UPPSC Prelims Subject Wise Weightage (2012-2020)

UPPSC Prelims Exam Topic-wise Question Distribution (2012-2016)

UPPSC Prelims Subject Wise Weightage: Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, commonly known as UPPSC, is the prime body for conducting the Provincial Civil Service Exam (PCS) every year. The UPPSC has released the revised exam calendar for the year 2021-2022. The UPPSC Prelims will be held on 24 October 2021, and the mains exam is scheduled for 28 January 2022. 

The exam is conducted annually to recruit candidates for multiple posts in Uttar Pradesh State government ministries and departments. Candidates from all over the state compete in the exam to be a part of the lucrative state administrative services. This year the UPPCS has rolled out 416 vacancies for various posts. 

Most candidates have already started preparing for the preliminary examination and must have some doubts regarding the UPPSC Prelims Subject Wise Weightage. To further assist in preparing UPPCS Prelims 2021, we have gathered the UPPSC Exam Previous Years’ Prelims Questions Analysis. The article will be helpful for candidates who are preparing for the UPPSC PCS 2021. So read till the end to get a topic wise exam analysis of UPPSC Prelims.

UPPSC Prelims Exam Subject Wise Weightage

Let us first dig into the UPPSC Prelims Exam pattern 2021. The Preliminary examination will consist of two objective papers. Candidates have to fill in their answers on OMR sheets provided at the examination centre. The papers will carry 200 marks each, and the total duration to solve each exam is two hours. The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission emphasises selecting candidates with the right aptitude,  mental ability, and skills. Hence, the UPPSC exam is designed to test the candidates on multiple aspects.

Over the years, UPPSC PCS Cutoff has increased due to the increasing number of applicants and stiff competition for the UPPSC vacancies. In 2018, the UPPSC introduced negative marking in the system and then onwards, the exam pattern has changed. Candidates preparing for the UPPSC PCS 2021 must check the latest exam pattern and syllabus to ensure effective preparation. Check out the latest exam pattern below.

UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

  • The UPPSC Paper 1 is an objective exam with multiple-choice questions from various subjects. The total duration of the exam is two hours. 
  • The UPPSC Paper 2 (CSAT) is an objective exam with multiple-choice questions framed from general Hindi and English, Logical Reasoning, and Mental Ability. 
Paper Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper-1 – General Studies I 150 200 marks 2 Hours
Paper-2 – General Studies II (CSAT) 100 200 marks 2 Hours
  • For every wrong answer, the UPPSC deducts 1/3rd of the marks assigned to the question.
  • The Preliminary Examination Paper-II CSAT will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The candidates must appear in both the papers of the preliminary examination in order to be evaluated. If a candidate does not appear in both papers, then the UPPSC disqualifies the candidature.

The merit of the candidates will be determined based on marks obtained in Paper-I of the Preliminary Examination. Candidates clearing the UPPSC Prelims are promoted to the next section of the recruitment process- UPPSC Mains. 


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Let us now analyse UPPSC Prelims Exam Topic-wise Questions trend of both General Studies Paper 1 & 2.

UPPSC Prelims Subject-Wise Weightage: General Studies Paper 1 (2017-2020)

Given below is the blueprint of topic-wise questions asked over the years by the UPPSC. Initiate your preparation according to the weightage of the particular topic.

Check out the UPSC Prelims topic-wise weightage from 2017 to 2020.

Topics 2020 2019 2018 2017
Current affairs 39 22 36 24
Art and culture, Indian History, and National Movement 26 23 23 26
Environment and Ecology 8 22 19 14
Indian Polity & Governance  22 18 17 20
Geography 24 21 22 24
UP Specific GK 1 1 2 1
General Science 12 22 13 25
Economics 6 13 10 14
Others 12 8 8 2
Total 150 150 150 150

Candidates must keep the subject-wise distribution handy to create an effective study plan. It helps in covering all the subjects in the proportion of their weightage in the exam. 

Check out the UPSC Prelims topic-wise weightage from 2012 to 2016.

 Topics  2016 2015  2014  2013  2012
 General Science and technology 30 27 14 12 21
 Indian history and culture  15 11 8 11 14
 Indian national movement  6 9 22 14 10
 Indian polity  21 23 19  15 20
 Indian and word geography  19  25 13 17 21
 Indian Economy  17 13 11 14 14
 National and International Events/ Current Affairs/ Sports/ Awards  19  20  32  39  12
 Population , environment, urbanization  12 18 18 21 26
 Uttar Pradesh State Knowledge  4  2  6  5 3
 Other  7  2  7 2 9

Let us shift our focus to the second phase of this article i.e GS Paper 2 questions’ trend analysis.

UPPSC Prelims Subject-Wise Weightage 2020: General Studies Paper 2

Check out the UPSC Prelims subject-wise weightage paper 2 from 2019 to 2020.

Subjects 2020 2019
Interpersonal skills 14 15
General Hindi 20 14
General English 15 14
General Mental ability 13 15
Logical reasoning and analytics 27 29
Decisions 11 13

Check out the UPSC Prelims subject-wise weightage paper 2 from 2012 to 2016.


Topics  2016 2015  2014  2013  2012
Comprehension English and Hindi 10 10 9 15 15
Interpersonal skill and expression 13  14 16 12 12
Reasoning and analytical ability  14 14 9 10 8
Decision making and problem solution  9 3 8  8 3
General intelligence ability  14 15 13 20 11
Elementary mathematics  15 19 12  13 30
General English  10  10  21  10  9
General Hindi 15 15 15 12 12

Here, we conclude our article on UPPSC Prelims Subject-Wise Weightage. We hope this article will help candidates in strategising their preparation for the upcoming UPPSC 2021 exam. The exam is nearing, and candidates must work hard to qualify for the UPPSC Mains Exam. 

Let us know your queries and doubts regarding the UPPSC Prelims Subject-Wise Weightage in the comments section.


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