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MPSC 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


Maharashtra Combined State Civil Services examination is managed by Maharashtra Public Service Commission to recruit various posts like Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Deputy Collector, Block Development Officer (BDO), Deputy Registrar Cooperative Societies, etc. MPSC Exam is conducted to recruit Group A, B & C vacancies in the Maharashtra state.


Name of examMPSC Rajyaseva Exam / Maharashtra Civil Services Exam
Conducting BodyMaharashtra Public Service Commission
Mode of the examinationOnline
Exam StagesThree stages : MPSC Prelims Exam, MPSC Mains Exam, MPSC Personality Test.
Exam Frequencyonce a year
Language of the examEnglish & Marathi


MPSC Notification Release date23rd December 2019
MPSC Application Start Date23rd December 2019
MPSC Last Date to Apply Online13th January 2020
MPSC Admit Card2nd March 2021
MPSC State Services Prelims Exam21st March 2021 (New Date)
MPSC Prelims Answer Key Release date25th March 2021
MPSC Prelims Resultto be notified
MPSC State Services Mains Examto be notified
MPSC Mains Exam Resultto be notified
MPSC final list of selected candidatesto be notified


The essential eligibility criteria required for the MPSC exam involve fulfilment of the following standards:

Age Limit-

  • Minimum Age: 19 years
  • Maximum Age: 38 years

Age Relaxation-

MPSC offers age relaxation for certain categories, described below:

CategoryUpper age limit
Backward Class43 years
Ex-serviceman/ Retired Government Officer (General)43 years
Ex-serviceman/ Retired Government Officer (Backward Classes)48 years
Qualified Player (General)43 years
Qualified Player (Backward Classes)48 years
Disabled Candidates45 years

Educational Qualification for MPSC-

  • If you want to sit for this MPSC exam, you must have a graduation degree in any stream from a government-recognized college/ institute/ university.
  • The candidate possessing a Degree in Law may be given preference.
  • You also need to make sure that you are ** fluent in Marathi, ** both verbal & written.
  • Candidates who are in their final-year graduation are also eligible to appear for the MPSC exam.

Physical Measurements for MPSC (DSP)-

If you are applying for DSP, ACP, etc., you should make sure that you fulfil the given physical qualification. Here is the height requirement for the MPSC post:

Minimum height for DSP post-

  • For female candidates: 157 cm
  • For male candidates: 165 cm

MPSC Other Eligibility Criteria-

Apart from achieving the above-given eligibility conditions for MPSC 2021, you must also make sure that you satisfy the following criteria:

Number of Attempts-There is no Number of Attempt Limits.

Marital Status- Male candidates who are married/ have more than one wife living & female candidates who are married to a person already having another wife will not be eligible for the exam unless the Governor grants an exemption.

Nationality-The candidate must be a citizen of India.


GeneralINR 524/-
OBCINR 324/-
SCINR 324/-


  • The students have to register using their Email ID & contact number on the official website after the registration starts.
  • The students must note down the username & password provided after the registration for the later proceedings.
  • After the registration, the students are eligible to fill in the online application form.
  • Then they have to fill in all the correct details & submit the application before the last date.
  • The aspirants must upload scanned copies of the documents mentioned in the application form, such as the degrees & certificates.
  • In the case of students applying for reservations, they need to submit adequate & corresponding certificates & the rest of the documents.
  • Additionally, the students need to upload their scanned copies of a recent passport-size photograph & a signature.
  • After filling in all the details, the students must 'Save' their application.
  • The students have to pay the application fees online through Netbanking/Credit Card/Debit Card.
  • The aspirants can pay the application fees through offline mode (e-Challan & Maha e-Seva Kendra).
  • After the students have submitted the application form, the students must download their filled application.
  • They must take out two printouts of the application & keep them safe if any issue arises in the future.


MPSC releases admit cards separately for all the stages of the examination. MPSC has released the Prelims Admit Card for state services exam 2020 on 1st March 2021. The students must carry the admit card to the exam centre along with id proof. The admit card contains all the essential information about the exam, such as candidates details, exam schedule & exam centres.


