For Maharashtra State Government job aspirantsMaharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) State Service Exam ( also known as MPSC Rajyaseva exam) is one of the best exams. It is conducted every year by MPSC to recruit officers into the different wings of the state administration departments under Maharashtra State Government. The exams are conducted and overseen by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC).

The Other Examinations conducted by the MPSC Subordinate Services, Class C Services, Engineering Services, Agriculture Services, Judicial Services, etc. Candidates can check the MPSC State Service Exam Syllabus and Pattern.

MPSC Recruitment Qualifying Criteria

Educational Qualification

  • Applicants must have possessed Degree of any discipline from a recognized institute.

Age Limit

  • The age limit should be 18 – 38 years of age for ASO & STI
  • The age limit should be 19 – 31 years of age for PSI posts.


MPSC Exam Pattern

Like all the other State Public Service Commission and UPSC, MPSC state services exam is also conducted in three stages namely:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

Candidates have to clear each stage in order to be eligible for the next stage, if candidates clear the prelims, they can give the mains, clearing which they would be summoned for the final stage i.e., interview of the MPSC Exam.


MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Before going to the syllabus directly candidates are advised to check the Exam Pattern of the MPSC Prelims Exam.

MPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern: This stage exam consists of two compulsory objective papers. Check the elaborated exam pattern and details of the MPSC prelims exam. Both papers are of 2 hours each.


No of questions
total marks
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

Important Points:

  1. Marks of both papers will be consider for qualifying candidates for the mains exam.
  2. Both Paper I and Paper II have negative marking for all the incorrect answers.
  3. There will be no negative marking for unattended questions.
  4. There is negative marking of 1/3 of the marks allocated to the question.
  5. The questions on decision making in Paper II do not attract negative marks if incorrectly answered.
  6. MPSC Prelims is screening in nature.
  7. Candidates need to score minimum marks as decided by the commission to qualify for the mains exam.
  8. All the questions are set in English and Marathi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

MPSC Prelims Syllabus

Candidates can check the MPSC Prelims Syllabus of both papers in the subsequent points. Like the UPSC, MPSC also provide just the topics names in the Syllabus. As it is a State Level Exam, most of the questions have a specific focus on the to the Maharastra. With the right preparation strategy, it is possible for candidates to prepare for both exams simultaneously.


Paper I Syllabus

  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 Syllabus

  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 Xlevel)
  7. Marathi and English Language Comprehension skills (Class X/XII level)


nature of paper
Paper I Marathi (Qualifying) 300 Degree  Marathi 2 hours  Subjective
Paper II English (Qualifying) 300 Mix of Degree and School (depends on topic – refer below)  English 2 hours  Subjective
Counted for Merit
Paper III Essay 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective
Paper IV General Studies -1 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective
Paper V General Studies -2 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective
Paper VI General Studies -3 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective
Paper VII General Studies -4 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective
Paper VIII Optional Subject Paper No.- 1 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective
Paper VIII Optional Subject Paper No.- 2 250 Graguate Marathi/ English 3 hours Subjective



MPSC Mains Syllabus

The syllabus for the nine papers in the MPSC mains is given below.

Paper I – Marathi (300 Marks)

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.
  • Translation from English to Marathi and vice-versa.

This paper will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in this paper will not be counted for ranking.

Paper II – English (300 Marks)

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays.

This paper will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in this paper will not be counted for ranking.

Paper III – Essay (250 Marks)

In Essay Paper, candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and write concisely.

Paper IV – General Studies 1 (250 Marks)

[Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society with some weightage to Maharashtra]

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Bhakti movement and its philosophy with special reference to saints’ movement in Maharashtra.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism, secularism
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

The general studies 1 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 1 syllabus to an extent.

Paper V – General Studies 2 (250 Marks)

[Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations with some weightage to Maharashtra]

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs; dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary- Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Local self-government.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighbourhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

The general studies 2 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 2 syllabus to an extent

Paper VI – General Studies 3 (250 Marks)

[Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management with some weightage to Maharashtra]

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops- cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; etechnology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management, Disaster Risk Resilience, Resilient Society
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

The general studies 3 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 3 syllabus to an extent.

Paper VII – General Studies 4 (250 Marks)

[Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude]

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life, his problem-solving approach and decision making to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics- in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on the above issues.

The general studies 4 of the MPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 4 syllabus to an extent.

Paper VIII – Optional Paper 1 (250 Marks) & Paper IX – Optional Paper 2 (250 Marks)

Candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects mentioned below:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Marathi Literature
  16. Mathematics
  17. Mechanical Engineering
  18. Medical Science
  19. Philosophy
  20. Physics
  21. Political Science and International Relations
  22. Psychology
  23. Public Administration
  24. Sociology
  25. Statistics
  26. Zoology
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