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MPSC Exam Pattern 2023: Prelims, Mains Exam Pattern, Qualifying Marks

Maharashtra Public Service Commission releases MPSC exam pattern. The exam pattern for prelims and mains is different from one another. Aspirants can also check MPSC qualifying marks from the official website.
MPSC Exam Pattern

MPSC Exam Pattern

MPSC Exam Pattern 2023 is released by the Maharastra Public Service Commission. The commission releases the exam pattern on the official website. Usually, the exam pattern 2023 is released along with the MPSC syllabus. Candidates who are appearing for the MPSC exam should be well aware of the exam pattern. Although the exam pattern remains the same as last year, if the exam pattern will be revised, then candidates will be informed through an official notification. 

MPSC exam is divided into three stages including prelims, mains and interviews. Candidates have to qualify each stage in order to be eligible to get recruited for the post they have applied for. The prelims exam consists of 2 papers of 200 marks each. As a result, MPSC prelims exam total marks are 400 marks. On the other hand, MPSC mains exam consists of  4 papers and the total marks of the mains exam is 800. Also, the prelims exam duration is 2 hours for each paper, whereas, for the mains exam, the paper of Marathi & English is of 3 hours, whereas GS paper I is of 1 hour. Further, GS paper II to IV is of 2 hours. 

The mains aim of the exam pattern is to shed light on topics such as marking scheme, total exam duration, and whether the exam has negative marking or not. Once the candidate is well-informed about the exam pattern, then they should move to MPSC syllabus. Candidates can find the syllabus on the official website in PDF format. 

MPSC Exam Pattern 2023: Highlights 

Candidates can take a look at the important points of the MPSC exam pattern down below. 

  • MPSC exam consists of three stages including - prelims, mains and interview. 
  • MPSC prelims exam pattern consists of two papers, whereas mains exam consists of 5 papers.
  • Both the papers in MPSC prelims are 200 each. This makes the MPSC total mark 400
  • MPSC mains exam consists of 5 subjects and the total marks for the mains exam is 800
  • The MPSC prelims exam duration is 2 hours for each paper 
  • The exam duration for MPSC mains ranges between 1, 2 and 3 hours. 

MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

The MPSC 2023 exam will have two phases. Candidates who will qualify MPSC prleims will be eligible to appear for mains exam. Candidates must score at least 33% in the prelims exam to be eligible for the main exam. The MPSC answer key for the preliminary exam will be released shortly after the exam. Further, candidates can take a look at the MPSC prelims exam down below.

MPSC Prelims Paper


Total Questions 

Duration of Exam

Paper 1



2 Hours

Paper 2



2 Hours

  • Both papers in MPSC prelims exam consist of 200 marks. 
  • The MPSC prelims exam duration is 2 hours 
  • The exam consists of MPSC negative marking which means that 1/4th mark for every incorrect answer will be deducted.
  • MPSC papers 1 and 2 are objective type
  • Candidates will have to appear for the exam either in Marathi or English
  • The marks obtained in the preliminary exam will only be used to shortlist candidates for the main exam. The marks of the preliminary exam will not be counted towards the final score of the main exam.

MPSC MainsExam Pattern 2023

MPSC mains are the second stage of the examination. Candidates have to qualify the prelims exam in order to appear for the mains exam. Further candidates can take a look at the MPSC mains exam pattern down below. 

Paper Number



Type of Question

Exam Duration


Marathi & English Language (Essay/Translation/Precis)



3 Hours


Marathi & English Language (Essay/Grammar/Comprehension)



1 Hour


GS Paper I: History, Geography, and Agriculture



2 Hours


GS Paper II: Indian Constitution and Indian Politics



2 Hours


GS Paper III: Human Rights and Human Resource Development



2 Hours


GS Paper IV: Economy and Planning, Economics of Development and Agriculture, Science and Technology Development



2 Hours

  • MPSC Mains 2023 will have 6 papers.
  • There is a negative marking of 1/4th for every wrong answer in the objective questions. Earlier, a total of 1/3 marks used to get deducted for every wrong answer
  • There is no negative marking for the questions of decision-making in paper II.
  • The qualifying marks for both general and reserved category candidates are 45 marks and 40 marks respectively.

MPSC Interview Exam Pattern 2023

MPSC interview is the final stage of the examination. Once the candidate qualified the interview examination, then he or she will be eligible to get recruited for the post they have applied for. Although, the commission does not prescribe any specific exam pattern for MPSC interview stage. Candidates can take a look at the key points that they need to remember while appearing for the examination. 

  • MPSC interview phase is the last stage of the examination. 
  • Candidates who will qualify the MPSC prleims and mains exam will be then eligible to appear for the interview stage.
  • A panel of members will take the MPSC interview round 
  • The questions can be asked from general knowledge, current affairs and day-to-day activities across the globe
  • The interview round will also check the communication skill and mental abilities of the aspirants  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I find the MPSC exam pattern 2023?

You can check the MPSC exam pattern 2023 from the official website. 

Can I download MPSC 2023 syllabus pdf?

Yes, you can download the MPSC 2023 syllabus pdf from the official webiste. 


What are MPSC prelims total marks?

MPSC prelims total marks are 400 

What are the total marks for MPSC mains exam 2023?

The total mark for MPSC mains exam 2023 is 800. 

Do MPSC mains have negative markings? 

Yes, MPSC mains negative marking exists as 1.4 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. 

What is MPSC exam time duration?

MPSC exam time duration for prelims is 2 hours for each paper. 

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