UPSSSC PET Exam Preparation – Exam pattern, Tips and Syllabus

UPSSSC PET Exam preparation: UPSSSC Uttar Pradesh subordinate service selection board conducts the PET (preliminary eligibility test) exam every year

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UPSSSC PET Exam preparation: UPSSSC Uttar Pradesh subordinate service selection board conducts the PET (preliminary eligibility test) exam every year for the recruitment of group B and Group C posts. In this article, we will discuss the PET exam.



UPSSSC Uttar Pradesh subordinate service selection board conducts the PET (preliminary eligibility test) exam every year for the recruitment of group Band group C post, This exam is a preliminary stage for the various exams which are going to be conducted in the state in group C and group D.

After clearing this preliminary exam candidate will qualify for the next stages of the recruitment process which are the mains exam, skill test, and descriptive test as per the demand and nature of the post.

Strategy for UPSSSC PET

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As we know that in the era of these technological advancements, the competition is rising exponentially, so to meet the need for fast recruitment and to eliminate the various stale factors from the recruitment process UPSSSC PET examination has been introduced by the government of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2021 as the preliminary stage for all the group B and group C post recruitment,

This exam consists of mainly four sections: Mathematics (Quantitative aptitude), General Intelligence (Reasoning), Hindi, English, and general knowledge, including history, Geography, political science, general awareness, etc. A person appearing for the exam needs to prepare strategically.

A proper timetable should be made and followed by the candidate to ensure a high chance to clear the exam.

The pattern of UPSSSC PET

UPSSC PET exam is an offline mode examination, There are 100 questions and the exam is objective type with a negative marking of 1/4 (0.25 marks )for every wrong answer you mark. The maximum marks are 100. The total duration of this exam will be of 2 hours.

Marks distribution in UPSSSC PET

SUBJECTnumber of questionsmarks
Hindi comprehension1010
Data interpretation1010
Current affairs1010
English(Comprehension and grammar)55
verbal and non-verbal Reasoning55
Indian History and freedom movements1010
Quantitative aptitude1515
Indian economy55
Indian Geography55
Indian constitution and governance55
General Hindi55

Preparation strategy for UPSSSC PET Exam

UPSSSC PET exam is divided into 5 sections of 20 marks each

  • Quantitative Aptitude (Mathematics)
  • Reasoning Ability
  • General Hindi and Hindi comprehension
  • General English comprehension and grammar
  • General Awareness(History, geography, political science and governance, general science eg, physics chemistry biology, and current affairs.

A candidate must prepare every subject according to his or her strength and weakness the focus should be on your weaker section while simultaneously keeping an eye on your strong section, for example, if a candidate is good in English he or she can assign more time to mathematics and other weaker sections and can assign time to Hindi section accordingly.

Let’s discuss the preparation strategy for each and every section. assuming that the candidate is a beginner and needs to focus on every subject.

Quantitative Aptitude(Mathematics)

  • A candidate must assign at least 2 hours a day to mathematics.
  • start with your weaker areas you should focus on building your concepts first.
  • Practice is the key, The question you will find in the exam is of 10th level so take a good book and practice accordingly.
  • First, start with NCERT books and move towards RD Sharma or RS Agarwal.
  • You can take help from online sources also, like youtube and quora etc.
  • Learn tables to 20 and squares(1-50) and cubes (1-30) and also practice calculations mentally this will help in the exam saving you precious time.
  • Try to solve as many previous year questions as possible.

Reasoning Ability

  • At least one hour should be given to this section.
  • Follow online sources to clear your concepts like youtube and various online material
  • Focus on learning a good method that fits your understanding.
  • practice last year’s questions and give sectional mocks to diversify your preparation
  • Follow the offline material also for practice like the reasoning ability book by Arihant.

General Hindi

  • An hour should be assigned to the Hindi section also.
  • Read a regional or national Hindi newspaper like Dainik Jagran to develop reading habits this will help you in the comprehension part and save you some precious time in the exam
  • learning the basics of Hindi grammar will help you.
  • Hindi is a scoring subject for most of the candidates, solving previous year’s questions and at least one comprehension every day.

General English

  • 1 hour is sufficient for the English section but if this is your weaker section try giving an extra chunk of time to this subject as English can be the deciding subject in your result
  • Read a good English newspaper like The Hindu or Indian express to develop your understanding of English moreover, this will help you in increasing your reading skills and grammar skills.
  • Solve as much last year’s questions as possible.

General Awareness

  • General knowledge is a vast subject you can assign as much time as possible for this section because there are so many subjects that come under this section.
  • Start with history and move as per the subject of your choice and reading the newspaper daily will help you in preparing the current affair portion.
  • Follow a good book like Lucent’s Gk book as it covers every subject that the examiner can ask under this subject.
  • For the last minute, the preparation candidate should buy a book by Manohar Pandey, which is a good source of general knowledge with brief facts.

By following a proper strategy this exam can be cleared easily, Strategy could be different for a different candidate according to his \her strength and weakness, some candidates are good in English and the Hindi section is their weaker point so they can assign more time to Hindi and less time to English, but the crux of this discussion is that a person going for any competitive exam must follow a proper time table and strategy with consistency, Consistency is the key.

Try solving as many mock tests as possible and previous years’ question papers are also very help full.


As it is a known fact that this is an objective type exam which means there are 4 options for every question and the candidate must mark the correct answers the key factor is the time which is only 2 hours, there are some tips to tackle the examination effectively

  • There are only 2 hours so a candidate should not give much time to a single question he or she should move to the next question immediately if in doubt.
  • Always attempt your strong part first as this will increase your confidence level and there is a high chance that you will answer correctly.
  • there is a negative marking on the paper that is 1\4 (0.25 marks) the candidate should work on his or her accuracy.
  • Take proper rest a day before the examination and avoid eating too much oily and junk food before the exam
  • reach the venue half an hour early before the time mentioned in your admit card.
  • All documents must be checked one day before the examination day.
  • Keep yourself calm during the examination as this will affect your performance in the examination hall
  • Do not indulge in talking to any candidate during the examination.

Also, read UPSSSC PET Result 2023 OUT; Check Merit List, Cut Off Marks @

What is the qualification required for appearing in the UPSSSC PET examination?

A candidate who wants to appear in this exam must be a 10th pass.

What is the age eligibility for appearing in the exam?

A candidate older than 18 years and not older than 40 years can appear in the exam.

What is the maximum number of attempts a candidate can give?

A candidate can appear in this exam till the maximum age limit which is 40 years.

Which are the posts I am eligible for after clearing UPSSSC PET

All group B and C posts like X-ray technician, Up lekhpal, Junior assistant etc

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