HAS Examination Notification, Qualification, and selection process

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Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) release  notification for HAS Exam in the month of January and February every year. HAS  examination is conducted for filling the various posts like Administrative Service, Police Service, Tehsildar, Block Development Officer and Treasury Officer. All the vacant post can be filled through Combined Competitive Examination held by HPPSC. HPPSC conduct HAS preliminary examination followed by mains and interview for various posts in various Departments of Himachal Pradesh Government. The prelims exam for HAS held in the month of May or June. All the candidates who qualify the preliminary exam could fill their application form for the main exam. Prelims Exam Result declared by the commission approximately after 2 months of prelims exam. The ,mains exams for HAS generally held in the month of September October every year.

HPAS Examination Eligibility Criteria

A candidate must be a citizen of India.

Minimum Educational Qualifications –

  • A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University.
  • A candidate, who has appeared at an examination the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination but has not been informed of the result, may apply for admission to the examination. A candidate, who intends to appear at such a qualifying examination, may also apply, provided the qualifying examination is completed before the commencement of this examination. Such candidates will be admitted to the examination, if otherwise eligible, but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation if they do not produce proof of having passed the examination as soon as passed and in any case not later than two months after the commencement of this examination
  • Candidates who have passed the final professional MBBS or any other Medical Examination equivalent thereto but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their application for the HAS etc. examination will be provisionally admitted.

Age Limits – A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years.

Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the Pradesh is a desirable qualification.

HAS Admit Card 

Candidates can download their Admit Card for HPPSC HAS after the completion of Application process. Those candidates who filled their Application on or before the last date are eligible to download the HAS Admit Card for prelims. Generally admit cards for prelims exam of HAS are available 15 days before the prelims test.

Scheme of Examination

Initially, the Preliminary examination will be held for all the applicants. Only those candidates who have been declared to have qualified the preliminary examination by the H.P. Public Service Commission in a year will be eligible for admission to the main examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

Marks obtained by the candidates in the (Preliminary) examination will not be counted for the purpose of the final order of merit. However, marks obtained in the Main written examination as well as in the viva-voce test would determine their final merit for selection.

Examination pattern for prelims, mains and interview round is given below.

Preliminary Examination

It consisting of 2 papers based on objective type questions will be held. The duration of Papers I (General Studies) and II (Aptitude Test) is of two hours each. Both Paper I and Paper II shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 multiple choice type questions.

Paper

Syllabus

Paper-I
General
Studies
(Code No. 01)
1-      History, geography, political, art & culture and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh.

2-      Currents events of national and international importance.

3-      History of India and Indian national movement.

4-      Indian and World Geography-physical, social, economic geography of India and the world.

5-      Indian polity and governance –Constitution, political system, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.

6-      Economic and social development – sustainable development poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.

7-      General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate Change – that do not require subject specialization

8-      General science.

Paper-II
Aptitude Test
(Code No. 02)
1-    Comprehension

2-    Interpersonal skills including communication skills

3-    Logical reasoning and analytical ability

4-    Decision making and problem-solving

5-    General mental ability

6-    Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).

7-    English Language comprehension skills (Class X level)

This preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

Negative Marking: There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate. For each wrong answer, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

Preliminary Exam PapersMax Marks
Paper I – General Studies200
Paper II – Aptitude Test200

Main Written Examination

The candidate shall specify in his/her application form the optional subject he/she desire to take. He /She may intimate any change of his/her intention to the Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission not later than the last date prescribed for the receipt of Application. A candidate shall answer the Optional Paper in English or in Hindi as per his/her option.

Compulsory Subjects

SubjectsMax Marks
English100
Hindi100
Essay100
General Studies – I200
General Studies – II200
General Studies – II200

Optional Subject (One)

Paper I100
Paper II100
Viva-Voce
Viva-Voce150

HPAS Main Written Examination

The candidates declared qualified in the Preliminary examination will be entitled for admission to the Main written examination, if otherwise found eligible. The number of candidates to be called for Main written examination will be about 20 times of the total number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of aforementioned examination.

No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written examination unless he obtains at least 40% marks in Hindi and English (Compulsory Papers) and 45% marks in the aggregate. The marks obtained in English and Hindi (Compulsory Papers) will not be counted for the purpose of ranking though it would be necessary for the candidates to secure minimum 40% marks in each of these papers to qualify.

The candidates, who qualify the main examination, will have to download the call letter for the interview. No separate call letters will be sent for Main examination.

