Established in 1956, the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission recruits candidates to the State Administrative Services through Examinations. For this purpose it conducts State Service Examinations to recruit officers for State Administrative Service (Deputy Collector), State Police Service (Deputy Superintendent of Police), State Accounts Service, Commercial Tax Officer, District Excise Officer, Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Societies, District Organiser, Tribal Welfare, Labour Officer, District Registrar, Employment Officer, Area Organiser, Tribal Welfare, Block Development Officer, Assistant Director, Food/District Civil, Supplies Officer Project Officer, Social/Rural Intensive, Literacy Project Assistant Director, Public Relations, Principal, Panchayat Secretary and many other posts.
The State Services Examination shall consist of two successive stages as under:-
(a) Preliminary Examination- for selection of candidates for the Main Examination (Objective type questions).
(b) Main Examination- for final selection of candidates for the various services and posts mentioned above Main Examination (written and interview).
The candidates obtaining minimum marks in the preliminary examination, as decided by the commission, shall be listed in the order of merit according to marks obtained by them. Out of these candidates at the most as many as equal to fifteen times the total number of vacancies under various categories besides including those, if any, who obtained equal number of marks will be deemed to qualify for the Main Examination and the result of the Preliminary Examination shall be declared accordingly.
Preliminary Examination will serve only as a screening test for selecting candidates for the Main Examination and the marks obtained in this examination will NOT be considered at the time of the final selection of the candidates.
The merit list of the candidates appearing in the Main Examination and obtaining such minimum marks, as decided by the commission, will be prepared in the order of total marks obtained by them in the Main Examination and candidates equal to three times the total number of advertised posts under various services will be deemed to qualify for being called for interview, besides including those, if any, who obtain equal number of marks.
After the interview the candidates will be listed by the commission in the order of merit, according to the aggregate of marks obtained by them in the Main Examination and the interview taken together. Due consideration will be given, while recommending a candidate for a particular service, to the preference, (if any), expressed by him/her in the preference sheet, at the time of interview.
Examination Scheme and Syllabus
The preliminary examination will consist of two papers of objective type (multiple choice questions). Each paper will be set in accordance with the scheme given below
ExaminationSubjectDurationMarksPaper IGeneral Studies2 hrs200 MarksPaper IIGeneral Aptitude Test2 hrs200 Marks
Syllabus for Paper I & II
Paper I (General Studies)
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 every day observation and experience as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline.
Current Events of National & International Importance
In current events knowledge of significant National and International level will be tested.
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 Indian National Movement and Development of Independent India.
(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 pertaining to demography and census of India.
(b) General Geographical awareness of world.
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.
Important games and sports tournaments, Awards, personalities and Renowned Sports Institutions of M.P., India, Asia and World.
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 Histroy & Culture of Madhya Pradesh, There will be questions on Tribals, Arts, Architecture, Fine Arts and Historical personalities of M.P.
Polity and Economy of M.P.
Political system, Political parties and elections, Pachyati 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.
Information and Communication Technology
Questions pertaining to characteristics, uses, and terminologies such as website, online, search engine, e-mail, video mail, chatting, video conferencing, hacking, cracking, virus and cyber crime.
Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) 1989 (No.33 of 1989) and the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (No. 22 of 1955)
The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
Paper II (General Aptitude Test Paper)
Sr. No. Subject/Topic
Interpersonal skill including communication skill
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude ect.-Class X level) Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.-Class X level)
Hindi Language Comprehension Skill (Class X level)
Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test.
(1) Written Examination
The Written examination will consist of seven papers of conventional essay type questions as given below
Sr. No.PaperTopicMarksTime Duration1Paper-IGeneral Studies-I30003:00 Hours2Paper-IIGeneral Studies-II30003:00 Hours3Paper-IIIGeneral Studies-III30003:00 Hours4Paper-IVGeneral Studies-IV20003:00 Hours5Paper-VGeneral Hindi20003:00 Hours6Paper-VIHindi Essay Writing10002:00 Hours TOTAL 1400
PAPER I – GENERAL STUDIES (I)
HISTORY AND CULTURE
1.1 World History- Renaissance, Revolution of England, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. World War I and II.
1.2 Indian History- Political, Economical and Social history of India from Harappa civilization to 10th Century A.D.
1.3 Mugals and their administration, emergence of composite culture, Political, economical and Social history of Central India from 11th to 18th Century A.D.
