Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission - Provincial Civil Services Exam 2022

The UPPSC Notification 2022 was released on 16th March 2022. As per the notification, the prelims phase of the PCS is proposed to take place on 12 June, 2022 while the mains stage will take place on 27 September.

What is UPPSC?

UPPSC stands for Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. It is the rightful authority to conduct the state services’ examination to recruit candidates for Group A and Group B services of the UP state government.

UPPSC holds a Provincial Civil Services Examination, simply called the PCS Examination. As All-India IAS Exam recruits candidates for central services; PCS Exam recruits candidates for UP state services.

In this article, you will get the latest updates about the UPPSC PCS Exam 2021. The year-wise significant information about PCS Exams is also provided.

Latest Update:

  • The candidates can check out the UPPSC Mains Admit Card 2022 from the linked article. Once it is out, the direct link to download the admit card will be activated on the linked page. 
  • The Last Date for UPPSC 2022 Receipt of Examination Fee On-line in the Bank: is April 12, 2022 while the last date for offline application is on 16 April 2022
  • The UPPSC PCS Prelims 2021 result has been declared by the Commission on 1st December 2021. 
  • The UPPSC has released PCS 2021 Prelims Answer Key for GS papers I and II on their official website. The candidates can check the linked article for downloading the answer key PDFs for the two papers. The Prelims exam was held on 24th October 2021.

UPPSC PCS Exam 2021

UPPSC PCS Exam 2022 – Important Details

Name of Exam Provincial Civil Service Exam or PCS Exam; officially known as the Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Examination
Conducting Body Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)
Purpose of PCS Exam To recruit Group A and Group B officers into the executive branch of the Uttar Pradesh state government
PCS Exam Pattern PCS Exam is conducted in three stages (similar to UPSC Civil Services Exam):

  1. Prelims – 2 papers – objective type questions
  2. Mains – 8 papers – essay/descriptive type
  3. Personality Test
UPPSC Vacancy Varies every year;

  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2022 – 250
  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2021 – 400
  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2020 – 200
  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2019 – 364
  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2018 – 831
  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2017 – 677
  • For UPPSC Vacancy 2016 – 633
UPPSC Syllabus The updated UPPSC Syllabus as per the new pattern of the PCS Exam (Prelims and Mains) at the linked article
PCS Exam Eligibility Check the complete eligibility criteria for UP PCS Exam here
PCS 2022 Timetable The schedule is:

  • Release of 2022 Notification: 16th March 2022
  • Last Date of Fee Deposit: 12th April 2022
  • Last Date of Submission of Application: 16th April, 2022
  • Date of UPPSC Pre: June 12, 2022
  • Date of UPPSC Mains: September 27th 2022 onwards
PCS 2021 Timetable The schedule is:

  • Release of 2021 Notification: 5th February 2021
  • Last Date of Fee Deposit: 2nd March 2021
  • Last Date of Submission of Application: 5th March 2021
  • Date of UPPSC Pre: 24th October 2021
  • Date of PCS Pre Result – 1st December 2021
  • Date of UPPSC Mains: 23rd March 2022 onwards
PCS 2020 Timetable The schedule is:

  • Release of 2020 Notification: April 21, 2020
  • Last Date of Fee Deposit: June 2, 2020
  • Last Date of Submission of Application: June 6, 2020
  • Date of UPPSC Pre: October 11, 2020
  • Date of UPPSC Mains: January 22, 2021, onwards
  • Date of UPPSC Interview: 1st April to 8th April 2021
  • Final Results of UPPSC: 12th April 2021
PCS Exam Results For the results of UPPSC 2021, 2020, 2019 2018, 2017, and 2016, refer to our UPPSC Results page (Link provided above)
PCS Exam Notification Check our UPPSC Notifications page to download UPPSC Notification 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 PDF
PCS Exam Preparation Check our UPPSC PCS Preparation page to download UPPSC PCS Preparation booklist 2021 and get tips and strategies to cover the syllabus

UPPSC 2021 – Prelims, Mains & Interview

PCS Exam has three stages:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

The dates of UPPSC Pre, Mains and Interview 2021 can be checked from the official UPPSC Calendar given below:

UPPSC PCS Exam Calendar 2021:-Download PDF Here

Candidates can also download UPPSC Prelims 2020 question paper for practice. It will help in PCS 2021.

