[Studyplan] MPPSC Mains GS1 and GS2: Priority Revision topics

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  1. Disclaimer
  2. MPPSC GS1 (Mains)
    1. Some peculiarities / Strangeness about GS1
    2. History Culture
    3. Geography
    4. Environment Biodiversity (EnB)
    5. Disaster Management
    6. Agriculture
    7. Census related
    8. Polity
    9. International Affairs & Institutions
    10. Sci-Tech
    11. Economy
    12. Yearbook Topics
    13. Social issues/Democracy development
    14. Sports, Misc.GK, PIN (person in news)
  3. GS Paper2: Part 1
    1. MP’s Schemes for Weaker sections
    2. MP Heathcare related
    3. MP Education related
    4. MP: Environment Biodiversity
    5. MP Forest
    6. MP planning basics:
    7. MP Agro
    8. MP Rural Development
    9. MP Irrigation and Power
    10. MP Minerals + industrial development
    11. MP Labour welfare
    12. MP E-governance
    13. MP Tourism
    14. MP Sports, culture related
    15. MP Transport
    16. Misc. topics
    17. MP’s Economic Survey: Essential Topics
    18. MP’s Budget: Essential Topics
    19. MP’s Policies
  4. GS Paper2: Part 2 (culture etc)
  5. Appendix: Free download Links

Disclaimer:

  • Based on the data/trend of past five GS papers of MPPSC, I’ve prepared this studyplan. At various places, I’ve advised the candidates to ignore a topic.  For example “ignore Indian Geography.” Because in last five papers, they only asked barely a few 3 markers.
  • But ^this advice is based on my presumption that you already had appeared in one or two UPSC exams.  So even if they still ask something about Indian Geography e.g. write a note on Indian monsoon, or rivers of North India, then you will manage it during the exam even without any specific reading/revision right now.
  • Similarly I even said, ignore bilateral except the basics given in NCERT and NIOS political science books. Because in last five papers, I could spot only one question on Bilateral (India-China). But this advice also runs on presumption that you’ve a habit of reading newspapers daily so even if India-Australia is asked still you can manage a few points about nuclear supply, coal supply, immigration and UNSC permanent seat.
  • But if you’re totally new to this competition business, then you need to get some rough idea about all such topics. And my ‘ignore xyz topic’ advice doesn’t apply such new players.
  • Mains hall tickets/admit cards are available click me
  • + all these study plans are same like “Investment is subject to market risk”.

How does MPPSC GS1 (Mains) look like?

Question no. of Q marks per question total marks
3 markers (on history, polity, economy, Enb, agro, Misc.GK) 20 3 60
10 marks 100 words 8 (attempt any 6) 10 60
15 marks 150 words 6 (attempt any 4) 15 60
20 marks 200 words 4 (attempt any 3) 20 60
Essay type long question 3 (Attempt any 1) 60 60

Thus total 300 marks.

Some peculiarities / Strangeness about GS1

  1. As you know they’ve a separate GS2 paper to check your knowledge about Madhya Pradesh, yet even in GS1, they’ve sometimes asked question about Madhya Pradesh. (e.g.MP’s sports policy, tourism policy etc.)
  2. Although GS1 syllabus only mentions Indian history, yet in 2009 (vishesh pariksha), they even asked about Russian revolution
  3. Once they asked about Oscar awards for 15 marks (150 words). Now who prepares Oscar awards in that much detail!

Apart from such small glitches, by and large, GS1 exam-trend is predictable and questions are straight forward. But it also comes with a ‘challenge’: If Mr.X write 5 points about Gandhi-Irwin and Mr.Y writes 7 points about Gandhi Irwin then Mr.Y gets more marks.

In short analytical brain, Ph.D mind has no place here, just mugup the points and reproduce them in the answersheet. Success boils down to your revision-recalling power.

History Culture

first observe the questions asked in last five exams:

Bhim Bethka Culture 3 2009
Features of Indian Culture in Maurya dynasty Culture 20 2010(sp)
Purusharth Chatustay Culture 10 2010
Why is Rani Durgawati famous? Culture 3 2008
contribution of Subhashchandra Bose in freedom struggle Freedom.Fighter 20 2008
Explain the Trusteeship principle of Mahatma Gandhi Freedom.Fighter 20 2009
Three main principles of Gandhism Freedom.Fighter 3 2010(sp)
Laxmibai Freedom.Fighter 3 2008
What is home-rule movement? Freedom.Struggle 3 2008
impact of 1857 mutiny Freedom.Struggle 10 2008
Jinna and Muslim league Freedom.Struggle 10 2008
Rowlatt Act and Jaliawala Massacre Freedom.Struggle 15 2008
Simon Commission Freedom.Struggle 10 2009(sp.)
Civil Disobedience Movement. Freedom.Struggle 15 2009(sp.)
Morley-Minto Reforms. Freedom.Struggle 10 2010
reasons for the partition of Bengal in 1905 Freedom.Struggle 3 2008
Russian Revolution (1917-1922 ) history World 10 2009(sp.)
Vivekanand Reform 3 2008
explain the role of socio religious movements of 19th century Reform 20 2008
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Reform 10 2009

So what is the wisdom ^here?

