Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) is responsible for taking the Haryana Civil Service (HCS) exam. The exams are taken to appoint candidates for different state government services. As per the official announcement made by the Haryana Government, the HPSC HCS exam pattern has been changed with immediate effect. According to the new rules, HPSC HCS Prelims CSAT paper (Paper-II) has been made qualifying in nature and thus the score obtained in it will not be considered for the prelims result. The candidates have to get a minimum of 33% marks to clear the CSAT paper. From this year onwards, the HPSC HCS 2020 prelims exam will be taken based on the revised exam pattern.
|HPCS Exam 2020||Details|
|Exam Name||Haryana Civil Services - HCS|
|Conducting Body||Haryana Public Service Commission|
|Mode of the examination||Online (Prelims), Offline (Mains)|
|Exam Frequency||once a year|
|Eligibility Criteria||Graduate degree required|
|Language of the exam||English & Hindi|
|Exam Stages||Prelims + Mains + Interview / Personality Test|
|Exam Language||English and Hindi|
|Exam Helpdesk||0172 – 2560755|
HCS exam is taken to appoint right candidates for the following posts:
HCS exams are conducted once in a year but the exams for this year are not conducted till now, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The eligibility criteria for the HCS exam is based on three parameters including age limit, educational qualification, and physical standards.
The higher age limit for the individuals belonging to unreserved category is 42 years (excluding for DSP posts). While the minimum age required to appear for the exam is 21 years. The age of the candidate will be counted from January 1 of the exam year. There is further some relaxation in the upper age limit for the candidates belonging to reserved categories:
|Category||Age relaxation (Upper Age)||Maximum Age limit|
|Backward classes A and B of (only Haryana )||5 years||47 years|
|Candidates belonging to SC/ST Category||5 years||47 years|
|Females candidates unmarried (it includes divorced and separated females)||3 years||45 years|
|PH and PwD of Haryana||10 years||50 years|
|PH and PwD category (belonging to SC/ST category)||15 years||55 years|
To apply for the post of Haryana D.S.P, the candidates must be at least 21 years old while the upper age limit for the candidates belonging to the unreserved category is 27 years.
Male candidates are supposed to have a Chest with Expansion not lower than 34.5” (87.63 cm) while this requirement does not exist for the female candidates.
|Haryana Civil Services Notification||July 2020|
|Haryana Civil Services online application end date||August 2020|
|HCS prelims exam||October 2020|
|HCS prelims result||December 2020|
|HCS main exam||January 2021|
|HCS main exam result||April 2021|
|HCS Interview||June 2021|
|HSC Result||July 2021|
These are just the tentative HCS exam dates for 2020-21, the final dates will be mentioned only after they get announced by the official authorities.
A total of 166 vacancies are announced by the government including:
|HCS (Ex. Br.)||48|
|E. T. O.||11|
|A' Class Tehsildar||18|
|Asstt. Excise & Taxation Officer||44|
|Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch)||INR 39100;
|Deputy superintendent of police||INR 9300-34800; Grade Pay-5400|
|Assistant Registrar Co-operative Societies||INR 9300-34800 plus INR 4600/- G.P. (unrevised)|
State government of Haryana announces opening of a few vacant posts in 2020. The list of those posts in addition to their pay scale and number of seats available is mentioned below:
Once the notification on the application process starts is made live on the official website of the exam conducting body, candidates have to register and apply for the same. The form should be correctly filled up and submitted as there is no scope for changes after the final submission. On successful payment completion the application will be considered legitimate and complete.
Applicants can adhere to the following procedure to apply for the HPSC 2020 exam:
HCS admit card normally releases 10-15 days before the examination. Candidates appearing in these exams can easily download the HPSC Prelims admit card by visiting the official website. All the candidates who have registered for the exam successfully can easily download the admit card. Post qualifying the HPSC Prelims Exam, admit cards for HCS Mains get released by the authorities.
The Haryana Civil Service is the highest exam of the state and the application fee for the HCS application is different for the different candidates.
|General category candidates||Rs 1000/-|
|Females candidates belonging to General category Female candidates belonging to General category and all reserved categories appearing from other States||Rs 250/-|
|Male & Female candidates belonging to SC/ BC-A/ BC -B/ ESM categories of Haryana only.||Rs 250/-|
|6. For all PwD, candidates with Disabilities category||NIL|
The documents needed while filling up the HPSC 2020 application form are mentioned below. Candidates need to produce all the documents so that they can avoid all kinds of problems while applying. The needed certificates or documents include:
Understanding the exam pattern thoroughly will help to plan the preparation strategy accordingly. The candidates who are familiar with the exam pattern can have a smart preparation plan and make the most of the available time.
