How should I prepare for the MPPSC Mains exam?

How should I prepare for the MPPSC Mains exam?

   Kautilya Academy    11-05-2021

MPPSC Mains Strategy is even more crucial than Prelims as the marks of Mains play a major role in the final merit. We have developed a Strategy for MPPSC Mains Exam.

After Prelims you get 90-100 days for the Mains, Generally, it takes 2 months for the result of MPPSC Pre to be out and then there is a time of 3 months at most for Mains. So it is better to start preparing for mains immediately after prelims and if possible opt for mains cum prelims strategy at the beginning of preparation. The preparation strategy is solely based on one rule of the thumb: READ MORE, WRITE EVEN MORE. Preparation of mains requires a proper strategy and planning. you need to be selective in content and sources otherwise your study room would be a library nothing more than that. The syllabus of mains is quite dynamic hence needs properly managed content and notes to cover the whole syllabus and revise in 3 months.

Now being selective in reading is the Smart and tricky part. Be very specific as to what you read and what sources you ultimately refer to. The market is flooded with books, and the MP GS part is what confuses students. Lack of accurate data, misplaced and redundant facts is common in nearly all the books. It’s better to refer to the government sites and daily newspapers for this.

Another problem for some students is the unavailability of material in the English medium. But as you are appearing for MP civil services, you must have good command over Hindi, there’s a separate and high scoring Hindi paper as well. You can read in Hindi, translate to English in writing and then prepare the topics in your own revision-friendly format.


Now the HARD WORK part. Everything you read must be jotted down in a short key-word friendly format to remember and then expanded in your own language. The drafting of answers is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT and this is where you can stand clear of the normal answers and get those extra marks. Practice speed writing and use simple language. Continuity and clarity of thought always impress the examiner.


Some very important topics must be prepared for all marking formats- 3, 15, 25,30 or even 60 marks, whatever the case may be. This is helpful when a long question is asked for a shorter one with lesser marks. Make sure that you write apt answers avoiding unnecessary details. Quality answers coupled with neat work fetch good marks.



  • NCERTs of Class 6- 10 and Internet stuff (electronic material) is highly recommended as the kind of information and depth to which it is required is difficult to search for in a book. These ebooks you can get from Kautilya Academy also.

  • Madhya Pradesh is specific: Madhya Pradesh Ek Parichay (byTMH) and M.P. Samanya Gyan by Hindi Granth Academy. Rest facts and figures can be covered from Kautilya Academy Notes.

  • Current Affairs: Read any 1 Hindi and 1 English newspaper as well as choose a monthly magazine of Kautilya Academy.



One of the most strategic aspects to qualify mains with good marks is Answer Writing. You need to be selective and specific while writing answers. Mains papers are very lengthy and time taking. Many aspirants fail to attempt all the questions. Neat work with legible handwriting, use of Flow and pie-charts, diagrams and effective subheadings, simple jargon-free language are add-ons that make the examiner happy who then returns you the favour. I suggest you take plenty of Mock tests with serious preparation to constantly be on your toes, and improvise with each passing day. A feel of the exam before the exam is impossible but trying one’s luck never hurts anyone.


As per our experience and analysis of this examination, the following are our suggestion for the aspirants which they should keep in mind while writing answers in the Mains examination: 


  1. Practice answer writing before a month of the examination keeping record of time so that you can get well through the situation to be faced during the examination.

  2. In 3 marks questions be specific and to the point in your answers.

  3. Most of the answers of 100 words and 300 words can be attempted in point wise format. Writing pointwise provides you with an option to write diversified content and you can cover a wider aspect of the topic asked in the question.

  4. Try to write in simple and easy language. Do not go for flowery and complicated language. Keep it as simple as you can.

  5. Maintain legible handwriting throughout the paper.

  6. Keep a record of the time and adhere to word limits with average quality answers because this exam demands both quality and quantity.

  7. Do not leave any question. write whatever tit-bits you know about the topic asked in the question.

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