MPSC

MPSC
Course Start:
13 Jul 2018

The state civil services examinations are conducted by Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to recruit officers in the Maharashtra state services. The notification regarding this examination appears on the MPSC website (www.mpsc.gov.in). The examination is conducted in following three stages :

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main/Written Examination
  • Interview/Personality Test

 

Introduction to our MPSC course

We conduct separate and comprehensive courses for the preparation of these exams. The duration, eligibility, course fees for these courses are different. The candidates must secure the admission after the thorough understanding of all these. Consider all the alternatives including the courses mentioned here, graduate and postgraduate courses in Public Services and the Abhyas Mahotsav held twice a year. Each one is suggested to choose an option best suited to him/her depending on the available time, priority, educational qualification etc. But once you have chosen a particular option, we insist that you do it with full devotion. Prelims and Mains having 3 hours daily input. In addition to this, we organize 7 days residential camp in January every year, for the preparation of prelims. Page 31 contains more information about the camp. Interview preparation programme is held after the result of the main examination.

About Batchs

This course provides combined guidance for Prelim exam and Main exam. Guidance is also provided for all 4 papers of General Studies, compulsory English, and Marathi. The guidance for CSAT is included in the Prelims part. The year-long course starts in June and a short batch of 4 months for Prelims in the month of December every year. Generally, we focus on guidance (this is designed as per new syllabi) for the Main exam first and then turn towards Prelim exam. If MPSC exams are announced in between, necessary changes are made in the guidance programme immediately. Thus, this is a flexible course.

Special features of course :

  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Screening Test:  Is conducted before admission
  • Medium: Marathi.
  • 2 hours guidance daily for General Studies and languages 6 to 8 pm. 4 hours of guidance sessions are conducted on Sundays. The morning batch may also be made available for further details inquire at the office.
  • Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir’s session per week.
  • The course is run as per the module pattern.
  • Detailed guidance for all 4 General Studies papers, compulsory English, compulsory Marathi.
  • Special video sessions are organized.
  • Abhyas Mahotsav’ in twice a year – in August and January is included wherein stamina for 12 to 14 hours continuous study is developed. Also, an opportunity for dialogue with expert visiting faculty by means of questions and answers and guidance by them is made available.
  • Rich library and 24-hour study room available.
  • Our magazine named “Chanakya Mandal” (in Marathi) is given for the course duration, which is one of our specialized publications.
  • Personal guidance and counseling are given by Dharmadhikari Sir himself.
  • Guidance by previously successful students is made available.
    Practice question sets are given.
  • Test series for both papers along with discussions are conducted at the end of the course.

Special features of course :

  • Duration: Approximately 3 and 1/2 to 4 months, six days a week, 2 hours daily and 4 hours input on Saturday-Sundays. For further details inquire at the office.
  • Screening Test: Is taken. A date is declared after notification of Prelim exam is published.
  • Medium: Marathi.
  • Guidance for both Prelim papers GS and CSAT
  • Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir’s session per week.
  • Detailed guidance for all subcomponents of General Studies.
This course specifically provides guidance for Prelim examination after the notification for these exams is published.

Special features of course :

  • Duration: Approximately 3 and 1/2 to 4 months, six days a week, 2 hours daily and 4 hours input on Saturday Sundays. For further details inquire at the office.
  • Screening Test: Is taken. The date is declared after notification of Prelim exam is published.
  • Medium: Marathi.
  • Guidance for both Prelim papers GS and CSAT
  • Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir’s session per week.
  • Detailed guidance for all subcomponents of General Studies
  • Practice question sets are given
  • Special video sessions are organised.
  • Rich library and 24-hour study room available.
  • Our magazine named “Chanakya Mandal” (in Marathi) is given for the course duration, which is one of our specialized publications
  • Personal guidance and counseling are given by Dharmadhikari Sir himself.
  • Guidance by previously successful students is made available.
  • The course is run as per module pattern.
  • Test series for both papers along with discussions are conducted at the end of the course.
This is a course which starts immediately after the result of Prelim examination. It is a special course for Main exam preparation for students who have cleared Prelim exam.

Special features of course :

  • Screening Test: Not applicable. But it is necessary to produce hall ticket of Prelim exam
  • Duration: Depending on the examination dates the course is held in the available duration, extra sessions are held as per the requirement
  • Medium: Marathi.
  • Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir’s sessions regularly.
  • Rigorous preparation for, compulsory English, Marathi and all four papers of General Studies.
  • Lots of practice for answer writing.
  • Language papers are checked by expert faculty and improvements are suggested personally.
  • Lectures by expert visiting faculty, various video sessions are organized.
  • Special sessions for current events.
  • Guidance by previously successful students is made available.
  • Rich library and 24-hour study room available.

