MPPSC Mains General Studies Paper 1: Important Points to Ponder

MPPSC Mains General Studies Paper 1: Important Points to Ponder

MPPSC State Services Examination is one of the most crucial examinations for Aspirants in Madhya Pradesh. Following the footsteps of UPSC CSE Examination, MPPSC Mains General Studies is one of the toughest written examinations one has to face.

Now, tough doesn’t only mean difficult questions. The amount of effort one has to put into preparation is enormous. There is a saying, “anything that comes under the sky is in the syllabus for PCS Examination”. Clearly, the syllabus is VAST, not to mention the competition.


MPPSC Mains Examination Scheme

If you want to familiarize yourself with the MPPSC Prelims exam, head on to the link. Now, Before moving to the syllabus and strategy for MPPSC Mains General Studies examination, Let’s have a look at the exam pattern which is to be followed:

MPPSC Mains Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test.

The written Examination will consist of seven papers of conventional essay type questions.

Compulsory Papers

Paper-1 General Studies 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper-2 General Studies 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper-3 General Hindi 3 Hours 300 Marks

Optional Papers

  • Any two subjects are to be selected from a list of optional subjects
  • Each subject will have two papers i.e. 4 papers in total
  • 3 hours will be allotted to each of the papers
  • Each paper will have 300 Marks


Syllabus for MPPSC Mains General studies Paper-1

Now let’s move on to the syllabus of MPPSC Mains General Studies. Given below are some topics through which questions can be asked in the examination. It is important to have a thorough knowledge of each and every topic.

History of Modern India and Indian Culture

The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times.

Geography of India

In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social geography of India.

Indian Polity

This part will include questions on the Constitution of India, Political system, Indian Administrative system and related matters.

Current National Issues

This part is intended to test the Candidate’s awareness of current national issues.

International Affairs & Institutions

This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.

Indian Economy

In this part, questions will be on the planning and economic development in India, economic & trade issues, Foreign Trade, the role and functions of I. M. F., World Bank, A.D.B, W.T. O etc.

Developments in the field of Science & Technology, Communication and Space

In this part, questions will test the candidate’s awareness of the developments in the field of Science & Technology, Communication and space and also basic ideas of computers.

India and the World

This part is intended to test candidate’s awareness of India’s relationship with the world in various spheres, such as the following: Role of India in the context of the world. Foreign Affairs, External security and related matters, and Nuclear Policy.

Games & Sports

Questions will assess the awareness of candidates in respect of games and sports at international and national level. It will also have questions pertaining to different awards and personalities in the context of India.

Indian Agriculture

Attempt will be made to assess the general awareness of candidates in respect of crops, white revolution, green revolution, agriculture production and their impact on development of rural economy.

Bills and Acts

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

As per the official notification, these are the topics one has to master in order to attempt GS Paper-1 for MPPSC Examination.


MPPSC Mains General Studies 2016 Key Points

Go through MPPSC Mains General Studies of last 5 years and one could clearly see the ambiguity in MPPSC Scheme of Examination. Sometimes they even ask questions that are not mentioned in the syllabus. For Example- Syllabus says that in History you need to focus on “History of Modern India and Indian Culture” but don’t be surprised if they ask a question or two on Russian Revolution.

MPPSC Mains General Studies Paper-1 pattern can be fully understood using the following points

  • There are a total of 5 questions having 60 Marks each. Each question has different structuring
  • First question is basically a 3 pointer stack, there are 20 sectional questions having 3 marks each which are to be answered in a line or two with precision.
  • Second question is a 10 pointer stack; there will be a total of 6 questions which are to be answered in around 100 words.
  • Third one is 4 part question, each carrying 15 marks in total. Each of these parts is to be answered in about 150 words.
  • Fourth question is drafted in 3 parts carrying 20 marks each. These questions are to be answered in narrative form of 200 words each.
  • The last question is more of an essay writing exercise of 60 marks, some say that this question is the deciding factor for GS Paper-1. Here you have to display your writing skills to the fullest. One can argue over the number of words one should put to answer these ideally. As far as our analysis go, if Mr. A wrote this answer in 600 words but Mr. B wrote in 800 words then it is highly likely that Mr. B will score better.

Despite these challenges, MPPSC Mains General Studies Paper-1 is a predictive paper.  One can predict the pattern of paper by looking at previous year papers.

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