How many questions to attempt in UPPCS Prelims? Know Exam pattern, Exam Analysis for better Score!

By Trupti Thool|Updated : June 8th, 2022

UPPCS Prelims Questions need to Attempt: The UPPSC PSC exam was conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. Now UPPSC question paper follows the same pattern as the UPSC CSE exam. It is also not too easy to crack due to the high level of competition. Candidates should prepare for the exam with the proper strategy.

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In this article, we will discuss how many questions you should attempt to crack UPPSC PSC Prelims UPPSC PSC Recruitment Process consists of three stages which are: Prelims, Mains and followed by the final interview.

  • Prelims – Objective type paper 
  • Mains – 8 Papers
  • Interview Round

UPPSC PSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Paper

Total Marks

Number of Question

Duration

Negative Marking

Paper-1 - General Studies I

200 marks

150

2 Hours

 

1/3rd Marks for Wrong Answers

Paper-2 - General Studies II (CSAT)

200 marks

100

2 Hours

UPPSC PSC Prelims Exam GS Paper-II, also known as CSAT is a qualifying paper and a candidate only needs to score 33% marks in CSAT Paper to qualify the Prelims exam. 

UPPSC Prelims Syllabus

General Studies Paper 1General Studies Paper 2
  • National and International Current Affairs
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skill
  • Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian History
  • Comprehension
  • Physical, Social and Economic Geography- India and the World.
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
  • Indian Governance- Polity, Economy and Culture
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Social and Economic Development
  • Elementary Mathematics (up to Class-X)
  • General Mental Ability
  • General Science
  • General English (up to Class-X)
  • Biodiversity, Climate Change and, Environmental Ecology
  • General Hindi (up to Class-X)

UPPSC PSC Qualifying Cut-off 

It is the minimum qualifying mark that a candidate must score to qualify for UPPSC PSC Paper-II. It has been set by the UPPSC as:

Category

Qualifying Marks in Prelims

Qualifying marks in Mains Paper

SC/ST

35%

35%

Other Categories

40%

40%

 UPPSC PSC Prelims Previous year cutoff  

Exam

No. of Posts

No. of Students Appeared

Cut off (out of 200)

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120-125 (Expected)

UPPSC Prelims 2020

487

314699 

110

UPPSC Prelims 2019

309

318624

125

UPPSC Prelims 2018

831

398630 

126

UPPSC Prelims 2017

677

246654 

128

So now you can conclude from the trend of each year cutoff is in the range of (125 - 135). To get selected for the Main exam you must achieve at least a 130 + Score in Paper 1. Now let's look at the subject wise analysis from the last two years for PSC Prelims.

UPPCS Prelims Exam Analysis 2020 (Subject-wise): Paper 1

Subject

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Current events of national and international Importance

39Moderate to difficult 

Art and Culture + History of India and Indian National Movement

25Moderate to difficult  

Indian Polity and governance

20Moderate to difficult  

India and World Geography

18Moderate to difficult  

Economic and Social Development

11Moderate to difficult  

Environment & Ecology

19Moderate to difficult  

General Science

14Moderate to difficult  

UP Special +Static GK

4Moderate to difficult  

Total Questions

150

Overall Difficulty Level- 

UPPCS Prelims Exam Analysis 2019 (Subject-wise): Paper 1

Subject

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

History

25-27

Moderate 

Polity

17- 19 

Moderate  

General Science and Science & Technology

25-27 

 Difficult

Geography

20 - 22

 Moderate  

Environment and Ecology

16-19 

 Moderate  

Economy

9-10 

Moderate   

Current Affairs (National + International)

20-22

Easy 

UP History

 2-3

 Moderate   

UP Geography and Environment

2-3 

Moderate    

UP Economy

1-2 

Moderate    

UP Polity

1-2 

Moderate    

UP Current Affairs

2-3 

Moderate 

Total Questions

150 

Overall Difficulty Level- Moderate

 From the above analysis, we conclude that

  • Most questions asked from the History, Polity, Geography & Current Affairs
  • To clear cutoff you should score at least 130+ Marks 
  • To clear cutoff you should attempt at least 100+ Questions with high accuracy 

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