How to Prepare for MPSC in 6 Months? Maharashtra PSC Preparation Strategy

MPSC Preparation Strategy in 6 Months - Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) is a constitutional body established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India which provides smooth and efficient functioning of the Government of Maharashtra (GoM) by providing suitable candidates for various government posts.

MPSC Prelims Exam will be held on April 5, 2020, and the mains exam will be conducted on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th August 2020.

MPSC Prelims Exam Pattern Highlights

Sr. No.

Paper 

Nature

Duration

Marks

Paper 1- General Studies (with special emphasis on Maharashtra)

Objective

2 hours

200

Paper 2- (similar to CSAT in UPSC Civil Services Exam)

Objective

2 hours

200

How to prepare for the MPSC Exam within 6 months?

If you have only 6 months or less before the next MPSC exam, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind before you start your preparation:

  • Syllabus: Knowing the MPSC syllabus thoroughly makes the exam preparation quite easy, limited and focused. Identify the keywords in the syllabus. You will get to know the basics that need to be covered as well as topics on which you need to prepare notes.
  • Previous Question Papers: MPSC Previous years’ question papers are as important as knowing the syllabus of the exam you’re preparing for. Find out what kind of questions and how many questions from which subject have been asked in the exam. Prepare a year-wise and subject-wise analysis from at-least question papers of the previous 5 years. 
  • Strong Fundamentals: It is very important to cover the basics before you start a 6-months strategy. It is quite difficult to start exam preparation absolutely from scratch. Therefore, it is advised to prepare your basics beforehand. 
  • Ready-to-Follow Strategy: You must know exactly what to do in these 6 months. Besides strategy, one must know their booklist, which tests series to follow, priorities, etc. Everything should be crystal clear in your mind. Remember, the early bird catches the worm! One must also avoid making strategies again and again. Once you’ve prepared a strategy, stick to it. 
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  • Newspaper reading: Reading newspapers is not just a good habit but also widens the scope of your knowledge and your outlook. It helps you become well-informed and ultimately, in your personality development. An aspirant, who is preparing for state services, must be well aware of developments in the state as well as the entire nation. Therefore, it is recommended for an aspirant to follow a local newspaper along with The Hindu or Indian Express.
  • Test-based approach: Preparation of any competitive exam is incomplete without mock tests. Test Series help you to analyze your performance, finding your weak areas, the pattern of mistakes, your rank among all the fellow aspirants and cover your syllabus within a timeframe. It will also prepare you psychologically before you actually sit in the exam. So, join a test series, challenge your mind and see results for yourself!
  • Prepare for Paper-II Exam: It is highly recommended to not take your Paper-II exam for granted. Prepare for it along with your General Studies preparation. This paper includes comprehension (in both Marathi and English Language), general mental ability, logical reasoning, analytical ability, data interpretation, basic numeracy and quantitative ability, decision making, and interpersonal skills. 
  • 5 seconds rule: As said by Mel Robbins, a famous motivational speaker, if you have the instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it. The moment you feel an instinct or a desire to act on a goal or a commitment, use the Rule. You can use this rule in other aspects of life as well as your preparation.
  • 80-20 principle: According to the Pareto principle (also known as 80-20 rule), roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, which means that in your preparation, 80% of the output comes from 20% of your input or efforts. Therefore, one must focus on their efforts, time and right sources.
  • Minimize your mistakes: Mistakes help us to better understand ourselves. We become stronger by overcoming our shortcomings as we come to know about our strengths and weaknesses. Similar to life, you are allowed to make mistakes in your preparation as well but not for too long. Learn from your mistakes and of others. For e.g., many aspirants commit a huge mistake of neglecting answer writing in their 1st or 2nd attempt. You have to minimize such mistakes before it’s too late.

We hope that these tips will help you all in MPSC preparation. Everything depends on the candidate's dedication and zeal to ace the exam. So, make your own preparation plan and execute it to give your best. All the best!

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