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PCS stands for Provincial Civil Services. PCS exam is held for the recruitment of candidates for the civil service posts of that particular state. These posts are under the control of the State government and one can not be transferred to another state once recruited in PCS.

Since the exam is conducted by UPSC the pattern remains the same, i.e. prelims first, then mains and then the interview. But the small states go for the mains directly.

It is advisable for the students to appear for both the PCS and IAS exams simultaneously because the syllabus is almost same with a slight difference.

At present the Union Public Service Commission conduct their examinations at numerous venues spread over 42 regular centers throughout the country. There are several other Public Service Commission i.e. Uttar Pradesh (UPPSC), Bihar (BPSC), Jharkhand (JPSC), Madhya Pradesh (MPPSC), Rajasthan (RPSC), etc. public service commission.

Stage 1: Preliminary Test

(a) Since these exams are the state exams one should be well aware of the history and geography of the particular state.
(b) Since PCS is a civil service exam the candidates should be ready for a high difficulty level and mentally prepared for putting in a good amount of hard work.
(c) Though the exam is a state exam one must have basic knowledge of the country, the latest happenings in the country too. For that the candidates must start following one national newspaper in order to keep themselves well acquainted of the the happenings in and around the world.
(d) The candidates should pay special attention in enhancing there general knowledge. They should be ready to learn new things every moment.
(e) For the interview the candidates should be well prepared with the regional language, culture and custom. This adds to your credit.
(f) Also, the candidates should pick up last few years question papers and try and solve them. This will give them an idea of the pattern and make them comfortable with it.
(g) It is a plus point to be guided by an experienced candidate or a good teacher who can direct your efforts correctly.
(h) Candidates must keep appearing for the mock paper and should keep a check on the time because with a good preparation it is very important to attempt all questions in time.

Selection of the candidates would be depends on their performance in competitive examination, which comprises of three successive states viz.
1. Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choice).
2. Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination).
3. Viva- Voce (Personality Test).

Stage 2: Main Exam

Only such candidates will be admitted to the main (written examination) who are declared successful in the preliminary examination. The Written examination will consist of the compulsory and optional subjects.The candidates have to select any two subjects from the list of optional subjects for main examination. Each optional subject will consist of two papers. There shall be Two sections in all the question papers of all Optional subjects and each section will include Four questions. Candidates are required to answer only Five questions while they must select minimum, Two question from each section.

Stage 3: Interview

Only such candidates will be called for interview who are declared successful on the basis of the main (written) examination. Personality test will be conducted for 200 Marks.

Asst Accounts Officer (Treasury) Commercial Tax Officer Treasury officer/ Account officer (Treasury)
Commercial Tax Officer District Minority Welfare Officer
District Food Marketing Officer
Asst Commissioner (Commercial Tax) Executive Officer (Panchayati Raj) Dy. Secretary (Housing and Urban Planning)
Area Rationing Officer District Backward Class Welfare Officer Naib Tehsildar
District Commandent Homeguards Dy. Supdt. of Police Dy. Collector
District Savings Officer District Panchayat Raj Officer Asst Regional Transport Officer
District Social welfare Officer Cane Inspector and Asst Sugar Commissione Executive Officer (Nagar Vikas)
Block Development Officer Accounts Officer (Nagar Vikas) Dist Supply Officer Grade-2
Addl. Dist Development Officer (Sw) Superintendent Jail. Passenger/ Goods Tax Office Manager (Credit) Small Industries
Manager (Marketing and Economic Survey) Small Industries Dist Handicapped Welfare Officer Asst Employment Officer
Executive Officer Grade-l/ Asst Nagar Ayukta Accounts Officer (Local Bodies) Regional Employment Officer
Asst Registrar (Cooperative) Sub Registrar Asst Prosecuting Officer (Transport)
Dist Probation Officer Dist Horticulture Officer Grade-1/ Supdt. Govt. Garden Dist Cane Officer
U.P. Ag. Service Group B (Dev. Branch) Dist Administrative Officer Dist Audit Officer (Rev. Audit)


Academic Qualification

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Exam eligibility details are given below.

Candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have crossed the age of 40 years on 01-07-2014, i.e. they must have not been born earlier than 2nd July, 1974 and not later than July 1, 1993. For PH candidates, the maximum age limit is 55 years i.e. they must have not been born before 02 July, 1959.

Age Limit

Candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have crossed the age of 40 years on 01-07-2014, i.e. they must have not been born earlier than 2nd July, 1974 and not later than July 1, 1993. For PH candidates, the maximum age limit is 55 years i.e. they must have not been born before 02 July, 1959.

