Treatment of complex upper end tibial fractures has always been a challenge to orthopaedic surgeons. Though the roentgenogram results are satisfactory, the clinical and functional outcomes especially in terms of squatting/cross-leg sitting after long term follow-up are little known. Hence, we have done this study with a primary aim to assess the clinico-radiological and functional outcomes after operative fixation (mostly by locking plates) in complex upper end tibial fractures and a secondary aim to analyze correlation between functional outcome scores/range of motion (ROM) and the ability to squat & sit cross-legged in post-operative period. This prospective study included a total of 33 patients who were mainly treated with locking plates. In the follow-up, patients were assessed clinico-radiologically and outcome measurements were determined using the Tegner-Lysholm (T-L) Knee Score. Patients were categorized according to their ability to squat/sit cross-legged and a subgroup analysis was performed by comparing mean ROM and T-L score in each group. Majority of patients were in young and adult age group with a male to female ratio of 4.5:1. The average age was 42.39 ±14.64 years. Road traffic accident was the most common mode of injury. Average time interval between injury and surgery was 5.8±4.4 days. All the fractures united by 5-9 months. Mean ROM and T-L score at last follow-up were 120.94°±13.63° and 88.12±7.24 respectively. Average shortening, varus and valgus deformity were 0.43±0.09 cm, 2.12°±0.62° and 1.06°±0.45° respectively. 14 patients (42.42%) were able to squat and 15 (45.45%) were able to sit cross-legged postoperatively. Upon subgroup analysis, difference of mean ROM in those who could squat/sit cross-legged was found statistically significant (p≤0.05), however the difference in mean functional scores was not significant (p≥0.05). Complex upper tibial fractures are a difficult entity to deal with. Anatomical locking plates take care of the alignment, articular congruity as well as ligamentous balancing thus giving good mid-term outcomes after ORIF/MIPO. However, applicability of the present functional outcome scores in assessing squatting/cross leg sitting remains doubtful. More weightage needs to be given to these activities to evaluate the outcome in South Asian population. Copyright © 2020. Published by Elsevier Ltd.