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Maharashtra PSC Exam 2023

Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has published the details tentative exam schedule for major exams to be conducted by the Commission during 2022-23. Candidates who are part of various round of selection process for different exams including Forest Service Mains Exam 2022, State Engineering Service 2022, Agricultural Services 2022,  Motor Vehicle Inspector and others can download the MPSC Tentative Exam Schedule 2022-23 from the official

Commission has uploaded the details time table for the Competitive Examination 2022 for all the major exams which are scheduled in 2022-23. Commission has also released the current status of all the major exams to be conducted by MPSC till October 2022 on its official website. 

As per the short notice released,  Commission will conduct the State Forest Service Mains Exam 2022 on 18 March  2023. The Maharashtra Civil Engineering Service Mains Exam will be held on 25 March 2023. 

The  Maharashtra Electrical Engineering Service Mains Exam will be held on 02 April 2023 whereas the same for Mechanical Engineering Service will be  conducted on 09 April 2022. 

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Examination Pattern and details

Maharashtra Public Service Commission conducts State Service Examination, also called, Maharashtra Rajyaseva Pariksha. Get the latest updates about MPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern below:

Changes in MPSC Syllabus

In a recent notification, MPSC has announced the revision of the MPSC Mains Syllabus. The revised exam pattern is more descriptive in nature and resembles the exam pattern of UPSC. Now it will have 9 papers instead of six. The MPSC Mains exam will be held for a total of 1,750 marks instead of 800. In the new exam pattern of MPSC Mains, the marks scored in the two language papers will not be included in the merit scoring instead they have been made qualifying in nature. Other than these two, there are 7 compulsory papers which include one essay paper, 4 general studies papers and 2 papers on one optional subject chosen from a list of 26 subjects. The candidates can check the revised syllabus for MPSC Rajyaseva Exam (Mains) in this article below.

Changes in MPSC Exam Pattern

The Commission has made the changes in the exam pattern w.r.t to the negative marking in the Objective Type Question Papers. Against 1/3rd negative marking which was earlier allotted to every incorrect answer, the commission now has allowed a negative marking of 25% or 1/4 of the total marks, for every wrong answer.

The Maharashtra Public Service Commission Exams are conducted by the MPSC for diverse cadres of Officers in the Maharashtra State Services. There are chiefly 3 classes of cadres- Class I, Class II, and Class III. Each one of these exams has both prelims and main papers, i.e., the aspirants need to pass the MPSC Prelims Exams first and only then will they be able to appear for the MPSC Main Exams.

Maharashtra Public Service Commission is the authoritative body for conducting Maharashtra State Civil Services examination in the state. Apart from the civil services examination, commission also conducts several other examinations and carries out selection process of candidates for service into varied departments of Maharashtra state government. The office of MPSC is situated in the capital Mumbai.


To be eligible to appear for this examination a candidate must have completed minimum 19 years of age (on or before 1st April of the year in which candidate is going to appear for examination). The maximum age limit for open category candidates is 33 years. The age limit is relaxed by five years in case of candidates from reserved category. For handicapped candidates the maximum age limit is 45 years. The candidates are also required to have appropriate knowledge of Marathi language. In case of posts in the Police Department the candidates must also fulfill the prescribed requirements of physical ability. There is no limit of attempt for MPSC exam up to age limit.

OBC: 35 years
SC/ST/NT: 38 years
Open Category: 33years/ for PSI exam 28 years
A Candidate must be Graduate

Post fill through Maharashtra Public Service Commission State Civil Services Exam

Deputy Collector
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy. SP)
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
Sub-registrar Cooperative Societies
Sales Tax Officer (STO)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer in ZP
Block Development Officer (BDO)
Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO)
Education Officer
Nayab Tahasildar
Taluka Inspector of Land Records (TILR)
Mantralaya Section Officer

MPSC Examination Pattern (revised)

Like the UPSC civil services exam, the MPSC state services exam is also conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

A candidate has to clear one stage in order to be eligible for the subsequent stage, i.e, if he/she clears the prelims, he/she moves onto the mains, clearing which he/she would be summoned for the final stage (interview) of the MPSC exam.

MPSC Preliminary Exam Pattern

This exam consists of two papers, both of which are objective in nature. Take a look at the following table for the details of the prelims exam. Please note that both papers are compulsory.

