Eligibility for PCS Exam 2021: Revised PCS Eligibility Criteria and Required Educational Qualifications for PCS 2021

Eligibility for PCS Exam 2021

PCS full form goes by ‘Provincial Civil Service.’ Examination for PCS is held through Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC). Government of Uttar Pradesh conscripts PCS officers from Group A or B officers to include these officers in the managerial branch of Uttar Pradesh state. It belongs amongst the three prestigious branches of feeder services. So if you are a PCS aspirant, you must have an idea of  PCS exam eligibility 2021 like PCS exam educational qualification, age restrictions, exam syllabus, and all the other related topics so that you can appear for PCS exam with 100% preparation and eligibility. This blog will certainly help you to know the same.

Eligibility for PCS Exam

UPPSC has revised their eligibility criteria most recently, and these revised criteria will be considered and followed till 2021. You must take a look into every eligibility criteria very precisely. This will aid in a better understanding of queries to understand who is eligible to give PCS exam? The eligibility criteria constitute physical attributes, educational qualification and age restrictions.

PCS Exam Educational Qualification

Holding a Bachelor’s degree from an acknowledged university or any comparable qualification degree is the standard educational qualification required for PSC candidates. However, specific qualifications are mandatory if applying for certain specific posts of PCS officers. The following table specifies the special educational qualification required:

Post  Mandatory Qualification
DIET (Senior Lecturer) B.Ed and Post Graduate Degree
District probation officer Degree of Post Qualification of any acknowledged university in Sociology  Diploma, Psychology, from anyone department Social Work.
District Administrative Office Degree of post-graduation.
Sub Registrar & Assistant Prosecuting Officer Graduated in law.
Assistant Conservator of Forest or Range Forest officer Candidates graduated in Engineering, Geology Forestry, Zoology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics.
Assistant Labor Commissioner Economics, Sociology, Commerce or Law must be subjects included in a graduate degree of arts.
Labor Enforcement Officer Graduated with Personnel Management, Sociology, Labor welfare, Commerce, Social work, Trade Management, Economics.
District Adult Officer The candidate graduated with a Commerce degree.
Statistical Officer Post-graduation with subjects like Mathematics, Mathematical or Agricultural Statistics
Food Safety Officer/ Designated Officer Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry or Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Oil Technology, Technology of food, Agricultural Science, Biotechnology, Veterinary Sciences, Dairy Technology, Biochemistry from any acknowledged University.
Child Development Project Officer Sociology, Home Science, Social Work undergraduate degree.
Controller Legal Measurement Assistant Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree or graduation with physics.

There have been repetitive questions amongst the PCS candidates “Is BTech eligible for PCS exam?” The answer to this question is yes since PCS exams consider all the graduates with a bachelor’s degree from any university in India.

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PCS Age Limit Criteria

For the general category, the minimum age required is 21 years and the maximum age extent is 40 years. The maximum age limit for all other reserved categories is of 45 years except for the physically challenged aspirants of the PSC in UP. Their maximum age extent is 55 years, which signifies that physically challenged people are given an age relaxation of about 15 years and that of 5 years is given to every other remaining reserved category.

PCS Syllabus 2021

PCS examinations are divided into objective patterns of two Prelim papers and descriptive patterns of eight Mains papers. PCS syllabus is somewhat similar to that of UPSC exams.

Syllabus of Prelim paper 1 Syllabus of Prelim paper 2
General science Communication and Interpersonal Skill.
Environmental ecology, Climate change and Biodiversity. Analytical Ability, comprehension and reasoning with logic.
International and national Current Affairs Standard English till class tenth.
History of Ancient, Medieval and Modern India. Decision-making and problem-solving.
Social, Economical and physical geography of the whole world, especially India. Fundamental Mathematics till class tenth.
Indian Governance- Polity, Economy and Culture Comprehensive Hindi till class tenth
Development in social and economical sectors. Comprehensive Mental ability.

Candidates who clear the prelim exams have an opportunity to clear the mains, which consists of eight essays patterned papers. The first paper is based on Comprehensive Hindi and paper 2 includes descriptive answers which have three parts, and each topic of each section should be of 700 words. Paper 3,4,5 and 6 are based on comprehensive studies. Paper 7 and 8 are based on the subjects you choose from 34 listed subjects by UPPSC. The descriptive answers should be of 700 words. The detailed syllabus of mains is available on UPPSC official site – http://uppsc.up.nic.in/.

Other PCS Eligibility Criteria

Physical attributes are also one of the eligibility criteria after qualifying prelims and mains. Based on specific posts, the physical attributes criteria change. The physical attributes are required for the following posts:

  1. Range forest officer
  2. Excise Inspector etc.
  3. Dy. Superintendent of Police
  4. Assistant Conservator of Forest
  5. District Commandant Home Guards
  6. Superintendent of Jail

The fully informed and detailed physical attributes for specific posts are displayed on the official sites of UPPSC. The walking test is also conducted as an eligibility criterion. For male candidates it is necessary to cover a range of 25 kilometres in 4 hours and for female candidates it ranges about 15 kilometres in 4 hours. These attributes are, however, considered after or during the interview.


All these eligibility criteria should be kept in mind while preparing or applying for UPPSC exams for ease in qualifying for these exams. The syllabus is pretty similar to that of IAS exams. Various types of study materials are available online and offline to prepare yourselves for the given syllabus.

The newly revised eligibility criteria allow the candidate to choose the optional subjects in the mains. Both the papers are conducted offline. The age extent is from 21 to 40 years old for all the genders. Every reserved category is given age relaxation of 5 years, and physically challenged people are given age relaxation of 15 years. The syllabus has been revised in 2020. To catch-up with more information regarding PCS and other civil services exams, be connected with our regular blog.

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