UPSC and MPPSC are two recruitment agencies in India. The Union Public Service Commission is the country’s premier recruiting agency for appointments to and examinations for Group A & Group B posts under civil services cadre and defence services cadre of the central government. On the other hand the Madya Pradesh Public Service Commission, MPPSC is a state government-led agency of Madhya Pradesh state for conducting civil services examinations and competitive examination. Here we are trying to understand and point out the similarities and difference between MPPSC and UPSC exam.
Difference Between MPPSC and UPSC
Both recruitment agencies, MPPSC and UPSC hire the best candidates for their services through two stages of written tests and personal interview. While the required education qualification for both recruitments is graduation in any stream, the age limit and the number of attempts scenarios varies for these two recruitment bodies. While one can appear for the MPPSC PCS till he/ she reaches the upper age limit criteria, the UPSC has a different call on this.
For UPSC CSE, candidates of the general category get six attempts till the age of 32 years, while those in the OBC category get nine attempts till the age of 35 years, and unlimited attempts till 37 years of age if they belong to SC/ST category. While the upper age limit criteria for the UPSC is 32 years (for the general category), the aspirants of MPSC has a little longer stretch. They can apply for the non-uniformed posts till they reach 40 years old, and for the uninformed positions, the upper age limit stands at 32 years.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination to recruit candidates for the Indian Bureaucratic system. Through the UPSC CSE test, candidates are selected for various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and the Indian Police Service (IPS). The screening process has two stages of written examination followed by a personal interview. In the second stage of written examination (Main examination) essay paper is a compulsory and merit counting paper.
CSE Preliminary Examination
|Paper||Number of questions||Maximum Marks||Exam Duration|
|General Studies I||100||200||2 hours|
|General Studies II (CSAT)||80||200||2 hours|
|Paper||Subject||Exam Duration||Total marks|
|Paper A||Compulsory Indian language ( Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)||3 hours||300|
|Paper B||English Language||3 hours||300|
|Paper I||Essay||3 hours||250|
|Paper-II||General Studies- I ( Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)||3 hours||250|
|Paper III||General Studies- II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||3 hours||250|
|Paper IV||General Studies- III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||3 hours||250|
|Paper V||General Studies IV ( Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)||3 hours||250|
|Paper VI||Optional I||3 hours||250|
|Paper VII||Optional II||3 hours||250|
|Agriculture||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science||Anthropology||Botany||Chemistry|
|Civil Engineering||Commerce and Accountancy||Economics||Electrical Engineering||Geography|
|Mechanical Engineering||Medical Science||Philosophy||Physics||Political Science and International Relations|
|The literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.|
Before the final selection, there will be a personal interview for the successful candidates from the Main examination. The maximum marks allotted for the personal interview is 275. So the total marks for the merit are 2075.
UPSC CSE Posts
Through the Civil Service Examination UPSC recruits candidates towards the following government services across various departments:
- Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
- Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
- Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
- Indian Police Service (IPS)
- Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
- Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
- Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
- Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
- Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
- Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
- Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
- Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
- Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
- Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
MPPSC State Services
Madya Pradesh PSC conducts the State Services similar to the centre counterpart UPSC to recruits to the state departments. Through this MPPSC PCS, the commission selects candidates for positions like Deputy Collector, Jail Superintendent, Deputy Police Superintendent, and many more. Similar to the UPSC Civil Services examination, the MPPSC State services do have two stages of written examination followed by the interview.
|Name of the Subject||Maximum Marks||Exam Duration|
|General Studies||200||2 Hours|
|General Aptitude Test||200||2 Hours|
The preliminary exam marks are only for qualifying for the Mains Examination. The Qualifying marks for Paper II: General Aptitude is 33%. But the candidates will be shortlisted to the Mains only based on the Qualifying marks in Paper I: General Studies.
MPPSC State Services: Mains Exam Pattern
The Madhya Pradesh PSC Mains Exam Pattern is:
|Name of the Paper||Name of the Subject||Exam Duration||MaximumMarks||Medium|
|1||Paper-I||General studies-I||3 Hours||300||Hindi & English|
|2||Paper-II||General studies-II||3 Hours||300||Hindi & English|
|3||Paper-III||General studies-III: Science and technology||3 Hours||300||Hindi & English|
|4||Paper-IV||General studies-IV: Philosophy, Psychology and Public Administration||3 Hours||200||Hindi & English|
|5||Paper-V||General Hindi||3 Hours||200||Hindi|
|6||Paper-VI||Essay Writing||2 Hours||100||Hindi & English|
Posts Under MPPSC
- State Administrative Service and Deputy Collector
- State Police Service and Deputy Superintendent of Police (GD)
- Assistant Commissioner & Asst Registrar, Cooperative Department
- Jina Fighter
- Assistant Director, Public Relation
- Assistant Director, School Education Department
- Superintendent, Jail Department
- Naib Tehsildar
- Cooperative Inspector/ Extension Officer
- Madhya Pradesh Subordinate Accounts Service
UPSC Syllabus v/s MPPSC Syllabus
Let’s first check the syllabus for the preliminary exam. While preparing for the MPPSC exams, candidates need to give more stress to the facts relating to the state, for example, while reading the history try to read the kingdoms, art forms, and other details of Madya Pradesh in detail.
General Studies Paper-I
- Current events of National and International importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India & the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and climate change – that do not require subject specialization.
- Basic Science
General Studies Paper-II
This section is similar to both UPSC and MPPSC exams. For the Madya Pradesh PSC exams, in addition to the below-given syllabus, the Hindi Language Comprehension Skill of matriculation level is also included in the MPPSC exams.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
- Decision making and problem-solving.
- General mental ability.
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)
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