Syllabus For Prelims And Mains of MPPSC

State Service (Preliminary) Examination Syllabus

1. History, Culture and Literature of Madhya Pradesh.

  • Major events and Major dynasties in history of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Contribution of Madhya Pradesh in freedom movement.
  • Major arts and Sculputure of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Major Tribes and Dialects of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Major festivals , Folk music, Folk arts and Folk literature of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Important Literator of Madhya Pradesh and their literature.
  • Religious and tourist places of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Important Tribal Personalities of Madhya Pradesh.

2. History of India -

  • Major features, Events and their administrative, Social and Economical Systems of Ancient and Medieval India.
  • Social and Religious reform movements in 19th and 20th century.
  • Independence struggle and Indian National Movement for Freedom.
  • Integration and Reorganization of India after Independence.

3. Geography of Madhya Pradesh -

  • Forest, Forest Produce, Wild life,Rivers,Mountains and Mountain ranges of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Climate of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Natural and Mineral resources of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Transport in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Major Irrigation and Electrical Projects in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Agriculture based industries in Madhya Pradesh.

4.Geography of World and India -

  • Physical Geography :- Physical features and Natural regions.
  • Natural Resources:- Forest, Mineral resources, Water, Agriculture, Wildlife, National Parks/ Sanctuaries/Safari.
  • Social Geography:- Population related Demography (Population growth, Age, Sex ratio, Literacy).
  • Economic Geography: - Natural and Human resources (Industry, Modes of Transport)
  • Continents/Countries/Oceans/Rivers/Mountains of world.
  • Conventional and Non conventional Energy Resources.

5.(A) Constitutional System of Madhya Pradesh -

  • Constitutional System of Madhya Pradesh (Governor, Council of Ministers, Legislative Assembly, High Court)
  • Three-tier System of Panchayati Raj and Urban Administration in Madhya Pradesh.

(B) Economy of Madhya Pradesh -

  • Demography and Census of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Economic Development of Madhya Pradesh
  • Major Industries of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Castes of Madhya Pradesh, Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes of Madhya Pradesh and Major Welfare Schemes of State.

6.Constitution Government and Economy of India -

  • Government India act 1919 and 1935.
  • Constituent Assembly.
  • Union Executive, President and Parliament.
  • Fundamental Rights and Duties of the Citizens and Directive Principles of State policy.
  • Constitutional Amendments.
  • Supreme Court and Judicial System.
  • Indian Economy, Industrial Development and Foreign trade, Import and Export.
  • Financial Institutions- Reserve Bank of India, Nationalised Banks, Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), National Stock Exchange (NSE), Non - Banking Financial

7.Science and Technology -

  • Basic Principles of Science.
  • Important Indian Scientific Research Institutions and their achievements, Satellite and Space technology.
  • Environment and Biodiversity.
  • Ecological System.
  • Nutrition, Food and Nutrient.
  • Human Body.
  • Agricultural Product Technology.
  • Food Processing.
  • Health Policy and Programmes.
  • Pollution, Natural Disasters and Management.

8.Current International and National Affairs -

  • Important Personalities and Places
  • Major Events
  • Important Sports Institutes, Sports Competitions and Awards of India and Madhya Pradesh.

9.Information and Communication Technology -

  • Electronics, Information and Communication Technology
  • Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security
  • E-Governance
  • Internet and Social Networking Sites
  • E-commerce

10.National and Regional Constitutional / Statutory Bodies --

  • Election Commission of India
  • State Election Commission
  • Union Public Service Commission
  • Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission
  • Comptroller and Auditor General
  • NITI Aayog
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Women Commission
  • Child Protection Commission
  • Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission
  • Backward class Commission
  • Information Commission
  • Vigilance Commission
  • National Green Tribunal
  • Food preservation Commission etc.
State Service (Preliminary) Examination Syllabus
  • Comprehension
  • 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 etc.- Class X level) Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.-Class X level).
  • Hindi Language Comprehension Skill (Class X level)

Note :- Question relating to Hindi Language Comprehension skill of Class X level will be tested through passages from Hindi language only without providing English Translation there of in the question paper.

