MPSC Exam Pattern 2022: For Prelims & Mains Latest Paper Pattern

MPSC Exam Pattern 2022: For Prelims & Mains Latest Paper Pattern

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Jul 24, 2022
MPSC Exam Pattern 2022 is mandatory to understand by the candidates who are going to appear in Prelims & Mains. Check the latest subject-wise marking scheme, stages of exam, etc. Also, get the update on next year's MPSC Rajyaseva Exam Pattern.

The Maharashtra Public Service Commission releases MPSC Exam Pattern for 2023 in the latest notification. On 24 June 2022, the commission announced that MPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains 2023 would be changed. Every candidate who is preparing for the exam should know about the pattern. However, there will be no effect on the MPSC Rajyaseva Exam pattern 2022.

As per the new change, there will be no multiple choice questions in the exam, and candidates will write descriptive answers asked in the Prelims and Mains exam. As MPSC is a Public Service exam, candidates have to go through the various stages of the exam. Per the MPSC Rajyaseva exam pattern, Prelims, Mains, and Interview are three stages. A candidate must qualify for each stage to move to the next stage. 

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MPSC Exam Pattern 2022 [Updated]

The latest MPSC Exam Pattern 2022 is disclosed by the exam conducting body Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) for MPSC Rajyaseva or State Services Examination (SSE). Undoubtedly, the MPSC 2022 exam is one of the most competitive exams for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission. Every year, large number of applicants apply for the exam.

As per the official notification, Deputy Superintendent, BDO, Deputy Collector, and other prestigious posts will be filled on the basis of MPSC Rajyaseva results. To join the MPSC services, it is important to understand the MPSC Exam Pattern 2022 to qualify for the exam. There will be three stages of the exam including written tests and one interview at last. Understanding of Exam Pattern will lets you strategize your preparation for the examination. Three stages are stated below:

  • MPSC Prelims Exam
  • MPSC Mains Exam
  • MPSC Interview

You have to qualify for each stage of the examination to be eligible to be appointed in the MPSC Rajyaseva Service. Let us discuss each of the MPSC exam Pattern in detail in the subsequent paragraphs.

MPSC exam pattern

MPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims

MPSC Exam Pattern For Prelims is mentioned below. We have explained the points for the Paper 1 and 2 exams known as General Studies and CSAT Exam. It is the first stage of the recruitment process for the MPSC 2022 Exam. 

  • All the questions in the MPSC Prelims exam have objective questions.
  • As there are two papers in the exam, and both papers are for 200 marks each with a duration of 200 marks each.
  • The duration of each paper is 2 Hours.
  • There is a provision for negative marking of 1/4 marks for every wrong answer.
  • Questions about Decision Making in Paper-II do not attract negative marking.
  • The medium of questions in the MPSC exam is English and Marathi.
PaperSubjectsMarksStandardsNo.of QuestionsTime Duration
1General Studies200Degree1002 hours
2Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)200

Topic No. (1) to (5) Degree Level

Topic No. (6) class X level

Topic No. (7) X/XII level


2 hours

As per the latest notice released by MPSC on 2 May 2022, there has been a change in the MPSC exam pattern for Prelims. The CSAT paper in Prelims has now become qualifying in nature. A candidate has to score at least 33% on the CSAT paper.

MPSC Exam Pattern for Mains

The candidates who secure the MPSC cut off marks in the Prelims decided by the Commission will be asked to appear for the Mains exam. The MPSC exam pattern for Mains is very different from the Prelims. The Mains exam has six (6) papers (compulsory) in total, for which the details are explained below.

  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are language papers for the MPSC Mains exam. (Marathi And English)
  • Paper 1 of the MPSC exam is descriptive in nature for 3 Hours duration.
  • MPSC Paper 3, 4. 5, and 6 are General Studies Papers having only objective questions.
  • In addition to this, Paper 1 & 2 shall be based on the 12th standard, while the GS papers shall be Degree based.
  • The objective questions carry a negative marking of 1/4 for each incorrect answer by you.
  • In every MPSC mains exam paper, the qualifying marks for General category candidates are 45 marks, and for reserved category candidates, it is 40 marks.

