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What is MPSC Exam – Eligibility & Syllabus

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What is MPSC Exam? There are many parents who dream of their kids joining secured Government Service. Also, there are goal-oriented students who want to achieve their goal of becoming First Class Government Officer.

Wow!! such a nice passion. But then what is coming in your way to achieving your goal. Is it a step to achieve a goal? Are you looking for relevant information about MPSC Exam? Then, yes your search is over with this article.

Ready with your goal of government service, ready to work hard, and with a dedication to crack MPSC. There is one more add-on with all this list. And it is proper guidance. So here is a step-by-step guide on what is MPSC Exam is and tips to crack it.


MPSC is a State Level Exam. This exam is for the students who have a dream to become an aspirant Government Service Provider in a State. It is one of the best competitive exams.

The MPSC exam is conducted and managed by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission. As UPSC is a National Level exam, similarly MPSC is State Level Exam.

MPSC is also a body that also takes other examinations related to engineering services, agricultural services, judicial services, and class III exams. If you want to choose any of the options you need to go through the MPSC State Service Exam Syllabus and Preparation.

What is MPSC Exam

The MPSC Exam or State Service Exam is conducted to recruit the Government Officials in Maharashtra State Administration. Group A and Group B both the officer have to qualify for this exam. The Pattern and Syllabus of this exam are somewhat based on the UPSC-CSE Exam conducted for IAS Officer.


MPSC Full Form

MPSC stands for Maharashtra public service commission. It is a State Level service examination which is also known as the MPSC Rajyaseva Exam. To throw more light this examination is undertaken to recruit government officials in the State Administration.

The MPSC is also known as the State Service Exam conducted by Maharashtra Public Service Commission with an aim to recruit Group A and Group B government officials in the State Administration. The exam pattern and syllabus of the MPSC exam resemble the UPSC-CSE Exam.

Eligibility Criteria

The MPSC sets Eligibility criteria for the age limit, educational qualification, and physical fitness. Details of the same are as follows.


The candidate with the below Nationality is eligible for MPSC Exam-

  • The candidate should be the citizen of India
  • And should also be domiciled in the State of Maharashtra as well

Age Limit

The age limit for the MPSC exam as of April 2020-

  • Minimum age-At least 19 years
  • Maximum age-38 years (General Category)

There is some relaxation in age criteria as per the category. The details for the same is as follows-

CategoryMaximum Age Limit
General Category  38 Years
Backward Class43 Years
(General Category)
43 Years
(Backward Class)
48 Years
(General and Backward Class)
43 Years
Disabled Candidate45 Years

MPSC Educational  Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from any of the recognized University or any related equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge of Marathi languages is a must to apply for MPSC Exam.
  • Even the final year graduation students can apply for this examination.
  • The procedure is the same to be followed after graduation in any branch. Even for science students.
  • Even those candidates who have completed their education from distance education or through a correspondence education are eligible to apply for MPSC Exam.
  • Candidates awaiting for the results are also eligible for the Prelims Exam of the MPSC. But for Mains Exam they have to produce the proof of passing the exam.
  • Candidates with technical degrees are also eligible to apply for this post.
  • Also, a candidate with a professional qualification can apply for the exam.
  • A Medical student who has completed the degree but is undergoing an internship program is also eligible to apply for the exam.
  • Candidates who have passed the ICAI, CWA, or ICSI Exam.

MPSC Physical Fitness Criteria

The posts like SP or related designations need to have some specified physical eligibility criteria. It is as listed below.

Height for DYSP

Male165 cm
Female157 cm

Number Of Attempts

There is no limit to the number of attempts in the MPSC Exam. The candidate is eligible to give the MPSC Exam as many times as he/she is willing to.

Role And Responsibility of An MPSC Officer

The role and responsibilities of an MPSC Qualified Government Official differ according to the position he/she holds. It differs for Class I and Class II officers. Hereby, let us look after some of the roles and responsibilities in state administration according to the position-

1. Deputy Collector

  • Deputy Collector plays a vital role in state administration
  • Maintain law and order in the division
  • To collect the land revenue
  • Disaster Management
  • Issuing Certificates
  • To conduct fair elections

2. Deputy Superintendent of Police(DySP)

  • Public Grievance Handling in the sub-division
  • Maintain law and order in subdivision
  • Look after Public Relations
  • Investigation
  • Prevention of the crime
  • Detection of crime
  • Police Administration
  • Documentation Signing

3. Tehsildar & Naib Tehsildar

  • Revenue Administration
  • Collection of land revenue
  • Maintenance Of Revenue Accounts
  • Revision of land revenue
  • To report sub-divisional officer
  • To supervise land records

