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HPPSC 2021: Eligibility, Application, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

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Feb 18, 2021

HPPSC (Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission) is the supreme constitutional body of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This government agency functions under its parent department i.e. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). HPPSC is assigned the important task of conducting various state-level examinations in order to recruit the right candidates for different departmental posts.

HPPSC that is headquartered in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh came into existence on 8 April 1971. Though the agency has a lot of different functions, the major responsibility of HPPSC remains to make appointments to state civil services according to Article 320 of the Constitution.

Latest update:

  • February 18, 2021: The result for HPPSC HPAS Mains 2019 has been released. Read more
HPPSC Highlights

HPPSC 2021Highlights

Name of the Agency Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission - HPPSC
Founded on 8 April, 1971
Parent Department Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Under the Jurisdiction of Government of Himachal Pradesh
Headquartered at Circular Rd, Nigam Vihar, Chotta Shimla, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
Responsibility Direct recruitment of Class-I & Class-II posts of different departments of state civil services.
Official Website
Civils Posts Offered Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services
Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services
State Forest Services
Forest Rangers
State Accounts Services, etc.
Mode of Application Online

The most-sought services under HPPSC are as follows:

  • Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HPAS)
  • Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services (HPJS)
  • State Forest Services (HFS)
  • State Accounts Services (L.A.D.) – S.A.S.-L.A.D.
  • Medical Officer (General Wing)
  • HPSC- Personnel Department- Allied Services
HPPSC Important Dates

HPPSC 2020-21 Important Dates

Event related to HPAS Exam Date
Release of HPAS notification 21st January, 2020
HPAS Application Dates 21st January to 10th February, 2020
HPAS Prelims Admit card 26th August, 2020
HPAS Prelims Exam 13th September, 2020 (postponed from 6th September)
HPAS Prelims Result October 2020 (tentative)
HPAS Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Main Exam November 2020 (tentative)
HPAS Main Exam December 2020 (tentative)
HPAS Interview call letter February 2021 (Tentative)
Declaration of Final result of HPAS April 2021 (Tentative)
HPAS Eligibility

HPAS  Eligibility Criteria

Nationality- The candidate must be a citizen of India.

Educational Qualification- A candidate must have a bachelor degree from any university/ Professional Institution recognized by Government, or and 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.

HPPSC Application Process

HPPSC Application Form

  • To fill the online application form of HPPSC HAS 2020, the aspirants had to open the official website that is
  • To the home page, the aspirants would have to click the ‘Apply now’ option.
  • Next, the candidates will receive the ‘Online application registration’ link
  • Now, the applicants have to click on the ‘new user sign up’ option
  • After that they have to provide the detailed information asked on the page and then have to click on the ‘create user’ tab.
  • In the next step, the candidates have to press ‘click here to apply’
  • Again, the aspirants have to provide the details like address, educational qualification and other basic details etc.
  • Once you complete the previous steps, you have to upload the scanned image of the signature and photograph.
  • Last you have to click the complete button
  • To complete the entire HPPSC Application form fill up process, the candidates have to pay the application fees by using the credit card/debit card/net banking.

Application Fees

Category  Application Fee
General category Rs.400/-
Candidates of other states Rs.400/-
SC of HP/ ST of HP/ OBC of HP/ UR BPL of HP/ Ex-service man of HP (who are relieved from defence service on their own request) Rs.100/-
Ex-Servicemen of H.P. (who are relieved from Defence Services after completion of normal tenure)/ Blind of H.P./ and Female candidates/Visually Impaired of H.P. Fee exemption
HPAS Exam Pattern

HPAS Exam Pattern

The HPAS exam 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.