राज्य सेवा मुख्य परीक्षा
परीक्षा योजना -

The written examination will consist of the following papers

History and Culture
Indian History
  • Political, Economic, Social and Cultural History of India from Harappan civilization to 10th Century A.D.
  • Political, Economic, Social and Cultural History of India from 11th to 18th Century A.D.
  • Mugal rulers and their administration, Emergence of composite culture
  • Impact of British Rule on Indian Economy and Society.
  • Reactions of Indians against British Colonial Rule: Peasant and Tribal revolts, The First Struggle of Independence.
  • Indian Renaissance: National Freedom Movement and its leaders.
  • Emergence of India as a Republic Nation, Reorganization of States, Formation of Madhya Pradesh. Major events of the post independence period.
  • Independence Movement in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Indian Cultural Heritage (with special reference to Madhya Pradesh) : Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, Festivals & Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • World Heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh and Tourism.
  • Dynasties of Madhya Pradesh: - Gondwana, Bundeli, Bagheli, Holkar, Scindia and Bhopal State (From beginning till independence). * With in Geographic reference of Present Madhya Pradesh.

World Geography

  • Major Physical Features:- Mountains, Plateaus, Plains, Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers.
  • Major Geographical Phenomena:- Earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanicity, Cyclone.
  • World Climate:- Climate and seasons, distribution of rain fall and climatic regions, Climate change and its effects.

Geography of India

  • Major physical features:- Mountains, Plateaus, Plains, Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers.
  • Physiographic Division of India.
  • Climate:- Origin of Monsoon, El Nino, Climate and Seasons, Distribution of rain fall and climatic regions.
  • Natural Resources:-
    Types and their uses.
    (A) Water, forest, soil
    (B) Rocks and minerals:
  • Population:- Growth, distribution, density, sex ratio, literacy, migration, rural and urban population.
  • Food Processing and Related Industries:- Scope and significance, Localization of industries,Requisites for forward and backward linkages for industries, demand - supply and chain management.

Geography of Madhya Pradesh

  • Major Geomorphic Regions with special reference to Narmada Valley and Malwa Plateau.
  • Natural vegetation and climate.
  • Soil:- Physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, soil formation process, problems of soil erosion and soil degradation, problem soil and methods of its reclaimation, soil conservation planning on watershed basis.
  • Mineral and Energy Resources:- Types, distribution and uses.
  • Major Industries: Based on agricultural produce, forests and minerals.
  • The Tribes of State with particular reference to vulnerable tribes.

Water and disaster management

  • Drinking Water:- Supply, factors of impurity of water and quality management.
  • Water management.
  • Ground water and water conservation.
  • Natural and Man-made disasters, Concept and scope of disaster management, specific hazards and mitigation.
  • Community planning: Resource mapping, relief and rehabilitation, preventive and administrative measures, safe construction. Alternative communication and survival efficiency.

Advanced Techniques in Geography

  • Remote sensing: principles, electromagnetic spectrum, components, types of satellite, Application of remote sensing.
  • GIS(Global Information System) : Components of GIS, and its applications.
  • GPS (Global Positioning System): Basic concepts of GPS and its applications.
Constitution, Governance, Political and Administrative Structure
  • Constitution of India:- Its Foundation, characteristics, Basic Structure and important amendments.
  • Conceptual elements:- Objectives, fundamental rights and duties, directive principle of state policy.
  • Federalism, Central:- State Relations, Supreme Court, High Court, Judicial Review, Judicial Activism, Lok Adalat and Public Interest Litigation.
  • Election Commission of India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Union Public Service Commission, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission and NITI Aayog.
  • Role of caste, religion, class, ethnicity, language and gender in Indian politics, Political parties and voting behavior in Indian politics, civil society and Public movement, National integrity and security issues.
  • Public participation and local government (with reference of 73rd and 74th amendment to the Constitution)
  • Accountability and Rights:- Competition Commission, Consumer Forum, Information Commission, Women's Commission, Human Rights Commission, SC / ST / OBC Commission, Central Vigilance Commission.
  • Features of democracy:- Political Representations, Participation of Citizens in the Decision making Process.
  • Community-based organizations (CBO), Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and Self-help groups (SHG).
  • Role of Media and Problems (Electronic, Print and Social)
  • Indian Political Thinkers Kautilya, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Ram Manohar Lohia, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Jayaprakash Narayan.
  • Administration and Management:- Meaning, nature and significance, Role of public administration in the developed and developing societies, Development of Public administration as a subject, Modern Public Administration, Principles of Public Administration.
  • Concepts:- Power, Authority, Responsibility and Delegation.
  • Theories of organization, steps and area of control and unity of command.
  • New dimensions of public management, management of change and development administration.
Economics and sociology
  • Issues and initiatives in the field of agriculture, industry and services in
  • Measurement of national income in India.
  • Functions of Reserve Bank of India and commercial banks, financial inclusion, monetary policy.
  • Characteristics of good taxation system- Direct tax and indirect taxes, subsidies, cash transaction, fiscal policy.
  • Public distribution system, current trends and challenges of the Indian economy, poverty, unemployment and Regional imbalances.
  • India's international trade and balance of payment, role of Foreign capital, multi-national companies, Foreign direct investment , import-export policy, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Trade Organization, ASIAN, SAARC, NAFTA AND OPEC,