4. Assistant Commissioner of Sales Tax(ASC)

  • Maintain individual files for the ward
  • Compliance Check
  • Look forward if the files are not misplaced
  • Provide clarification to inspection teams

5. Cooperative Society Deputy Registrar

  • Registration of cooperative housing society
  • Accept resignation by society member if any and look into it
  • Disburse loans from one society to another
  • Ensure if cooperative society laws are properly followed

6. Block Development Officer(BDO)

  • Plans that are approved by the higher authorities are executed properly.
  • Signs contract on behalf of Panchayat
  • Authenticates all the documents on behalf of panchayat
  • Coordinate all the activities
  • Lead the block staff

Salary of MPSC Qualified Officials

The salary of an MPSC Qualified Officials differs in accordance with the position that he/she holds. The salary bar is in between RS. 38,600/- to RS. 1,22,800/- per month. Lets us understand it more in detail-

Class I Officers

Position Salary
Deputy DirectorRs. 67,700-2,08,700
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Deputy CollectorRs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Deputy Superintendent
of Police(DySP)
Rs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Assistant Commissioner
of Sales Tax(ASC)
Rs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Cooperative Society
Deputy Registrar
Rs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Block Development
Rs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Chief OfficerRs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Education OfficierRs. 56,100-1,77,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
TehsildarRs. 55,100-1,75,500
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)

Class II Officer

MantralayaRs. 47,600-1,51,100
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Assistant Regional
Transport Officer
Rs. 44,900-1,42,400
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Accounting OfficerRs. 44,900-1,42,400
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Block Development
Rs. 41,800-1,32,300
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Assistant Project
Rs. 41,800-1,32,300
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)
Naib TehsildarRs. 38,600-1,22,800
(Includes inflation and
other allowances)

MPSC Job Prospects

Let us now a look at the Job Prospects of MPSC Officers.

Class I Officers

  • Deputy Collector
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police(DySP)
  • Assistant Commissioner of Sales Tax(ASC)
  • Tehsildar
  • Cooperative Society Deputy Registrar
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Block Development Officer(BDO)

Class II Officer

  • Mantralaya Officer
  • Deputy Superintendent of State Excise Department
  • Naib Tehsildar
  • Taluka Inspector of Land Records
  • Assistant Regional Transport Officer
  • Chief Officer of Nagar Palika/Nagar Parishad
  • Block Development Officer(BDO)-B
  • Accounting Officer(Finance, Audit, and Accounts Service)

How to fill MPSC Exam Form

The application for the MPSC exam is in 2 parts- User Registration and Profile Creation. The fees for the application for the MPSC Exam are RS.524/-for General and Rs.324/- for OBC/SC/ST respectively.

Step 1: Visit the official website of MPSC- mahampsc.mahaonline.gov.in

Step 2: Press enter to open the MPSC online application.

Step 3: Now click on the New User Registration Button. The page is in the Marathi language, for your convenience you can translate it into the English language using google translator.

Step 4: Fill in all the required and mandatory information

Step 5: After that click on the Create User button

Step 6: Fill in your personal details. Click on the ‘create user‘ link to create a profile. A unique username and password are sent to the registered mobile number. Hit the login button.

Step 7: Now click on the ‘profile creation’ link. Fill up the necessary and mandatory details. Choose the examination center. Enter the save button before proceeding.

Step  8: Upload your passport size photograph, signature, and identity card

Step 9: Candidates have to log in again to fill the MPSC form. Accept the declaration by clicking on it

Step 10: Re-check the details

Step 11: Click on the Submit button

Step 12: Keep the printout safe with you. Click on my account to pay the application fees for the examination. The mode of payment should duly be chosen by the candidate according to his/her preference.

MPSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Online Application for the MPSC exam starts in December tentatively. Admit cards for the exam are released in the month of August. Generally, the MPSC Prelims Exam is conducted in September. The exam is taken in three stages- Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview, and then the final posting is done after the training.

The exam pattern that is followed for the MPSC Exam is as follows.

  • Preliminary exam
  • Mains exam
  • Interview process

Let us understand all the three phases of exams more in detail.

1. Preliminary exam

The preliminary exam has 2 compulsory objective types of papers. Each paper has 200 marks a total of 400 marks.

Marks of both papers will be considered for the Mains Exam. The duration of the paper is 2 hours each paper. The question paper is in 2 languages that are English and Marathi respectively. This examination carries a negative marking of the one-third penalty. That is for each wrong answer there is a negative marking of 0.33 marks. There will be no negative marking for the questions not attempted.