HPPSC Syllabus

HPPSC Syllabus

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

Optional Papers - HPAS Main Examination

HPPSC provides a list of 31 optional subjects out of which any 2 papers have to be chosen by the candidates. So, along with 6 compulsory papers, any 2 subjects from the following list have to be chosen for the Main Examination:

Indian History Political Science and International Relation Mathematics Statistics
English Literature Economics Zoology Agriculture
Hindi Public administration Philosophy Management
Urdu Civil engineering Electrical engineering Mechanical engineering
Psychology Zoology Commerce and Accountancy Horticulture
Sanskrit Chemistry Anthropology Medical sciences
Physics Geography Forestry Law
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Botany Sociology -

Staffing Methods of HPPSC

There are a number of different methods that are followed by the HPPSC for recruiting the candidates for various posts:

Recruitment through examination and viva-voce:

Through this method, the candidates have to first sit for a written examination. Then, on the basis of those marks, the qualifying candidates are called for the Viva-voce i.e. oral exam. The candidate has to pass this exam also to show the sufficient knowledge of their respective subjects. A merit list is prepared on the basis of both the tests, based on which candidates are finalised.

The following are the departmental services for which the candidates are recruited through this mode of viva-voce:

  • Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services etc. Examination (HPAS)
  • Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services (HPJS)
  • State Forest Services (HFS)
  • Forest Rangers

Recruitment through examination without viva-voce:

Through this method of staffing, the departmental candidates (in-service candidates- who have served for a minimum period of time in some rural area) are selected for various posts. This is done through written examination, though no viva-voce round is included. A merit list is prepared, based on which candidates are finalised.

The following are the departmental services for which the candidates are recruited through this mode:

  • State Accounts Services (O.B.) – S.A.S.-OB
  • State Accounts Services (L.A.D.) – S.A.S.-L.A.D

Recruitment through screening test and interview:

The method of screen test takes place whenever there is a large number of candidates appearing for a certain post. This helps in filtering only the capable candidates. The shortlisted candidates are then called for an interview round, and are finalised on the basis of merit list.

The following are the services for which the candidates are recruited through this mode:

  • Medical Officer (General Wing)
  • Medical Officer (Dental)
  • College Cadre Lecturers
  • Assistant Engineers (Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical) of different departments/ Board
  • Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
  • District Public Relation Officer/ Assistant Public Relation Officer (D.P.R.O./A.P.R.O.)
  • Any other post(s)

Recruitment through interview but no screening test conducted:

This method takes place whenever there is a smaller number of candidates appearing for a certain post. The aspiring candidates are directly called for an interview round, and merit list is prepared on basis of the performance.

The following are the services for which the candidates are recruited through this mode:

  • Assistant Professors of different faculties in Medical / Dental Colleges
  • Director Sainik welfare
  • Deputy Director Sainik Welfare
  • Commandant Home Guard
  • Any other post(s)
HPPSC Admit Card

HPPSC HPAS Admit Card 2020

The HPPSC HAS admit card 2020 has been released to the official website. To download the admit card, the candidates have to provide their Use ID and password. Kindly note it down that both the admit card of Prelims and Main exam is released separately. All the aspirants are advised to carry the admit card to the exam centre, otherwise, they will not get permission to appear for the exam.

Steps to download the HPPSC HAS Admit Card 2020

  • Open the official website that is
  • Now, you will get the link ‘download admit card’ and you should click on the link
  • Once the page will be opened, you have to provide the login credentials that is User ID and password and then click the ‘login’ button
  • Now, you will be able to see your admit card, displayed on the screen.
  • Click the download option to complete the download process.
  • Do not forget to print out the HPPSC HAS admit card for future reference.
HPPSC Result

HPPSC HAS Result 2020

The HPPSC HPAS 2020 will be declared online. To check the result, the aspirants have to go to the official website that is Both the result of prelims and main will be published separately in the official website.

Steps to check the HPPSC HAS Result 2020

  • Go to the official website of HPPSC that is
  • Now click the ‘result’ link from the home page
  • Next, for checking the preliminary test result, the aspirants have to click the ‘Screening test’ link option
  • To the next page, the aspirants have to search their preliminary result
  • Once the aspirants will find the PDF file of the HPPSC HAS Result, the aspirants can download it.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.