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All you need to know about UPPSC preparation – The Complete Guide

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UPPSC exam preparation requires hard work and the correct guidance which will be provided by online or offline UPPSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the UPPSC exam preparation.


Table of Contents

  1. About UPPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in UPPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for UPPSC - Online UPPSC Course
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for UPPSC ?
  5. Stages of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission ?
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for UPPSC preparation

About UPPSC Examination

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is a recruitment body for the vacancies in State Services in the state of Uttar Pradesh through the most prestigious exam of the state, the UPPSC examination. UPPSC releases notification and invites applications to this examination every year for recruitment into various posts in departments/ministries under the government of Uttar Pradesh. So, eligible candidates can apply for this examination online after the release of notification. The purpose of this article is to give complete information about the UPPSC examination and guidance for UPPSC exam preparation. You can prepare for the UPPSC exam either through offline or UPPSC online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in UPPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays an important role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Furthermore, coaching acts as a catalyst in the preparation process and increases the chances of success. It solely depends on the candidate whether to choose it or not. In addition to increasing chances, coaching can reduce the workload of the candidate by guiding the student to study what is exactly needed. Coaching also provides an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics of the exam. However, it is to be noted that UPPSC coaching is not a guarantee of your success. It will provide an environment for overall development which is essential for success in any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for UPPSC – Online UPPSC course

Teaching

  • Your time, Your Place: While offline UPPSC coaching has a fixed schedule, online coaching is flexible. Aspirants can save time from traveling between home, college, and other places.
  • Rescheduling: One of the biggest advantages of online UPPSC coaching is that no lecture or topic will be missed as you can watch it anytime and anywhere on your laptop or mobile. Online coaching is the only and best way to prepare for UPPSC, especially for those who are working or are housewives as they can watch online classes any time when free.
  • Super Affordable Fees: Usually, the cost of coaching for UPPSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/- whereas online coaching costs very less.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for UPPSC

Chahal Academy is like the panacea to all your queries in the field of Civil services. Along with a quality faculty team, we also ensure that high-quality study material is provided and students do not have to hustle for collecting the same. Candidates can rely on Chahal Academy for their UPPSC exam preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through a learning environment.

Chahal Academy is providing a Specialized Online Course for UPPSC which includes –
  • 400+ hours of UPPSC Complete Foundation Course lecture series. This course includes detailed Topic-wise Coverage of the UPPSC Syllabus. This course is taught by most competent, reliable, and senior faculty and subject matter experts supported by a dynamic and up-to-date content team. Personalized attention is provided by mentors.
  • 24 x 7 availability of best quality UPPSC video lectures- watches from the comfort of any of your devices. It includes specialized & Digitized Classes focused on building a conceptual knowledge base of Students. Technological support and Feedback is provided by Subject Matter Experts.
  • You may learn anytime anywhere as per your time convenience.
  • This course is available at Super Affordable, Cost-Effective and Cheaper fee structure.
  • Regular tests are conducted to improve accuracy and time management.
  • Complete study material is available in soft copy which covers static as well as updated daily & monthly Current Affairs.

Stages of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts the examination in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Preliminary Examination

  • In prelims there are two papers, which comprise of 150 questions of General Studies paper I as well as 100 questions of CSAT, paper II. It is important to remember that, PAPER II is qualifying in nature and only marks of Paper I will be counted in preparing merit list of Preliminary examination. Also, marks of Preliminary examination will be counted in preparing merit list of Preliminary examination only and these marks will not be counted in final selection of candidate. Hence, only marks of mains examination and interview will be counted in preparing cutoff of Uttar Pradesh Public service Commission Examination.
  • Candidates should note that paper of prelims is of two hours and there will be negative marking for wrong answers (0.66).
Paper I : General Studies
Paper II : CSAT

Paper Subject Total Questions Duration of Exam Max Marks
Paper 1 General Studies 150 2 hours 200
Paper 2 CSAT 100 2 hours 200
Total 4 hours 400

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination:

  • General Science : In general science basically questions are asked from; Physics, Chemistry, Biology up to 10th standard level.
  • Current Affairs of National/International importance: : Current Affairs is the biggest portion from which questions are asked. Preparation of UPPSC is dependent upon, how strong or weak your current portion is. For current affairs candidates must prepare for at least 12 months, as in recent times old current affairs is also being emphasized by UPPSC Body.
  • History of India and Uttar Pradesh : General understanding of the subject with the broad aspects of the history of Uttar Pradesh. Although the basic understanding of every topic pertaining to History of India and UP is required; But, most of topics should be read in current context.
  • Geography of India and UP; General geography and geographical division of UP and its major river systems : Questions will relate to physical, social and economic geography of the country including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources. Most of the questions will be asked related to particular industries and their location so, mapping work is very important to understand the basic requirement of Geography preparation.
  • Indian Polity : Questions will test knowledge on the country’s political system, Panchayati raj, community development and planning in India and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Indian Movements and Contribution of Uttar Pradesh in it : Question will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence with special reference to Uttar Pradesh.
  • Questions based on General Mental Ability

