What is the MPPSC Preliminary Test: Know All Details About MPPSC Prelims Exam

By Trupti Thool|Updated : October 9th, 2021

MPPSC Prelims Exam is the first step of the MPPSC state services selection process. It is important to know all about the MPPSC prelims 2021 exam which includes, exam dates, syllabus, pattern and more. 

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts the MPPSC State Service Exam is conducted for recruitment to various posts in government departments and offices of the state of Madhya Pradesh like Sub Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Superintendent, District Jail, Commercial Tax Officer, District Registrar, Chief Municipal Officer (Group B), Assistant Director, Assistant Director, District Supply Officer, Assistant Director, Child Development Project Officer, Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO). This is your dream job and here we are going to discuss the first step of your dream job which is the preliminary test of MPPSC

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What is the MPPSC Prelims Exam?

MPPSC  Prelims Exam is the first stage exam of the MPPSC PCS exam. the exam is conducted in three stages 

  1. Prelims 
  2. Mains 
  3. Interview. 

Candidates who apply for the MPPSC exam 2021 take the MPPSC prelims exam. Applicants who clear the prelims exam become eligible for the Mains exam and so forth. It is very important to note that the MPPSC prelims exam is a qualifying exam and the marks are not included in the final selection process. 

MPPSC Prelims exam date 2021 will be in November 2021 and MPPSC Prelims Exam Date 2020-2021 is 25 July 2021. Check the MPPSC Eligibility Criteria 2021 for the upcoming prelims exam. 

MPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

The MPPSC preliminary exam (MPPSC Pre) consists of two papers. The nature of the Prelim Exam is Objective type.

  • General Studies-I consists of subjects such as MP history and Indian History, Indian polity, geography, environmental and ecological concepts, and general science, economy, current affairs, MP GK.
  • General Studies-II consists of subjects such as Comprehension, Aptitude, Hindi. It is a qualifying one and 40 per cent marks are required to qualify.
  • Both the papers are of 200 marks and the duration is two hours.
  • There is no negative marking for wrong answers in the prelims exam.

Check the detailed MPPSC Exam pattern 

MPPSC Prelims Pattern



Duration of exam



General Studies-I

2 hours



General Studies-II

2 hours


Solve MPPSC Prelims Mock test 2021 to regularly practice and level up your preparation. 

MPPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021

Candidates must go through the MPPSC Syllabus for the Prelims exam mentioned below. 

MPPSC Pre Syllabus- General Studies-I



History, Culture and Literature of Madhya Pradesh

Major events and dynasties in the history of Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh state’s contribution in the freedom movement.

Major arts and Sculpture of Madhya Pradesh.

Major Tribes and Dialects of Madhya Pradesh.

Major festivals.

Folk literature, Folk music, and art of Madhya Pradesh.

Religious and tourist places of Madhya Pradesh.

Important Tribal Personalities of Madhya Pradesh.

Indian History

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

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

Indian National Movement for Freedom.

Integration and Reorganization of India after Independence.


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.


Indian Geography (Focus on Physical Geography)

Forest, 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 and Agriculture based industries in Madhya Pradesh.


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


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

Science & Technology

Basic Principles of Science.

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

Environment and Biodiversity.

Ecological System.

Nutrition, Food.

Human Body.

Food Processing.

Health Policy and Programmes.

Pollution, Natural Disasters and Management.

Current Affairs

Welfare Scheme, International Summit, Government Bill, Acts,

Important Personalities and Places.

Major Events.

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

National and Regional Constitutional / Statutory Bodies.

Election Commission of India.

State Election Commission.

Union Public Service Commission.

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission.

Comptroller and Auditor General.

NITI Aayog.

Human Rights Commission.

Women Commission.

Child Protection Commission.

Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission.

Backward class Commission.

Information Commission.

Vigilance Commission.

National Green Tribunal.

Food preservation Commission etc.

Go through the MPPSC Preparation Tips for the Prelims exam in detail. 

MPPSC Pre Syllabus- General Studies-II

In this MPPSC Prelims paper, generally asked the questions from the different area such as-

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skill including communication skill
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (i.e. numbers and their relations )
  • Data interpretation (i.e. charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc.)
  • Hindi Language Comprehension Skill

You can also check MPPSC Online Coaching for expert guidance and comprehensive preparation for the MPPSC Prelims exam 2021

Paper 2 of MPPSC PCS is qualifying in nature and one must secure 40% (30% for SC/ST/OBC/Handicapped) in this. Marks obtained in this paper are not considered 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. General Studies-II score in the Forest Ranger exam is added to the merit list. Proper devotion for this paper is necessary for those candidates who are applying for the forest exam also.

All the Best!!

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