Maharashtra Subordinate Services Preparation Tips 2022 - Check the Best Strategy for MPSC Combined Exam

Maharashtra Subordinate Services Preparation Tips 2022 - Check the Best Strategy for MPSC Combined Exam

ByArpit Kumar Jain  |  Updated on: Dec 18, 2021MPSC Subordinate Services 2022 Application extended, Notification, 2020-21 Mains Exam Dates announced. Check PSI, ASO, STI and others exam dates. Check exam pattern, syllabus, preparation tips, Question Papers, Books, and more.
MPSC Subordinate Services 2022 Application extended, Notification, 2020-21 Mains Exam Dates announced. Check PSI, ASO, STI and others exam dates. Check exam pattern, syllabus, preparation tips, Question Papers, Books, and more.
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MPSC Combined Exam 2022 Preparation Tips & Strategy

Maharashtra Combined Exam is conducted for various exams for various posts of for recruitment to Maharashtra Government Departments. The posts filled are under the Subordinate Services Examination. The MPSC Combined Exam is also known as the Subordinate Exam and is conducted every year by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission to recruit Police Sub Inspector (PSI), State Tax Inspector (STI), and Assistant Section Officer (ASO).    

The exam name ‘Combined’ is assigned as the exam is conducted as a common preliminary exam for all the Grade-C exams, and one Main exam is also common for all the posts. The details are shared in this article. On analyzing closely, the MPSC Combined Exam 2022 is simpler and easier than the MPSC State Services Exam (also known as MPSC Rajya Seva Exam) for the following reasons:

  • Only one preliminary exam question paper. 
  • There are only two mains’ papers. 
  • All papers are in Multiple Choice Based or in the Objective Response format.

It is important to know the exam structure and the syllabus besides previous years’ paper analysis to form the right strategy. Let us have a glance at the structure of the exam.

Structure of MPSC Combined Exam 2022

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

Maharashtra Gr. C Services Combined (Pre) Examination 

Subject and code

No. of Questions

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). The prelims marks are not counted for the final merit list.

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MPSC Combined Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

Link: Official syllabus of Preliminary Exam

  • General Aptitude Test - (100 marks)
  • Current Affairs: Global as well as Indian
  • Polity: Preliminary Study of the Constitution of India, State Management (Administration) Village Management (Administration)
  • History: 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.
  • Economy: 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.


Maharashtra Group C Services (Mains) Examination

This stage consists of 2 papers. Paper-1 is common for all three posts. But Paper-2 is different for different posts, thus the syllabus also. 

  • STI Mains Exam
  • PSI Mains Exam
  • 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 

Mains Exam Syllabus: 

Revised syllabus from 2022, Link: Official syllabus of Mains Exam

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.

MPSC Combined Exam Strategy and Preparation Tips

Check the various tips for the best preparation for the MPSC Subordinate Services Exam 2022. The tips are prepared by our expert faculties to help students in their preparation. Many candidates have aced the exam with the help of these tips.

Assess the nature of questions 

Previous Year Papers analysis reflects that the questions asked are more factual than conceptual, for example: 

  • the earth's summit of 1992 at Rio de Janeiro resulted in a Convention on Biodiversity, which came into force on which of the following date? 
  • For history, MPSC Combined focuses more on person-centric (Samaj-Sudharak) questions than the historical event itself. It includes questions inquiring about the place of birth, the name of the institute or sabha he/she has founded, and what kind of social work he/she did, etc. 
  • Who from the following is described in the following sentences?
  1. He was from the Kale village in the Satara district.
  2. He had studied up to the fourth standard.
  3. His 'Jalsa' had a tremendous impact on the people of Maharashtra.
  4. He used to make the "Bahujan Samanj' aware of their pitiable condition and lack of education.

Practice the previous year's question paper

As the previous papers are referred to frequently, more will be the understanding of what type of questions MPSC Combined usually asks, and study according to it. 

  • For Geography, questions are mostly focused on location (North to South), height, area, etc.
  • Identify the correct sequence of talukas from north to south in the Nandurbar district. 
  • Arranging mountain ranges is correct from north to south etc 

Use memorization techniques to memorize

As the MPSC Combined exam is conducted by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission candidates are expected to memorize everything about the state. 

