Maharashtra Subordinate Services Exam Pattern 2022 - Check Combined Prelims & Mains Paper Pattern

Maharashtra Subordinate Services Exam Pattern 2022 - Check Combined Prelims & Mains Paper Pattern

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Feb 15, 2022
Maharashtra Combine Exam Pattern 2022 - MPSC has released the revised exam patter for subordinate services exam. Check Combine Exam Prelims & Mains Exam Pattern, Key Highlights

MPSC Combined Exam pattern helps understand the selection process, marking scheme, section-wise weightage of the exam, and it helps prepare according to the weightage given to each section (or topic) of the exam. MPSC Subordinate Services Exam Pattern for prelims and mains exam is the must-know for a candidate to qualify for the MPSC Combined Exam.

MPSC Combine Exam Pattern 2022

MPSC, which is Maharashtra PSC, is responsible for conducting various exams based on posts for recruitment to Maharashtra Government departments. One is the Maharashtra Combine Exam. It is conducted every year by MPSC to recruit PSI, STI, and ASO officers.

This Grade-B exam is called the MPSC Subordinate Services Exam because it has one common Preliminary exam & main papers for all the posts. If you analyze it closely, you will find MPSC Combined Exam is simpler and easier than MPSC Rajyaseva due to the following two reasons:

  1. Only one preliminary exam question paper. 
  2. There are only two mains papers. 
  3. All papers are in MCQs or Objective Response format.

Scheme of Examination

Preliminary (1 papers - 100 marks) -> Mains (2 papers - 200 marks) -> Physical Test & Interview (Only for PSI)

Maharashtra Combine Exam Pattern for Prelims

Check the detailed exam pattern of the MPSC Combine Prelims exam in the table. Check all the important points of the prelims exam here.

Subject and code


Total Marks



Nature of Paper

General Ability Test



English & Marathi

1 hour


Note: There is negative marking for incorrect answers. The candidate will be penalized 25% or 1/4 of the marks allocated to that question. (same for Main exams). It is important to know that the marks of MPSC Combined Prelims Exams are not counted for the final merit list.

Key Highlights of the MPSC Subordinate Services Preliminary Exam Pattern

The MPSC Combine exam pattern has the following important features:

  • MPSC Combined Exam is objective, i.e., MCQs
  • This paper is common to all the posts – PSI, STI, and ASO
  • Exam duration is 1 hour 
  • MPSC Combined Prelim exam paper consists of 100 Qs for 100 marks, i.e., each question carries one mark.

Check: MPSC Combine Preparation Tips 2022


MPSC Subordinate Services Mains Exam Pattern

MPSC Combined Mains Exam stage consists of two papers. In this stage, Paper-1 is common for all three posts. The difference is in Paper-2, as it is different for different posts. Hence syllabus of Paper 2 also varies.

  1. STI Mains Exam
  2. PSI Mains Exam
  3. ASO Mains exam 



Total Marks



Nature of Questions

Paper 1

Section A: Marathi

Section B: English

Section C: General Knowledge

50+ 30+ 20 = 100

Marathi & English

1 hour


Paper 2

General aptitude test and positional/subject knowledge


Marathi & English

1 hour


Note: For each wrong answer, 25% or 1/4 of the gun will be deducted from the total score of that question. 

Key Highlights of the MPSC Combined Mains Exam Pattern

  • MPSC Combined consists of two papers
  • Paper-I is common for all the posts, and Paper-II is conducted as per the posts mentioned
  • Both papers are for 100 questions for 100 marks
  • The duration of each paper is 1 hour

Check Booklist of MPSC Combine Exam 2022

MPSC Subordinate Services Physical Test & Interview

There is a Physical Test of 100 marks and an Interview of 40 marks for the PSI exam. Hence, the final result of PSI consists of marks of both marks of the Mains exam and Physical Test & Interview.

Check: Download MPSC Combine Question Papers

MPSC Combine Syllabus

Check the syllabus of the prelims exam of MPSC Combine here for the best preparation for the exam. Here we have provided the subject-wise MPSC Combine syllabus.

General Aptitude Test - (100 marks)


What to cover?

Current Affairs

Global as well as Indian


Preliminary Study of the Constitution of India, State Management (Administration) Village Management (Administration)


The history of modern India, especially Maharashtra

Geography(with a special study of the geography of Maharashtra)

Earth, world divisions, climate, latitude-longitude, types of land in Maharashtra, rainfall, major crops, cities, rivers, industries, etc.


Indian Economy - National Income, Agriculture, Industry, Foreign Trade, Banking, Population, Poverty and Unemployment, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, etc. Government Economy- Budget, Accounts, Audit, etc.

General Science

Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Hygiene

Quants & Reasoning

addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, average, decimal fraction, questions related to IQ measurement.


MPSC Combined Exam Pattern FAQs

  • The MPSC Combine exam pattern for prelims exam is very simple to understand. There are 100 questions of 100 marks in the exam.

  • Check the marking scheme below:

    • The candidate will be penalized 25% or 1/4 of the marks allocated to that question in the Prelims Exam. (same for Main exams). 
    • It is important to know that the marks of MPSC Combined Prelims Exams are not counted for the final merit list. 
  • Paper-2, titled, ‘General Aptitude Test and positional/subject knowledge’, is objective, and it is conducted bilingually, i.e., the candidates can appear in English and Marathi as per their convenience

  • For both the stages, i.e., Prelims & Mains, the exam duration for each paper  is one hour irrespective of conducting them separately for specific posts - PSI & STI and ASO.

  • After the candidates are declared qualified for MPSC Subordinate Services Mains, they are called for the personality test to assess their communication skills and other personality traits. The candidates are assessed for 40 marks.


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