The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) conducts recruitment exams for various posts in the state administration.
Aspriants can find the application process, MPSC Exam Calendar 2020, and more at our MPSC exam page.
In this article, we will provide free study material for MPSC 2020 State Service Exam preparation including the list of the best books, NCERT notes, and current affairs.
These resources will be especially helpful for those candidates who are simultaneously preparing for MPSC Exam and UPSC IAS Exam.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts recruitment exams on the pan-India level. The different State Service Commissions have modelled their exam pattern and syllabus on the lines of the UPSC Civil Services Exam.
Common aspects of MPSC preparation and UPSC preparation:
- Current Affairs preparation is important
- NCERT books are an essential resource
- Standard reference books such as Laxmikanth’s Polity, Bipin Chandra for History etc.
- Answer writing practice and going through previous years’ MPSC question papers
Candidates should note that for any state service exam, preparing the different subjects/topics (Current Affairs, History, Polity, Geography etc.) should be done keeping the state in focus.
For e.g., if you are preparing for MPSC Exam 2020, then you need to go through Maharashtra-specific Current Affairs, History, Geography etc. as well.
Also, as a first step, candidates should familiarise themselves with the complete MPSC Syllabus (Prelims and Mains) and Exam Pattern.
MPSC Study Material
The study material for MPSC preparation comprises:
- MPSC Exam Books in Marathi (State Board and reference books)
- Books in English
- Current Affairs
- The Hindu
- Press Information Bureau (PIB)
- Yojana Magazine
- NCERT books and notes
Online preparation for MPSC is possible as most resources are available online. However, candidates who plan to take the exam in English will have some difficulty as books specific to Maharashtra state are available mostly in Marathi.
The books best aligned to the MPSC syllabus are given below.
The best books especially for preparing Maharashtra state-related topics/questions in the MPSC exam are:
|History of Modern Maharashtra||SS Gathal|
|Geography of Maharashtra||Nirali Publication|
|Panchayat Raj||Kishor Lavate|
|Deepstambh Spardha Pariksha Arthashastra 1||Kiran Desale|
|MPSC CSAT Simplified||Dhyandeep Publication|
|Fundamental of Agriculture Volume 1||Kushal Publication|
You should also refer to the standard reference books which are recommended for UPSC CSE preparation.
Candidates who are looking for MPSC books will find a list of these books helpful for both MPSC and UPSC preparation.
UPSC/MPSC Book List:- Download PDF Here
MPSC toppers recommend state board books and NCERT books for kickstarting your exam preparation.
You can download NCERT books PDFs from the linked article.
Also, find below the NCERT notes for MPSC exam preparation.
- NCERT Notes: Ancient Indian History Notes
- NCERT Notes: Medieval Indian History Notes
- NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History Notes
- NCERT Notes: Art And Culture
- NCERT Notes: Geography Notes
If you are also preparing for UPSC, check our UPSC 2020 page for free study material, preparation strategy, MCQs, books and notes.
MPSC Current Affairs
The current affairs preparation for MPSC state service exam has to focus on events of national and international importance along with important recent events concerning the state of Maharashtra.
Developing the habit of reading the newspaper daily is important. However, aspirants should not spend more than one hour per day reading the newspaper. For MPSC preparation, candidates should make notes from newspapers and align the same with the syllabus of the exam.
Here, you can find Daily News Analysis from The Hindu and The Indian Express.
More links for MPSC current affairs preparation (and UPSC):
MPSC Preparation has to be as per the exam pattern. As question papers in both MPSC Prelims and Mains are objective type (except for one language paper in Mains), candidates should prepare accordingly.
Check the MPSC Eligibility Criteria here.