MPSC: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

MPSC: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips
September 13, 2021
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To apply for the MPSC exam 2022, visit the MPSC official website and enter candidates MPSC login credentials. Moreover, they can download the MPSC hall ticket 2022 for the same. Once candidates are done with the Maharashtra PSC application form then the first step is the Preliminary exam. After clearing the prelim exam, the candidate will be eligible for the next round of the MPSC exam, the MPSC Mains exam. However, MPSC results 2022 for prelims and mains will be released soon. Both the exam have their substantial importance. The prelim exam will have two papers in which the first paper will be for 200 marks and two hours of time duration. This first paper will be the objective type of 150 questions and the standard of this paper will be of graduation level. The second prelim paper will have 80 questions for 200 marks and two hours of time duration. In addition, the candidate will face a negative marking scheme in the prelim exam and that is, for every wrong answer of a candidate, the examiner will deduct 1/4 marks, By the way the MPSC answer key 2022 will be available after successfully conducting the exam on 30 April 2022.

The MPSC prelims syllabus covers the necessary subjects such as the economics of Maharashtra, the geography of Maharashtra, history of Maharashtra, current affairs associated with Maharashtra, and science and technology-related questions. Mains exam is a little complex as it is consists of a total of six descriptive papers. Candidates can find the detailed MPSC syllabus 2022 on the official portal of Maharashtra PSC. And to download the MPSC advertisement and notification, visit the official website.

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MPSC Syllabus for 2022

The first prelim paper will have topics related to current affairs, General Science, Maharashtra  Economy, Maharashtra  Geography, Indian political system, Maharashtra  Heritage and tradition, Ancient History, Modern history, General issues on environmental ecology, and many other topics. Candidates can refer to the Prelim paper syllabus table for details about the MPSC syllabus. The Second MPSC prelim paper will cover the following topics-comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability and problem-solving, etc. The MPSC syllabus in Mararthi language is also available. Candidates can download the MPSC syllabus 2022 in Marathi pdf as well, which can be beneficial for the candidates who are willing to attempt it in Marathi language.

Maharashtra  Public Service Commission (Maharashtra PSC) had officially released the notification for the MPSC 2022 exam. It has released 588 vacancies for various postcodes on 17th February 2022. The MPSC Recruitment 2022 application process has started on 21st February 2022 and will continue till 14th March 2022. MPSC combined exam date 2022 will be notified in the official website, they can download the MPSC combine pre question paper as well.

MPSC admit card 2022 release date is expected in April 2022. Candidates have to download the admit card for the Maharashtra PSC exam for this candidates should update their profile through MPSC profile update, and for that, candidates have to check out the Maharashtra  Public Service Commission (Maharashtra PSC) website. If candidates had already registered themselves on the official portal of Maharashtra PSC, then they will have their log in details. Once a candidate visits the Maharashtra PSC website, they need to enter their enrollment id and password to get the printout of the admit card. MPSC result 2022 will be announced primarily after the preliminary exam.

After clearing the MPSC Prelim exam, the candidate will be eligible for the Mains exam, which will be quite competitive compared to the prelim paper of the Maharashtra PSC exam. In the MPSC Mains exam, the candidate will appear for six papers – Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis), Marathi & English (Grammar and Comprehension),  General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III, and General Studies IV. The difficulty level for the first two papers will be of 12th standard level and the remaining four papers have a difficulty level of graduation standard. First two paper carries 100 marks and remaining four paper carries 200 marks each. Now let us have a look at the MPSC Prelim exam pattern in tabular form for better understanding.

MPSC Prelim Exam pattern:

MPSC conducts two papers for the prelim exam and both papers carry 200 marks each with a negative marking scheme.

1. Name of the Exam Maharashtra PSC Prelim exam
2. Total numbers of paper 2
3. Total questions in the prelim paper
  • 1st  paper- 150 questions
  • 2nd paper-80 questions
4. Total marks Both papers carry 200 marks each
5. Negative Marking scheme Yes, 1/4 marks deduction for every wrong answer.
6. Time Duration 2 hours for each paper
7. Type of Questions All questions will be of MCQ type (Multiple Choice Questions)
8. Level of Exam
  • 1st  paper- Graduation level
  • 2nd paper-Degree  /10th / 12th level

MPSC Mains Exam Pattern:

MPSC conducts six papers for the mains exam and all these six papers carry a total of 800 marks. The marks distribution have mentioned below in the table.

