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1- What are State Civil Services?

2- What is the pattern of State Civil Services Exams?

3- What is the Age Criteria for state Civil Services?

4- What are the Number of attempts for State Civil Services?

5- Does the Filling the form make an attempt for State Civil Services?

6- What is the Success rate for State civil services?

7- What is the Qualification Criteria for state civil services?

8- What is the Exam Pattern for atate civil services?

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

-How many Papers (Marks /Pattern) are in Pre exams for MPPSC ?

-What is the Cut Off For MPPSC Prelims?

Stage 2: Mains Examination

How many Papers (Marks /Pattern) are mains exams for state Civil Services?

-What is the Cut Off For state Civil services mains?

Stage 3: Personality test (Interviews)

-What is Personality Test?

-What is the Final Cut Off For state Civil services?

3 -What is the Success mantra! for state MPPSC? (How to prepare?)

1-What are State Civil Services?

-State Civil serviceS is the body of government officials who are employed inciviloccupations that are neither political nor judicial.

-Permanent ,Paid ,Skilled .

-Selected on the basis of merit , promoted on the basis of a merit and seniority system ..

List of Services:

MPPSC conducts State Service Examination (Annual Combined Competitive Exams) for recruitment to the following services /posts:

  • State Civil Service (Deputy Collector)
  • State Police Service (Dy. Superintendent of Police)
  • State Accounts Service
  • Sales Tax Officer
  • District Excise Officer
  • Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies
  • District Or iser, Tribal Welfare
  • Labour Officer
  • District Registrar
  • Employment Officer
  • Area Organiser
  • Block Development Officer
  • Assistant Director Food/Food Officer
  • Project Officer, Social/ Rural Intensive Literacy Project
  • Subordinate Civil Service (Naib Tahsildar)
  • Assistant Superintendent Land Records
  • Excise Sub-InspectorTransport Sub-Inspector
  • Sales Tax Inspector
  • Co-operative Inspector
  • Assistant Labour Officer
  • Assistant Jailor
  • Sub-Registrar
  • Assistant Director Public Relation
  • Principal, Panchayat Secretary of the Training Institute
  • District Women Child Development Officer
  • Chief Instructor (Anganwadi/ )
  • Assistant Director
  • Superintendent (Intuitions)
  • Project Officer (Integrated Child Development Project)
  • Assistant Project Officer (Special Nutrition Programme)
  • Area Organizer (M.D.M.)
  • District' Commandant Home Guard
  • Assistant Director Local Fund Audit
  • Additional Assistant Development Commissioner

2 -What is the pattern of State Civil Services Exams ?

The first step towards State Civil Services is to familiarize yourself with the pattern of the examination.

3 - What is the Age Criteria for Civil Services?

-The age limit for MP PSC State Service Exam for General and Reserved Categories:

  • Minimum age– 21 years
  • Maximum age– 35 years (For permanent residents of MP) and 30 years (For others)

The MP PSC notification has listed the age relaxation for different categories/posts in the State Service exam eligibility:


MPPSC Age Limit – Age Relaxation
All women candidates irrespective of their domicile 10 years age limit relaxation
Physically-handicapped 5 years age limit relaxation
SC/ST/OBC Domiciles of MP 5 years age limit

4 - What are the Number of attempts for Civil Services?

-Currently, the number of attempts for MPPSC exam for all the categories are unlimited depending upon the maximum age limit .

5 - Does the Filling the form make an attempt for MP Civil Services Exam ?

-Filling the form doesn’t make an attempt.

6 - What is the Success rate for State civil services ?

- 0.1 % to 0.2% .

7 - What is the Qualification Criteria for civil services?

- The educational qualificationfor the PSC exam is:

Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised University or equivalent qualification

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications, which are recognized by the State Government as equivalent to a professional or technical degree

The PSC exam eligibility also includes Physical Measurements/Fitness for certain posts. Candidates have to undergo a medical test after the interview to be considered eligible.

8 - What is the Exam Pattern for MPPSC Exam?

