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UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern - Complete Details

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Provincial Civil Services had invited the application. The exams are tentative to be held this year. The Commission has announced the recruitment for 400 vacancies for the Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Examination. 

The Commission has proposed to hold a Preliminary Examination to select the candidates for admission to Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Main (Written) Examination 2021 in various Districts of the State. The final selection of the candidates will be based on the scores obtained in Mains(Written) Exams and their performance in the Interview. The Commission will intimate the dates of the examination and exam center to the candidates through their e-Admission Certificate. This article will look into the UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern.

UPPSC PCS Exam: Overview

Name of the CommissionUttar Pradesh Public Service Commission 
Category of the government postProvincial Civil Service 
Total No. of Vacancies 400
Name of the PostCombined State/ Upper Subordinate Services
Pay ScaleRs. 9300-34800
Grade PayRs 4600/- to Rs.  15600-39100/ Rs. 5400 
Educational QualificationBachelors Degree of any recognized University (Specific qualifications are required for some posts)
Age Limit21-40 years
Exam PatternPrelims and Mains

UPPSC PCS Exam Pattern

UPPSC PCS Prelims Examination Pattern

The Commission will conduct the preliminary examination in Objective type Multiple Choice Questions. However, the Mains Examination will be conducted in the conventional way, i.e., Descriptive written examination. In the last stage, the Commission will take a Personality Test. 

The prelims will consist of two compulsory papers [Objective type and multiple-choice questions (MCQs)]. The answer sheet will be present on OMR Sheet. The duration of the paper is two hours, with 200 marks allocated for each paper. The candidates must appear in both the papers or else they will be disqualified from the examination. The Commission will determine the merit of the candidates to appear for Mains (Written) based on the marks secured in Paper-I of the preliminary exams. 

Total Number of papersTwo Compulsory papers
Total time allocated for each paperTwo hours
Nature of Question PapersObjective Type- MCQs
Timing of the ExaminationPaper-1- 9:30 AM to 11: 30 AM Paper-2 – 2:30 PM to 4: 30 AM
Allocation of Marks200 Marks each
Qualifying paperPaper-II (with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%)
Number of QuestionsPaper-I- 150 question paper-II- 100 questions
Method of answering the questionsOMR sheets

UPPSC PCS Mains Examination Pattern

The written examination will consist of compulsory and optional subjects. The candidates will be required to select optional subjects from the list provided by the Commission. 

Name of the Examination UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination
Total Number of Subjects along with the allocation of marksTotal Subjects- Eight with a total of 1500 Marks
General Hindi – 150 Marks
Essay – 150 Marks
General Studies -I- 200 Marks
General Studies-II- 200 Marks
General Studies- III- 200 Marks
General Studies-IV- 200 Marks
Optional Subject – 200 Marks
Optional Subject- 200 Marks
Duration of the exam3 Hours each, The exam will be held in one week's duration
Morning Session: From 9: 30 AM to 11: 30 AM
Afternoon Session: From 2 PM to 5 PM
Nature of Question Papers Descriptive / Essay
Number of Sections in question papers of optional subjectTwo Sections
Number questions in each section of the optional paperFour questions in each section.Minimum questions to be answered together from both sections – FiveMinimum questions from each section- Two

UPPSC PCS Personality Test

The personality test has been allotted 100 marks. The test will be about general awareness, general interest about academic interest, character, intelligence, expression power, general suitability, and personality. 

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What is the selection process for UPPSC PCS Exam – 2021?

The UPPSC PCS Exam – 2021 comprises three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Prelims exam comprises two papers, and Mains exam comprises 8 papers. Applicants who will clear Prelims will qualify for the Mains Exam. Those who will clear Mains will go for the Interview Round. The final result will be based on the applicant’s performance in all three stages.

What is the salary of a UPPSC PCS Officer? +

The updated salary of UPPSC PCS officers is different for different categories:
The pay grade scale for the junior category officer is Rs. 9300 to 34800 (with Rs 4600 as grade pay)
The pay grade scale for the senior category officer is Rs.15600 to 39100 (with Rs 5400 as grade pay)

Do UPPSC PCS Prelims carry negative marking? +

Yes, there is a negative marking in UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam. For every wrong answer, the exam authority deducts 0.33 marks.

In how many languages are UPPSC PCS Mock Tests available? +

You can attempt the UPPSC PCS Exam Mock Test in two languages - English & Hindi.

What are the special features of Oliveboard’s UPPSC PCS Mock Tests? +

The special features of Oliveboard’s UPPSC PCS Mock Tests are as follows:
1. All Mock tests are based on the latest UPPSC PCS exam pattern.
2. It has special Memory-based mock tests based on the actual exam paper.
3. You can attempt these UPPSC PCS mock tests from anywhere, any time, any day.
4. All Uttar Pradesh Civil Services tests are created by exam toppers, experts and top faculty.
5. The tests provide you with all-India ranking & helps in analysing your performance and improve your weak areas.
6. The entire syllabus of the UPPSC PCS Exam is covered in the mock tests.

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