  • Rivers & their Tributaries, Mountains & Passes, National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries, Talukas & Districts, Minerals & Ores Locations, etc.
  • North to South of Sahyadri peaks: Hanuman, Saller, Muller, Saptashungi, Toula, Shingi, Kalsubai, Harishchandra, Bhimashankar, Tamhani, Torna, Rajgad, Mahabaleshwar.
  • Mnemonic: हनुमान साल्लेर-मुल्लेर ला गेले, सात टोला शिंगी घेतली . कळसुबाई व हरिश्चंद्र भीमाशंकर गेले . ताम्हाणी तोरणा ला गेली द राजाला महाबळेश्वर ला पाठवले .

Frequent Revisions 

  • Multiple revisions are required to grasp the concepts concerning polity, economics, and history. 

Selective study of Current Affairs 

  • Candidates do not need to spend so much time on current affairs. 
  • Not many questions depend directly or indirectly on it. 
  • Although, 1/5th questions in MPSC are based on current affairs. But they are just asked on specific types only. The current affairs-based questions are quite predictable. 
  • There will be at least five questions on Awards & at least 2 or 3 questions on Periodic summits & programs. 
  • Sports awards, Film awards, Padma awards, Nobel prizes, Sahitya awards, Jnanpith Award, COP summit, Olympics events, etc. 
  • Jaydev Unadkat emerged as the most expensive Indian player in the 2018 IPL auction. He is signed by________.

Improve Accuracy

While solving question papers to improve accuracy, candidates need to focus on the following things:

  • Indicator words like 'Not', 'Only', 'All', etc.
  • Distinguish stand-out option.
  • Identify faulty or poor option statements.
  • Identify conflict in-between option statements.

Find out the intention of the questioner by reading the question carefully. Figure out where they might trick us. 1. Dates 2. Locations 3. Rhyming options, 4. Not True, True, False, etc words in the question statement.

Enhancing Your Speed

  • In both prelim & mains exams, only 1 hour is given to solve 100 questions. 
  • Hence, it is necessary to attempt as many questions as possible within an hour.
  • Candidates need to develop an ability to understand questions more quickly. 
  • In short, to improve your speed, you need to solve as many question papers as possible in a time-bound manner. 
  • Now, the question is where to start preparing for the MPSC Combined examination?

MPSC Combined Exam: Booklist for Prelims and Mains


Related Important Links

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MPSC Combined Subordinate Services Prelims Answer Key 2022

MPSC Subordinate Services Cut Off 2022

MPSC Combined Subordinate Services Exam Analysis 2022

MPSC Combined Subordinate Services Prelims Question Papers 2022

MPSC Combined Admit Card 2022

MPSC Subordinate Services Eligibility Criteria 2022

MPSC Subordinate Services Syllabus 2022

Maharashtra Subordinate Services Exam Pattern 2022

Maharashtra Subordinate Services Salary & Job Profile 2022 in English & Marathi

MPSC Combined Result 2022


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  • The key aspect to be considered while framing the strategy for MPSC Subordinate Services is that the level of difficulty on comparing with the MPSC State Services. Broadly the General Studies of the MPSC Combined Exam segment has a similar syllabus with much overlapping with the MPSC State Services Exam.

  • There is one-fourth negative marking for every wrong attempt. While preparing, the student must aim to not only understand the concept thoroughly but also practice enough so that the instinct of attempting the question rightly develops. In other words, one must develop the habit of deriving the answers by the elimination method. This method helps to derive the correct answer even if partial information is known to the aspirant. It can only be developed through regular and systematic practice.

  • As part of the preparation, it is advisable to practice solving the test papers in an exam-like environment. This helps not only recalling and reflecting key concepts but also lets's manage the exam pressure, and eventually, chances of committing mistakes are minimized.

  • There is only one Main Examination stage for MPSC Subordinate Services Exam. Paper I is also common for all three services- PSI, STI, and ASO; the difference lies in Paper-II. Paper-II is conducted separately for ASO, i.e., and it is common for PSI and STI.

  • Yes, it is true that a physical Test is conducted for MPSC Subordinate Services Exam as well, but it is different from the Maharashtra Police Services. Here, it carries 100 marks, and a candidate needs to qualify it. Any further updates will be shared as the notification is released this year.

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