Meghalaya Civil Services Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th February, 2022

Meghalaya Civil Service Examination is conducted by the Meghalaya Public Service Commission to recruit the qualified candidates in various administrative positions of the state. The examination 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
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil service.
Conducting Body Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC)

MCSE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The Candidate must hold a degree of any University recognized by the Government for this purpose.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the MCSE examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 27 years.

    The upper age limit may be relaxed in respect of candidates belonging to special categories in accordance with any general or special order issued by the Government from time to time.

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

MCSE Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application February 11, 2022
Last Date of Application March 11, 2022
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified

MCSE Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of the following three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination consists of two papers of objective type carrying 200 marks of 2 hours duration.
Stage II: After that, Mains examination consisting of eight papers of conventional essay type/objective type.
Stage III: This stage consists of a Personality Test (Interview).

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

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

Pattern for Mains Exam

In the Mains examination besides 6 compulsory papers, there will be two optional papers from one subject. The candidate will have to select any of the following subjects

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce & Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Education
  10. Electrical Engineering
  11. English Literature
  12. Garo
  13. Geography
  14. Geology
  15. Hindi
  16. History
  17. Khasi
  18. Law
  19. Management
  20. Mathematics
  21. Mechanical Engineering
  22. Medical Science
  23. Philosophy
  24. Physics
  25. Political Science and International Relations
  26. Psychology
  27. Public Administration
  28. Sociology
  29. Statistics
  30. Zoology
Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper A: English
Qualifying Nature Descriptive 180 mins 300
2 Paper I: Essay
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
3 Paper II: General Studies – I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
4 Paper III: General Studies – II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
5 Paper IV: General Studies – III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
6 Paper V: General Studies – IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
7 Paper VI (Optional Subject)

This is first paper of the optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
8 Paper VII (Optional Subject)

This is second paper of the optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
Total Marks* 1750

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 275

The candidates shall be interviewed by the Board constituted by the Meghalaya Public Service Commission.

MCSE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change
  • General Science.

2 Prelims Paper II

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Syllabus for Mains Exam

1 Mains Paper A: English

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays

2 Mains Paper I: Essay

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

3 Mains Paper II: General Studies – I

  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
  • History of the world will include industrial revolution, world wars, colonization,decolonization political philosophies like communism, capitalism socialism etc
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

4 Mains Paper III: General Studies – II

  • Indian Constitution-historical underpinnings evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
  • Parliament and State legislatures Structure functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education Human Resources
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

5 Mains Paper IV: General Studies – III

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
  • Government Budgeting
  • Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints technology in the aid of farmers
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning limitations, revamping issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
  • Land reforms in India
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation environmental impact assessment
  • Disaster and disaster management Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

6 Mains Paper V: General Studies – IV

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships Human Values lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Attitude: content, structure, function its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service integrity, impartiality and non partisanship, objectivity dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of
    governance and probity ; Information sharing and transparency in government Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on above issues.

7 Mains Paper VI (Optional Subject)

See the table given below in the note.

8 Mains Paper VII (Optional Subject)

See the table given below in the note.

Points Related to the Mains Exam

Sl. No. Optional Subjects Paper I Paper II
1. Agriculture
  • Ecology and its relevance to man
  • Cropping pattern
  • Soil-physical, chemical and biological properties
  • Water-use efficiency in relation to crop production
  • Farm management
  • Cell Theory
  • History of plant breeding
  • Seed production
  • Physiology and its significance
  • Growth and development
  • Climatic requirements
  • Diseases and pests of field vegetables
2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Physiology
  • Livestock Production and Management
  • Genetics and Animal Breeding
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Animal Diseases
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Milk and Milk Products Technology
3. Anthropology
  • Meaning and scope of Anthropology
  • Relationship with other disciplines
  • Main branches of Anthropology
  • Organic Evolution-Theories
  • Evolution of the Indian Culture
  • Demographic profile of India
  • Aspects of Indian village
  • Linguistic and religious minorities
  • Tribal situation in India
4. Botany
  • Microbiology and Plant Pathology
  • Cryptogams
  • Phanerogams
  • Plant Utility and Exploitation
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Ecology and Plant Geography
5. Chemistry
  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical bonding
  • Solid State
  • The Gaseous state
  • Electrochemistry
  • Delocalised covalent bonding
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Pericyclic reactions
  • Polymeric Systems
6. Civil Engineering
  • Part A: Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Structural Analysis
  • Part-B: Design of Structures, Steel, Concrete
  • Part-C: Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Hydraulic Machines
  • Part-D: Geotechnical Engineering
  • Part-A: Construction Technology, Equipment, Planning and Management
  • Part-B: Survey and Transportation Engineering
  • Part-C: Hydrology, Water Resources and Engineering
  • Part-D: Environmental Engineering: Water Supply, Water storage and distribution, Sewerage systems, Solid waste,
    Environmental Pollution etc.
7. Commerce & Accountancy Part I

