MPPSC Exam: Eligibility, Pattern, & More

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Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) is a state government body that conducts competitive exams to fill various posts in Madhya Pradesh government departments. The pattern followed in the MPPSC exam is similar to that of the Civil Services exam which is held at a national level. This blog aims to provide all the necessary details like the eligibility criteria and detailed syllabus of the MPPSC exam. 

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The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts an array of entrance exams to recruit candidates in various departments like forests, engineering, revenue, police, justice, public departments, etc. Some of which have listed below: 

  • State Services
  • State Forest Service
  • State Engineering Service
  • Scientific Officer
  • Sub-Inspector
  • Assistant Geologist and Horticulturist 
  • Assistant Fisheries Development Officer
  • Assistant Officer (Social Justice Department) 
  • Assistant (Farmer Welfare and Development Department) 

MPPSC Exam: Notification 2020

On account of the Model Code of Conduct which was imposed during the Lok Sabha elections in the year 2019, the prelims of the MPPSC exam was postponed and will now be conducted on January 12th, 2020. The other important dates for the exam have been tabulated below: 

MPPSC State Service Exam NotificationNovember 14th, 2019
Application Process BeginsNovember 20th, 2019
Deadline of filing of forms for MPPSC State Service ExamDecember 9th, 2019
Correction WindowNovember 23rd to December 11th
Admit Card NotificationJanuary 8th to January 11th, 2020
Exam DateJanuary 12th, 2020

Eligibility Criteria

To appear for the reputed MPPSC exam, the candidates are required to fulfill certain eligibility criteria which have been tabulated below: 

Age Minimum: 21 yearsMaximum: 35 years (Madhya Pradesh Permanent Residents) or 30 years (others)*
Married StatusMale applicants having more than one living wife are ineligible.
Female applicants married to a person already having a living wife are ineligible.
Educational QualificationGraduate/ Professional/ Technical degree holder in any discipline and recognized by the State Government

*age relaxations apply

MPPSC Exam Pattern

The MPPSC exam loosely follows the pattern of the Civil Services Exam which is conducted by UPSC. This test is divided into three sections, namely prelims, mains, and interview. While the Prelims section is objective-based and carries a total valuation of 400 marks. The Mains section is subjective and is divided into six papers out of which, four are general studies, one Hindi Language Paper and a Hindi Comprehension Paper. 

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Exam LevelSectionsTotal Marks
PrelimsGeneral Studies-MCQ (2 hours)
General Aptitude Test-MCQ (2hours)
Mains General Studies I (3 hrs)
General Studies II (3 hrs)

General Studies III (3 hrs)
General Studies IV (3 hrs)
Hindi (3 hrs)
Hindi Essay Paper (2 hrs)

Interview 175

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MPPSC Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the MPPSC exam is highly comprehensive and includes many traditional topics such as reasoning, current affairs as well as Madhya Pradesh-centric questions. The level-wise distribution has been provided in the following paragraphs. 

Prelims Syllabus

The prelims section consists of two MCQ-based papers, one on general studies and the other general aptitude based. The syllabus of both have been tabulated below:

PaperTopics (in short)
General Studies-MCQ (2 hours)National and International Current Events General Science and Environment
Indian Polity & Economy
Indian and World Geography
Madhya Pradesh History and Culture 
MP Geography, Polity & Economy
Information and Communication TechnologySC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) 1989
Protection of Human Rights Act  1993
General Aptitude Test-MCQ (2hours)Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Interpersonal Skills
Data Interpretation (Class X level)
Basic Numeracy (Class X level)
Hindi Language Comprehension Skill

Mains Syllabus

The Mains section of the MPPSC exam is much more advanced and comprehensive and requires a thorough understanding of important events in MP and India. The syllabus of the mains has been tabulated below: 

General Studies I (3 hrs)

History & Culture (MP, Indian and World History); Geography; Water management; Disaster and its Management
General Studies II (3 hrs)Constitution, Political & Administrative Structure of Governance; Security Issues: External and Internal; Social and some important legislation; Social Sector; Education Systems; Human resources Development; Welfare Programmes; Public Services; Public Expenditure & Accounts; International Organisations
General Studies III (3 hrs)
Science & Technology; Reasoning & Data Interpretation; Technology; Emerging Technologies; Energy; Environment & Sustainable Development; Indian Economy
General Studies IV (3 hrs)Human Needs and Motivation; Major Philosophers/ Thinkers/ Social Workers/ Reformers; Attitude; Corruption/ Case Studies
Hindi (3 hrs)Hindi Essay Paper (2 hrs)Language PaperComprehension Paper

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Hopefully, you are now familiar with the important details pertaining to the MPPSC exam. Due to the vast syllabus and complex questions asked in the competitive exams, the preparation can be taxing. If you are not sure about your study plan then the experts at Leverage Edu can help you in devising a time table that keeping your weak points in mind. You can also book a free 30 mins counselling session to let the experts guide you towards a rewarding career in your field of interest.

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