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Everything You Need To Know About MPSC Preparation

MPSC stands for Maharashtra Public Service Commission. Firstly, MPSC conducts exams to appoint for State Civil Services. Secondly, the Head Office is located in Maharashtra. The exam requires hard work and the correct guidance which will be provided by online or offline MPSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything that you need to know about the MPSC examination.

Table of Contents

  1. About MPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in MPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for MPSC - Online MPSC Course
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for MPSC ?
  5. Stages of Maharashtra Public Service Commission Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for Maharashtra Public Service Commission ?
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for MPSC preparation

About MPSC Examination

Maharashtra Public Service Commission recruits for various state vacancies in Maharashtra. Also, the examination takes place through the prestigious MPSC Examination. Moreover, they release various notifications to recruit candidates every year into famous government jobs. In short, the main focus of this article is to provide you information about this examination. Also, you can prepare for it through either online or offline coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in MPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays an important role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Furthermore, coaching acts as a catalyst in the preparation process and increases the chances of success. It solely depends on the candidate whether to choose it or not. In addition to increasing chances, coaching can reduce the workload of the candidate by guiding the student to study what is exactly needed. Coaching also provides an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics of the exam. However, it is to be noted that MPSC coaching is not a guarantee of your success. It will provide an environment for overall development which is essential for success in any exam.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for MPSC – Online MPSC course


  • Mostly MPSC coaching has a fixed time table. But online classes are very flexible. Moreover, candidates save the time of traveling from one place to another.
  • One of the key advantages of online MPSC is that you will never miss any lecture. Moreover, lectures are available 24 x 7 and you can watch it anytime.
  • Normally the cost of coaching for MPSC preparation is between 50,000rs to 75,000rs but online classes cost quite less.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for MPSC

Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution for all your problems in Civil services. Also, we have an expert faculty who will guide you through all the stages of preparation. Moreover, we provide high-quality study material and candidates do not face hustle for collecting it. In other words, students can trust Chahal Academy for exam preparation as the academy provides facilities for the overall development and provide an appropriate learning environment. Also, the course includes -

  • 400+ hours of MPSC Complete Foundation Course lecture series. This course includes detailed Topic-wise Coverage of the MPSC Syllabus. This course is taught by the most reliable, and senior faculty and subject matter experts supported by a dynamic and up-to-date content team. You also get personal attention from the mentors in case of difficulty.
  • 24 x 7 availability of best quality MPSC video lectures- watch from the comfort of any of your devices. It includes specialized & Digitized Classes focused on building a conceptual knowledge base of Students. Technological support and Feedback is provided by Subject Matter Experts.
  • You can choose to learn according to your time and place.
  • This course is available at Super Affordable fee structure.
  • Regular tests are conducted to improve accuracy and time management.
  • Complete study material is available in soft copy which covers static as well as updated daily & monthly Current Affairs.

Stages of Maharashtra Public Service Commission Examination

Maharashtra Public Service Commission conducts the examination in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.Moreover, the candidate has to clear each stage in order to clear the final examination.

Preliminary Examination

  • Prelims is the first stage that has 2 compulsory objective papers. Also, below is the exam pattern and its details. However, both exams are of 2 hours.

Paper Total Questions Max Marks Stanadard Medium Duration Nature of Paper
Paper I 100 200 Degree English & Marathi 2 hours Objective
Paper II 80 200 Mix of Degree and School (depends on topic - refer below) English & Marathi 2 hours Objective
  • Firstly, to qualify for the main exam, marks of both papers will be considered.
  • Secondly, Paper 1 and Paper 2 have negative marking for the wrong answers.
  • No negative marking for unanswered questions - 1/3 of the marks is deducted.
  • Decision making questions of Paper-II does not get negative marks if answered incorrectly.
  • Moreover, to qualify for the main exam, the student needs to score minimum marks.
  • On the other hand, the questions are in both English and Marathi. But the questions which are set to test a candidate's caliber in English are not in Marathi.

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination:

Students can check the MPSC Prelims Syllabus. Moreover, MPSC also provides the topic names in Syllabus. Also, it is a State Level Exam and most of the questions have a focus on Maharashtra. However, along with the right preparation strategy the candidates can prepare for Prelims as well as Mains exams simultaneously.

Paper 1

General Studies:
  • In general science, questions are generally asked from; Physics, Chemistry, Biology up to 10th standard.

Current Affairs of National/International importance:
  • The dynamic portion of the syllabus is to be covered through Current Affairs.
  • For current affairs, candidates must prepare for at least 12 months. In recent times, old current affairs have also being asked by the MPSC. Also, make sure to read about the facts and data related to the state of Maharashtra

History of India and Maharashtra:
  • General understanding of the subject with broad aspects of the history of Maharashtra.
  • Read the history of India and Maharashtra and compare how things have changed in the present. You have to read with a critical bend of mind. Try to connect how the the past has shaped the state of Maharashtra today.

Geography of India and Maharashtra: General geography and geographical division of Maharashtra and its major river systems:
  • Read about the physical, social, and economic geography of the country. Also, read about the main features of the Indian agricultural system and natural resources.
  • Read particular industries and their location. Subsequently, practice mapping work to point out important sites.

Indian Polity:
  • Questions will test your knowledge of the country’s political system. You should read about Panchayati Raj, community development, and planning in India and Maharashtra, etc.
General Studies:
  • Read about the nature and character of the nineteenth-century resurgence, growth of nationalism, and attainment of Independence with special reference to Maharashtra.

Paper 2

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills including communication skills too.
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic numbers and data Interpretation of the 10th level.
  • Also, Marathi and English language comprehension skills of the 10th or 12th level. However, questions related to these will be tested without providing any translations.