1.4 Impact of British Rule on Indian economy and society, Indian response to British Rule: Peasant and tribal revolts, The First Struggle of Independence.
1.5 Indian ‘Renaissance: The Freedom, National Movement and its leaders (with special reference to M.P.).
1.6 Emergence of India as a Republic. Reorganization of States, Formation of M.P., Major events of the post independence period.
1.7 Indian Culture, Heritage with special reference to M.P.: Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, Festivals & Architecture from ancient to modern times. World Heritage sites in India, Tourism in Madhya Pradesh.
2.1 Salient features of physical geography of India and the world,
2.2 Distribution of key natural resources, Agro-climatic zones and Industries in M.P.
2.3 Demography of India and M.P., Tribes of Madhya Pradesh with particular reference to vulnerable tribes.
2.4 Agro-ecology and its relevance to man, sustainable management and conservation. Major crops of the state, holdings and cropping patterns, physical and social environment of crop distribution and production. Issues and challenges related with quality and supply of seed, manure, farming practices, horticulture, poultry, dairy, fisheries and animal husbandry etc. agriculture produce, transport, storage and marketing in the state.
Soil : Physical. chemical and biological properties, of Soil process and factors of soil formation, mineral and organic constituents of soil and their role in maintaining soil productivity. Essential plant nutrients and other beneficial elements in soils and plants. Problem soils and their reclamation methods. Problems of soil erosion and Soil degradation in Madhya Pradesh. Soil conservation planning on watershed basis.
2.5 Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance. location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management. Land reforms in India.
3.1 Ground water and Watershed management.
3.2 Water usage and efficient irrigation systems.
3.3 Drinking Water: supply, factors of impurity of water and quality management.
Disaster and its management
4.1 Man-made and Natural disasters: Concept and scope of disaster management, specific hazards and mitigation.
4.2 Community planning: Resource Mapping. Relief & Rehabilitation, preventive and administrative measures, Safe construction, Alternative communication and survival skills.
4.3 Case studies – Chernobyl Atomic Plant Tragedy 1986, Bhopal Gas Tragedy 1984, Kutch Earthquake 2001, Indian Tsunami 2004, Fukushima Daiichi Japan Nuclear Disaster 2011, Uttarakhand Flash Flood 2013, Ujjain Tragedy 1994, Allahabad Kumbh Stampede 2013, J & K Flood 2014 etc.
PAPER II – GENERAL STUDIES (II)
The Constitution, the Political and Administrative Structure of Governance.
1.1 Constitution drafting committee. The Constitution of India. The Preamble. Basic Structure. Fundamental Rights aid Duties and Directive principles of state policy. Schedules of the Constitution. Constitutional amendments, Comparison of the Indian Constitution with that of other countries.
1.2 Centre and State Legislative.
1.3 Centre and State Executive.
1.4 Judiciary – Supreme Cowl. High Court, District and Subordinate Courts, Contempt of Court.
1.5 Nature of the Indian Union. Centre-State Relations, Division of Power (Centre List, State List aid Concurrent List). Distribution of resources.
1.6 Decentralization and peoples participation in Democratic Governance. Local Self Government, 73rd and 74th amendment of Constitution. The Panchayats, the Municipalities. (Rural and Urban Local Governance)
1.7 Lokpal, Lokayukt and Lok Nyayalaya-Judiciary as a watch-dog protecting the Constitutional Order. Judicial Activism, Public Interest Litigation.
1.8 Accountability and Rights :-
Competition Commission, Consumer Courts, Information Commission, Women Commission, Human Rights Commissions, SC/ ST/OBC Commissions, other redressal agencies/authorities. Transparency and Accountability. Right to Information, Right to Services. Utilization of public funds.
1.9 Democracy at work, Political Parties, Political Representation, Citizen Participation in Decision Making.
1.10 Elections, Election Commission, Electoral reforms.
1.11 Emergence of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non Government Organizations (NGOs); Self Help Groups.
