MPPSC Books 2022: Subject Wise Important Books for CDS Exam Preparation

Aspirants frequently become perplexed as to the books and reference materials they should consult. Candidates can consult the comprehensive list of recommended books for the MPPSC Prelims and Mains exams, which is provided below.

Every year, almost 2 lakh applicants sit for the MPPSC CSE exam, resulting in severe competition. Aspirants are hired for a variety of positions, including Civil Services, Police Services, Assistant Director, Deputy Collector, Tehsildar, and others.

MPPSC Prelims Books 2022

The selection of appropriate materials, which may include books, newspapers, and online sources, as well as alignment with the requirements of the examination, is one of the most important components of the preparation. Because of the increased amount of competition, having the appropriate study material and the appropriate plan is absolutely necessary for the preparation. The following is information regarding the materials and booklist that you will need for the MPPSC Exam:

Book List for Prelims Paper-I

Book Author/Publisher
A New Approach to Reasoning BS Sijwali & Indu Sijwali (Arihant Publication)
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations RS Aggarwal

Book List for Prelims Paper-II

Book Author/Publisher
Economics State Board school Textbooks (Class 11th and 12th)
Indian Economy (selective reading) Ramesh Singh (11th edition)/ Sanjiv Verma
Indian Polity (4th or 5th edition) M. Laxmikant
Basic Concepts of History, Political Science, Geography, Science, Environmental Science NCERT + State Board Books
Modern Indian History (Latest edition) Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum Publication)

Best Books for MPPSC Madhya Pradesh State Section

Book Author/ Publisher
Magazines Pratiyogita Nirdeshika (last six months), Samsyamiki Semi-annual (Maheshwari)
MP General Knowledge Arihant Publication
PDFs of ACTS Government websites, Wikipedia, MP State Website
Madhya Pradesh- Ek Parichaya McGraw-Hill Publication
Previous Year Questions Kiran Publications

MPPSC Mains Books 2022

The Mains exam for the MPPSC requires in-depth knowledge of several ideas; as a result, the recommended reading list for each subject is extremely extensive. Before moving on to the books organised by paper, the following is a list of some of the books that should be referred to at the beginning of the process of preparing for the Mains examination:

  • Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth
  • India Year Book (GOI publication)
  • Newspaper/Judicious internet usage
  • NCERT Class X-XII Social Studies, Economics and some Culture topics.
Subject Recommended Books
  • NCERT- Class 11th
  • Ramesh Singh’s Indian Economy ( 11th Edition)
  • Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
  • TMH Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by M.Karthikeyan
  • New NCERT (Class VI-X)
  • Physical Geography- Class XI NCERT (New)
  • Lucent’s Samanya Hindi
  • Lucent’s Sampurna Hindi Vyakaran Aur Rachna
Hindi Essay
  • Nimband Manjusha by Samiratmaj Mishra
  • 151 Nibandh for IAS/PCS & other Competitive Exam by Disha Expert
  • Hindi magazines – Pratiyogita Darpan/ghanta chakra for contemporary updates
  • Ancient History – Old NCERT + Lucent
  • Medieval History – Old NCERT + Lucent
  • Modern History – Old NCERT + Lucent
Madhya Pradesh General Knowledge
  • Know Your State- Madhya Pradesh by Arihant
  • Lucent’s Madhya Pradesh Samanya Gyan
  • Indian Polity by M.Laxmikant
  • Governance is a dynamic subject – Newspaper + Internet
Social Issues
  • Vikaspedia + MP Govt website + Internet (selectively)

Common Books for MPPSC Prelims and Mains Preparation



Art and Culture

Nitin Singhania 

Modern History

Spectrum, Bipin Chandra

Ancient and Medieval History

RS Sharma, Poonam Dahiya


G.C. Leong



General Science


Current Affairs

Newspaper, magazines

MP Special

Arihant-Know Your State

To begin preparing for any of the competitive examinations, it is necessary to first conduct an evaluation of the syllabus that has been notified by the Commission. Next, it is necessary to conduct an evaluation of the papers from the previous year in order to determine the pattern of the examination. The same can be said about the MPPSC. It is highly recommended that once these two procedures have been completed, namely, assessing the syllabus and analysing the papers from the previous year, the next step in the MPPSC preparation process is to hunt for standard and authentic sources.

MPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2022






General Studies

200 marks

2 hours


Aptitude test

200 marks

2 hours

MPPSC Prelims Syllabus 2022

The preliminary examination for the MPPSC consists of two papers. The preliminary examination for the MPPSC is a screening exam, and candidates’ marks from the preliminary round will not be factored towards the compilation of the final merit list. The following is included on the syllabus for the preliminary exam of the MPPSC:

Paper Name Syllabus
Paper-1: General Studies
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Sports
  • Our Environment
  • Independent India
  • Indian Politics and Economy
  • History of India
  • History, Geography and the Culture of Madhya Pradesh
  • General Sciences
Paper-2: Aptitude Test
  • Analytical ability
  • Problem-solving
  • Logical reasoning
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • General mental ability
  • Hindi comprehensions (Class-10th)
  • Reading Comprehensions
  • Numerical Ability

MPPSC Mains Syllabus 2022

The descriptive-style test that is part of the MPPSC Mains examination is one of the six papers that make up the exam. Personal interviews will be conducted with the candidates who have been chosen for further consideration. The following is the syllabus for the Mains examination for the MPPSC:

Paper Name Syllabus
Paper 1 – General Studies I
  • History and Culture
  • Impact of British rule on the Indian economy
  • India as Republic
  • Indian History
  • Indian Culture, geography, water management, disaster management.
  • World History
  • Mughals and their administration
Paper 2 – General Studies II
  • Human resource development
  • Constitution including Fundamental Rights, Directive
  • Public Affairs, expenditures, and international organizations
  • International Organisations and
  • Principles of State Policies, centre, and State Legislatures
  • Social Sectors including health, education, and empowerment
  • Social Issues
  • Education System
Paper 3 – General Studies III
  • Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  • Technology
  • Energy
  • Indian Economy
  • Science
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Emerging Technologies
Paper 4 – General Studies IV
  • Aptitude
  • Corruption
  • Philosophers/Thinkers, Social workers/Reformers
  • Case studies
  • Human needs and motivation
  • Emotional intelligence
Paper 5 – General Hindi Hindi Language Test
Paper 6 – Hindi Essay Writing Essay on any given topic

Aspirants should constantly write their notes while looking through study materials or books because the MPPSC exam curriculum is quite comprehensive and therefore covers a large amount of ground. This makes it easier to review material in the last few days before the exam. Additionally, the applicants need to practise a sufficient amount of questions from prior years in order to obtain an idea of and a feel for the exam.


What is the best way to begin my MPPSC preparations?

The best preparation plan is to be well-versed in the curriculum and to select the appropriate topics based on their importance in passing the exam. It’s also a good idea to start with the NCERTs.

Which periodicals can help you prepare for the MPPSC?

Current affairs can also be prepared using magazines such as Yojana, Kurukshetra, Economic and Political Weekly, Down to Earth, Pratiyogita Nirdeshika, Chronicle, and others.

Which newspapers can help you prepare for the MPPSC?

For MPPSC preparation, newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Dainik Jagran, Jagran Josh, The Times Of India, The Economic Times, Dainik Bhaskar, Business Standard, and others are extremely important.

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