First exam, HCS Prelims exam is an objective type question paper and candidates appearing for the prelims have to appear for two papers. The first paper is of General Studies I while the second is the CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). Both papers hold weightage of 100 marks and 100 objective type questions are asked.
The maximum time allotted for each paper is two hours. For each incorrect answer, one fourth mark will be deducted. From this year onwards, the HPSC HCS prelims exam will have two papers, but the HPSC HCS result will be prepared based on the marks obtained in General Studies Paper I only. The candidates must qualify CSAT paper II.
After the prelims exam, candidates have to appear for the HCS Main exam. This exam includes 5 compulsory conventional essay type question papers; the name of each paper, total marks and time allotted to each paper is disused below.
|Subject Name||Marks Allotted||Time allotted|
|English and English Essay||100 marks||3 Hours|
|Hindi Including Hindi Essay written in Devnagri Script||100 marks||3 Hours|
|General Studies||100 marks||3 Hours|
|Optional Subject 1||150 marks||3 hours|
|Optional Subject 2||150 marks||3 hours|
This is the last stage based on which candidates will be selected for the several posts. HCS personality test holds a weightage of 75 marks. Each year, shortlisted candidates have to appear for the HCS interviews at the commission's premises located in Panchkula.
The final merit list of the shortlisted candidates for HCS exam is prepared based on the total marks of 675. The candidates need to get a good score in the HCS main written and interview as marks obtained in HCS prelims will not be considered while preparing the final merit list.
The syllabus for HSC is quite big and hence, the preparation should be started at the earliest. The prelims is a qualifying exam which means, you should be thorough with the preparation in order to get selected for mains. This is possible when you understand the syllabus thoroughly.
It consists of two papers i.e. General Studies & General Aptitude.
General Studies Paper
General Aptitude Paper- Paper 2
Questions in English are designed to test a candidate's abilities to understand and write good English. English papers include précis writing expansion, tests in vocabulary and any other form of composition that may be suitable.
Translation of an English passage into Hindi.
Explanation of Hindi passage into prose & poetry in the same language.
Composition (idioms, corrections etc.)
This paper is designed to judge the candidate's knowledge and awareness related to current events. This section includes papers from historical, geographical and economic importance, with special reference to Haryana.
The Viva-voce section is included to test the personal qualities of the test-takers. This test is included to test the candidates’ awareness, intelligence, and general outlook. Importance will also be paid towards the physical appearance of the candidate. Vice Voce will be taken in Hindi or in English based upon the option selected by the candidates.
The following table is the cut-off marks for HCS 2019:
|General category candidates||130.32|
The results of the qualifying candidates get released by the Haryana Public Service Commission after the completion of all the three stages including Prelims, Main and Interview.
Haryana authorities officially announce results of the exam after every stage including prelims, mains, and personality test. The shortlisted candidates get selected for the next level examination. The issue date of the HPSC 2020 result will be announced once all the exams get over. The results will be made available on the official website of HPSC and the candidates who appeared in these exams can check out the results adhering to the following steps –
While preparing for the HPSC HCS examination, one needs to be dedicated and passionate about his/her preparation. Candidates must complete the entire syllabus in an exhaustive manner, refer to the last year question papers, take more mock tests as it helps them better understand the exam pattern.
Haryana Combined State Civil/Upper Services is one of the most rewarded services that offer numerous job opportunities to the deserving candidates. Haryana PSC is a combined competitive exam which is also referred to as Haryana Civil Services (HCS) exam. Each year, the Haryana government takes the Haryana PCS exam to appoint candidates for several posts including Deputy Collector, District Minority Welfare Officer, DSP, and Jail superintendent, etc.
Ques. Which style of questions are asked in the HPSC exam question paper?
Ans. The prelims examination of HPSC includes objective type questions or MCQs while in the Mains, essay or descriptive type questions will be asked. The interview round will be viva-voce.
Ques. Which is the official website for HPSC?
Ans. The official website of HPSC is www.hpsc.gov.in.
Ques. Is there any need to submit the application form to the HPSC Office?
Ans. No, there is no requirement to post the online application form or any document/certificate at eth official website.
Ques. How many subjects do I need to prepare to write the Mains examination?
Ans. The main compromise of five subjects namely General subjects, English, Hindi and two optional subjects, which can be selected from the optional subject list.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.