UPPSC PCS Preparation – Tips and Strategies

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

UPPSC Preparation 2024: The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts UPPCS Exam every year. 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 2024.  

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

UPPSC Preparation 2024

In this article, we will first try to understand the nature of the exam by referring to the exam-specific information such as the exam pattern, syllabus, study resources, etc. It is always beneficial to check the required sources of study to refer to as per the syllabus in advance. Best quality sources once combined with some of the best tips and strategies for the UPPSC preparation will surely enable the candidates in cracking the exam.

UPPSC 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 and (b) General Studies-II. Marks obtained in paper 1 are 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, an Essay, 4 papers on General Studies, and 2 papers for Optional Subjects.
  • Personal Interview: The Interview is the final stage and consists of 100 Marks.

UPPSC Syllabus, Study Material

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

  • Current Events of National and International Importance
  • History of India and the Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • India and World Geography
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Environment & Ecology
  • General Science
UPPSC PCS Syllabus UPPSC Sources

Current events of national and international importance

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

History of India and the 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 Textbooks (Class 6- 10)

Reference Book: General Science-Lucent

UPPSC Preparation Tips and Strategy

We have tried to incorporate all the important pointers from our experts and experiences of previous year toppers to give you some important pointers which will help you strategize your UPPSC preparation more effectively for the upcoming exam.

1) Equal Coverage of Syllabus

UPPSC PCS Syllabus consists of many topics and each topic 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. 

2) Importance of Newspapers

Current affairs constitute a big chunk of UPPSC PCS Prelims. Developing a daily habit of reading the newspaper whether The Hindu or The Indian Express is important. Apart from the daily reading, one should make notes of important news which will help you in revising during exam times.

3) Previous Year Question Papers

Every aspirant should go through the UPPSC PCS Previous year question paper 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.

4) Sticking to One Source

In this online world, there is no dearth of reading material for UPPSC PCS, and it’s 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 to 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.

5) Practice Mock Tests

Practising UPPSC PCS Mock Tests has many benefits like self-analysis and identification of weak and strong areas:

  • Completion of the syllabus in a timely manner.
  • Checking preparation level
  • Revision
  • Minimizing silly mistakes
  • Time management

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

6) 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 are 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.


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