MPSC Syllabus 2019 - Prelims And Mains MPSC Exam Pattern

The Maharashtra State Government conducts various exams every year in order to recruit people into the different wings of the state administration.

The exams are conducted and overseen by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC).

The State Service Exam, also called the MPSC Rajyaseva exam is conducted every year and this recruits officers into the administrative departments under the Maharashtra State Government.

The MPSC also conducts other examinations such as Subordinate Services, Class C Services, Engineering Services, Agriculture Services, Judicial Services, etc. In this article, you can read all about the MPSC State Service exam syllabus and paper pattern.

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MPSC Prelims Syllabus (English):- Download PDF Here

MPSC Exam Pattern

Like the UPSC civil services exam, the MPSC state services exam is also conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

A candidate has to clear one stage in order to be eligible for the subsequent stage, i.e, if he/she clears the prelims, he/she moves onto the mains, clearing which he/she would be summoned for the final stage (interview) of the MPSC exam.

Check the MPSC exam eligibility here.

Stage 1: MPSC Preliminary Exam

This exam consists of two papers, both of which are objective in nature. Take a look at the following table for the details of the prelims exam. Please note that both papers are compulsory.

Paper No. No. of Questions Total Marks Standard 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
  • Candidates should note that there is negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • For every incorrect answer, the candidate will be penalised 1/3rd of the marks allocated to that question.
  • The questions on decision making (Paper II) do not attract negative marks if incorrectly answered. These are generally question numbers from 74 to 80 in Paper II.
  • In MPSC, both Paper I and II are counted for the merit ranking for qualifying for the MPSC mains.

Important: In the IAS exam, the UPSC CSAT paper in Prelims is just a qualifying paper (33% qualifying criteria)

  • The prelims marks are not counted for the final merit list.
  • All the questions are set in English and Marathi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

Stage 2: MPSC Mains Exam

In the mains exam, there are six compulsory papers. Paper I and Paper II are language papers while Papers 3, 4, 5 and 6 are general studies papers. There are no optional subjects in the MPSC, a change which was made in 2012.

In MPSC Mains, there is negative marking in the objective question papers.

The following table gives the MPSC exam pattern of the State Service Exam Mains:

Paper Subject Total Marks Standard Medium Duration Nature of Questions
Paper 1 Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis) 100 XII Std. Marathi & English 3 hours Descriptive
Paper 2 Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension) 100 XII Std. Marathi & English 1 hour MCQs
Paper 3 General Studies I 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
Paper 4 General Studies II 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
Paper 5 General Studies III 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
Paper 6 General Studies IV 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs

Stage 3: Interview

Candidates who clear the mains exam are summoned for the MPSC interview. In this round, a panel of the MPSC board assesses the candidate for his/her suitability for the administrative career through a personal discussion. This is more like a personality test where apart from knowledge, the candidate’s attributes such as aptitude, presence of mind, communication skills, etc. are evaluated.

Find MPSC Question Papers for State Service Exam here.

MPSC Syllabus

In this section, you can read/download the detailed MPSC Exam Syllabus PDF for prelims and mains (English and Marathi).

Though many topics overlap with the UPSC syllabus, it is not entirely the same. Also, there is a specific focus on Maharashtra, as mentioned explicitly in the syllabus.

With the right preparation strategy, it is possible for candidates to prepare for both exams simultaneously.

For books, current affairs updates and free study material, check our MPSC preparation page.

MPSC Prelims Syllabus

The detailed syllabus for MPSC Prelims is given below:

Paper I (200 marks)

  1. Current events of state, national and international importance.
  2. History of India (with special reference to Maharashtra) and Indian National Movement.
  3. Maharashtra, India and world geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  4. Maharashtra and India – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Urban Governance, Public Policy, Rights Issue, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
  7. General Science

Paper II (200 marks)

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision-making and problem-solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)
  7. Marathi and English language comprehension skills (Class X/XII level) Questions relating to this will be tested through passages from Marathi and English language without providing cross translation thereof in the question paper.

MPSC Mains Syllabus

The syllabus for the six papers in the MPSC mains is given below.

MPSC Mains Syllabus:- Download PDF Here

Paper I – Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis) – Descriptive Paper – 100 marks

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks)

  • Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  • Translation – English paragraph to be translated into Marathi, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  • Precis writing

Section 2: English (50 marks)

  • Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  • Translation – Marathi paragraph to be translated into English, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  • Precis writing

Paper II – Marathi & English (Grammar and Comprehension) – Objective – 100 marks

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks)

  • Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
  • Comprehension

Section 2: English (50 marks)

  • Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
  • Comprehension

Paper III – General Studies I (History & Geography) – Objective – 150 marks

History

MPSC Syllabus (History - Mains Exam) for State Service Exam at BYJU'S

Geography

MPSC Syllabus for State Service Exam - Mains

Geography and Agriculture

MPSC Mains Syllabus For State Service Exam

Paper IV – General Studies II (Indian Constitution & Indian Politics & Law) – Objective – 150 marks

MPSC Syllabus 2019 - Mains Exam (Polity)
MPSC Syllabus for State Service Exam Mains - GS II
MPSC Mains Syllabus - State Service Exam 2019

Paper V – General Studies III (Human Resource Development & Human Rights) – Objective – 150 marks

Human Resource Development

MPSC Mains Syllabus for GS III

Human Rights

MPSC Syllabus for state service mains exam
MPSC Syllabus - GS III

Paper VI – General Studies IV (Economy & Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development) – Objective – 150 marks

Economy and Planning

MPSC Mains Syllabus for GS IV paper in State Service Exam

Economics of Development and Agriculture

MPSC GS IV Syllabus for State Service Exam
State Service Exam 2019 Syllabus - GS IV
State Service Exam Syllabus for MPSC Mains 2019

Science and technology developments

MPSC GS IV syllabus for State Service Exam

MPSC Mains Syllabus in Marathi:- Download PDF Here

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