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MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022 : Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) conducts exams for various posts in state governmental departments. The exams take place annually. MPPSC (State Service Exam) is held in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview.

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022

The MPPSC Eligibility Criteria are as follows:

  1. The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. Male candidates with more than one wife (living) are not eligible
  3. Female candidates who have married a person already having a wife (living) are not eligible.
  4. Candidates claiming age relaxation/reservation in more than one category for the MP PSC Exam shall be entitled to only one concession, whichever is more beneficial.
  5. Candidates who are declared guilty by the court for a crime against women will not be eligible for the examination. However, the candidates against who the court verdict for the said case(s) are due, may sit for the examination but will be posted only after the final verdict is out (And he/she isn’t guilty).

The detailed MPPSC exam eligibility criteria, qualifications and conditions are given below:

MPPSC Age Limit

The age limit for MPPSC Exam are detailed below:

MPPSC Age Limit 2022
Non-Uniformed Post
Minimum age21 years
Maximum age40 years (Candidates should not have attained 40 years)45 years – For Women (UR, PwD), Men, Women (SC, ST, OBC etc)
Minimum age21 years
Maximum age33 years (Candidates should not have attained 33 years)38 years – For Women (UR), Men, Women (SC, ST, OBC etc)

The age limit will be computed as of 1st January 2022. 

The MP PSC notification has listed the age relaxation for different categories/posts in the State Service exam eligibility.

CategoryMPPSC Age Limit – Age Relaxation
All women candidates irrespective of their domicile5 years age limit relaxation
Physically-handicapped5 years age limit relaxation
SC/ST/OBC Domiciles of MP5 years age limit relaxation
Burma, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam’s bonafide repatriate of Indian origin holding Indian Passport3 years age limit relaxation
Personnel from Defence Services3 years age limit relaxation
Widow, divorcee or abandoned at the time of her first appointment.5 years age limit relaxation
Green card holders under the Family Welfare Programme.2 years age limit relaxation
Vikram Award- honoured sportsmen, as per MPPSC General AD Memo5 years age limit relaxation
Defence Services Personnel3 years age limit relaxation

Check below the MPPSC GAD guideline for the Age Relaxation Limit:

MPPSC 2019 - GAD Guidelines - MPPSC Eligibility 2019

Note: MPPSC Reservation will be as per the provisions of Madhya Pradesh Public Service (Reservation for SC, ST and OBC) Act 1994.

MPPSC Qualification

The educational qualification for the PSC exam is:

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised University or equivalent qualification
  • Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications, which are recognized by the State Government as equivalent to a professional or technical degree

The PSC exam eligibility also includes Physical Measurements/Fitness for certain posts. Candidates have to undergo a medical test after the interview to be considered eligible.

Physical Measurements will be applicable for the following MPPSC 2022 posts:

Minimum Standard For Height and Chest Girth
PostHeightChest Girth (in cms)
Without ExpansionFully Expanded
Home (Police) DepartmentMale – 1688489
Female – 155Not requiredNot required
District Excise OfficerMale – 1688489
Female – 155Not requiredNot required
Superintendent, District JailMale – 1688489
Female – 155Not requiredNot required
Transport Sub-InspectorMale – 1688489
Female – 155Not requiredNot required

MPPSC Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2022

MPPSC syllabus is set by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC). The commission conducts a Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) for the recruitment of officers and employees for various departments of the Madhya Pradesh Government.

MPPSC 2022 syllabus is mentioned in this article. Check MPPSC Notification in the linked article.

The MPPSC Exam (State Service Exam) is held in three stages.

The MPPSC Exam Pattern for both the State Service Exam Prelims and Mains 2022 is in the table below:

Name of the ExamType of the Exam/TimeMarks
MPPSC PrelimsGeneral Studies-Objective (2 Hours)
General Aptitude Test- Objective (2 Hours)
MPPSC MainsGeneral Studies-I (3 hours)
General Studies-II (3 hours)
General Studies-III (3 hours)
General Studies-IV (3 hours)
Hindi (3 Hours)
Hindi Essay (2 hours)
MPPSC InterviewPersonality Test175

In this article, candidates can find details on the updated MPPSC Syllabus for (State Service Exam) Prelims, Mains and the MPPSC Exam Pattern. Aspirants can also download the MPPSC prelims syllabus and MPPSC mains syllabus 2022 separately.

The MPPSC Syllabus in detail is given below:

MPPSC Prelims Syllabus

Similar to UPSC Prelims, MPPSC (State Service Exam) Prelims 2020-21 will be a screening process. The marks obtained by the candidates in this preliminary stage will not be considered in the final merit list. MPPSC Pre Syllabus has similar elements as that in UPSC Prelims.