The total vacancy of MPSC 2021 was 342 distributed between several posts. After that, the number of vacancies had been revised to 339. The distribution of the total vacancy released by MPSC is listed below.

Assistant State Tax Commissioner10
Assistant Commissioner/ Project officer1
Deputy Chief Executive Officer7
Class Officer (कक्ष अधिकारी)25
Deputy Education Officer, Maharashtra Education Department25
Deputy Superintendent, State Excise Fee6
Deputy Superintendent, Land Record6
Naib Tehsildar73


The reservation Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe & Other Backward Class of Maharashtra shall be admissible following relevant Government Rules.


The selection process of the MPSC exam rests on the following stages:

  • Prelims Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Interview/ Personality test

Once the aspirants clear the stages mentioned above, they shall be called for the document verification round. After the document verification process, the selected aspirants will get the posting to one of the branches/ offices of MPSC across Maharashtra.


The exam was conducted through a qualifying 2 Prelims Papers followed by 6 Mains Papers; there are no optional subjects.

Preliminary exam-

  • Both the paper comprises 200 marks each.
  • The time duration of each paper is 2 hours.
  • The aspirants will get a deduction of 1/4th marks for every incorrect answer. Previously, the aspirants got the deduction of ⅓ marks for every wrong answer.
  • All the questions are set in Marathi and English.
  • The marks of Prelims will be counted only for shortlisting the aspirants for the MPSC Mains exam.
PaperMarksNo. of QuestionsMediumMode of PaperTime Duration
Paper-I (Compulsory)200100English & MarathiObjective Type2 hours
Paper-II (Compulsory)20080English & MarathiObjective Type2 hours

Mains exam-

The aspirants, who will secure the minimum MPSC cut-off marks, decided by the Commission will be released the admit card to take the MPSC Mains Exam.

  • MPSC Mains 2021 will have 6 Papers.
  • The objective questions carry a negative marking of 1/4th for every wrong answer. Previously, the aspirants got the deduction of ⅓ marks for every wrong answer.
  • The questions of decision making in paper II has no negative marking in case of incorrectly answered questions.
  • In every MPSC Mains exam paper, the qualifying marks for the General category and reserved category candidates are 45 marks and 40 marks.
  • All the Papers are mandatory; there is a Negative Marking of ⅓ rd of a mark for each wrong answer.
Paper No.SubjectMediumMode of QuestionMaximum MarksTime Duration
1.Marathi & English Language (Essay/Translation/Precis)English & MarathiDescriptive10003 Hours
2.Marathi & English Language (Essay/Grammar/ Comprehension)English & MarathiMCQ10001 Hours
3.GS Paper I: History, Geography, and AgricultureEnglish & MarathiMCQ15002 Hours
4.GS Paper II: Indian Constitution and Indian PoliticsEnglish & MarathiMCQ15002 Hours
5.GS Paper III: Human Rights and Human Resource developmentEnglish & MarathiMCQ15002 Hours
6.GS Paper IV: Economy and Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology DevelopmentEnglish & MarathiMCQ15002 Hours

Personality Test-

  • This is the last stage of the MPSC selection process.
  • The aspirants, who will secure the cut-off score in paper II, will appear for the interview round.
  • The MPSC Personality Test will be held by a panel of competent and unbiased members.
  • Through the interview round, the board will test the knowledge of current affairs, in-depth knowledge, communication skill & mental ability of the aspirants.


Preliminary exam paper-wise exam syllabus-

Paper I (General Studies): 200 Marks1. Current events taking place at the international, national & state levels. 2. Geography of World, India, and Maharashtra- Social, Physical, and Economic Geography of World, India, and Maharashtra. 3. Indian History with special preference to State Maharashtra and National Movements in India. 4. Socio-Economic Development- Social Sector Initiatives, Poverty, Demographics, Inclusion, and Sustained Advancement, etc. 5. India & Maharashtra- Governance & Polity- Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Urban Governance, Rights Issue & Panchayati Raj, etc. 6. General Science. 7. General issues on Biodiversity, Ecology of Environment, and Climatic variations (No need to have subjective expertise).
Paper II (CSAT-Civil Services Aptitude Test): 200 Marks1. Communication and Interpersonal skills. 2. Comprehension. 3. English and Marathi language comprehension skills- Stanzas without the translation of 10th / 12th school level. 4. Problem-solving and decision-making skills. 5. Analytical ability and Logical level reasoning. 6. Data Interpretation (Data Sufficiency, Tables, Graphs, Charts, etc. 10th school level) and Basics in Numerical (Number and its relations and Magnitude orders, etc.-10th school level). 7. General mental ability.

