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MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips 2021

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Oct 21, 2020

Maharashtra Public Service Commission, MPSC falls under major civil service examinations across the country. The commission conducts exams to recruit candidates for several vacant posts inside the state of Maharashtra. Applicants who ace the three stages of exam shall get appointed in departments such as forest service, police department, administration, engineering and various other posts. In this article, we shall see some preparation strategies to ace the examination.

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Three Sets of the Exam

Stage of the exam Maximum marks
Preliminary stage 400 marks
Main stage 800 marks
Personal interview 100 marks

Essential tips to crack the examination

An aspiring candidate and applicants who cracked the examination past years shall always suggest the following tips.

  • Know the pattern of the exam.
  • Always appear for the mock tests to analyse yourself
  • Prepare short notes to revise during the final weeks
  • Glance through the previous year question papers and try solving them
  • Make a study plan/timetable of your convenience
  • Know the current affairs of the country and the state
  • Prefer some highly standard study materials/books
  • Always prioritise NCERT books.

Tip 1- Pattern of the Examination

The exam comprises different patterns for preliminary and primary stages.

Preliminary exam

The paper of the exam Total number of questions Maximum marks granted Total duration
General Studies 100 questions 200 marks 120 minutes/2 hours
Civil Services Aptitude Test 80 questions 200 marks 120 minutes/2 hours

Main Stage

Section/subject Maximum marks granted Duration of the examination
Marathi/English language 100 3 hours
Marathi/English language 100 1 hour
General studies 150 2 hours
General studies 150 2 hours
General studies 150 2 hours
General studies 150 2 hours

Tip 2: Make yourself a study plan/timetable

  • A candidate has to make him/herself an effective study plan to follow.
  • Not just making a study plan, but a candidate with determination must also have a regular follow up of the subject.

Tip 3: Appear for regular mock tests

  • Candidates must take up regular mock tests and analyse themselves weekly.
  • Candidates can also register for several coaching institutes online mock tests or those which are available for free on the internet.
  • By appearing for the mock tests, candidates can analyse the level they stand, and if the final analysis is not satisfactory; she/he can contribute more time in preparation to improve.
  • Taking up regular mock tests also help candidates in giving them a real sense of examination.
  • A mock test shall also give the idea of how the final exam would be.

Tip 4: Glance through the previous year question papers and try solving them

  • When it comes to MPSC, the commission conducting commission always goes with the same pattern of questions asked.
  • Previous year question papers also prove that some questions even repeat.
  • By solving question papers from past years, candidates learn to understand and solve the questions during the actual date of the final exam.

Tip 5: Know the current affairs of the country and the state

  • A candidate must know the current happening of the country and the state of Maharashtra specifically.
  • Desiring candidates must have a regular follow up of newspapers and magazines about the social, political, geographical, cultural and passing of acts thoroughly.
  • A candidate must have a regular follow up of following newspapers and magazines.
    • The Hindu
    • Press Information Bureau (PIB)
    • Yojana Magazine
    • The essence of Rajya Sabha TV)
    • The Hindu Video Analysis

Tip 6: Prefer some highly standard study materials/books

  • Applicants appearing for the exam must follow highly recommended books by the previous year toppers and experts.
  • The below-mentioned books always remain as few highly recommended books by most of the experts.
Name/title of the book Author/publication of the book
Deepstambh Spardha Pariksha Arthashastra 1 Dr Kiran J Desale
Geography of Maharashtra Nirali Publication
History of Modern Maharashtra Vidyula Mhaisekar
Panchayat Raj Kishor Lavate
Fundamental of Agriculture Volume 1 Arun Katyayan (Kushal Publication)
MPSC CSAT Simplified Dhyandeep Publication

Candidates must also have a thorough follow up of NCERT and state board books to crack the examination with decent ranks and then get appointed.

Tip 7: Know the newly updated syllabus and prepare accordingly

  • The commission doesn't always update the syllabus, although its best for the candidates to check the syllabus before starting with the preparation.
  • A candidate with no basic knowledge about the subject or topic might find it much more complicated than others to solve the questions.
  • Candidates facing such difficulty can overcome it by watching a subject related to videos online or listening to tutors.

