HPSC (Haryana Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips 2021

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Jun 16, 2021

HPSC better known as Haryana Public Service Commission is the body responsible for conducting HCS i.e. Haryana Civil Services exam. This qualifying exam conducted by the state’s government helps to recruit individuals in different administrative services. The recruits selected through the rigorous process involved in clearing this exam are then regarded as second to the IAS officers of the state. HCS is the most prestigious exam of HPSC and the state of Haryana and is conducted once every year.

Crash Course

New guidelines have been issued in regards to the Preliminary Exams under which Paper-II CSAT will be only of qualifying nature. The marks secured by candidates in this paper will not be eligible for the final results. Candidates must score 33% marks to qualify CSAT paper. This change has been immediately implemented thus the HPSC HCS Prelim exam in October 2020 will be conducted with the new paper pattern. Click HPSC HCS Exam Dates 2021 to get all the latest information on the updated exam schedule.

HPSC HCS 2021 Exam Pattern

HPSC HCS has 3 steps for qualifying the exams,

  • HPSC HCS Prelims
  • HPSC HCS Mains
  • HPSC HCS Personality Test
Prelims Pattern

HPSC Prelims Paper Pattern and Syllabus

Paper Marks Duration
Paper I General Studies 100 2 Hours
Paper-II CSAT 100 2 Hours

Paper I- General Studies Syllabus

The 100 marks objective type General Studies Paper helps a candidate gain an immense amount of knowledge as it comprises of a variety of topics which include,

  • General Science
  • Current Affairs (Important National and International Events)
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Culture, Economy, and Polity
  • General Mental Ability

Paper-II- Civil Services Aptitude Test CSAT

CSAT was introduced as part of HCS in 2016. With the newly issued guidelines, the marks scored by a candidate in CSAT will not be considered in the final result. The paper includes the following topics

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Analytical Ability and Reasoning
  • Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills
  • Data Interpretation of Class X
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy of Class X
Mains Pattern

HPSC Mains Paper Pattern and Syllabus

HPSC Mains marks play a vital role as these marks will be finally recorded for qualifying candidates. The Mains exam is of a total of 600 marks with 3 compulsory and 2 optional subjects. Candidates are free to choose any two subjects of their choice out of twenty.

Paper/Section Marks Duration
Paper I- English & English Essay 100 3 Hours
Paper II- Hindi & Hindi Essay 100 3 Hours
Paper III- General Studies 100 3 Hours
Paper IV- Optional I 150 3 Hours
Paper V- Optional II 150 3 Hours

Paper I- English & English Essay Syllabus:

  • English Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Composition
  • Essay

Paper II- Hindi & Hindi Essay Syllabus:

  • Translation from English to Hindi Devanagari
  • Hindi Essay
  • Explanations of Poems and Prose
  • Correction and Composition of Idioms
  • Letter Writing/Precise Writing

Paper III- General Studies Syllabus:

  • Part 1- Modern Indian history and Indian culture, Indian Geography, Indian Polity, Current National Issues, and Social Relevance.
  • Part 2- India and World, The Economy of India, International Affairs, Development in Science related fields and Statistics

Paper IV & V options:

  • Agriculture
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Zoology
  • Physics
  • Law
  • Indian History
  • Animal husbandry & Veterinary science
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Punjabi literature
  • Public administration
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
Preparation Tips

HPSC 2021 Preparation Tips

HPSC Prelims Paper I General Studies Preparation Tips

  • Candidates must regularly need the newspapers as well as magazines that are updated with current affairs. This will help prepare individuals for Current Affairs. It is also advisable to keep notes of important events to revise and when required.
  • NCERT is the best book for Geography as they provide an adequate amount of knowledge. Candidates can also make use of Google and Wikipedia to note down points related to topics that are a little difficult to grasp.
  • India’s Struggle for Independence, Constitution of India, and Indian Economy are good books to rely on for Indian History and Indian Economy and Polity sections.
  • Wikipedia is a great source of information for General Science and can also be used to stay updated with cultural topics. It is also essential that candidates also read the newspaper religiously for any updates related to science.

HPSC Prelims Paper II CSAT Preparation Tips

  • Refer to a comprehensive manual for CSAT that consists of all sections. This manual will come in handy for last-minute revisions.
  • Candidates must stick to topics that are their strengths, this will minimize the unnecessary amount of time and energy candidates end up wasting on preparations.
  • The one-hour practice is more than sufficient for any individual. Save aside the other time of the day for other topics and subjects.
  • Weekly solve one paper to get an idea of the pattern as well as the time required to complete the same.
  • Refer previous question papers to understand the weightage given to different sections.

HPSC 2021 Mains Paper Preparation Tips

  • One of the most crucial aspects of Mains is the optional subjects. Candidates must choose subjects that they are well versed with as 300 marks depend on these two papers.
  • Candidates must stick to a steady study plan and add reading newspapers to their daily schedules. Reading newspapers will help with General Studies in Prelims as well as Mains.
  • Individuals must write one essay in English as well as Hindi every week, the topics can be based on current affairs or from previous papers.
  • Weekly tests are essential to keep a track of preparation as well as the time is taken to attempt each paper.
  • Stick to NCERT and India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra for History and Geography sections in General Studies paper.
  • Daily writing practice is a must to improve speed and efficiency while writing the exams.
Personality Test

HPSC 2021 Personality Test

The Personality Test is the last qualifying test with a weightage of 75 marks. There is no specific syllabus as such for this test, although candidates must adhere to certain aspects,

  • Candidates must attend this test well-groomed and aptly dressed.
  • Take mock IAS interviews to prepare yourself.
  • Candidates must wear comfortable clothes to keep them at ease throughout the interview.
  • Refer to previously asked questions to get a brief idea.
3 Months Crash Course

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


Which are the best books for preparation of HPSC (HCS?)?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. NCERTs are the best books that offer adequate information and are useful while preparing for the exam. Candidates can also use other online sources to know other important topics. For details, refer here.