  1. The cost: benefit of Indian culture is not so good. It’ll be better if you pump that much time in Madhya Pradesh specific culture topics for Paper II.
  2. Prominent Freedom-Fighters are sometimes asked for 20 marks. (e.g. Gandhi and Bose) But other 150+ freedom fighters (given in Spectrum etc. books) =not asked.
  3. From freedom-struggle, static-direct questions are asked. No analysis / evaluation/ quotes are asked.
  4. Very Straight forward questions from Socio-Religious reforms. But observe that Dayanand Saraswati was asked for 10 marks. (meaning you need content worth 100 marks.)

Then what should be the approach for preparation?

  • Book: Spectrum Publication: Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir. Religiously mug it up.
  • (Alternative) If you general studies manual (of any publication) – just revise its freedom struggle related portion.
  • Bipin Chandra may not be that useful here because he goes into narrative analysis but here MP PSC only asking straight forward questions. So you need readymade points.
  • If you’ve time read Freedom Fighter’s book of same Spectrum publication but only focus on big names. (Big names meaning those fighters for whom more than 5 lines are given). Otherwise just focus on MP related freedom fighters.

Geography

30 years ago, Congress used to the dominant party. But now so many regional parties have popped up that Congress’s influence has greatly declined.

Same is the situation with Geography, 10 years ago it used to be a “hottest” thing in both UPSC and State PSC exams. But now many allied topics related to Geography have emerged: Environment Biodiversity, climate-change, Census, Agriculture and disaster management. Therefore importance of basic / core geography has declined. Let’s observe the questions

Gandhi Sagar Reservoir geography 3 2009
Dudh Sagar Waterfalls geography 3 2009(sp.)
Bhotia Tribe geography 3 2009(sp.)
Majuli Geography 3 2010
Seven Sisters geography 3 2010(sp)
Land Of Midnight Sun geography (world) 3 2010(sp)
Great Mountain Wall Of North geography (world) 3 2008
Seven Wonders Of The World geography (world) 10 2009(sp.)
El- Nino & Tornado geography 15 2009
  • As you can see, mark wise, Geography is “thik-hai” just like “All India” culture. Your time energy is better invested in preparing MP specific geography for Paper II.
  • In short: ignore Indian Geography. (Except Natural disasters)
  • Sometimes, even “GK” type World geography is asked. Cost: benefit is too bad so ignore.

Environment Biodiversity (EnB)

Chipko Movement 3 2009
Ecology 3 2009(sp.)
Ganga Bachao Movement 3 2010(sp)
Ozone Layer 10 2009
Bio-diversity 10 2009
Narmada Bachao Movement 15 2009
Agro-forestry 15 2009
Environmental Policy – 2006 15 2010
Discuss the meaning and major causes of Global warming. Discuss the environmental and economic effects of Global warming. Suggest its remedial measures. 60 2009
Give a detailed work plan for the pollution free Indian cities 60 2010(sp)

You’ll get definitions and basic theory from NIOS material for Environment and Biodiversity (attached @bottom of this article, although I think you already have it!). Other than NIOS, prepare following contemporary topics (list not exhaustive)

  1. NGT (National Green tribunal)
  2. Environment protection act
  3. Tiger conservation: list of parks in MP
  4. Lion conservation: the controversy about shifting lions from Gujarat to MP
  5. Western Ghat conservation
  6. Judicial activism related to environment protection and illegal mining

for paper II, MP specific details about pollution control, forestry etc. from 12th FYP (But that is separately discussed in later part of this article)

Don’t do Ph.D on any of above topics, just prepare a note containing important points that are sufficient to write an answer worth 150-200 words.

Disaster Management

Cyclone 3 2009(sp.)
Tsunami 3 2010
Discuss the nature of disaster management? What are its rationale in Indian context? What are the main components of Government Policy for disaster management? Submit a work plan to make the Government Policy more effective? 60 2010
  • Since MP official syllabus doesn’t specifically mention Disaster management for GS1, therefore we can say above Disaster management topic was asked only for ‘one-time’ for essay purpose. And cyclone – Tsunami from geography point of view.
  • But still, given the Uttarakhand Tragedy, at least cloudburst related basic theory and disaster management principles should be prepared. (basics discussed under my Sci-Tech compilation click me)
  • Plus: national & state disaster management authority and NDRF.
  • and MP’s role in disaster management during Uttarakhand tragedy.  (dig a few newspaper sites)
  • Cyclone-Tsunami and other natural phenomenon/disasters you can prepare from NCERT + whatever geography books you’ve.
  • If you’re left with time, then do selective study of Disaster management from IGNOU MA Public Administration module. (MPA-018) given at bottom.

Agriculture

yellow revolution 3 2008
Sahiwal Breed 3 2009
Kisan Card 3 2010
Cash Crops 3 2010
White Revolution and operation flood 10 2008
Rural Godown Scheme 10 2010
Evaluate the efforts made by the Central Government after independence to improve the productivity in Indian Agriculture. 20 2009(sp.)
White and Green Revolution in Indian context. 20 2010(sp)
Water harvesting 60 2009(sp.)

As you can see, very clichéd and straight forward questions are asked. Reference?

  1. NCERT => science and geography textbooks=>chapters related to Agriculture
  2. NCERT class 11 Economics (For green revolution)
  3. Summary of Economic Survey chapter on agriculture: click me
  4. Schemes related cold storage, mega food park etc. click me
  5. APMC reforms
  6. + MP related agriculture details (cropping pattern, ranking in production of grain/pulse etc). You’ll find that in MP’s 12th FYP – more details about page number and reference given in later part of this article.

