The UKPSC or Uttarakhand Public Service Commission conducts the civil services examination across many centres in Uttarakhand for recruitment to various positions in the administrative cadres of the state government. It is the combined state civil services exam conducted for the year 2020.
The notification for the same will be out very soon. This exam is considered to be one of the toughest state-level exams conducted by the commission. Every year more than lakhs aspirants take part in the examination.
This article focuses on complete details to the UKPSC 2020 exam like the important dates, application process, fee payment, exam pattern, admit card, syllabus, cut off, results, vacancies, preparation tips, good and recommended books for preparation, etc. The official website of the UKPSC state commission is ukpsc.gov.in
UKPSC PCS 2020 – Important Dates
The tentative time table for the exam dates are cited below:
|Event name||Important Dates|
|Release of official notification||To be updated soon|
|ONLINE Application start date||To be updated soon|
|Deadline to submit application||To be updated soon|
|Admit Card Download Date||To be updated soon|
|UKPSC 2020 Exam Date||To be updated soon|
UKPSC PCS 2020 Application Form
All candidates who wish to apply for the civil service exams conducted by UKPSC for the year 2020 should submit ONLINE application forms through the official website. Candidates can only submit applications in the ONLINE mode, and the commission shall entertain no other mode of form submission. The application process shall begin soon after the online notification is published on the website.
Here are the guidelines for submitting ONLINE applications:
- Enter the homepage of the official site.
- Register on the website with valid candidate login details.
- Enter the application portal.
- Click on the activated link to enter all relevant details in the application.
- Enter the name, complete address, and telephone contact details. Also, enter educational qualifications and other relevant details related to career.
- Enter all compulsory and required details in the form. Details should be verifiable and supported by documents.
- Candidates are also requested to upload a scanned photograph and scanned signature at the relevant places of the application.
- Pay the relevant application fees.
- After all, details are cross-checked by the candidate click on the SUBMIT button.
- Upon successful submission, the candidate shall receive a valid reference ID and acknowledgment from the commission.
(The reference id is to be used by the candidate in all future communications with the commission)
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The application fee is different across various categories, and the same is specified here:
- For SC/ST candidates belonging to the state of Uttarakhand: INR 60
- For General Merit/ OBC candidates of state of Uttarakhand: INR 150.
- For other state candidates: INR 150.
Fees can be remitted in two ways:
- ONLINE mode: Candidates can pay fees directly through online banking facilities or though credit card/debit card facility.
- OFFLINE Mode: Candidates have to pay cash at any SBI branch and enter the challan number later in the ONLINE application form.
UKPSC Admit card 2020
All candidates who applied for the UKPSC civil services exam can download their admit cards from the official website of the commission. Usually, the admit card will be available around ten to fifteen days before the actual date of the exam.
Follow these steps to download admit card
- Login into the official website using registered ID.
- Check if the link to download the admit card has been activated.
- If yes, enter the download section and click on the relevant link.
- Enter valid candidate details like registration number, date of birth, and other details if requested.
- Enter captcha code, if any.
- Upon successful validation, the admit card will be displayed.
- Candidates can download/save/ print the admit card.
Candidates are requested to note the following regarding admit card for appearing in UKPSC civil service 2020 exam:
- The commission shall not be liable to dispatch admit cards to candidates via post.
- All admit cards shall be made available ONLY on the official website for download.
- Candidates are requested to check for timely updates to see if the admit card is available for download.
- Admit card needs to be carried to the exam hall by the candidate without fail.
- Candidates may not be allowed to appear for the exam in case the candidate fails to show his/her admit card at the time of examination.
- Along with the admit card, candidates are also advised to carry relevant and valid ID proof documents to the exam hall. ( Documents like Aadhaar Card, Driving License, PAN Card, etc.)
- In case of any discrepancy, candidates have to report the same to the commission immediately without any further delay.