The decision making questions in Paper 2 does not carry negative marking though it is incorrectly answered. This paper has objective-type questions which comprise multiple-choice questions. The marking criteria for the Personal Interview Process are based on mental alertness, logical reasoning ability, clear exposure, proper judgment, and intellectual ability.

The Board judges the candidates on various parameters including mental and social traits. The main purpose of the interview purpose is to judge the candidate’s suitability for the civil service position and capability to take responsibility.

PaperNumber of
Paper 1100200
Paper 280200

Syllabus for the Preliminary Exam

Paper 1Indian History
General Science
Indian Politics
Current Events
General Issues
Indian Geography
World Geography
Social Development
Economic Development
Paper 2Communicational Skills
Intrapersonal Skills
English Skills
English Comprehension
Language skill that is chosen by the candidate
Decision-making skills
Problem-solving ability
Mental Ability
Basic Numeracy

Paper 1 – Current affairs, Indian History and Politics

In this examination, you need to have very good general knowledge and good general studies of current events going on at the National and international levels. You need to read newspapers to gain general knowledge.

It comprises the following subjects.

  • Indian history
  • General Science
  • Indian Politics
  • General Issues
  • Indian Geography
  • World Geography
  • Social Development
  • Economic Development
  • Polity And Governance
  • Environmental Ecology
  • Current Events

Paper 2 – Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT)

This paper comprises competencies related to comprehension, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Hereby, it also comprises the subjects below.

  • Analytical Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Mental Ability
  • Questions related to Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • English
  • Language Skill
  • English Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills including communications skills
  • Analytical Ability
  • Basic Numeracy

2. Mains exam

After qualifying for the preliminary exam the candidates are eligible for the second round that is the mains exam. Generally, Mains Exams are conducted in the month of January. After the mains exam, the candidate will be liable for the process of the interview. The Mains Exam Essay/Translation is only the descriptive type of paper. Other papers are the objective type which consists of MCQs.

Syllabus for Mains Exam

This exam includes a total of 9 papers namely as listed below.

Paper SyllabusMarks
Essay on any topic100
(3 hrs)
(1 hr)
General studies 1 Indian Heritage, Culture,
(2 hrs)
General studies 2 Constitution, Governance
Social Justice
(2 hrs)
General studies 3 Technology, Environment,
Disaster Management
(2 hrs)
General studies 4 Ethics, Integrity,
and Aptitude
(2 hrs)

Point to be Noted

  1. The objective types of papers consist of negative marking.
  2. The candidate is mandatory to attempt all the papers to qualify for the next round.
  3. The prelims exam is a qualifying exam as well as scoring.

Paper 1 – Essay Writing

Marathi (50 Marks)
  • To write an essay on any one topic. You can choose the option of your choice from the given options. The essay should be about 400 words.
  • Translation & Precis Writing
English (50 Marks)
  • To write an essay on any one topic. You can choose the option of your choice from the given options. The essay should be about 400 words.
  • Translation & Precis Writing

Paper 2 – Grammar & Comprehension

Marathi (50 Marks)
  • Grammar- Idioms, Phrases, Punctuation, Word Correction, etc
  • Comprehension
English (50 Marks)
  • Grammar- Idioms, Phrases, Punctuation, Word Correction, etc
  • Comprehension

General Studies 1 – (History & Geography)

  • Indian Culture
  • Modern Indian History
  • History of the world
  • India After Independence
  • Society
  • Social Reforms of Maharashtra
  • Cultural Heritage Of Maharashtra
  • Physical Geography
  • Economic Geography of Maharashtra
  • Environmental Geography
  • Events, Forms, and Effects on Society
  • Agriculture- Climate, Soil, Water Management

General Studies 2 – Indian Constitution and Indian Politics

  • The Constitution Of India
  • Amendment Procedure
  • The Political System
  • State Government And Administration
  • District Administration
  • The Electoral Process
  • Administrative Law
  • Rural & Urban Government
  • Educational System
  • Media
  • Public Services
  • Control Over Public Expenditure

General Studies 3 – (Human Resource Development & Human Rights)

  • Human Resource Development in India
  • Vocational Educational
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Child Development
  • Women Development
  • Youth Development
  • Labour Welfare
  • Consumer Protection
  • Values and Ethics

General Studies 4 – (Economy & Planning)

  • Indian Economy
  • Co-operation
  • Industry
  • Economic reforms
  • Economy of Maharashtra
  • International Trade
  • Employment
  • Macro Economics
  • Public Finance
  • International Economics
  • Indian Industry and Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Disaster Management
  • Nuclear Policy Of India
  • Space Technology
  • Environment
  • Security
  • Agriculture
  • Economy

3. Interview

After cracking the Mains Exam candidates are qualified for the Interview Process. Candidates are interviewed by a board that is appointed by MPSC. When you qualify for the interview round you become you are able to join the State Administration. During the review subject knowledge, personal skills, as well as Mental Ability, is tested.