Check the table below to get a clear idea about MPPSC Pre Syllabus 2020-21:

Name of the examMPPSC State Service Exam (Pre) 2020-21
Who conducts it?Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC)
How many papers do you have to take?2 (General Studies- 200 marks) (General Aptitude Test- 200 marks)
Duration of exam2 hours each
Main Topics for Paper-IGeneral Science and Environment Current Events of National and International Importance History of India and Independent India Indian and World Geography Indian Polity and Economy Sports, History and Culture of MP Polity and Economy of MP Information and Communication Technology
Main Topics for Paper-IIComprehensionInterpersonal SkillLogical Reasoning and Analytical AbilityDecision Making and Problem SolvingBasic NumeracyHindi Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)

Candidates need not get stressed out looking at the syllabus as questions that are asked in exams are more generalized in nature. The focus should be on simple reading and consistent revisions.

To cover broad topics from the subjects mentioned above, candidates can take help of the following links:

HistoryAncient History Modern History Notes Medieval History Notes
National MovementModern History Notes
Indian & World GeographyGeography Notes 
Indian PolityIndian Polity Notes
Social & Economic DevelopmentIndian Economy Notes
Environment, Ecology & Climate ChangeEnvironment Notes 

MPPSC Mains Syllabus

Those candidates who clear the MPPSC Pre will take the Mains 2020. The Cut-Off decided by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission will determine who all will proceed to the next stage of the State Service Exam i.e. MPPSC Mains.

Check below the MPPSC Mains Syllabus 2020-21 and the MPPSC Mains Paper Pattern.

Name of the ExamMPPSC Mains Paper 2020-21
Who conducts it?Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC)
How many papers do you have to write?8;General Studies-I (300 Marks)General Studies-II (300 Marks)General Studies-III (300 Marks)General Studies-IV (200 Marks)General Hindi (200 Marks)Hindi Essay (100 Marks)
Duration of Exams3 hours each for; General Studies-I General Studies-II General Studies-III General Studies-IV General Hindi

2 hours for; Hindi Essay
Main TopicsGeneral Studies-I (History, Geography, Water Management, Disaster Management)
General Studies-II (Constitution, Security Issues, Social Legislation, Social Sector etc.)
General Studies-III (Science and Technology, Reasoning and Data Interpretation, Technology, etc.)
General Studies-IV (Human needs and Motivation, Philosophers, Attitude, etc.)
General Hindi (10th level)Hindi Essay

MPPSC Mains GS-I will include the following:

  1. History part will include topics like World History, Indian History, Medieval Indian History, Modern Indian History with special focus on British Invasion, Indian Freedom Struggle and Post-Independence Struggle.
  2. Culture part will include topics like Indian Culture and Heritage with special reference to Madhya Pradesh.
  3. Geography part will focus on Indian Geography (Both Physical and Human), Soil, and Food Processing Industries.
  4. Disaster Management is an important topic too. Focus on areas like Man-Made Disasters, Community Planning and Case Studies.

MPPSC Mains GS-II will include the following:

  1. The Constitution part will include topics like Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policies (DPSPs), Centre and State Legislatures, Judiciary, Panchayati Raj.
  2. For Social Legislation, focus more on current bills passed by the state and the central cabinet and the ones in a debate.
  3. Under Social Sector segment, topics like Health Services, Technological Interventions in the field of family health fetch marks.
  4. An aspirant should read about Education Systems with special focus on current updates on Elementary Education and issues related to girl education.
  5. A simple reading of topics like HRD, International Organisations will suffice.

MPPSC Mains GS-III will include the following:

  1. Unlike various other State Service Exams, MPPSC does include topics like reasoning and Data Interpretation in its mains exam. A candidate should focus on practising- Basic Numeracy and Statistics, Profit and Loss, Mensuration.
  2. Generalised Science and Technology issues too should be read by aspirants.
  3. Topics like Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development and Indian Economy can be better understood by referring to basic NCERTs.

The general studies 3 of the MPPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 3 syllabus to an extent.

MPPSC Mains GS-IV will include general topics and case studies on Ethics, Integrity, etc.

The general studies 4 of the MPPSC Mains syllabus has topics that overlap with IAS Mains GS 4 syllabus to an extent.

Best MPPSC Books

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022: After going through the syllabus, candidates should follow state board books with NCERT books.

