All About Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC)Examination

In this blog, you can know all about the MPPSC examination (Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination). Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission MPPSC State Service Exam is conducted for recruitment to various posts in government departments and offices of the state of Madhya Pradesh. This exam is conducted in two stages namely the preliminary exam and the main exam. Following the IAS exam pattern aspirants who clear the preliminary exam are allowed to appear for the mains exam. The number of candidates admitted to appear for the mains exams is fifteen times more than then number of vacancies available. However, the best candidates who clear the main exams and following the procedures of the interview are admitted to various posts in the government department.

Stages in MPPSC Exam Name Of The Exam
Stage 1 Prelims
Stage 2 Mains
Stage 3 Interview

The dates of the Preliminary Examination for the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) 2019 is 12th January 2020. The MPPSC 2019 Notification has stated that there is no negative marking for the Preliminary Examinations of the State Service Exam 2019. Hence, if aspirants are preparing for the exams thoroughly and well, their chances to clear the exam increase to a large extent.

Posts for which MPPSC State Service Exams are conducted

The posts are of Sub Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Superintendent, District Jail, Commercial Tax Officer, District Registrar, Chief Municipal Officer (Group B), Assistant Director, Assistant Director (Agriculture), District Support Officer, Child Development Project Officer, Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO), Dental Surgeon, Specialist/Medical Officer, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, Assistant Professor, Librarian/Sports Officer.

Before the aspirants start getting stressed out about their competency to sit for the exams, they can go through the information given below to understand everything about MPPSC Exams Preparation. By the end of the reading, they will get answers to the following questions:

  • How to go about MPPSC exam preparation?
  • How to make MPPSC notes?
  • What MPPSC preparation books to read?
  • How to follow MPPSC’s current affairs?
  • Which is the best book for MPPSC preparation?
  • How to make MPPSC GK notes in Hindi/English?
  • From where to find MPPSC mains study material? Etc.

Let us decode the MPPSC 2020 for the aspirant so that they can devise a perfect strategy to crack the MP State Service Exam 2020.

The MPPSC (State Service Exam) takes place in 3 stages:

How to go about MPPSC exam preparation?

Going by the MPPSC Syllabus 2019, an aspirant should know the important topics that keep on repeating in the exams. The aspirant for MPPSC Exams just needs to have a good understanding of school classes (basically from standard 6th to 12th).

As to start your preparation for the exams one should start reading all the social science books of class 6th to 10th standards. The books can be of MP Board or else it can be NCERT books. Both these books are good and provide a good foundation for the aspirants. While reading all these books you can also complement your knowledge with a book from Lucent General Knowledge.

After you have completed the above subjects with good sense. You can take a print out of the syllabus for MPPSC Exams; believe it there is a reason why it is been emphasized to this point. So please try and do this.

 Checkout below subjects, important topics related to them and books for MPPSC to prepare the same:


There are three parts to History: Ancient, Medieval and Modern. Similar to IAS Exam, MPPSC preparation books for History can be more or less the same. For Ancient History, a candidate can follow NCERTs Class 11th and 12th (Old/New.) For Medieval, NCERTs can again come handy. For Modern, an aspirant can either opt for NCERTs or Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir. One can refer to books of MP Board too.

Few things to keep in mind while preparing History for MPPSC 2019/2020:

  • One source of information for this subject should be sufficient.
  •  Referring more than one book for History is not correct, which the aspirant can only implement.
  • Try to capitalize on your knowledge on the Dates of the occurrences and the Maps of Places.
  • Refer to past year MPPSC question papers to get an idea about the topics been covered in the examination.
  • The arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence will always help.

Indian and World Geography

There are two sub-topics for Geography which are Physical and Human. To understand both these topics in detail, an aspirant should religiously read NCERTS (Class 6th to 12th) and to get the fodder material on these topics the aspirants should at least read one newspaper daily and should be followed by the candidates.

Indian Polity

The MPPSC gives weight age to topics like- Parliament, State, and Central Legislatures, Panchayati Raj, Legislative Bills in the news or debated, Election Commission, etc. To understand Polity in a crisp manner, one can follow the book Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant. This book can be a one-time resort to both IAS and State Administrative Services’ aspirants.