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing

Part II

  • Finance Function
  • Management of Working Capital and its Components
  • Investment Decisions
  • Rate of Return on Investments
  • Capital Structure
  • Money Markets
Part I

  • Nature and concept of Organization
  • Evolution of organization theory
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Analysis-Significance of culture to organizations


  • Industrial Relations
  • Industrial disputes sources
  • Relative wages and wage differentials
8. Economics
  • Ricardian
  • Functions of money-Measurement
  • International Economics
  • Growth and development
  • Evolution of the Indian Economy till independence
  • Indian Economics in Post-Independent
  • Agriculture
  • Industry
9. Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Educational Thought & Practices
  • Educational Evaluation & Statistics
  • Educational System in India
  • Contemporary Indian Education
  • Educational technology
  • School Management
10. Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Circuits-Theory and Applications
  • Signals & Systems
  • E.M. Theory
  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Energy Conversion
  • Transformers
  • Power Electronics and Electric Drives
  • Analog Communication
  • Microwaves and Antenna
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering Materials
  • Microprocessors arid microcomputers
  • Measurement and Instrumentation
  • IC Technology
  • Power Systems
  • Power system protection
  • Non-conventional Energy Sources
  • Digital Communication
11. English Literature Section-A:

  • William Shakespeare
  • John Donne
  • John Milton
  • Alexander Pope etc.


  • Jonathan Swift
  • Jane Austen
  • Henry-Fielding
  • Thomas Hardyetc
Section-A (Poems by)

  • William Butler Yeats
  • T.S. Eliot
  • W.H. Auden
  • A.K. Ramanujan.

SectionB (Novel by)

  • Joseph Conrad. Lord Jim
  • E.M. Forster. A Passage to India
  • 6. Raja Rao. Kanthapura
12. Garo
  • Poetry
  • Rhetoric and prosody
  • Proverbs & Phrase
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension & Precis Writing & Essay
  • Oral Narratives
  • Traditional Drama
  • Modern Drama
  • Prose
  • Fiction
  • History of Garo Language
  • History of Garo Literature
13. Geography Section-A

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Oceanography
  • Biogeography
  • Environmental Geography


  • Perspectives in Human Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Planning

  • Physical Setting
  • Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Industry
  • Transport


  • Cultural Setting
  • Settlements
  • Political Aspects
  • Contemporary Issues
14. Geology Section-A

  • General-Geology
  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  • Structural Geology


  • Paleontology
  • Stratigraphy and Geology of India
  • Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology

  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous ad Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentology


  • Economic Geology
  • Mining Geology
  • Geochemistry and Environmental Geology
15. Hindi Section-A

  • History of Hindi Language and Nagari Lipi
  • Grammatical and applied forms of Apbhransh
  • Development of Khari-boli
  • Grammatical structure


  • History of Hindi Literature
  • Adikal-Sidh
  • Bhaktikal-Sant
  • Katha Sahitya
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Criticism

  • Kabir
  • Surdas
  • Tulsidas
  • Agyeya
  • Muktibodh
  • Nagarjun


  • Bharatendu
  • Mohan Rakesh
  • Ramchandra Shukla
  • Premchand
  • Prasad
  • Yashpal Phaniswar Nath Renu
  • Mannu Bhandari
16. History Section-A

  • Pre-history and Proto-history
  • The Indus Civilization
  • Patterns of settlement
  • Evolution of North Indian society and culture
  • The Mauryan empire
  • Post-Mauryan period in northern and peninsular India
  • India in the Gupta and post-Gupta period (to c. 750)
  • Themes in early Indian cultural history


  • India, 750-1200
  • The 13th Century
  • The 14th Century
  • The 15th and early 16th Century
  • Akbar, Mughal empire in the 17th Century
  • First half of 18th Century etc.

  • Establishment of British rule in India
  • Colonial Rule
  • Early Indian Nationalism
  • Nationalism under Gandhi’s leadership
  • Other strands of the National Movement
  • First phase of Independence (1947-64)


  • Enlightenment and Modern ideas
  • Origins of Modern Politics
  • Industrialization
  • Nation-State System
  • Imperialism and Colonialism
  • World Wars
  • Cold War
  • Decolonization and Underdevelopment
  • Unification of Europe
  • Soviet Disintegration and the Unipolar World etc.
17. Khasi
  • Poetry by: Soso Tham, Enami, Soso Tham, D.S.Khongdup
  • Khasi Drama
  • Khasi Fiction
  • Khasi Culture
  • Khasi Literary Criticism
  • Khasi Linguistics
18. Law Section-A

  • Consitutional Law of India: Nature of the Indian
    Constitution, Fundamental Rights, Supreme Court and High
    Courts, Emergency Provisions


