There will be no relief for candidates who are preparing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exams requiring the change of
the exam model will be postponed to 2025. The Commission reiterated that no such request is under consideration and that the new model will be applicable from the 2023 exam as planned.
“There is undue pressure exerted on the Commission by some organizations and private coaching institutes, among others, to delay the implementation of the new examination model until 2024 or 2025. It is observed that these efforts of a few -some cause confusion among applicants. in general about the new exam model and when it will be applicable. It is a question of guaranteeing to all the candidates that the Commission will not consider these means of pressure and that the new scheme will be applicable from the year 2023, as decided”, specifies the circular issued by the Commission, dated July 8.
The Commission last month announced major changes to the MPSC-Main exam which now resembles the UPSC exam, its central government equivalent. According to candidates, although it helps them to prepare for both civil service exams at the same time now; in the early years, it will give a distinct advantage to those preparing for UPSC.
“A candidate spends years together to succeed in these competitions. Now the authorities cannot expect MPSC candidates to immediately adapt to the new scheme,” said one candidate on condition of anonymity. Adding to this, another said: “Those preparing for UPSC will not have a better chance of passing the main MPSC exam. A gap of a few years allows everyone who was focused on the MPSC to align their preparation with the new scheme.
In line with changes to the exam model, the MPSC-Main exam will now be more descriptive in nature, with a total of nine papers, instead of six. The exam will be taken for a total of 1,750 points instead of 800. In accordance with the new model, marks obtained in two language tests of 300 points each will no longer be included in the merit mark. A candidate will need to score 25% in each of these items to qualify for the merit score. There will be seven compulsory papers – one for essay writing, four on general studies and two papers on any subject chosen by the candidate from the list of 26 optional subjects. All of these articles will be descriptive in nature and will have 250 points each. The marks obtained here will be taken into account for the merit mark.