Mains exam paper-wise exam syllabus-

Marathi and English (Two Papers Combined)1. Essay, Precis, and Translation. 2. Comprehension and Grammar.
General Studies I (History and Geography)1. History- Modern India History with special attention given to Maharashtra, British Rule Establishment in India, Emerging growth of Nationalism in India, Socio-Economic Awareness, and Socio-Cultural diversities, etc. 2. Geography and Agriculture. 3. Geography- Maharashtra Geography, Maharashtra Economic Geography, Environmental Geography, Physical Geography, and Remote Sensing, etc.
General Studies II (Indian Politics, Constitution and Law)Indian Constitution, State Administration and Government, The Political System, Urban and Rural Local-level Government, Social Welfare and Social Legislation, Educational System, District Administration, Public Services, Parties and Pressure Groups.
General Studies III (Human Rights and HRD-Human Resource Development)1. Human Rights- UDHR act 1948, Youth Development, Child Development, Child Development, PwDs Welfare, Tribal Development, and Regional and International Organisations, etc. 2. Human Resource Development- Indian Human Resource Development, Vocational Education, Education, Rural Development, and Health.
General Studies IV (Economy and Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development1. Economics of Development and Agriculture- Macro Economics, Development and Growth, Public Finance, Agriculture, Indian, Agriculture, and Rural Cooperation and Development, etc. 2. Economy and Planning- Rural and Urban Infrastructural Advancement, Co-operation, Economy of India, Industry, Economic Reforms, International Trade, and International Capital Movements, Measurement and Poverty Estimate, Maharashtra Economy, and Employment dependent factors, etc. 3. Science and Technology Advancements- Energy (Renewable and Non-Renewable sources), Information Technology and Computer, Biotechnology, Space Technology, and Indian Nuclear Policy, etc.


The result of MPSC is the ultimate list of the applicants who the Commission shortlists after completing the Selection Process that consists of the MPSC Prelim Exam, Main Exam & Interview. The final result consists of marks of the Mains exam & interview and not the prelim exam. The result will be released after each stage of the examinations.

To check the MPSC Results, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the official website.
  2. Click on the link of State Services Main Examination 2021- Final Result on the website's homepage.
  3. When you click on the link, it will take you will to a new page of the MPSC website.
  4. Enter CTRL+F to find your result by typing your name/ roll number.
  5. If details are proper & you are qualified, your name will be highlighted on the page.
  6. Download & take a print of the MPSC result, which will be helpful for future reference.


The cut-off for the MPSC Prelim exam & Main exam is given category-wise. Let us look at the Prelim Exam & Main Exam cut-off for past years category wise.

OpenGeneral Category: 197; Female: 180. Sports: 143; Orphan: 140
SCGeneral Category: 193 Female: 179 Sports: 126
STGeneral Category: 167 Female: 150 Sports: 89
OBCGeneral Category: 197 Female: 180 Sports: 143
DivyangBlindness/Low Vision: 164 Hearing Impairment: 136. Locomotor Disability or Cerebral Palsy: 180


Here's how the salary offered to the posts by MPSC looks like:

Sl. No.PostSalary
1Class- A OfficerRs 15600 - Rs 39100 (Grade Pay according to rules)
2Class- B OfficerRs 9300- Rs 34800 (Grade Pay according to rules)


  1. Candidates must, first of all, analyze the complete syllabus of the MPSC examination. Understanding the syllabus & dividing the time according to that is the most crucial step while preparing.
  2. Candidates can download the previous years' papers of MPSC on the official site and practice them thoroughly before appearing for the final examination. This will help the candidates understand the paper pattern and the types of questions asked in the exam.
  3. Students must buy a well-reputed test series and give as many mock tests as possible before appearing for the final examination. This should be done with a proper time limit to provide you with the feel of the actual examination. This will also help you analyze your preparation level. Also, there are many free mock tests available online to examine your preparation in a timed fashion.


