PCS Exam - Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)

UPPSC stands for Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. It is the rightful authority to conduct the state services’ examination to recruit candidates for Group A and Group B services of the UP state government.

UPPSC holds a Provincial Civil Services Examination, simply called the PCS Examination. As All-India IAS Exam recruits candidates for central services; PCS Exam recruits candidates for UP state services.

In this article, you will get the latest updates about the UPPSC PCS Exam 2021. The year-wise significant information about PCS Exams is also provided.

UPPSC Updates for PCS Exam 2021

UPPSC News

PCS Prelims 2021 The examination was scheduled for 13th June 2021. It was postponed on account of a prevalent pandemic. The revised date is out. 
PCS Mains 2021 The examination date was set to 3rd October 2021 onwards. However, the date has been extended.
PCS Interview 2021 The timetable for UPPSC interview 2021 is yet to be out.

UPPSC PCS Exam 2021

UPPSC PCS Exam – Important Details

Name of Exam Provincial Civil Service Exam or PCS Exam; officially known as the Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Examination
Conducting Body Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)
Purpose of PCS Exam To recruit Group A and Group B officers into the executive branch of the Uttar Pradesh state government
PCS Exam Pattern PCS Exam is conducted in three stages (similar to UPSC Civil Services Exam):

  1. Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions
  2. Mains – 8 papers – essay/descriptive type
  3. Personality Test
UPPSC Vacancy Varies every year;

  • For UPPSC PCS Exam 2021 – 400
  • For UPPSC PCS Exam 2020 – 200
  • For UPPSC PCS Exam 2019:
    • General Recruitment – 300
    • Special Recruitment – 09
    • Assistant Conservator of Forest – 02
    • Range Forest Officer – 53
  • For UPPSC PCS Exam 2018 – 831 vacancies
  • For UPPSC PCS Exam 2017 – 677 vacancies
  • For UPPSC PCS Exam 2016 – 633 vacancies
UPPSC Syllabus The updated UPPSC Syllabus as per the new pattern of the PCS Exam (Prelims and Mains) at the linked article
PCS Exam Eligibility Check the complete eligibility criteria for UP PCS Exam here
PCS Exam Date 2021 The schedule is:

  • Release of 2021 Notification: 5th February 2021
  • Last Date of Fee Deposit: 2nd March 2021
  • Last Date of Submission of Application: 5th March 2021
  • Date of UPPSC Pre: 24th October 2021
  • Date of UPPSC Mains: 28th January 2022 onwards
PCS Exam Date 2020 The schedule is:

  • Release of 2020 Notification: April 21, 2020
  • Last Date of Fee Deposit: June 2, 2020
  • Last Date of Submission of Application: June 6, 2020
  • Date of UPPSC Pre: October 11, 2020
  • Date of UPPSC Mains: January 22, 2021, onwards
  • Date of UPPSC Interview: 1st April to 8th April 2021
  • Final Results of UPPSC: 12th April 2021
PCS Exam Date 2019 The schedule is:

  • Release of 2019 Notification: October 16, 2019
  • Last Date of Fee Deposit: November 11, 2019
  • Last Date of Submission of Application: November 13, 2019
  • Date of UPPSC Pre: December 15, 2019
  • Date of UPPSC Mains: September 22, 2020
  • Date of UPPSC Interview: 28th January 2021 onwards
PCS Exam Results For the results of UPPSC 2021, 2020, 2019 2018, 2017, and 2016, refer to our UPPSC Results page
PCS Exam Notification Check our UPPSC Notifications page to download UPPSC Notification 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 PDF
PCS Exam Preparation Check our UPPSC PCS Preparation page to download UPPSC PCS Preparation booklist 2021 and get tips and strategies to cover the syllabus

UPPSC 2021 – Prelims, Mains & Interview

On 10th June, the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has come up with a revised exam calendar of UPPSC Exams. The fresh dates for UPPSC PCS Prelims and Mains examination 2021 are announced.

Candidates can download the latest UPPSC calendar from below:

UPPSC PCS Exam Calendar [Latest]:-Download PDF Here

The application process for the UPPSC 2021 was started on 5th February 2021 and ended on 5th March 2021. Check the revised dates in the UPPSC Calendar 2021 post now.

Candidates can download UPPSC Prelims 2020 question paper for practice. It will help in PCS 2021.

Download PCS Question Paper (Prelims 2020 – SET A): – Download PDF Here

 UPPSC 2020 – PCS Exam 2020

The application process was started on 21st April 2020 and the examination process for UPPSC 2020 now is over. The brief details can be checked below:

UPPSC News 2020

PCS Prelims 2020 The prelims took place on 11th October and the result was declared on 21st November 2020. 
PCS Mains 2020 The UPPSC Mains 2020 were held between 21st and 25th January 2021 and the result was declared on 21st March 2021.
PCS Interview 2021 The UPPSC Interview took place between 1st and 8th April 2021. The final results were declared on 12th April 2021. 