1.12 Issues and role of media (Electronic, Print aid Social)
Security Issues: External and Internal
Social & Some Important Legislation:
3.1 Indian society, Social Legislation as an instrument of Social Change.
3.2 Human Rights Act. 1993
3.3 Protection to Women under: The Constitution of India and Criminal Law (CrPC),
3.4 Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act,
3.5 The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955,
3.6 The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989,
3.7 The Right to Information Act, 2005,
3.8 Environment Protection Act. 1986,
3.9 Consumer Protection Act, 1986,
3.10 Information Technology Act. 2000,
3.11 Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
3.12 Right to Services, Acts.
4- Social Sector- Health, Education & Employment.
4.1 Health services, Preventive and curative health programmes in India/M.P. with an emphasis on children and women’s health.
Issues related to availability of curative health to all. Availability of medicos and paramedics. Health services in rural area.
4.2 Malnutrition, its causes and effects and Govt. programmes for supplementary Nutrition
4.3 The technological interventions in the field of Immunology, Immunization, Family health, Biotechnology, Communicable and non-communicable diseases and remedies.
4.4 Vital statistics
4.5 W.H.O.-Objectives, Structures. functions and its programmes.
5- Education systems.
Education tool of Ilk. development. Universal elementary education. Quality of higher and Technical Education, Vocational Education, issues related to girls education, under privileged classes and differently abled classes.
6- human resource development –
Availability of skilled manpower, employability and productivity of human resource of India, trends of employment, role of institutions like NCHER, NCERT, NIEPA, UGC, Open Universities, AICTE, NCTE, NCVT, ICAR, NITs, NLUs, ITTs, IIMs, Polytechnic and ITIs etc. and human resource development.
7- Welfare programmes –
Welfare programmes and Issues related to- Aged people. Differently able people, Children, Women, Labor, Socially deprived Classes and Displaced groups of developmental projects.
8- Public Services-
Public Services, All India Services, Central Services, State Services, Constitutional Positions; Role and function, nature of function, Union Public Service Commission, M.P. State Public Service Commission. Training and Training Institutions of State and Centre in context of changing governance pattern.
9- Public Expenditure and Accounts-
Control over public Expenditure. Parliamentary control, Estimate Committee. Public Accounts Committee etc. Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Role of Finance Ministry in Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Composition and function of Accountant General of MP.
10- International Organizations-
10.1 UNO and its associate organizations.
10.2 IMF, The World Bank and ADB.
10.3 SAARC. BRICS, other Bilateral and Regional groupings
10.4 WTO and its impact on India.
PAPER III – GENERAL STUDIES (III)
1.1 Matter in our surroundings, Elements. Compounds, Mixtures, Metals and Non-metals, Carbon and its compounds, Molecules, Atoms, Structure of atom, Chemical reactions. Acids, Bases and salts.
1.2 Organism. Types of organisms, Tissues, Fundamental unit of life Cell, Life processes. Metabolism, Control and Coordination, Reproduction, heredity and evolution.
1.3 Gravitation. Motions, Force, Laws of Motion, Work and energy, Light, Sound. Electricity and Magnetism.
Reasoning and Data Interpretation
2.1 Basic numeracy and Statistics (numbers and their relations), probability.
2.2 Data handling and Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.).
2.3 Ratio and Proportion, Unitary method, Profit and Loss, Percentage, Discount, Simple and Compound Interest.
2.4 Mensuration : Area, Perimeter Volume.
2.5 Logical reasoning. Analytical ability and Problem solving.
3.1 Applications of science and Technology in Social and Economic development. Indigenous technology, Transfer of technology and dc eloping new Technologies.
3.2 Patents and Intellectual Property Rights. (TRIPS & TRIMS).
3.3 Contribution of Indians in the field of Science and Technology.
4.1 Emerging technologies like Information arid Communication Technology, Remote sensing. Space, GIS, GPS, Bio technology, Nano technology: their application in the field of Agriculture and allied sectors, Health, E-Governance, Transport, Spatial Planning, Housing, Sports etc.
