Maharashtra PSC (MPSC) Exam – Previous Years Question Papers

MPSC 2021 was scheduled to be held on the 10th of April 2021. But it has been postponed due to the current situation and pandemic. The MPSC 2021 exam will still be held in the coming months, so preparation should not be stopped; instead, you should utilize the time for ramping up your practice.

This article provides you with MPSC previous year question papers and answers key for Paper 1 and Paper 2. It will help you find out the critical scoring areas in the exam and syllabus in which more focus is required.

MPSC has been conducting state civil services exams regularly. Given the regularity and nature of the exam and a good number of posts, MPSC has become among the most sought after exams among civil services aspirants. Below are the links to download both papers and the official answer key published by the Commission.

Importance of Studying Maharashtra PSC Exam Previous Years Question Papers

It is an essential part of MPSC PSC Preparation because:

  • Solving the previous years’ MPSC PSC exam papers can help the candidates simulate the exam environment.
  • Practicing the MPSC PSC question papers can help the aspirants assess their level of preparation and strategy and identify their weak points to resolve them accordingly.
  • The difficulty level of questions and the topic-wise distribution can also be ascertained.

MPSC Question Papers

The Prelims and Mains question papers have been segregated for the convenience of aspirants.

MPSC Prelims

The Preliminary exam in MPSC State Service Exam comprises:

  • Paper 1 – objective type (MCQs)
  • Paper 2 (CSAT) – objective type (MCQs)

The MPSC exam questions have negative marking, so MCQ solving practice is essential to avoid losing marks.

MPSC Mains

The MPSC Mains comprises six papers:

  • Language Paper 1 (English/Marathi) – descriptive
  • Language Paper 2 (English/Marathi) – objective (MCQs)
  • General Studies I – objective (MCQs)
  • General Studies II – objective (MCQs)
  • General Studies III – objective (MCQs)
  • General Studies IV – objective (MCQs)

Note: There will be no answer key for Mains Paper 1 as it is a descriptive paper.

Sample MPSC Prelims Questions

Ques 1- Match List I with the List I1 and select the correct answer from the options given:

The list I                                                List II

a. Erdkunde                                     I. Alexander von Humboldt

b. Anthropo-Geographic                 II. Jean Brunhes

c. Geogrda Humana                        III. Carl Ritter

d. Cosmos                                       IV. Friedrich Ratzel

Answer Options:

       a     b     c     d

(1) I      II    III   IV

(2)   IV    II    III   I

(3) III     IV II   I

(4) III     I     IV   II

Ques 2- Examine the following statements and identify the correct information:

Statement ‘A’: Within 24 hours, the Earth rotates in 360″ longitudes.

Statement ‘B’: The Earth requires four minutes to cross the one-degree longitude.

(1) Statements ‘A’ and ‘B’ are correct

(2) Statements ‘A’ and ‘B’ are incorrect

(3) Statement ‘A’ is correct but statement ‘B’ is incorrect

(4) Statement ‘A’ is incorrect but statement ‘B’ is correct

Ques 3- Which of the following relief features is not an effect of the Earth’s internal forces?

(1) Graben

(2) Horst

(3) Residual Mountain

(4) Rift Valley

Ques 4- Find out the correct sequence of planetary winds found from the equator to the pole.

(1) Westerlies, Trade winds, Polar winds

(2) Trade winds, Westerlies, Polar winds

(3) Trade winds, Polar winds, Westerlies

(4) Polar winds, Westerlies, Trade winds

Ques 5- Which of the following is not a type of chemical weathering?

(1) Solution

(2) Oxidation

(3) Carbonation

(4) Corrosion

Ques 6- Identify the correct statements from the following:

Statement ‘A’: The weight of water vapor per unit volume of air in a specific temperature is relative humidity.

Statement ‘B’: Specific humidity is the ratio of air-water vapor content to its water vapor capacity at a given temperature.

(1) Statements ‘A’ and ‘B’ both are’corred

(2) Statements ‘A’ and ‘B’ both are incorrect

(3) Statement ‘A’ is correct but statement ‘B’ is incorrect

(4) Statement ‘A’ is incorrect but statement ‘B’ is correct

Ques 7- In developing countries, the population pyramid has a –

(1) A narrow base and wide top

(2) Wide base and wide top

(3) Wide base and thin top

(4) A narrow base and little top

Ques 8- The rain-fed and rain shadow areas are the characteristics of

(1) Cyclonic rainfall

(2) Convectional rainfall

(3) Orographic rainfall

(4) Thermal rainfall

Ques 9- Which region has the following characteristics?

a. Useful for water transport b. Production of coconut is taken up

c. Favorable for fishing

d. Attraction for tourists

Answer Options:

(1) North-India Plain Region

(2) Peninsular Plateau

(3) Coastal Plains

(4) Himalayan Region

Ques 10- Which of the following days is designated as World Ozone Day by the U.N. General Assembly?

(1) lSt June

(2) The 5th of June

(3) lst September

(4) The 16th of September

Ques 11- At which of the following places was an iron and steel factory not started during the Second Five Year Plan?

a. Rourkela (Orissa)

b. Bhilai (Chhattisgarh)

c. Durgapur (West Bengal)

d. Bokaro (Jharkhand)

Answer Options:

(1) Only a and b

(2) Only c

(3) Only d

(4) Only a and d

Sample MPSC Mains Questions

Ques 12-  Write an essay on one topic of about 400 words.

(a) An Ideal Teacher.

(b) Corruption – the Biggest Challenge for India.

Ques 13- Precis of the passage in about 1/3 of its original length with a suitable title.

Real history should deal, not with a few individuals here and there, but with the people who make up a nation, who work and by their labor, produce the necessities and luxuries of life, and who in a thousand different ways act and react on each other. Such a history of a man would be a fascinating story. It would be the story of man’s struggle through the ages against nature and the elements, against wild beasts and the Jungle.

And, last and most difficult of all, against some of his kind who have tried to keep him down exploit him for their benefit. It is the story of man’s struggle for a living. And because to live certain things like – food and shelter and clothing in cold climates are necessary, those who have controlled these necessities have lorded it over man. The rulers and the bosses have had authority because they owned or controlled some essentials of livelihood, and their control gave them the power to starve people into submission.

And so we see the strange sight of large masses being exploited by the comparatively few, of some who earn without working at all, and of vast numbers who work but make very little.


This article provides aspirants with MPSC previous year question papers and answers key for Paper 1 and Paper 2. It will help you find out key scoring areas in the exam in which more focus is needed.

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