Role of Coaching in MPSC Preparation
Coaching plays a vital role in helping students prepare for the State Public Service Exams. It helps to increase the chances of success by preparing a customized study plan based on the strengths and weaknesses of the student. It also gives an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics. However, it should be noted that coaching cannot guarantee your success. But, it provides an environment for overall development which is needed to crack any exam. However, it completely depends on the applicant whether to enroll in one or not for a coaching class.
Reasons to join Online Coaching for MPSC – Online MPSC course
- Mostly MPSC coaching has a fixed timetable. But online classes are very flexible also the candidate can save the time of traveling from one place to another.
- One of the key advantages of online MPSC is that you will never miss any lecture. The lectures are available 24x7 and you can watch it anytime.
Why one should join Chahal Academy for MPSC?
Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution for all your problems in Civil services. We have an expert faculty who will guide you through all the stages of preparation. We also provide high-quality study material and candidates need not to face hustle for collecting it. Students can trust Chahal Academy for their exam preparation as the academy provides facilities for overall development and an appropriate learning environment.
Also, our course includes -
- 400+ hours of MPSC Complete Foundation Course lecture series. This course includes detailed Topic-wise Coverage of the MPSC Syllabus. This course is taught by the most reliable, and senior faculty and subject matter experts supported by a dynamic and up-to-date content team. You also get personal attention from the mentors in case of difficulty.
- 24 x 7 availability of best quality MPSC video lectures- watch from the comfort of any of your devices. It includes specialized & Digitized Classes focused on building a conceptual knowledge base for Students. Technological support and Feedback are provided by Subject Matter Experts.
- You can choose to learn according to your time and place.
- This course is available at the Super Affordable fee structure.
- Regular tests are conducted to improve accuracy and time management.
- Complete study material is available in soft copy which covers static as well as updated daily & monthly Current Affairs.
Stages of Maharashtra Public Service Commission Examination
Maharashtra Public Service Commission conducts the examination in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
Moreover, the candidate has to clear each stage in order to clear the final examination.
- Prelims is the first stage that has 2 compulsory objective papers. Also, below is the exam pattern and its details. However, both exams are of 2 hours.
||Nature of Paper
||English & Marathi
||Mix of Degree and School (depends on topic - refer below)
||English & Marathi
- To qualify for the main exam, marks of both papers will be considered.
- Paper 1 and Paper 2 have negative markings for the wrong answers. For each incorrect answer, 1/4th of the marks are deducted.
- There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.
- Decision-making questions of Paper-II do not get negative marks if answered incorrectly.
- Moreover, to qualify for the main exam, the student needs to score minimum marks.
- The questions are in both English and Marathi. But the questions are set to test a candidate's caliber in English and Marathi.
Syllabus of Preliminary Examination
Students can check the MPSC Prelims Syllabus and can download it from MPSC official website. Moreover, MPSC also provides the topic names in Syllabus. MPSC Exam is a State Level Civil Services Exam and most of the questions have a focus on Maharashtra along with General Studies. Candidates can prepare for Prelims as well as Mains exams simultaneously by following an integrated preparation strategy and guidance.
- In general science, questions are generally asked from; Physics, Chemistry, Biology up to 10th standard.
Current Affairs of National/International importance:
- The dynamic portion of the syllabus is to be covered through Current Affairs.
- For current affairs, candidates must prepare for at least 12 months. In recent times, old current affairs have also being asked by the MPSC. Also, make sure to read about the facts and data related to the state of Maharashtra
History of India and Maharashtra and Indian National Movement :
- General understanding of the subject with broad aspects of the history of Maharashtra.
- Read the history of India and Maharashtra and compare how things have changed in the present. You have to read with a critical bend of mind. Try to connect how the past has shaped the state of Maharashtra today.
Geography of India and Maharashtra: General geography and geographical division of Maharashtra and its major river systems:
- Read about the physical, social, and economic geography of the country and Maharashtra. Also, read about the main features of the Indian agricultural system and natural resources.
- Read particular industries and their location. Subsequently, practice mapping work to point out important sites.
Maharashtra and Indian Polity:
- Questions will test your knowledge of the Indian constitution, political system, and governance structure along with special reference to Maharashtra. You should read about Panchayati Raj, Community Development, Rights Issues, planning in India and Maharashtra, etc.
- General Issues of Environment and Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change. These topics do not require specialization in the subject.
- Read about the nature and character of the nineteenth-century resurgence, growth of nationalism, and attainment of Independence with special reference to Maharashtra.
- Interpersonal Skills including communication skills too.
- Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- General Mental Ability
- Basic numbers and data Interpretation of the 10th level.
- Marathi and English language comprehension skills of the 10th or 12th level and questions related to these will be tested without providing any translations.
After cracking the prelims, the student appears for the Mains stage which comprises 6 MCQ-based mandatory papers. Paper 1 and 2 are language but the 3, 4, 5, and 6 are general studies papers. However, there are no optional subjects in the Mains. Below is the exam pattern of MPSC mains -
||Nature of Questions
||Marathi & English (Essay/ Translation/ Precis)
||Marathi & English
||Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension)
||Marathi & English
||General Studies I
||Marathi & English
||General Studies II
||Marathi & English
||General Studies III
||Marathi & English
||General Studies IV
||Marathi & English
Total Marks of Mains Examination - 800 marks
- There is a provision for 1/4th negative marking for each incorrect objective question.
- Students need to attempt all the papers to qualify for the Interview.
