UPPSC PCS Exam 2018: Exam Dates, Application Process, Exam Pattern & Syllabus, Eligibility and Result


Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (UP PCS) examination is conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) to select eligible candidates for various posts in the Ministries and departments running under the State government. Candidates who qualify the exam are designated at district, divisional, sub-divisional, and state-level posts. The exam is conducted in three phasesPreliminary, Main and Interview. For details on eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, application process, e-admit card, result, etc., check out the complete exam briefing.

UPPSC PCS 2018 Exam Latest Update - The application process for UP PCS exam is over. There is no official announcement on the exam date yet.

UPPSC PCS 2018 – Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (UP PCS)

Exam Conducting Authority

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)

Official Website


Exam Type


Mode of Exam


Type of Questions

Preliminary – Objective Type and Multiple Choice Type

Main – Conventional/Descriptive Type


Available Application Forms

UPPCS Exam 2018 Important Dates

The official notification for the UP PCS exam has been released; however, there is no announcement about the exam date. Here are the important dates announced for Preliminary and Main examinations:

Exam Events

Preliminary Exam Dates

Main Exam Dates

Release of official notification

6th July 2018

6th July 2018

Commencement of online application

6th July 2018

6th July 2018

Last date to submit online application fee

2nd August 2018

2nd August 2018

Last date to submit the online application form

6th August 2018

6th August 2018

Admit card availability

To be announced

Exam date

To be announced

Declaration of result

To be announced

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Viva-voce/Personality Test will be conducted for those who have qualified the Preliminary and Main exam.

UPPCS Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

UP PCS exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Viva-Voce/Personality Test

Preliminary Exam

The preliminary exam will consist of two papers of 200 marks each. The duration of each paper will be 2 hours. Both the papers will have Multiple Choice questions. Here are the timings for both the papers:



Paper I

9:30 to 11:30 AM

Paper II

2:30 to 4:30 PM

Paper II will be of qualifying nature only where candidates are required to obtain a minimum score of 33%. The marks of only Paper I will be considered for preparing the merit list.

Main Exam

The Main exam will comprise of compulsory and optional subjects. Here are the details for both:

Compulsory Subjects



General Hindi




General Studies (First Paper)


General Studies (Second Paper)


General Studies (Third Paper)


General Studies (Fourth Paper)


Duration of each paper – 3 hours (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM or 2 PM to 5 PM)

Optional Subjects

Candidates are required to select only one subject from the list of optional subjects. The optional subject will have two papers. Each paper will have two sections and each section will include four questions. Candidates are required to answer only 5 questions in each paper; however, they are required to answer a minimum of 2 questions from each section. Here is the list of optional subjects:

  • Agriculture
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Zoology
  • History
  • Chemistry
  • Social Work
  • Physics
  • Anthropology
  • Mathematics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geography
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Economics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sociology
  • English Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Urdu Literature
  • Geology
  • Arabic Literature
  • Psychology
  • Hindi Literature
  • Botany
  • Persian Literature
  • Law
  • Sanskrit Literature
  • Animal husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Statistics
  • Public Administration
  • Defence Studies
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Management
  • Medical Sciences

Viva-Voce/ Personality Test

The test will check the candidate’s general awareness, character, intelligence, expression, and general suitability for the post. It will of maximum 100 marks.

UP PCS 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for the Preliminary exam as mentioned in the official notice is as follows:

PAPER I - General Studies-I

  • Current events of national and international importance.     
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System. Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues etc.
  • Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General Issues on Bio-diversity, Environmental ecology, and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science

Paper-II - General Studies-II

  • Comprehension
  • Elementary Mathematics up to Class X level- Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Statistics
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • General mental ability
  • General Hindi up to Class X level
  • General English up to class X level

UPPSC has provided the complete UP PCS syllabus in the official notification for the exam. Candidates can download the same from APPENDIX 5 and 6 of the official notice.

There is no specific syllabus for the phase III – Viva-Voce/Personality Test.

UPPCS Exam 2018 Eligibility

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has a set of rules for the interested candidates who want to be in the administration of the state government. The eligibility criteria comprise the following –

Age Limit (as on 1st July 2018)

  • Minimum – 21 years
  • Maximum – 40 years

i.e. candidates must not be born earlier than 2nd July 1978 and not later than 1st July 1997. For Physically Handicapped (PH) category candidates, there is a relaxation in the upper age limit. The maximum age limit for these candidates is 55 years.

Educational Qualification

Candidate must have passed bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) or equivalent qualification from any recognized University up to the last date of application receipt. Specific qualification is required for some posts. Detailed information on the same can be checked in the official notification.

UPPCS Exam 2018 Application Process

UP PCS online application forms were available from 6th July till 6th August 2018. The last date to pay the online application fee was 2nd August 2018. Here are the steps to be followed:

  • Visit the online portal of the UPPSC i.e. http://uppsc.up.nic.in/
  • Click on the “Apply” button on the homepage.
  • Fill up the application form by providing details like name, valid email ID, address and active phone number.
  • Upload the scanned copy of signature and passport size photograph.
  • Pay the application fee using the credit card, debit card, net banking, e-challan, etc.
  • Save the registration number and password and take a printout of the same for future use.

Application Fee


Exam Fee (in INR)

Processing Fee (in INR)

Total Application Fee (in INR)













Females/Dependents of Freedom Fighters/Ex-Servicemen

As per the category they belong to

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The application fee can be paid through net banking, card payments, or e-challan.

Other Details

Details of Vacancies

The Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Exam/ PCS will be conducted for 831 vacancies under General recruitment.

UP PCS 2018 E-Admit Card

UPPSC will provide the PCS e-admit cards only through the official website. Separate admit cards will be provided for different stages of the exam viz. Preliminary, Main, and Personality Test. Candidates can download the same using their registration ID and password. The e-admit card will comprise of candidate’s roll number, exam date, time, and venue.

It is mandatory to carry the admit card along with a valid ID proof to the examination venue. Candidates without admit card will not be allowed to appear for the exam under any circumstances.

UP PCS 2018 Result

UPPSC will announce the result after Preliminary, Main, and Interview phases of the UP PCS examination. Those who qualify Preliminary phase are shortlisted for the Main exam and those who qualify Main are called for the Interview round. The final merit list is released after the completion of the interview round. The result dates are yet to be announced.

UP PCS Exam 2018 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: If a candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, is he eligible for UP PCS exam?

A: Yes, he is absolutely eligible for the exam. Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in any stream from a UGC recognized University/Institute can fill up the application form.

Q: Can a foreign national residing in India apply for the exam?

A: No.

Q: I was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh and later on moved to Maharashtra. Does that mean I’m not all good for the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services?

A: Well, you can sit for the exam if you can produce the domicile of the Uttar Pradesh state.

Q: Who is the exam conducting authority of UP PCS exam?

A: It’s Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.

Q: Is there any update on the commencement of the exam?

A: There is still no update from the board. Once the official notification is out, it will be notified immediately.

Q: Is there negative marking scheme?

A: Yes. Candidates have to take extra care while answering.

Q: How much mark for Personal Interview?

A: 100 marks.