How to Prepare for MPPSC 2022 Prelims, Main & Interview?

By Abhishek Jain |Updated : June 9th, 2022

In this article, we are discussing the overall strategy to crack the MPPSC State Service Examination in the first attempt. The first attempt of the candidate is very crucial and considered to be the golden attempt as the enthusiasm is at its peak and the mind is in a state of calm.

Considering the vastness of the syllabus, the single most important thing to crack MPPSC exam is Planning for one complete year because it is a bitter truth that ‘Failing to plan is Planning to fail’.

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First we need to understand the purpose and importance of the 3 phases of the exams;

(a) Preliminary Exam (to test a broad range of knowledge);
(b) Mains Exam (to test the depth of your knowledge and articulation skills); and
(c) Personality test (to test clarity in your thoughts, conviction, and integrity in your personality), and plan and prioritize stuff accordingly.

How to Prepare for MPPSC 2022

How to Prepare for MPPSC Prelims Examination?

  • As MPPSC is approaching on footsteps of UPSC in asking questions from diverse fields, the strategy for Prelims should be a blend of Hard work and Smart work as it is the stage of pure elimination.
  • Before the start of the Prelims preparation, we need to go through all the Previous Year Question Papers to understand the coverage and current trends of the questions asked. We need to cover all the important events of past 10-12 months as Current Affairs playing a decisive role nowadays.

Here is the analysis and sources to be followed for Prelims Paper:

Prelims Paper 1: GENERAL STUDIES (No. of Questions: 100) (No negative marking);

There are some Core areas from where questions are asked in Mains Examination also and some are Peripheral topics which are asked in Prelims only.

Core/Static Subjects: Integrated preparation with Mains perspective is needed.

  1. History
  2. Geography
  3. Polity
  4. Economy
  5. Science and Technology
  6. Environmental Issues
  7. Art and Culture
  8. Madhya Pradesh static part

(Sources: Lucent General Knowledge and Mains Booklist mentioned later in this article)

Peripheral Topics:

  1. Basic Computer Knowledge: Lucent Computer Book.
  2. Sports-related GK: Ghatna Chakra, Pratiyogita Darpan.
  3. 3 Legislations: Bare Act, Mahaveer or Punekar Publication.
  4. Miscellany (Longest, Highest, First, Last etc.): Last Chapter of Lucent GK Book.
  5. Current Affairs, Persons in News etc: Current Magazine or Google it.

Prelims Paper 2: CSAT, No. of Questions: 100 (No negative marking);

  • This Paper is Qualifying nature only and it consists of Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and questions from Hindi and English. Although no separate time needed to be devoted one should practice at least 2-3 Previous Year question papers to get a flavour of it.

Important Instructions

  • Apart from all this give at least 45 days for Prelims exclusively for revising the syllabus and solving as many Practice tests as possible within the time limits.
  • For practising MCQs, you can choose Online or Offline in any mode. It is advisable to solve MCQs online to save the time of Answer checking and getting a comparative analysis of your performance.

How to Prepare for MPPSC 2022 Main Examination?

Now, We shall analyse that How should one approach towards MPPSC Mains Exam Preparation? What all are the sources to refer to it? What is the role of Answer Writing? And What are the prerequisites that should be kept in mind while writing the Mains Examination?

  • Generally, the Mains examination starts after 3-4 months after the Preliminary Exam but as per the MPPSC calendar 2022, the time would be even lesser. So, the candidate must start preparing for Mains immediately after the Preliminary exam.
  • The Mains Examination is divided into 6 Papers including General Studies, Essay and Hindi Papers. The first and foremost rule for the Mains exam is to READ MORE AND WRITE EVEN MORE as Writing as many Mock tests as you can is the key to qualify it.

Mains Detailed Strategy

Mains Paper




Paper 1




Part A: History and Culture






Part B: Geography and Disaster Management



·         For MP: Punekar Publication.

·         Indian Culture: Nitin Singhania Book/NIOS material.

·         Ancient and Medieval History: Class 11th and 12th old NCERT.

·         Modern History: Spectrum Modern History, Bipin Chandra.

