UPPSC Exam Pattern

The UPPCS Exam is administered by UPPSC in order to recruit Group A and Group B officers for the state government’s administrative services. The UPPSC Exam Pattern has changed from the 2018 UPPCS Prelims exam. The new UPPSC Exam Pattern is more or less modeled on the pattern of the UPSC CSE Exam. The key components of the new UPPSC Exam pattern are:

0.33% or 1/3rd of negative marking will now be used in the preliminary exam.

Along with the Essay and General Hindi Paper, the UPPSC mains will have 6 GS Papers. UPPSC Optional Subject Removed from Main Exam 2023

100 marks will be assigned for the Interview/Personality Test.

There are three stages to the UPPSC PCS Exam, and each stage has a specific purpose. The commission publishes the UPPSC Syllabus 2023 along with the

 UPPSC Notification 2023 on its official website.

Name of the Exam   Name of the Paper  Marks

UPPSC Prelims Exam (2 Papers) Paper 1: General Studies I 150 marks

Paper 2: General Studies II (CSAT)        100 marks

UPPSC Mains Exam (8 Papers)   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

General Studies V   200 marks (UP Special)

General Studies VI  200 marks (UP Special)

UPPSC Interview    Personality Test/Interview  100 marks

UPPSC Optional Subject Removed from Main Exam 2023

UPPSC has released the notification for the UPPSC exam 2023 on the 1st of March 2023. The major change that the commission had done in the present year’s exam pattern is that it has removed the optional papers from the mains exam and has replaced it with two additional General Studies papers GS Paper V and GS Paper VI.

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Here is a complete discussion about the UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern. This is purely qualifying in nature, and it serves as a screening tool to filter out non-serious applicants. There are two papers, Paper I and Paper II, in the UPPSC PCS ACF/ RFO Prelims exam. Each paper has 200 marks and consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). See the following table below for the UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern.

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of Exam        UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam

No. of Papers (2)     Paper 1 – General Studies I

Paper 2 – General Studies II (CSAT)

Duration of Exam     2 hours for each paper on the same day in two shifts.

Paper 1: 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM

Paper 2: 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM

Maximum Marks      Both Papers will be 200 marks each.

Number of Questions         Paper-I: 150 questions

Paper II: 100 questions

Mode of Exam         Offline (Pen-paper mode) OMR sheets

Negative Marking    Paper 1- 0.44 (0.33% of allotted marks)

Paper 2- 0.66 (0.33% of allotted marks)

Nature of Questions Objective Type Questions (MCQs)

UPPSC Prelims Exam Date 2023

14th May 2023

UPPSC Prelims Exam Marking Scheme

Paper-I will determine the exam cutoff and merit ranking

Paper II i.e., CSAT Paper is qualifying in nature so, candidates must score at least 33% marks in paper II.

Every wrong answer will lead to a negative marking of 0.33%. For instance, if a question has a maximum mark limit of 2, answering it incorrectly will cost you 0.66 marks.

Multiple circles being filled in on the OMR sheet for the same question would be regarded as an improper answer, and a negative marking would result.

Not answering a question results in no marks being deducted.

UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who passed the PCS and ACF/RFO preliminary exams are eligible to take the main examination. The following table contains the UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern. The final selection of the candidates will take into account the candidates’ scores in the main exam. There are eight papers of a descriptive nature in the UPPSC Mains Exam. The UPPSC Mains Exam, which has a cumulative weighting of 1500 marks, is a merit-deciding round. In the UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern, there are two major changes that happened in 2018 and one change in 2023 is the removal of optional paper from mains syllabus.

With an increase in the number of papers, UPPSC has replaced objective-type papers with descriptive-type papers in the Mains exam once again.

The “Ethics” paper, which was not there before, was introduced by UPPSC.

Name of Exam        UPPSC PCS Mains (Written) Examination

Number of Papers (8)       

General Hindi


General Studies I

General Studies II

General Studies III

General Studies IV

General Studies V

General Studies VI

Duration of Exam    Papers will be conducted over a week’s duration;

Sessions       Morning Session: 9.30 AM – 12.30 AM

Afternoon Session: 2 PM – 5 PM

Maximum Marks     

General Hindi – 150 marks

Essay – 150 marks

All GS (General Studies) Papers will be of 200 marks for each.

Total – 1500 marks

Mode of Exam         Offline (Pen-paper)

Nature of Questions Essay/Descriptive type

Negative Marking    NIL

Optional Subjects    According to the revised UPPSC Exam Pattern, removed the optional papers from the main exam.

UPPSC Mains Exam Date 2023

September 2023

UPPSC Interview

An Interview or Personality Test is the last round of the UPPSC Exam. The UPPSC Exam’s current round is the last one. Candidates who passed the main exam will receive an invitation to the personnel interview. There will be a 100-mark interview. A Board that is appointed by the UPPSC conducts interviews with candidates.

The purpose of the interview is to determine if the candidate is personally qualified for a career in state services by a board of experienced and impartial observers. In the Personality Test Round, candidates must be informed of events/issues both internal and external of their state or country, in addition to their academic studies. The interview is more of a purposeful dialogue meant to probe the candidate’s mental capabilities and capacity for analysis