Ritesh Shiv – Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 –
  •   ritesh-shiv
  • Sunday, September 2nd, 2018


Name Ritesh Shiv
Rank in MPPSC 34th in DSP
Home town/city Seoni, MP
Service preference SDM->DSP

Ques – 1 by MPPSCADDA: Please suggest which books and syllabus points are to be prepared for clearing the examination?


Ans by Topper: For the preparation of General Studies for Prelims I have preferred following books.


Topic Strategy/booklist/comment
History Ancient Tamilnadu Board 11th Class PDF and LucentGK
History Medieval Tamilnadu Board 11th Class PDF and LucentGK
History Modern (Freedom Struggle) Spectrum –Rajiv Ahir and Lucent GK
Culture, society 11th Class Culture NCERT and NIOS Art and Culture PDF and Internet
Polity (theory + current) Laxmikant + Lucent GK
Economy (theory + current) 11th Class NCERT + LucentGK + Mrunal.org and Economic Survey
Science (theory + current) 6th to 10th NCERT + LucentGK
Environment (theory + current) 12th Class Biology NCERT (Ch 13&16) + GKToday PDF
Geography physical, Indian and World 11th-12thNCERT + Lucent GK + Atlas
Other national/international current affairs Newspaper + Internet + Apps
Schemes, Policy Newspaper + Magazines


  • Lately prelims have become more diversified and needs a lot of smart work. So we need to observe previous year papers carefully.( for previous year paper click




Aspirants have to practice lots and lots of MCQ’s before exam, either Online or offline (I PREFERRED ONLINE MODE BECAUSE IT SAVES OUR TIME OF CHECKING IT and gives RANKING to check our relative performance). There are  many OPTIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE  which helped me out.

For General Studies (Mains) paper 1

Topic How did you prepare?
1.1 World History– Renaissance, Revolution of England, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. World War I and II. World History ICSE Book (only relevant chapters) + Internet
1.2 Indian History-Political, Economical and Social history of India from Harappa civilization to 10th Century A.D. Tamilnadu Board 11th Class PDF + Internet
1.3 Mughals and their administration, emergence of composite culture, Political, economical and Social history of Central India from 11th to 18th Century A.D. Tamilnadu Board 11th Class PDF + Internet
1.4 Impact of British Rule on Indian economy and society, Indian response to British Rule: Peasant and tribal revolts, The First Struggle of Independence. Modern India-Spectrum
1.5 Indian ‘Renaissance: The Freedom, National Movement and its leaders (with special reference to M.P.). Modern India-Spectrum
1.6 Emergence of India as a Republic. Reorganization of States, Formation of M.P., Major events of the post independence period. Political Science Class 12th NCERT
1.7 Indian Culture, Heritage with special reference to M.P.: Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, Festivals & Architecture from ancient to modern times. World Heritage sites in India, Tourism in Madhya Pradesh. 11th Class Culture NCERT + NIOS Art & Culture PDF + Internet
2.1 Salient features of physical geography of India and the world, Class 11th and 12th NCERT
2.2 Distribution of key natural resources, Agro-climatic zones and Industries in M.P. Internet+ Any MP specific booklet
2.3 Demography of India and M.P., Tribes of Madhya Pradesh with particular reference to vulnerable tribes Indian Society Class 12th NCERT (ch.2)+ Any MP specific booklet
2.4 Agro-ecology and its relevance to man, sustainable management and conservation. Major crops of the state, holdings and cropping patterns, physical and social environment of crop distribution and production. Issues and challenges related with quality and supply of seed, manure, farming practices, horticulture, poultry, dairy, fisheries and animal husbandry etc. agriculture produce, transport, storage and marketing in the state.
Soil : Physical, chemical and biological properties, of Soil process and factors of soil formation, mineral and organic constituents of soil and their role in maintaining soil productivity. Essential plant nutrients and other beneficial elements in soils and plants. Problem soils and their reclamation methods. Problems of soil erosion and Soil degradation in Madhya Pradesh. Soil conservation planning on watershed basis.
2.5 Food processing and related industries in India– scope and significance. location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management. Land reforms in India Internet
Water Management
3.1 Ground water and Watershed management. Internet
3.2 Water usage and efficient irrigation systems. Internet
3.3 Drinking Water: supply, factors of impurity of water and quality management. Internet
Disaster and its management
4.1 Man-made and Natural disasters: Concept and scope of disaster management, specific hazards and mitigation. Internet
4.2 Community planning: Resource Mapping. Relief & Rehabilitation, preventive and administrative measures, Safe construction, Alternative communication and survival skills. Internet
4.3 Case studies – Chernobyl Atomic Plant Tragedy 1986, Bhopal Gas Tragedy 1984, Kutch Earthquake 2001, Indian Tsunami 2004, Fukushima Daiichi Japan Nuclear Disaster 2011, Uttarakhand Flash Flood 2013, Ujjain Tragedy 1994, Allahabad Kumbh Stampede 2013, J & K Flood 2014 etc Internet

General studies (Mains) paper 2

Topic How Did You Prepare?
1. The     Constitution, the Political and Administrative Structure of Governance.
 Constitution drafting committee. The Constitution of India. The Preamble. Basic Structure. Fundamental Rights and Duties and Directive principles of state policy. Schedules of the Constitution. Constitutional amendments, Comparison of the Indian Constitution with that of other countries.1.2 Centre and State Legislative.1.3 Centre and State Executive.

