There are major changes in the Preliminary exam since 2013. Now there are 2 papers for the Preliminary exam-

  • General Studies (GS)
  • Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT ) carrying 200 marks for each paper.

GS paper contains 100 questions and CSAT paper contains 80 questions of multiple choice type. The time allotted is two hours for each paper. For both, the papers 1/4 negative marking system is applicable, which means a deduction of 25% marks for each wrong answer.

All other rules regarding this are same as UPSC. Questions are set in English and Marathi medium but for some passages in CSAT paper and questions based on them which are supposed to test candidates’ knowledge of the Marathi language, the English translation is not available and vice a versa.

The Preliminary Examination is held at most of the district places in Maharashtra.The authorities release the MPSC answer key for prelims soon after the exam. After the result of the Preliminary Examination is declared, the successful candidates are called to appear for the Main Examination. Marks scored in the Preliminary Examination are not counted for the final selection of the candidates.

Paper Marks No.of Questions Medium Nature of Paper Time Duration
Paper-I (Compulsory) 200 100 English & Marathi Objective Type 2 hours
Paper-II (Compulsory) 200 80 English & Marathi Objective Type 2 hours

MPSC PRE Syllabus

MARKS: 200 marks
  • Current events of state, national and international importance.
  • History of India (with special reference to Maharashtra) and Indian National Movement.
  • Maharashtra, India and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of Maharashtra, India and the World.
  • Maharashtra and India – Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,Urban Governance, 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-that do not require subject specialisation.
  • General Science.

MARKS: 200 marks

  • 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)
  • Marathi and English Language Comprehension skills (Class X/XII level)

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