MPPCS Preliminary 2013 Paper II: Tips and strategy

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

Created On: Feb 4, 2014 14:36 IST

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) is going to conduct the State Services 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).

The General Aptitude Test as Paper II has been introduced by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) last year, replacing the optional in the
MPPCS Preliminary exam. This was done by the MPPSC to bring the Madhya Pradesh State Service Examination at par with the Civil services exam conducted by the UPSC.

As this paper is new to the candidates, they are facing problems and confusions regarding how to prepare for the paper, which books to refer, how much time to give to this paper, etc.

Here are some tips from our experts that’ll help you clear your doubts and make your preparation a significantly smoother and easier process.

Select one good book that covers all the sections given in the syllabus. Some of the books available in the market are: Arihant, Tata Mc Graw Hill, Pearson, R.S. Aggarwal, Arun Sharma, etc.

Take a thorough look at the last year’s question paper, as it’ll help you understand what kind of questions are asked in the exam. Also try to solve these questions to assess yourself and find out which areas you need to practice more.

Start practicing questions from the selected book topic wise and try to complete it by the mid of March.

Devote at least 2-4 hours daily to this paper, depending on how much you are comfortable with Comprehension, Mathematics and General Mental Ability. Non medical background students may devote lesser time while non-Mathematics background students might have to devote a little more time to this section.

Comprehension section tests the ability of the candidate to analyze the basic idea of the comprehension passage and answer questions based on the same. This requires a lot of practice and can be done by solving sample papers. Jagran Josh provides ample amount of practice material for this section for the candidates.

Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability and General Mental ability: These sections include questions on Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning, which requires a lot of practice. Books like R.S. Aggarwal provide ample amount of questions for practice.

Decision Making and Problem Solving: You are given a situation for which you have to select the most appropriate action or solution. Such kind of questions needs to be tackled purely on the basis of reasoning, keeping aside all the personal biases. Practice can provide more accuracy in such questions.

Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation: Many students find this section problematic, especially those from non-science background. But the MPPSC has asked very basic 10th std level questions, that can be mastered by practice. Arihant books, R.S. Aggarwal and 9th and 10th level NCERT books can be helpful in getting a grip over these questions.

As you start getting a grip on the basic topics, start solving practice papers for CSAT. Try to solve as many sample papers as possible. These can be accessed through a book or through online portals like

The most important aspect of General Aptitude Test (Paper II) is time management. If you haven’t practiced enough papers, you won’t be able to complete the exam on time. Try to solve as many practice papers as possible, in the time period of 2 hours, by setting a stopwatch. This will help you increase your speed and enable you to complete the paper on time.

In the last 4 weeks, practice at least one sample paper everyday with a stopwatch on.

Jagran josh wishes all the candidates best of luck for the exam.

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