With reference to Madhya Pradesh

  • Major crops, holdings and cropping patterns, Social and physical environmental impact on production and distribution of crops, Issues and challenges related with quality and supply of seeds and manure, farming practices, Issues and challenges of horticulture, poultry, dairy, fisheries and husbandry etc. Problems and challenges related to agricultural produce, transportation, storage and marketing.
  • Welfare Schemes of Agriculture.
  • Contribution of Service Sector.
  • Infrastructure and resources of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Demographic scenario of Madhya Pradesh and its impacts on the economy of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Industrial sector, growth, trends and challenges.
  • Availability of skilled human resources, employability and productivity of human resources, Different trends of employment.

Human Resource Development

  • Education:- Elementary education, Quality of Higher, Vocational, Technical and Medical Education. Issues related to girl's education.
  • Issues related with following social classes and their welfare programmes:- Differently abled classes, Senior Citizens, Children, Women, Under privileged classes and Displaced groups arising out of developmental projects.
  • Elements of social harmony, concept of civilisation and culture. Features of Indian Culture. Rituals: Various references, Caste system. Ashram, Purushartha, Chatushtya, Religion and sect influences on society and methods of marriage.
  • Community Development Programme, Extension Education, Panchayati Raj, Role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Community Development. Recent trends in Voluntary sector regarding Rural Development, Family Court.
  • Population and Health Problems, Health Education, and Empowerment, Family Welfare Programmes, Population Control.
  • Status of Tribes in Madhya Pradesh, Social Structure, customs, Beliefs, Marriage, Kinship, Religious Beliefs and Traditions, Festivals and Celebrations in Tribes.
  • Women Education, Family Health, Vital Statistics, Causes and effects of malnutrition, Goverment Programmes of supplementary nutrition, Technological inventions in the field of Immunology, Remedies (Treatment and Cure) of communicable and non communicable diseases.
  • World Health Organization:- Objectives, Structure, Functions and Programmes.
  • Work, Power and Energy- Gravitational Force, Friction, Atmospheric Pressure and Work.
  • Units and Measurement, Example from daily life.
  • Speed, Velocity , Acceleration
  • Sound:- Definition, Medium of Propagation, Audible and Inaudible sound, Noise and MusicTerminology related with Sound:- Amplitude, Wave Length, Frequency of Vibration
  • Electricity:- Different types of Cell, Circuit.
  • Magnet:- Properties, preparation and uses of artificial magnet
  • Light:- Reflection, Refraction, Mirrors and Lenses , Image Formation,
  • Heat: Measuring Temperature, Thermometers, Transformation of Heat.
  • Element, Compound and Mixture:- Definition, Chemical Symbols, Properties, Availability on the Earth,
  • Material:- Metals and Non Metals, Periodic Table and Periodicity.
  • Atom, Atomic Structure, Valancy, Bonding, Nuclear Fusion and Fission.
  • Acids, Bases and Salts. pH Value Indicators.
  • Physical and Chemical Changes.
  • Chemistry in daily life
  • Micro-organism and Organic Farming.
  • Cell -Structure and Function, Classification of Animals and Plants.
  • Nutrition in plants, animals and human beings, Balanced Diet, Vitamins, Deficiency Diseases, Hormones,
  • Body Organs of Human Beings, Structure and Functioning.
  • Respiration in Organisms.
  • Transportation in Animals and Plants.
  • Reproduction in Animals and Plants
  • Health and Hygiene and Diseases.
  • Types of Computers, Characteristics and Generation.
  • Memory, Input and Output Devices, Storage Devices, Software and Hardware, Operating systems, Windows, Uses of Microsoft office.
  • Computer Languages, Translators, Compilers, Interpreters and Assemblers.
  • Internet, E-mail.
  • Social Media.
  • E -Governance.
  • Different useful Portals, Sites and Web Pages.
  • Numbers and its type, Methods of Unit Measurement, Equations and Factors, Profit loss, Percentage, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio Proportion.
  • Statistics:- Probability, Measurement of Central Tendency (Mean, Mode, Median) and Variance, Types of Sampling.
  • Communicable diseases and their Prevention.