Mains Examination

After cracking the prelims, the student appears for the mains and the syllabus and exam pattern are given below. Secondly, in MPSC mains there are 6 mandatory papers. Paper 1 and 2 are language but the 3, 4, 5, and 6 are general studies paper. However, there are no optional subjects in the mains. Below is the exam pattern of MPSC mains -
Paper Subject Total Marks Standard Medium Duration Nature of Questions
1 Marathi & English (Essay/ Translation/ Precis) 100 XII Std. Marathi & English 3 hours Descriptive
2 Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension) 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
3 General Studies I 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
4 General Studies II 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
5 General Studies III 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
6 General Studies IV 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
  • No negative marking is there for objective questions.
  • Students need to attempt all the papers to qualify for the Interview.
Total Marks of Mains Examination - 800 marks

Mains Syllabus

Paper 1 - Marathi and English
  • Section 1 (Marathi) - Firstly, this exam is of 50 marks and has 3 parts. Secondly, there is an essay writing on either of the 2 topics or subjects. The word limit is 400 words. After that, 2 English paragraphs need to be translated into Marathi. Last but not least, this paper comprises of Precis writing.
  • Section 2 (English) - Further, Section 2 is also of 50 marks and has 3 parts. First is essay writing on either of the 2 topics in 400 words. Second is the translation of the Marathi paragraph into English. And last is Precis writing.

Paper 2 - Marathi and English (Grammar and Comprehension)
  • Section 1 (Marathi) - Firstly, this is also of 50 marks. Secondly, it comprises of 2 parts Grammar and comprehension. The grammar section includes idioms, phrases, Synonym, Punctuation, and much more.
  • Section 2 (English) - This also is of 50 marks. Moreover, it also comprises 2 parts including Grammar and comprehension.

Paper 3 - General Studies 1 (History & Geography) (150 marks)
  • HISTORY - Firstly, the history section includes the History of Modern India specifically Maharashtra. Secondly, it includes the introduction of modern education like the Press, railway, Industries, Land reforms, and much more. Then, it has the establishment of British rule in India, socio-cultural changes, economic and social awakening, growth and emergence of Indian Nationalism, a national movement in the Gandhi era, India after Independence, Specific social reformers of Maharashtra and Cultural Heritage of Maharashtra from ancient to modern.
  • GEOGRAPHY - This part includes physical geography, Maharashtra's economic geography, Social and human geography of Maharashtra, environmental & population geography, and remote sensing.
  • GEOGRAPHY AND AGRICULTURE - It includes Agro-ecology, climate, soils, and water management.

Paper 4 - General Studies 2 (Indian Constitution, Politics, and law) (150 Marks)
  • This paper is also of 150 marks. It includes the Constitution of India, Major amendments to the constitution and amendment procedure, Political system, Administration, and state government.
  • Moreover, it also has district administration, urban and local government, educational system, parties and pressure group, media, and the electoral process.
  • On the other hand, read about administrative law, state and central government privileges, pertinent laws, social welfare and legislation, public services, and public expenditure control.

Paper 5 - General Studies 3
  • HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT - This part includes education, Vocational Education, Health, and Rural development.

Paper 6 - General Studies 4
  • ECONOMY AND PLANNING - This part includes education, Vocational Education, Health and rural development.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS - Further, it includes the universal declaration of human rights, child & women development, youth & tribal development, development for socially deprived classes, welfare for aged people, and the welfare of labour & disabled persons. Also, People's rehabilitation, Regional & international organizations, consumer protection, values & ethics.

Interview Stage

MPSC Mock Interview

  • Interview is of 100 marks. Basically it is viva type Q & A type series where, questions pertaining to current affairs and educational background are being asked from candidate.
  • The Viva-voce tests the personality of the candidates. You will be asked about general events in and around the world. The interview panel tests your presence of mind and alertness. You do not have to be very intelligent or very smart. You must have an idea of your surrounding and a sensible approach to it. Your overall health and fitness will also be considered. You can choose to either speak in English or Hindi.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for MPSC preparation

Educational Qualification

  • In order sit in Maharashtra Public Service Commission, candidate must have degree of recognized university equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Arts .Bachelor of commerce or of any technical subject.
  • Aspiring candidate, who is in the last year of graduation, can also sit in this examination.

Age Limit

  • The candidates should not be less than 18 years and not more than 33 years before examination.
  • The lower age limit for the MPSC is 21 years and the upper age limit is 37 years of age for the general category of students. The SC, ST and OBC candidates can claim age relaxation of 5 years over and above the upper age limit.

Cut-Off Marks

The cut off for the examination of 2017 of Maharashtra Public Service Commission, which was announced in September 2019 was:
  • For the General category, the cutoff for prelims was: 194 marks
  • For the SC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 190 marks
  • For the ST category, the cutoff for prelims was: 170 marks
  • For the OBC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 192 marks
Number of Attempts- The candidate can apply any number of times.

How to Prepare for Maharashtra Public Service commission

For Prelims

  • You have to focus on the basics for the MPSC Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
  • Newspaper- Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from Maharashtra.
  • NCERTs- These are government authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. You have to read these books properly to understand advanced level books. If you have read these books before, a speed reading will also do. Do not skip these under any circumstances.
  • Read fewer books- Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes- Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
  • Revision is the key- The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. And practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock tests- Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.

For Mains

  • Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
  • NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC , etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep your shorter booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Mock Tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.

For Interview

  • To prepare for the interview, you should practice various mock tests. Because it will enhance and polish your skills. Also, you will get the experience of the Q & A round. Above all, you should be updated about all the current affairs.

Booklist for MPSC preparation


  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. Maharashtra Special: You can pick any book for Maharashtra special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Maharashtra special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.

At last, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by giving everything by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of MPSC for further details.

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