Interview

  • The last part of the examination is the interview. The interview is conducted by a board or panel of experts appointed by the HPPSC.
  • Those, who qualify the main exam, will be invited to appear for the interview process.
  • After qualifying the interview process, candidates will be appointed to their desired cadre.

HAS Answer Key

CS Mentors academy publish Answer Key for HAS Prelims. On the same day after 5:00 PM. Students can visit: www.thecsmentors.com to download the key.

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) also release the official Answer Keys for HPAS prelims Exam on the same day in evening. Candidates can check the answer key on the official website of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

HAS Result 

The result of HAS can be checked online at official website. Candidates can check HAS Result for Prelims and Mains after the successful conduction of the Written Examination as per the schedule. Final result of HAS declared generally in the month of April every year.

What is IAS Exam?

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Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was formerly known as Imperial Civil Service (ICS) is the Civil Services Examination and one of the toughest competitive exams in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative Civil Service.

About IAS:

Founded:

  • 1858 (as Imperial Civil Service)
  • January 26, 1950 (as Indian Administrative Service)

The Indian Administrative Service is the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India. HIerarchy-wise, IAS is the highest administrative post among the 24 services like IPS, IFS etc.

IAS is the permanent bureaucracy in India and forms a part of the executive branch. It is one of the three All India Services, its cadre can be employed by both the Union Government, the State Governments and public-sector undertakings.

Being an IAS Officer

An IAS officer is given administrative command of an entire district as a District Collector.  IAS officers also represent Government of India at international level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations.

What is Indian Administrative Service (IAS)?

IAS is the short form of Indian Administrative Service. It is one of the prestigious services among the 24 services like IPS, IFS etc for the which the UPSC conduct Civil Services Examination (CSE) for selecting the candidates. An officer selected into the Indian Administrative Service gets exposure in very diverse roles like the collector, commissioner, head of public sector units, chief secretary, cabinet secretary etc. Not only the experience and challenges but also the scope of making positive changes in the life of millions in India makes IAS a unique career choice.

How to become an IAS officer?

Even though the exam to be undertaken is popularly known as IAS exam, it is officially called UPSC Civil Services Exam. The UPSC CSE consists of 3 stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Getting into Indian Administrative Service is not easy considering the competition involved, but not impossible for a candidate with right attitude and approach. Interesting read: Salary of an Indian Administrative Service officer.

Civil Services Examination (CSE)

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is the government agency responsible for selecting the right candidates for this service. Every year only around 1000 candidates are selected for all the 24 services combined. The number of candidates who applied for UPSC Civil Service Exam was about 9 lakh in 2016, out of which around 4.5 lakh candidates appeared on the exam day.

This exam is widely considered as the toughest exam in the world, considering the exam duration (extends 1 year), depth of the syllabus and the competition involved. The first stage of the exam – Preliminary (objective) – is usually conducted around June, while the second stage, Mains (written), is conducted around October. Those who clear Mains will have to face interview/personality test during the March-May period. The final result usually comes in June.

How to Clear Civil Services Exam?

To clear IAS Exam, aspirants are advised to have a long-term strategy. Though most of the serious candidates start preparation 9-12 months before the exam date, there are candidates who successfully achieve top ranks with only a few months of dedicated study. So what matters is not the duration of the preparation, but the quality of the same.

A disciplined and focused mind with a passion for learning and reading is the basic trait of all successful candidates. The UPSC Civil Services exam is more a test of the analytic and presentation skills along with knowledge gained by the candidate rather than a test which checks candidate’s mathematical or verbal skills. To clear IAS, we feel two entities as essential:

  1. Right guidance – for prelims and mains.
  2. Right study materials and books.

The educational qualification needed to appear in UPSC CSE is a degree (graduation) in any subject. Final year students can also apply. Aspirants may go through the article to the eligibility criteria for writing UPSC CSE exam.

IAS Exam Number of attempts permitted

The number of attempts permissible for a general category candidate in UPSC CSE is 6. For OBC candidates the number of attempts permitted it 9. SC/ST category candidates will have unlimited attempts till they attain the upper age limit to appear for UPSC CSE.

IAS Exam Age Limits

The minimum age to appear for UPSC Civil Services Exam is 21 years. Upper age limit for General category is 32 years, for OBC it is 35 years while for SC/ST it is 37 years.

IAS syllabus

A good understanding of UPSC syllabus and exam pattern is the first step for all freshers. The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.

A candidate’s rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year. The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks.

