PCS Exam - Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) PCS 2020-21

The PCS Exam or the Provincial Civil Service Exam is conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC). It recruits candidates for Group A and Group B services of UP state government.

Latest Update about UPPSC PCS Examination:

  • The commission has announced the UPPSC PCS Prelims Result 2020 on 21st November 2020. Candidates can download the UPPSC Result from the linked article. The prelims examination was conducted on11th October 2020. Candidates can download the PCS Question Paper from below:

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

Get all information related to UPPSC PCS Exam 2020 from the links mentioned below:

PCS Exam – Latest Updates (UPPCS 2018,2019,2020,2021)

The table below mentions all the relevant details about the PCS Exam:


  • The UPPSC Notification 2021 is expected to be released on 21st April 2021
  • UPPSC Prelims 2021 to take place in October 2021 [Tentative]
  • UP PCS Prelims 2020 took place on 11th October
  • PCS Prelims 2020 result was out on 21st November 2020
  • UP PCS Mains 2020 will start from 22nd January 2021
  • UP PCS Prelims 2019 took place on 15th December 2019
  • UP PCS Mains 2019 took place from 22nd September to 26th September 2020
  • UP PCS 2018 Final Result was declared on 11th September 2020

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 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 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
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
PCS Exam Results For the results of UPPSC 2018, 2017, and 2016, refer to our UPPSC Results page
PCS Exam Notification Check our UPPSC Notifications page to download UPPSC Notification 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 PDF
PCS Exam Preparation Check our UPPSC PCS Preparation page to download UPPSC PCS Preparation booklist 2019 and get tips and strategies to cover the syllabus

UPPSC 2021 – PCS Exam 2021

The UP Public Service Commission is yet to release the recruitment details about PCS 2021 examination. The notification for PCS Exam 2021 is expected to be released in the month of April 2021. The recruitment details will be updated here following the announcement of the latest news about PCS examination 2021 on the commission’s official website.

UPPSC 2020 – PCS Exam 2020

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission released the PCS notification 2020 on 21st April 2020. The Provincial Civil Service Prelims 2020 was earlier scheduled for 21st June 2020 but due to Coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed. Now, it has been successfully conducted on 11th October. The results were announced in November.

  • UPPSC PCS Mains 2020 admit card will release in December 2020. Candidates can keep themselves updated with our UPPSC Admit Card post.

UPPSC 2019 – PCS Exam 2019

The commission released the PCS notification 2019 on 16th October 2019. The PCS Prelims 2019 and PCS Mains 2019 have been successfully conducted. Mains was conducted in Pryagraj, Lucknow and Gaziabad (lately added in the list of UPPSC exam centres list.) The results of UPPSC Mains 2019 is expected in October/November 2020. The PCS Interview dates will also be announced by the commission on its official website.

  • Keep yourself updated with our UPPSC PCS Result post where we will update the PCS Mains 2019 result as an when it is announced.

UPPSC 2018 – PCS Exam 2018

The UPPSC 2018 examination process for 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 modelling their syllabus and/or exam pattern with that of the Union Public Service Commission.

For the candidates’ reference:

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 at out UPSC 2020 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

UPPSC PCS Exam [Prelims Exam Date - December 15, 2019]

The UPPSC PCS Exam details are as follows:

Candidates should note that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam (IAS Exam) to recruit Group A and Group B officers for All India Services (IAS, IPS, Indian Forest Service) and Central Civil Services (IRS, IRTS, Indian Foreign Service, etc.).

While the 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 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, 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 is 1963 Batch IAS Officer, Prabhat Kumar. Earlier, Prof. Anurudh Singh Yadav was the UPPSC chairman appointed in 2016. 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

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:


  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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