UKPSC Eligibility Criteria
Candidates have to check all the eligibility conditions before applying to the exam. Not satisfying any eligibility condition may lead to the cancellation of the candidature at any point of the examination process.
- All citizens of India are permitted to attempt the exam.
- Residents from other states are also permitted to attempt the exam.
- Candidates must hold a minimum of three years of bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in India.
- Any qualification that is equivalent to graduation or 3 year bachelor degree, which is recognized by UGC or any government recognized university, shall also be considered valid.
Minimum age limit: 21 years
Maximum age limit: 42 years
Candidates from reserved categories get relaxation in upper age limit:
- For SC/ST candidates: 5 years.
- For OBC candidates: 3 years.
Number of attempts
The UKPSC generally publishes advertisements and calls in for recruitment to various civil service cadres once in four to five years. Going by this frequency, candidates can attempt the exam till they are 40 years of age, though officially, there is no specification by the commission in the notification gazette on this matter.
UKPSC Exam Pattern
The UKPSC, civil services exam, consists of three rounds of screening; they are the prelims, mains, and the interview round. Let us study the exam pattern of each round in detail here:
- It is the first phase of the examination.
- The examination is mainly objective type.
- IT consists of two papers – general studies and general aptitude.
- Both papers are conducted for two hours each and carry a maximum of 150 marks each.
- Negative marking is applicable for every wrong answer marked.
|Subject Name||No. of Questions asked||Total Marks||Duration|
|General Studies Paper||150 max||150 marks||2 hours only|
|General Aptitude or CSAT paper||150 max||150 marks||2 hours only|
Total marks for UKPSC civil service prelims paper is 300 marks maximum.
- This is the second phase of the examination.
- Only those candidates who obtain qualifying marks in the prelims round shall be shortlisted for the mains.
- The scores obtained in the mains are taken into consideration in the final round while preparing the rank list of candidates.
- The exam is purely subjective in nature.
- The exam consists of seven papers.
- Except for the language paper, all papers carry 200 marks each.
- All papers are conducted for a duration of three hours each.
|Paper Name||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|Language paper||300 marks||3 hours max.|
|Paper based on History of India||200 marks||3 hours max.|
|Paper based on Indian Polity and international relations||200 marks||3 hours max.|
|Paper based on Geography||200 marks||3 hours max.|
|Paper based on Economic & Social Development||200 marks||3 hours max.|
|Paper based on development of Science & Technology||200 marks||3 hours max.|
|Paper based on General Aptitude cum ethics||200 marks||3 hours max.|
Total marks allocated for mains in UKPSC civil service exam 2020 is 1500 marks
- This is the third and final phase of the examination.
- All those Candidates who have successfully cleared the mains examination shall be shortlisted for the interview round.
- There are no specific cut off marks laid down by the commission for the interview round.
- The total marks for which the interview is conducted are 200 marks.
- The total marks taken into account while preparing the final rank list includes the mains round marks and the interview round marks, which totals to 1700 marks.
Candidates can download the complete syllabus of each paper of the exam in PDF format from the official website of the commission. The syllabus in brief for each round of exam is provided below:
The prelims consist of two papers – general studies and general aptitude papers.
General Studies Paper
Brief and important aspects of the paper include:
- Focus on history of India with attention to freedom struggle movement.
- Language and rich cultural development of land of Uttarakhand.
- Geographical studies- both Indian and world geographical studies.
- Indian Polity, administration, governance and bureaucracy.
- Economical and social development in India with greater focus on business relations in the international scene.
- General concepts of science, development and progress of technology, IT in India.
- Current affairs, general knowledge and important events of the year.
General Aptitude Paper
Focus points of this paper should include the following:
- General Aptitude questions in competitive exams
- Test on verbal communication, written language, spoken form of language & Inter-Personal Skills
- Logical and analytical reasoning type of questions.
- Data interpretation and statistical analysis.
- Questions on general usage of Hindi & English languages.
