Pune, Mumbai, Sambhajinagar




MPSC Prelims Syllabus

Paper I – (200 marks)
(1) Current events of state, national and international importance.
(2) History of India and Indian National Movement with some weightage to Maharashtra
(3) Maharashtra, India and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of Maharashtra,
India and the World.
(4) India and Maharashtra – 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 specialisation.
(7) General Science.

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 not be considered for evaluation in case he/ she does not appear in both the papers of State Services Preliminary Examination.

1. Candidates will have the option to answer the question papers in Marathi or English for Paper 3 to 7.

2. For the Optional papers the subjects for which the medium has been indicated as Marathi and English can be answered in either Marathi or English. The subjects for which medium has been indicated as English can be answered in English language only.

3. Candidate should note that they have to choose the medium of answering the papers at the time of submitting the online application for mains examination.

4. Non compliance of the above rule will result in their answer books not being evaluated for being in an unauthorized medium.

5. The question papers will be set in Marathi and English languages (except language papers, Marathi literature and subject for which medium has been indicated as English)

Paper -1 (300 Marks)


The aim of the paper is to test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to
express ideas clearly and correctly in Marathi language.
The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :
(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing.
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essays.
(v) Translation from English to Marathi and vice-versa.
This Paper will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in this papers will not be counted for ranking.


Paper – 2 (300 Marks)


The aim of the paper is to test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to
express ideas clearly and correctly in English language.
The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :
(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing.
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essays.
This Paper will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in this papers will not be counted for ranking


Paper-3 (250 Marks)


In Essay Paper, candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep
closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely.


Paper‐4 (250 Marks)

General Studies:-1

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society with some weightage to Maharashtra

Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern

Bhakti movement and its philosophy with special reference to saints’ movement in Maharashtra.

Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events,
personalities, issues.

The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism,
capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India

Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies

Effects of globalization on Indian society

Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism, secularism

Salient features of the world’s physical geography.

Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent
factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the
world (including India)

Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical
features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and
in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


Paper‐ 5 (250 Marks)

General Studies:- 2
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations with some weightage to Maharashtra

Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic
Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal
structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
Separation of powers between various organs; dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and
issues arising out of these.
Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary- Ministries and Departments of the
Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
Local self government.
Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional
Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design
and implementation.
Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and
associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of
these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these
vulnerable sections.
Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education,
Human Resources.
Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models,
successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other
Role of civil services in a democracy.
India and its neighbourhood- relations.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.


Paper‐ 6 (250 Marks)

General Studies:- 3
Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management with some weightage to Maharashtra

Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development
and employment.
Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
Government Budgeting.
Major crops- cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation
systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; etechnology in the aid of farmers.
Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution
System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;
Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and
downstream requirements, supply chain management.
Land reforms in India.
Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial
Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
Investment models.
Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new
Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues
relating to intellectual property rights.
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Disaster and disaster management, Disaster Risk Resilience, Resilient Society
Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social
networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its
Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.


Paper‐ 7 (250 Marks)

General Studies:- 4 : Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to
integrity, probity in public life, his problem-solving approach and decision making to various issues and
conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine
these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:
Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions;
dimensions of ethics; ethics- in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and
teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions
in inculcating values.
Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and
political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity,
dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and
dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of
ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in
governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity;
Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of
Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds,
challenges of corruption.
Case Studies on the above issues.


PAPER‐ 8 (250 Marks) & PAPER – 9 (250 Marks)

Optional Subject Papers I & II
Candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects

List of Optional Subjects
(1) Agriculture
(2) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
(3) Anthropology
(4) Botany
(5) Chemistry
(6) Civil Engineering
(7) Commerce and Accountancy
(8) Economics
(9) Electrical Engineering
(10) Geography
(11) Geology
(12) History
(13) Law
(14) Management
(15) Marathi Literature
(16) Mathematics
(17) Mechanical Engineering
(18) Medical Science
(19) Philosophy
(20) Physics
(21) Political Science and International Relations
(22) Psychology
(23) Public Administration
(24) Sociology
(25) Statistics
(26) Zoology