  • National Vaccination Programme.
  • Primary Knowledge of AYUSH - Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy
  • Health Related Important Welfare Schemes of Central and State Government.
  • Major Health Organizations of Central and the State Government.
  • Effects of Development on Human Life, Limitations of Indigenous Technologies.
  • History of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing in India.
  • Indian Space Research Organization] (ISRO) -
    • Raja Ramanna Center for Atomic Technology (RRCAT)
    • Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) Shriharikota
    • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
    • Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai
    • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
    • National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Tirupati, Liquid Propulsion System Center (LPSC), Bengluru
    • Space Application Center (SAC), Ahmedabad
    • Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN)
    • Ramanagara, Indian Space Science Data Center(ISSDC), Ramanagara
    • Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram
    • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram
    • National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC), Hyderabad
    • Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun
    • (General information of above institutions).
  • Generations of Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicles.
  • Biotechnology: Definition, uses in Sector of Health and Medicine, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Industry and Environment.
  • Clones, Robots and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Patents and Rights of Intellectual Property (Trips, Trims)
  • Contribution of Indians in the field of Science and Technology: Chandrashekhar Venkata Raman, Hargovind Khurana, Jagdish Chandra Basu, Homi Jahangir Bhabha, M. Vishveshraiya, Srinivas Ramanujan, Vikram Sarabhai, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Satendra Nath Bose. Raja Ramanna, Prafullchandra Roy.
  • National and International Awards in the field of Science.
  • Conventional and Non-Conventional Sources of Energy: Meaning, Definition, Examples and Differences
  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Organizational Integration, Energy Management in Operational Functions, Energy Purchase, Production, Production planning and Control, Maintenance.
  • Issues and Challenges related with Energy Strategies
  • Alternate Sources of Energy: Present scenario and future possibilities. Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Oceanic Energy, Geothermal Energy, Biomass Energy, Biofuel Energy etc.
  • Definition, Scope and Dimensions of Environment:- Physical, Economic, Cultural, Educational, Psychological etc, Concepts of Environment in Indian context, Concepts of Environment in Modern World.
  • Effect of human activities on Environment, Ethics and Values related to Environment; Biodiversity, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Changes.
  • Issues and challenges related with Environment, Causes and effects of Environmental Degradation
  • Environmental Education:- Programmes for Mass Awareness, Environmental Education and its relationship with Health and Safety.
  • Eco friendly Technologies, Conservation of Energy, Constitutional provisions related to Environment and its Protection. Environmental Protection Policies and Regulatory Framework
  • Definition and importance of Geology, Earth- Crust, Mantle, Core Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Origin and Age of Earth, Geological Time Scale, Rock-Definition, Types of Rocks-Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rock. Minerals and Ores, Fossils, Weathering and Erosion, Formation of soil, Groundwater, Natural Coal, Natural Oil and Gas.
PAPER IV - GENERAL STUDIES (Total Marks - 200)

Philosophers/Thinkers, Social Reformers -

  • Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Mahavir, Buddha, Acharya Shankar, Charvaka, Guru Nanak, Kabir, Tulsidas, Ravindra Nath Tagore, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Savitribai Phule, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, Maharshi Arvind and Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan.


  • Content, Elements, Function Formation of Attitude, Attitudinal Change, Persuasive Communication, Prejudice and Discrimination, Stereotypes Orthodox in Indian context.