Census related

population density 3 2008
population description on the basis of religion released on 9 Dec. 2004 10 2008
Provisional Features of 15th Census -2011 15 2010
Importance of Census in Indian context. 15 2010(sp)

Prepare basic definitions related to Census: MMR, IMR etc. + Census-2011. Main focus on MP’s data. You’ll find that in MP’s 12th FYP – more details about page number and reference given in later part of this article.

Polity

Polity=maha-important topic. Just observe how questions they’ve asked in previous exams:

Numbers of reserve and total seats of constituencies for Parliament from M.P. 3 2009
Citizen’s rights according to Articles 14 and 15 of Indian Constitution 3 2009
National Minorities Commission 3 2009
Appropriation Bill 3 2009(sp.)
Limitations of Multi-Party System 3 2009(sp.)
Overseas Citizen of India-Card 3 2009(sp.)
Right to Education 3 2009(sp.)
C A.G 3 2009(sp.)
Sri Krishna Commission Report 3 2010
Difference between JPC and PAC 3 2010(sp)
Right to Information, 2005 3 2010(sp)
Tender vote 3 2010(sp)
Lokpal Bill 3 2010(sp)
Appointment and removal procedure of Ministers in Federal Government of India 3 2010(sp)
Rights of citizens according to Section 19 of Indian Constitution? 3 2010(sp)
Fundamental Right to Education 3 2010(sp)
Internal Emergency (1975) 3 2010(sp)
Main features of Anti-defection Act 3 2010(sp)
what is the common point in article 14 and 226 of Indian Constitution 3 2008
Second Administrative Reforms Commission 10 2009
Judicial Activism 10 2009(sp.)
Impeachment Process 10 2010
Role of Comptroller and Auditor General of India. 10 2010(sp)
Role of opposition in Indian Democracy. 10 2010(sp)
Jurisdiction of Supreme Court of India 10 2010(sp)
historical background of the Constitution 10 2008
73rd Amendment in Indian Constitution. 15 2009(sp.)
Main Provisions of Food Security Bill 15 2010
Constitutional Duties 15 2010
Effectiveness of National Women Commission 15 2010(sp)
Independence of judiciary. 15 2010(sp)
Powers and functions of Governor 20 2009
What is ‘Public Interest Litigation’? Suggest corrective measures to improve its effectiveness. 20 2009(sp.)
Importance of Article 21 (Right to Life) in Indian Constitution 20 2010(sp)
Define the Judicial activism in Indian context and explain it in detail. 60 2009
Comment critically on the powers, functions and role of Indian Prime Minister. 60 2010(sp)
What we know about the Right to information act? How far is the fact able to control the corruption? 60 2008

How to approach polity?

#1: Laxmikanth Zindabad

  • Religious mug up Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth
  • Same book available in Hindi under the title Bharat ki Rajyavyavstha, M.Laxmikanth
  • In MCQs you can easily eliminate the wrong answers but in the mains exam, you’ve to ‘recall’ the absolute points e.g. powers of governor, powers of PM etc. if you forget to mention any points, then you’ll only axe your own leg, while other people will get more marks.
  • So, Revise it as many times as you can. + At the end of Laxmikanth’s book, he has given the list of polity questions asked in UPSC Mains. From those questions, pickup direct-non-analytical type polity questions and practice writing their answers at home.

#2: Other than Laxmikanth

  • some allied topics such as PIL, independence of judiciary, judicial review etc. are given in IGNOU MPS-003 chapter 10. (free download @bottom of this article)
  • From current affairs: do only those polity items that kept making headlines For example:
  1. SC Judgment on RTI applicability to Political parties.
  2. SC judgment on barring criminal MPs
  3. Telengana issue, Srikrishna report.
  4. food security: Bill/Act/ ordinance
  5. juvenile justice (w.r.t. to Delhi rape) click me
  6. Insurance reforms
  7. Land acquisition
  8. CBI autonomy

+ MP related Polity  GK e.g. how is the chief justice of High court, no. of lok sabha, rajya sabha seats, speaker of vidhan sabha etc.

International Affairs & Institutions

What is Hyde act of 2006 3 2008
Stolt Valor 3 2009
Sea Diamond 3 2009(sp.)
Colombo Plan 3 2009(sp.)
Pentagon 3 2010
World Health Organization 3 2010
Doha World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), 2011 3 2010(sp)
World Intellectual Property Organization 10 2009
Challenges before Red Cross 10 2009(sp.)
G-20 Summit. 10 2010
India as nuclear power country. 10 2010(sp)
Indo-China Conflict 15 2010(sp)
Functions and Role of International Monetary Fund 20 2010(sp)

So what do we get from ^this list?

