Preparation Tips for Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) 2021

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Jun 11, 2021

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The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) administers the State Engineering Service Exam for recruitment into the profession of Assistant Engineer. To ace the exam, one must ensure that they are prepared for the exam well in advance by relating it to the syllabus and exam guide. For a detailed syllabus and Exam pattern, it is recommended to visit the official website of MPPSC exam. Further, in this article, we will cover the essential aspects of the preparation of MPPSC and how you can strategize and manage your time to complete the syllabus and revisions ahead of time. 

Check the MPPSC Exam Dates 2021 to get the updated exam schedule.

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Understanding the MPPSC 2021 Exam Pattern

One must begin early preparations with an organized plan and with definite objects set in mind to ace each stage of the exam. The first stage is the preliminary exam that is administered as an objective nature question answer paper. Candidates can assure that they have acquired essential learning elements before they can start preparations.

The MPPSC (State Service Exam) attains a place in three steps:

MPPSC Stages Name of Exam
Stage 1 Prelims
Stage 2 Mains
Stage 3 Interview

MPPSC 2021 Subject-wise Preparation Tips

The State Civil Service exam is not very different from the National Civil Service in terms of the syllabus and subject covered. The only minor difference is noted in the question paper where state-based questions are asked more frequently. The following are the different subjects important for the exam and generic preparation tips related to them:


This subject is further divided into three parts:

  1. Ancient
  2. Medieval
  3. Modern

Comparing the syllabus to other State Civil Service exams and IAS, it is more or less the same. Therefore it is advised to go thoroughly with the NCERT books. Later on, students can refer to the state books as well.

Several points to hold in mind while preparing for History

  • Prepare a sheet for important dates and events.
  • Noting down things in chronological order benefits a lot in reemerging.
  • For Ancient and Medieval History, follow NCERTs.
  • For Modern apart from NCERT Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir may also be beneficial.

Indian and World Geography

There are two subtopics to Geography- Physical and Human. To understand comprehensively, an aspirant should religiously read NCERT books. Reading newspapers also benefits a lot on this subject.

Indian Polity

Weightage is delivered to subjects like Parliament, State, and Central Legislatures, Panchayati Raj, Legislative Bills in the news or debate, Election Commission, etc. To understand Polity crisply, one can follow the book Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant. Watching the news and staying updated with current affairs will also be beneficial in longer terms.

Indian Economy

This subject itself is quite vast. However, the majority of the questions asked from this topic are categorized under the generalized form. Yes, candidates should also keep in mind that, unlike IAS exams, a few factual questions can be asked. For that, one should be definite about the fundamental concepts like GDP, GNP, and PCI. Topics like- Repo Rate, MCLR, CRR, Unemployment, Recession, Rupee Depreciation/Appreciation, etc. are categorized under most frequently asked topics and therefore should be prioritized.

General Science and Environment

NCERT or MP Board school textbooks can assist an aspirant in accumulating the expected information on General Science. Also, referring to MPPSC's previous year, question papers can straighten candidates' preparation.

MPPSC 2021 Current Affairs

Following the current trend on how problems are being raised concerning current affairs, one must religiously follow a National newspaper. Approach to read the newspaper should be solely aligned with the topics included in the MPSC Syllabus.

With a newspaper, students are advised to read weekly magazines, and several magazines cover current critical affairs and a lot more.

Tips on MPPSC Note Making

  • Use unbound sheets to create notes so that they can be updated quickly and can be kept handy and clipped to the reference books as well.
  • Separate notes into subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Economy, etc.
  • Write down 5 to 10 features for each topic in the news that is relevant to the syllabus
  • Give recognition to Madhya Pradesh's local news page.
  • Write down 5 to 10 features for each topic in the news that is related to the syllabus.
  • Give attention to Madhya Pradesh's local news page.

Tips on planning the Preparation Strategy for MPPSC

  1. Create a proper time table that is realistic and can be followed dedicatedly.
  2. Solving MPPSC Practice Papers on a periodic basis is important to improve your speed and accuracy.
  3. Self-Analysing from time to time.
  4. Completing NCERT before going for any other book.
  5. Start your preparation at least 4 months before the preliminary exam and study in depth such that you are prepared for both prelims and mains.
  6. Time management is crucial for this exam and hence, strictly follow a routine lifestyle.

Best MPPSC 2021 Reference Books

Candidates can check the MPPSC booklist below:

  • M. Laxmikant's Indian Polity (4th Edition or 5th Edition)
  • Rajiv Ahir's Spectrum for Modern Indian History (Latest Edition)
  • Madhya Pradesh Ek Parichaya by McGraw-Hill publication (This book can help fetch your facts and details of the state-related topics, and it will suffice).
  • For Economics, candidates can read state board school textbooks (Class 11th, 12th). If a candidate belongs to streams other than commerce, it can refer to books like Ramesh Singh's Indian Economy (11th Edition) or Sanjiv Verma's Indian Economy.

These books can help you with both MPPSC Prelims and MPPSC Mains preparation.

The MPPSC 2020 Exam will also have a General Aptitude Test in the preliminary stage. For that, candidates can refer to anyone book from the list below:

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical – Verbal, Non – Verbal & Analytical by Arihant Publication.

The best part about preparing for MPPSC is the similarity of the syllabus with IAS and several other state and central government exams. If you prepare it well and revise the syllabus thoroughly, you will have enough knowledge to crack other competitive recruitment exams in Madhya Pradesh too.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


lakshay kakkar
How shall I start my MPPSC preparation? I am in the first year of college.
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. To get a good score in any of the competitive exam like MPPSC, candidates must ensure that are preparing for the exam well in advance by relating it to the syllabus and exam guide. You can refer here to get more useful preparation tips.