Indian Economy

Indian Economics is one such subject that can give the candidates from the non-economics background nightmares. However, an aspirant should understand that the questions that are been asked from these topics under it are of generalized form. The questions that are been asked can put your common knowledge on Indian Economics to test. The candidates should understand that unlike the IAS examination, here in the MPPSC state service exams, a few factual questions could also be asked. That is why, one should be clear about the basic concepts of GDP, GNI, and PCI. The topics that can be seen in the news repeatedly like the Repo Rate, MCLR, CRR, Unemployment, Recession, Rupee Depreciation or Appreciation, etc. should be given importance.

General Science and Environment

NCERT or MP Board school textbooks can help an aspirant collect the required information on General Science. For the environment, current affairs can become useful. Also, referring to MPPSC past year question papers can align candidates’ preparation.

MPPSC Current Affairs

Try following the recent trend on how questions are being framed in relation to current affairs; one must religiously follow a National newspaper- preferably- The Hindu. The approach to read the newspaper should be solely aligned with the topics that are included in the MPPSC Syllabus 2019.

With a newspaper, an aspirant can fill in the gaps, by following a monthly magazine like Yojana/Kurukshetra. These magazines should not be read from cover to cover. Only the topics that correspond to the MPPSC Exam Syllabus should be read with special attention to their focal editorial.

Few tips to make MPPSC GK notes in Hindi/English:

  • Understand the MPPSC Syllabus first
  • Use loose sheets to make notes so that it becomes easy to add/update the content
  • Segregate notes into topics like History, Geography, Polity, Economy, etc.
  • Jot down 5 to 10 points for each topic in the news that is related to the syllabus
  • Give attention to Madhya Pradesh regional news page.

Best Books for MPPSC

After going through the syllabus aspirants should follow state board books and NCERT books.

  1. NCERT Class 10th, 11th, 12th Social Studies Books
  2. “Indian Polity” by M. Laxmikant (4th Edition and 5th Edition)
  3. “Spectrum of Modern Indian History” by Rajiv Ahir (Latest Edition)
  4. An Introduction to Madhya Pradesh by McGraw-Hill Publications (here you can find fact and details related to the state, which can suffice)
  5. Aspirants can gain more knowledge on Economics from the textbook of Standard 11th & 12th from the Commerce Stream and if the aspirant is not from commerce can refer to books from Ramesh Singh’s Indian Economy (11th Edition) or Sanjiv Verma’s Indian Economy.

These books can help you both in MPPSC Prelims and Mains examinations.

To conclude all the things for the students, a few tips are given below:

  1. NCERT’s or State Board School textbooks are the key for your clarity on different Topics.
  2. One reference book per subject should be sufficient for building your knowledge.
  3. Self-written notes should be emphasized and grown upon
  4. Aligning the current affairs with the syllabus.
  5. Take help from past MPPSC question papers.
  6. Revise all the topics periodically. 

Frequently Asked Questions by Students for MPPSC Exams

Q1. What is the MPPSC Examination?

MPPSC stands for Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission; this exam is conducted for recruitment to various posts in government departments and offices of the state of Madhya Pradesh. This exam is conducted in three Stages first is Preliminary Exams; the second stage is Mains Exams. The candidates after clearing the Prelims exam get qualified to appear for the Mains Exams and lastly they are been called in for a personal final stage Interview. After which the candidates are been admitted at various positions in the government department.

Q2. How to clear the MPPSC Exam? / How to Prepare for MPPSC State Service Exams?

Generally, it is said that the Prelims exams are very simple to clear only if you follow the syllabus of the exam with the right strategy, but the cut off is always very high for the MPPSC Prelims Exams. That means the general category students should have at least 85 questions correct out of  100 to be in a safe zone. A candidate must study at least 4 to 5 hours if you are a newcomer. This exam is for a check on you how much you know but also how well you know that subject, so that is why one much revises all the subjects as much as possible for your preparation on MPPSC. Try revising sample papers of MPPSC Examination or UPSC of past years, which is a perfect and reliable guide for studies. These papers will give you an overview of what you need to study, the pattern, what questions to expect. You need to practice these questions as frequently as possible to help you get access of how to prepare for these exams and also to calm your nervy moments. Also keep your self well informed related to the current affairs, read books and article related to the specialization of your field which will help you a great deal and most importantly remove all the fear of the examination and prepare yourself to perform the best in the exams   

MPPSC previous year question papers

Q3. How Many Attempts are allowed?

Candidates of General Category can give MPPSC examinations any number of times till the age of 40 years. For SC/ST there is further relaxation of age.

Q4. What is the educational qualification needed to appear in the MPPSC exam?

The candidates should have a graduation or equivalent from a recognized University.

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications, which are recognized by the State Government as equivalent to a professional or technical degree, would also be eligible for the admissions to the examinations. 

