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UPPSC  Combined State  Examination, 2020  comprise  3 successive stages viz :-

  • Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choice).
  • Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination).
  • Viva- Voce (Personality Test).

The Preliminary will consist of two compulsory papers. The papers shall be 200 marks each and of two hours durations. Both the papers shall be objective Type & multiple choice in which there shall be 150-100 questions Respectively. The timing of paper- I will be from 9.30 to 11.30 A.M. and Paper- II from 2.30 to 4.30 P.M.


No. of Questions

Total Marks


Negative Marking

Paper-1 - General Studies I


200 marks

2 Hours

1/3rd Marks for Wrong Answers


(9.30 -11.30 am)

Paper-2 - General Studies II (CSAT)


200 marks

2 Hours


(2.30 - 4.30 pm)

Note :

 (1) Paper-II of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

(2) It is mandatory for the Candidates to appear in both the papers of Preliminary Examination for the purpose of        evaluation.Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he does not appear in both in papers.

(3) The merit of the Candidates will be determined on the basis of marks obtained in Paper-I of the Preliminary Examination.


The Written examination will consist of compulsory and optional subjects. The candidates have to select any one subject from the list of optional subjects for main examination which will consist of two papers.

  1. General Hindi - 150 marks
  2. Essay - 150 marks
  3. General Studies-I (First Paper) - 200 marks
  4. General Studies-II (Second Paper) - 200 marks
  5. General Studies-III (Third Paper) - 200 marks
  6. General Studies-IV (Fourth Paper) - 200 marks
  7. Optional Paper I - 200 marks
  8. Optional Paper II - 200 marks

Compulsory Subject viz: General Hindi, Essay and General Studies (First, Second, Third and Fourth papers) Papers Shall be Conventional type and for solving the questions three hours time is allowed. For optional Question papers three hours time is allowed. Two hundred maximum marks has been allotted for each optional question paper

Note :

  1. Timing of examination paper of 3 hours i.e. 9.30 am to 12.30 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm.
  1. There shall be Two sections in all the question papers of Optional subject and each section will include Four questions. Candidates are required to answer only Five questions while they must select minimum Two questions from each section.


  1. Agriculture                      12. Botany                              21. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Zoology                           13. Law                                   22. Electrical Engineering
  3. Chemistry                        14. Animal Husbandry            23. English Lit.
  4. Physics                                                                            24. Urdu Lit.
  5. Mathematics                   15. Statistics                            25. Hindi Lit.
  6. Geography                      16. Management                     26. Sanskrit Lit.
  7. Economics                      17. Political Science                 27. Commerce &
  8. Sociology
  9. Philiosophy                    18. History                               28. Public Administration
  10. Geology                          19. Anthropology                 29. Medical Science
  11. Psychology                     20. Civil Engineering



Syllabus for Preliminary Examination



General Studies-I

Duration: Two hours

Marks - 200

* Current events of national and international importance.

* History of India and Indian National Movement.

* India and World geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the


* Indian Polity and governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public

Policy, Rights Issues etc.

* Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty Inclusion,

Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

* General Issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change- that do not

require subject specialization.

* General Science


General Studies-II

Duration : Two hours

Marks - 200


· Comprehension.

· Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

· Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

· Decision making and problem solving.

· General mental ability

· Elementary Mathematics upto Class X level- Arithmatic, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.

· General English upto Class X level.

· General Hindi upto Class X level


Current events of national and international Importance:- On Current Events of

National and International Importance, candidates will be expected to have knowledge

about them.

History of India & Indian National Movement:- In History emphasis should be on broad

understanding social, economic and political aspects of Indian History. In the Indian

National Movement, the candidates are expected to have synoptic view of nature and

character of the freedom movement, growth of nationalism and attainment of


India and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the

World: In World Geography only general understanding of the subject will be expected.

Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social & Economic Geography

of India.

Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,

Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.:- In Indian Polity, Economic and Culture, questions will

test knowledge of country's political system including Panchayati Raj and Community

Development, broad features of Economic policy in India and Indian Culture.

Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,

Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.:- The candidates will be tested with

respect to problems and relationship between Population, Environment and Urbanisation.

General Issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not

require subject specialization, General awareness of the subject is expected from


General Science:- Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and

understanding of Science including matters of every day observation and experience, as

may be expected of a well educated person, who has not made a special study of any

scientific discipline.

Note:- Candidates are expected to have general awareness about the above subjects with

special reference to Uttar Pradesh.

Elementary Mathematics (Upto Class X Level)

  1. Arithmetic:- (i) Number systems: Natural Numbers, Integers, Rational and Irrational

numbers, Real numbers, Divisors of an Integer, prime Integers, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of

integers and their Interrelationship.

(ii) Average (iii) Ratio and proportion (iv) Percentage (v) Profit and Loss (vi) Simple and

Compound Interests (vii) Work and Time (viii) Speed, Time and Distance

  1. Algebra :- (i) Factors of polynomials, L.C.M. and H.C.F. of polynomials and their

Interrelationship, Remainder theorem, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic

equations. (ii) Set Theory:- Set, null set, subsets and proper subsets of a set, operations

(Union, Intersections, difference, symmetric difference) between sets, venn diagram.

  1. Geometry:- (i) Constructions and theorems regarding triangle, rectangle, square,

trapezium and circles, their perimeter and area. (ii) Volume and surface area of sphere,

right circular cylinder, right circular Cone and Cube.

  1. Statistics:- Collection of data, Classification of data, frequency, frequency distribution,

tabulation, cumulative frequency. Representation of data - Bar diagram, Pie chart,

histogram, frequency polygon, cumulative frequency curves (ogives), Measures of

Central tendency: Arithmetic Mean, Median and Mode.

General English Upto Class X Level

  1. Comprehension
  2. Active Voice and Passive Voice
  3. Parts of Speech
  4. Transformation of Sentences
  5. Direct and Indirect Speech
  6. Punctuation and Spellings
  7. Words meanings
  8. Vocabulary & Usage
  9. Idioms and Phrases
  10. Fill in the Blanks

General Hindi

शब्द रचना, वाक्य रचना, अर्थ, शब्द-रूप, संधि & समास, क्रियाएँ, अनेकार्थी शब्द, विलोम शब्द, पर्यायवाची शब्द, मुहावरे & लोकोक्तियाँ, तत्सम एवं तद्भव, देशज, विदेशी (शब्द भंडार), वर्तनी, अर्थबोध, हिंदी भाषा में होने वाली, अशुद्धियाँ, मुख्य बोलियाँ

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