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UPPSC Exam Pattern 2021

The UPPSC Exam Pattern 2020 is based on the pattern of the IAS Exam. There are three stages in the UPPSC Selection process as mentioned in the UPPSC Exam Application Process. The UPPSC Exam Pattern 2020 for all the two stages of the exam, that is UPPSC Exam Prelims and UPPSC Exam Mains is provided below, along with the pattern of the interview.

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2021 Prelims:

The Prelims is the first stage of the UPPSC selection process. UPPSC conducts the prelims exam across the State of Uttar Pradesh. The exam is conducted in an offline mode and around eight lakh candidates appear in this exam. The trends of this paper are usually general Knowledge-based questions.  

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2021 Main

It is a written exam and is conducted in an offline mode. The candidates should know that the new exam pattern of the UPPSC Exam Pattern for the Mains exam is four general studies papers (Previously there were two General Studies Paper), along with an Ethics Paper. 

The UPPSC Exam Pattern 2020 Mains are as follows.

Paper Name

Total Marks

General Hindi

150 marks


150 marks

General Studies I

200 marks

General Studies II

200 marks

General Studies III

200 marks

General Studies IV

200 marks

Optional Subject - Paper I

200 marks

Optional Subject - Paper II

200 marks

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2021: Personality Test (Viva Voce)

  • The personality test is the last third stage of the UPPSC Exam Selection Process. 
  • The Commission has assigned around 100 marks specifically for this personality test. 
  • The questions asked in this stage are related to the Current Events and Detail Application Form (DAF) filled at the time of the UPPSC Mains Exam. 
  • After this stage is completed, the UPPSC Exam Results are declared with a cut off list with the names of the selected candidates. 

There are no set UPPSC Exam Pattern for the Interview, however, there are certain things the candidate needs to keep in mind.

  • The original documents related to the academic qualification such as class 10th mark sheets, the professional experience should be with the students at the time of the interview. 
  • The vacancy of the students who pass from the Prelims and head over to the final stage of the interview have reduced to the ratio of thirteen. Earlier the ratio was 18 times, and now the passouts of the UPPSC Exam Mains will be double than it was before. 

The PCS exam pattern for UPPSC Prelims 2021 is given in the table below:

Name of Exam

Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (General Recruitment/Physically Handicapped – Backlog/Special Recruitment) (Preliminary) Examination

Number of Papers

  1. Two;
  2. Paper 1 – General Studies I
  3. Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)

UPPSC Exam Date (Prelims 2020)

December 15, 2020

Duration of Exam

2 hour for both the Paper-I and Paper-II

  • Both papers conducted on the same day;
  • Paper 1 – 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM
  • Paper 2 – 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM

Maximum Marks

  • Both Papers will consist of maximum of 200 marks.
  • Only paper-I will be considered for merit ranking.
  • Paper-II is a qualifying paper on the lines of IAS Prelims (33% qualifying criteria)

Number of Questions

Paper-I: 150 questions

Paper-II: 100 questions

Type of Exam

OMR sheets Offline (Pen-paper) 

Nature of Questions

Objective type Multiple Choice Question (MCQ’s)

Negative Marking

  • There will be 0.33% negative marking for every incorrect answer, as per the new UPPSC exam pattern.
  • For e.g., if the maximum marks allotted for a question is 3, then answering it incorrectly would incur a penalty of 0.99 marks
  • Filling multiple circles on the OMR sheet for the same question would be treated as an incorrect answer.
  • There is no negative marking for leaving a question empty.

Candidates can also check on the official web portal for details on the UPPSC Exam Pattern 2020.

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