixed as 40% i.e. such candidates shall not be placed in the merit/select list if they have secured less than 40% marks in the Preliminary/Main examination. All such candidates who have secured less marks than the marks of minimum efficiency standard as fixed by the Commission shall be treated disqualified.
Marital Status

In the official notification of UPPSC APO it is mentioned that the “Male candidates who are married and have more than one wife living and female candidates who have married a person already having a wife, shall not be eligible unless the Hon'ble. Governor has granted an exemption from this condition”.

Age Limit

(i) Candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have crossed the age of 40 years on July 1, 2018 i.e. they must have not been born earlier than 2nd July, 1978 and not later than July 1, 1997. For PH candidates, the maximum age limit is 55 years i.e. they must have not been born before 02 July, 1963,

(ii) Relaxation in Upper Age Limit: (a) Upper age limit shall be greater by five years for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes of U.P., Scheduled Tribes of U.P., Other Backward Classes of U.P., Skilled players of classified Games, State Govt. employees of U.P. including the teachers/Staff of Basic Shiksha Parishad of U.P. and teachers/Staff of the Govt. Aided Madhyamik Vidyalayas of U.P. i.e. they must have not been born before 2nd July 1973.

(b) Upper age limit shall also be greater by five years for the Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers/Ex-Army Personnels of U.P. who have rendered at least five years service in Army, but there shall be no reservation. No relaxation is admissible in upper age limit for D.F.F. Candidates.

UPPSC APO Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The UPPSC APO Exam will be conducted in two stages i.e UPPSC APO Pre Exam and UPPSC APO Main Exam. The Main Exam will consist of two phases written examination and personality test. The APO Pre exam is the filtering exam and will have two papers. The UPPSC APO Main Exam  written will have four subjective type papers. The time for all papers will be of three hours.

UPPSC APO Pre Exam will be conducted with two objective type papers. One paper will consist of the topics from the General Knowledge and the other will ask questions from the specific statutes given in the Exam pattern of the notification.

The questions breakup of the General Knowledge topics is given in the following chart as provided in the official UPPSC APO Notification. The paper one will have only 50 questions and the second paper will have 100 questions related to the Acts given in the Syllabus.

UPPSC APO Pre Exam 2019

One Question Paper Time- 2 hours  Maximum Marks - 150

Part - I (Total No. of Question–50 on General Knowledge)

It will include day to day happenings around India and the World with special reference to :–

Topics No. of Questions
General Science 8
Current Events of National and International Importance 10
3. History of India 8
4. Indian National Movement 8
5. Indian Polity & Economy 8
6. World Geography and Population 8

Candidates are expected to have a general awareness about the above topics.

Part–II (Total No. of Question–100 on Law) :–

It will cover the following Acts and Law with No. of question indicated as under :–

Topic No. of Questions
Indian Penal Code 35
Indian Evidence Act 25
3. Criminal Procedure Code 25
4. U.P. Police Act And Regulations under this Act. 15

Negative Marking

There will be negative marking of one third.

(i) There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answer happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Exam Pattern for Asstt. Prosecution Officer (Main) Exam–2019

Written Examination

Subject Marks
General Knowledge 100
General Hindi 100

Question Paper will be High School Standard

Sl.No Subject Marks

Criminal Law & Procedure

(Police Act & Regulations of Law Degree Standard)


Law of Evidence

(Which will include direct & Applied question of Law Degree Level)


Personality Test (Interview)                             50 Marks

1. The suitability of the candidates shall be assessed with reference to his capacity, Character, Personality, and Physical fitness.
2. The Marks obtained in written test will be added to the obtained in Personality Test to consider the place of the candidate.

The final merit list for the selection to the post of Assistant Prosecution officer will be made by adding the numbers obtained in the UPPSC APO Main Written Exam and the personality test. It means that the final merit list will be made according to the numbers of candidates from 450 Marks.

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