MPSC State Civil Services Interview Guidance :

  • Interview guidance workshops are conducted after the result of the Main examination. The nature and content of such workshops include current events, possible questions which may be asked in the interview, special sessions for preparation of all the four General Studies papers from the point of view of an interview. Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir and other expert and eminent faculty and senior serving officers provide guidance in these workshops. Mock Interview sessions are organized after the workshops.

Special features of Interview guidance programme :

  • Mock Interviews: The interview panel comprises of many extremely senior and expert faculty and officers. Video shooting of the interview is done and the video clipping is shown to the candidate later. When one candidate gives the interview, others can watch it. If the students demand, the second round of Mock Interviews may be conducted taking into consideration the time available to students before their actual MPSC interview. Care is taken to see that a candidate does not repeat mistakes made in the first round.
  • Expert interview panel, inclusive of senior officers, retired officers and subject experts.
  • Video shooting of each interview and facility for students to watch it.
  • Difficulty solving and elaborate personal feedback session.
  • Facility to view videos of mock interviews of our previously successful students.
  • If the student wants video copy of the mock interview can be obtained by paying a small number of extra charges

Every year Chanakya Mandal Pariwar organizes 2 intensive residential study camps for preparation of UPSC and MPSC exams. First study camp is organized generally in the month of August and another in the month of January. August camp emphasizes study for Mains. January is the time when the notifications of UPSC examination is around the corner, so this camp is deliberately organized to start the preparation for Prelims.
A daily schedule of these camps starts at 7 am and goes on till 9 pm. One of the important purposes of this camp is to toughen our students, to make them capable of putting in hard work for 12-14-16 hours a day.
Outstanding and eminent personalities and experts from respective fields have a dialogue with the students regarding subjects of study. Following are the names of few such personalities who have previously spoken to students: the then Finance Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Jayant Patil, former PWD Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari, the then Home Minister of Maharashtra Shri. R. R. Patil, Umeshchandra Sarangi (IAS Rtd.), Dr. Nitin Kareer (IAS), Smt. Meera Borwankar (IPS), Bhishmaraj Bam (IPS Rtd.), well-known environmentalist Shri. Mohan Dharia, leader of a cooperative movement in Maharashtra Shri. Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, Dr. Sudhir Bhongale, Retired Forest Officer Shri. Madhavrao Gogate, Director Observatory Dr. Medha Khole, Scientist Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar etc. Throughout these camps Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir conducts one session daily.
In Abhyas Mahotsav a detailed guidance is provided by the successful students and expert faculties on the subjects like syllabi, study material, study methods, paper solving technique, previous year question papers, practice papers, important topics for the current exam etc. Some printed notes are also provided. Students may take the advantage of personal counseling as well. This camp proves to be beneficial especially for those students who cannot otherwise, for some reason, do the entire long duration course. They can get back to their native places and do their own study after the camp. Students of our regular course are automatically enrolled for this camp.
Throughout the ‘Abhyas Mahotsav’, arrangements of food for all participants are made at the place of the camp. Some sessions are combined for all students and these are mainly conducted in Marathi. Other sessions are conducted separately for respective courses and batches. Their medium is English or Marathi according to the course.

All batches follow a “Module Pattern” of teaching. So what is “module pattern”

  • Module pattern means subtopics of General Studies are taken one by one and complete guidance for that particular subtopic is completed continuously without breaking or interrupting the flow of the subject. Notes for that particular subtopic are also given at the same time and after completion of teaching a practice test is also conducted. Thus, this pattern ensures that each subtopic is concretely imprinted on the student’s mind. Excluding the subjects which are your degree subjects, all other subtopics are unknown and new to you. Only if you take up these subjects one by one and learn them in an uninterrupted manner, can you master them? It is our experience that this pattern proves very useful.
  •  But, in this pattern, it is obvious and unavoidable that some subjects will have to be taught towards the end of the course. Sometimes some students are afraid of the fact that we are approaching the end of the course and not a single lecture has been conducted on a particular subject. But this is not at all something to be afraid of, because every subject is going to be taught as per its sequence. On the contrary, the subjects which will be taught in the end are taught to you just before the exam and remain fresh in your mind. It is also our experience that if students adjust their self-study timetable with the classes they are benefited even more.

About MPSC Exam

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 alloted 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 candidates 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.
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 a 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 st before 1 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. 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.
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 occuring 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, eligiable candidates are appointed at various posts. Eventually they get the appointement letters to join the government.