UPSC Mains Syllabus

Qualifying Papers (Non-Ranking)
Paper AOne of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eight Schedule to the Constitution.300 Marks
Paper BEnglish31300 Marks
Papers to be Counted for Merit (Ranking)
Paper I
Paper IIGeneral Studies I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the Worl27d and Society)250 Marks
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250 Marks
Paper IVGeneral Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250 Marks
Paper VGeneral Studies IV ( Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250 Marks
Paper VIOptional Subject- Paper 1250 Marks
Paper VIIOptional Subject- Paper 2250 Marks
For the optional papers in the Main Examination, UPSC has a list of about twenty-six subjects out of which any one subject has to be selected by the candidate.
Subtotal (Written Test)1750 Marks
Personality Test (Interview)275 Marks
Grand Total2025 Marks

QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH

The aim of the paper is to test the candidate’s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian Language concerned.

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:-

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essay.

Indian Languages:-

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essay
  • Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

PAPER-I

ESSAY

Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given.

They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

PAPER-II

General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

Indian Heritage and Culture

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

History

  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.4
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

Society

  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

Geography of the World

  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

PAPER-III

General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

Governance, Constitution, Polity

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

Social Justice

  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.

International relations

  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

PAPER-IV

General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

Economic Development

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.

Agriculture

  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.

Technology

  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Environment

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Disaster Management

  • Disaster and disaster management.

Security

  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate 

PAPER-V

General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

Case Studies on above issues.

PAPER VI & VII

Optional Subject Papers – I & II

PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW)

The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. (Ranking is based on score out of 2025 Marks). Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest.

The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs.

Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

Punjab Civil Services Exam (PCS)

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The Punjab Civil Services exam i.e. PCS exam, is a combined competitive exam held by Punjab Public Service Commission for the purpose of recruiting workforce for Government posts like PCS Executive, Deputy Superintendent, Excise and Taxation officer, etc.

PCS Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the PCS exam, a candidate must be a Citizen of India or a Citizen of Nepal or Subject of Bhutan.

The candidate should be of minimum age of 21 years but should not be older than 37 years. The candidate should possess a bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution, provided that the candidate may be permitted to take PCS preliminary examination while studying for the qualifying degree. There are certain associated guidelines associated with the eligibility criteria including Physical Standards for the candidates applying for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police:

Physical standards for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police:

Minimum height:
Men- 5 feet 7 inches
Women– 5 feet 3 inches
Chest measurement (for men only):
Unexpanded: 33 inches
Expanded: 34.5 inches

PCS Exam pattern

Candidates are selected based on their performance in two stages-

  1. PCS Preliminary Competitive exam and
  2. Main Competitive exam (written and viva voce).

The Preliminary Competitive Examination consists of two papers i.e. Paper-I General Studies and Paper –II Civil Services Aptitude Test. All candidates are required to appear in both papers including i.e. Paper I and Paper II of the PCS Preliminary Competitive Examination.

The PCS main exam consists of written examination and a viva voce (interview) test. There are total of 8 questions in the papers of optional subjects. All questions carry equal marks. Each paper is divided into two parts, Part A and Part B, each part has four questions. The main competitive exam includes compulsory and optional subjects and every candidate is required to take all the compulsory subjects and two of the optional subjects, except for Ex-servicemen candidates, who are exempted from taking optional subjects.

The candidates securing the highest aggregate marks in the written part of the Main Competitive Exam are called for the interview test. If two or more candidates are tied at same rank then the order of merit is evaluated in accordance with highest marks secured in interview.

PCS Exam Syllabus

Both the PCS exams have different set of syllabi. Preliminary exam includes General studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test, while Main exam includes topics like English, History, Geography, Indian Constitution, Punjabi, Economy, Statistics, Science and Technology, Environment and others.

PCS Exam Schedule

The PCS exam is conducted at various intervals throughout the year at centers within the territory of Chandigarh, dates of which are intimidated by the UPSC online.

PCS Future Prospects

The Central and State civil servants are in charge of the governance of the various departments (non-military) to ensure that the administrative infrastructure works according to the constitutional provision. Civil Servants have both power and authority. Clearing the PCS exam both preliminary and main, opens gates to higher esteemed posts like that of IAS and IPS officers. Hence PCS exam is one of the most prestigious and lucrative career options for those wanting to serve the nation and command respect as well as authority in the society.

Who is a PCS officer in India

We all have heard of IAS, IPS, and IRS officers, but many of us might not be aware of a PCS officer. The Civil Services run the administration of our country. To choose the right kind of candidate, they conduct various exams. Those who clear these exams are later appointed to different posts depending upon their scores to be a part of the administrative body.