  • International Law: Nature and Definition of International
    Law, State Recognition and State Succession, Individuals ,

  • Law of Crimes: General Principles of Criminal Liability, Indian Penal Code, Protection of Civil Rights Act, Dowry Prohibition Act, Prevention of Corruption Act, Plea bargaining
  • Law of Tort
  • Consumer Protection Act


  • Law of Contracts and Mercantile Law: Formation-of Contract/ E-contract, Factors vitiating consent
  • Negotiable Instruments Act
  • Arbitration and Conciliation Act
  • Standard form contracts
  • Contemporary Legal Developments: PIL, Intellectual property rights, IT Law, ADR, RTI Act, Trial by media
19. Management Section-A

  • Managerial Function
  • Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Quantitative Techniques in Decision Making
  • Accounting for Managers

Section B

  • Management Control System
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Business Environment

  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • International Business

Section B

  • Operation and Materials Management
  • Management Information System
  • Human Resource Development
20. Mathematics Section A

  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Analytic Geometry

Section B

  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Dynamics, Statics and Hydrostatics
  • Vector Analysis
Section A

  • Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Linear Programming

Section B

  • Partial differential equations
  • Numerical Analysis and Computer programming
  • Mechanics.and Fluid Dynamics
21. Mechanical Engineering
  • Theory of Machines
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Engineering Materials
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Thermodynamics
  • I.C. Engines, Fuels and Combustion
  • Heat Transfer, Refrigeration And Air Conditioning
  • Steam Engineering
22. Medical Science Section A

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Biochemistry

Section B

  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Section A

  • General Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Dermatology

Section B

  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology including Family Planning
  • Preventive and Social medicine
23. Philosophy Section A (Theories of )

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Descartes
  • Hegel
  • Logical Atomism


  • Carvaka
  • Jainism
  • Buddhism
  • Samkhya
Section A

  • Political Ideals
  • Forms of Government
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Caste Discrimination

Section B

  • Notions of God
  • Religious Experience
  • Nature of Religious Language
24. Physics Section A

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Special Relativity, Waves & Geometrical Optics
  • Physical Optics

Section B

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic Theory & Black body Radiation
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
Section A

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Molecular Physics

Section B

  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics & Solid State Physics
  • Electronics
25. Political Science and International Relations
Section A

  • Approaches to the study of political theory
  • Theories of state
  • State Sovereignty
  • Theories of Political Culture etc.

Section B

  • Indian Nationalism
  • Nature and struggle of Indian freedom struggle
  • Socio-economic dimensions of the nationalist movement
  • Salient Features of the Indian Constitution etc.
Section A

  • Approaches to the study of comparative politics
  • The Modern State
  • Concepts of International politics
  • Approaches to the Study of International Relations

Section B

  • Indian Foreign Policy
  • India and the Non-Alignment Movement
  • India and the major powers
  • India and the UN System
26. Psychology Section A

  • Methods of Psychology
  • Research methods and quantitative analysis
  • Attention and perception
  • Learning
  • Memory

Section B

  • Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Intelligence and Aptitude
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Personality
Section A

  • Psychological Measurement of Individual Diference
  • Well-being and Mental Disorders
  • Therapeutic Approaches
  • Rehabilitation Psychology

Section B

  • Application of Psychology to disadvantaged groups
  • Psychological and the problem of social integration
  • Psychology and Economic development
27. Public Administration Section A

  • Theories of Administration
  • Structure of public organisations
  • Administrative Behaviour
  • Accountability and Control

Section B

  • Administrative Reforms
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Personnel Administration
Section A

  • Evolution of Indian Administration
  • Constitutional framework
  • State Government and Administration-Governor
  • District Administration

Section B

  • Civil Services
  • Control of Public Expenditure
  • Administrative Reforms
  • Machinery for Planning
28. Sociology
  • Sociology-The Discipline
  • Scientific Study of Social Phenomena
  • Techniques of data collection and analysis
  • Marriage and Family
  • Social Stratification
  • Educational System
  • Religion
  • Historical Moorings of the Indian Society
  • Caste System
  • Class Structure
  • Marriage, Family and Kinship
  • Agrarian Social Structure
  • Industry and Society
  • Education
  • Religion and Society
  • Social Change
29. Statistics
  • Probability
  • Statistical Inference
  • Linear Inference and Multivariate Analysis
  • Sampling Theory and Design of Experiments
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Optimization Techniques
  • Quantitative Economics and Official Statistics
  • Demography and Psychometry
30. Zoology Section A

  • Protozoa
  • Porifera
  • Coelenterata
  • Platyhelminthes
  • Annelida
  • Arthropoda

Section B

  • Ecology
  • Ethology
  • Economic Zoology
  • Biostatistics
  • Instrumental methods
Section A

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution : Theory
  • Systematics

Section B

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Developmental /Biology

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.