Rajya Sewa Pariksha or State Service Examination is the state-level examination of Maharashtra to recruit candidates into Group A and B services. The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) releases notification every year with a defined number of vacancies.
Lakhs of aspirants apply for the examination. Around 400 vacancies have been announced in the year 2021. MPSC conducted its prelims examination on 21st March, 2021. The next stage is the mains examination.
Here, you will learn the preparation tips both for Prelims and Mains examination of the Maharashtra PSC Examination. Candidates who will clear prelims 2021 can use the tips for the mains examination while those who are going to sit for the next year should inculcate these tips starting from today. Before we begin, learn about the basic exam pattern and eligibility criteria of the Maharashtra State Service Examination.
Exam Pattern and Eligibility of MPSC Exam
The examination is conducted in three stages:
- Preliminary Examination:
- There are two papers.
- Two hours are allotted for each paper.
- There are 100 questions in Paper-I while 80 in Paper-II.
- There is a negative marking of ¼ of the marks assigned to each question for every wrong answer.
- To qualify for the mains examination, the marks of the candidates secured in the prelims paper are considered for the merit ranking. Though prelims marks are not considered in the final merit list.
- Mains Examination
- There are six papers.
- Paper-I and Paper-II are of 100 marks while the remaining are for 200 marks each.
- Except for Paper-I which is descriptive paper; remaining papers are of objective-type.
- There is no provision for optional papers in the Mains stage of the MPSC Exam.
The marks assigned to each stage are given in the table below:
Basic Eligibility of the MPSC Exam:
- The Commission has added a cap on the number of attempts for the Maharashtra Rajya Seva Pariksha starting from 2021. General Category and OBC Category candidates have 6 and 9 attempts respectively, while there is no limit for SC/ST candidates.
- It is a must to know Marathi language to sit for the examination. Candidates have to sit for a language proficiency test.
- A candidate’s minimum age should be 19 while the maximum age should be 38 or less. This age requirement is for the general category.
- There is age relaxation for candidates coming from different categories.
After going through the exam pattern and the eligibility criteria of the exam, now, let’s get to the evergreen preparation tips that will help you sail through the examination.
7 Simple Tips to Crack MPSC Exam
- Know the examination before you apply. As any Indian National can sit for the state exam. However, there is a catch for the MPSC Exam; candidates should know Marathi. Hence, an aspirant should brush up his language skills if he/she doesn’t originally hail from the state.
- Download the MPSC syllabus.Candidates should have a copy of the latest syllabus of the Maharashtra State Service Examination. They can download it from the official website of the commission. Keeping a copy of the syllabus with yourself helps in remaining on track while preparing any topic.
- Figure out your strong subjects. In prelims, there are wide-ranging topics like current affairs, history, geography, polity, environment and general science. It can happen that candidates have strong grasp in some while not in others. Evaluating your own strength in different subjects will help you devise a strategy to complete the syllabus on time.
- Start with two subjects in the beginning. As there are multiple subjects asked in this exam; aspirants should take two subjects in the beginning. Gradually, include other subjects and then read all subjects at your own pace.
- Make a timetable that is effective. Usually candidates rush into making a lengthy timetable which is hardly sustainable. They drop the schedule mid-way as it starts getting boring sticking to the same schedule. Hence, candidates should learn to be flexible with their timetable; adding and deleting topics that are either done or need more revision.
- Devote at least 1 hour for current affairs revision. Candidates should revise current affairs daily. This way, they will be able to retain it for a longer time.
- Start answer writing practise once you have finished your 70 percent of the syllabus. Usually, candidates never complete 100 percent of the syllabus but fool themselves only to procrastinate the answer-writing practise. Hence, it is advisable to start writing as soon as you can.
Well, it is always better to get something extra when you never asked for it. As an additional tip which is very important to follow is to practise from previous years MPSC Question Paper. This is one of the most important tools that could be used for preparation. Candidates should refer to the official website of the commission for any latest updates regarding the MPSC Exam. MPSC Prelims Result is soon expected to be out; hence candidates should be ready with the next stage of the examination.