5.1 Conventional and Non-Conventional sources of energy.
5.2 Energy Management: Issues and challenges.
5.3 Current status of alternative sources of energy and their future prospects.
Environment and Sustainable Development
6.1 Environmental degradation: its causes, effects and remedies.
6.2 Environment protection laws, Policies and regulatory framework.
6.3 The Environment — development debate.
6.4 Solid, Effluent. Sewer, Medical, Hazardous and c-waste management.
6.5 Climate change: Causes and Remedial measures.
6.6 Ecological Prints and coping strategies.
Indian Economy :-
7.1 Development Experience of India.
7.2 Causes of low Industrialization in MP.
7.3 Economic reforms since 1991: industrial and Financial sector reforms, stock market and Banking systems.
7.4 Liberalization. Privatization and Globalization.
7.5 Current trends and challenges in the Indian Economy.
7.6 Development planning in India.
7.7 National Income and Accounting System.
7.8 Infrastructural development and issues,
7.9 Poverty, Unemployment. Regional Imbalances and Migration
7.10 Urban issues, Urban development (social and economic infrastructure and Housing for Low Income Groups.
7.11 Rural issues. Rural development (Social and economic infrastructure) and Rural Credit.
7.12 Indicator of development, Human development & Economic development.
7.13 Co-operative movement in India and M.P.
7.14 Importance of agriculture in M.P. and Indian economy.
7.15 Factors of economic development.
7.16 Issues of Direct and Indirect Subsidy for farm sector and other social sectors.
7.18 Public Distribution System : Objective, Functioning. Limitation, Issues of Buffer Stock and Food Security.
PAPER IV – GENERAL STUDIES (IV)
1- Human needs and motivation
Ethics and Values in Public Administration: Ethical elements in governance — integrity, accountability and transparency, ethical reasoning and moral dilemmas, conscience as sources of ethical guidance. code of conduct for civil servants, values in governance.
2- Philosophers/Thinkers, Social workers/Reformers :-
Mahavir, Buddha, Kautilya, Plato, Aristotle, Gurunanak, Kabir, Tulsidas, Ravindra Nath Tagore, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, Sri Aurobindo, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Deen Dayal Uppadhyaya, Ram Manohar Lohiya etc.
3- Attitude :
Content, elements, function; Formation of attitude, attitudinal change, persuasive communication, Prejudice and discrimination, Stereotypes in Indian context.
4- Aptitude –
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
5- Emotional intelligence-
Emotional intelligence-concepts, their utilities and application in Administration and Governance.
Types and Causes of corruption, effects of corruption, approaches to minimizing corruption- role of society, media, family, whistleblower, UN Convention on Corruption, measuring Corruption; Transparency International etc.
7- Case studies – based on the contents on the syllabus.
PAPER V – GENERAL HINDI
(क) पल्लवन, संधि व समास
(1) दिए गए वाक्यों का व्यापक अर्थ (शब्द-सीमा 50 शब्द)
(2) संधि, समास व विराम चिन्ह
(ग) प्रारूप लेखन- शासकीय व अर्धशासकीय पत्र, परिपत्र, प्रपत्र, विज्ञापन, आदेश, पृष्ठांकन, अनुस्मारक (स्मरण पत्र), अधिसूचना, टिप्पण लेखन – (कोई दो)
(घ) प्रयोग, शब्दावली तथा प्रारंभिक व्याकरण
(1) प्रशासनिक पारिभाषिक शब्दावली (हिंदी व अंग्रेजी)
(2) मुहावरे अथवा कहावतें
(3) विलोम शब्द एवं समानार्थी शब्द
(4) तत्सम-तद्भव शब्द
(5) पर्यायवाची शब्द
(6) शब्द युग्म
(1) निबंध लेखन (300 शब्द)
(2) प्रतिवेदन- (प्रशासनिक, विधि, पत्रकारिता, साहित्य व सामाजिक)
(च) अनुवाद (वाक्यों का)
हिंदी से अंग्रेजी एवं अंग्रेजी से हिंदी
PAPER VI – HINDI ESSAY WRITING
1- First Essay (about 1000 words) – 50 Marks
2- Second Essay (about 250 words) – 25 Marks
3- Third Essay (about 250 words) – 25 Marks
Interview and Personality Test
Candidates qualifying the Mains Exam will proceed to the final stage termed as ‘Personality Test/Interview’. At this level, they will be interviewed by a board of competent and unbiased subject experts and retired and working PSC officials. The Board assesses a candidate’s social attributes, his understanding of contemporary affairs and analyses his behavioural traits for a career in public service. The other attributes examined in the interview are alertness, temperament, appreciation of different points of view, variety and depth of interest, balance of judgement, intellectual and moral integrity ability for social cohesion and leadership. A candidate can give interview in their preferred language as UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.
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