MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) Exam Pattern 2021

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Mar 23, 2021

MPSC exam is used by the Govt. of Maharashtra for the purpose of recruitment of individuals to positions in various departments. MPSC exam is conducted yearly in English and Marathi medium. The exam conducted through a qualifying 2 Prelims Papers followed by 6 Mains Papers, there are no optional subjects.

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More specifically, the MPSC Exam is commenced in three stages:

  • MPSC Prelims Exam- 2 papers- 400 marks
  • MPSC Mains Exam- 6 papers- 800 marks
  • MPSC Interview- 100 marks
Prelims Pattern

MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2020-21

MPSC 2021 will be conducted through a Prelim Exam with 2 Papers, and the Main Exam with 6 mandatory Papers. The Prelim examination serves as a qualifier for the Main exam. Candidates must obtain a min of 33% in the Prelims to be eligible for the MPSC Mains exam.

  • Both the paper comprises 200 marks each
  • Time duration of each paper is 2 hours
  • The aspirants will get a deduction of 1/4th marks for every incorrect answer. Previously, the aspirants got the deduction of ⅓ marks for every wrong answer.
  • All the questions are set in Marathi and English
  • The marks of Prelims will be counted only for shortlisting the aspirants for the MPSC Mains exam.

Features of the Prelims exam is detailed below:

Paper Marks No.of Questions Medium Nature of Paper Time Duration
Paper-I (Compulsory) 200 100 English & Marathi Objective Type 2 hours
Paper-II (Compulsory) 200 80 English & Marathi Objective Type 2 hours
Mains Pattern

MPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2020-21

The aspirants, who will secure the minimum MPSC cutoff marks, decided by the Commission will be released the admit card to take the MPSC Mains Exam.

  • MPSC Mains 2021 will have 6 Papers.
  • The objective questions carry a negative marking of 1/4th for every wrong answer. Previously, the aspirants got the deduction of ⅓ marks for every wrong answer.
  • The questions of decision making in paper II has no negative marking in case of incorrectly answered questions
  • In every MPSC Mains exam paper, the qualifying marks both for General category and reserved category candidates are 45 marks and 40 marks respectively.

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All the Papers are mandatory, there is Negative Marking of ⅓ rd of a mark for each wrong answer. Check the below-mentioned details:

Paper No. Subject Medium Nature of Question Maximum Marks Time Duration
1. Marathi & English Language (Essay/Translation/Precis) English & Marathi Descriptive 100 03 Hours
2. Marathi & English Language (Essay/Grammar/ Comprehension) English & Marathi MCQ 100 01 Hours
3. GS Paper I: History, Geography, and Agriculture English & Marathi MCQ 150 02 Hours
4. GS Paper II: Indian Constitution and Indian Politics English & Marathi MCQ 150 02 Hours
5. GS Paper III: Human Rights and Human Resource development English & Marathi MCQ 150 02 Hours
6. GS Paper IV: Economy and Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development English & Marathi MCQ 150 02 Hours

Also check MPSC Syllabus in a detailed manner.

Personality Test

MPSC Personality Test

  • This is the last stage of MPSC selection process
  • The aspirants, who will secure the cutoff score in paper II, will appear for the interview round.
  • The MPSC Personality Test will be held by the panel of competent and unbiased members.
  • Through the interview round, the knowledge of current affairs, in-depth knowledge, communication skill and mental ability of the aspirants will be tested.


Ques. What is the required eligibility for writing MPSC 2021 exam?

Ans. Candidates are required to have passed Graduation or Diploma (min 3 years) from a recognized University. Candidates must also be a minimum of 18 years of age and max 33 years (35 & 38 years for OBC and SC/ST candidates respectively).

Ques. Is it mandatory to write the MPSC Prelims exam?

Ans. All candidates are absolutely required to write the Prelims examination as it performs as a qualifier to the MPSC Mains exam. Min 33% in the Prelims is required to be eligible for the MPSC Mains exam.

Ques. What is the process for applying to the MPSC 2021 exam?

Ans. Aspirant can apply via the official website of MPSC. On the website Register for Application, fill the Application Form, upload required documents and photos, pay the respective Application Fee, and Submit the Form.

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


mangesh ajgaonkar
I am very confused about selecting language of instruction for the state service exam. Is there any such level in the exam where i have to choose a language?
abdul nazir

No there is no column where you need to select the language for instructions at the examination center. The exam (both paper 1 and 2) is conduted in both English and Marathi language and candidate can select either as per their preference. There will be objective type or MCQs in the question paper. For more details visit MPSC exam pattern 2021.

chetan gulab pawar
Respected sir My age is 32 running and I am belong nt-b caste my education is ba graduate can I apply to mpsc exam
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Yes, You are eligible for appearing in MPSC Exam as the maximum MPSC age limit for the State Service Exam is 33 year. For more details visit:- MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) Eligibility

avinash sahu
What is the exam pattern of MPSC preliminaries? I would like to know about paper 2. Is it of a qualifying nature like in the UPSC exam?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. MPSC exam will have two papers, Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (CSAT-Civil Services Aptitude Test). Both the papers will be for 200 marks each and the time allotted to do the exam is two hours each. For more details, related to the same refer here.

pratibha sukhdeo karande
What will b age limit for NT candidates?
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Hii Pratibha. The minimum and maximum MPSC age limit for the State Service Exam is 18 years and 35 years respectively. There are age relaxation limit for the candidates belonging different categories. To know more details Click Here