APO Exam

About Exam

Appointment of a Public Prosecutor is done by every High Court by the central government or state government under the provisions of Section 24 of the CrPC 1973 for conducting any prosecution, appeal or proceedings in the Court. For every district, the State Government shall appoint a Public Prosecutor and may also appoint one or more Assistant Public Prosecutors for the district. Assistant Public Prosecutors are those who provide assistance to the Public Prosecutor on legal matters, like collection of evidence, collection of complete details regarding the case, etc. They also prepare court documents on behalf of the Public Prosecutor.

Exam Stages

UP APO Selection process involves three stages:

  1. UP APO Prelims Exam
  2. UP  APO Mains Exam
  3. Personal interview

The marks of the Preliminary Exam are not counted for the final ranking. Prelims is a screening test to select the candidates for the Main Exam. A candidate’s final rank in the exam depends only on the mark scored in the Main exam and Interview.

Exam Pattern

Sr No Paper Name Questions Marks Duration
1 General Studies 50 50 2 Hours
2 Law 100 100
Sr. No Subjects Marks       Duration
1 General Knowledge 100 Time Duration for
all papers is 3 Hours
2 General Hindi 100
3 Criminal Law & Procedure 100
4 Law of Evidence 100
5 Total 400

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must have  hold a law degree from any recognized university up to the last date for receipt of application
Category Age Relaxation
General 18 Year – 40 Year
SC/ST/OBC 18 Year – 45 Years
PWD 18 Year – 55 Years


Pay band of Rs. 47,600 to Rs. 1,51,100 per month



  • Criminal Law & Procedure,
  • Police Act & Regulations of Law Degree Standard
  • Law of Evidence that has direct & applied question of Law Degree Level

General Knowledge:

  • Indian history and culture,
  • World and Indian Geography,
  • UP-related history,
  • Geography and events,
  • Indian Parliament and Constitution,
  • Indian National Movement,
  • Indian Polity & Governance,
  • Important national and international days,
  • Finance and Economics,
  • Famous Books & Authors,
  • Sports and Games,
  • Discoveries , Obituaries,
  • International organizations and abbreviations,
  • Current Affairs: Awards, Events, International and National News,
  • General Science

General Hindi:

  • वाक्य सुधार,
  • सन्धियां,
  • कारक,
  • वाक्यांशों के लिए शब्द निर्माण,
  • रस,
  • विलोम,
  • पर्यायवाची,
  • वर्तनी, त्रुटि से सम्बंधित
  • अनेकार्थी शब्द,
  • वचन,
  • तत्सम एवं तदभव,
  • लोकोक्तियाँ एवं मुहावरें
  • वाक्य संशोधन – लिंग आदि

Previous Year Paper

Notes & Booklist


PCS-2023 (Prelims)

Sunday – 28th May 2023


PCS-2023 (Mains)

15th September 2023 onwards



Apart from NCERT Books (Class 6-12), 10-15 standard reference textbooks are recommended for UPSC preparation.
Some of the best-selling books are:

  • Indian Polity – by M. Laxmikanth & DD Basu
  • Important Acts that Transformed India – by Alex Andrews George
  • Important Judgments that Transformed India – by Alex Andrews George
  • Indian Art and Culture – by Nitin Singhania
  • Ancient and Medieval India – by Poonam Dalal Dahiya
  • Modern Indian History – by Sonali Bansal and Snehil Tripathi
  • Certificate Physical And Human Geography – by Goh Cheng Leong
  • Geography of India – by Majid Husain
  • Oxford Student Atlas for India
  • Indian Economy – by Ramesh Singh
  • Indian Economy – by Nitin Singhania
  • Science and Technology – by Ravi P. Agrahari
  • Environment and Ecology –by Vaishali Anand
  • International Relations – by Pavneet Singh
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – by Niraj Kumar
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