Why Most Candidates Fail in MPSC State Services Examination

MPSC State Services exam is NOT easy to clear. There is no Pass or Failure in this exam. This exam is different from your school or college exams. Here are some of the reasons for failure:

  • Time Management:  You need to manage your time in the exam very well because this exam is not mere a knowledge test but time test. You may be a bright student but you may not be able to answer every question in given time, right? In Preliminary exam, all you have to do is use the “Discriminatory” method while selecting one correct (most appropriate one) answer from the different options. There may be two or more correct answer but you need to choose the most suitable answer. This is not like the school or college exam. The main purpose of this Prelims exam is to eliminate huge number of candidates to choose only the best who can serve the country using their skills, knowledge, judgement, etc. Do not waste your time in answering tough questions, go for easy questions first and then the tougher ones.
  • English : English is the main drawback for students from Marathi medium. English subject is compulsory in MPSC Main exam. However, it is also important for Prelims exam preparation. You may not get everything in Marathi. You may have to read English newspapers to know current affairs of national and international level. Not every Marathi newspaper covers all such events. Neither Marathi news channels cover them so you have to watch English news channels if you want to remain in touch with latest happenings around the World. In Main exam, English is a compulsory subject and many candidates fail to get minimum passing marks in this subject so they fail in the final examination and do not even get a chance for Interview. You have to survive English hurdle to remain in competition with those candidates who have excellent English speaking and writing skills. To overcome this hurdle, read at least one national newspaper daily like Times Of India, Indian Express, or The Hindu; these papers will provide you necessary tools to cut-through the exam. Listen to English news channels for different events; even sports news will help you improve your English.  Listen carefully what they say and try to understand what they are saying. Keep a paper and pen/pencil with you and note down words that you don’t understand. Later on you can check them in a dictionary. Reading English newspapers, listening to English news will help you in improving your written as well as spoken English.
  • Study Approach: Most candidates are fresh graduates who fill-up the MPSC State Services Exam form just to show-off. It is being a status symbol now-a-days.  “Majha Mulga/Mulgi raajyasevechi pariksha detoy; to/ti ek divas Collector hoil.”, “Arey yaar main MPSC ka exam de raha hoon!”; such is the power in letting other people know that our son/daughter is going to be the Dy Collector, Dy. SP some fine day. But do you think this is so simple? No, simply NOT!  This is so because their approach to the exam is same as their college exam but you know, this is wrong approach. MPSC State Services Examination is quite different from the college exam. In college exam, you need to write the right answer but in MPSC exam, you need to write/choose the most suitable answer using your analytical skills. So your approach should be very different while preparing for the exam. You should use extensive study approach, i.e. you should read more than one book for a given topic. The reading should be such that you cover every aspect of the topic/subject. You should know the different angles/issues involved therein. You should not mug-up everything but you should understand everything. Knowledge is the main thing in this exam. As I said earlier, the competition is growing everyday so to survive this you need to be knowledgeable. Then this exam will not be difficult to clear. “Clear” doesn’t mean “Pass”. You have to score above the minimum passing marks but there could be many candidates who may secure the minimum marks so only the candidates who get higher marks will be selected and not everyone who get the minimum marks. You understand what I mean? Candidates fail in this exam because they do not follow what has been explained above. Please remember, in this exam, there is no right or wrong answer but the most suitable answer.
  • No Luck, only Hard-work: As everyone knows, there is no substitute for hard work, right? There is no such thing as Luck, that is what I believe. Here is a test. Can you sit day-dreaming of becoming a Film Actor like Amitabh Bachchan and do nothing? No, you cannot sit idle and become an actor. You have to learn acting or do it yourself. You have to practice a lot and know every aspect of acting. You have to acquire acting skills then only, after so much of hard work, you can become a successful actor. There are actors who are actors but not successful actors, right? So to win the competition, you have to work hard and acquire knowledge of exceptional quality. To clear MPSC State Services Exam, you need to work hard and there is no substitute other than this; not even Luck. If you have high level of knowledge, you will clear the exam and you don’t need Luck at all. People fail because they do not work hard enough. Working hard means studying a lot, spending hours and hours everyday on learning everything that is supposed to be known in a given subject. Mastering a subject takes lots of hard work. Many candidates who do a job or business, or undergoing further studies, spend only 2 hours or so for the preparation of this exam because they do not have much time but this is not sufficient for you people who want to leave this job/business and become a Dy. Collector or Dy. SP or even a Naib-Tehsildar. You need to spend at least 4 hours everyday. If you look on your daily schedule, you can easily manage 2 hours in the morning or afternoon and 2 hours in the evening or night. You have to work hard else leave this dream, ok?
  • Wrong or Insufficient Study Material:  Firstly, many candidates try to solve question papers first to know what level of knowledge they have. This is wrong approach. You are going to do this in actual exam so what is the point in knowing what you know about the subject without learning and mastering it first? After trying the papers themselves without studying first, some people get discouraged and depressed to find they do not know anything. You should learn everything about it and master your subject and then test yourself. This will then be easy to answer any question when you have basic understanding of the subject. Secondly, candidates choose wrong study material. If you are preparing for MPSC State Services, why you try to read books of PSI/STI exams? Go for books that are especially written for MPSC State Services and they cover each topic/sub-topic. Refer to the study plan I have prepared and note down the listed books/study material from the plan. Try to collect as much study material as you can. Get at least 2 books/reference material for each topic/subject so that you can cover everything. Remember, the fight is tough and only those candidates survive who are equipped with excellent knowledge –  “Survival of the fittest” is the Guru Mantra for this examination.
  • Mock Tests: Most of the candidates either doesn’t know the importance of the practice tests called “Mock Tests” or do not want to know because of insufficient time available with them for the preparation of this exam. In the absence of this practice and experience, they fail. Please remember, practice makes the man perfect. You need to solve old and sample question papers under the exam conditions before the actual exam. Solve as many question papers as you can. You must try to solve at least 10000 (Ten Thousand) questions in total. If you have studied well, you will answer all questions correctly. If you are able to score above 85% of the questions, you have studied well. But remember, there is negative marking so your marks will be deducted from the total score. For example, if you have answered 200 questions and only 170 (85%) are correct and 30 (15%) are wrong; then 7.5 marks will be deducted from 170 and your score will be 162.5. So it is very important to answer only those questions that are known to you and leave those you do not know what are the answers for them. This will make sure that you get maximum marks without being penalised for the wrong answers. I hope you people have understood the importance of the extensive study, right? Please post/share your thoughts in the box available at the bottom of this page.

