MPSC Recruitment 2021: Detailed Syllabus and Recommended Books

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May 3, 2021

Maharashtra Public Service Commission-MPSC Recruitment is being conducted through MPSC exams every year towards the recruitment of a variety of posts in Maharashtra State. At the time of preparation, candidates should practise the previous years’ papers of MPSC Prelims and Mains Exam.Exams that are being conducted under MPSC are:

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  • 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

As per the latest notification, the commission has revised the MPSC Mains Syllabus 2020-21. The revision has been brought in the General Studies Paper I to IV. On the other hand, no changes have been made to Paper I and Paper II syllabus.

On the other hand, the Commission has brought changes to the MPSC Exam Pattern 2020-21. For instance, in the objective type question papers, the aspirants will get a deduction of 1/4th marks for every wrong answer. Previously, the aspirants got deduction of ⅓ marks for every incorrect answer.

  • 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 papers.
  • There will be no optional paper in MPSC exams as per the amendments on 2012.
Prelims syllabus

MPSC 2021 Preliminary Exam: Paper-wise Syllabus

Knowing the exhaustive syllabus before preparing any competitive exam is necessary in order to complete the MPSC 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): 200 Marks 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): 200 Marks 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
Prelims Books

Recommended Books for MPSC 2021 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
Mains Syllabus

MPSC 2021 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 papers 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.
Mains Books

Recommended Books for MPSC 2021 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Can I give the MPSC exam in the English Language?

Ans. Yes, the aspirants can choose either English or Marathi to appear for the exam.

Ques. What is the difference between UPSC and MPSC?

Ans. UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission, which is recruited for Civil Services at all the India Level; whereas MPSC stands for Maharashtra Public Service Commission, which is recruited for the Maharashtra State Services.

Ques. Is the MPSC Syllabus changes every year?

Ans. As per the recent notification, the MPSC Mains syllabus has been revised.

Ques. Which field is best for MPSC?

Ans. Agriculture.

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


gangurde nisha balasaheb
Can We Get The Post Of Deputy Collector through MPSC,If Yes then What Eligibility For Same Exam procedure And Syllabus
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Hii Nisha. Yes, Deputy Collector is highest post that one can obtain through MPSC Exam. The eligibility criteria is Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification. The syllabus for all the MPSC exams will be somewhat similar, The preliminary exam consists of two mandated papers which is common for all disciplined exams and Main exam consists of six mandated paper. To know syllabus in detailed manner visit:- MPSC EXAM SYLLABUS

lt col shantanu shimpi
i am a serving army officer and willing be completing 20 years shortly to earn my military pension. am i elegible to write mpsc exam. is there any exserviceman quota in the offices cadre. please clarify.
swapnil nirmal
I am in final year of Engineering student of mechanical branch

Hi Swapnil

If you want to apply for MPSC exam you can apply as the students who are in there final year can also apply for MPSC exam.

swapnil nirmal
Mam I want to prepare for assistant regional transport officer exam? Are you conducting any type of crash course for mpsc exams

hi, Swapnil

no at present we are not conducting any course on our platform

avinash sahu
Can we get the post of ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) trough MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission)? If yes then what is the eligibility for the same, exam procedure and syllabus?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. There are two ways by which you can reach up to ACP. Either you will get promoted or you can become ACP by direct entry to the cadre. You can appear for Police Sub Inspector (PSI) post by giving the MPSC and after few years of service, based on your performance, can get promoted as ACP. To get more details related to MPSC exam, refer here.