How to Prepare for the CGPSC exam 2020?

CGPSC Preparation Tips 2020 – Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CGPSC) conducts the CGPSC exam to recruit candidates in services like State Finance Service, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Project Officer, State Police Service & many more in the Chhattisgarh state. CGPSC Prelims was held on February 09, 2020.

The official date for the Mains exam has been released already & is scheduled to be conducted from October 18-21, 2020. Now is the high time to prepare for the mains examination. In this article, we will provide you with preparation tips for Chhattisgarh PSC which is essential to crack the exam. Candidates will also get to know a comprehensive booklist for the CGPSC exam.

After going through this article, along with the preparation tips for CGPSC, candidates will also get the answers to the questions mentioned below:

  • How to start the preparation for the CGPSC exam?
  • How to make keynotes for the exam?
  • What are the best books for the preparation of the prelims & mains exam?
  • How to prepare for prelims exam?
  • Which books are good for each topic?
  • What is the preparation strategy for the mains examination?
  • How to do the revision?
  • How to examine the question paper?
  • How my question-solving speed will be increased in the exam?

Below are some important Chhattisgarh PSC preparation tips to prepare well for the exam.

CGPSC Preparation Tips #1: How to Begin the Preparation?

  • First, you should prepare yourself physically & mentally before you start the preparation for the CGPSC exam.
  • Nothing can be done without proper goals, so set them first.
  • Proper time should be given to every goal you have set.
  • All the candidates must go through the eligibility criteria for the CGPSC exam.
  • All the aspirants must be familiar with the exam pattern of CGPSC in a detailed manner which is a long 3 stage process.
Stages Name Of The Exam
Stage 1 Prelims
Stage 2 Mains
Stage 3 Interview
  • Knowing the complete syllabus of CGPSC is very important so that candidates must not waste their precious time on topics that are not related to the examination anyhow.

Chhattisgarh PSC Preparation Tips #2: A Time Table with Deadlines

  • A proper time table is a first & foremost step before you start the preparation.
  • A timetable will make your exam preparation very straightforward & well-organized.
  • To complete the deadlines in the timetable, a candidate will work in a much improved & faster way.

CGPSC Exam Preparation Tips #3: Examine the Syllabus

  • Getting a hold of the syllabus is the first priority before going for any of the study material or books.
  • A proper syllabus in a detailed manner has been provided by CGPSC for the Preliminary & Mains examination.
  • To understand the entire syllabus, you should first examine the exam pattern for CGPSC exam.

Prelims Exam Pattern

In the Prelims Exam of CGPSC, there will be 2 papers that are compulsory and each is conducted for two hours. Both the exam papers will have 100 objective type questions carrying 200 marks each. In case of wrong answers, negative marking will be there & one-third of the marks will be deducted.





General Studies



Two Hours

Aptitude Test



Two Hours

Mains Exam Pattern

As per the exam pattern of the CGPSC mains exam, there will be a total of seven papers. All the candidates have to complete each paper within the time limit of three hours. The examination will be conducted for a total of 1400 marks. Check below the exam pattern for the mains examination.




Marks Allotted



3 Hours




3 Hours



History, Constitution & Public Administration

3 Hours



Science, Technology & Environment

3 Hours



Economics & Geography

3 Hours



Mathematics & Logical Ability

3 Hours



Philosophy & Sociology

3 Hours


Interview/Personality Test

After clearing the CGPSC mains exam, candidates will be called for the third stage i.e. interview/personality test. This carries a total of 150 marks.

  • Knowing the entire syllabus for the CGPSC exam will give the aspirants a better idea of how to prepare for every topic that is mentioned in the exam pattern. The syllabus will make it easy for the candidates to choose the study material which is necessary for the preparation.

Preparation Tips for Chhattisgarh PSC Exam #4: Best Books for CGPSC Prelims?

Some important books for the preparation of the prelims exam are given below:

Books For Paper I - General Studies

  1. Chhatisgarh GS Part 1 by Competition Community
  2. Chhatisgarh Rajya Seva Pariksha by Arihant

Books For Paper II - Aptitude Test

  1. CGPSC General Aptitude Test Paper II Study Package by Arihant
  2. Chhatisgarh GS Part 2 by Competition Community

Preparation Tips for CGPSC Exam #5: Best Books for CGPSC Mains exam?

Some important books for the preparation of mains exam are given below:

Books For Language

  1. General English by Pratiyogita Saransh
  2. Chhattisgarhi Bhasha Avam Vyakaran by Hariram Patel

Books For History, Public Administration and Constitution

  1. Modern History by Competition Community
  2. Chhattisgarh Ka Itihas by Yuvachar Publication
  3. Ancient and Medieval History by Competition Community

Books For Science, Environment, and Technology

  1. Environment by Competition Community
  2. Encyclopedia of General Science by Arihant
  3. Technology by Competition Community
  4. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

Books For Geography and Economics

  1. Economy by Competition Community
  2. Indian Economy by Dr. Manoj Agrawal
  3. Indian Geography by Competition Community

Books For General Studies and Polity

  1. Indian Polity by Competition Community
  2. Samajshastra by B.K. Nayak
  3. Art & Culture by Competition Community
  4. Advance Computer Awareness by Youth Competition Times
  5. Indian Polity by Laxmikant

Preparation Tips for Chhattisgarh PSC #6: Precise Key Notes

  • Make keynotes of all the topics of past years,
  • These short notes will help you in quick revision at the last moment.
  • You should make this a habit to daily revise these notes.
  • These notes must be short & to the point.

CGPSC Exam Preparation Tips #7: Solve Previous Years CGPSC Question Papers

  • Solving the previous year’s question papers will help you to examine the ongoing trend in the CGPSC exam.
  • Previous years papers will help you to find out the most important topics in the examination.
  • As you finish a particular topic, then solve practice questions related to it.
  • With the help of the previous year’s papers, you can predict the difficulty level of the CGPSC exam.

Preparation Tips for CGPSC Exam #8: Take Online Mock Tests

  • Once you finish your syllabus, start taking online mock tests.
  • Mock tests are easily available online.
  • This will increase their question-solving speed as well as accuracy.
  • With the help of the mock test, you will be able to solve the actual exam paper in the given time.

Preparation Tips for Chhattisgarh PSC Exam #9: Revision

  • Revision is a must for any examination.
  • You will forget things as the syllabus is quite vast.
  • To avoid forgetting, timely revision is necessary.

CGPSC Preparation Tips #10: Do & Don’ts

  • Do not skip final revision,
  • Do not pick any new topics at the last moment.
  • Sleep on time and eat only healthy food.
  • All the candidates must drink water properly.
  • Do not take any stress.
  • Do take short breaks of 5 minutes after every hour.
  • Revise topics regularly.
  • Always stay positive & confident.


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