MPSC Syllabus - Latest MPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains

Maharashtra Public Service Commission conducts State Service Examination, also called, Maharashtra Rajyaseva Pariksha. Get the latest updates about MPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern below:

Changes in MPSC Syllabus

In a recent notification, MPSC has announced the revision of the MPSC Mains Syllabus. The revised exam pattern is more descriptive in nature and resembles the exam pattern of UPSC. Now it will have 9 papers instead of six. The MPSC Mains exam will be held for a total of 1,750 marks instead of 800. In the new exam pattern of MPSC Mains, the marks scored in the two language papers will not be included in the merit scoring instead they have been made qualifying in nature. Other than these two, there are 7 compulsory papers which include one essay paper, 4 general studies papers and 2 papers on one optional subject chosen from a list of 26 subjects. The candidates can check the revised syllabus for MPSC Rajyaseva Exam (Mains) in this article below.

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Changes in MPSC Exam Pattern

The Commission has made the changes in the exam pattern w.r.t to the negative marking in the Objective Type Question Papers. Against 1/3rd negative marking which was earlier allotted to every incorrect answer, the commission now has allowed a negative marking of 25% or 1/4 of the total marks, for every wrong answer.

In this article, you can get the latest MPSC State Service Syllabus and the exam pattern.

Aspirants can get other relevant information like the release date of admit card, recruitment details, and the latest results from the linked articles below:

MPSC Admit Card MPSC Notification
MPSC Result MPSC Preparation

MPSC Exam Pattern [Revised]

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.

MPSC Preliminary Exam Pattern

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 1/4 of the marks allocated to that question.
  • For every question where a candidate has given two options as answers, he/she will be attracting a negative marking of 25 per cent of the total marks assigned to that question.
  • The questions on decision making (Paper-II) do not attract negative marks***************** if incorrectly answered. These generally comprise 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.

MPSC Prelims Syllabus (English):-Download PDF Here

MPSC Mains Exam Pattern [Revised]

The MPSC has announced a new exam pattern for the year 2023. The commission has brought significant changes to the exam pattern which are discussed below:

MPSC Mains Exam Scheme
Written Examination 1750 Marks (Number of Question Papers – 9)
Interview and Personality Test 275 Marks
Total Marks 2025 Marks

The detailed exam pattern of the MPSC Rajyaseva Mains exam is as follows:

MPSC State Services Mains Exam Pattern [Revised]
Subject  Marks & Time Duration Standard Medium 
(Qualifying with 25% marks)
Paper 1 – Marathi  300 Marks; 3 Hours Matriculation Marathi 
Paper 2 – English 300 Marks; 3 Hours Matriculation English 
Papers to be counted for Merit (Mandatory)
Paper 3 – Essay 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 4 – General Studies -1 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 5 – General Studies -2 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 6 – General Studies -3 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 7 – General Studies -4 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 8 – Optional Subject Paper No.- 1 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 9 – Optional Subject Paper No.- 2 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 


  • Candidates should note that they have to choose the medium of answering the papers at the time of submitting the online application for the Main examination.
  • The question papers will be set in Marathi and English languages (except language papers, Marathi literature and subject for which medium has been indicated as English).

MPSC 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 Mains Exam Pattern [Old]

As of 9th July 2020, the General Studies syllabus of MPSC Mains has been revised.

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 that 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

MPSC Mains Syllabus [Old]:- Download PDF Here

MPSC Syllabus in English

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

MPSC State Services Syllabus [Revised]:-Download PDF Here

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.

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 and Indian National Movement with some weightage to Maharashtra
  3. Maharashtra, India and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  4. India and Maharashtra – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Urban Governance, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
  7. General Science.

To cover broad topics from the subjects mentioned above, candidates can take the help of the following links:

National Movement
Indian & World Geography
Indian Polity
Social & Economic Development
Environment, Ecology & Climate Change

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 nine papers in the MPSC mains is given below.

Paper I – Marathi (300 Marks)

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to Marathi and vice-versa.

This paper will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in this paper will not be counted for ranking.

Paper II – English (300 Marks)

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

This paper will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in this paper will not be counted for ranking.

Paper III – Essay (250 Marks)

In Essay Paper, candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and write concisely.

Candidates who are preparing for All India Services along with the state services examination may know that essay writing is very important for any exam. Hence, BYJU’S brought a post on essay paper writing which MPSC candidates can refer to for state service examination as well.

Paper IV – General Studies 1 (250 Marks)

[Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society with some weightage to Maharashtra]

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Bhakti movement and its philosophy with special reference to saints’ movement in Maharashtra.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism, secularism
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

The general studies 1 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 1 syllabus to an extent. BYJU’S came up with the UPSC Mains GS 1 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can inspiration and align their preparation accordingly.

Paper V – General Studies 2 (250 Marks)

[Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations with some weightage to Maharashtra]

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs; dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary- Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Local self-government.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighbourhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

The general studies 2 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 2 syllabus to an extent. BYJU’S came up with the UPSC Mains GS 2 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can align their preparation accordingly.

Paper VI – General Studies 3 (250 Marks)

[Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management with some weightage to Maharashtra]

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops- cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; etechnology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management, Disaster Risk Resilience, Resilient Society
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

The general studies 3 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 3 syllabus to an extent. BYJU’S came up with the UPSC Mains GS 3 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can inspiration and align their preparation accordingly.

Paper VII – General Studies 4 (250 Marks)

[Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude]

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life, his problem-solving approach and decision making to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics- in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on the above issues.

The general studies 4 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 4 syllabus to an extent. BYJU’S came up with the UPSC Mains GS 4 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can inspiration and align their preparation accordingly.

Paper VIII – Optional Paper 1 (250 Marks) & Paper IX – Optional Paper 2 (250 Marks)

Candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects mentioned below:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Marathi Literature
  16. Mathematics
  17. Mechanical Engineering
  18. Medical Science
  19. Philosophy
  20. Physics
  21. Political Science and International Relations
  22. Psychology
  23. Public Administration
  24. Sociology
  25. Statistics
  26. Zoology

The candidates can know the detailed syllabus of the optional subjects from the official syllabus PDF given below:

MPSC State Services Syllabus [Revised]:-Download PDF Here

Frequently Asked Questions about MPSC Syllabus


Can an MPSC exam be taken in the English language?

Yes, aspirants can choose either English or Marathi to write exams in MPSC.

What is the difference between UPSC and MPSC?

UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission which recruits for Civil Services at all Indian levels; whereas, MPSC stands for Maharashtra Public Service Commission which recruits for Maharashtra state services.

If aspirants are sitting for multiple state service examinations, they can get syllabus information about each of the important public service commission examinations from the links mentioned below:

KPSC KAS Syllabus TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus
UPPSC PCS Syllabus WBCS Syllabus
RPSC RAS Syllabus Kerala PSC Syllabus
BPSC Syllabus MPPSC Syllabus
APPSC Group 1 Syllabus GPSC Syllabus
JPSC Syllabus Latest Notification of Goverment Exams


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  1. How can one crack MPSC exam without coaching classes while doing bsc in CBZ ?

  2. Hi,
    Pl guide for Marathi & English paper books, notes, MCQ