Mains Examination

In mains examination, you will have total of eight papers:
  1. Language Paper Hindi (150 marks, 3 hours)
  2. Essay paper (150 marks, 3 hours)
  3. Paper I: General studies paper (200 marks, 3 hours)
  4. Paper II: General studies paper (200 marks, 3 hours)
  5. Paper III: General studies paper (200 marks, 3 hours)
  6. Paper IV: General studies paper (200 marks, 3 hours)
  7. Optional paper I (200 marks, 3 hours)
  8. Optional paper II (200 marks, 3 hours)

List of 34 optional papers:
Agriculture & Veterinary Science Arabic Lit. Zoology Chemistry
Hindi Lit. Statistics Defence Studies Persian Lit.
Physics Management Sanskrit Lit. Mathematics
Political Science & International Relations Geology Commerce & Accountancy Geography
Psychology Economics History Civil Engineering
Public Administration Social Work Medical Science Sociology
Agricultural Engineering Philosophy Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
Botany Electrical Engineering Law English Lit.
Animal Husbandry Urdu Lit.
Total Marks of Mains Examination - 1500 marks.

Interview Stage

UPPSC Mock Interview

  • Interview is of 100 marks. Basically it is viva type Q & A type series where, questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are being asked from candidate.
  • The Viva-voce will be to test the personal qualities of the candidate. This test will be in matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidate’s alertness. Intelligence and general outlook. Consideration will also be paid to the bearing and physique of the candidate. It will be conducted either in Hindi or in English depending upon the option exercised by a candidate.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for UPPSC preparation

There are certain requirements to appear for the State Services Examination. We will lay down the important criteria required for appearing in the UPPSC exam.

Educational Qualification

  • In order sit in Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, candidate must have degree of recognized university equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science, arts .Bachelor of commerce or of any technical subject.
  • Aspiring candidate, who is in the last year of graduation, can also sit in this examination.

Age Limit

  • The candidates should not be less than 21 years and not more than 40 years before examination.
  • The lower age limit for the UPPCS is 21 years and the upper age limit is 40 years of age for the general category of students. The SC, ST and OBC candidates can claim age relaxation of 5 years over and above the upper age limit.

Cut-Off Marks

The cut off for the examination of 2017 of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, which was announced in September 2019 was:
  • The cutoff of prelims in the general category in the executive group for the unreserved category and OBC was 128.
  • For women, the cutoff was 121.

How to Prepare for Uttar Pradesh Public Service commission

For Prelims

  • You have to focus on the basics for the UPPSC Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
  • Newspaper- Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from Uttar Pradesh.
  • NCERTs- These are government authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. You have to read these books properly to understand advanced level books. If you have read these books before, a speed reading will also do. Do not skip these under any circumstances.
  • Read fewer books- Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes- Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
  • Revision is the key- The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. And practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock tests- Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.
  • To guide and help you plan a strategy, subject-wise distribution of marks from past years has been listed below:

For Paper I:
Subject Expected number of questions as Per the current trends
Ancient History + Medieval History + Culture + Modern History 15-20
Indian Polity + International Relations 10-12
Geography 10-15
Economic & Social Development 05-07
Science + Tech 12-20
Environment + Biodiversity 10-12
Uttar Pradesh General Knowledge 15-20
Current Events [National + International] 25-30
Misc (Awards, Organisations, etc) 4-5
For Paper II
Subject Expected number of questions as Per the current trends
Logical Reasoning 30-35
Mathematical Ability 30-35
Behavioral Psychology + Interpersonal Skills + Decision Making & Problem Solving 20-25
English (Comprehension, blanks) 15

For Mains

  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC , etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC , etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your shorter booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Mock Tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.

For Interview

  • For personality test/interview, you have to sit for mock interviews. This will help you to experience Q and A round with an interviewer panel which will prepare your body and mind for the final day. So, enhance your personality through Mock Interviews. Furthermore, go through your application form from tip to toe and keep yourself updated with the latest current issues so that you are able to talk about it.

Booklist for UPPSC preparation

Booklist

  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. Uttar Pradesh Special: You can pick any book for Uttar Pradesh special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Uttar Pradesh special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.

At last, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by giving everything by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of UPPSC for further details.