MPPCS Preliminary 2013 Paper I: Tips and Strategy

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) is going to conduct the Madhya Pradesh State Service Preliminary Examination 2013 on 13.04.2014.

Created On: Feb 4, 2014 12:16 IST
Modified On: Feb 4, 2014 14:15 IST

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) is going to conduct the Madhya Pradesh State Service Preliminary Examination 2013 on 13.04.2014. The MPPCS exam consists of two papers i.e. Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (General Aptitude Test).

Some general tips for preparation of the MPPCS Preliminary General Studies exam are:

  • Refer only one or two sources for each topic, and revise the same at least two to three times before the exam
  • Keep on making notes simultaneously while reading the topics, and mark the important points.
  • Keep on browsing the internet for the points where you find any difficulty, or for the topics which the candidates cannot find any study material for.
  • The candidates should start studying at least one daily national newspaper to get hold of the current events of national and international importance. They can devote 45 minutes to 1 hour daily to the newspaper initially, and then reduce it as they get an understanding of what to read and what not. The candidates can clarify the doubts about the things that are new to them, or they find difficult, on the internet. Keep on making notes from the newspaper side by side, as this is going to help in mains too.

The various topics under this paper and their strategy are discussed below:

1. 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.

  • For this section, read NCERT books from class 6 to 10.
  • This can be supplemented by current information and data from internet and newspaper.

The type questions that have been are asked from this section are:

Q. Dengue is a fever caused by and transmitted to other human by:

A. Virus and female aedes mosquito
B. Bacteria and female culex mosquito
C. Fungus and female aedes mosquito
D. Protozoa and female anopheles mosquito

2. Current Events of National & International Importance

In current events, knowledge of significant National and International level will be tested.

  • For this section, the candidates must read one national newspaper daily like The Hindu, The Indian Express, etc.
  • Newspaper should be read in the same manner as you read a textbook, i.e.,
  • Also, read India Year Book and one current affairs magazine like Chronicle, Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Wizard, etc.

3. 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.

• In History section, the focus should be more on Modern India and Indian National Movement, as more questions are being asked from this section in recent years.
• The questions asked are quite factual and do not require
• The books that should be studied for this section are:

  • Class 7 to 12 NCERT.
  • Bipan Chandra’s India’s struggle for independence

The type of questions asked from this section is given below:

Q. Who among the following attended all the three round table conferences?

A. Vallabhbhai Patel
B. Madan mohan malviya
C. B. R. Ambedkar
D. None of the above

Answer: A

4. (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

The questions asked from Geography section are both factual and conceptual type. A lot of questions are asked based on World and Indian map.
  For this section, the books that need to be read are:

  • Class 7 to 12 NCERT books for Geography
  • GC Leong’s Certificate Physical and Human Geography
  • Orient Blackswan’s Atlas


The type of questions asked from this section is given below:

Q. Alaska is part of which country?

A. Greenland
B. U.S.A.
C. Canada
D. Russia

Answer: B

5. 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.

For this section, the candidates need to go through the following :

  • NCERT class 9 to 12 for Indian Polity
  • M. Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity
  • Class 9 to 12 NCERT for economy
  • Internet for foreign trade and economic and financial institutions

6. Sports

Important games and sports tournaments, Awards, personalities and Renowned Sports Institutions of M.P., India, Asia and World.

  • Read sports section from newspaper and from monthly current affairs magazine.

The type of question asked from this section is given below:

Q. Mary Kom is the recipient of

A. Bronze medal of Olympics in 2012
B. Arjuna Award
C. Padam Shree
D. All of the above

Answer: D

7. 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 History & Culture of Madhya Pradesh. There will be questions on Tribals, Arts, Architecture, Fine Arts and Historical personalities of M.P. 

The sources that can be referred for tackling questions from this section are:

  • Internet for the data and details about the demography, census data, agriculture, industry etc.
  • Any one book for the history and culture of Madhya Pradesh, e.g. Upkar publication

The type of questions asked from this section are given below:

Q. Which one of the following is the smallest district of M.P. by population?

A. Sheopur
B. Raisen
C. Datia
D. Harda

Answer: D

8. Polity and Economy of M.P.

Political system, Political parties and elections, Panchayati 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.

  • Apart from any book on Madhya Pradesh like Upkar Publication, Keep referring internet for the latest updates.

The type of questions asked from this section are given below:

Q. At present, who is the speaker of MP assembly?

A. Ishwardas Rohani
B. Mukund Nawalkar
C. Sreeniwas Tewari
D. None of the above

Ans: A

9. 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.

  • Science and technology section of the newspaper and internet are the best sources for this section.

Q. HTML stands for:

A. Hybrid Text Markup Language
B. Hyper Text Markup Language
C. Higher Text Markup Language
D. None of the above

Answer: B

10. Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) 1989 (No.33 of 1989) and the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (No. 22 of 1955)

In the past few years, a lot of questions have been asked from these topics. Internet and Current Affairs magazines are the best sources for this section.

The type of questions that are asked is given below:

Q. All offences punishable under the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 are:

A. Cognizable and non-bailable
B. Cognizable and non-compoundable
C. Non- cognizable and bailable
D. Non- cognizable and compoundable

Answer: B
11. The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

Internet is the best source for this section. The candidates can go through the website oh National Human Rights Commission to get the details about various issues that come under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

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