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Maharashtra Public Service Commision,MPSC exam

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MPSC Preliminary and mains Examination .

MPSC Exam System

The state civil services examinations are conducted by Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to recruit officers in the state services.
The notification regarding this appears in the leading newspapers.
The examination is conducted in three stages:
Preliminary Examination,
Main Examination,
Interview/Personality Test.

The examinations held by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) are highly competitive and require lots of efforts and systematic preparation.
Preliminary Examination :
There are major changes in the Preliminary exam since 2013.

Now there are 2 papers for the Preliminary exam-

1) General studies (GS) and

2) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) carrying 200 marks for each paper.

GS paper contains 120 questions and CSAT paper contains 80 questions of multiple choice type.

Time allotted is two hours for each paper. For both the papers 1/3 negative marking system is applicable, which means deduction of 33% marks for each wrong answer.

All other rules regarding this are same as UPSC.
Questions are set in English and Marathi medium but for some passages in CSAT paper and questions based on them which are supposed to test candidate’s knowledge of English language, the Marathi translation is not available.
The Preliminary Examination is held at most of the district places in Maharashtra.
After the result of the Preliminary Examination is declared, the successful candidates are called to appear for the Main Examination.
Marks scored in the Preliminary Examination are not counted for the final selection of the candidates.

Paper I - GS for Preliminary Examination
New MPSC prelims syllabus

Paper I - (200 marks)
(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 issues, etc.
(5) Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
(6) General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change-that do not require subject specialization.
(7) General Science.

Paper II - CSAT for Preliminary Examination
Paper II - (200 marks)
(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 X level)
(7) 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.

Note 3 : It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of State Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he / she does not appear in both the papers of State Services (Prelim) Examination.

Main Examination : :

Generally the Main Examination is supposed to be held three and a half or four months after the result of the Prelims exam is declared.
This examination is held at four centres viz. Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur.
The candidates who qualify in the Preliminarily Examination and hold University degrees of graduation level are eligible to appear for Main Examination.

From 2012 MPSC state services Mains there has been sea changes.
The optional subjects have been removed from the exam and 4 papers for General Studies have been introduced.
MPSC has provided detailed syllabi for these papers.
There are total 6 papers in this exam; among them 4 are GS papers.
But unlike UPSC the nature of GS papers is multiple choice type.
But language papers for English and Marathi are still subjective (essay type).
There is a 1/3 negative marking system for all the GS papers.
The scope of General Studies has been expanded.
In every single paper the qualifying marks for open category candidates is 45 whereas for reserved category candidates it is 40.

To be eligible to appear for this examination a candidate must have completed minimum 19 years of age (on or before 1st April of the year in which candidate is going to appear for Prelims).
The maximum age limit for open category candidates is 33 years.
The age limit is relaxed by five years in case of candidates from reserved category.
For handicapped candidates the maximum age limit is 45 years.
For more information visit the website of MPSC. (www.mpsc.gov.in)

No question of medium arises as the Main examination is multiple choice type and the question paper is provided in Marathi and English language as well.
Still the candidates are required to have appropriate knowledge of Marathi language.
The paper for Marathi language is compulsory for everyone and the marks of Marathi & English languages are counted for deriving the final selection list.
In case of posts in the Police Department the candidates must also fulfill the prescribed requirements of physical ability.

MPSC Rajyaseva Main Exam-6 papers:

Paper Subject Marks
1 Marathi (3 hours) Descriptive type questions 100
2 English (3 hours) Descriptive type questions 100
3 GS Paper I (2 hours) History, Geography and agriculture Objective type questions (MCQs) 150
4 GS Paper II (2 hours) Indian polity and laws Objective type questions (MCQs) 150
5 GS Paper III (2 hours) Human resource development and human rights Objective type questions (MCQs) 150
6 GS Paper IV (2 hours) Science and Technology, Economy Objective type questions (MCQs) 150
Total 800

Negative Marking for GS papers – For 2 wrong answers 1 mark will be cut.
Passing Marks:45% in each of the 6 papers for Open Category
40% in each of the 6 papers for Reserved Categories (SC/ST/OBCs, etc)
Interview: 100 Marks

MPSC Rajyaseva Personality Test (Interview) :
The candidates coming out successfully in the written examination (Mains) are called for the interview.
According to the changes made in 2012 state civil service examination, the marks for interview have been reduced.
Now the interview carries 100 marks.
In the interview, eligibility required for the candidate's post opted for,
his / her personality, his / her study level of social and national issues, awareness regarding
events occurring around him / her, capacity to take decisions, presence of mind are the factors supposed to be considered.
The final merit list is declared after considering the candidate's marks in the Main exam and the Interview.
Accordingly, eligible candidates are appointed at various posts. Eventually they get the appointment letters to join the government.

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