MPSC Exam- Subject wise Books and Study Material for Prelims and Mains

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Jun 1, 2021

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Maharashtra Public Service Commission exam is a state level examination conducted by the Government Of Maharashtra every year. MPSC examination held for various posts. For cracking this exam Aspirant’s main focus should be on the best study material and strategy.

This examination will be held in three rounds: Prelim, Mains and final selection will be based on interview. After clearing the Prelim exam, eligible candidates must appear in the mains exam and then the MPSC merit list of shortlisted aspirants will be displayed.The main subjects are History, Geography, Economics, Political science, Environment and current affairs. The main focus to crack this exam should be on the best study material and strategy.

Books recommended by toppers will help out during preparation to get top rank easily. To start your preparation firstly go through the latest syllabus and exam pattern of MPSC. Cover each and section of the whole syllabus and then practice the previous year papers.

Study Material

MPSC study material for 2021

The best books especially for preparing MPSC exam recommended by toppers are:

Name of Books Authors
NCERT books - social studies, science and mathematics (class6 to 12) NCERT
Panchayat Raj Kishor Lavate
Geography of Maharashtra Nirali Publication
History of Modern Maharashtra SS Gathal
MPSC CSAT simplified Dhyandeep Publications
Fundamental of Agriculture Volume 1 Kushal Publication
Deepstambh Spardha Pariksha Arthashastra 1 Kiran Desale
Subject-Wise Books

Subject - Wise Books for Preparation

MPSC books for Prelim exam

Books of History:

Name of Books Authors
Brief History of India Spectrum
Maharashtra State textbooks(class 6 to 12) Maharashtra State Board
India's struggle for Independence Bipin Chandra
Aadhunik Maharashtra Itihas Anil Katare
NCERT Textbook for class 12th NCERT

Books of Geography:

Name of Books Authors
Bhugol ani Paryavaran A.B. Sawadi
Certificate of Physical geography G. C. Leong
Oxford student atlas for India Map book of Atlas

Books of Political Science:

Name of Books Authors
Indian Polity Lakshmikant (available in Marathi as well)
Maharashtra state textbook (class 12) Maharashtra State Board (MSB)
India since Independence NCERT
NCERT Textbooks(class 11th and 12th) NCERT
Unique Bhartiya Samvidhan ani Rajyapadhyati part I & II Tukaram Jadhav and Mahesh Shirpurkar

Books of Economics:

Name of Books Authors
State board books of Class 11th and 12th Maharashtra State Board
Indian Economy Pratiyogita darpan
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Bharatiya Arthavyavstha Rajan Kolambe
NCERT books (class 10th,11th,12th) NCERT
Selected chapters of Agriculture Datta and Sundaram

Books of Science:

Name of Books Authors
NCERT books (class 8th, 9th, 10th) NCERT
Maharashtra State textbooks (class 8th to 10th) Maharashtra State Board
General Science Lucent's
Samanya Vighyan Sachin Bhaske

Books of CSAT:

Name of Books Authors
Quantitative aptitude R.S. Agrawal
Verbal & Non-verbal reasoning R.S. Agrawal
Loksatta daily Loksatta
Purtvi Magazine Purtvi

Books of Environment:

Name of Books Authors
Environment Shankar
Environment Rajan Kolambo

Current Affairs

  • Maharashtra Times
  • Indian Express
  • Times of India
  • Loksatta Newspaper
  • Lokrajya Newspaper
  • Yojana Magazine

MPSC books for Mains exam

General Studies - I

History and Geography

Name of Books Authors
Adhunik Maharashtra Anil Katare
India's book for Independence Bipin Chandra
Bhugol aani book A.B. Sawadi
Indian History YCMOU
State board History Books (class 11th and 12th) MSB
State board Geography Books (class 9th and11th) MSB

General Studies - II

Indian Constitution, Indian Polity and Law

Name of Books Authors
Indian Polity Lashmikant
Our Constitution Subhas Kasyap
Our Parliament Subhas Kasyap
Unique Bhartiya Samvidhan ani books part - I & II Tukaram Jadhav and Mahesh Shirpurkar
State books of Rajyashastra (class 11th and 12th) Maharashtra State Board
Bare Act P.M. Bakshi

General Studies - III

Human resource development and human rights

Name of Books Authors
Manvi Sansadhan Hakka aani K Sagar Publications
Manvi Sansadhan Vikas Unique Publications
Manvi Sansadhan Hakka aani Unique Publications
Human resource section from Indian Economy Dutta and Sundaram
Human Rights IGNOU
ICMOU's book -------

General Studies - IV

Science & Technology and Economy

Name of Books Authors
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Science and Technology Tata - Mcgraw Hill
Economy Development Deepstambh
Economy books (class 11th and 12th) NCERT
Bharatiya Arthavyavastha Deepstambh
Arthavyavastha books (class 11th and 12th) Maharashtra State Board
Economic Survey and Budget of Maharashtra State --------
Science and Technology Spectrum

Previous year papers of MPSC are also very important with these books. The practice of Previous year papers of the last 10 years is a must to crack this exam. Candidates needed to be updated with the current affairs of Maharashtra state especially.

Besides these books for MPSC aspirants must also refer to books by:-

  1. Ranjan Kolambe
  2. Indian Economic Survey
  3. Maharashtra Economic Survey
  4. S. Chand
  5. Nirali Prakashan
MPSC Prep Tips

MPSC Preparation Tips For 2021

The following are MPSC preparation tips for Prelims and Mains:

1.As per MPSC previous year papers, current affairs and general knowledge is very important and most of the questions will be asked from these topics. For current affairs, you should read suggested newspapers and be updated with the current activities of Maharashtra state.

2.The Mains paper is descriptive and you have to write long answers and essays. So, make sure to do practice by solving papers.

3.Give mock tests as per the latest pattern and guidelines of Maharashtra state. Solve and practice the question papers of the last ten years.

4.Be updated with notifications regarding the MPSC exam at the official website

5.Never take burden by following numbers of reference books. You should follow the best and specific number of books only. But it's very important to prepare and revise from those selected books in an efficient way.

Varieties of books are available for every subject. Don't read every book for a particular subject. Pick out the best ones and revise those books again and again. Make your notes short and revise them regularly.

Revision is the key so make sure to do it effectively.



Ques. What is the best source for MPSC current affairs?

Ans. The best source for current affairs is reading newspapers and magazines like Loksatta, Lokrajya, Unique bulletins. You can also read Yojana and Pratiyogita Darpan.

Ques. How many months of current affairs are required for preparation for the MPSC?

Ans. Candidates must prepare 12 months of current affairs before the actual date of the exam. Make sure to read the facts and data related to the state of Maharashtra.

Ques. How to prepare for History of Maharashtra for the MPSC exam?

Ans. Read the history of Maharashtra at least from state board books and NCERT. You can also read other reference books to know the history of Maharashtra in detail.

Ques. Can I give the MPSC exam in the Marathi language?

Ans. Yes, the MPSC exam will be conducted in both English and Marathi. You can give the MPSC exam in the Marathi language also.

Ques. What are the best books for general science for the MPSC examination?

Ans. NCERT textbooks from class 6th to 12th and a book by McGraw Hill for science and technology are more than enough to prepare for general science for the MPSC exam.

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