UPPSC PCS Preparation 2022 - Tips and Strategies

By Abhishek Jain |Updated : February 23rd, 2022

UPPSC PCS Preparation 2022: UPPSC is to conduct PCS Prelims 2022 in the coming months and like every year around 3-4 lakh aspirants will take this exam but only a few thousand will be able to clear even the first stage which showcases the competitive nature of this exam. To help you guide in this competitive journey, we are presenting you with a complete strategy to clear UPPSC PCS 2022.  

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) PCS is one of the toughest exam conducted by UPPSC in the state of Uttar Pradesh for the senior administrative posts in the state. Clearing this gives the aspirants to have a career in bureaucracy and to take part in administrative machinery at the state level.

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UPPSC PCS Preparation 2022

In this article, we will first try to understand the nature of the exam i.e. Exam Pattern; Sources to refer to as per the syllabus, and finally Some tips and strategies you should follow to clear the UPPSC PCS exam.

UPPSC PCS Preparation Tips and Strategy: Exam Pattern

The UPPSC PCS exam pattern is different for all three phases. Below is the detailed recruitment process including the three phases i.e.

  • Preliminary Exam: UPPSC Prelims Exam is Objective Type and consists of two papers i.e. (a) General Studies-I (b) General Studies-II. Marks obtained in paper 1 is considered for the declaration of result in Prelims while paper 2 is qualifying in nature.
  • Main Exam: The Mains Exam is subjective in nature and consists of 8 papers consisting of Hindi, Essay, 4 papers of General Studies, and 2 papers for Optional Subjects.
  • Personal Interview: The Interview is the final stage and consists of 100 Marks.

UPPSC PCS Preparation Tips and Strategy: Syllabus of UPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam

A candidate must be aware of UPPSC syllabus to be able to begin the exam preparation. The syllabus forms the basic foundation of the preparation for the exam that willb help you to know the important topics that are needed to be covered from exam point of view.

  • Current events of national and international Importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and governance
  • India and World Geography
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Environment & Ecology
  • General Science
UPPSC PCS SyllabusUPPSC PCS Sources

Current events of national and international importance

  • Any Standard Newspaper and making notes out of it for revision purposes.

History of India and Indian National Movement

  • Ancient History: NCERT Textbook  (Old class 11 NCERT) by RS Sharma
  • Medieval History: NCERT Textbook (Old class 12 NCERT) by Satish Chandra
  • Modern History: NCERT Textbook  and Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir as a Reference book

Indian Polity and governance

  • NCERT Class 8-12 for basic understanding

Reference Book: Indian Polity by Laxmikant

India and World Geography

  • Physical – NCERT Textbooks (Class 6-12)
  • Human – NCERT Textbooks (Class 6-12)
  • Map book by Oxford or Oriental Black Swan

Reference Book: Certificate Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong

Economic and Social Development

  • NCERT Textbook (Class 9-12)

Reference Book: Indian Economy By Ramesh Singh

Environment & Ecology

Reference Book: Environment by Shankar IAS Academy

General Science

  • NCERT Textbook (Class 6- 10)

Reference Book: General Science-Lucent

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UPPSC PCS Preparation Tips and Strategy

We have tried to incorporate all the important pointers from our expert teams and experiences of previous year toppers to give you some important pointers which help you strategize your preparation more effectively for UPPSC PCS 2022.

1) Finding the Reason why You want to become a Civil Servant.

This is very crucial as this whole process of preparation is very long, hectic, and can be overwhelming at times and the feeling of Giving up can come up more often than one realizes. At such times, it becomes crucial to find motivation from within. Knowing the reason for exactly why you started the preparation in the first place and the reason to be in the Services will provide you the will power and motivation to work hard during such testing times.

As a famous quote "When You Feel Like Quitting Remember Why You Started" sums up the point I want to make here.

2) Giving equal importance to every part of the syllabus:

UPPSC PCS Syllabus consists of many topics and each topic mentioned there needs to be given its due importance. Neglecting any part can impact your marks. A very common tendency observed among candidates is that they devote more time to subjects like History, geography and tend to postpone their studies of subjects like Environment and Ecology, Science. This should be avoided at all costs and importance should be given to all subjects proportionately. 

3) Importance of Newspapers

Current affairs constitute a big chunk in UPPSC PCS Prelims. The newspaper is very useful and the daily habit of reading the newspaper whether The Hindu or The Indian Express is important. ( For Hindi Medium students, Jansatta and Prabhat Khabar is quite good). Apart from the daily reading, one should make notes of important news which will help you in revising during exam times.

4) Previous Year Question Papers:

Every aspirant should go through the UPPSC PCS Previous years question papers to understand the nature of the exam and the type of questions asked. This also helps in finding out the important portion of the syllabus from where questions are more frequently asked.

5) Sticking to One Source

In this online world, there is no dearth of reading material for UPPSC PCS, and its very common for aspirants to get swayed by them. This should be avoided by aspirants and they should instead focus on competing and revising the sources one has referred in the beginning. The most important part is the Revision. Regular revision of what you read should be the target and not reading new things that come your way.

6) Mock Tests:

Practicing UPPSC PCS Mock Tests has many benefits like:

  • Completion of Syllabus in a timely manner.
  • Checking preparation level
  • Revision
  • Minimising silly mistakes
  • Time management

Giving mocks tests on a regular basis is thus very important, especially for clearing such highly competitive exams. 

Importance of General Studies 2

Paper 2 of UPPSC PCS is qualifying in nature and one has to secure 33% in this. Marks obtained in this paper is not taken into account in the preparation of the merit list after prelims. Because of this aspirants neglect this paper completely and every year many of them fail in prelims despite clearing General Studies-I but failing in General Studies-II. This should be avoided especially for non-engineering background aspirants. Weekly devotion of a few hours is sufficient for this paper.

All the Best!!

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FAQs

  • Candidates need at least 12 months time to do UPPSC Preparation. Make a rough timetable for at least a year to prepare for the UPPCS exam.

  • There are some aspirants who claim to study 15-16 hours per day while preparing for the UPPCCS exam. And, there are others who clear the exam studying just for 6-7 hours in a day.

  • Top 3 Best Books for UPPCS History Preparation

    1.History of Modern India- Bipan Chandra / Orient Black Swan Spectrum

    2.Modern History- Spectrum Books

    3. India's Struggle For Independence- Bipan Chandra / Penguin Random House India


  • There is no limit for the UPPSC PCS Recruitment. The candidate has to be between 21-40 years of age to attend the examination. The candidate needs to fulfill other eligibility criteria like nationality, Educational qualification.

  • There are 2 Papers in UPPSC Prelims Exam. Paper 1 (General Studies Paper 1) Contain 150 Question and Paper 2 (CSAT) contains 100 Questions.

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