Candidates can check the MPPSC booklist below:

  • M. Laxmikant’s Indian Polity (4th Edition or 5th Edition)
  • Rajiv Ahir’s Spectrum for Modern Indian History (Latest Edition)
  • Madhyapradesh Ek Parichaya by McGraw-Hill publication (This book can help fetch you, facts and details of the state-related topics and it will suffice.
  • For Economics, candidates can read state board school textbooks (Class 11th, 12th) or if a candidate belongs to streams other than commerce, can refer to books like Ramesh Singh’s Indian Economy (11th Edition) or Sanjiv Verma’s Indian Economy

These books can help you with both MPPSC Prelims and MPPSC Mains preparation.

The MPPSC 2020 Exam will also have General Aptitude Test in the preliminary stage. For that, candidates can refer to anyone book from the list below:

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical – Verbal, Non – Verbal & Analytical by Arihant Publication.

To summarize the entire thing for the candidates, a few tips given below:

  • NCERTs or State Board school textbooks are key to clarity
  • One reference book for a subject will suffice
  • Self-written notes should be emphasized upon
  • Aligning current affairs with the syllabus
  • Taking help from past year MPPSC question papers
  • Revise topics periodically

MPPSC Preparation Tips

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022: Before aspirants start stressing out about their competency to sit for the exam, they go through the article to understand everything about MPPSC Preparation. By the end of the reading, they will get answers to the following questions:

  • How to go about MPPSC exam preparation?
  • How to make MPPSC notes?
  • What MPPSC preparation books to read?
  • How to follow MPPSC current affairs?
  • Which is the best book for MPPSC preparation?
  • How to make MPPSC GK notes in Hindi/English?
  • From where to find MPPSC mains study material? Etc.

Let us step-by-step, decode MPPSC 2022 for you so that you can devise a perfect strategy to crack the MP State Service Exam (Mains) 2019 and Prelims 2020-21.

The MPPSC (State Service Exam) takes place in 3 stages:

MPPSC StagesName Of The Exam
Stage 1Prelims
Stage 2Mains
Stage 3Interview

How to prepare for MPPSC?

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022: Going by the MPPSC Syllabus, an aspirant should know the important topics that keep on repeating in the exam. Check below subjects, important topics related to them, and books for MPPSC to prepare the same:


There are three parts to History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern. Similar to IAS Exam, MPPSC preparation books for History can be more or less the same. For Ancient History, a candidate can follow NCERTs Class 11th and 12th (Old/New.) For Medieval, NCERTs can again come handy. For Modern, an aspirant can either opt for NCERTs or Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir. One can refer to books of MP Board too.

Few things to keep in mind while preparing History for MPPSC 2020-21:

  • One source of information suffices
  • To refer more than one book for History is a fault that only you can correct
  • Capitalize on dates and maps
  • Refer to past year MPPSC question papers to get an idea about the topics
  • The chronology will always help

Let’s take a look into some previous year questions. Candidates can find related articles covering important topics that were asked in the MPPSC question papers.

In MPPSC Prelims 2019 question papers, the following topics from history were asked.

  1. Parmar Dynasty
  2. Tribhuvan Narayan Temple
  3. Painters (State-Specific)
  4. Rigveda
  5. Ancient Republics
  6. Legislation in British India
  7. Authors of Historical Publications
  8. Inscriptions
  9. Hindu Widow Remarriage Act

These are general topics that can be covered with a basic reference book. Also, aspirants can read the following articles below that are similar to the topics asked in the MPPSC Exam History section:

Important Dynasties and Kingdoms of Ancient IndiaFamous Temples in India
Tribal Paintings in IndiaRig Veda
Types of Vedas16 Mahajanapadas
Legislation in British IndiaHindu Widow Remarriage Act

Indian and World Geography

There are two sub-topics to Geography- Physical and Human. To understand both comprehensively, an aspirant should religiously read NCERTS (Class 6th to 12th) and to get the fodder material, one newspaper should be followed by the candidate.

Let’s take a look into some previous year questions. Candidates can find related articles covering important topics that were asked in the MPPSC question papers.

In MPPSC Prelims 2019 question papers, following topics from Geography (Maps, World Geography & Geology etc.) were asked.

  1. Neighbouring Countries of India
  2. Ocean Basins, and Plateaus
  3. Natural Disasters and affected areas
  4. India landforms – Himalayas and Karewas
  5. Satpura ranges

These are general topics that can be covered with a basic reference book. Also, aspirants can read the following articles below that are similar to the topics asked in MPPSC Exam Geography section:

List of Neighbouring Countries of IndiaOcean Floor and its Features
Major Landforms of EarthIndian Peninsular Plateaus
Longitudinal Extension of HimalayasLargest Volcanoes in the World

Indian Polity

MPPCS Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022: Weightage is given to topics like- Parliament, State and Central Legislatures, Panchayati Raj, Legislative Bills in the news or debated, Election Commission etc. To understand Polity in a crisp manner, one can follow the book Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant. This book can be one resort to both IAS and State Administrative Services’ candidates.