  1. Bilateral relations =kuch khaas nahi. Only once they asked Indo-China. And Hyde Act (Indo-US) was a too clichéd news item in that era but still asked for only 3 marks.
  2. Meaning there is not much point in going deep about India’s bilateral relations with other countries, visits of foreign dignitaries etc. Just read following (free download at bottom)
    1. NCERT Class 12, Pol.Sci, Ch.4.
    2. NIOS Pol.Sci 26, 27 and 28.
  3. Even from international summits very clichéd things asked (G20) so on that line you should prepare ASEAN, SAARC etc. major organizations and summits only. some of them already given under mrunal.org/diplomacy
  4. Do prepare UN and its organs. (NIOS Pol.Sci. Chapter 30, 31, 32.)
  5. Special organizations/ groupings: IAEA, NSG, EU, ADB. Just basics for 100-150 words. (google)

Sci-Tech

Himadri 3 2009
TIFR 3 2010(sp)
Bhuvan Yojana of ISRO 3 2009
Computer virus 3 2009(sp.)
Circuit Breaker 3 2009(sp.)
Nervous System 3 2009(sp.)
Genetic Engineering 3 2009(sp.)
99th Indian Science Congress-2012 3 2010
Antrix Corporation Ltd. 3 2010
Nobel Peace Prize, 2011 10 2010(sp)
Benefits of Information Technology 10 2009(sp.)
PSLV-C17 10 2010
3G Spectrum 10 2010
2G Spectrum 10 2010(sp)
Internet Protocol TV 15 2009
Cyber Crime. 15 2009(sp.)
Utilities of Bio-medical technology and genetic engineering 20 2009
  • Prepare only the sci-tech making repeated headlines e.g. IRNSS, God particle, CERN, Sci-Tech and Innovation policy, Nanotech etc. But don’t do Ph.D. Inki topics ki aukaat 10 marks se zyada nahi. Most of them already covered under: http://mrunal.org/snt
  • Also do NCERT Class 12 Biology ch 11 and 12 for biotechnology and its applications. (free download @bottom)
  • If you’ve Spectrum’s book on Sci-Tech, use it for preparing the ‘benefits’ of various science-sub sectors.

Economy

After polity, this is another Maha-important topic. Observe the questions asked:

expand the meaning of SME in India 3 2008
What do you mean by mixed economy? 3 2008
Uruguay Round 3 2008
Fiscal Deficit 3 2009
Green and blue box Subsidy 3 2009
Forward Market Commission. 3 2009(sp.)
Human Development Index 3 2009(sp.)
Posco 3 2010
Lead Bank 3 2010(sp)
Direct Tax Code 3 2010(sp)
Asian development bank functions 10 2008
Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch & Co 10 2009
Doha-Round of Global Trade Talks 10 2009(sp.)
Direct Foreign Investment 10 2010(sp)
recent estimates of economic growth rate in India by IMF and World Bank 15 2008
K.G. Basin is a National Property 15 2009(sp.)
Main features of Economic Survey 2010-11 15 2010
Approaches to 12th Five Year Plan. 15 2010
Doha Conference – 2011 15 2010
India’s Economic Policy from 2005 till today 15 2010(sp)
what is agreement on agriculture? Why doha Summit could not reach to its final solution on this issue? 20 2008
What do you mean by ‘Second Generation Economic Reforms’ ? What are their implications? 20 2009(sp.)
What is ‘Black Money’ ? Discuss its ill-effects on Indian Economy. 20 2009(sp.)
Functions and Role of International Monetary Fund 20 2010(sp)
What is global financial crisis? How has it affected economy of America and India? 60 2008
Global recession 60 2009(sp.)
Discuss the entire effects of globalization, liberalization and privatization on Indian economy. 60 2010(sp)

What do we get from ^this?

  1. They’re mainly asking about contemporary issues of Economy.
  2. They’ve repeated asked about global recession, WTO/Doha/Gree-blue-amber subsidies= topics used to be very ‘hot/clichéd’ items in those years.
  3. So if we extrapolate: you should focus on current account deficit, petro/LPG prices, food inflation, and rupee decline. (again don’t do Ph.D, just memorize enough points so you can write ~200 words)
  4. Almost all of them covered under Mrunal.org/Economy: especially under the Economic survey summaries.
  5. other than that, go through Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh (TMH Publication)

Yearbook Topics

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya 3 2009
Laghu Surya Pariyojana 3 2009
Heritage Hotel 3 2009(sp.)
Ujjwala Programme 3 2009(sp.)
National Knowledge Commission 3 2009(sp.)
E-governance Plan 3 2010
Knowledge Commission 3 2010
Indian Institution of Science 3 2010
ADHAR 3 2010
Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme. 3 2010(sp)
Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programmes 10 2009
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 10 2010
National Highway Policy. 10 2010(sp)
Sangeet Natak Academy 15 2010
Sevagram Project 15 2010
MNREGA 20 2009
  • “yearbook topics” means various government schemes, policies, organizations, committees.
  • Most of such topics can be found under India yearbook published by Ministry of Information and broadcasting.
  • But you don’t have that much time left to prepare entire India yearbook right now. Toh kya karenge? Hawan Karenge.   Just focus on following areas

#1: Schemes

Majority of the schemes have been covered in my articles: click on the respective links

  1. Education schemes: Click ME
  2. SC/ST/OBC/PH related: Click ME
  3. Women related: Click ME
  4. Public Health/ maternity / childcare: Click ME
  5. E-Governance related: Click ME

