MPPSC Preparation Tips: Check Madhya Pradesh PCS Preparation Strategy, Study Material, Study Tips

MPPSC Preparation Tips: Check Madhya Pradesh PCS Preparation Strategy, Study Material, Study Tips

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Jun 17, 2021
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Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission is going to conduct the recruitment drive for 283 vacancies under various posts for which the last date to fill out the MPPSC Application form is February 9, 2022. The examination is expected to be held on April 24, 2022, which means that not much time is remaining for the candidates. Thus here we have provided some MPPSC Preparation tips for both the preliminary and the mains examination which might be helpful while preparing for the MPPSC Exam.  Read further for various preparation for the MPPSC exam 2022.

How to prepare for MPPSC 2022?

The right strategy and right study material are invaluable with such high competition while preparing for the MPPSC Exam. We will share with you everything you need to know to kick off your preparation for MPPSC in the most efficient manner. Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts PCS exams for various posts in state services. It is the most prestigious exam for government service in the state of MP, and every year more than 3 lakh applications are received for the MPPSC exam. Thus considering the competition for less than 500 vacancies, candidates can pick up some of the MPPSC Preparation tips given below to help with the exam.

The first thing that candidates need to do while preparing for the exam is to understand the MPPSC exam pattern and accordingly cover up the whole MPPSC syllabus in the minimum time possible and afterward can start their revision. To help with MPPSC Syllabus and kickstart you revision for the MPPSC exam refer to some of preparation tips given below.


MPPSC Preparation Strategy Overview

MP PCS exam is conducted by MPSC in 3 stages-

  1. Preliminary exam
  2. Mains
  3. Personality interview

With the right strategy, one can score well without getting wasting time reading unnecessary data, etc, or following wrong sources during the preparation.

The candidates should understand and learn the MPPCS Syllabus before selecting the best books for the MPPCS Exam. MPPCS exam is more oriented towards factual information than conceptual information.

Some indirect questions are asked about the cause of or the background of an event. Current affairs also play a very important role in the MPPCS exam so the candidate should pay enough attention to the Current Affairs Topics of both the National and state level.

  • The nature of questions is from easy difficulty level to hard.
  • Before sitting for any exam, you must prepare a strategy as it will guide you in one direction and also help you to prepare well during the preparation time without getting confused and lost. and we will be covering all the preparation tips and strategies for MPPSC PCS  that can help you to clear this exam. 

Be ready from the first day when you start your preparation for the MPPCS exam so that the confidence is there inside you so that you never lose hope and start making your bright future. 

The first question Why You want to become a Civil Servant?

This is very crucial as this whole process of preparation is very long, hectic, and can be overwhelming at times and the feeling of Giving up can come up more often than one realizes. At such times, it becomes important to find motivation from within. Knowing the reason for exactly why you started the preparation in the first place and the reason to be in the Services will provide you with the willpower and motivation to work hard during such testing times.

As a famous quote "Believe in Yourself you will be unstoppable".

MPPSC Exam Pattern 2022

Understanding the MPPSC exam pattern should be the first thing on the list of your MPPSC Preparation strategy. The MPPSC preliminary exam consists of two papers. The nature of the Prelims Exam is Objective type.

  • General Studies-I consists of subjects such as current affairs, history, geography, economy, Indian polity, environmental and ecological concepts, and general science, MP GK.
  • General Studies-II consists of subjects such as Aptitude, Hindi, English. It is a qualifying one and 40 percent marks are required to qualify.
  • Both the papers are of two hundred marks and the duration is two hours.
  • There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

MPPSC Prelims Pattern 2022



Duration of exam



General Studies-I

2 hours



General Studies-II

2 hours


MPPSC PCS Exam Preparation Tips

  • Preparing a timeline for the trending issues for a better understanding.
  • Study and memorize the syllabus so that you can decide which topics you need to study.
  • Never Go Wrong with Basics. The basic concepts play a significant role in the MPPSC preliminary exam. Keep all the data at your fingertips because half of the paper will be based on static GK.
  • While preparing for the exam, candidates should prepare flashcards and highlight the important points.
  • Make short notes on every topic, a topic-wise short note must be prepared by you. This will result in a better option for you to study and they should be written in your language so that you can easily understand them. The notes will help you in your exam time or revision time.