1.4 Judiciary – Supreme Cowl. High Court, District and Subordinate Courts, Contempt of Court.

1.5 Nature of the Indian Union. Centre-State Relations, Division of Power (Centre List, State List aid Concurrent List). Distribution of resources.

1.6 Decentralization and peoples participation in Democratic Governance. Local Self Government, 73rd and 74th amendment of Constitution. The Panchayats, the Municipalities. (Rural and Urban Local Governance)

1.7 Lokpal, Lokayukt and Loknyayalaya-Judiciary as a watch-dog protecting the Constitutional Order. Judicial Activism, Public Interest Litigation.

1.8 Accountability and Rights :- Competition Commission, Consumer Courts, Information Commission, Women Commission, Human Rights Commissions, SC/ ST/OBC Commissions, other redressal agencies/authorities. Transparency and Accountability. Right to Information, Right to Services. Utilization of public funds.

1.9 Democracy at work, Political Parties, Political Representation, Citizen Participation in Decision Making.

1.10 Elections, Election Commission, Electoral reforms.

1.11 Emergence of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non Government Organizations (NGOs); Self Help Groups.

1.12 Issues and role of media (Electronic, Print aid Social)

Laxmikant+Internet (for some topics)
Security Issues: External and Internal
3. Social & Some Important Legislation:
3.1 Indian society, Social Legislation as an instrument of Social Change.
3.2 Human Rights Act. 1993
3.3 Protection to Women under: The Constitution of India and Criminal Law (CrPC),
3.4 Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act,
3.5 The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955,
3.6 The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989,
3.7 The Right to Information Act, 2005,
3.8 Environment Protection Act. 1986,
3.9 Consumer Protection Act, 1986,
3.10 Information Technology Act. 2000,
3.11 Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
3.12 Right to Services, Acts.
Download Acts’ PDFs from Internet
4- Social Sector- Health, Education & Employment.
 Health services, Preventive and curative health programmes in India/M.P. with an emphasis on children and women’s health.
Issues related to availability of curative health to all. Availability of medicos and paramedics. Health services in rural area.4.2 Malnutrition, its causes and effects and Govt. programmes for supplementary Nutrition4.3 The technological interventions in the field of Immunology, Immunization, Family health, Biotechnology, Communicable and non-communicable diseases and remedies.

4.4 Vital statistics

4.5 W.H.O.-Objectives, Structures. functions and its programmes.

Internet (Vikaspedia for schemes, Newspaper articles for data, Editorials & RSTV videos for issues)
5- Education systems.
Education tool of Ilk. development. Universal elementary education. Quality of higher and Technical Education, Vocational Education, issues related to girls education, under privileged classes and differently abled classes.6- Human Resource Development –
Availability of skilled manpower, employability and productivity of human resource of India, trends of employment, role of institutions like NCHER, NCERT, NIEPA, UGC, Open Universities, AICTE, NCTE, NCVT, ICAR, NITs, NLUs, ITTs, IIMs, Polytechnic and ITIs etc. and human resource development.
Internet + Class notes + printed notes

Internet + Class notes + printed notes

7- Welfare programmes –
Welfare programmes and Issues related to- Aged people. Differently able people, Children, Women, Labor, Socially deprived Classes and Displaced groups of developmental projects.
Internet (Vikaspedia, Govt Websites)
8- Public Services-
Public Services, All India Services, Central Services, State Services, Constitutional Positions; Role and function, nature of function, Union Public Service Commission, M.P. State Public Service Commission. Training and Training Institutions of State and Centre in context of changing governance pattern.
9- Public Expenditure and Accounts-
Control over public Expenditure. Parliamentary control, Estimate Committee. Public Accounts Committee etc. Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Role of Finance Ministry in Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Composition and function ofAccountant General of MP.
10- International Organizations-
10.1 UNO and its associate organizations.
10.2 IMF, The World Bank and ADB.
10.3 SAARC. BRICS, other Bilateral and Regional groupings
10.4 WTO and its impact on India