Syllabus for Interview

  1. This is basically a question and answers session
  2. This exam is of 275 marks.
  3. The interview is nothing but a Personality Test.
  4. Even current affairs and General knowledge questions can be asked for an interview.

MPSC Books

To crack the MPSC examination you need to have General Knowledge. For this, you need to keep on reading the newspaper. Hindu newspaper, Jagran Josh, Economic Times, and Indian Express is something I would suggest to enhance your general knowledge and current affairs.

Other lists of books that I would suggest are as follows.

  • Indian Polity For Civil Service Examination -Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • Indian Year Book
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Oxford Geography Atlas
  • A Brief History of Modern India
  • Indian Art And Culture
  • Fundamentals of Geography(NCERT)
  • Concise History of Modern India by Sujata Menon
  • Facets of Indian Culture
  • The Constitution of India by P.M Bakshi
  • Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri

MPSC Post & Vacancies

The total number of vacancies after qualifying for this exam is approximately 200 and above. More than 2 lakh candidates apply for this State Level Examination every year.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer7
Assistant State Tax Commissioner10
Assistant Commissioner1
Deputy Education Officer25
Class Officer25
Deputy superintendent State Excise Fee6
Deputy Superintendent of Land Record6
Nayab Tehsildar73
Total 200 & Above

MPSC Exam Preparation Tips

Let us now have a look over the tips and tricks to crack MPSC Exam.

1. Early Preparation

MPSC is one of the toughest competitive exams. It is not going to be an easy task to crack it. Simultaneously many candidates also apply for vacancies. So if you want to come out with flying colors in this competitive exam you should start your preparation early.

Last moment studies are not at all going to help you. Start your MPSE Exam Preparation after the 12th itself. You will get the total span of the graduation period to prepare for the examination.

2. Attention on all the subjects

Give overall attention to all the subjects. Focus more on the subject which you find difficult. Also, pay more attention to the technical subjects.

3. Solve all your doubts

Try solving all your doubts at that particular time only. Do not proceed further by keeping a doubt. Get a solution to your doubts and issues.

4. Constant Reading

If you want to crack MPSC Exam it is mandatory for you to develop a reading habit. Read more newspapers. Surely, this will enhance your General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

5. Time Management

Proper time management and scheduled time table is a perfect key solution to crack this examination. Balance time management with all the subjects and distribute the time evenly.

6. Smart Study with proper guidance

The prior most step before starting the preparation is to understand the examination pattern and syllabus. Study accordingly is a smart study.

7.Previous Year MPSC Paper Solving

After the preparation revision is a must. Yes, I do agree but with revision previous year paper solving is also a must. You will understand the paper pattern and will be used to and prepared for the examination.

Go through- All Previous Years MPSC Question Papers

Difference between MPSC and UPSC Exam

Many times candidates get confused between the MPSC and UPSC exams. Let us understand the difference between UPSC and MPSC. It is as listed below.

MPSC stands for
Maharashtra Public Service
UPSC stands for
Union Public Service
MPSC is a State Level ExamUPSC is a National Level
MPSC is restricted to the State
of Maharashtra only
UPSC is for the whole country
Candidates from Maharashtra
a state can apply.
Candidates from all over
India can apply
Recruitment for State
Recruitment for central
Officers who crack MPSC are
selected as deputy collector, DySP
Officers who crack UPSC are
selected as Collector, SP

Final Thoughts

To conclude, this was all about what is MPSC Exam. Hope all your searches regarding the MPSC article are over here. We have tried to cover all the important points and relevant information regarding the MPSC Exam.

If any more doubts feel free to ask in the comment section. Surely, I will get back to you with a crystal clear solution.

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3 thoughts on “What is MPSC Exam – Eligibility & Syllabus

    1. Hi Swarali. Hope you are doing good. Dear Swarali 12th pass students cannot appear for this examination. The reason is that the eligibility criteria for this exam are at least having an education qualification of graduation in any field from any university. But to highlight MPSC is a tough competitive exam to crack it with good marks is not everybody’s cup of tea. You can start preparation for examination after passing 12th. Then it will be easy for you to crack the exam with good marks.

    2. After 12th you need to complete graduation in any field and then apply for the MPSC exam. But as it is a competitive exam you must start your preparation after your 12th class onwards. Let me know if you have any more queries.

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