mppsc notes
Tuesday March 3rd, 2020

Date of Prelims for Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) 2019 was 12 January 2020. The MPPSC 2019 Notification has stated that there is no negative marking for the Preliminary stage of State Service Exam 2019. Hence, if aspirants prepare for the exam diligently, their chances to crack the exam increases. For MPPSC Result 2019, candidates can check the linked article.

Before aspirants start stressing out about their competency to sit for the exam, they go through the article to understand everything about MPPSC Preparation. By the end of the reading, they will get answers to the following questions:

  • How to go about MPPSC exam preparation?
  • How to make MPPSC notes?
  • What MPPSC preparation books to read?
  • How to follow MPPSC current affairs?
  • Which is the best book for MPPSC preparation?
  • How to make MPPSC GK notes in Hindi/English?
  • From where to find MPPSC mains study material? Etc.

Let us step-by-step, decode MPPSC 2020 for you so that you can devise a perfect strategy to crack the MP State Service Exam 2019.

The MPPSC (State Service Exam) takes place in 3 stages:

MPPSC Stages Name Of The Exam
Stage 1 Prelims
Stage 2 Mains
Stage 3 Interview

How to prepare for MPPSC?

Going by the MPPSC Syllabus, an aspirant should know the important topics that keep on repeating in the exam. Check below subjects, important topics related to them and books for MPPSC to prepare the same:


There are three parts to History: Ancient, Medieval and Modern. Similar to IAS Exam, MPPSC preparation books for History can be more or less the same. For Ancient History, a candidate can follow NCERTs Class 11th and 12th (Old/New.) For Medieval, NCERTs can again come handy. For Modern, an aspirant can either opt for NCERTs or Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir. One can refer to books of MP Board too.

Few things to keep in mind while preparing History for MPPSC 2019-2020:

  • One source of information suffices
  • To refer more than one book for History is a fault that only you can correct
  • Capitalize on dates and maps
  • Refer to past year MPPSC question papers to get an idea about the topics
  • The chronology will always help

Indian and World Geography

There are two sub-topics to Geography- Physical and Human. To understand both comprehensively, an aspirant should religiously read NCERTS (Class 6th to 12th) and to get the fodder material, one newspaper should be followed by the candidate.

Indian Polity

Weightage is given to topics like- Parliament, State and Central Legislatures, Panchayati Raj, Legislative Bills in the news or debated, Election Commission etc. To understand Polity in a crisp manner, one can follow the book Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant. This book can be one resort to both IAS and State Administrative Services’ candidates.

Indian Economy

This subject is one such that gives candidates from non-economics background nightmares. However, an aspirant should understand that the questions that are asked from topics under it are of generalized form. The questions that are asked put your common knowledge on Indian Economics on test. Yes, the candidates should know that unlike IAS exam, here in MPPSC state service exam, few factual questions can be asked too. For that, one should be clear about the basic concepts like GDP, GNP, PCI. Topics that repeatedly can be seen in news like- Repo Rate, MCLR, CRR, Unemployment, Recession, Rupee Depreciation/Appreciation etc. should be given importance to.

General Science and Environment

NCERT or MP Board school textbooks can help an aspirant collect the required information on General Science. For the environment, current affairs can come useful. Also, referring to MPPSC past year question papers can align candidates’ preparation.

MPPSC Current Affairs

Following the recent trend on how questions are being framed in relation to current affairs, one must religiously follow a National newspaper- preferably- The Hindu. Approach to read the newspaper should be solely aligned with the topics that are included in the MPPSC Syllabus 2020.

With a newspaper, an aspirant can fill in the gaps, by following a monthly magazine like Yojana/Kurukshetra. These magazines should not be read from cover to cover. Only the topics that correspond to the MPPSC Exam Syllabus should be read with special attention to their focal editorial.

Few tips to make MPPSC GK notes in Hindi/English:

  • Understand the MPPSC Syllabus first
  • Use loose sheets to make notes so that it becomes easy to add/update the content
  • Segregate notes into topics like History, Geography, Polity, Economy, etc.
  • Jot down 5 to 10 points for each topic in the news that is related to the syllabus
  • Give attention to Madhya Pradesh regional news page.

Best MPPSC Books

Candidates can check the MPPSC booklist below:

  • M. Laxmikant’s Indian Polity (4th Edition or 5th Edition)
  • Rajiv Ahir’s Spectrum for Modern Indian History (Latest Edition)
  • Madhyapradesh Ek Parichaya by McGraw-Hill publication (This book can help fetch you facts and details of the state-related topics and it will suffice.
  • For Economics, candidates can read state board school textbooks (Class 11th, 12th) or if a candidate belongs to streams other than commerce, can refer to books like Ramesh Singh’s Indian Economy (11th Edition) or Sanjiv Verma’s Indian Economy

These books can help you with both MPPSC Prelims and MPPSC Mains preparation.

The MPPSC 2020 Exam will also have General Aptitude Test in the preliminary stage. For that, candidates can refer to anyone book from the list below:

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical – Verbal, Non – Verbal & Analytical by Arihant Publication.

To summarize the entire thing for the candidates, a few tips given below:

  • NCERTs or State Board school textbooks are key to clarity
  • One reference book for a subject will suffice
  • Self-written notes should be emphasized upon
  • Aligning current affairs with the syllabus
  • Taking help from past year MPPSC question papers
  • Revise topics periodically

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