1. Name of the Exam Maharashtra PSC Mains exam
2. Total No. of Papers 6
3. Name of the Papers
  • Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis)
  • Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension)
  • The General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • The General Studies III
  • General Studies IV
4. Time Duration
  • 1st paper- 3 hours
  • 2nd paper -1 hour
  • Remaining four papers- 2 hours
5. Marks
  • 1st paper-100
  • 2nd paper- 100
  • 3rd paper- 150
  • 4th paper-150
  • 5th paper-150
  • 6th paper-150
6. Type of questions
  • 1st paper- Descriptive
  • Remaining 5 papers-MCQ
7. Level of exam
  • 12th  level (for first two papers)
  • Graduation level (for last 4 papers)

Recommended Books for the Maharashtra PSC exam:

MPSC online exam is quite the most challenging exam of Maharashtra state, so it is a must to follow certain good books rather than random ones. Maharashtra PSC exam requires a good exam preparation strategy and without exam preparation, no candidate can clear the MPSC exam. The candidate will get multiple books for the Maharashtra PSC exam in the market but candidates must select specific books for their preparation. To make it a successful exam, candidates have to prepare themselves by referring to some good books. These reliable books will make study much more accessible to the candidate.

The local newspaper of Maharashtra will play a major role in preparing for the MPSC exam. The local newspaper covers multiple news related to the current affairs of Maharashtra, Sociology news of Maharashtra, political news of Maharashtra, and economic news of Maharashtra. So candidates can prefer the local newspaper of Maharashtra for their better preparation.

Here are some lists of top books for candidate’s better preparation.

MPSC books for Prelim exam


  1. Brief History of India by Spectrum
  2. Maharashtra State textbooks (class 6 to 12) by Maharashtra State Board
  3. NCERT Textbook for class 12th by NCERT
  4. India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
  5. Aadhunik Maharashtra Itihas by Anil Katare


  1. Certificate of Physical geography by G. C. Leong
  2. Oxford student atlas for India by Map book of Atlas
  3. Bhugol ani Paryavaran by A.B. Sawadi

Political Science

  1. Indian Polity by Lakshmikant
  2. NCERT Textbooks(class 11th and 12th) by NCERT
  3. Maharashtra state textbook (class 12) by Maharashtra State Board (MSB)
  4. Unique Bhartiya Samvidhan ani Rajyapadhyati part I & II by Tukaram Jadhav and Mahesh Shirpurkar
  5. India since Independence by NCERT


  1. NCERT books (class 10th,11th,12th) by NCERT
  2. Selected chapters of Agriculture by Datta and Sundaram
  3. State board books of Class 11th and 12th by Maharashtra State Board
  4. Indian Economy by Pratiyogita darpan
  5. Bharatiya Arthavyavstha by Rajan Kolambe


  1. General Science by Lucent’s
  2. Samanya Vigyan by Sachin Bhaske
  3. NCERT books (class 8th, 9th, 10th) by NCERT
  4. Maharashtra State textbooks (class 8th to 10th) by Maharashtra State Board

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

  1. Loksatta daily by Loksatta
  2. Purtvi Magazine by Purtvi
  3. Quantitative aptitude by R.S. Agrawal
  4. Verbal & Non-verbal reasoning by R.S. Agrawal

Environmental Study

  1. The Environment by Shankar
  2. Environment by Rajan Kolambo

Current Affairs

  1. Maharashtra Times
  2. Times of India
  3. Loksatta Newspaper
  4. Indian Express
  5. Yojana Magazine
  6. Lokrajya Newspaper

MPSC books for Mains exam

History and Geography

  1. Adhunik Maharashtra by Anil Katare
  2. Bhugol aani book by A.B. Sawadi
  3. Indian History by YCMOU
  4. India’s book for Independence by Bipin Chandra
  5. State board History Books (class 11th and 12th) by MSB
  6. State board Geography Books (class 9th and11th) by MSB

Indian Constitution, Indian Polity and Law

  1. Indian Polity by Lashmikant
  2. Our Parliament by Subhas Kasyap
  3. Our Constitution by Subhas Kasyap
  4. Unique Bhartiya Samvidhan ani books part – I & II by Tukaram Jadhav and Mahesh Shirpurkar
  5. Bare Act by P.M. Bakshi
  6. State books of Rajyashastra (class 11th and 12th) by Maharashtra State Board

Human resource development and human rights

  1. Manvi Sansadhan Hakka by Unique Publications
  2. Human Rights by IGNOU
  3. Manvi Sansadhan Hakka aani by K Sagar Publications
  4. Human resource section from Indian Economy by Dutta and Sundaram
  5. Manvi Sansadhan Vikas by Unique Publications

Science & Technology and Economy

  1. Science and Technology by Spectrum
  2. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  3. Science and Technology by Tata – Mcgraw Hill
  4. Economy Development by Deepstambh
  5. Economy books (class 11th and 12th) by NCERT
  6. Bharatiya Arthavyavastha by Deepstambh
  7. Arthavyavastha books (class 11th and 12th) by Maharashtra State Board

Preparation Tips for the Maharashtra PSC exam:

Maharashtra PSC is considered as the most challenging exam of Maharashtra state. It requires strategy and a lot of preparation to clear the test. To get clear in the MPSC exam, candidates must prepare themselves with proper strategy and preparation tips. Nowadays, almost every coaching centre is closed due to a corona outbreak. In such a challenging situation, candidates need to do a self-study by following specific preparation tips. Here we are sharing some great tips for candidate’s MPSC preparation.