#2: organizations

  • in 2010, they asked about Sangeet Natak Academy for 15 marks (150 words.) But if you start preparing that much detail for each and every organization, then your remaining “jawaani” will be spend in this “govt. organizations” topic alone.
  • So, don’t try to prepare all organizations, just focus on those organizations related with economy/sci-tech/welfare: here is the “minimum” list
ECONOMY SCI-TECH RIGHTS/WELFARE
  1. SEBI, IRDA, RBI, CCI, FMC
  2. CBDT, CBEC
  3. ESIC, EPFO, LIC, GIC, AAI
  4. FIPB
  5. consumer court, banking ombudsman
  1. AERB
  2. BIS
  3. Medical council of India
  4. ICAR
  5. ISRO
  6. DRDO
  1. UIDAI
  2. NAC
  3. CIC
  4. National commissions for Human rights, women, children, SC/ST/BC/Minority.
  5. Census commissioner
ENB DISASTER Culture/sport
  1. National green tribunal
  2. Ganga River basin authority
  1. NDRF
  2. National/ state disaster management authority
  1. ignore Sangeet Natak Academy because they already asked
  2. Lalit Kala Acadamy
  3. Sahitya Acadamy
  4. National School of Drama
  5. (youth) NSS/NCC/Nehru Yuva Kendra
  6. (Sports) SAI, IOA

^this list is not exhaustive, this is just bare minimum.

Social issues/Democracy development

Khap Panchayat 3 2010(sp)
vision 2020 for India 3 2008
Gurjar Movement 10 2009
Honour Killings 10 2009(sp.)
Unity in Diversity of Indian Culture. 15 2009(sp.)
naxalite movement in India 15 2008
evaluate the steps taken by central government on the front of internal security 20 2008
Cultural pollution 60 2009(sp.)
Ragging in educational institutes and the recommendation of Raghvan committee 60 2008
Discuss the meaning and rationale of social change. Do you think that the social changes adversely affect the Indian value systems? Give suggestions to make the social changes more viable and effective. 60 2010
Discuss the nature and need of real democracy in India. Evaluate the steps taken by the Government of India during the last decade to give the benefits of democracy to public at large. 60 2010

Source?

For the static fodder points (like unity in diversity, caste politics, secularism etc) use selective reading of NCERT, NIOS and IGNOU (as given below) they’ll also help you indirectly in essay type questions from polity also.

(free download at bottom) Which chapters to focus?
NCERT pol.sci class11 8
NCERT pol.sci class12
  • 6: earlier they asked about Emergency.
  • 7: earlier they asked Narmada Bachao, and Sardar sarovar projects.
  • 8
  • 9
NCERT sociology class12
  • book1: ch.2, 5 and 3
  • book2: ch.3, 7 and 8
NIOS sociology 24 to 31
NIOS pol.sci 20, 21, 22 and 24

It doesn’t mean remaining chapters of above books, are useless. They’ll also help you in interviews. so do read them as and when you get time. IF you’ve time, you may also read IGNOU MPS003.

Sports, Misc.GK, PIN (person in news)

CK Naidu 3 2008
Raja J. Chellaiya 3 2009
Saina Nehwal 3 2009
Azlaanshah Hockey Tournament 2009? 3 2009
Sister Alfonza 3 2009
Bangladesh Swadhinata Sammana 3 2010
K.Bala Chander 3 2010
Girija Devi 3 2010
Oh Eun-Sun 3 2010
Wimbledon-2011 3 2010
German Grand Prix 10 2010
Sports Authority of India should be more effective and accountable Why? 15 2009(sp.)
Political Interference in Sports Organisations 15 2010(sp)
Nelson Mandella 15 2009
81st Oscar Awards of Year 2009 15 2009
Indian Premier League 15 2010
Write a critical essay on Commonwealth Games 2010 organized in India. 60 2009

For 3 marker person in news/award/sportsman: go through the list from competitive magazines.

As you can see, they’ve been asking long questions (15-60) marks from sports related matter. So for that, at latest prepare following:

  1. Kushti (Wrestling) in Olympics (about controversy that it was going to be removed from Olympics).
  2. IOA vs IOC, National sports code (already written about this, click me)
  3. Spot fixing and IPL
  4. Olympic 2012, especially Indian achievements.
  5. Doping issue
  6. RTI vs BCCI
  7. MP’s sports initiatives (separately discussed in later part of this article)

Enough talk about GS1 paper, now moving to GS2.

GS Paper2: Part 1

  • You’d already have prepared the geography from net/ some book.  I’m only focusing on the schemes, policies, census, agri-development, ‘yearbook’ type information about MP. These topics form a significant part in Paper II.
  • I’ve also made a PDF containing important flagship schemes of MP Government (attached at bottom).
  • While ^this PDF file does give an overview but alone not sufficient / exhaustive coverage required for the exam, hence additionally you need do parallel and selective study from two sources:
  1. MP’s 12th FYP
  2. MP’s Economic Survey 2012-13

Once you do that, you’ll have sufficient content to handle at least 50 marks, directly or indirectly. Here is the topic wise list of page numbers that needs to be studied from two PDFs.  (free download @bottom of this article)

