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Maharashtra Public Service Commission conducts State Service Examination, also called, Maharashtra Rajyaseva Pariksha. Get the latest updates about MPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern below:

Changes in MPSC Syllabus

In a recent notification, MPSC has announced the revision of MPSC Mains Syllabus. The revision has been made in the General Studies Paper I-IV. No changes have been made to Paper 1 (Marathi & English – Essay/Translation) and Paper 2 (Marathi & English – Grammar/Comprehension). Candidates can check the revised syllabus for MPSC Rajyaseva Exam (Mains) in this article below.

Changes in MPSC Exam Pattern

The Commission has made the changes in the exam pattern w.r.t to the negative marking in the Objective Type Question Papers. Against 1/3rd negative marking which was earlier allotted to every incorrect answer, the commission now has allowed a negative marking of 25% or 1/4 of the total marks, for every wrong answer.

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In this article, you can get the latest MPSC State Service Syllabus and the exam pattern.

MPSC Exam New Pattern (Revised Syllabus)

Like the UPSC civil services exam, the MPSC state services exam is also conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

A candidate has to clear one stage in order to be eligible for the subsequent stage, i.e, if he/she clears the prelims, he/she moves onto the mains, clearing which he/she would be summoned for the final stage (interview) of the MPSC exam.

Stage 1: MPSC Preliminary Exam

This exam consists of two papers, both of which are objective in nature. Take a look at the following table for the details of the prelims exam. Please note that both papers are compulsory.

Paper No. No. of Questions Total Marks Standard Medium Duration Nature of Paper
Paper I 100 200 Degree English & Marathi 2 hours Objective
Paper II 80 200 Mix of Degree and School (depends on topic – refer below) English & Marathi 2 hours Objective
  • Candidates should note that there is negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • For every incorrect answer, the candidate will be penalised 1/4 of the marks allocated to that question.
  • For every question where a candidate has given two options as answers, he/she will be attracting a negative marking of 25 per cent of the total marks assigned to that question.
  • The questions on decision making (Paper-II) do not attract negative marks***************** if incorrectly answered. These generally comprise question numbers from 74 to 80 in Paper-II.
  • In MPSC, both Paper I and II are counted for the merit ranking for qualifying for the MPSC mains.

Important: In the IAS exam, the UPSC CSAT paper in Prelims is just a qualifying paper (33% qualifying criteria)

  • The prelims marks are not counted for the final merit list.
  • All the questions are set in English and Marathi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

Stage 2: MPSC Mains Exam

The MPSC has announced a new exam pattern for the year 2023. The commission has brought significant changes to the exam pattern which are discussed below:

MPSC Mains Exam Scheme
Written Examination 1750 Marks (Number of Question Papers – 9)
Interview and Personality Test 275 Marks
Total Marks 2025 Marks

The detailed exam pattern of the MPSC Rajyaseva Mains exam is as follows:

MPSC State Services Mains Exam New Pattern (Revised Syllabus)
Subject Marks & Time Duration Standard Medium
(Qualifying with 25% marks)
Paper 1 - Marathi 300 Marks; 3 Hours Matriculation Marathi
Paper 2 - English 300 Marks; 3 Hours Matriculation English
Papers to be counted for Merit (Mandatory)
Paper 3 – Essay 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English
Paper 4 – General Studies - 1 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English
Paper 5 – General Studies - 2 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English
Paper 6 – General Studies - 3 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English
Paper 7 – General Studies - 4 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English
Paper 8 – Optional Subject Paper No. - 1 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English
Paper 9 – Optional Subject Paper No. - 2 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi / English

Note:

  • Candidates should note that they have to choose the medium of answering the papers at the time of submitting the online application for the Main examination.
  • The question papers will be set in Marathi and English languages (except language papers, Marathi literature and subject for which medium has been indicated as English).

Stage 3: Interview

Candidates who clear the mains exam are summoned for the MPSC interview. In this round, a panel of the MPSC board assesses the candidate for his/her suitability for the administrative career through a personal discussion. This is more like a personality test where apart from knowledge, the candidate’s attributes such as aptitude, presence of mind, communication skills, etc. are evaluated.

MPSC Syllabus in English and Marathi

In this section, you can read/download the detailed MPSC Exam Syllabus PDF for prelims and mains (English and Marathi).

Though many topics overlap with the UPSC syllabus, it is not entirely the same. Also, there is a specific focus on Maharashtra, as mentioned explicitly in the syllabus.

With the right preparation strategy, it is possible for candidates to prepare for both exams simultaneously.

MPSC Prelims Syllabus

The detailed syllabus for MPSC Prelims is given below:

Paper I (200 marks)

  1. Current events of state, national and international importance.
  2. History of India (with special reference to Maharashtra) and Indian National Movement.
  3. Maharashtra, India and world geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  4. Maharashtra and India – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Urban Governance, Public Policy, Rights Issue, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science

Paper-II (200 marks)

  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision-making and problem-solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)
  7. Marathi and English language comprehension skills (Class X/XII level) Questions relating to this will be tested through passages from Marathi and English language without providing cross translation thereof in the question paper.

MPSC Mains Syllabus

The syllabus for the six papers in the MPSC mains is given below. Download the PDF for MPSC Mains Syllabus in Marathi from the link given below:

Paper I – Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis) – Descriptive Paper – 100 marks

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks)

  • Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  • Translation – English paragraph to be translated into Marathi, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  • Precis writing

Section 2: English (50 marks)

  • Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  • Translation – Marathi paragraph to be translated into English, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  • Precis writing

Candidates who are preparing for All India Services along with state services examination may know the essay writing is very important for any exam. Hence, Reliable Academy brought a post on essay paper writing which MPSC candidates can refer to for state service examination as well.

Paper-II – Marathi & English (Grammar and Comprehension) – Objective – 100 marks

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks)

  • Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
  • Comprehension

Section 2: English (50 marks)

  • Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
  • Comprehension

Paper III – General Studies I (History & Geography) – Objective – 150 marks

History

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Geography

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Agriculture

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The general studies 1 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 1 syllabus to an extent. Reliable Academy came up with the UPSC Mains GS 1 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can inspiration and align their preparation accordingly.

Paper IV – General Studies II (Indian Constitution & Indian Politics [with special reference to Maharashtra] & Law) – Objective – 150 marks

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The general studies 2 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 2 syllabus to an extent. Reliable Academy came up with the UPSC Mains GS 2 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can align their preparation accordingly.

Paper V – General Studies III (Human Resource Development (HRD) & Human Rights) – Objective – 150 marks

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Paper VI – General Studies IV (Economy & Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development) – Objective – 150 marks

Macroeconomics

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Indian Economy

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Science & Technology

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The general studies 4 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 3 syllabus to an extent. Reliable Academy came up with the UPSC Mains GS 3 strategy from which MPSC candidates too can inspiration and align their preparation accordingly.

MPSC Syllabus Related Queries

Q. Can an MPSC exam be taken in the English language?

Yes, aspirants can choose either English or Marathi to write exams in MPSC.

Q. What is the difference between UPSC and MPSC?

UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission which recruits for Civil Services at all India level; whereas, MPSC stands for Maharashtra Public Service Commission that recruits for Maharashtra state services.

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