General studies (Mains) Paper 3


Topic How Did You Prepare?
1. Science
1.1 Matter in our surroundings, Elements. Compounds, Mixtures, Metals and Non-metals, Carbon and its compounds, Molecules, Atoms, Structure of atom, Chemical reactions. Acids, Bases and salts.
1.2 Organism. Types of organisms, Tissues, Fundamental unit of life Cell, Life processes. Metabolism, Control and Coordination, Reproduction, heredity and evolution.
1.3 Gravitation. Motions, Force, Laws of Motion, Work and energy, Light, Sound. Electricity and Magnetism.
Class 6th to 10th NCERT (Download Gist of NCERTs for Revision )
2. Reasoning and Data Interpretation
2.1 Basic numeracy and Statistics (numbers and their relations), probability.
2.2 Data handling and Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.).
2.3 Ratio and Proportion, Unitary method, Profit and Loss, Percentage, Discount, Simple and Compound Interest.
2.4 Mensuration : Area, Perimeter Volume.
2.5 Logical reasoning. Analytical ability and Problem solving.
Any Aptitude & Reasoning Book
3. Technology
3.1 Applications of science and Technology in Social and Economic development. Indigenous technology, Transfer of technology and dc eloping new Technologies.
3.2 Patents and Intellectual Property Rights. (TRIPS & TRIMS).
3.3 Contribution of Indians in the field of Science and Technology.
Internet (Any science and Tech Magazine)
4. Emerging Technologies
4.1 Emerging technologies like Information arid Communication Technology, Remote sensing. Space, GIS, GPS, Bio technology, Nano technology: their application in the field of Agriculture and allied sectors, Health, E-Governance, Transport, Spatial Planning, Housing, Sports etc.
5. Energy
 Conventional and Non-Conventional sources of energy.
5.2 Energy Management: Issues and challenges.
5.3 Current status of alternative sources of energy and their future prospects.
6. Environment and Sustainable Development
6.1 Environmental degradation: its causes, effects and remedies.
6.2 Environment protection laws, Policies and regulatory framework.
6.3 The Environment — development debate.
6.4 Solid, Effluent. Sewer, Medical, Hazardous and c-waste management.
6.5 Climate change: Causes and Remedial measures.
6.6 Ecological Prints and coping strategies.

General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude


1- Human needs and motivation
Ethics and Values in Public Administration: Ethical elements in governance — integrity, accountability and transparency, ethical reasoning and moral dilemmas, conscience as sources of ethical guidance. code of conduct for civil servants, values in governance.

2- Philosophers/Thinkers, Social workers/Reformers :-
Mahavir, Buddha, Kautilya, Plato, Aristotle, Gurunanak, Kabir, Tulsidas, Ravindra Nath Tagore, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, Sri Aurobindo, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Deen Dayal Uppadhyaya, Ram Manohar Lohiya etc.

3- Attitude :
Content, elements, function; Formation of attitude, attitudinal change, persuasive communication, Prejudice and discrimination, Stereotypes in Indian context.

4- Aptitude –
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

5- Emotional intelligence-
Emotional intelligence-concepts, their utilities and application in Administration and Governance.

6- Corruption:
Types and Causes of corruption, effects of corruption, approaches to minimizing corruption- role of society, media, family, whistleblower, UN Convention on Corruption, measuring Corruption; Transparency International etc.

7- Case studies – based on the contents on the syllabus.

 How did you prepare?


D.Subbarao + Internet (Practice Case Studies from Internet


Note: Case study plays important role in fetching marks


  1.  Q. Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?

Ans- Mostly in Bullet Points wherever possible –For 15 marks questions it can have mix of bullet points and Paragraphs or Paragraphs alone depending on the question.



  1. Q. Did you follow the “Introduction-Body-Conclusion” format?


Ans– Yes, for 15 markers and some 6 markers if possible.
Introduction Just introduce the question in brief and what you are about to write in body  
.Body – Contains your actual answer. Should be multidimensional. Try to support your answer with current data/maps.
.Conclusion – Concluding words containing suggestions, way forward, analysis or summary of your answer.


  1. Q. Did you use highlighters / sketchpens in your answers?


Ans- No. Highlighters/sketchpens are not allowed,one can use the pen to underline to enhance visibility of important points.(underline with the same pen only)


  1. Q. Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in GS1 Geography)


Ans- Yes. Maps in Geography. (using Pen only)

  1. Q. You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?

Ans-Used only Blue Ballpoint Pen. Underline with same pen.


EXPERIENCE WITH MPPSCADDAxperience with mppscadda

• This was the best test series I could find online for mppsc Prelims-2018 with AIR (specially for English medium aspirants).
• Although I could not appear for Prelims-2018 due to unavoidable personal reasons, the Study Material capsules provided for MP and
monthly current affairs were very helpful in preparation.
• There is always room for improvement and I hope mppscadda will keep adding more features (like Mains Test Series & Answer Synopsis,
Important News Editorials summary, Study Material for Mains ets.) which will be helpful to aspirants specially those who cannot
afford costly coachings.

Practice MCQ’s (relevant one based on the exam trend, not just any random ones) and of previous years.


  • 51 Tests
  • Brochure