Relaxation in Upper Age Limit :

(a) Upper age limit shall be greater by five years for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes of U.P., Scheduled Tribes of U.P., Other Backward Classes of U.P. Skilled players of classified Games and State Govt. employees of U.P. i.e. they must have not been born before 2nd July 1969. (only domiciled persons in U.P. are entitled for such age relaxation).
(b) Upper age limit shall be greater by fifteen years for physically handicapped persons of U.P., if identified posts are available. Candidates of this category who are applicant for the post of Deputy Collector in U.P. Civil Service (Executive Branch) shall be required to submit a certificate issued by the Chief Medical Officer of their District to the effect that physical disability is not of such kind which may effect the proper discharge of the duties of the post .
(c) Upper age limit shall also be greater by five years in Group B posts for the Emergency Commissioned Officers / Short Service Commissioned Officers / Ex-Army Personnels of U.P.who have rendered at least five years service in Army, but there shall be no reservation for Group B posts.In case of availability of Group C posts in the Examination, the age relaxation and reservation shall begiven according to Rule. No relaxation is admissible in upper age limit for D.F.F. Candidates.

Marital Status

Male candidates who are married and have more than one wife living and female candidates who have married a person already having a wife shall not be eligible unless the Hon.Governor hasgranted an exemption from this condition.

Physical Measurement:

Physical Measurements will be applicable according to Service Rules/requisitions, in case of availability of posts e.g. Dy. Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Jail, District Commandent Home Guards etc.

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In Uttar Pradesh PCS the preliminary exam is the first stage of the whole examination process. The very nature of the exam is to screen to select the next level of exam that is mains. The introduction of the Preliminary Examination was introduced to weed out non-serious candidates and select those who deserve. Preliminary Examination is objective type (four alternatives for every question) exercises meant to serve as a screening test/qualifying paper only.

UPPCS Preliminary examination will consist of two compulsory papers of which answer sheet be on OMR sheets. 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. 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. Preliminary Exam is meant to serve as the screening stage/qualifying round only. The marks obtained in the preliminary examination by candidates, who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination, will not be counted for determining their place in the final order of merit. It consists of two objective type papers which carry a maximum of 400 marks in the following manner :

Paper No. of Questions Marks Duration
General Studies 150 200 2 hours
CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) 100 200 2 hours
Total 250 400

All the questions both papers had NO NEGATIVE MARKING in UPPCS. Here we are showing you UPPCS Preliminary Exam pattern, the prelims exam patter will be different in other States.

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

Compulsory Papers

Paper Subject Maximum marks Duration
Paper I General Hindi 150 marks 3 hours
Paper II Essay 150 marks 3 hours
Paper III General Studies I (objective type) 200 marks 2 hours
Paper IV General Studies II (objective type) 200 marks 2 hours


Optional Papers

Paper Subject Maximum marks Duration
Paper V 1st Optional Subject Paper I 200 marks 3 hours
Paper VI 1st Optional Subject Paper II 200 marks 3 hours
Paper VII 2nd Optional Subject Paper I 200 marks 3 hours
Paper VIII 2nd Optional Subject Paper II 200 marks 3 hours


General studies paper : I & Paper : II shall be objective type containing 150 questions and for solving the questions two hours time is allowed. For other compulsory and optional 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 2 hours will be 9.30 am to 11.30 am and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. 2 . Timing of examination paper of 3 hours is 9.30 am to 12.30 am & 2 pm to 5 pm.
A candidate shall be required to obtain such minimum marks in the compulsory paper of General Hindi, as may be determined by the Government or the Commission, as the case may be. There shall be Two sections in all the question papers of all Optional subjects and each section will include Four questions. Candidates are required to answer only Five questions while they must select minimum, Two question from each section.


List of Optional Subjects for Mains Examination :

(i) Agriculture (ii). Zoology (iii). Chemistry (iv). Physics (v). Mathematics (vi). Geography (vii). Economy (viii). Sociology (ix). Philosophy (x). Geology (xi). Psychology (xii). Botany (xiii). Law (xiv). Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Science (xv). Statistics (xvi). Management (xvii). Political Science & International Relations (xviii) History (xix) Social Work (xx)Anthoropology (xxi) Civil Engineering (xxii). Mechanical Engineering (xxiii). Electrical Engineering (xxiv). English Lit. (xxv). Urdu Lit. (xxvi). Arabic Lit. (xxvii). Hindi Lit.(xxviii). Persian Lit. (xxix). Sanskrit Lit.(xxx). Comerce & Public Administration (xxxi). Agricultural Engineering (xxxii). Accountancy (xxxiii). Defence Studies.
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Personality Test (Viva-voce) or Interview Test is the last level of the selection process. Only such candidates will be called for interview who are declared successful on the basis of the main (written) examination. Personality test will be codnucted for 200 Marks. The test will relate to the matter of general interest keeping the matter of academic interest in view and for general awareness, intelligence, character, expression power/personality and general suitability for the service. It is essential for the candidates to appear in the interview who qualify on the basis of main examination under the provisions laid down in Service Rules for service of recruitment where written examination and interview are indicated.