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  • Never lose hope, after completing every chapter take your own test, this test may realize where you stand after study. This test will give your feedback on what you had done since you start preparing for the Exam.
  • In history, the focus should be on the social, economic, and political areas. Also, focus on the national independence movement specifically from the Gandhian era and history of MP. (to read notes on MP history Click here)
  • Focus on Indian Economy and physical geography and MP Geography because many questions are expected from these topics.
  • Many candidates will read the Indian Constitution to score well in polity-related questions. Along with this, give priority to the political system and the latest developments. The facts and figures are very important in the environmental section. Reading the NCERT textbooks will help in the Science section.
  • A candidate also must make sure that in CSAT, at least 40% (30% for OBC/SC/ST/handicapped) are secured, so the preparation should be done accordingly.
  • Note that if one does not secure 40% in GS Paper II, the GS Paper-I will not even be evaluated. 

Importance of Newspapers & Magazine

Around 30-35 questions asked from Current affairs. Thus the newspaper is very useful and the daily habit of reading the newspaper whether The Hindu or The Indian Express is important. ( For Hindi Medium student Danik Jagran & Bhaskar is quite good). Apart from the daily reading books, one should make notes of important news which will help you in revising during exam times.

Sticking to One Source

In this online world, there is no dearth of reading material for MPPSC PCS, and it's very common for aspirants to get swayed by them. This should be avoided by aspirants and they should instead focus on competing and revising the sources one has referred to in the beginning. The most important part is the Revision. Regular revision is very important of what you read should be the target and not reading new things that come your way.

Best Books for MPPSC Preparation 

Check the Best Books for the MPPSC exam to complete all the sections of the MPPSC Syllabus below. 





Art and Culture

Nitin Singhania


G.C. Leong

General Science


Modern History

Spectrum, Bipin Chandra

Ancient and Medieval History

RS sharma, Poonam Dahiya

Current Affairs

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BYJU'S Exam Prep Notes/ Arihant-Know Your State

Apart from these books, the Full syllabus of MPPSC Prelims will be covered on BYJU'S Exam Prep by providing you with complete free study notes for MP exams in both English and Hindi. Click here to read

Practice MPPSSC Question Papers & Mock Test

Make sure you give proper time to each subject. Along with the revision plan and practicing previous years' papers and attempting mock papers.

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  • Give extra time to those areas in which you think that you are weak.
  • Make a plan for CSAT, Paper 2 of the preliminary exam is qualifying in nature and its marks are not added in the merit. Yet regular practice and mock tests are needed to brush up the aptitude skills.

Check updated MPPSC Study Plan

Make sure that enough effort is put in because this Exam demands practice and a good amount of attention i.e. Presence of Mind! This can be achieved through daily practice and revision.

MPPSC Mock Tests has many benefits like:

  • It helps you to practice and learn.
  • It helps you to understand the exam pattern and types of questions asked and get adapted to it.
  • Giving mocks without analyzing is again a waste. You have to learn and analyze what were your mistakes or why couldn't you solve them a bit and how comfortable you are going with them and how much practice do you need.

MPPSC Previous Year Question Papers

Previous Year question papers can guide the candidates most authentically because the real paper gives a clear picture of the upcoming exam. In addition to this, the previous year's question paper gives a real understanding of the important areas of the syllabus and hence the focus points of the preparation. Every aspirant should go through the MPPSC PCS Previous year's question papers to understand the nature of the exam and the type of questions asked. Click here to download the previous years' papers for MPPSC Prelims.

Syllabus of MPPSC PCS Preliminary Exam

Important topics covered under MPPSC Syllabus are listed below

  • Current events of national and international Importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and governance
  • India and World Geography
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Environment & Ecology
  • General Science

The detailed syllabus for Paper-I is given below:



History, Culture and Literature of Madhya Pradesh

Major events and Major dynasties in the history of Madhya Pradesh.