  • 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.
  • Emotional Intelligence- Emotional Intelligence-Concepts, their utilities and application in Administration and Governance.
  • Individual differences
  • 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 a source of ethical guidance. Code of Conduct for Civil Servants, Implementation of Higher values in governance.


  • Types and Causes of Corruption, Effects of corruption, Approaches to minimizing corruption, Role of society, Media, Family and Whistleblower, United Nation Convention on Corruption, Measuring corruption, Transparency International, Lokpal and Lokayukt.
  • Case Studies: - Based on the contents of the syllabus.
State Service Examination Syllabus
About Personality Test or Interview

The length of interview is not fixed but the longer the interview lasts, higher is the chances for a good score.

The interview marks are added to the marks obtained in the Mains exam and after that the final merit list is prepared. So the interview marks are not disclosed immediately and can be known only at the declaration of the final results by the MPPSC.

MPPSC interview questions

The interview is conducted by various boards constituted by the MPPSC. The list of board being faced by individual interviewees is given out at the time of declaring the dates of the interviews and it is expected from the candidates to do some research of their board members.

Candidates about double the number of vacancies are selected through the mains exams and called to appear for the personality test. There are 175 marks allocated to the personality test.

You Should strive to get maximum marks in interview and you must know that less marks in Interview not enough to get into the final merit list.

In other words in order to get a good ranking for a better service allotment, one should strive to get at least 135-140 marks and above in the interview for allotment of Deputy Collector and elite services.

These facts and figures clearly reveal that a good score in the personality test can play a determining role in final selection of the candidate through the State service exams.

Since the interview is so crucial and it is personal and variable, extra preparation is required to tackle this test. Here are some tips that you must go through when you are preparing for your personality test.

Documents to be submitted at the Personality test:

Following Documents has to be submitted at the time of Personality Test Board for State Services Examination.

SC/ST Certificate Performa, OBC Certificate Performa, Undertaking, Physically Handicapped Certificate Performa, Performa of Hailing from Certificate Questionnaire, Attestation Form, TA Form. The Questionnaire, Attestation Form and TA Form are available at the MPPSC official website.

If you have applied under SC or ST or OBC, or Physically Handicapped category then fill in and submit the respective certificate. The certificate is separately available for print out at the MPPSC site -

The candidates are requested to carry the following documents for the interview.
I. Filled Questionnaire:

The seven page questionnaire is required for the research and analysis section of MPPSC and is used for assessing background information of the candidate appearing for the personality test/ interview. This questioner has be duly filled and submitted at the time of the interview. The questionnaire is divided into several sections.

  • Employment status
  • Previous State Services attempts
  • Competitive exams cleared
  • Reasons for interest in State Services
  • Education particulars
  • Background of Parents/Guardian
  • Source of information for State Services
  • Coaching attended
  • Background of the candidate
II. Attestation Form:

The attestation form has to be filled with required details including residence, nationality education and has to be signed by a Gazetted officer before being submitted at the time of the interview.

Types of questions asked at the Interview or Personality test:

The candidate appearing for the interview will be given questioners to be filled up and submitted at the time of your interview. The candidates are advised to formulate their answers carefully because questions can be asked from your form that you have filled and submitted to the MPPSC before your interview. You must go through the information you have filled because some questions are surely to be asked from there.

Relating to your name, any famous personality who has a similar or same name or surname, Your career choice, why do you want to be a state servant? Choice of services, the order of your choice of services can raise questions too.

What are your Hobbies, why you pursue such a hobby or questions related to your hobby etc. Questions about your academic institution and related to them. If you have studied at the IIM or IIT, you may be asked about the brain drain or fat salaries, if from IGNOU then even about Indira Gandhi and so on.

Question from your educational qualification. If you are an MBBS or from an economy background, question can be asked how you are going to use your specific knowledge in the state services. Don't you think you can serve your country better by remaining a doctor and treating poor patients or joining state services?

General Studies that forms the four papers of the Mains examination is the prime area from where questions can be asked. It includes Current Affair topics recent days and policy analysis like "Note ban" Surgical strike etc. So make a list of topics and prepare thoroughly to answer them verbally.

There could be situational questions like, if you were the Deputy collector/DSP of certain place where terrorist have struck with a Bomb Blast, what would you do in its aftermath?

