Madhya Pradesh State Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission

Madhya Pradesh State Service Examination is conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates for various posts of civil services in the state.

This exam is highly competitive, and to have an edge in it, careful planning, meticulous preparation, and unwavering dedication is required. Thousands of candidates appear annually in this exam, and the availability of services is subjected to vary based on the number of vacancies available in the particular year.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil services exam.
Conducting Body Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission

MPSSE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must have a Bachelor Degree from a recognised University.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the MPSSE examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 40 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST/OBC 45 years
    Pwd 45 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

MPSSE Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified
Date of Result To be notified

MPSSE Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam consists of two papers carrying 200 marks for each paper.
Stage II: The main exam consists of six papers.
Stage III: This stage consists of a personality test.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 200
2 Paper II: General Aptitude Test
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 200

Pattern for Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
2 Paper II: General Studies II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
3 Paper III: General Studies III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
4 Paper IV: General Studies IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
5 Paper V: General Hindi
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
6 Paper VI: Essay
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 100

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 175

The candidates shall be interviewed by the board constituted by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission.

MPSSE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies

  • History, Culture and Literature of Madhya Pradesh
  • History of India
  • Geography of Madhya Pradesh
  • Geography of World and India
  • Constitutional System of Madhya Pradesh
  • Economy of Madhya Pradesh
  • Constitution Government and Economy of India
  • Science and Technology
  • Current International and National Affairs
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • National and Regional Constitutional/Statutory Bodies

2 Prelims Paper II: General Aptitude Test

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skill including communication skill
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy and Data Interpretation (Class X level)
  • Hindi language comprehension skill (Class X level)

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper I: General Studies I


  • Unit I: Indian history, political economic, social and cultural history of India from Harappan civilisation to 10th Century.
  • Unit II: Political, Economic, Social and Cultural History of India from 11th to 18th  Century A.D. Mughal rulers and their administration.
  • Unit III: Reactions of Indians against British Colonial rule, emergence of India as a Republic nation.
  • Unit IV: Independence Movement in Madhya Pradesh, Indian cultural heritage, world heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh and Tourism.
  • Unit V: Dynasties of Madhya Pradesh


  • Unit I: World Geography – major physical features, major geographical phenomena, world climate.
  • Unit II: Geography of India – major physical features, climate, natural resources, population, food processing and related industries.
  • Unit III: Geography of Madhya Pradesh – major geomorphic regions, natural vegetation and climate, soil, mineral and energy resources, major industries.
  • Unit IV: Water and disaster management – drinking water, water management, ground water and water conservation, natural and man – made disasters, community planning.
  • Unit V: Advanced Techniques in Geography – remote sensing, Global Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS).

2 Mains Paper II: General Studies II

Indian Polity

  • Unit I: Constitution of India, conceptual elements, federalism, central
  • Unit II: Election commission of India, role of caste, religion.
  • Unit III: Public participation and local government, accountability and rights, features of democracy, community based organisation.
  • Unit IV: Indian political thinkers – Kautilya, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. B.R. Amedkar.
  • Unit V: Administration and management, theories of organisation, new dimension of public management.

Economics and Sociology

  • Unit I: Issues and initiatives in the field of agriculture, measurement of national income in India, functions of Reserve Bank of India, Characteristics of good taxation system, public distribution system, India’s international trade and balance of payment.
  • Unit II: With reference to Madhya Pradesh – Major crops, welfare schemes of Agriculture, contribution of service sector, infrastructure and resources of Madhya Pradesh, industrial sector, availability of skilled human resources.
  • Unit III: Elementary education, quality of higher, vocational, technical and medical education. Issues related to girl’s education.
  • Unit IV: Elements of social harmony, concept of civilisation and culture. Features of Indian Culture, rituals, caste system, community development programme.
  • Unit V: Population and health problems, status of tribes in Madhya Pradesh, women education, world health organisation.

3 Mains Paper III: General Studies III

  • Unit I: Work, power and energy, sound, electricity, magnet, light, heat.
  • Unit II: Element, compound and mixture, material, atom, physical and chemical changes.
  • Unit III: Micro organism and organic farming, cell- structure and function, classification of Animals and plants, nutrition in plants, body organs of human beings, respiration in organosms.
  • Unit IV: Types of computers, Characteristics and Generation, memory, input and output devices, computer languages, translators, compilers, internet, E-mail, social media.
  • Unit V: Numbers and its type, methods of Unit measurement, statistics.
  • Unit VI: Communicable diseases and their prevention, national vaccination programme, primary knowledge of AYUSH, major health organisation.
  • Unit VII: Effects of development on human life, history of remote sensing, Indian space research organisation, generations of geostationary satellite launch vehicles, biotechnology, clones.
  • Unit VIII: Conventional and non-conventional sources of energy, energy efficiency, issues and challenges related with energy strategies, alternate sources of energy.
  • Unit IX: Definition, scope and dimensions of environment, effect of human activities on environment, environmental education, eco friendly technologies.
  • Unit X: Definition and importance of Geology, earth crust, mantle, core lithosphere, geological time scale.

4 Mains Paper IV: General Studies IV

  • Unit I: Philosophers, thinkers Social Reformers – Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Mahavir, Buddha, Acharya Shankar, Charwak, Guru Nanak, Kabir, Tulsidas etc.
  • Unit II: Attitude, aptitude, emotional intelligence, individual difference.
  • Unit III: Human needs and motivation, ethics and values in public administration, ethics elements in governance.
  • Unit IV: Types and causes of corruption,  effects of corruption, approaches to minimising corruption, role of society, media, family and whistleblower, united nation convention on corruption.
  • Unit V: Case studies.

5 Mains Paper V: General Hindi

  • Translation from hindi to english and english to hindi
  • Proverbs
  • One word substitution
  • Synonyms and antonyms

6 Mains Paper VI: Essay

  • Essay related to environment, science, spirituality, modernisation
  • Problems of contemporary time and their solution
  • Administrative or quasi-administrative letter, circular, memorandum, report writing, notification etc.

Syllabus for Personality Test

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.