Who exactly is a PCS Officer?

PCS Officer i.e. Provincial Civil Services officer is a prominent position attained by a candidate only on being recruited by the State Public Service Commissions. The State Public Service Commission can recruit only those students who have cleared the PCS exam for their particular state. The PCS officer looks after the state as a caretaker.

General awareness and knowledge

  • Forests, agriculture, land, education, and revenue, etc. are the subjects that are dealt by the state civil services.
  • It is essential that a PCS candidate has adequate information relating to the history of the state as well as have knowledge regarding the geographical details of the state.
  • The awareness of what kind of basic problems are being faced in the state and how can they be solved or handled is also another question that the candidate must have answers to.
  • Knowledge of the regional language, common customs, and traditions of the people of the state is also another quality that a candidate must possess.

Adequate amount of preparation is a must

The exams conducted need good amount of preparation to pass them out with flying colours. People planning to appear for this exam or any other civil services exam must have adequate information relating to our country as well as must have a brief idea about the current affairs.

A person working in the administration must have quick decision-making skills as the administration is also the backbone of an entire nation and thus only people who clear all the three levels of exams to get recruited for this post. The three levels include Prelims, Mains, and the interview round. A candidate, later on, being selected can only work for one state.

The duty that comes along with lot of respect and responsibilities

  • The PCS officer manages duties about welfare of the state and the benefits of its people.
  • An IAS officer works on an intermediate level whereas PCS officers manage only the affairs of their state.
  • The PCS officers do not have to worry much about transfers as they are recruited only for the management of a particular state, so the question of being moved to another state never arises.
  • There are several other duties of the PCS officers like, looking after the security of any politician or other respectable government personnel who may have arrived in the city, taking quick and accurate decisions in case of natural disasters affecting the state, maintaining harmony amongst the people of all religions and avoiding any kind of riots as well as maintain the economy of the state.
  • Everything that falls under the area of a particular state must be looked after by the PCS officers through the help of other subordinate officers.

Himachal Administrative Services Exam notification, form and eligibility!

HPAS Examination notification has been issued by Himachal Pradesh public service commission for HP Administrative Service (HPAS), HP Police Service, BDO, Tehsildar and many other state services. See the eligibility, pay scale, exam syllabus and pattern, selection process, how to apply and last date for HP Administrative Service and HP Police Service recruitment’s.

H.P. ADMINISTRATIVE COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION-2017

THE DETAILS OF THE POSTS/SERVICES ARE AS UNDER:

  1. Ten vacancies of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service, Class-I (Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs.15600-39100 + Rs.5400 (Grade Pay). Out of these, one vacancy is reserved for the category of Scheduled Caste (S.C) of H.P., One vacancy is reserved for the category of Scheduled Tribe (S.T) of H.P., One vacancy is reserved for Other Backward Class (OBC) of H.P., One Vacancy is reserved for Ex-Serviceman (Gen.) of H.P., and the remaining six vacancies are unreserved.
  2. Two vacancies of Himachal Pradesh Police Service, Class-I (Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs. 15600-39100 + Rs.5400 (Grade Pay). Out of these one vacancy is reserved for the category of Scheduled Caste (S.C) of H.P., and one vacancy is reserved for the category of Scheduled Tribe (S.T) of H.P.,
  3. One vacancy (Gen.) of District Controller (Food Civil Supplies &Consumer Affairs), Class-I (Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs 15,600-39,100+Rs 5400 (Grade Pay)
  4. Fourteen vacancies of Tehsildar Class–I (Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs.10300-34800+ Rs.5000 (Grade Pay). Out of these, three vacancies are reserved for the category of Ex-Serviceman (Gen.) of H.P., two vacancies are reserved for the category of Scheduled Caste (S.C.) of H.P., one vacancy is reserved for the category of Scheduled Tribe (ST) of H.P., two Vacancies are reserved for Other Backward Class (OBC) of H.P., one vacancy is reserved for Ex- Servicemen (OBC.) of H.P., one vacancy is reserved for Physically Handicapped (Orthopedically) of H.P., and the remaining four vacancies are unreserved.
  5. Four vacancies of Block Development Officers, Class–I (Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs. 10300-34800 +Rs. 5000 (Grade Pay). Out of these, one vacancy is reserved for the category of Ex-Serviceman (Gen.) of H.P., one vacancy is reserved for the category of Ward of Freedom Fighter (Gen.) of H.P., and the remaining two vacancies are unreserved.

