How To Become UPAPO (Uttar Pradesh Assistant Prosecution Officer)

UPAPO, which stands for Uttar Pradesh Assistant Prosecution Officer, is an examination conducted by Uttar Pradesh Commission for the APO post. Thousands of candidates attempt this exam every year to get this prestigious government job, but as seats are in limited numbers, which is around 50, only a few of them get selected.

This is one of the gazetted posts that many people want to get in because the pay is quite high, and the selected candidates avail of many benefits that this job provides. The exam level is medium to high because the seats are limited, so you can say that it’s a pretty challenging competitive exam that only high scorers can crack.

If you’re planning to write this exam, you first need to know about the APO exam preparation and what you have to do to get this post. In this article, I’ve broken down the things and steps you will need to go through to become a UPAPO.

How Do You Become UPAPO (Uttar Pradesh Assistant Prosecution Officer)

Let’s start with the basic things-

UPAPO Eligibility

The candidate should be a citizen of India to apply for this exam. Even though it’s an exam for the posts in UP, candidates from other states can still apply for it. People having citizenship outside the country can’t apply for this exam.

The age criteria for this exam are important to consider. A minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 40 years as of 01.04.2022. If you fall between these criteria, you can apply for this exam.

Age relaxation is also given in this exam to certain category people. If you belong to SC/ST/OBC category, you will get 45 years of age relaxation, and if you belong to the PWD category, you will get 55 years of age relaxation.

Educational qualification is another important aspect of eligibility for this exam. The candidate should be graduated in any stream from a renowned government or private institution. A candidate with any equivalent qualification recognized by the central government can also apply for this exam. The candidates can even apply for this exam in their final semester.

UPAPO Selection Process

The selection process consists of a set of steps a candidate must take to be selected for this post. The selection process for this post is based on three major steps: the preliminary exam, the main exam, and the interview.

Preliminary or prelim is the first exam every applicant must appear to qualify for further steps. To appear in the mains exam, the next step after the prelim, the candidate must score the minimum qualifying marks in the prelim exam.

The prelim is conducted for screening purposes. The main interviews are the deciding factors for one’s final selection, and the candidate needs to score well in both these steps to qualify for this exam. Once you qualify for all the steps, you will be appointed as APO in Uttar Pradesh.

UPAPO Exam Pattern

Exam pattern is another important thing to look at when you want to know how to become an Assistant Prosecution Officer (APO). The exam patterns for prelims and mains are different, as the prelim is easier than the mains. Following is the breakdown of both prelims and main exam patterns.

Prelims Exam Pattern

Section Subject Questions Marks
First part General 50 50
Second part Law 100 100
Total 150 150

The duration of the prelim exam is 2 hours. Next, you will know the exam pattern of the main exam.

Mains Exam Pattern

Subject Marks
General Knowledge 100
General Hindi 100
Criminal law and procedure 100
Law of evidence 100
Total 400

The mains exam is 3 hours long as it has more subjects. 

So this was all about the exam pattern. Other factors include the syllabus and questions that keep changing year to year, so you will need to check them for the year you would apply for this exam.


UPAPO is a government job exam conducted to select the APO post in Uttar Pradesh. This is a prestigious government job that thousands of candidates fight for.

To become an APO, a candidate needs to know the exam pattern and eligibility criteria and complete the selection process. Apart from that, the candidate will need to ace the subjects asked in the exam to score well in all the exams, including the interview.

So this was all about how to become UPAPO, and I hope you have found this article helpful.