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UPPSC Syllabus 2020: Get detailed UPPSC PCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern as per latest notification PDF Download subject-wise syllabus for the UPPSC PCS Prelims & Mains exams. UPPSC PCS Prelims 2020 exam is scheduled to be held on 21st June 2020. 

May 5, 2020 12:07 IST
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UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020
UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020

UPPSC Syllabus 2020: Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has released the UPPSC PCS 2020 Notification for the recruitment of Group A and Group B officers in UP Civil Services. As per the notification, the UPPSC Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services Prelims exam will be held on 21st June 2020. Candidates who are interested for the UPPSC Recruitment 2020 need to appear for the Prelims and Mains examinations and qualify them to get into the merit list. Here in this article, we have shared the UPPSC PCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern in detail for both Prelims and Mains exams. Also, the syllabus is shared below in PDF download format in English and Hindi Languages.

The UPPSC Exam Calendar 2020-21 states that the UPPSC PCS Prelims exam will be held on 21 June 2020 and the UPPSC PCS Mains 2020 exam will be held on 15 October 2020. Both the exams are conducted in written mode. In prelims exam, questions are asked in objective multiple choice format and in the Mains exam, questions are asked in descriptive format. There is negative marking in the Prelims exam of one-third marks. The exam pattern and structure of the exams are modified by the Uttar Pradesh Commission from time to time. The latest exam pattern is provided below along with the detailed syllabus.

UPPSC PCS Online Application 2020

UPPSC PCS Eligibility Criteria 2020

UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Date 2020

21 June 2020

UPPSC PCS Mains Exam Date 2020

15 October 2020

Let's first have a look at the UPPSC PCS Selection Process below:

UPPSC PCS Selection Process 2020

The candidates are selected for the UPPSC PCS Recruitment through three successive phases. These phases are:

-Prelims Exam

-Mains Exam


UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern 2020: Prelims & Mains

The exam pattern of both Prelims and Mains Exam is different and involves different marking scheme and different structure. Go through the detailed exam pattern below:

UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Pattern 2020


No. of Questions

Total Marks


Negative Marking

Paper-1 - General Studies I


200 marks

2 Hours

(9.30-11.30 am)

1/3rd Marks for Wrong Answers

Paper-2 - General Studies II (CSAT)


200 marks

2 Hours

(2.30- 4.30 pm)

Note: The Paper 2 CSAT is qualifying in nature. The Prelims exam is conducted offline; answers to be marked in OMR Sheet

UPPSC PCS Mains Exam Pattern 2020

Paper Name

Total Marks


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 Subject – Paper I


3 Hours

Optional Subject – Paper II


3 Hours




Note: UPPSC PCS Mains exam is held offline in descriptive format. The exam is held in a week duration; each paper is held in a different slot. The timing and the exam date is intimated by the UPPSC before the exam along with the admit card.

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020

The Syllabus, like exam pattern, is different for both Prelims and Mains exams. Have a look at the syllabus below:

UPPSC PCS Prelims Syllabus 2020

Paper 1 - General Studies

Paper 2 - General Studies - CSAT

Current events of National & International importance: Questions will be asked from Current Affairs of past 6 months to 1 year

Indian History and National Movement: Social, economic & political aspects of history of India; knowledge of freedom movement, growth of nationalism and Indian Independence

Indian Geography and World Geography – Physical geography, Socio-economic Geography & World Geography

Indian Polity & Governance – Constitution, Political System, Indian Polity, Economic and Culture, Community Development, Public Policy, Rights issues, Panchayati Raj, etc.

Social and Economic Development – Sustainable Development, Demographics, Poverty Inclusion, Social Sector initiatives, Population, Environment, Urbanization

Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – general issues & awareness

General Science: Understanding of Science


Arithmetic: Number systems, L.C.M & H.C.F, Average, Ratio and proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound interests and Work and Time, Speed, Time and Distance

Algebra: Factors of polynomials, LCM & HCF, Remainder theorem, linear equations, quadratic equations; Set Theory -  null set/subsets/proper subsets, Operations. Venn diagram

Geometry: Constructions & theorems of Triangle/rectangle/square/trapezium/circles; Volume & surface area of sphere/cylinder/Cone and Cube

Statistics: Collection & Classification of data, frequency, cumulative frequency, frequency distribution, tabulation, representation of data through Bar Graph/Pie chart/histogram/polygon/frequency curves, Measures of Central Tendency: Mean/Median/Mode

General English


Active & Passive Voice

Parts of Speech

Direct & Indirect speech

Punctuations & Spellings


Meaning of words

Sentence Rearrangement

Fill in the blanks

Idioms & phrases

General Hindi

शब्द रचना

वाक्य रचना



संधि & समास


अनेकार्थी शब्द

विलोम शब्द

पर्यायवाची शब्द

मुहावरे & लोकोक्तियाँ

तत्सम एवं तद्भव

देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार)



हिंदी भाषा में होने वाली अशुद्धियाँ

मुख्य बोलियाँ

UPPSC PCS Mains Syllabus 2020

In the UPPSC PCS Mains exam, candidates need to appear for 8 papers. The time duration of each paper is 3 hours. These papers are:

  • General Hindi
  • Essay
  • General Studies - I
  • General Studies - II
  • General Studies - III
  • General Studies - IV
  • Optional Subject – Paper I
  • Optional Subject – Paper II

Among these, all the General Studies papers and Optional Papers are of 200 marks each and the General Hindi & Essay papers are of 150 marks each. The detailed syllabus is provided below:

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020

UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020

UPPSC PCS Syllabus for Optional Papers

Candidates can choose the optional papers from the list of 29 subjects. These subjects are:



Mechanical Engineering



Electrical Engineering


Animal Husbandry

English Literature

Physics & Veterinary Science

Urdu Literature



Hindi Literature



Sanskrit Literature


Political Science


Sociology International Relations Accountancy



Public Administration



Medical Science


Civil Engineering

The detailed syllabus of all these subjects is shared in the form of PDF Download format below:

PDF Download UPPSC PCS Mains Syllabus of Optional Papers

PDF Download UPPSC PCS Syllabus 2020 in Hindi

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