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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
  • Official Website
  • Exam Dates
    HPAS Prelims Exam September 2022 HPAS Main Exam November 2022
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    May 2022
  • Start of Registration Process
    May 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    May 2022
Eligibilty Criteria

Nationality- The candidate must be a citizen of India.

Educational Qualification- A candidate must have a bachelor's degree from any university/ Professional Institution recognized by the Government or any equivalent qualification.

Age Criteria- A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years. And, should not be older than 35 years, as on the 1st January of the year of giving the exam. The upper age limit for SC, ST, OBC, People with Disabilities, Children and grandchildren of Freedom fighters of Himachal Pradesh are allowed a relaxation of 5 years.

Desirable Qualification- It will be in best interests if a candidate has proper knowledge of customs and dialects of Himachal Pradesh as this will be suitable for appointment in the State.

Exam Pattern

The HPAS Combined Competetive examination is conducted in the three stages, namely Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and finally the personal interview round.

Preliminary Exam Pattern

Questions Type Multiple Choice questions- Objective
Number of Papers Paper 1- General Studies
Paper 2- Aptitude Test
Duration of Exam 2 hours each paper
Number of Questions 100 questions per paper So 200 questions in total for Prelims
Marking Scheme 2 marks for every correct answer
Negative Marking Yes, 1/3rd of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Marking Scheme Preliminary exam

Paper No. of questions Marks allotted to each question Total Marks
General Studies 100 ques. 2 marks each 200 marks
Aptitude Test 100 ques. 2 marks each 200 marks
Total marks 400 marks

Main Examination- HPAS

Paper No. Subject Maximum Marks
1 English 100(Qualifying Only)
2 Hindi 100(Qualifying Only)
Paper Counted for Merit
3 Essay 100
4 General Studies - I 200
5 General Studies - II 200
6 General Studies - III 200
Optional Subject
7 Optional Subject – Paper I 100
8 Optional Subject – Paper II 100
Main Exam 900
Viva-voce 150
Total 1050

Personality Test - Interview Round

There is as such no specific syllabus for this round as it is an overall personality assessment exam. During the test, the questions asked by the interviewers may range from current affairs of national and international importance, and the socio-economic and political knowledge about the prevailing conditions in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The aspiring candidate must have the proper knowledge of the regional customs, culture and dialect of Himachal Pradesh. Also, candidates will be judged upon the soft powers like leadership qualities, communication skills, mental agility and critical understanding.


Syllabus of Preliminary Examination:

General studies

  • GK topics
  • Current affairs of national and international Importance
  • Indian History and Civics
  • Physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
  • Socio-economic, political and cultural conditions of HP
  • Indian polity and governance
  • General Science and Environmental knowledge

Aptitude Test

  • Basic numeration- class 10th level
  • English Language- Comprehension and Composition
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Communication Skills
  • General Mental Ability
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Elementary Mathematics

Syllabus of Main Examination:

English Paper Syllabus

The English exam will check the clarity and precision in the language, grammatical expression and comprehension skills:

English Topics Marks Allotted
Comprehension of unseen passages 20 marks
Usage and Vocabulary 20 marks
English Writings like Composition, letter. application, Note, Report writing 20 marks
Precis (summary) writing 20 marks
English Grammar 20 marks
Total Marks 100 marks

Hindi Paper Syllabus

This paper will test the Hindi in Devnagri script:

  1. Translation- English to Hindi
  2. Translation- Hindi to English
  3. Explanation of passages in Hindi
  4. Composition writing, Idioms, Corrections

Essay Paper Syllabus

The candidates have to write 900 words essay on any two topics out of the given choices in the question paper. The paper is designed to check the ability of the candidates to express their views coherently and produce a well-argued piece. It is advised to compose an original piece for the essay, along with correct usage of grammar. The candidates should have knowledge in the following:

  • Societal knowledge
  • Political issues
  • Economic conditions
  • Cultural aspects
  • Historical facts and Understanding
Name of the paper- HPAS Mains Overview of the Syllabus
General Studies I
  • Historical Understanding of India
  • Globalization, Capitalism, Nationalism
  • Geographical Knowledge of HP and India
  • Disaster Management
  • Indian Society, Laws, and rights
  • Gandhian Thoughts
General Studies II
  • Indian Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Policies and Governance
  • Administration of regional and rural HP
  • Indian relations with Neighbouring countries
  • Crim in Himachal Pradesh
  • Tribal conditions and Policies in HP
General Studies III
  • India Economy and Demography
  • Poverty and Unemployment
  • Monetary policies, GDP, Foreign Trade
  • Technology advancements
  • Sustainable Developments
  • Space programs
  • Tourism Industry in HP
  • IT and BioTech in HP
  • Ecology and Climate change

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