Paper 1 - Marathi and English(Descriptive)
- Marathi and English paper is of 100 marks and divided into 2 sections- Section-'1' Marathi and Section-'2' English. You have to attempt both sections and write an essay on given topics from each section in the respective language. The word limit is 400 words for each essay. Besides essay-writing, you have to translate paragraphs from English to Marathi and vice-versa along with precis writing.
Paper 2 - Marathi and English (Grammar and Comprehension) (Objective)
- Marathi and English (Objective) paper is of 100 marks and divided into 2 sections- Section-'1' Marathi and Section-'2' English. You have to attempt both sections. Section 1 belongs to the Marathi language and comprises 2 parts Grammar and comprehension. The grammar section includes idioms, phrases, Synonym, Punctuation, etc. Section 2 is related to the English Language and comprises 2 parts including Grammar of the 10th standard level and comprehension.
Paper 3 - General Studies 1 (History & Geography) (150 marks)
- HISTORY - The history section includes the History of Modern India with special reference to Maharashtra including the introduction of modern education like the Press, railway, Industries, Land reforms, etc. It also covers the establishment of British rule in India, socio-cultural changes, economic and social awakening, growth and emergence of Indian Nationalism, a national movement in the Gandhi era, India after Independence, Specific social reformers of Maharashtra, and the Cultural Heritage of Maharashtra from ancient to modern.
- GEOGRAPHY - This part includes physical geography, Economic geography, Socio-cultural and human geography with special reference to Maharashtra, environmental & population geography, and remote sensing.
- GEOGRAPHY AND AGRICULTURE - It includes Agro-ecology, climate, soils, water management, etc.
Paper 4 - General Studies 2 (Indian Constitution, Politics, and law) (150 Marks)
- This paper is also of 150 marks. It includes the Constitution of India, Major amendments to the constitution and amendment procedure, etc. It also focuses on the Political system, including structure, power, functions of government at national, state, and 3rd tier levels.
- Moreover, civil society, social welfare and legislation, public services, and public expenditure control, and some prominent laws including the Environment Protection Law- 1086, Information Technology Act-2000, Right to Information Act- 2005, etc. are part of this paper.
Paper 5 - General Studies 3
- HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (HRD) AND HUMAN RIGHTS:- -This part includes education, Vocational Education, Health, and Rural Development, Human Rights and Rights of Marginal sections (i.e. women child tribes, socially backward classes, etc.), International Conventions on Human Rights, Development of various sections of society, Values, Ethics and Norms, International Organisations, etc.
Paper 6 - General Studies 4
- ECONOMY AND PLANNING, ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT- - This part includes education, Vocational Education, Health and rural development.
- HUMAN RIGHTS - Further, it includes the universal declaration of human rights, child & women development, youth & tribal development, development for socially deprived classes, welfare for aged people, and the welfare of labour & disabled persons. Also, People's rehabilitation, Regional & international organizations, consumer protection, values & ethics.
- The interview is of 100 marks. It is a viva type Q & A type series where questions about current affairs and educational background are being asked of the candidate.
- The Viva-voce tests the personality of the candidates. You will be asked about general events in and around the world. The interview panel tests your presence of mind and alertness. You do not have to be very intelligent or very smart. You must have an idea of your surrounding and a sensible approach to it. Your overall health and fitness will also be considered. You can choose to either speak in English or Hindi.
Eligibility Criteria – Important for MPSC preparation
- To sit in Maharashtra Public Service Commission, the candidate must have a degree from a recognized university equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science/ Arts/Commerce or any technical subject.
- Aspiring candidate, who is in the last year of graduation, can also sit in this examination.
- The candidates should not be less than 18 years and not more than 33 years before the examination. There are provisions to provide age relaxation to candidates belonging to various reserved categories- i.e. For the SC/ST category, it is of 5 years, for OBCs -of 3 years, and PwDs -of 4 years subject to the maximum age limit of 45 years.
- The SC, ST, and OBC candidates can claim age relaxation of 5 years over and above the upper age limit.
The cut off for the examination of 2017 by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission, which was announced in September 2019 was:
Number of Attempts
- For the General category, the cutoff for prelims was: 194 marks
- For the SC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 190 marks
- For the ST category, the cutoff for prelims was: 170 marks
- For the OBC category, the cutoff for prelims was: 192 marks
- The candidate can apply any number of times.
How to Prepare for the Maharashtra Public Service commission?
- You have to focus on the basics for the MPSC Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
- Newspaper- Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from Maharashtra.
- NCERTs- These are government-authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. You have to read these books properly to understand advanced-level books. You must do 2-3 speed reading if you have read these books before. Do not skip these under any circumstances.
- Read fewer books- Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Reading minimum and Revise Maximum!
- Notes- Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
- Revision is the key- The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. And practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
- Mock tests- Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.
- Newspaper - Again, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about your state as well.
- NCERTs - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
- Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC , etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
- Keep your shorter booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
- Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
- Mock Tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
- Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.
- To prepare for the interview, you should practice various mock tests. Because it will enhance and polish your skills. Also, you will get the experience of the Q & A round. Above all, you should be updated about all the current affairs.
Booklist for MPSC preparation:-
- History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
- Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
- Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
- General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
- Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
- Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
- Maharashtra Special: You can pick any book for Maharashtra special preparation book. For example, Upkar publication book for Maharashtra special, yearbook of PD, Ghatna Chakra yearly compilation for state special.
At last, you must have faith in yourself and prepare for this battle by giving everything by making a good strategy. This examination is not about how hard you have worked, rather it is about how smart you have worked. We wish you Good luck!! You can visit the official website of MPSC for further details.