Previous papersLink
MPSC Paper 1 Question Paper 2019Click here
MPSC Paper 1 Question Paper 2018Click here
MPSC Paper 1 Previous Year Paper 2017Click here
MPSC Paper 1 Previous Year Paper 2016Click here
MPSC Paper 2 Question Paper 2019Click here
MPSC Paper 2 Question Paper 2018Click here
MPSC Paper 2 Previous Year Paper 2017Click here
MPSC Paper 2 2016 Question PaperClick here


For Preliminary exam-

TopicsBooksPublisher/ Author
Maharashtra related topicsModern History of MaharashtraSS Gathal
"Maharashtra GeographyNirali Publication
CSATMPSC CSAT SimplifiedDhyandeep Publication
"Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR. S. Aggarwal
"Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey
Panchayat RajPanchayat RajKishor Lavate
Indian Culture and HistoryIndia and the WorldSurendra Kumar
"A Brief History of Modern IndiaSpectrum
"Indian Art and CultureNitin Singhania
EnglishEssays for Civil ServicesPulkit Khare
Current EventsYojana Magazine-
"India Year Book-
"Press Information Bureau-

For Mains exam-

TopicsBooksPublisher/ Author
Indian History and CultureHistory of Modern IndiaBipan Chandra
"History of Medieval IndiaSatish Chandra
"India’s Ancient PastR.S. Sharma
"The Wonder That Was IndiaA.L. Bhasham
"India’s Struggle for IndependenceBipan Chandra
World and Indian GeographyGeography of IndiaMajid Husain
"Certificate Physical and Human GeographyGoh Cheng Leong
"World GeographyMajid Husai
"Oxford School AtlasOxford
"Introduction to the Constitution of IndiaD. D. Basu
"Indian Polity for Civil Services ExaminationsM. Laxmikanth
Science and TechnologyScience and Technology in IndiaRavi P Agrahari
Economy of IndiaIndian EconomyRamesh Singh
MiscellaneousEssays for Civil ServicesPulkit Khare
"Mastering Modern World HistoryNorman Lowe
"Governance in IndiaLaxmikanth
"Challenges to Internal Security of IndiaAshok Kumar
"India After GandhiRamchandra Guha
"Social Problems in IndiaRam Ahuja
"Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and AptitudeNiraj Kumar
"India and the WorldSurendra Kumar
Current AffairsKurukshetra Magazine-
"India Year Book-
"Economic and Political Weekly-
"Press Information Bureau-
"Yojana Magazine-


A Time table- Analyze your standard long before the exam. Create a well-structured schedule for each day. To successfully crack the MSPC, it is advised that the aspirants start preparing ahead of time.

Learn & Revise- The vast syllabus of the examination can get you anxious. Plan your study method in such a way that you get to revise whatever you have learnt the whole day or week.

Focus on basic concepts- Candidates should be mindful of the country and its significant evolution. It is expected of the candidates to know about the country's and the state's society, culture etc.

Making evident notes- Making quick notes when you're studying helps you the next time you flip your books for revision.

Current Affairs- The examination examines an aspirant's thorough knowledge of the society in which they reside. Learning about international events is also essential, but knowing one's district, state, and country should be considered the foundation for preparation. This provides significant help in serving the nation well accordingly.

Read newspapers- The obsolete idea of keeping one updated through newspapers about what's happening in and around has made a remarkable revival through PSC exams; the aspirants are therefore suggested to look at more than one newspaper a day.

Practicing questions- A crucial task to add to your daily life as an aspirant is practicing previous years' question paper. Solving past year questions might sound like a mundane task, but it is worth the pain. It helps provide a clear picture of what you are going to approach.

Personality & Communication skills- The interview phase is a very significant part of the examination. Ensure to address your thoughts transiently to the interviewers. Therefore, it is highly recommended to prepare for the interview several times, polishing your communication skills. However, a candidate has to answer all the questions with honesty.

MPSC looks for promising personalities with absolute honesty & a great worldview; we hope you draw yourself up like so. Best wishes!