Download PCS Question Paper (Prelims 2020 – SET A): – Download PDF Here

 UPPSC 2020 – PCS Exam 2020

The application process was started on 21st April 2020 and the examination process for UPPSC 2020 now is over. The brief details can be checked below:

UPPSC 2020

PCS Prelims 2020 The prelims took place on 11th October and the result was declared on 21st November 2020. 
PCS Mains 2020 The UPPSC Mains 2020 were held between 21st and 25th January 2021 and the result was declared on 21st March 2021.
PCS Interview 2021 The UPPSC Interview took place between 1st and 8th April 2021. The final results were declared on 12th April 2021. 

PCS Exam Preparation

For UPPSC preparation, a pragmatic approach would be to align it with the UPSC IAS Exam preparation.

Many state commissions are modeling their syllabus and/or exam pattern with that of the Union Public Service Commission.

For the candidates’ reference:

How different is UPPSC preparation from UPSC preparation?

The main difference between UPSC preparation and UP PCS exam preparation is that in the latter candidates have to study details (history, geography, polity, current affairs) about the state of Uttar Pradesh as well.

For the most part, the preparation strategy for both focus on NCERT books and notes, standard reference books (such as Laxmikanth’s Polity) and Current Affairs preparation.

Here, you can find UPPSC study material (books and notes) and daily Current Affairs:

  1. Download NCERT books PDF from this link
  2. Check out the NCERT notes on Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern Indian History, Art/Culture, and Geography.
  3. Daily News Analysis
  4. Download Yojana Magazine Gist
  5. Find PIB Summary here.

For the current affairs part, approximately 10-12 months of coverage is recommended.

If you are simultaneously preparing for the UPSC Civil Service Exam as well, then a one-stop preparation guide can be found on our UPSC 2022 page.

Also, an important part of preparation is going through the previous years’ question papers and doing MCQ solving practice for Prelims and answer writing practice for Mains.

Brief about UPPSC Exam

The UPPSC PCS Exam details are as follows:

  • Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the Provincial Civil Service Exam (PCS Exam) to recruit for state-level services. The selected PCS officers can be promoted to IAS officers later in their careers.
  • The recent change in the pattern of the UP PCS Exam has made it quite similar to the UPSC Exam Pattern. Now, like the IAS exam, there are 4 GS papers and the choice of only one optional subject in PCS Mains.
  • On April 1, 1937, the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) came into being with its headquarters at Prayagraj (then Allahabad).
  • The current UPPSC chairman (2021) is a 1993 Batch IRS Officer, Shri Sanjay Shrinet. Earlier, 1993 Batch IAS Officer, Shri Prabhat Kumar was the UPPSC chairman. Apart from the UPPSC chairman, there are eight other members.

The current UPPSC members (2021) are:

  1. Dr. Ramji Maurya
  2. Shri Prem Kumar Singh
  3. Dr. Kishan Vir Singh Shakya
  4. Prof. R N Tripathi
  5. Shri Kalp Raj Singh
  6. Shri Jagdish
  7. Dr. Sabita Agrawal
  8. Dr. Haresh Pratap Singh

The working of the UPPSC is regulated by:

  1. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (Regulation), 1976
  2. The Uttar Pradesh State Public Service Commission (Regulation of Procedure Act, 1985)
  3. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (Procedure and Conduct of Business) Rules 2011.

The list of UPPSC Exams is given below:

  1. PCS Exam (Combined State/Upper Subordinate Examination – Prelims, Mains)
  2. Review Officer (RO)/Assistant Review Officer (ARO) Examination (Prelims, Mains)
  3. Additional Private Secretary (APS) Examination
  4. Assistant Registrar Examination
  5. Combined State Engineering Examination
  6. Assistant Prosecuting Officer Examination
  7. UP Nyayic Seva (Junior Division) Examination

For other important state examinations, aspirants can check the table below:


  1. I think about preparing of uppcs. So plz suggest me best study material

    1. Hi Vijay
      To know about UPPSC PCS Preparation, you can refer to the linked article.

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