MPPSC Mains Strategy for Freshers

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According to every year's MPPSC examination procedure mains is generally held in December,so we have around 8 months for the preparation of mains,
which is enough if you are able to devote 3-4 hours daily in the starting and than simultaneously increasing your efforts and hours.

First and most important task is the selection of Optionals... they cover 1200 marks in the Mains examination.You have to choose any two subjects from below given list of 29 subjects according to your interest,availability of Study material,Coaching,Guidance etc

01 Agriculture
02 Animal Husbandary and Veterinary Science
03 Zoology
04 Botany
05 Chemistry
06 Physics
07 Mathematics
08 Statistics
09 Civil Engineering
10 Electrical Engineering
11 Mechanical Engineering
12 Commerce & Accountancy
13 Economics
14 History
15 Geography
16  Geology
17  Political Science and International  Relations
18  Public Administration
19  Sociology
20  Criminology and Forensic Science
 21 Psychology
22  Philosophy
23  Law
24  Hindi literature
25  English literature
26  Sanskrit literature
27  Urdu literature
 28  Anthropology
29  Military Science

After selecting your optionals but the previous year mains papers of that subject so that you can get an overall idea about the level of questions asked,important topics and pattern of marks distribution.

Owing to the Scaling factor Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, History are best,but history has vast syllabus.

Criminology and Forensic Science has become popular in recent days due to its small syllabus and limited scope of questions asked.

Also Science and Engineering Subjects like Physics,Chemistry,Engineering are not much productive due to very less number of aspirants opting for them.

Public Administration is a very good choice as a substantial part of its syllabus overlaps with the Indian Polity,Constitution part of General Studies Syllabus.Its coaching center and study material are easily available.

You should go through the syllabus of optionals you are interested in and consult any senior who have appeared in MPPSC exam before.


  1. boss,what about military science as number of candidates very less for this optional?

  2. Hi,
    i want to prepare for mppsc mains exam 2013. i have some queries. please help me out.

    1. if i have to go for notes of any of these subjects which institute will be better in MP.
    2. what books do i have to refer for preparing PUB. AD. and Sociology. in MPPSC mains.
    3. How do i prepare for General Studies.

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  4. what about military science

  5. Please suggest books for military science

  6. Hindi literature ka syllabus and previous year mains paper??koi link jaha se inhe download kiya ja sakta hai??
    Plz help

    1. Not Avbl online...Purchase last 10year papers book available at book stores.



  7. Hi,
    This is Nitin here. What about agriculture as one of optional paper.

  8. Hi, Sir
    This is good idea, I was thinking about the criminology and forensic science but availability of books/material is problem can you suggest me...the good available book for the same.
    public administration and sociology will be best if yes then kindly suggests books also
    waiting for response

  9. @Jaypal
    Criminology and Forensic Science will be better if you are not preparing for UPSC also, C&FS is a scoring subject with small syllabus enabling you to focus more on other subjects also now lots of books are available for C&FS in Hindi and English Medium.
    You will not get a single book but all the topics are available in different different books.
    PubAd and Sociology are good if you are focusing on UPSC also,else C&FS and one of these will be best.

  10. i m good in chemistry ......n planning to take it as one optional with public ad or sociology........i have a confidence of attenting 100 percent of it there any scope.

    1. I too have chem optional.... U can contact me at

  11. what about MANAGEMENT...but I think There is no subject on Management

  12. sir please let me know that as per the scaling factor taking electrical engg as optional subject will be beneficial or not?

  13. Admin provide material on military science in english

  14. Hi Ankur, Pavan

    You can refer to Forensic science book by B S Nabar available in english medium , it covers large part of syllabus and also available in English. You can find it online on Amazon.

  15. Please suggest books for military sciences & geography (MP specific) in English.

  16. Sir
    Mera mppsc mains me history,pub.add. hai sir plz muze dono subject me important topics bata de jisse me jayda se jayda mark la saku plz sir help me
    Thanks you

  17. Hi Sir,

    I'm a software engg. planning for preparation of MPPSC please suggest me for subject i'm good in Maths.
    please mail me in

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