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UPPSC RO-ARO Exam Pattern - Prelims, Mains & Interview

UPPSC RO ARO Pattern - Every year, the board of the UPPSC conducts civil service exams for different government posts throughout the state of UP. The Uttar Pradesh Public service commission (UPPSC), on 5th March 2021, announced 337 RO ( Review officer ) and ARO (assistant review officers on its official website Out of 337 vacancies, 228 will be through general recruitment and the balance through special recruitment. Here, you can find more information about the UPPSC RO ARO Syllabus, exam pattern, relevant dates and get the complete preparation guide.

UPPSC RO ARO Exam Pattern

UPPSC conducts the RO ARO exams in three stages. They are as follows:

  • Preliminary exam
  • Main exam
  • Interview

Here is an overview of the main and preliminary exam patterns. 

Preliminary Exam Pattern

  • This is the first exam of the entire recruitment process.
  • This is a multiple-choice objective test.
  • It consists of 200 marks.
  • There is a negative marking for every incorrect answer. Negative marking amounts to one-third, or 0.33 marks, of the marks assigned to the question.
  • There are two papers in this exam:
S.noSubjectTotal number of questionsTotal MarksDuration of paper
Paper-1General studies1401402 hours
Paper-2General Hindi60601 hour

Mains Exam Pattern

  • The candidate who passes the preliminary exam is eligible to appear for the main exam.
  • This is also a multiple choice objective type paper in the mains exam.
  • The mains exam carries 400 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking for every incorrect answer. There will be a deduction of one-third from the marks assigned to that question.
  • The exam consists of three papers:
S.noSubjectTotal number of questionsTotal marksDuration of paper
Paper-1General studies 1201202 hours
Paper-2General Hindi and drafting(Part-1) – Subjective paper1001002.5 hours
Paper-2General Hindi and Drafting – General vocabulary (Part-2) – Objective type6060O.5 hour
Paper-3Hindi essay1201203 hours

Interview selection

  • After passing the preliminary and main exams, applicants are eligible for the final round of interviews.
  • The UPPSC will assess candidates based on their skills and practical knowledge related to the job profile in this round.
  • Candidates must also prepare the current affairs for this round, even though there is no official syllabus.


Below are the details of the UPPSC RO ARO syllabus for the preliminary and main exams. First, let’s talk about the syllabus for the preliminary exam:

UPPSC RO ARO Prelims syllabus

Paper-1: General studies

  • General Science
  • Indian national movement
  • World geography
  • Natural resources of India
  • Current: National and international affairs
  • History of India
  • Indian politics, economy, and culture
  • Population and Ecology of India
  • Urbanization in India
  • Special knowledge regarding Culture, Agriculture Industry, Trade, Education, Living, and the social traditions in the state of Uttar Pradesh
  • General Intelligentsia

Paper-2: General Hindi

  • Sentence correction
  • Nouns and Adjectives
  • Synonyms
  • Same usage words
  • One word for several words
  • Opposites

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Is the official notification for UPPSC RO ARO Recruitment 2021 released?

The official notification for UPPSC RO ARO Recruitment 2021 was released on 5th March 2021.

What is the total number of vacancies for UPPSC RO ARO Recruitment 2021? +

A total vacancy of 337 has been announced for recruitment.

How many written papers are there in the UPPSC RO ARO exam 2021? +

The UPPSC RO ARO Prelims exam will consist of two papers, whereas the UPPSC RO ARO Mains exam will consist of three papers. In the Mains test, there is an additional paper for Samiksha Adhikari (Hindi & Urdu).

What is the total number of marks for the UPPSC RO ARO Exam 2021? +

The UPPSC RO ARO preliminary test carries a total of 200 marks (Paper 1-140 marks and Paper 2-60 marks). The UPPSC RO ARO mains exam is worth 400 points (Paper 1 – 120 points, Paper 2 – 160 points, Paper 3 – 120 points) and an additional 100-point paper for Samiksha Adhikari (Hindi & Urdu).

Can candidates from other States apply for UPPSC RO ARO Recruitment? +

Yes, any Indian Citizen from any state can apply for UPPSC RO ARO Recruitment 2021. However, people with a U.P. domicile shall have reservations for the reserved categories.

What is the time duration for the UPPSC RO ARO Exam 2021? +

The UPPSC RO ARO Prelims exam lasts three hours in total (Paper 1 – 2 hours and Paper 2 – 1 hour). Paper 1 is 2 hours long, Paper 2 is 3 hours long, Paper 3 is 3 hours long for the UPPSC RO ARO Mains exam. Each Samiksha Adhikari (Hindi & Urdu) paper has a time limit of 3 hours.

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