MP’s Schemes for Weaker sections

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • Page 456: Madhya Pradesh Urban services for poor (MPUSP) Programme
  • page 461: Hath Thela & Cycle Riksha Chalak Yojna, Sinhast faire 2016 Arrangemen
  • 476: SC welfare under 12th FYP
  • 481: Welfare of Ghumakkar & Vimukta Jati. (Although nothing specific given on ‘schemes’ but just mugup a few schemes names from the table.)
  • 482: ST welfare: first para for overview.
  • 484: 12th FYP and ST welfare
  • 494: welfare schemes for backward classes. esp.Mukhyamantri Pichhadavarg Swarojgar Yojana.
  • 506: fact that Dr. Ambedkar ITI’s: To develop ITI Sehore for Schedule Caste Girls and ITI Morena for Schedule Caste Boys.
  • 506: fact that Aklavya ITIs: To develop Women ITI Betul for Schedule Tribe Girls and ITI Dhar for Schedule Tribe Boys.
  • 512: fact that Indira Gandhi Samaj Sewa Award =A reward for outstanding work in the field of social work is being given to social workers. An amount of Rs.80.00 lakh has been proposed for 12th Plan 2012-17
  • 513-14: some new schemes related to women, disabled and elderly people are given. Schemes with “catchy” names are important e.g. Sparsh Abhiyan, Dadhichi Puraskar yojna, Mother Father bharan phosan yojna,
  • 515 second para: functions of Department of Women & Child Development
  • 517: Mangal Divas
  • 518: Sanjha Chulah
  • 520-21: Beti Bachao Abhiyan Yojna(New Scheme)
  • 524: Atal Bal Arogya and Poshan Mission
  • 527: Nirasrit Bal Grih Scheme, Bal Vikas Kendra Yojana
  • 528: Jabali Scheme for Eradication of prostitution
  • 529: M.P. State Legal Services Authority
  • 543: Higher Education Loan Guarantee Scheme
  • 547-556: These pages talk about MP’s State Human Development Report (SHDR) and performance. Atleast prepare 150 words worth content.
  • 557-563: here you’ll find Census related data about MP’s women and children. prepare GK for 3 marker type question.
  • 572-74: MP’s schemes for women empowerment.

Additional:As per the new MP PSC syllabus two topics should be prepared: 1) Protection of civil rights act 1955 (2)SC and ST prevention of atrocities act 1989. Go through the PDF file attached at bottom of this article.

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • 131-139: overlaps with women empowerment schemes given in 12th FYP pdf, but still take a look for additional points.
  • 145- box 8.8 on SC/ST welfare schemes.
  • 147- box 8.9 on OBC welfare schemes.
  • 149-150: Social justice related schemes (mostly pension and marriage related.)

MP Heathcare related


From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • page 411: 2nd para that shows how 11th FYP targets about healthcare couldn’t be achived.
  • 416-18: New Schemes Proposed Under 12th Five Year Plan
  • 431: fact that Navegaon sanotorium (Chhindwara), Pithampur (Dhar) have Government homeopathic hospitals.
  • 435: functions of food and drug administration
  • 437: first para. again MP’s demographic related GK given
  • 442-44: strategies for improving drinking water supply in MP


From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • page 113- Point 8.49: Sardar Patel scheme on free medicine.
  • 116- Janani Express yojana and call center
  • 113-119- Overlaps with healthcare related schemes given in MP’s 12th FYP PDf but still take a look for additional points.

MP Education related


From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 362: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Lok Prashasan Sansthan (ALPS) = just functions.
  • 369-370: MP’s education targets under 12th FYP
  • 372 PRATIBHA PARVA:
  • 373: provision for out of school children
  • 374 Dakshata Samvardhan Prgramm
  • 375-76: Girl education related schemes. (+ combine it with other schemes like CM’s Kanyadan etc and they might ask a 60 marks essay type question on MP Government’s initiatives on women empowerment).
  • 379: SWAMI VIVEKANAND CARRIER scheme.

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • 104-112: repeats most of Education schemes that you’d see in MP’s 12th FYP pdf, but still take a look for additional points

MP: Environment Biodiversity

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 313: MP pollution control board and its functions.
  • 317: MP disaster Management institute and its functions.
  • 323-330: MP’s environment protection schemes and awards are given. Prepare atleast 100 words.
  • 331: MP Biodiversity board
  • 332: “Mowgli Utsav”

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • Page 65 Basic facts about No. of Wildlife sancturies, parks in MP. for a possible 3 marker

MP Forest

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • Page 166-167: achievement under 11th FYP (don’t mugup everything just 5 good points worth 2 lines each.)
  • Page 173: Extention Forestry, ‘Khuni Bhandara’
  • Page 177: Omkareshwar Fund
  • Page 184: Madhya Pradesh Swayatta Sahkarita Adhiniyam
  • Page 186: objectives for agri.credit and cooperative society

Important: Dispute between MP govt and Govt of Gujrat over transfer of Gir Asiatic lions to National park of Sheopur and current SC decision on it. Go through Indianexpress / Hindu website and prepare a note about it.