Qualities to be tested in the Personality test

The Personality Test is aimed at assessing the candidate's personality suitable to be a competent administrator. The candidate is tested for intelligence, attentiveness, balance of judgement and human qualities like honesty, integrity and leadership.

The Kothari Committee constituted by the UPSC has listed the qualities that should be rated in the personality test. They are as follows;

  • Clarity of expression
  • Grasp of narrative and argument
  • Reasoning ability,
  • Appreciation of different points of views
  • Awareness and concern for socio-economic problems
  • Range and depth of interests and personal attributes relevant to interaction with people
How to Prepare for the Interview or Personality Test

The interview marks are very important and the deciding factor to be in the merit list, you must not leave any stone unturned in the preparation for the interview. This is more so because majority of the candidates are able to secure only about 55 percent marks in the interview and are unable to get a job even after reaching the last stage of this exam. This suggests that how tough is the marking done in the last leg of this exam.

Even though overall personality development is a continuous process, a proper planning after qualifying the Mains exam can help you prepare for the Interview or the personality test. This preparation has to be done in THREE parts,

  • summing up the knowledge and storing them in your virtual memory,
  • to develop conversational skills and
  • to develop personality traits.

The candidate should make a self-analysis of his/ her strengths and weaknesses on these three points and make a conscious effort to work on them.

Summing up the knowledge requires revision of your Mains notes and to be up to date with current affairs topics. You should be prepared to answer questions on your background, hobbies and extracurricular activities.

One good idea is to discuss these points with your friends by forming a discussion group. Other possible way could be rehearsing your answers by recording them on the mobile phone and listen it after you are done. You may have forgotten some points and you can add them up and record it again.

Conversational skills:

Since interview is all about how you speak before the interview board, you to improve your conversational skills with the right pronunciation. Try to talk softly and intelligently. Stick to the points and keep your answers short. You should avoid subordinate type approach and at the same, you should not sound over friendly. Your answers should crisp clear and to the point and for this you must develop professional like approach in your conversation.

Personal Traits:

The candidate should have a positive attitude, an alert mind, quick reflexes, and a good decision making approach, and should be able to handle any difficult question in a cool and comfortable manner. It's difficult to picture what you look like in an interview so practice in front of a mirror or ask a friend to give you observations on what you look like answering in the interview.

In order to hone the three pronged preparation for the Interview one has to do two things very seriously -

  • 1. Start taking mock test in front of the mirror and record your voice in your mobile phone and asses yourself after hearing it over and over again.
  • 2. Once you gain confidence join any leading coaching institutes and make sure to attend at least three to five live interviews and improve on your preparation based on the feedback.
How to face the interview board

There are generally 4-5 members at the board with the Chairperson seated at the center. Enter the room by knocking the door and confidently greet the Chairperson, who will probably welcome you, and you have to give pleasant nod at other members and wait till you are asked to sit.

You must carry a positive body language and a good personal appearance and the right body posture in the interview room. Listen patiently and maintain eye contact with the board members. You should appear attentive and involved and do not glare at the board members.

While answering do not glance at other members and keep your eyes at the center, sometimes you can move your face to the right and left but it should remain focused at the center. However if some other member asks you anything, look at that member and answer and then turn back to the first.

Do not fidget or throw your hands around or place them on the table. Do not crouch or bend forward and shake your head unnecessarily. Less amount of body movement is all that is required. At the same time it does not mean you should sit stiff. Your body posture should be attentive and relaxed at the same time.

Cut your answer short to the required patience shown by the member talking to you. They usually like to talk more, so listen carefully and think for a few seconds before you start answering. This will show that you are organizing your thoughts in mind before starting to speak.

Leave some room for difference in opinion. Do take a stand, but do not become adamant or unwilling to appreciate the board's opinion.

While answering, use couple of words from the question as this would show you have listened to the question carefully. Try to answering in simple and precise manner and avoid the use of technical jargon unnecessary.

Do not prefix your answer with introductory comments and come to the central issue of the question immediately. If you do not know the answer better be candid to admit that you are unprepared. Do not make wild guesses or indulge in speculation as this may spoil your image.

