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UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2021:

The UPSSC Exam is also known as the UPPSC PCS Exam. It is conducted to recruit the candidates who wish to occupy the various posts among the Officers of State Civil Services, etc. The exam pattern for the UPPSC has changed recently. The UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2020 was first initiated with objective-based questions, however, now it has been changed to descriptive-based questions. 

Apart from that, a new sub-topic was also introduced named “Ethics”, in the UPPSC Syllabus Mains. The UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2020 is available online and students are intimated the same through a notification on their registered EMail-ID or Mobile number.

UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2021: Prelims Exam

Subject Name

Total Questions

Total Marks

General Studies I

150 Questions

200 marks

General Studies II (Aptitude-based)

150 Questions

200 marks

The detailed UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2021 for the General Studies I is as follows:

The marks in which the candidate scores in the General Studies I paper will be added to the UPPSC Exam Prelims Result.

Concurrent Events (National and International)

History of India and the Indian National Movement

Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

Indian Polity and Governance

Economic and Social Development

General Science

The UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2020 for General Studies II is as follows:


Interpersonal Skills (Including communication skills)

Logical Reasoning

Analytical Ability

Decision Making

Problem Solving

General Mental Ability

Mathematics (Class 10 standard)

Arithmetic and Algebra

Geometry and Statistics

General English (Class 10 standard)

General Hindi (Class 10 standard)

UPPSC Syllabus 2020: Mains

The UPPSC Main Exam is, as evident by the name, the most important examination as the marks secured by the candidate are the deciding marker for the selection. The UPPSC Exam Syllabus for Mains has recently changed and the updated syllabus is available for students on the online website. 

There are mainly two changes in the UPPSC Syllabus 2020 for Mains, which are :

  • The objective-type paper has been discredited and instead descriptive type papers are introduced. The students are required to write descriptive answers for the questions rather than ticking the correct answer, as was the case in the objective-type. 
  • The second change in the UPPSC Syllabus 2020 for Mains is the introduction of a new topic called “Ethics”.

Essay Paper Syllabus 

Section A: Literature and Culture, Social Sphere and Political Sphere

Section B: Science, Environment and Technology, Economic Sphere, Agriculture, Industry and Trade.

Section C: National and International Events, Natural Calamities, Landslides, Earthquake, Deluge, Drought, Flood, Natural Programmes and Projects, etc.

General Studies I

  • History of Indian Culture
  • Modern Indian History
  • The Freedom Struggle
  • Post-Independence
  • History of the World
  • Indian Society and Culture
  • Role of Women
  • Meaning of Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization
  • Social Empowerment 
  • Communalism 
  • Regionalism and Secularism
  • Distribution of Major Natural Resources of the World
  • Salient Features of Physical Geography
  • Oceanic Resources of India
  • Human Migration, Refugee and Third World problems
  • Frontiers and Boundaries
  • Specific knowledge of Uttar Pradesh (History, Social, Culture, Festivals, Folk dance, Natural Resources, Customs, Heritage, Regional Languages, Soils, Forest, Wild-Life, Sources of Irrigation,  etc.

General Studies II

  • Indian Constitution
  • Functions and Responsibilities
  • Role of Finance Commission
  • Separation of Power in Indian System of Governance
  • Comparison of the Indian Constitution with other democratic countries and their constitutions
  • Indian Constitutional Scheme
  • Parliament and other State Legislatures
  • Structure, Organization, and Functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. 
  • Salient features of Representation of People’s Act
  • Constitutional Powers, Functions, and Responsibilities
  • Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-Judicial bodies
  • Government Policies and Interventions for Development
  • Development Processes
  • Welfare schemes, Laws, Mechanisms, Institutions, and body for the Weaker sections
  • Issues relating to the Development and Management of Social Sector or Services
  • Poverty and Hunger
  • Governance, Transparency and Accountability, PDS, functions, etc.
  • Role of Civil Services
  • India and its Relationship
  • Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings
  • Effects of Policies
  • Specific Knowledge of Uttar Pradesh
  • Current Affairs and Events

General Studies III 

  • Economic Planning in India
  • Issues of Poverty, Unemployment, Injustice, Inclusive Growth
  • Components of Government Budgets and Financial System
  • Major Crops, Irrigation, Systems, Storage, Transport, Marketing of Agriculture, E-Technology, etc. 
  • Direct and In-direct farm subsidies and Minimum Support Prices, functions, buffer stocks, food security, technology missions, etc. 
  • Food Processing and Related Industries in India
  • Land Reforms in India
  • Effects of Liberalization, Globalization, changes in industrial policy, effects, etc. 
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc. 
  • Science and Technology, Developments and Applications, etc.
  • Achievements in Science and Technology by India
  • Awareness in Technology and Science, Communication Technology, Space Technology, etc.
  • Environmental Security and Ecosystems, Conservation and Biodiversity of Wildlife, Pollution, degradation, Environmental Impact, etc. 
  • Disaster as non-traditional security, safety challenges, etc.
  • Challenges of International Security
  • Nuclear Proliferation, Causes, and Spread
  • Basics of Cybersecurity, Money Laundering, Trafficking, etc. 
  • Terrorism, Corruption, Insurgency, Organized crimes
  • Role and Kind of Security Forces, Higher Defence Organizations in India. 
  • Specific Knowledge of Uttar Pradesh
  • Issues of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry
  • Law and Order and Civil Of Uttar Pradesh

General Studies IV (Ethics)

  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Attitude
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Contributions of Moral Thinkers
  • Public or Civil Service Values and Ethics In Public Administration
  • Probity in Governance
  • Case Studies

For detailed UPPSC Exam Syllabus 2020 regarding the post the candidate has applied for, they can visit the official website of the UPPSC.

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