1. Go through the MPSC previous year question paper of the MPSC exam:

It is one of the best ways to prepare for exams like MPSC because many coaching centres are closed due to covid and candidates face difficulties in preparation. To make this preparation easy, candidates need to go through the previous year’s question papers. Solving MPSC papers will also make candidates more confident; candidates will come to know where they are lagging, where the improvement is needed, at which topic they are good at, and so on. So for self-analysis, solving the previous year’s question papers will play an essential role in the preparation.

2. Make the short notes:

The candidates have to gather all the study material and whatever they have and arrange that correctly. Once candidates start to prepare for the MPSC exam using various books and papers, they have to make proper short notes whenever they find some important points. These points will help the candidate during the revision or recalling of what they studied in their past. During revision time, candidates don’t need to worry about the whole syllabus; just referring to the short notes will make the process smooth and easy.

 3. Give the Mock Test:

After completing the revision and solving the previous year’s question papers, candidates should go for the mock tests. A mock test is a great way to check how much a candidate can remember or recall. Candidates can give the online mock test to check their knowledge. Candidates do not need to be panic if mock tests went difficult because mock tests are made to prepare for the worst condition. So giving mock tests is one of the best practices for the preparation of any exam.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs):

Q.1 Is MPSC an easy exam?

Ans. Not. MPSC is a state-level civil service competitive examination. You shouldn’t expect it to be an easy exam at all. Since it’s the hiring drive for group A and group B level jobs, it delivers on the expectations. The pattern of this exam is in itself hectic, like UPSC, let alone the syllabus.

Q.2 How can I study for MPSC at home?

Ans. You must plan and go through a disciplined schedule to prepare for the MPSC exam all by yourself. You can purchase study materials, i.e. books, magazines etc. and browse through the online content on YouTube and Google. Following are the tips for studying at home for the MPSC exam:

  • Arrange study material for MPSC preparation.
  • Make a study plan/timetable.
  • Understand the MPSC exam pattern.
  • Appear for regular mock tests.
  • Go through the previous year’s question papers and practise solving them.
  • Know the current affairs of the country and the state of Maharashtra.
  • Prefer some highly standard study materials/books.
  • Know the updated syllabus and prepare accordingly.
  • Make proper notes.

Q.3 Which language is best for MPSC?

Ans. Although the MPSC exam is conducted in English and Marathi languages, the Marathi holds special importance in the Maharashtra PSC exam. Whether you attend the exam in English or Marathi there will be a compulsory paper in the Marathi language after MPSC Main exam to test your grammar and comprehension of the language. Therefore, Marathi is a better choice for the MPSC exam.

Q.4 What is the syllabus for the MPSC Prelims exam?

Ans. There would be two papers in the MPSC Prelims exam. Following is the paper-wise syllabus for the MPSC Prelims:

Paper I (200 Marks)

  1. General issues on Bio-diversity, Environmental Ecology and Climate Change.
  2. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
    Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  3. Maharashtra and India: Polity and Governance, Public Policy, Rights Issues Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj and Urban Governance.
  4. History of India (with special reference to Maharashtra) and the National Movement of India.
    Current affairs of state, national and international importance.
  5. Maharashtra, India and World Geography: Economic, Physical and Social Geography of
    Maharashtra, India and the World.
  6. General Science.

Paper-II (200 Marks)

  1. General mental ability.
  2. Decision-making and problem-solving.
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  4. Interpersonal skills, including communication skills.
  5. Comprehension.
  6. Basic numeracy (orders of magnitude, numbers and their relations etc.) (Class 10th level), Data interpretation (tables, charts, data sufficiency, graphs etc. (Class 10th level).
  7. English and Marathi Language Comprehension skills (Class 10th/12th level).

Q.5 Which is the best book for the current affairs of Maharashtra for the MPSC exam?

Ans. The following are the best books/magazines/newspapers for the current affairs of the Maharashtra PSC exam 2022:

  • The Hindu
  • Yojna Magazine
  • The essence of Rajya Sabha TV
  • The Hindu Video Analysis
  • Press Information Bureau (PIB)



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