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HAS Pattern


Every year Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts Civil Services Exams across state. There are around 35-40 Thousand forms received by HPPSC from aspirants of HAS Exam. Out of which on an average 60% appears in PT. This article will help you to understand all about HAS exam.

10 times of total vacancy is called for mains written test and 3 times of total vacancy is called for interview.

Eligibility Criteria to apply the HPAS Exam:

To apply for this examination, you should must eligible in certain criteria, as we know that eligibility is an entry point in any examination.

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate should have a degree from Central, State or Deemed University. Degree from Correspondence Education or distance education, the open university is also accepted.
  • The candidate age must be 21 years old and not must be greater than 35 years old. For Open category is restrict to 35 years, for OBC category is restrict to 40 years and for SC/ST it is restricted to 40 years old.

Selection Process

There are three stages of selection process –

  • Preliminary Test
  • Mains Written Exam
  • Interview

Number of vacancies are notified by HPPSC which remains around 20-30 for civil services. But only top 4-5 candidates are allotted Himachal Pradesh Administrative ServiceHimachal Pradesh Police Service is second most opted choice among services.

Preliminary Test

PT is conducted in the month of June for which form and notification released by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, Shimla in the month of January.

PT exam has Two papers of 100 questions and 100 questions to be finished in two hours each.

These papers are named as

  • General Studies Paper I
  • General Studies Paper II

General Studies Paper II is a qualifying paper only with cut off score as 33%, the merit list is created solely based on score of GS Paper I.

Syllabus of HPAS Exam Paper I (PT)  – (200 marks)

Paper I is having Social Studies, Indian Economy, General Science, Current Affairs, Environment etc. The duration of exam remains two hours generally scheduled in the first half of the day (9 am – 11 am). Following is the syllabus provided by HPPSC for this paper.

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General Science.

Syllabus for Paper II – (200 marks)

Paper II has Comprehension and Aptitude. Its duration is also of two hours, scheduled in second half of the day. Syllabus provided by HPPSC:-

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problemsolving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Cut off marks for Selection in Civil Services Prelimanry Exam Exam

Paper I – Generally cut off marks for selection in PT remains between 50-55 percent. However we suggest you to aim at scoring 60 percent to play safe.

Paper II – It is a qualifying paper candidates need to score a minimum 33% marks in this paper to qualify.

HPPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

After qualifying the Preliminary Examination candidates are allowed to go for mains exam which consist of two parts –

  • Written exam of nine papers
  • Personality test (also known as interview)

It consist of Eight paper and followed by a personality test (Total marks is 1750)

Paper A Hindi 100
Paper B English 100
Paper I Essay writing 100
Paper II General Studies Paper I 200
Paper III General Studies Paper II 200
Paper IV General Studies Paper III 200
Paper V Optional Subject Paper I 100
Paper VI Optional Subject Paper II 100

The optional subjects are Geography, Agriculture, Chemistry, Economics, Law, Psychology etc.

Sub Total (Written test) 900 Marks

Marks of English and Hindi Language will not be counted, but they are qualifying with minimum of 40% marks individually and 45% aggregate. So total marks for Written exam will be 900 Marks Only

Interview/Personality Test – 150 marks

Candidate can give Interview in Hindi and English.

Grand Total 1050 Marks