The mains exam consists of seven papers. Let’s go through the syllabus of each paper in brief in this section:
Paper 1: Language paper
The important topics covered in the language paper are:
- Detailed comprehension type of questions.
- Sentence completion
- Paragraph writing
- Writing precisely.
Paper 2: General English paper
The important topics covered in this paper are:
- Prose form of the language.
- Description and subjective answers.
- Expression of ideas and themes.
- Short essays.
Paper 3: Essay paper
Essay paper will question the candidate on his ability to write good essays in the specified word limit. Topics could be of general interest or the latest topics from current affairs too.
Paper 4: General Studies 1
Important points to be covered are:
- History, geography, economic and social studies.
- Language and cultural studies.
- Social issues and women empowerment
- Liberation of economy ‘Society structuring and framework
- Economic and fiscal growth
- Development of administrational organizations in India, etc
Paper 5: General Studies paper 2
Important points in the syllabus are:
- Indian constitutional studies.
- Law making, policies in Indian governance
- Federal system of government
- Legislature, executive and judiciary
- Working and functioning of Indian bureaucracy, etc
Paper 6: General Studies part 3
Important points in the syllabus are:
- Environment and ecological growth of India
- Biodiversity, vegetation and distribution of species
- Natural resource distribution
- Conservation of wildlife
- Deforestation and forest protection schemes etc
Paper 7: General Studies part 4
Important points in the syllabus are:
- Philosophy and ethics
- Integrity of civil service positions
- Transparency in governance
- Ethical values like accountability and transparency in political roles
- Concepts of behavioral guidance and emotional intelligence.
- No specific prescribed syllabus for the interview.
- Candidates can host slurry of general aptitude and general studies based questions.
- Questions may also be asked about educational qualification/career.
The cut off marks for prelims and mains round of exam shall be displayed by the commission soon after displaying respective results on the official website. Cut off marks vary every year, and it depends on the number of candidates who applied for the position against the total number of vacancies present in the positions. Candidates who score higher than the cut off marks shall be successfully sent to the next round of exams.
- Results are generally displayed after every round of exams.
- Candidates can check the official website for updated information.
- Login into the website and click on the link that displays results.
- Enter valid registration details and date of birth.
- The result based on candidate details shall be displayed.
- Save/download/ print the mark sheet for all future references.
UKPSC PCS Vacancy 2020
The number of vacant positions in various state administrative departments varies every year. Based on the number of vacant positions submitted by each department, the commission cites the vacant posts to be filled by the exam. Here is the tentative listing of posts that are vacant for the current year 2020 (Subject to change).
|Vacant Position Name||Total no. of vacancies|
|Deputy Collector Post||To be updated soon|
|Deputy superintendent of police personnel||To be updated soon|
|Jail superintendent officer||To be updated soon|
|Other posts||To be updated soon|
Preparation tips to crack Uttarakhand Public Service Commission
- Keep the updated syllabus ready for reference at any given point in time.
- A lot of resources available to study from, but candidates need to be choosy.
- Online lectures, mock tests, and study materials are ready to be downloaded sources from the internet.
- Stick to the standard set of reference books laid down in commission.
- Do not pile up too much content for a particular section of the syllabus.
- Distribute time equally to cover all portions of the syllabus.
- Read lots of current affairs on daily newspapers.
- Do not miss out on referring to NCERT books.
Best books for UKPSC
Here is the recommended list of books for UKPSC preparation purpose:
- Book on special focus to Uttarakhand state by Arihant publication house.
- Book on Indian polity by M Laxmikanth
- Book on Modern history by Rajiv Ahir for spectrum series.
- Book titled “Ancient & Medieval History” by lucent publications.
- Reference book on Geography by Mahesh Barnwal
- Book on Economy of India: written by Ramesh Singh
- Book providing information on General science and technology: by Lucent publications
- Book on Uttarakhand special by Winsar
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