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UPPSC Pattern 2024: Exam Format for UPPSC Prelims, Mains, and Interview

The UPPSC 2024 exam pattern provides crucial information regarding the type of exam, duration, marking scheme, selection process rounds, and more. Familiarizing yourself with the exam pattern is essential for effective preparation for the UPPSC exam.
UPPSC Pattern 2024

UPPSC Pattern 2024

UPPSC Pattern 2024: The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the PCS exam for the recruitment of candidates to work with the UP government for different posts. The UPPSC administers recruitment exams for a variety of positions, including Review Officer (RO)/Assistant Review Officer (ARO), the Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF)/Range Forest Officer (RFO),  and others. The examination is conducted in three stages, namely the Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Although the exam pattern and UPPSC Syllabus vary depending on the selected job post and type of exam, the general pattern for Prelims and Mains remains the same. 

Starting UPPSC Prelims 2018 onward, the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) revised the PCS Test Pattern. The syllabus and question types are now based on the new exam pattern. In the new format, applicants no longer have optional subject papers as they have been replaced by additional general studies papers. The official notification for 2023 has been released and includes the detailed exam pattern for UPPSC 2024. Continue reading to know the test format for both Prelims and Mains exams.

UPPSC Exam Pattern 2024

The Table below highlights the UPPSC exam pattern-



Exam Name


Exam Administering Body


Application Mode


Mode of the Exam



Hindi and English

Exam Selection Process

Prelims, Mains, Interview

Exam Level

State Level, Public Exam

As discussed earlier, the exam has three main selection stages that candidates must prepare for. These are: 

  • Preliminary Exam: The preliminary test, which is the initial and the first round in the hiring process, is an objective-type paper. There are two critical papers in this stage: General Studies I and General Studies II (also called the CSAT paper).
  • Mains Exam: The main exam, which is the second stage of the selection process, is offered to candidates who passed the preliminary exam. A written test plus an interview make up the main exam. Six papers comprise the written test.

Read on to know the separate and detailed pattern for UPPSC Prelims and Mains.

Also Check: UPPSC Preparation Tips

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2024

The table below comprises the exam pattern for the prelims examination of UPPSC-


UPPSC Prelims Pattern

Exam Duration

Two hours for both papers; both exams are held on the same day;

Paper 1: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Paper 2: 2.30–4.30 p.m.

Marking Scheme

Every wrong answer will result in a negative marking of 0.33%.

Leaving a question blank will not result in a negative marking

Total Number of Papers

Paper 1: General Studies 1

Paper 2: CSAT- General Studies 2

Number of Questions

150 questions in Paper 1

100 questions in paper 2

Maximum Marks

200 for each paper

Exam Type

Offline and Objective

UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2024

The table below highlights the UPPSC mains exam format, candidates must check it out for better clarity-


UPPSC Mains Pattern

Total Number of Papers

There will be a total of 8 papers in this section-

General Hindi


General Studies I

General Studies II

General Studies III

General Studies IV

General Studies V

General Studies VI

Marking Scheme

General Hindi will be 150 marks

The essay will be 150 marks

Optional subjects and general studies papers (all) will be of 200 marks each

Total: 1500 marks

Duration of Exam

3 hours for each paper; the exams will be completed over the course of a week;

9.30 AM to 12.30 AM: Morning Session

2 PM to 5 PM: Afternoon Session

Number of Questions

150 questions in Paper 1

100 questions in paper 2

Exam Type

Offline and Descriptive

UPPSC Mains Optional Subjects

Prior to 2023, the UPPSC mains exam used to have two optional papers instead of general studies papers 5 and 6. A list of 35 subjects used to be given to registered applicants to choose from.

Although, according to the updated and recent exam pattern, the optional papers will not be a part of the curriculum. Instead, applicants will be asked questions on the state of Uttar Pradesh in the form of paper 5 and paper 6.

UPPSC Interview Pattern 2024

Candidates who pass the Mains round of the PCS Exam are invited to the UPPSC Viva/Personality Test/Interview. The interview, which is worth 100 marks under the new PCS exam pattern, gauges candidates' general knowledge, moral integrity, capacity to convey their strengths and personalities, intelligence, and general aptitude for the military. 

The PCS Interview has witnessed modifications according to the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. Originally, the interview panel would be comprised of subject specialists, IPS officers, and IAS officers. Former judges, brigadiers, and renowned educators will now also be invited in for interviews. The interview board's authority has grown as a result of this development.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many selection rounds are there in UPPSC exam?

In UPPSC exam 2024, there are three major rounds that applicants will need to clear in order to be selected. These are the Prelims, Mains, and Interview rounds. 

What is the purpose of the UPPSC prelims exam?

The UPPSC prelims exam is a qualifying exam and those who clear it is then selected for further rounds of the selection process. The marks scored in prelims are not taken into consideration and the final selection is based on the student’s performance in the mains and interview rounds.

Is there any negative marking in the UPPSC exam?

Yes, there is a negative marking in the UPPSC exam and for every incorrect answer 0.33% of marks will be deducted. If applicants select more than one option in any question, negative markings will prevail. Those questions which are left unattended will remain unmarked. 

How many papers are there in the UPPSC mains exam?

There are a total of 8 papers in the UPPPSC mains exam. These are:

 General Hindi, Essay, General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III, General Studies IV, V, VI.

What happens after the interview round of UPPSC?

Those who qualify for the interview round, which is the final stage of the selection process will be selected to work for the UP government for the registered job post.