Do not start evaluating your performance while still sitting in the interview room. Even if you have committed some mistakes, do not think that you have already lost the race. The interview board is looking for warm, sensitive respectful and attentive youngsters. They know very well that you are good otherwise you would not have come so far. So remain positive all through the interview.

You must be prepared for questions on your achievements and hobbies that you mentioned in the form that you have filled before the interview. Talk humbly about them and do not boast about your achievements.

Say less to convey more:

Less is more these days as per the minimalist creed. Argue logically and generalize correctly. Do not try to read too much between the lines. Remember, while answering any question, what is easy to see is easy to miss. We often tend to miss the obvious and go for some non-crucial aspect of the subject, so better avoid in semantics.

Final exit:

Get up from the chair to leave only when the chairperson asks you to do so. Similarly, even if someone has not asked a question and the chairperson asks you to leave, then please leave the room smilingly. Some members may not ask questions at all, due to various reasons and this should not bother you. Before leaving, politely thank the chairperson and nod at the others members politely. Avoid saying "Have a good day sir". Just "Thank you" is good enough.

Personal Traits to face the Interview

Eye contact:

Eye contact is a crucial assessment parameter to gauge your confidence level. You must avoid looking down elsewhere while giving answers as this may suggest you're nervous and insecure.

Fiddling with fingers:

A busy hand gesture may give the impression that you are not keen for the interview, you must avoid fiddling with fingers and try to present yourself as a bundle of confidence.

Avoid crossing your arms:

Try to keep your hands flat on your lap and not on the table. Avoid crossing your arms even subconsciously as it creates a barrier and makes you look defensive. You must look as approachable as possible and avoid such unnecessary gestures.

Slouching in chair:

Try to sit straight and on the chair and do not sit on its edge or try to lounge back on the seat. Your sitting position carries a lot of weightage to the interviewer.

Too many hand gestures:

While it is alright to make some hand gestures to stress some crucial points but too much of hand gestures are maybe distracting and annoying to the interviewer.

Don't bite your lip:

When you bite your lip, you're signaling that you are indecisive. When you lick your lips, it may indicate your lack of confidence.

Stop touching your face or hairs:

Avoid scratching your face or twirling your hair, even involuntarily. The interviewer can judge you a lot by watching your face, so try to keeps your face as natural looking as possible.

Nod your head minimum:

We subconsciously nod when we agree with someone but you should not look like a bobble-head either. Just nod once or twice to signal you are focused and attentive.

How to answer your question during the interview:

You must answer questions clearly and confidently and try to remain calm and composed even faced with awkward question. Try to answer to the point and avoid long winded explanations. You should be logically consistent and analyze the answer rationally. Do not give long introductions and come straight to the point. You are supposed to defend what you say, but with due respect to the board, stop trying to defend if it becomes difficult to do so logically and fairly.

Do not make hasty or sweeping generalizations. Avoid the expression, 'I am sorry.' Avoid conversational cliches, like: 'as you know', 'that's correct', 'of course', 'indeed', 'obviously', etc. Avoid technical jargon. However, if a member continues to probe you in any technical field, you can use technical expressions.

Maintain a cheerful face. You can appear serious, now and then, but most of the time keep smiling and remain composed. If the board laughs, you should only smile. It may give positive reflection on the depth of your personality. Show human concern whenever possible in your answers.

Place of state Service Interview

The state Service Interview is held in the MPPSC Office. There are multiple boards' headed by a chairman and other members. Here are the contact details of the MPPSC office.

State Public Service Commission (MPPSC)
Residency Area, Gwalior, Building,
Delhi College Road,
Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452001
Website :

In case of any difficulty in filling up the online application form, candidates are advised to contact the Official MPPSC facilitation counter or call telephone no. on working days during working hours. In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact MPPSC's Facilitation Counter of its campus in person or call below Phone Nos. (working days between 1000 hrs and 17000 hrs)

MPPSC Exam : How to get selected

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How to prepare for MPPSC exam with a full time job

Statistics show that most of the MPPSC officers started their preparation during their graduation years and some are the high-spirited aspirants who clear the exam with a full- time job.

Whether a student or an employee, the bottom line is that an MPPSC aspirant needs to have the determination and willpower to succeed in this exam. Therefore, here we present you with a full-fledged strategy to kick start your preparation irrespective of your age, job status or graduation status.

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