MPSC Recruitment 2021: Detailed Syllabus and Recommended Books

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Oct 6, 2020

Maharashtra Public Service Commission-MPSC Recruitment is being conducted through MPSC exams ever year towards the recruitment of a variety of posts in Maharashtra State. Exams that are being conducted under MPSC are:

  • MPSC Group A
  • MPSC Group B
  • MPSC Group C
  • MPSC Group D
  • MPSC Combined Recruitment
  • MPSC State Service Exam
  • MPSC Engineering Services exam
  • MPSC Judicial exam

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Latest MPSC Recruitment 2021 is expected to release around December 2021. Check all the Updates of MPSC Recruitment 2021. MPSC State Service Exam is the most common exam. All the above exams will take place in two stages namely, Preliminary and Main examinations followed by the physical examination and interview as per the posts notified.

  • The syllabus for all the MPSC exams will be somewhat similar with some differences according to the posts notified.
  • Preliminary exam and main exam patterns are different.
  • The preliminary exam consists of two mandated papers which is common for all disciplined exams.
  • Main exam consists of six mandated paper.
  • There will be no optional paper in MPSC exams as per the amendments on 2012.

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MPSC Preliminary Exam: Paper-wise Syllabus

Knowing the exhaustive syllabus before preparing any competitive exam is necessary in order to complete the preparation for full syllabus well beforehand and proceed with the revising/practising. Both the papers will be for 200 marks each and with duration of two hours each Hence, here is a schema of the MPSC Preliminary exam syllabus for your reference in the below table.

Paper Topics
Paper I (General Studies) Current events taking place in the international, national, and state levels.
Geography of World, India, and Maharashtra- Social, Physical, and Economical Geography of World, India, and Maharashtra.
Indian History with special preference to State Maharashtra and National Movements in India.
Socio-Economic Development- Social Sector Initiatives, Poverty, Demographics, Inclusion, and Sustained Advancement, etc.
India and Maharashtra- Governance and Polity- Political System, Urban Governance, Constitution, Public Policy, Rights Issue, and Panchayati Raj, etc.
General Science
General issues on Biodiversity, Ecology of Environment, and Climatic variations (No need to have subjective expertise)
Paper II (CSAT-Civil Services Aptitude Test) Communication and Interpersonal skills.
English and Marathi language comprehension skills- Stanzas without the translation of 10th / 12th school level.
Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Analytical ability and Logical level reasoning.
Data Interpretation (Data Sufficiency, Tables, Graphs, Charts, etc. 10th school level) and Basics in Numerical (Number and its relations and Magnitude orders, etc.-10th school level).
General mental ability

Recommended Books for MPSC Preliminary Exam

After knowing the syllabus, one should be aware of the proper books that cover the above-mentioned syllabus. Some of the recommended books for MPSC Preliminary exams are as follows:

Topics Books Publisher/ Author
Maharashtra related topics Maharashtra Geography Nirali Publication
Modern History of Maharashtra SS Gathal
CSAT MPSC CSAT Simplified Dhyandeep Publication
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R. S. Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning M. K. Pandey
Panchayat Raj Panchayat Raj Kishor Lavate
Current Events Yojana Magazine -
India Year Book -
Press Information Bureau -
Indian Culture and History India and the World Surendra Kumar
A Brief History of Modern India Spectrum
Indian Art and Culture Nitin Singhania
English Essays for Civil Services Pulkit Khare

MPSC Mains Exam: Paper-wise Syllabus

Marathi and English Language Exams will be of 100 marks each and with three hours and one-hour duration respectively. All other General studies paper will consist of 150 marks each with a duration of two hours getting allocated to each exam. The following table will consist of the paper-wise syllabus schema for the MPSC Mains exam.

Paper Topics
Marathi and English (Two Papers Combined) Essay, Precis, and Translation.
Comprehension and Grammar.
General Studies I (History and Geography) History- Modern India History with special attention given to Maharashtra, British Rule Establishment in India, Emerging growth of Nationalism in India, Socio-Economic Awareness, and Socio-Cultural diversities, etc.
Geography and Agriculture
Geography- Maharashtra Geography, Maharashtra Economic Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Geography, and Remote Sensing, etc.
General Studies II (Indian Politics, Constitution and Law) Indian Constitution.
State Administration and Government.
The Political System.
Urban and Rural Local-level Government.
Social Welfare and Social Legislation.
Educational System.
District Administration.
Public Services.
Parties and Pressure Groups.
General Studies III (Human Rights and HRD-Human Resource Development) Human Rights- UDHR act 1948, Youth Development, Child Development, Child Development, PwDs Welfare, Tribal Development, and Regional and International Organisations, etc.
Human Resource Development- Indian Human Resource Development, Vocational Education, Education, Rural Development, and Health.
General Studies IV (Economy and Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development Economics of Development and Agriculture- Macro Economics, Development and Growth, Public Finance, Agriculture, Indian, Agriculture, and Rural Cooperation and Development, etc.
Economy and Planning- Rural and Urban Infrastructural Advancement, Co-operation, Economy of India, Industry, Economic Reforms, International Trade, and International Capital Movements, Measurement and Poverty Estimate, Maharashtra Economy, and Employment dependent factors, etc.
Science and Technology Advancements- Energy (Renewable and Non-Renewable sources), Information Technology and Computer, Biotechnology, Space Technology, and Indian Nuclear Policy, etc.

Recommended Books for MPSC Mains Exam

Some of the recommended books for MPSC Mains exams are as follows:

Topics Books Publisher/ Author
Indian History and Culture History of Modern India Bipan Chandra
History of Medieval India Satish Chandra
India’s Ancient Past R.S. Sharma
The Wonder That Was India A.L. Bhasham
India’s Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra
World and Indian Geography Geography of India Majid Husain
Certificate Physical and Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong
World Geography Majid Husai
Oxford School Atlas Oxford
Indian Constitution and Polity Introduction to the Constitution of India D. D. Basu
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations M. Laxmikanth
Science and Technology Science and Technology in India Ravi P Agrahari
Economy of India Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Current Affairs Kurukshetra Magazine -
India Year Book -
Economic and Political Weekly -
Press Information Bureau -
Yojana Magazine -
Science Reporter -
Economic and Political Weekly -
Miscellaneous Essays for Civil Services Pulkit Khare
Mastering Modern World History Norman Lowe
Governance in India Laxmikanth
Challenges to Internal Security of India Ashok Kumar
India After Gandhi Ramchandra Guha
Social Problems in India Ram Ahuja
Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude Niraj Kumar
India and the World Surendra Kumar

Candidates who qualify through the MPSC examination will then be asked to attend an Interview Test for the respective position desired. This is to test the suitability of the candidate for the job. Aspirants must be thorough with the current affairs happening both within and outside their state. The Mental and Analytical qualities of the aspirant will also be tested.

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