NOTE:

The number of vacancy(s) in the services / posts if received from the Govt. Up to 31st May, 2018 shall be included for the purpose of selection of candidates on the basis of aforesaid examination. All the candidates are requested to apply under their respective category(s) as any above post of any reserved category can be included to be filled up on the basis of H.P.A.S. Combined CompetitiveExamination-2017. The number of vacancies and reservation of posts is liable to be altered without any notice.

CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Mere issue of admit card to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.

Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES:

  • In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact HPPSC’s Reception Counter near Main Gate of its campus in person or over Telephone No. 0177-2624313 & 2629738 on working days between 10.00 hrs to17.00 hrs. The Commission has also installed a Toll Free number 18001808004 in order to attend any query/ guidance for facilitating the candidates.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Combined Competitive Examination will consist of three successive stages to complete the selection process.

4.1. STAGE – I (PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION):-

4.1.1. HOW TO APPLY

  • Candidates are required to apply only through online mode by using the website hppsc.hp.gov.in/hppsc. No other mode for submission of applications is allowed.
  • Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above-mentioned website.
  • The candidates must ensure their eligibility in respect of Category, Age and Essential Qualification(s) etc. as mentioned in the advertisement to avoid rejection at later stage.
  • The candidates should exercise due care while entering their Mobile Numbers and E-Mail IDs in the Online Application Form for immediate intimation with regard to their application.
  • The online Applications can be filled up to 20/01/2018 till 11.59 PM after which the link will be disabled.

4.2. EXAMINATION FEES:-

The Candidates are required to pay a fee either by depositing the money in any branch of PNB by cash or by using Visa / Master Card Credit / Debit Card. The detail of fee for respective categories is as under:-

Sr.No.CategoryFee in Rupees
1GENERAL CATEGORY400/-
(Including  General  Physically  Disabled,  i.e. orthopedically disabled,  Deaf  &  Dumb,  Hearing  impaired,  W.F.F.,  Ex-Servicemen relieved from Defense Services on their own request before completion of normal tenure of HP)
2CANDIDATES OF OTHER STATES
(including reserved category(s) candidates of other states)
400/-
3S.C. OF H.P. /S.T. OF H.P. /O.B.C. OF H.P./ Ex-Servicemen
of H.P. relieved from Defence Services on their own request before completion of normal tenure)
100/-
4Ex-Servicemen  of  H.P.  (Ex-Servicemen,  who  are  relieved
from Defence Services after completion of normal tenure)/Blind of H.P./ Visually Impaired of H.P.
No Fee

4.2.1  PAY BY CASH:
The candidates who opt for “PAY by CASH” mode, should print the system generated e-Challan of Punjab National Bank after applying online for the post through Commission’s website, and Transaction No., Branch Code and date of Receipt given by the PNB on candidate’s copy of e-Challan are required to be updated before the last date in the same Login ID in the Fee Details link. Before applying online, all candidates are advised to go through detailed instructions given on the above mentioned website.

4.2.2 THROUGH CREDIT/ DEBIT/ VISA CARD
The candidates can also pay requisite amount of Examination fee through Credit/ Debit Card only. Payment Gateway accepts Debit and Credit Cards from VISA and Master Card of any Bank. A link to pay requisite application fee by this mode is also available on our website.

NOTE:
Candidates should note that payment of fee can be made only through the modes prescribed above. Payment of fee through any other mode is neither valid nor acceptable. Applications submitted without the prescribed fee/mode shall be summarily rejected.

4.2.3 CENTRES OF EXAMINATION:

The Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centres:-

SHIMLA, SOLAN, MANDI, SUNDER NAGAR, PALAMPUR, KANGRA, DHARAMSALA, NAHAN, UNA, HAMIRPUR, CHAMBA, BILASPUR AND KULLU.

The centres of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be cancelled/ changed at the discretion of the Commission. Every effort will be made by the Commission to allot the candidates to the centre of their choice for examination, however, the Commission may, at their discretion to allot a different centre to a candidate, when circumstances so warranted.

4.2.4. ADMISSION/ REJECTION

  • Incomplete Online Application Forms submitted without requisite examination fee/fictitious fee, scanned photograph & scanned signatures of prescribed size, will be rejected straightway.
  • Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.
  • The List of provisionally admitted/ rejected candidates will be uploaded on HPPSC website and status of application will also be available against their user ID for the information of the candidates.

