Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Exam : Eligibility Criteria, Important Dates, Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Selection Process and Preparation

The Maharashta Public Service Commission (MPSC) is a state level exam where candidates from the state of Maharashtra can apply. Those who get selected through MPSC are designated as Deputy Collector, DySP, etc. These officers are subordinate to IAS/IPS and get posted within the state of Maharashtra.

It is usually conducted every year by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to recruit officers into the state administration departments’ different wings under the Maharashtra State Government.

Other examinations were also conducted by the MPSC such as the Subordinate Services, Class C Services, Engineering Services, Agriculture Services, Judicial Services, etc. All the candidates can check the MPSC State Service Exam Syllabus and Pattern in this article.

Maharashtra PSC Important Dates

Organization Name                         Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)
RecruitmentVarious Posts
Notification Release23rd Dec., 2019
Online Application Start Date23rd Dec., 2019
Online Application End Date13th Jan., 2020
Admit Card Release Date1st March, 2021
Prelims Exam Date21st March, 2021
Mains Exam Date2nd to 4th Aug., 2021
Selection Procedure       i) Prelims Exam ii) Mains Exam iii) Personal Interview
Job PostingMaharashtra

Maharashtra Public Service Commission – Eligibility Criteria

The standard eligibility criteria/reservation details for Maharashtra PSC recruitment exams can be found on the commission’s official website – . Candidates can navigate to the website and click on “General Instructions to Candidates.” It is the first link on the left of the page under the heading “Competitive Examination.”

MPSC Exam – Age Limit

The MPSC age limit for the State Service Exam is:

  • Minimum age (as on April 1, 2021): 19 years
  • Maximum age (as on April 1, 2021): 38 years (General Category)
  • As per the rules governing the examination’s conduct, there are different relaxations in age criteria as per the category.

MPSC age limits for backward classes, ex-servicemen, qualified players, and persons with disabilities are mentioned below:

  • Backward Classes Minimum Age Limit for MPSC – 19 | Maximum – 43
  • Ex-Servicemen Minimum Age Limit for MPSC – 19 | Maximum Age Limit for Ex-Servicemen (General Category) – 43 | Maximum Age Limit for Ex-Servicemen (Backward Classes) – 48
  • Qualified players Minimum Age Limit for MPSC is 19 | the Maximum Age Limit for them as General Category candidates and as Backward Class candidates is 43
  • Persons with disability Minimum Age Limit for MPSC – 19 | Maximum Age Limit – 45

MPSC – Educational Qualification

The educational criteria for MPSC 2021 exams are:

  • Competency in Marathi
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification.
  • There is no limit on the number of attempts, and candidates in their last year of college are also eligible for the MPSC exam.

As the MPSC exams cover a broad range of posts and services, there are post specific eligibility criteria (educational qualification and physical fitness).

The MPSC eligibility given in the official notification for the State Service Exam 2021 (Prelims) provides some post-specific criteria.

  • The applicant needs to be a citizen of India.
  • To get the reservation benefits, the candidate must have the permanent domicile in the state of Maharashtra.
  • Candidates must have completed their graduation from a recognized institute.
  • The age of the candidates must be between 19 years and 33 years.
  • The candidates of the reserved category will get the appropriate relaxation in the upper age.
  • The relaxation in the upper age will be of 3 years for the OBC category.
  • The maximum age limit for the candidate’s PwD category will be 45 years.
  • The candidates of the SC and ST category will get a relaxation of 5 years.

Lists of MPSC Exams

The Maharashtra Public Service Commission also conducts various exams for recruitment to its different departments.

The list of exams is given below:

  • State Service Exam 2020 (Prelims) – 21st March, 2021   
  • Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Exam 2020
  • Maharashtra Services Combined Group-C Exam 2020
  • Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector Exam 2020
  • Assistant Section Officer Exam 2020
  • Maharashtra Subordinate Services Combined Exam 2020
  • Assistant Section Officer Exam 2020
  • MAS – Maharashtra Agriculture Services Examination 2020
  • MFS – Maharashtra Forest Services Exam 2020
  • Maharashtra Engineering Services Combined Exam 2020
  • Police Sub Inspector Exam 2020
  • State Tax Inspector Exam 2020
  • Maharashtra Education Services (Group B) Exam 2020

MPSC Exam – How to Apply

The application process for the exams to be conducted in April 2020 is already over. Candidates can also submit applications for other MPSC exams. The MPSC application form filling procedure is similar for all the posts.