Let’s take a look into some previous years’ topics related to Indian Polity that were asked in MPPSC 2019 prelims paper:

  1. Amendment Acts
  2. Committee related to Panchayati Raj Institutions
  3. CAG and related articles
  4. Cyberlaws
  5. Protection of Human Rights Act
  6. State Human Rights Commission
  7. National Human Rights Commission
  8. Article 21
  9. Make in India
  10. Indian Ministry related to FDI
  11. Election Commission
  12. SC/ST Act 1989, etc

These are general topics that can be covered with a basic reference book. Also, aspirants can read the following articles below that are similar to the topics asked in MPPSC Exam Geography section:

Important Amendment Acts in the Indian ConstitutionPanchayati Raj
CAGCyber Security
National Human Rights CommissionFundamental Rights
Make in India Election Commission of India

Indian Economy

This subject is one such that gives candidates from non-economics background nightmares. However, an aspirant should understand that the questions that are asked from topics under it are of generalized form. The questions that are asked put your common knowledge on Indian Economics on test. Yes, the candidates should know that unlike IAS exam, here in MPPSC state service exam, few factual questions can be asked too. For that, one should be clear about the basic concepts like GDP, GNP, PCI. Topics that repeatedly can be seen in news like- Repo Rate, MCLR, CRR, Unemployment, Recession, Rupee Depreciation/Appreciation etc. should be given importance to.

Questions related to FDI, state finance commission and infrastructure were majorly asked in the Economics section of MPPSC prelims 2019. A few important topics of economics are given below which are important for both pre and mains:

Cashless EconomyPrinciples of India’s Foreign Policy
Electoral BondsCensus 2011 Facts
Participatory Notes (P-Notes)Banks Board Bureau (BBB)

General Science and Environment

NCERT or MP Board school textbooks can help an aspirant collect the required information on General Science. For the environment, current affairs can come useful. Also, referring to MPPSC past year question papers can align candidates’ preparation.

Aspirants can take help from the notes mentioned below:

Science & Technology NotesEnvironment Notes

Let’s take a look into some previous years’ topics related to general science and environment that were asked in MPPSC 2019 prelims paper:

  1. Computer VIRUS
  2. Cybercrime
  3. Computer terms
  4. Programming Language
  5. Buccal Cavity of human beings
  6. Knock-Knee syndrome
  7. Pollination
  8. Search Engines & Web Crawler
  9. Medicines (Opium)
  10. Enzymes

These are general topics that can be covered with a basic reference book. Also, aspirants can read the following articles below that are similar to the topics asked in MPPSC Exam Science & Environment section:

Types of Computer VirusCyber Crime
Nutrition & IndiaEnzymes
Diseases & Causing AgentTissue Culture

MPPSC Current Affairs

Following the recent trend on how questions are being framed in relation to current affairs, one must religiously follow a National newspaper- preferably- The Hindu. Approach to read the newspaper should be solely aligned with the topics that are included in the MPPSC Syllabus.

With a newspaper, an aspirant can fill in the gaps, by following a monthly magazine like Yojana/Kurukshetra. These magazines should not be read from cover to cover. Only the topics that correspond to the MPPSC Exam Syllabus should be read with special attention to their focal editorial.

Few tips to make MPPSC GK notes in Hindi/English:

  • Understand the MPPSC Syllabus first
  • Use loose sheets to make notes so that it becomes easy to add/update the content
  • Segregate notes into topics like History, Geography, Polity, Economy, etc.
  • Jot down 5 to 10 points for each topic in the news that is related to the syllabus
  • Give attention to Madhya Pradesh regional news page.


Q.1- What posts come under MPPSC?

There are various posts that come under MPPSC. A few of them are:

  • Deputy Collector
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
  • State Accounts Service
  • Commercial Tax Officer, etc.
Q.2- How many vacancies are there in MPPSC 2021?

The MPPSC Notification 2021 has been released on 22nd December 2021. A total number of 283 vacancies has been released in the official notification.

Q.3- How many vacancies are there in MPPSC 2020?

The MPPSC Notification 2020 has mentioned 235 vacancies for MPPSC 2020. MPPSC 2019 has 330 vacancies.

Q.4- What is the age limit for MPPSC?

The minimum age limit for uniformed and non-uniformed posts is 21 and the maximum is 33 and 40 respectively.

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