How to manage time for UPPSC Prelims: Understand the proper allocation of time for Exam!

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

How to manage time for UPPSC Prelims: UPPSC (Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission) conducts each year UPPSC PSC to recruit PCS (Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services), Range Forest Officer (R.F.O.), Assistant Conservator of Forest (A.C.F.), Crane Inspector, Treasury Officer, Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Tax), Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Block Development Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, etc. 

While attempting the UPPSC exam, ime is most important because if you know everything about the paper but didn’t know how to manage your time so you will run out of it. And you will get fewer marks even though you know every question on the paper. In this article, we will provide you with tips on how to manage your time during the UPPSC Prelims exam. 

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 PCS Prelims Exam Pattern 


Total Marks


Negative Marking

Paper-1 – General Studies I

200 marks

2 Hours


1/3rd Marks for Wrong Answers

Paper-2 – General Studies II (CSAT)

200 marks

2 Hours


Some of the tips that will help you ace the UPPSC exam

  1. Make most of the time reading: Before solving any question first take a deep breath and read every question carefully. Don’t skim-read in exams. Don’t eliminate an option before thinking about it for at least a few seconds. Sometimes simple questions were written up in complicated language. Whenever you chose a question, MAKE SURE YOU READ IT PROPERLY. No matter how interesting an answer is, if it answers the wrong question, it’ll probably impact your score.
  2. Divide your time: Before an exam, when you have read every question carefully make a plan of how long you’re going to spend on each thing and then stick to it. All good rank holder knows how they’re going to approach a paper, and how to portion out their time so that they don’t run out.
  3. Start with what you can do and come back to the rest: Many aspirants think that firstly they will solve the hard questions and then in the remaining time solve easy questions. Don’t do this mistake, always go with a favorite topic, or a question that you know you can nail, doing something like that early will makes you feel confident. And then go for difficult questions.
  4. Practice Mocks & Previous year Paper as many as you can: It will give you a general idea of the upcoming paper and you could easily guess the important topics of a particular subject.  Once you start solving the Mocks & previous year’s papers, you familiarise your mind with the kind of question paper you get to solve in the final examination. Solving mocks will also help you keep a record of time so that you do not end up wasting managing your time poorly.  
  5. Make sure to review your paper: After attempting the paper make sure to take some time to review it. Sometimes students mistakenly chose the wrong answer even though they knew the correct one. So when you take a final glance at your paper, you can get rid of these silly mistakes.
Related Important Links

UPPSC Mock Test Series 2022

UPPCS Study Material/Plan 2022 (Hindi/English)

Practice UPPCS Question Papers

Important Revision Techniques for UPPSC PCS Prelims 2022 Examination

UPPSC PCS Question Papers


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