UPPSC PCS Preparation Strategy For Prelims | Check Here

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the conducting body for various Civil Services Examinations in Uttar Pradesh. The Combined State / Upper Subordinate Services (PCS) is conducted for the recruitment of candidates for Group A and Group B civil services of the UP State Government. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has announced the Exam Date as October 24, 2021, on its official website. With the help of a proper strategy, it is easier to crack this exam. In this blog, we will provide you with the UPPSC PCS preparation Strategy for the prelims exam, which will help you analyze how you can attempt the exam and what your preparation strategy should be.


UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern:

The UP PCS Exam is divided into the following three stages:

Stage I:

Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choice)-Paper I and Paper II

Stage II:

Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination)

Stage III:

Viva- Voce (Personality Test)

Stage-1General Studies-IGeneral Studies-II
Stage-2General Hindi
General Studies-I
General Studies-II
General Studies-III
General Studies-IV
Optional Subject


  • The questions will be of objective type.
  • The test will be bilingual i.e., English & Hindi, except for general english.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1/3rd for each wrong answer.

For a detailed syllabus- Click here

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UPPSC PCS Exam preparation Strategy 2021 – Subject-wise Approach:

Stage I-Paper-I

SubjectPrep Sources (UPPSC PCS books)
Current events of National & International importanceStandard Newspaper Monthly Current Affairs Magazine
Indian History and National MovementAncient and Medieval– School Textbooks – NCERT NotesModern – Spectrum (Rajiv Ahir)-NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History NotesNational Movement – IGNOU B.A. Notes
Indian and World GeographyClass 6 to 12 NCERT Geography BooksWorld Atlas
Indian Governance and PolityLaxmikant
Social and Economic DevelopmentBasics of Indian Economics-School textbooks (Standard 9-12)
Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and BiodiversityPD Sharma reference Book
General ScienceSchool textbooks from classes 6-12General Science Lucent


For UPPSC PCS Prelims Paper-II, one should practice reading comprehensions, logical reasoning, Hindi grammar, and English grammar more as the questions from these sections are asked in the aptitude exam in the majority. Some reference books for PCS Prelims Paper-II are:

  1. M.K Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  2. R.S Aggarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude
  3. For the section of Reading Comprehensions, practice from the previous year question papers.

Step-by-Step UPPSC Preparation Tips For PCS Exam

Step 1: Know the syllabus well

Step 2: Strengthen your basics

Step 3: Enhance Your Knowledge

Step 4: Practice Answer-Writing

Step 5: Mock-Test Based Learning for Prelims

UPPSC PCS Exam: General Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to clear the PCS Exam. 

  1. Make Time Table- Many students apply for any exam but then do not study systematically. For systematic study you need a proper time table. So first of all prepare a time table covering all the topics asked in the exam.
  2. Read good books: There are plenty of books available in the market, but reading all of them will be of no use. Refer to the standard books only(read the list of books mentioned above). If you have notes from your coaching institute then refer to them for your preparation.
  3. Read Newspaper: For current affairs(Paper-I) and general english section(paper-II)section, newspaper is a must.
  4. Revision is the key: One thing that sets toppers apart is the habit of revision. For this exam, revision is the key, you have to remember whatever you are reading.
  5. Mock Tests for Prelims: Join a mock test series for better understanding of the actual exam level, test series can immensely help you in acing this exam.
  6. Previous Year Question Papers: Go through the previous year question papers, It will help you to get a better idea of the level of exam and the kind of questions asked. Check UPPSC PCS previous year question papers here.

UPPSC PCS Prelims Cutoff 2018-Prelims:

Given below is the UPPSC cut-off of 2018 for preliminary for the executive group and Assistant Conservator of Forest / Range Forest Officer Services, Agriculture and Horticulture Examination.

CategoryExecutive groupCutoff for ACF/RFO
SC of UP112123
ST of UP90136
OBC of UP126
Women of UP116126

UPPSC PCS 2021 exam date:

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has announced the Exam Date as October 24, 2021, on its official website. Candidates can check the official notification at the official website of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (up.nic.in).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will UPPSC PCS take place?

The UPPSC PCS exam is scheduled to take place on October 24, 2021.

What is the Age-limit for appearing in the exams? 

The Age Limit for appearing in UPPSC PCS Exams is 21-40 years. 

What should be the marital status of the candidate to be eligible for exams? 

The male candidates married and having more than one wife and female candidates married to a person who is already married will not be eligible unless the Hon’ble Governor has granted exemption from the condition. 

Will there be negative marking for wrong answers?

Yes, there will be a 0.33% negative marking for every wrong answer. Giving multiple answers to one question will be considered a wrong answer even if one of the answers happens to be correct.

What is the educational qualification required to be eligible for appearing in the UPPSC PCS exams? 

The candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from the recognized university or equivalent to such qualification. The Commission has also prescribed certain additional qualifications for the specialized government posts. 

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