·         World History: Class 11th and 12th old NCERT and the Internet.



·         Geography: India and World Geography NCERT books of Class 11th and 12th, Geography Book by M.K.Barnwal and                  D.R.Khullar.

·         For MP: Punekar Publication.

·         Disaster Management: NIOS Material and Yojana Magazine.


Paper 2


Part A: Polity




 Part B: Social Sector

·         Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth.

·         Topic wise handouts from the Internet.

·         Internal and External Issues: Online surfing and Regular. updates from Newspaper/Magazines.



·         Ram Ahuja Book, NIOS Material selective reading.

·         Schemes from Government Websites and PIB.

·         International Organisation from the Internet.

·         Acts to be covered from the Internet.

Paper 3




Part A: Science, Maths and Reasoning, IT and Environment




Part B: Economy

·         Science: NCERT, NIOS and Lucent Books.

·         Reasoning and Maths: R.S.Agrawal.

·         IT: Internet surfing for various topics.

·         Environment: Shankar IAS Book, NCERT.


·         NCERT Books of Class 11th and 12th (Macro Economy).

·         Selective reading of Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh or Uma Kapila.

·         Pratiyogita Darpan special edition.

Paper 4

Ethics and Case Studies

·         Lexicon for Ethics by Chronical Publication/ Ethics by Arihant Publication.

·         Collecting examples from Newspaper and Magazines.

·         Online searching for Philosophers and their contributions.

·         Mock papers for case studies solving.


Paper 5



·         Any Grammar book of 10th or 11th Class.

·         Lucent Hindi Grammar Book.

·         Hindi Vocabulary: Pratiyogita Darpan.

·         Official Letter formats: from the Internet.

·         Practice some Translations.

Paper 6

Essay Writing in Hindi

·         Read editorials of at least 2 good Hindi Newspapers and list down useful vocabulary.

·         Nibandh Manjusha By MGH Publication.

Mains Examinations is a decisive factor to crack this exam as it consists of 1400 Marks (Total 1575 including Interview), following are the suggestions to qualify Mains Examination with flying colors:

  • Take plenty of Mock Tests and strictly try to finish it within time limits.
  • Maintain short handy notes on every topic of the syllabus, REVISE it multiple times before attempting MOCK TESTS.
  • Write tests in a lucid language with a diagram, flow charts, Case studies, Maps whenever required to express your opinions.
  • Answer all the questions in the Mains exam.
  • Maintain legible handwriting throughout the paper.
  • Try to write 3 markers and 6 markers in bullet points.
  • Add examples from current affairs wherever required.
  • Try to incorporate values and syllabus terms in Ethics Paper and examples for substantiating your arguments.
  • Proper Structure (Intro, Body, and conclusion) to be followed in descriptive answers and Essay.

How to Prepare for MPPSC 2022 Interview: 175 Marks

For the interview you need not to prepare anything separately, it is that scoring area of Exam where you can get high marks with less hard work. Focussed areas should be:

  • Biodata related questions
  • Hobbies
  • Academic Background and Job profiles (if working)
  • Important Current happenings

It is not the test of our knowledge (already checked in Mains exam), but it is the test of Personality. How confident, polity and firm we are and how much conviction we have in our answers. Give some mock interviews to check and if needed polish or communication skills as these marks can be proved to be very useful in getting you the desired rank and service.

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  • Candidates need at least 12 months time to do MPPSC Preparation. Make a rough timetable for at least a year to prepare for the MPPSC exam.

  • There are some aspirants who claim to study 15-16 hours per day while preparing for the MPPSC exam. And, there are others who clear the exam studying just for 6-7 hours in a day.

  • You can start your Preparation with NCERT of Class 09 to 12 after that you can also read M Laxmikant for Indian Polity.

  • There is no limit for the MPPSC PCS Recruitment. The candidate has to be between 21-40 years of age to attend the examination. The candidate needs to fulfill other eligibility criteria like nationality, Educational qualification.

  • There are 03 Stages for MPPSC 2022 Exam- Prelims, Mains and Interview.

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