How to prepare for the MPPSC from zero level ?

How to prepare for the MPPSC from zero level ?

   Kautilya Academy    15-05-2021

We will discuss in detail the preparation of MPPSC Pre & MPPSC Mains


Firstly have a look at MPPSC Prelims Pattern:


MPPSC Prelims Contains Two Papers:

Paper I - General Studies

Paper-II - General Aptitude Paper


Both of them contain 100 Questions of 2 marks each, making total marks for Prelims to be 400. There is no Negative Marking.


MPPSC Prelims is a relatively easy and high scoring examination, MPPSC Prelims cutoff is near 70%.


MPPSC Prelims Strategy

MPPSC Prelims Strategy is crucial as prelims are the most important phase of the MPPSC Exam. We have developed a Strategy for the MPPSC Prelims Exam.

  • There have been many changes in the MPPSC pattern for the last 3 Years, its syllabus has been changed a lot. There is no optional in the syllabus. Whereas It is an ocean of general studies and covers many subjects.

  • Hard work with smart tactics and disciplined strategy is essential to crack this exam.

  • It is high time to start the preparation as pre-examination is scheduled for 2021. A total of 6 months of preparation with dedication is sufficient to crack this exam with the tested MPPSC prelims strategy.

  • Due to the huge syllabus, the study should be wider and less in-depth. Well-designed material at MPPSC may be very useful to cover the whole syllabus in less time.

So, the Big Question of MPPSC Prelims Strategy is from where to start:-

  • The first thing that has to be done is to mug the complete syllabus.

  • Syllabus or Visit individual Subjects of MPPSC provided by Kautilya Academy.

  • Go through the NCERT from 6th to 12 of all the subjects. 

  • After a sound foundation is prepared the next stage is to refer to some important books of good authors, either go for our Study Package or Classroom Program of Kautilya Academy for particular subjects.

  • Current affairs are playing a major role in UPSC as well as in all state PSCs, so a daily newspaper and one monthly magazine by Kautilya Academy is a must for qualification.

  • Regular Tests (Mock Test) are the best way to practice the paper in a limited time and to analyze the mistakes. Always remember by giving tests, the brain thinks passively with all horizons while by only studying, the brain works actively without pressuring itself. So More pain gives more gain. It is better to join more than one test series. (well-prepared test series of MPPSC By Kautilya Academy may be very helpful for practice)

  • This exam is all about patience and discipline. Regular study with revision is the only key to crack MPPSC.

  • Make your own timetable and strictly follow it every day, weekly revision on Sundays and monthly revision on 30th will be concrete preparation.

  • Devote your time (about 1 hr) daily on current affairs and writing practice at least 30 minutes for each.

  • Place the maps of the world, India and Madhya Pradesh on the wall. Use flashcards and a small diary for quick revision.

  • Don’t overload yourself with stacks of books, rather try a good quality of notes design by Kautilya Academy to complete the syllabus.

  • Don't panic yourself, everything can be done with passion and confidence. Just use your potential and give your 100 per cent.

Section-wise Preparation Strategy for MPPSC Prelims:-




1. General Science and Environment

Questions on general science and Environment (Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity & Climate Change) will cover general appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline.


  • Read Science NCERT from Class 6th to 9th(Available in Hindi and English, both). 


2. Current Events of National & International Importance

In current events, knowledge of significant National and International level will be tested.


  • Current Affairs to be prepared

  • You can refer to any of the Annual current affairs yearbooks for last year current affairs followed by reading a newspaper daily(Very Essential).

  • Also, refer to Monthly Current Affairs Magazines which provide a consolidated Info about monthly current events of National & International Importance.


3. History of India and Independent India

In History, questions of general knowledge related to social, economic and political aspects will be asked. Also, there will be questions on the Indian National Movement and Development of Independent India.


  • Read Class 7th & 8th History NCERT book. 

  • After getting a basic idea, for more in-depth knowledge read history from any General Studies Manual or History Special Edition of Monthly Competitive Exam Magazines.

  • For Indian National Movement, Read Bipin Chandra available in Hindi also, Adhunik Bharat ka Itihas


4. (a) Geography of India

There will be questions of general knowledge relating to Physical, social and economic

geography. It will also include questions on Indian Agriculture and Natural resources.

There will be questions about the demography and census of India.


  • Read Geography NCERT of Class 7th-10th for basic understanding.

  • After gaining basic knowledge, go for Class 11th & 12th NCERT. This would cover most of the questions related to geography in prelims. 

  • For the latest demographics and census refer to the current affairs yearbook.


b) General Geographical awareness of the world.


  •  General questions are asked about the Geographical Awareness of the World. You can find this information in any General Knowledge(Not Current Affairs) book. 

  • I also recommend getting a good idea about World and Indiana.


5. Indian Polity and Economy

Political system and constitution of the country, Panchayati Raj, social system, sustainable economic development, elections, political parties, plans, industrial development, foreign trade and economic and financial institutions.


  • For the country's political system and constitution, Panchayati Raj, social system, sustainable economic development, elections, political parties, plans: Refer Class 6th,7th,8th,9th Polity NCERT.

  • After having basic information, read Indian Polity by M.Lakshmikant available in both English and Hindi(Bharat Ki Rajvyavastha)

  • For industrial development, foreign trade and economic and financial institutions Read Economics Class 10th NCERT for basic knowledge and get the Foreign Trade, economic and financial institutions information from the Internet.


 6. Sports

Important games and sports tournaments, Awards, personalities and Renowned Sports Institutions of M.P., India, Asia and the World.


  • Read Sports part from, both, General Knowledge and Current Affairs books. It will cover general awareness about sports and current events both.


7. Geography, History and Culture of M.P. 

There will be questions related to the development of Mountains, rivers, climate, Flora and Fauna, Minerals transportation in the Geography of Madhya Pradesh. It will also have questions relating to important dynasties of M.P., Contribution of important dynasties in the History & Culture of Madhya Pradesh, There will be questions on Tribals, Arts, Architecture, Fine Arts and Historical personalities of M.P.


8. Polity and Economy of M.P.

A political system, Political parties and elections, Panchayati Raj, Social system and sustainable economic development of M.P. This will also include questions on Industry, Plans, Economic programmes, business, demography and census of M.P.


9. Information and Communication Technology

Questions about characteristics use, and terminologies such as website, online, search engine, e-mail, video mail, chatting, video conferencing, hacking, cracking, virus and cybercrime.


10. Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) 1989 (No.33 of 1989) and the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (No. 22 of 1955).


  • Every year we had around 6-10 Questions from this section.


11. The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.




1. Comprehension

2. Interpersonal skill including communication skill

3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability

4. Decision making and problem-solving

5. General mental ability

6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude ect.-Class X level) Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.-Class X level)

7. Hindi Language Comprehension Skill (Class X level)

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 keyword-friendly format to remember and then expand 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.

MPPSC Interview Strategy


This is the most versatile part of the exam process where you can get high marks with comparatively less hard work. The primary focus is on bio-data (home town, academics, hobby etc.) and the chain reaction of questions is triggered from your answers. Apart from this Current affairs and views on burning topics, Situation Reactions are frequently asked.


Prepare a flow chart of questions from your bio-data and the questions that may emerge from your answers and prepare all of them. Interviews are conducted in Hindi, so a good command of them is mandatory. Debates/programs on RSTV and LSTV may help here.

I strongly suggest you take Mock interviews as it helps in correcting many subconscious mistakes that otherwise remain unattended.


Crisp dress-up, confidence in body language and speaking, and a humble smile is the absolute necessity for a civil servant.

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