Contribution of Madhya Pradesh in the freedom movement.

Major arts and Sculpture of Madhya Pradesh.

Major Tribes and Dialects of Madhya Pradesh.

Major festivals, Folk music, Folk arts and Folk literature of Madhya Pradesh.

Important Literature of Madhya Pradesh and their literature.

Religious and tourist places of Madhya Pradesh.

Important Tribal Personalities of Madhya Pradesh.

History of India

Major features, Events and their administrative, Social and Economic Systems of Ancient and Medieval India.

Social and Religious Reform movements in the 19th and 20th century.

Independence struggle and the Indian National Movement for Freedom.

Integration and Reorganization of India after Independence.


focus on Historical Evolution, Fundamental Rights, DPSP, Centre-State Relations, and Appointment & Removal procedures of various heads, Parliament, Judiciary, Statutory & Non-Statutory Bodies, Local Government, and Various Recent Supreme Court Judgement.


Focus on Physical Geography & Indian Geography.

Forest, Forest Produce, Wildlife, Rivers, Mountains, and Mountain ranges of Madhya Pradesh.

The climate of Madhya Pradesh.

Natural and Mineral resources of Madhya Pradesh.

Transport in Madhya Pradesh.

Major Irrigation and Electrical Projects in Madhya Pradesh.

Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Agriculture based industries in Madhya Pradesh.


A basic topic like Ecology, Ecosystem, Biodiversity, SDG, Conventions, Treaties, Environmental Laws, Environmental Organization, Climate Change, etc.


Basic Economic Terms (GDP, NNP, etc.), Planning Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy, Financial System, Banking, Foreign Trade & International Organization, Economic Survey, etc.

Science & Technology

Basic Principles of Science.

Important Indian Scientific Research Institutions and Their achievements, Satellite and Space technology.

Environment and Biodiversity.

Ecological System.

Nutrition, Food.

Human Body.

Food Processing.

Health Policy and Programmes.

Pollution, Natural Disasters and Management.

Current Affairs

Government Bill, Acts, Welfare Scheme, International Summit,

Important Personalities and Places.

Major Events.

Important Sports Institutes, Sports Competitions and Awards of India and Madhya Pradesh

General Studies-II:

Paper 2 of MPPSC PCS is qualifying in nature and one has to secure 40% (30% for SC/ST/OBC/Handicapped) in this. Marks obtained in this paper are not taken into account in the preparation of the merit list after prelims. Because of this aspirants neglect this paper completely and every year many of them fail in prelims despite clearing General Studies-I but failing in General Studies-II. Proper devotion of a few hours is sufficient for this paper.

All the Best!!

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MPPSC Preparation FAQs

  • With the right strategy and balanced approach, MPPSC can be cleared by doing self-study at home. You can join the BYJU'S Exam Prep Online Course specially designed by experts to ace your MPPSC preparation.

  • Yes, the MPPSC Prelims exam can be cracked in 3 months with the right approach. Short notes, timely revision and solving mock tests is the key to success in MPPSC in 3 months.

  • Dainik Bhaskar for MP News and Indian Express for National News can be read for MPPSC. You can also download and read Daily Current Affairs specially designed for MPPSC on BYJU'S Exam Prep for free.

  • Contrary to the popular view, with the right preparation and consistency, MPPSC can be cracked easily. BYJU'S Exam Prep has provided students with complete free material and Current Affairs for MPPSC.

  • Ideally, You should give 100% of your time to MPPSC preparation, But it can be managed while working if you can maintain consistency in preparation.

  • 8-10 Months is the time required by an average student to prepare for MPPSC Pre, Mains and Interview. Dedicated students have achieved success in much less time as well.

  • Lucent's General Science and Current Affairs magazine by BYJU'S Exam Prep is sufficient for Science and Technology for MPPSC.

  • MPPSC requires a Graduate degree from candidates. You may not be able to appear for MPPSC now, but you can start your preparation by reading standard books and improving your answer writing skills.


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