Paper No.


Maximum Marks

Time Duration


Marathi & English Language (Essay/Translation/Precis)


03 Hours


Marathi & English Language (Essay/Grammar/ Comprehension)


01 Hour


GS Paper I: History, Geography, and Agriculture


2 Hours


GS Paper II: Indian Constitution and Indian Politics


GS Paper III: Human Rights and Human Resource Development


GS Paper IV: Economy and Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development

MPSC 2022 Exam Pattern For Interview

The MPSC Personality Test/Interview is the last stage of the recruitment process for the MPSC selection process. The candidates who secure the cutoff marks in MPSC Prelims and Mains exam will be called to appear for the Interview or Personality Test.

As per the MPSC Exam Pattern, the interview is conducted by a panel of competent and unbiased members. Through the MPSC State Service Interview round, your knowledge of the latest happenings in and around the world, your knowledge, and your mental ability are tested. Apart from this, this test also measures your aptitude, presence of mind, communication skills, etc.

MPSC Exam Pattern: Latest Changes

Candidates who will appear in this exam next year should know about the MPSC Exam Pattern 2023 and its changes. All the changes have been made to the suggestions given by a committee of three experts.  So here are the major changes that you should know as a candidate.

  • Total 9 papers will be in the MPSC Mains exam 2023.
  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are mandatory to qualify with at least 25% marks.
  • Total marks will be 1750.
  • Candidates can choose 2 optional subjects for Mains Exam with 250 marks each.


MPSC Exam PapersSubjectsTotal Marks
Paper 1Marathi300
Paper 2English300
Paper 3Essay Marathi + English250
Paper 4Optional Paper 1250
Paper 5Optional Paper 2250
Paper 6General Science 1250
Paper 7General Science 2250
Paper 8General Science 3250
Paper 9General Science 4250

MPSC Exam Pattern FAQs

  • MPSC exam pattern 2022 is notified by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) for the MPSC State Services (MPSC Rajyaseva). There are three stages of the MPSC exam pattern which are Prelims, Mains and Interview. Prelims has two papers for 400 marks while Mains has 6 papers for 800 marks. A candidate who qualifies each stage of the MPSC exam shall be appointed to various esteemed posts in MPSC.

  • MPSC Personality Test is the last stage as per the MPSC exam pattern. The personality test/interview is a mandatory stage of the exam pattern and it is essential for every eligible candidate to appear for the interview to be a part of the complete recruitment process.

  • Yes, the MPSC come up with a few changes in the MPSC Exam pattern 2023. No candidates can choose two optional subjects and all the questions will be in descriptive mode. However, there will not be any effect on the MPSC Exam 2022.

  • The MPSC Exam can be taken in either English or Marathi language. This is applicable for both Prelims and Mains exam.

  • MPSC Mains is the second and the most crucial paper of the MPSC exam. There are 6 compulsory papers for the MPSC Mains exam. The first and second papers are Marathi & English Language and Marathi & English Language (Essay/Grammar/ Comprehension) respectively. The other 4 papers are the General Studies papers. Paper 1 is descriptive in nature while all other papers are objective. As the MPSC Syllabus for Mains is vast, therefore, a candidate needs to have a good hold of every subject included in it.

  • MPSC Prelims exam consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is the General Studies paper and Paper 2 is the CSAT paper. CSAT is qualifying in nature and its marks will not be added in preparing the merit list of the candidates.

  • MPSC Prelims Exam consists of two papers, General Studies 1 (Social Science & Current Affairs) and CSAT paper. The duration for each MPSC paper is of 2 hours. Hence, the total exam duration for Prelims is 4 Hours. In addition to this, all the questions are objective in nature.


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