Shivangi Agarwal – Friday, January 19th, 2018 –
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  • Friday, January 19th, 2018


Name Shivangi Agarwal
Rank in MPPSC 2nd
Home town/city Chhatarpur
Service preference SDM->DSP


Paper Subject Maximum Marks Obtained Marks
First G-S 1 300 185
Second G-S 2 300 194
Third G-S 3 300 168
Fourth G-S 4 200 133
Fifth General Hindi 200 119
Sixth Essay and Unseen Passage 100 052
Total 1575 989

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 R.S Sharma (old NCERT)
History Medieval Satish Chandra (old NCERT)
History Modern (Freedom Struggle) Spectrum –Rajiv Ahir
Culture, society videos of Arts &Culture, NItin Singhania notes
Polity (theory + current) Laxmikant + News Paper + Bare Act of Constitution of India
Economy (theory + current) + Indian economy by Sanjev Verma + Economic Survey of India + Budget + News paper
Science (theory + current) NCERT class 9th& 10th + lucent
Environment (theory + current) Some online capsules & videos
Geography physical, Indian and World 9th-12thNCERT + G.C Leong +Lucent
Other national/international current affairs Newspaper + Internet
Schemes, Policy Internet + Dristhi Magazine


  • 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. 9th& 10th old NCERT
1.2 Indian History-Political, Economical and Social history of India from Harappa civilization to 10th Century A.D. R.S Sharma (old NCERT)
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. Satish Chandra (old NCERT)
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. Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir (modern history)
1.5 Indian ‘Renaissance: The Freedom, National Movement and its leaders (with special reference to M.P.). Spectrum
1.6 Emergence of India as a Republic. Reorganization of States, Formation of M.P., Major events of the post independence period. Internet
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. Videos +Nitin Singhania notes
2.1 Salient features of physical geography of India and the world, Class 11thncert
2.2 Distribution of key natural resources, Agro-climatic zones and Industries in M.P. Articles, Agro climatic zone-MAPs
2.3 Demography of India and M.P., Tribes of Madhya Pradesh with particular reference to vulnerable tribes +Internet
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.
P.S academy notes + Internet
2.5 Food processing and related industries in India– scope and significance. location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management. Land reforms in India P.S academy notes + Internet
Water Management
3.1 Ground water and Watershed management. P.S academy notes + Internet
3.2 Water usage and efficient irrigation systems. P.S academy notes + Internet
3.3 Drinking Water: supply, factors of impurity of water and quality management. P.S academy notes + Internet
Disaster and its management
4.1 Man-made and Natural disasters: Concept and scope of disaster management, specific hazards and mitigation. P.S academy notes + Internet
4.2 Community planning: Resource Mapping. Relief & Rehabilitation, preventive and administrative measures, Safe construction, Alternative communication and survival skills. P.S academy notes + 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 P.S academy notes + 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 + PS class notes + internet + PS academy printed notes
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.
Bare Act for All act + Class notes
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 + Class notes
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 + Class notes + printed notes
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.
Public administration books + class notes
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.
MP government official sites + pub ad book
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
Internat + class notes

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 9th& 10thNcert
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.
Basic Practice
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.
Current Affairs Magazine (Dristi) + class notes
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.
Current Affairs Magazine (Dristi) + class notes
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.
Any standard book of Environment + Internet + Mind maps of Iasbaba
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.
Any standard book of Environment + Internet + Mind maps of Iasbaba

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?


Class notes +Internet + D.Subbarao+ lexicon


Note: Case study plays important role in fetching marks




Ques – 2 by MPPSCADDA: Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?


Ans by Topper: I have written Maximum answers in bullets few in paragraphs.


Ques – 3 by MPPSCADDA: Did you follow the “Introduction-Body-Conclusion” format?


Ans by Topper:  Yes, mostly in 15 markers, but It can be avoided in 6 markers if question doesn’t demand so.


Ques – 4 by MPPSCADDA: Did you use highlighters / sketch pens in your answers?


Ans by Topper:  No, only cello butter flow blue pen. You can underline any specific statement by same pen only.


Ques – 5 by MPPSCADDA:  Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in GS1 Geography)


Ans by Topper:  Yes, mostly Maps to justify places as (India, M.P, rivers, Agro climatic Zones)


Ques – 6 by MPPSCADDA:  How did you find mppscadda for the aspirants preparing for MPPSC? Any suggestions?


Ans by Topper:  The best thing about mppscadda is:


  • FREE online previous year questions practice Test.
  • ONLINE test series. (Better self evaluation with AIR)
  • Comprehensive study material for mp.
  • Upto date current affairs on monthly basis.



  • Prepare comprehensive material for Mains.

  • Stick to syllabus, instead of completing books.
  • Practice lots of MCQ’s + Practice answer writing+ previous year papers.
  • Don’t leave any unanswered question in your mains paper, write as per word limits.
  • Maintain readable hand writing throughout the paper.
  • Write in simple, easy and lucid language(instead of bookish)
  • Write 3 specific key points in 3 markers (prepare them religiously).  Lucent is a good source of it.
  • REMEMBER There is “no shortcut to success”
  • golden words, The 3 P’s are:
    • – PATIENCE
    • – PRACTICE

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