MP planning basics:

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • cb: only the list of objectives under 11th FYP
  • ch3: Prepare one paragraph for each of this:agriculture sector, road, energy, poverty, highway, Employment Generation, tribals, Higher Education and rural roads
  • ch4: Page 64, 65. Objectives for the Twelfth Five Year Plan of MP.
  • Page 68 to 71, for more fodder on individual sector.
  • Page 77: education related targets.
  • ch5. Prepare first paragraph. It describe how/why MP will be awesome upcoming years in terms of GDP growth.
  • ch6. page 101. flow chart (you can use it for Public Administration)
  • page 102 decentralized planning

MP Agro

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • ch7. page 109-110 about Major crops of MP
  • Page 112. First para. It gives the rank of MP in production of various crops.
  • Page 113-114: Tribal sub plan of MP
  • Page 117-118: Agri-Objectives of 12th FYP of MP
  • Page 119: HALDHAR YOJANA, Krishi Shakti Yojana
  • Page 123-126. It lists the Centrally Sponsored Schemes for agri. Just prepare 3 lines for each scheme, and you’ll have enough content to handle 15-20 marks question on MP Agri.
  • Page 128: info on Major horticulture crops of MP
  • Page 129-130: Horticulture 12th FYP plan of MP
  • Page 138: Livestock overview. just prepare 4-5 important lines.
  • Page 139: list of various cattle breeds
  • Page 141: on how to improve livestock
  • Page 153-154: inland fisheries potential of MP

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • Page 60 Acharya Vidhyasagar Gau savardhan Yojana

MP Rural Development

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • Page 198- they’ve given a big list of various central Government schemes. Just prepare 2 lines for each (purpose /objective) and specific thing related to MP.
  • PAge 209: State finance commission’s grant to Panchyats
  • Page 211: fact that National Panchayati Raj Institute is in Pachmarhi.

From MP’s Economic Survey

  • 125-130: Schemes related to MP rural Development.

MP Irrigation and Power

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • Page 215: basic overview of MP irrigation coverage.
  • Page 221: NARMADA VALLEY DEVELOPMENT. prepare a shortnote for 100 words.
  • Page 223-224: list of new projects
  • 250: power projects under under 12th FYP: just names and locations

MP: Minerals + industrial development

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • Page 278 and 279 the tables for district and craft speciality
  • Page 286 M.P. Hastshilp evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam Ltd
  • 289: table for cluster vs district + Vishwakarma state award scheme
  • 294: just prepare shortnote on sericulture potential in MP
  • 297: First para. describes the Mineral wealth of MP, and ranking in mineral production n
  • 300: 12th FYP and mining

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • Page 69-72: List of SEZ and industrial clusters in MP. Mugup names and locations.
  • 72-74: MP’s industrial development policy. Prepare ~250 words
  • 82: MP’s Mineral policy
  • 83: Mugup the first table. It gives list of important minerals and districts

MP Labour welfare

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 497: Functions of Labour commissioner
  • 499: Major schemes for labour welfare.

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • 123- Minimum wages in 2012 (3 marker)
  • 123- Labour welfare prepare 250 words note.

MP: E-governance

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 336-337: Table of Achievements about e-governance under 11th FYP
  • 338-339: IT targets under 12th FYP. Just prepare ~150 words note.
  • 349-350: given list of state schemes. For all good sounding names, prepare 2-3 lines. e.g. Margin Money Yojana, Surajdhara, Nalkoop Khanan Yojana. If you can’t find any info, atleast mugup which department implements it.
  • 353: Jal Abhiyan parishad
  • 354: Jan Bhagidari Yojana

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • 93 Last para. You can cite it an example of how E-governance is used by MP

MP Tourism

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 356: MP’s Tourism objectives under 12th FYP.

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • 79-80: MP’s tourism policy and new initiatives.

+Although not given in these PDFs but you should prepare a list of notable monuments, castles, tombs, temples of MP and who had built them.

MP Sports, culture related

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 393: MP’s sport objectives under 12th FYP (waise bhi, they’ve already asked about MP’s sports policy so now only 12th FYP targets remain!)
  • 395: Yuva Abhiyan –
  • 397: List of councils under  Art & Culture Department  viz. (a) Sahitya Parishad (b) Kala Parishad (c) Adivasi Lok Kala Parishad, (d) Kalidas Academy and (e) Sindhi Academy. (If you’ve time/mood, google their location for a possible 3 marker question)
  • 398-401:  targets under 12th FYP=> This mentions lists of xyz academy/univ. to be established. so just prepare their location. don’t go into details like how many crores allotted for each.
  • 403: Vintage Indore, Vintage Gwalior= monumental publications by Directorate of Archaeology and Museum.
  • 406: Swaraj Sansthan, Swaraj Pustakmala
  • 407-410: names of various awards and organizations give, prepare 2-3 lines for each for possible 3 marker questions.
  • 411: GK fact that State of Madhya Pradesh came into being on 1st November 1956. Subsequently, on 1st November 2000, ChhattisgarhState was carved out of it. + census related data given in the first para.

MP Transport

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 303: fact that MP state aviation fleet comprises an aircraft Superking B-200, three  helicopters Bell-430, Eurocopter EC155B1 and Bell-407. + Pithampura at Indore; Malanpur at Gwalior;  Mandipdeep at Bhopal, and Maneri at Jabalpur industrial towns are served by aerodromes.  Madhya Pradesh has five airports which are maintained by Airport Authority of India.

From MP Economic Survey PDF

  • 94-95: MP’s new Transport policy 2010
  • 95: point no.7.31 for a possible 3-maker question about National highways in MP.
  • 96: last para on how Pradhan Matri Gram Sadak has helped MP

Misc. things

From MP’s 12th FYP PDF

  • 447: just first para on police modernization
  • 456: fact that MP has 377 ULBs= 14 Municipal Corporations+ 99 Municipal Councils + 264 Nagar Panchayats
  • 457: fact that ADB is giving development assistance to address water-environment issues in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur.
  • 533: just prepare 100 words on prisoner welfare.
  • 535: fact that four government presses and stationary depots which are situated at Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore and Rewa.
  • 589-592: tables contain list of PSUs under MP state government. go through them for a random 3-marker.

