The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has announced the time table for the examinations that will be conducted in 2013. The preliminary examinations will be conducted on January 20 and August 11, while the main examinations will be held on April 27 and 28 and December 21 and 22.
The preliminary exam of Rajya Seva category for class I and II officers for the post of deputy collectors, deputy police superintendents and officers of assistant commissioner level will be held on February 10, 2013 while the main examination will be held on June 7th, 8th and 9th.
Also, the preliminary exam for class III officers for the post of sales tax inspectors will be held on May 12 while the main examination will be conducted on September 22. Similarly, the preliminary for police sub-inspectors will be held on April 21 and main exam on August 4.
Apart from these, examinations will also be conducted for assistants in Mantralaya, officers for farm, engineering, forestry, technical assistants, civil judge junior division and judicial magistrate. The detailed exam time table has been uploaded on the Commission's website for candidates.
The passing percentage is 45% in each of the six papers for open category and 40% for reserved categories (SC, ST, OBCs, etc). The personal interview will carry 100 marks.
The Commission holds about 15 examinations annually for selecting class I, II and III officers for the state government.
The Commission recently changed the examination pattern for MPSC exams and introduced objective type questions. The first examination based on the changed pattern was conducted in September this year. The syllabus has also been revamped by the commission with reduction in number of papers and subsequently the total marks. The first exam based on the changed syllabus was conducted in February this year.
The MPSC has excluded optional subjects and have retained the General Studies paper in four segments (four papers) besides English and Marathi, which has remained descriptive as earlier.