655 Responses to Why Most Candidates Fail in MPSC State Services Examination

  1. Ravina म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir, main exam mdhe marks 600 out of 800 astil pn interview mdhe marks kmi astil mhnje only 10 kiva 20 out of 100 astil tr pass hou shakto ki nahi?

    • AnilDabhade म्हणतो आहे:

      @रविना, मागील काही वर्षांचे गुण बघितल्यास साधारण 40 गुण हा मुलाखतीत सेफ स्कोर दिसून येतो. 10 किंवा 20 गुण मिळाल्यास त्या उमेदवारांना आयोग रेकमेंड करत नसेल. हा अलिखित नियम असू शकतो.

  2. Ravina म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir, main exam mdhe 600 out of 800 marks astil aani interview mdhe khupch kmi astil mhnje only 10 kiva 20 out of 100 tr pass hou shakto ka?

  3. Sheetal म्हणतो आहे:

    I m 36yr old women came under obc category… Am I eligible for any exam

  4. Samarth म्हणतो आहे:

    Most important suggestions you give
    So thank you very much 🙏🇮🇳

  5. Rajendra Chavan म्हणतो आहे:

    How do you look the prospects of CBSE students in MPSC for next 15-20 years..???

  6. Kamble mansi म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir iam 2 and year law student of 5 year course and I will get mine graduation degree of bsl after next year which means after 3 rd year but want to give upsc cse examination even I also started to study and the syllabus are almost same so..but sir suggest me that can I give prelims in my third year ? Because I have been read that students how are in the last year of graduation can appear for exams….sir I’m confussed about it ..that when I can appear during mine graduation year also or only after graduation?

  7. Babloo म्हणतो आहे:

    Respected sir,
    Meri Age 27 year hai… Aur mai abhi job kar rha hu..
    To kya MUJHE MPSC ki study karna uchhit rahega… Please sir bataiye

  8. Pooja B म्हणतो आहे:

    I’m graduate from bsc IT
    Married having one daughter
    I want to give mpsc exam for tehsildar post
    Does it have any criteria for my education qualification
    Eligibility for the post or exam

  9. Devashree म्हणतो आहे:

    Now I’m only in 12th std but it is my dream to become collector thanks for such a useful knowledge and from now only i will start preparing for mpsc so that i can prepare myself to score as maximum as I can ….

  10. Monali Manohar Bodade म्हणतो आहे:

    Very nice explanation..This is very much helpful sir …U must have tried this all examination practices..Thank u very much .

  11. Rushikesh Kathar म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir, I am in final year of my civil engineering graduation. I also completed diploma in civil engineering. I want a government job as early as possible. I was thought that to start preparation for UPSC CSE but there is lot of competition so should I go for MPSC or Should i prepare for UPSC 1ST attempt full dedicatly. There is another option to me that MPSC technical exam or junior engineer exam (i.e. saral seva) aslo. So suggest from where i will get government job as early.

