MPSC conducts recruitment for the Top level State government services via the State Service Examination.

How to use for preparation

Every year the MPSC State service prelims is held in April. The notification comes around First week of December. The exam is a tough exam due to many factual questions being asked in it unlike UPSC. The exam is also tough for non Marathi candidates and English medium candidates.

State service exam can’t be a backup for UPSC as though the portion is similar the nature of questions asked are different. This means that cut off of MPSC prelim is lower. The aptitude paper isn’t a qualifying paper unlike CSAT.

There are no optional papers in MPSC and also Ethics isn’t a part of the syllabus. Mains papers on General studies are MCQ type unlike descriptive type in UPSC CSE.

Ideal strategy:

  1. Start History , Polity around August.
  2. Science and economy by mid September.
  3. Geography and environment by November. Keep an eye out for government schemes and International summits like SAARC, BRICS etc.
  4. Economic survey is released with the budget in February and India yearbook in January. They have to be read.
  5. Culture by March.

MPSC has the following subjects for preparation:

Click below
General Aptitudelink
Current affairsIndia Yearbook & Economic Survey 

Mains examination:

Preparation for mains can start after prelims is over without waiting for the result. Mains paper are with a focus on Maharashtrian culture and other aspects of the State. Books to be referred for would be from YCMOU / IGNOU / BA / MA books from State universities.


MPSC conducts recruitment for the Top level Central government services via the Civil Service Examination.


The exam has three parts:

PART I: Objective type Preliminary test.

  • This has two papers: General studies and Aptitude. Both are 200 marks each and compulsory.

Paper I – (200 marks)

  • Current events of state, national and international importance.
  • History of India (with special reference to Maharashtra) and Indian National Movement.
  • Maharashtra, India  and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  • Maharashtra  and India – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,Urban Governance, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change-that do not require subject specialisation.
  • General Science.

Paper II – (200 marks) 

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision –  making and problem – solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation(Charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.- Class X level)
  • Marathi and English Language Comprehension skills (Class X/XII level).

Note 1 : Questions relating to Marathi and English Language Comprehension skill of Class X/XII level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper II) will be tested through passages from Marathi and English language without providing cross translation thereof in the question paper. 

Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.