MPSC Syllabus 2020: The Maharashtra State Government conducts various exams every year to recruit suitable candidates into the different wings of the state administration. The MPSC or Maharashtra Public Service Commission is one of the major exams conducted by the Maharashtra State Govt. The MPSC Exam is also known as the MPSC Rajyaseva Exam. It is responsible for conducting other examinations such as Subordinate Services, Class C Services, Engineering Services, Agriculture Services, Judicial Services, etc.

Every year candidates in large nos. apply for the MPSC Exam. In order to be eligible to work in MPSC, it is important to get acquainted with the syllabus and the exam pattern. Therefore, for the convenience of the MPSC job aspirants, we have provided the syllabus as well as the exam pattern for MPSC or MPSC Rajyaseva Exam 2020.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Exam Pattern

Before we get into the MPSC Syllabus, let us first have a look at the MPSC Exam Pattern. The Exam Pattern forms a major part of the recruitment process. It lets the govt. job aspirants to know the pattern of the exam and marks allotted to each of the exam papers.

The MPSC state services exam is conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

A candidate has to clear one stage in order to be eligible for the subsequent stage, i.e, if he/she clears the prelims, he/she moves onto the mains, clearing which he/she would be summoned for the final stage (interview) of the MPSC exam. The MPSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus for each of the stages are explained below.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

This is the first stage of the MPSC State Services Exam. Through this stage of the MPSC Exam, candidates are filtered to appear for the next stage of examination.

Paper No. of Questions Marks Standard Of Exam Duration Nature of Paper
Paper I 100 200 Degree 2 hours Objective
Paper II 80 200 A mix of Degree and School 2 hours Objective

Points To Note For MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

  1. Marks of both papers will be considered for qualifying candidates for the mains exam.
  2. There is a negative marking of 1/3rd for every incorrect answer in Paper I and Paper II.
  3. The questions on decision making in Paper II has no negative marks if incorrectly answered.
  4. Candidates need to score minimum marks as decided by the commission to qualify for the mains exam.
  5. 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 Syllabus: MPSC Prelims Syllabus

MPSC is a State Level Exam. Therefore a majority of questions that are asked focus on to the Maharastra. In this section MPSC Syllabus for the Prelims and the Mains has been discussed.

MPSC Prelims 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

MPSC Prelims 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 X level)
  7. Marathi and English language comprehension skills (Class X/XII level) Questions relating to this will be tested through passages from Marathi and English language without providing cross translation thereof in the question paper.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The MPSC Mains Exam comprises of six compulsory papers. Paper I and Paper II are language papers. Paper III to Paper VI are General Studies Papers. MPSC Exam does not comprise of any optional paper through a change made in 2012.

Paper Subject Total Marks Standard Duration Nature of Questions
I Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis) 100 XII Std. 3 hours Descriptive
II Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension) 100 XII Std. 1 hour MCQs
III General Studies I 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs
IV General Studies II 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs
V General Studies III 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs
VI General Studies IV 150 Degree 2 hours MCQs

Points To Note For MPSC Mains Exam Pattern

  1. There is a negative marking in the objective question papers.
  2. Candidates need to attempt all the papers to qualify for the Interview round.
  3. This round is of great importance for the candidates as it is both scoring and qualifying in nature.

MPSC Syllabus: MPSC Mains Exam Syllabus

The MPSC Mains Syllabus For Paper I to Paper VI is given below.

MPSC Paper I Syllabus: Marathi and English (Essay/Translation/Precis)

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks) Section 2: English (50 marks)
  1. Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  2. Translation – English paragraph to be translated into Marathi, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  3. Precis writing
  1. Essay writing – An essay on one out of the two given topics/subject (About 400 words)
  2. Translation – Marathi paragraph to be translated into English, approximately 1/2 page/2 paragraphs
  3. Precis writing

Paper II: Marathi & English (Grammar and Comprehension)

Section 1: Marathi (50 marks) Section 2: English (50 marks)
  1. Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
  2. Comprehension
    1. Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc
    2. Comprehension

Paper III: General Studies I (History & Geography) 

Subject Topic
  1. History of Modern India (1818-1857) particularly Maharashtra
  2. Establishment of British Rule in India
  3. Socio-Cultural Changes
  4. Emergence and growth of Indian nationalism
  5. Social and economic awakening
  6. National movement in Gandhi Era
  7. India after Independence
  8. Selected Social Reformers of Maharashtra
  9. Cultural Heritage of Maharashtra (Ancient to Modern)
  1. Physical Geography
  2. Economic Geography of Maharashtra
  3. Human and Social Geography of Maharashtra
  4. Environmental Geography
  5. Population Geography (with reference to Maharashtra)
  6. Remote Sensing
Geography and Agriculture
  1. Agroecology
  2. Climate
  3. Soils
  4. Water management

Paper IV: General Studies II (Indian Constitution and Indian Politics and Law) 

Subject Topic
General Studies II
(Indian Constitution and Indian Politics and Law)
  1. Constitution of India
  2. Amendment Procedure & Major Amendments to the Constitution
  3. Political System ( Structure, Powers and Functions of Governments )
  4. State Government and Administration (With Special Reference to Maharashtra)
  5. District Administration
  6. Rural and Urban Local Government
  7. Educational System
  8. Parties and Pressure Groups
  9. Media
  10. Electoral Process
  11. Administrative Law
  12. Central & State Government Privileges
  13. Some Pertinent Laws
  14. Social Welfare and Social Legislation
  15. Public Services
  16. Control over Public Expenditure

Paper V: General Studies III (Human Resource Development & Human Rights) 

Subject Topic
Human Resource Development
  1. Human Resource Development in India
  2. Education
  3. Vocational Education
  4. Health
  5. Rural Development
Human Rights
  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948)
  2. Child Development
  3. Women Development
  4. Youth Development
  5. Tribal Development Development for Socially deprived classes (SC, ST, VJ/NT, OBC etc. )
  6. Welfare for aged People- problems and issues
  7. Labour Welfare
  8. Welfare of disabled persons
  9. People’s Rehabilitations
  10. International and Regional Organisations
  11. Consumer Protection
  12. Values and Ethics

Paper VI: General Studies IV (Economy & Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development) 

Subject Topic
Economy and Planning
  1. Indian Economy
  2. Urban and Rural Infrastructure Development
  3. Industry
  4. Co-operation
  5. Economic reforms
  6. International Trade & International Capital Movements
  7. Measurement and estimate of poverty
  8. Factors determining employment
  9. Economy of Maharashtra
Economics of Development and Agriculture
  1. Macro Economics
  2. Public Finance and Financial Institutions
  3. Growth, Development and International Economics
  4. Indian Agriculture, Rural Development and Cooperation
  5. Agriculture
  6. Food and Nutrition
  7. Indian Industry, Infrastructure and Services Sector


Science and technology developments
  1. Energy
  2. Computer and Information Technology
  3. Space Technology
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Nuclear Policy of India
  6. Disaster Management


The candidates who qualify the MPSC Prelims and the Mains will be eligible to appear for the final round, Interview or the Personality Test. The candidates will be interviewed by a panel of competent and unbiased observers. This is more like a personality test where apart from knowledge, the candidate’s attributes such as aptitude, presence of mind, communication skills, etc. are evaluated.

The aim of the interview is to test not only the academic qualification of the candidate but also the mental ability and analytical ability of the candidates. The candidates must be aware of the latest current happenings throughout the world.