Q5. The latest Syllabus for MPPSC Exams?

The syllabus for MPPSC Prelims Exams has two papers:

Paper-I: General Studies

Paper-II: General Aptitude Test

The syllabus is given below:

General Studies

  • General Science and Environment (Environment, Ecology, Biodiversity & Climate Change) this includes a general understanding of science including matters of everyday experience and observation.
  • Current Events of National & International Importance

Knowledge of significant national and international level will be tested, including current events.

  • History of India & Independent India

In History, questions related to social, economic and political aspects will be asked, also questions will be asked on the Indian National Movement and Development of Indian Independence.

  • a. Geography of India

Questions related to physical, social, economic geography, Indian Agriculture its Natural resources and questions pertaining to demography and census of India.

b. General Geography of the world

The questions related to the general knowledge of the geography of the world

  • Indian Polity and Economy

Questions related to the political system, the constitution of the country, its Panchayati Raj, social system, sustainable economic development, elections, political parties, plans, industrial development, foreign trade, and economic and financial institutions.

  • Sports

Important games and sports tournaments, awards, personalities and renowned sports institutions of Madhya Pradesh, India, Asia, and the World. 

  • Geography, History, and Culture of M.P.

All questions related to the geography of Madhya Pradesh from the development of rivers, climate, mountains, flora and fauna, minerals, transportation, etc. History questions related to dynasties of Madhya Pradesh, the contribution of important dynasties for the culture and history of Madhya Pradesh, the tribes, arts, architecture, fine arts and historical personalities of Madhya Pradesh. 

  • Polity and Economy of M.P.

Questions related to the political system, political parties, elections, Panchyati Raj, Social System, sustainable economic development of Madhya Pradesh. It will also include questions related to the industry, plans, economic progress, business, demography, and census of Madhya Pradesh.

  • Information and Communication Technology

Questions related to the characteristics uses, terminologies related to Information Technologies such as websites, online, search engines, emails, video mail, chatting, hacking, viruses, cracking, cyber crimes or video conferencing.      

  • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) 1989 (No.33 of 1989) and the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (No. 22 of  1955)
  • The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1933

General Aptitude Test?

  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
  7. Hindi Language Comprehension Skill(Class X Level)(Hindi language comprehension skill of Class X level will be tested through passages from Hindi language only without providing English translation)

Q6. What are the eligibility criteria for MPPSC Examination?

The Candidate should be a citizen of India

The aspirants should be a degree holder or a graduate from a recognized University

Indian students with a  degree from abroad should have their degree recognized by UGC.

Q7. The current pattern for State Service Examination?

The State Service Examination is a 3 Stage exam which is held every year

Stage 1: Preliminary Exam

Stage 2: Mains Exam

Stage 3: Personal Interview

Q8 What are Preliminary Examinations?

Preliminary Exams consist of objective questions with no penalty or no negative marking for wrong answers.

Paper 1- General Studies is of 200 marks with 2 hours

Paper 2- CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test) is of 200 marks with 2 hours

CSAT is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks which is fixed at 33%.

There is a cut-off in the Preliminary Exams, which varies every year and is decided by the MPPSC.

Q9. What is the Main Examination?

The Mains Exams consists of  6 papers. The patter of the Mains Examination is as follows:

General Studies

Paper 1(GS-I) – 300 marks – 3 hours

Paper 2(GS-II) – 300 marks – 3 hours

Paper 3(GS-III) – 300 marks – 3 hours

Paper 4(GS- IV-ethics) – 200 marks – 3 hours

Paper 5(General Hindi) – 200 marks – 3 hours

Paper 6(Essay Writing in Hindi) – 100 marks – 2 hours

Total Marks (Mains) – 1400 marks

Q10. What is the final stage Interview or Personality Test in the MPPSC examination?

Students who clear the mains exams get qualified for Interview by MPPSC. The Interview is of 175 marks.

MPPSC State Service Examination 2019 Notification:-

MPPSC State Service Examination 2019

Date of Advertisement – 14.11.2019

Last date for apply online – 09.12.2019

Exam Date (Preliminary) – 12.01.2020, Sunday

Click here for more details.

MPPSC State Forest Service Examination 2019

Date of Advertisement – 14.11.2019

Last date for apply online – 09.12.2019

Exam Date (Preliminary) – 12.01.2020, Sunday

Click here for more details.

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MPPSC 2020 Calendar Notification Released | Madhya Pradesh PSC Exam

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