In spite of the millions of private jobs available in the market, the fondness for government jobs is increasing at a rapid rate, especially for administrative jobs. Union Public Service Commission, UPSC is a central government body and recruits officers likes IFS, IPS, and IAS, etc. Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts a state-wise civil service or administrative service examination for the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Before targeting for the examination, the candidates should necessarily go through the details regarding all the differences between these two entrance exams – UPSC vs UPPSC PCS exam.


The difference between UPPSC PCS and UPSC exams is like one is nation-wise & another one is state PCS. In the case of the official ranking, UPSC is considered to be higher than any UP state civil employee. The examination level is tougher in the case of UPSC as compared to UPPSC PCS. You need to go through all the details in regards to both the exams and candidates can choose very strategically for starting the preparation with the exam that you feel you can cope up with.

UPPSC PCS Exam Syllabus 2021

Main Examination

UPSC Main Examination

Paper Subject Exam Duration Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language ( Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) 3 hours 300
Paper B English Language 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper-II General Studies- I ( Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society) 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies- II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies- III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV ( Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250

UPPSC PCS Main Examination

Name of Paper Total Marks Time Duration
General Hindi 150 3 hours
Essay 150
General Studies (First Paper) 200
General Studies (Second Paper) 200
General Studies (Third Paper) 200
General Studies (Fourth Paper) 200
Total 1500

Personal Interview


The Personal Interview is conducted for all the successful candidates who qualified the Main exam. The maximum marks for the personal interview is 275. So, the total marks for the UPSC exam are 2075.

UPPSC PCS Viva-Voce/Personality Test

Total Marks 100

Interview relates to the matter of general interest keeping the matter of academic interest in view & for general awareness, character, intelligence, expression power/personality & general suitability for the service.

Optional papers for Mains Exams

Optional Papers for UPSC
Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Anthropology Botany Chemistry
Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics Electrical Engineering Geography
Geology History Law Management Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Medical Science Philosophy Physics Political Science and International Relations
Psychology Public Administration Sociology Statistics Zoology
The literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

Optional Papers for UPPSC
Agriculture History English Lit.  Chemistry
Psychology Public Administration  Urdu Lit. Commerce & Accountancy
Civil Engineering Zoology Hindi Lit. Sociology
Geology Botany Geography Economics
Anthropology Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Management
Medical Science Law Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Statistics
Philosophy Sanskrit Lit. Psychology  Botany

UPPSC PCS and UPSC – Comparison of the Posts

You can check the post-wise details for UPSC & UPPSC PCS

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Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ ACF, RFO
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Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ Child Development Project Officer
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Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Statistical officer
Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’ Labour Enforcement Officer
Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ District Cane Officer, U.P. Agriculture Service Group “B” (Development Branch)
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’ Principals, Government Intermediate
Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ ARO
Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’ Assistant Director (Horticulture)
Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’ Manager (Administration/ General)
Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’ Assistant Store Purchase Officer
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’ Technical Assistant (Chemistry)
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’

What are the ways of cracking the Civil Service Exams – UPSC versus UPPSC PCS?

No matter whether you are preparing for UPPSC PCS or UPSC, the entrance exams require in-depth preparation. UPSC exams are usually tougher & vaster as compared to the state CCE. UPSC is a national level examination, the details related to the World – history, geography and current affairs. While the syllabus of UPPSC covers certain current affairs and facts that are related to India & especially to the state. The candidates can focus on both the exams and prepare with BYJU’s Exam Prep as per their ability. Sometimes this is seen that the exam dates of both these entrance exams often collide, so you need to choose wisely, you should ideally focus on one.

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