Paper No. No. of Questions Total Marks Standard Medium Duration Nature of Paper
Paper I 100 200 Degree English & Marathi 2 hours Objective
Paper II 80 200 Mix of Degree and School (depends on topic – refer below) English & Marathi 2 hours Objective
  • Candidates should note that there is negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • For every incorrect answer, the candidate will be penalised 1/4 of the marks allocated to that question.
  • For every question where a candidate has given two options as answers, he/she will be attracting a negative marking of 25 per cent of the total marks assigned to that question.
  • The questions on decision making (Paper-II) do not attract negative marks***************** if incorrectly answered. These generally comprise question numbers from 74 to 80 in Paper-II.
  • In MPSC, both Paper I and II are counted for the merit ranking for qualifying for the MPSC mains.

Important: In the IAS exam, the UPSC CSAT paper in Prelims is just a qualifying paper (33% qualifying criteria)

  • The prelims marks are not counted for the final merit list.
  • All the questions are set in English and Marathi except for those questions which are meant to test the candidate’s knowledge of English.

MPSC Mains Exam Pattern [Revised]

The MPSC has announced a new exam pattern for the year 2023. The commission has brought significant changes to the exam pattern which are discussed below:

MPSC Mains Exam Scheme
Written Examination 1750 Marks (Number of Question Papers – 9)
Interview and Personality Test 275 Marks
Total Marks 2025 Marks

The detailed exam pattern of the MPSC Rajyaseva Mains exam is as follows:

MPSC State Services Mains Exam Pattern [Revised]
Subject  Marks & Time Duration Standard Medium 
(Qualifying with 25% marks)
Paper 1 – Marathi  300 Marks; 3 Hours Matriculation Marathi 
Paper 2 – English 300 Marks; 3 Hours Matriculation English 
Papers to be counted for Merit (Mandatory)
Paper 3 – Essay 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 4 – General Studies -1 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 5 – General Studies -2 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 6 – General Studies -3 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 7 – General Studies -4 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 8 – Optional Subject Paper No.- 1 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 
Paper 9 – Optional Subject Paper No.- 2 250 Marks; 3 Hours Graduate Marathi/ English 


  • Candidates should note that they have to choose the medium of answering the papers at the time of submitting the online application for the Main examination.
  • The question papers will be set in Marathi and English languages (except language papers, Marathi literature and subject for which medium has been indicated as English).

MPSC Interview

Candidates who clear the mains exam are summoned for the MPSC interview. In this round, a panel of the MPSC board assesses the candidate for his/her suitability for the administrative career through a personal discussion. This is more like a personality test where apart from knowledge, the candidate’s attributes such as aptitude, presence of mind, communication skills, etc. are evaluated.

MPSC Mains Exam Pattern [Old]

As of 9th July 2020, the General Studies syllabus of MPSC Mains has been revised.

In the mains exam, there are six compulsory papers. Paper I and Paper II are language papers while Papers 3, 4, 5, and 6 are general studies papers. There are no optional subjects in the MPSC, a change that was made in 2012.

In MPSC Mains, there is negative marking in the objective question papers.

The following table gives the MPSC exam pattern of the State Service Exam Mains:

Paper Subject Total Marks Standard Medium Duration Nature of Questions
Paper 1 Marathi & English (Essay/Translation/Precis) 100 XII Std. Marathi & English 3 hours Descriptive
Paper 2 Marathi & English (Grammar/Comprehension) 100 XII Std. Marathi & English 1 hour MCQs
Paper 3 General Studies I 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
Paper 4 General Studies II 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
Paper 5 General Studies III 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs
Paper 6 General Studies IV 150 Degree Marathi & English 2 hours MCQs

MPSC State Services Syllabus [Revised]

Though many topics overlap with the UPSC syllabus, it is not entirely the same. Also, there is a specific focus on Maharashtra, as mentioned explicitly in the syllabus.

With the right preparation strategy, it is possible for candidates to prepare for both exams simultaneously.

MPSC Prelims Syllabus

The detailed syllabus for MPSC Prelims is given below:

Paper I (200 marks)

  1. Current events of state, national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement with some weightage to Maharashtra
  3. Maharashtra, India and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  4. India and Maharashtra – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Urban Governance, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
  7. General Science.

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