Tip 8: Prepare your notes during the initial stages of preparation

  • Experts who cracked any kind of competitive examinations in the past prove that writing down what you study in the form of short notes do stay in memory longer than just reading does.
  • Candidates during the final preparation wouldn't find time to read everything from the textbook, the notes you prepare during the initial stage of practice would be more than just enough to glance through during the final few days left before the exam.

Clarity of the concept

  • During several phases of preparation, candidates must be filled with dozens of doubts.
  • A candidate must veg his/her clarified immediately by asking about it to pals or professionals.
  • Getting doubts immediately clarified shall help in better understanding of the subject or concept.
  • Candidates can further discuss with their friends, so both get benefitted.

Preparation tips during the last seven days before the examination

The final and few days before the exam are considered to be the most crucial period.

  • Do not start with any new chapter or topic:
    • One of the few mistakes which almost every candidate makes is starting with an alien topic and ending up forgetting the previous topics.
    • Commencing with a topic that is entirely new to you shall spoil your whole preparation by indulging demotivation and causing depression/anxiety to you.
  • Revise just the essential topics:
    • During the last few days before the exam, it shall become almost impossible to go through the whole book.
    • A candidate must always concentrate only on do or die topics with high weightage.
    • Giving a glance of basics is also mandatory.
    • Always revise from the notes made by you or study material you used the whole time while preparing.
    • Just revise the chapters and topics that you already are thorough with or give it a read and only revise those.
    • Never study or revise from a new book during the last few days.

Candidates appearing for MPSC 2021, have plenty of time due to lockdown announced by the government. Use it wisely and try cracking the exam to achieve greater heights—all the very best.

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


pranita rakshe
Can the centre be changed now?
abdul nazir

Hi Pranita, The exam centers or any information cannot be altered or omitted after final submission of the form as well as after the release of admit card. However if there is any discrepency in the admit card, you can contact the authority for verification. Find other details at MPSC exam 2021.

utkarsha khatri
how to prepare for mpsc preliminary exam?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Some of the effective tips that help you get a good score include good study material, making notes, effective timetable, doing last year questions, test series, etc. These preparation tips helps get a good score. Also, conisdere these tips mentioned here.

utkarsha khatri
which books should I refer for mpsc exam?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Some of the books that can be referred include Modern History of Maharashtra by SS Gathal, MPSC CSAT Simplified by Dhyandeep Publication, Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal, etc. More information related to the books are mentioned here.

utkarsha khatri
how to crack mpsc exam in marathi?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Refer to the MPSC Exam Books in Marathi (State Board and reference books) to get a good score. Also doing mock tests and last year papers will help you to get a good score.

utkarsha khatri
how to crack mpsc exam in first attempt?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Some of the essential tips that help you get a good score include knowing the pattern of the exam, giving more mock tests to analyse your performance, preparing short notes to revise during the final weeks, etc. Detailed preparation tips are mentioned here.

sneha nilesh yelve
Hi sir..this is sneha.. I m master in sociology..( MA) so can i give this exam??? Nd hw to start mpsc study..??? plz tell me i hve tatyacha thokala this Right book for this exam preparation???
tejaswini yadav
Whats the age Limit(For open category) For appearing for mpsc (collector/deputy collector) it 32 or 38 ...
common admission test

Hii Tejaswini,. Maximum Age limit of general category Students for appearing for MPSC Exam is 33 years. For more details Click Here

surabhi s
How much time is required for complete MPSC preparation?
kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. It takes almost 5-6 months to prepare for the MPSC exam. When it about the MPSC exam, the commission taking the exam refer to the pattern of questions asked last year. So do more last year test papers as it helps get good score. Refer here to check other details.

utkarsha khatri
Are NCERT books important for the preparation of the MPSC exam?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Yes, NCERT books are an important resource while preparing for the MPSC exam. Referring NCERT books as well while preparing for this exam will help get a good score.