  12. Siddhesha Laxman pawar म्हणतो आहे:

    If i choose mode of interview marathi In mpsc examination then can I use the scientific terms or words in the interview ? I want to know about this so that will well prepared for that

  13. Sameera nadaf म्हणतो आहे:

    Respected sir,
    I am an civil engineer and I am preparing for mpsc. I have little bit issue of the studying hours.
    Is studying for 8-9 hrs with utmost sincerity sufficient ?

  14. Mohini howale म्हणतो आहे:

    Hii..sir ji.. my name mohini from satara District .i m doing the M.A in psychology .
    Then i starting to Mpsc preparation at home .my hight is 5 cm . And i m rural area .my English is week .but my confidence level is high .know if m started the learning and reading state bord books 5&10 th class history , geography,since,and all .basic knowledge , current affairs.plz tell me about same information.thank you so much

  15. sushant madhukar bhorge म्हणतो आहे:

    sir …I’m 18 and wanna appear for MPSC after graduation….could you please suggest me an appropriate study plan….waiting for your helpful reply….

  16. Jini Biju म्हणतो आहे:

    On what basis interview is taken in MPSC Exams?

  17. Sapana म्हणतो आहे:

    Thank you so much for your article, it’s really inspiring.

  18. Pratik Bansod म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir, I’ve completed my graduation in civil engg. and now i’m in bit of a confusion between MPSC Technical and MPSC Non-Technical(General) please guide me where should I go because I want govt. job as early as possible.

  19. Lily Fullery म्हणतो आहे:

    Hello sir,
    currently i m in second year Bms and i m 19 yrs old and i want to give MPSC exam for D.Y.SP and sir i have a a huge problem of Marathi , actually i completed my whole primary studies in English medium so causes of that my Marathi is very poor .
    Sir, Please tell me can i give all main and prelims exams of MPSC in english, except one compulsory marathi paper

  20. Vinayak म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir will you please suggest me a Reference book for Economics in English for MPSC pre as well as for mains.

  21. Neha ingale म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir,can u plz tell if there is intervuew in STI exam and i also wanted to know what is marking in prelims and main exam paper as my younger brother wanted to prepare for STI

  22. Neha म्हणतो आहे:

    Rajyaseva pre exam madhe mi by mistake seat number Barcode wrong mark Kela aahe. But mi seat number lihitana correct lihila aahe. Mi exam center var paryavekshaka na vicharal te mhanale sarvat var lihilela number check hoil. Pls sir Kay karu sanga.

  23. Jay Awdhut म्हणतो आहे:

    Presently I m studying BE in mechanical engineering…Having 70 days left to sit for a ssistant motor vehicle inspector exam preliminary….So would u mind giving me some tips n which books to go for….I m jz lacking GK , except it..Am Having full knowledge of my branch…..Pls guide me…pls

  24. prajwal jadhav म्हणतो आहे:

    I am confusing should i give MPSC or UPSC pleade guide me and whuch boks to refer time managment

    • AnilDabhade म्हणतो आहे:

      @Prajwal, you should refer the syllabus of both exams (Prelims & Mains) and then carefully examine the subjects and its topics/sub-topics, availability of study material in your area, as well as other factors like your current age, available time for study over next one year, etc. You should be able to devote at least four to six hours everyday for an year. If you can devote full-time then very good. Read the ten success mantras available at the bottom of this page.

  25. Shilpa म्हणतो आहे:

    Hi Anil,
    I am working professional and planning to appear for the MPSC exam. Can you please guide me about the study material I should refer for the preparation of exam?

  26. Suresh म्हणतो आहे:

    What if i dont knw how marathi properly.. do fluency in marathi is needed? I Cant read aur write marahti but can speak.. should i apply for mpsc psi

  27. nilesh bhagat म्हणतो आहे:

    hello sir, my name is nilesh i done M.phil and i preparing STI exam. i wanna do it with self study. i collected syllabus of it. sir plz tell me how can i study for this exam ???

  28. ameet waghmare म्हणतो आहे:

    Does height matter in selection in Moscow exam

    • AnilMD म्हणतो आहे:

      @Ameet, it doesn’t matter for the non-technical posts like Deputy Collector, Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar and the other Class I/II posts except DySP/ACP, अधीक्षक राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क, गट अ, उपअधीक्षक राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क, गट ब, सहाय्यक आयुक्त राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क, गट ब.

  29. Sayali sanjay pawar म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir my name is sayali.mala mahila bal vikas adhikari cha syllabus ani exam chi information pahije aahe.plz suggest book and other information of this exam

  30. nandan म्हणतो आहे:

    I m in class 12 in bio stream but I want to be IPS . what will I do after 12th?

  31. sagar lalwani म्हणतो आहे:

    Sir, being a commerce graduate, i want to do mpsc for my career but being a fresher, didn’t know much. . suggest the best study material as well as courses under mpsc..😊

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