  1. Go to the home page of MPSC –
  2. Click “Online Application”, a Registration Page will open.
  3. Click “New user registration”. Note that the page will be in Marathi, you can translate into English using Google Translate.
  4. The Login Page will open. Enter all the requested details like “Username, Mobile, E-mail, DOB, Password, etc.”
  5. Enter the OTP received on mobile and e-mail.
  6. Click “Create User” and your account will be created.
  7. Login using the “User name and Password”
  8. Fill out the complete Application Form and pay the examination fee as per your category.
  9. Download the Application Form and fee receipt.

Note: The guidelines for “application instructions, popup blocker, forget the password, and photo and signature upload” will be available on the login page as PDF links. Please read them carefully before filling the MPSC exam application form.

Maharashtra PSC Exams – Selection Procedure

The selection for an MPSC post is made through three stages:

  • 1st Stage: Prelims Exam
  • 2nd Stage: Mains Exam
  • 3rd Stage: Interview

Candidates successfully clearing all three rounds are called for document verification. Once the verification process is complete, the selected candidates are posted at one of the offices/branches.

Maharashtra PSC Exam – Preparation Tips

During the stressful times of preparation, candidates must get some good books for understanding the concepts and prepare well for the State-Level exam. To quickly recall, MPSC 2020 process is over, where the final results were declared on 19th June 2021.

  1. Read the syllabus very carefully- You should know the syllabus of the exam you are preparing. While the Prelims syllabus for every MPSC exam is similar, Every Exam has a different syllabus for Mains Exams. PSI Mains has stressed on Human Rights, Acts, etc. while STI Mains on Indian Economy and so on.
    Note- You can find the syllabus of various MPSC Exams in their official website.
  2. Go through all the Previous Year Question Papers- Candidates can get a good idea of questions being asked in MPSC Exams by analyzing Previous Year Question Papers. Aspirants may also benefit if some questions are repeated.
  3. Start from the necessary books- When you understand the syllabus and analyze Previous Year Question Papers, move on to actual preparation. It would be best to start from the basic books like – NCERT & the State Board Books. Candidates will get conceptual clarity from these kinds of books. Also, some questions are directly asked from these books very often.
  4. Current Affairs- Prepare current affairs regularly, as it is a significant part of the syllabus. Read newspapers regularly. Try to make current affairs notes yourself. Loksatta, Mata, Sakal are considered a good source for MPSC Exams.
  5. Standard Books- Instead of reading many books for one subject, stick to one (or two) ordinary book for one subject. Here is a list of some of the recommended books:
    • Polity- M. Laxmikant
    • Economy- Ramesh Singh
    • History- Grover
    • Geography (Maharashtra)- Savadi
  6. Practice Question Papers- This is a significant step in your preparation. To get an idea of your preparation level, start practicing mock question papers. This will also help you with time management. Know your weak areas and focus on those. Prepare when you practice and practice when you prepare.
    Note: You can join the MPSC Online Test Series to save your time and money. It also has a time-bound MPSC Preparation plan, and Test Series Time Table is also given to prepare accordingly.

Other MPSC Study Materials

The study material for MPSC preparation comprises:

  • MPSC Exam Books in Marathi (State Board and reference books)
  • Books in English
  • Current Affairs
  • The Hindu
  • Press Information Bureau (PIB)
  • Yojana Magazine
  • NCERT books and notes

Online preparation for MPSC is possible, as most resources are available online. However, candidates who plan to take the English exam will have some difficulty as books specific to Maharashtra state are available mostly in Marathi.

With the help of the internet, they can also get sample papers. Still, only books can clear the basic concepts and might get some best way to solve questions. So, it is recommended that the candidates make a list of MPSC best books for preparation and start their practice.

Best Books for the MPSC Exam Preparation

Check below some of the best books for MPSC preparation:

  • Geography of Maharashtra by Nirali Publication
  • MPSC CSAT Simplified by Dhyandeep Publication
  • Panchayat Raj by Kishor Lavate
  • History of Modern Maharashtra by SS Cathal
  • Fundamental of Agriculture by Kushal Publication
  • Also, go through NCERT books (Class 5th to 12th)

Note: MPSC toppers recommend state board books and NCERT books for kick-starting your exam preparation.

MPSC Current Affairs

The current affairs preparation for the MPSC state service exam has to focus on events of national and international importance and important recent events concerning Maharashtra’s state.

Developing the habit of reading the newspaper daily is essential. However, aspirants should not spend more than one hour per day reading the newspaper. For MPSC preparation, candidates should make notes from newspapers and align the same with the exam syllabus.


The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Exam is one of the prestigious exams in the PSC sphere. In this article, we have discussed the important exam dates, general information, and list of exams for aspirants wanting to pursue a career with the Maharashtra PSC.

Areas covered in this article

  • MPSC Important Dates
  • Maharashtra PSC Eligibility Criteria
  • Maharashtra PSC List of Exams
  • How to apply for the MPSC Exam
  • MPSC Exams Selection Procedure

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