MP’s Economic Survey: Essential Topics

This survey throws a lot boring numbers, but still contains some good information of policies and schemes of MP. Just prepare following pages:

  • 151: JNNURM and MP
  • 154 HRD report overlaps with 12tH FYP pdf but still go through it for additional points.

MP’s Budget: Essential Topics

  • This should be read after you’re done with MP’s 12th FYP + MP’s Economic survey.
  • The budget speech PDF is given point-wise: 1..2…3, so I’m listing the points that are important
MP geography related 3 markers
  • Point #53 Narmada-Shipra Sihastha Link  and its benefits
  • Point #80: New ITIs.
  • Point #112 new university  in Sanchi
  • Point #118 fact that Archery academy will be setup in Jabalpur
  • Point #123 new kala kendra in Murena
Welfare/Schemes
  • Point #12: Atal Jyoti
  • Point #77 fact that Gao ki beti + Pratibha Kiran schemes also available for girls in private universities.
  • Point #86 new nursing schools.
  • Page 27-29: You can use the facts given here, to enhance your answer about Women/SC/ST/OBC welfare related questions. (The prime source of prep. is still MP’s 12th FYP but this is just to enhance the answer with additional points)
  • Point #71 Mukhya Mantri Yuva Swarojgar
MP award related 3 markers
  • Point #22: Award for organic farming
  • Point #72 Award for SME
  • Point #73 Award for Handloom
  • Point #99 award for women
Agri related 3 markers
  • Point #9: Khet Talab, Barlam
  • Point #14: New MSP for Wheat
  • Point #37: Machhua Kalyan Board
employment/industry
  • Point #66: fact that Global investor’s summit was held in Indore and will help additional employment of 20 lakh people
  • Point #68-69 list of industrial corridors
  • Point #80-83 You can cite it under “vocational skill development in MP” related question.
  • Point #43-46: you’ll get MP’s stand and policy on GST.
  • Point #47-56: you’ll get points taxation policy of MP
sports
  • Point #116 new scheme to ensure the MP gets representation in Olympic 2020
  • Point #118 fact that Archery academy will be setup in Jabalpur
e-governance in MP
  • Page 40-42: just selective reading and you’ll get points for how E-governance has helped MP in raising Revenue collection.

MP’s Policies

  • I’ve compiled the pdfs of MP’s government policies. (only Hindi available)
  • Don’t read them word by word, just focus on first 3-4 pages, it’ll give you the list of objectives for each policy=sufficient for a 15-20 marks question.
  • Since tourism, population and sports policies are already asked in previous years, so you may ignore them because questions usually don’t repeat.

GS Paper 2: Part 2 (culture etc)

What I observed from last five papers is: they usually center on following:

  1. Name of prominent businessmen, social workers, writers, poets, sportsmen.
  2. various awards given by state government
  3. folk/tribal: dance, customs, music, festivals, color-dress-occupation.
  4. they seem to have special affinity of Khajuraho and 2-3 freedom fighters of MP, because question keep re-appearing directly / indirectly.

Truth be told, kuchh khas bolne ke liye nahi hai. So, I’m just copy pasting the email from my friend Mr.Chandra Deo, who is also appearing in this same Exam. (And had supplied the question papers)

—-start of copy paste—

MPPSC never gives high marks in interview, even topper got 80 out of 250. Marks varied from 70 – 120. so anyone who scored 1200 out of 2100 in mains can crack this exam easily.

GS2 part 2 (Culture, Literature, Music, Dance, Arts and History of Madhya  Pradesh) is very factual.

Useful websitehttp://www.mpinfo.org/

Contain information of MP’s history, tribes, culture, important Press-releases from government etc.

Useful book: Madhya Pradesh Ek Parichey by TMH Publication.

  • Positive:  Written with help of selected students of MPPSC and a journalist of MP.Fully updated, included current affairs of MP upto 2013. also useful for (optional) geography 2nd paper.
  • Negative: Not available in English.

For Hindi Paper: P.N. Pandey – Nalanda publication is sufficient.

Class 9 and 10  hindi -MP state books free online downloading for basics of hindi.
http://mptbc.nic.in/Navneet.pdf
http://mptbc.nic.in/Navneet-10.pdf
–end of copy paste—-

Appendix: Free download Links

For GS1: https://files.secureserver.net/0f8AVzVzyHeui4
Above link, contains files for NCERT, NIOS and IGNOU.+ last five papers of GS1 in an Excel file.

  1. ^All files in English. And you can download NCERTs’ Hindi versions from NCERTs official website.
  2. Do IGNOU only if you’ve time left.

For GS2: https://files.secureserver.net/0fx1KAlFquvBun

Above link contains MP’s 12th FYP, Economic Survey, Flagship schemes and Policies.

Note: some of these PDFs are in Hindi, some in English because MP government didn’t upload everything in both languages.
Courtsey: Thanks Mr. Chandra Deo and Mr.CSL80 for their valuable inputs regarding this exam.

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