UPPSC 2019 – PCS Exam 2019

The commission released the PCS notification 2019 on 16th October 2019.

  • The PCS Prelims 2019 and PCS Mains 2019 were successfully conducted.
  • Mains was conducted in Pryagraj, Lucknow, and Gaziabad (lately added to the list of UPPSC exam centres list.)
  • The PCS Interview dates ran from 28th January 2021 till 4th February 2021. Final results were declared on 17th February 2021.

UPPSC 2018 – PCS Exam 2018

The UPPSC 2018 examination process for the PCS examination is over as the commission released the final results on 11th September 2020. 2669 candidates gave PCS interview 2018.

PCS Exam Preparation

For UPPSC preparation, a pragmatic approach would be to align it with the UPSC IAS Exam preparation.

Many state commissions are modeling their syllabus and/or exam pattern with that of the Union Public Service Commission.

For the candidates’ reference:

How different is UPPSC preparation from UPSC preparation?

The main difference between UPSC preparation and UP PCS exam preparation is that in the latter candidates have to study details (history, geography, polity, current affairs) about the state of Uttar Pradesh as well.

For the most part, the preparation strategy for both focus on NCERT books and notes, standard reference books (such as Laxmikanth’s Polity) and Current Affairs preparation.

Here, you can find UPPSC study material (books and notes) and daily Current Affairs:

  1. Download NCERT books PDF from this link
  2. Check out the NCERT notes on Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern Indian History, Art/Culture, and Geography.
  3. Daily News Analysis
  4. Download Yojana Magazine Gist
  5. Find PIB Summary here.

For the current affairs part, approximately 10-12 months of coverage is recommended.

If you are simultaneously preparing for the UPSC Civil Service Exam as well, then a one-stop preparation guide can be found on our UPSC 2021 page.

Also, an important part of preparation is going through the previous years’ question papers and doing MCQ solving practice for Prelims and answer writing practice for Mains.

Brief about UPPSC Exam

The UPPSC PCS Exam details are as follows:

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the Provincial Civil Service Exam (PCS Exam) to recruit for state-level services. The selected PCS officers can be promoted to IAS officers later in their careers.

The recent change in the pattern of the UP PCS Exam has made it quite similar to the UPSC Exam Pattern. Now, like the IAS exam, there are 4 GS papers and the choice of only one optional subject in PCS Mains.

Under the provisions of the Government of India act 1935, the setting up of provincial public service commissions was envisaged.

As a result, on April 1, 1937, the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) came into being with its headquarters at Prayagraj (then Allahabad).

After independence, part XIV (Article 308 – Article 323) of the Indian Constitution deals with the services under the Union and the States.

As per the provisions in Articles 316-319, the Chairman and the state commission members are appointed by the Governor of the state.

The current UPPSC chairman (2021) is a 1993 Batch IRS Officer, Shri Sanjay Shrinet. Earlier, 1993 Batch IAS Officer, Shri Prabhat Kumar was the UPPSC chairman. Apart from the UPPSC chairman, there are eight other members.

The current UPPSC members are:

  1. Dr. Ramji Maurya
  2. Shri Prem Kumar Singh
  3. Dr. Kishan Vir Singh Shakya
  4. Prof. R N Tripathi
  5. Shri Kalp Raj Singh
  6. Shri Jagdish
  7. Dr. Sabita Agrawal
  8. Dr. Haresh Pratap Singh

The working of the UPPSC is regulated by:

  1. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (Regulation), 1976
  2. The Uttar Pradesh State Public Service Commission (Regulation of Procedure Act, 1985)
  3. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (Procedure and Conduct of Business) Rules 2011.

The list of UPPSC Exams is given below:

  1. PCS Exam ( Combined State/Upper Subordinate Examination – Prelims, Mains)
  2. Review Officer (RO)/Assistant Review Officer (ARO) Examination (Prelims, Mains)
  3. Additional Private Secretary (APS) Examination
  4. Assistant Registrar Examination
  5. Combined State Engineering Examination
  6. Assistant Prosecuting Officer Examination
  7. UP Nyayic Seva (Junior Division) Examination

For other important state examinations, aspirants can check the table below:

2 Comments

  1. I think about preparing of uppcs. So plz suggest me best study material

    1. Hi Vijay
      To know about UPPSC PCS Preparation, you can refer to the linked article.

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