The MPPSC Exam Pattern for both the State Service Exam Prelims and Mains 2020 is in the table below:

Name of the Exam Type of the Exam/Time Marks
MPPSC Prelims
  • General Studies-Objective (2 Hours)
  • General Aptitude Test- Objective (2 Hours)
  • 200
  • 200
  • General Studies-I (3 hours)
  • General Studies-II (3 hours)
  • General Studies-III (3 hours)
  • General Studies-IV (3 hours)
  • Hindi (3 Hours)
  • Hindi Essay (2 hours)
  • 300
  • 300
  • 300
  • 200
  • 200
  • 100
MPPSC Interview
  • Personality Test
  • 175

In this article, candidates can find details on the updated MPPSC Syllabus for (State Service Exam) Prelims, Mains and the MPPSC Exam Pattern. Aspirants can also download the MPPSC prelims syllabus and MPPSC mains syllabus 2020 separately.

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

How many Papers (Marks /Pattern) are in Pre exam for Civil Services ?

There are following 2 papers in pre exam.

Paper I (General Studies)

200 Marks

Duration: Two Hours

Number of Questions: 100.



1 – HISTORY- 10 q

2 – GEOGRAPHY – 18


4 – POLITY – 5



7 - SPORTS – 13

8-MPGK- 25-30

Minimum qualifying-

Mini. CUT OFF – Minimum – 40% in each, paper , Sc/St- Min. Cut off is 30 %

Paper II (Aptitude)

200 Marks

Duration: Two Hours

Number of Questions: 100










-Minimum cut off –

-Minimum – 40% in each Paper , Sc/St- Min – 30 %

-Nature of paper I & II - Only Qualifying in nature .

Each paper will have 100 questions, and each right attempt will be awarded 2 marks.

There is no negative marking in the prelims exam of MPPSC state services .

-What is generally the Cut Off For MPPSC Prelims?

-Cut off in the year 2018 for Gen category was 138/200.

Stage -2… Mains Examination –

- Written Examination - The Written examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay type questions.

-Candidate has to write answer in the sheet of following pattern -

-What is the Cut Off For MPPSC Civil services mains?

In MPPSC the Cutoff in 2017 Gen category was 741/1400 (53%) for OBC it was 720/1400 (51%) .

Stage -3… Personality Test ( Interviews)-

The Interview or Personality Test carries 175 marks, and the candidates will be assessed in multiple aspects.

There is no cutoff for Interview.

-What is Personality test for Civil Services ?

-The main aim of taking personality test is to know the overall personality of the candidate and traits of the candidate like their confidence, honesty, intellectual, integrity, understanding ground realities and depth of understanding of various concepts.

-What is the Final Cut Off For MPPSC ?

The candidates who qualify in the MPPSC main exam are called for the MPPSC personality test.

The MPPSC interview is of 175 marks, so the final MPPSC cut off is derived for the maximum marks of 1575.

3- What is the Exam Strategy (Success mantra )for the MPPSC ? (How to prepare?)

Success in MPPSC Exam is not just about hard work. It’s a combination of Planning, smart work and perseverance ”

1- Go Through Previous Year Papers!

Going through the last five year papers (at least 5 years) will familiarize you with the kind of questions asked in the examination.

2-Subject Wise Preparation Strategy .

MPGK /History/Indian Culture/ Geography/Polity/ Economy/Science & Technology/Environment/Current Affairs…

3-Standard books on each topic which deals with the basic concepts.

4-Make a Combination of..

Reading – Will impart you Knowledge!

Writing – Will make you Precise!

Debating –Will make you a Ready man!(Prompt replier)

5-Mind your Answer writing: Since Mains examination is all about answer writing, so try to practice writing as much as you can. you must practice how to write answers in the limited space given in the answer sheet, which will be provided to you during the Mains exams.

-Remember 4W’s..What, When, Why, Where.

-Skelton… make a Skelton before answer writing.

-Impact- Social, Political, Economical, Cultural.

You must see to it that your answer should not exceed the word count or spill over the box given as you may be penalized for any such lapses.

6- Mind your hand writing -While practicing you must be careful handwriting , spellings and grammar .

7-Attend classes daily-

8-Read ,focus on Central Ideas, Key words..

9-Write at least 1 answer a day..

10-Solve previous year papers..

11-Quality Self study 10-12 a day..

12-Dedicated leisure ½ hours a day..

13-Least use of social media..

14- Exercise 1/ 2 to 1 hr a day..

15-Sleep 6-8 hours a day….

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