UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC Examination – Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria

UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC Examination – Exam Pattern, Eligibility

UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC Examination: The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). It is one of the most esteemed and toughest exams in the country. With a success rate of 0.1- 0.3 percent of the total percentage of candidates who apply, it is really difficult to nail the examination. For the UPSC IAS 2017 Exam, the total number of vacancies is 980 in the entire country

On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the state agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination for entry-level appointments to the various Civil Services of Uttar Pradesh.

Both have their own integral value, the only difference being is that the former is a national-level exam and the latter is state based. This year, there are 251 posts vacant for Combined state/ Upper subordinate services Posts. Let us now discuss UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC: Exam Pattern & Eligibility criteria.


UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC Examination: Exam Pattern

In this article, we are going to discuss the basic differences between the said exams i.e UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC Examination.


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Round one of our comparison blog will help candidates to know the difference between the exam patterns of both UPSC and UPPSC exams. Let us initiate with the exam pattern for UPSC IAS Prelims.

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern

As per UPSC Notification, The Civil Services Preliminary Examination is objective type in nature. As per the latest IAS Exam 2017 pattern, there are 2 objective type papers in IAS Prelims 2017. These are:

  1. General Studies Paper-I
  2. General Studies Paper-II (CSAT)

Out of these two, marks for only General Studies-I will be taken into consideration. Civil Services Aptitude Test or CSAT is merely qualifying in nature and the candidate has to score minimum marks prescribed by UPSC to qualify. Both these exams are of 200 marks each.

What is the minimum qualifying marks to clear CSAT 2017? The Civil Services Aptitude Test is merely of qualifying nature with minimum qualifying marks of 33%.

The UPSC will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service Main Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper II and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

*Please note that the marks secured by the candidate in the preliminary examination will not be taken into consideration while preparing the final list of selected candidate.

Let us go through Exam pattern of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination.

UPPSC Prelims competitive examination comprise three successive stages viz :

  • Preliminary Examination (Objective Type & Multiple choice)
  • Main Examination (Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination)
  • Viva- Voce (Personality Test).

Here we will only focus on UPPSC Prelims exam pattern. Below mentioned is the exam pattern for UPSC Prelims. Go through the given exam pattern and spot the difference.

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2017

The Preliminary examination will consist of two compulsory papers. Candidates have to print their answers on OMR sheets. The papers will carry 200 marks each and the total duration to solve the said exams is two hours. Both the papers will carry objective Type MCQ format.

 Compulsory Subjects  Marks
General Studies Paper I  200
General Studies Paper II  200
  • Paper-II of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • It is mandatory for the Candidates to appear in both the papers of Preliminary Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he does not appear in both in papers.
  • The merit of the Candidates will be determined on the basis of marks obtained in Paper-I of the Preliminary Examination.

General studies Paper I & Paper II :

The papers shall be 200 marks each and of two hours duration. Both the papers shall be objective Type & multiple choice in which there shall be 150-100 questions Respectively. 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.

Now you are familiar with the exam pattern of UPPSC Prelims, let us move to our round two i.e UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC: Eligibility criteria.


UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC: Eligibility Criteria

Now turning towards UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC Eligibility Criteria, there a few metrics/ criteria according to which a candidate is deemed eligible/ not eligible. Below mentioned are the various eligibility metrics for both UPSC IAS vs. UPPSC.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria

Age limit: For IAS Eligibility, there is certain age limit set according to the category of the candidate. There is also a set number for the total number of attempts a candidate can appear for IAS Exam. For General Category candidates, the age limit is 21-32 years.

Let us now talk about the no. of attempts for UPSC IAS

UPSC IAS No. of Attempts: In the UPSC IAS Exam, the number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is as follows:

  1. General Category: 6
  2. OBC Category: 9
  3. SC/ST Category: Unlimited

Let us now move to UPPSC Eligibility criteria

UPPSC Eligibility Criteria

Age limit: Candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have crossed the age of 40 years on July 1, 2017 i.e. they must have not been born earlier than 2 July, 1977 and not later than July 1, 1996.

No. of Attempts: The no. of attempts to appear for UPPSC examination is unlimited.


We conclude our article highlighting the basic differences between UPSC IAS vs. UPPPSC. Stay connected for more information regarding UPSC Civil Services Exam Recruitment 2016.

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