4.2.5. e-ADMIT CARD

  • The provisionally admitted candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination against their USER-ID. The candidate will download e-Admit Card from their USER-ID for admission/appear in Examination. No Admit Card will be sent by post.
  • SIGNIFICANT FUNCTIONAL INSTRUCTIONS
  • The HPPSC has already introduced two parts Carbon less OMR Answer Sheet. The candidates are required to handover original OMR answer sheet (upper part) to the invigilator and take away candidate’s copy (lower part) with him/ her.
  • Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
  • Marks obtained in Preliminary Examination by the candidate who are declared qualified by the Commission for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
  • In due course of time, the key of answers of both the objective type Papers will be displayed on Office Website for inviting objections from the appeared candidates, if any.

4.3  STAGE – II (MAIN WRITTEN EXAMINATION):

  • The result of preliminary examination will be uploaded on HPPSC website.
  • The Notification for inviting main application form will be published in the leading news papers and the same will also be available on HPPSC website.
  • Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination will have to apply again, in the Detailed Application Form.
  • The qualified candidates for Main Examination are required to download the Detailed Main Application Form from HPPSC website and fill the relevant columns by enclosing attested photocopies of all documents in support of their eligibility as already claimed by the candidate(s) in preliminary application form as well as in main application form.
  • The candidates are required to send the complete main application form alongwith required documents and requisite examination fee to the Commission’s office on or before the last date for receipt of application as mentioned in the notice for inviting main application form.
  • The Centre-wise list of admitted candidates and timetable for Main examination will be uploaded on Office Website for the information of the candidates. Intimation with regard to admission/ rejection and date of commencement of Main Examination will be intimated through SMS/ e-mail.

4.4  STAGE – III (VIVA-VOCE):

  • On the basis of performance in main examination the result of qualified candidates will be uploaded on HPPSC website.
  • The candidate who qualifies main examination will be called for viva-voce individually by the office.
  • Final selection will be determined on the basis of written performance in the main examination and viva-voce.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

5.1 A candidate must be a citizen of India.

5.2 Minimum Educational Qualifications

  • A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University.
  • A candidate, who has appeared at an examination the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination but has not been informed of result, may apply for admission to the examination. A candidate, who intends to appear at such a qualifying examination, may also apply, provided the qualifying examination is completed before the commencement of this examination. Such candidates will be admitted to the examination, if otherwise eligible, but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the examination as soon as passed and in any case not later than two months after the commencement of this examination.
  • Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination equivalent thereto, but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the HAS etc. examination will be provisionally admitted to the examination provided they submit along with their applications a copy of certificate from the University/ Institutions that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University / Institution that they had completed or requirement (including completion of internship) for the award of degree.

5.3 Age Limits :

  • 5.3.1  A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years on the first January- 2018, meaning thereby that candidates born on or after 02-01-1997 are underage whereas applicants born on or before 01-01-1983 are overage.
  • 5.3.3  Provided further that a Govt. servant who is holding substantive / officiating / contractual appointments in H.P. Govt. or in High Court of Himachal Pradesh or any Court Subordinate thereto and employees of the Public Sector Undertakings / Corporations / Banks substantially owned or controlled by the H.P. Government shall be eligible to appear in the examination if he / she possesses a Bachelor’s degree of a recognized University and has not attained the age of 45 years on the first day of January of the year in which the applications are invited by the Commission for Competitive examination. Any person who is eligible under this sub-rule and wishes to appear in the examination shall submit his / her application in the prescribed form through his / her Head of Office to the Secretary, H.P. Public Service Commission.

However, in the case of H.P. Police Service, Class- I ( Gazetted) a Govt. servant who is holding substantive / officiating / contractual appointments in H.P. Govt. or in High Court of Himachal Pradesh or any Court Subordinate thereto and employees of the Public Sector Undertakings / Corporations substantially owned or controlled by the H.P. Government shall be eligible to appear in the examination if he / she possesses a Bachelor’s degree of a recognized University and has not attained the age of 42 years on the first day of January of the year in which the applications are invited by the Commission for Competitive examination. Any person who is eligible under this sub-rule and wishes to appear in the examination shall submit his / her application in the prescribed form through his / her Head of Office to the Secretary, H.P. Public Service Commission.

NOTE  I  :Candidates  should  note  that  only  the  date  of  birth  as  recorded  in  the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission
and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted
NOTE II :Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or  at  any  other
examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.
NOTE III:The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in respective column of the application Form. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their
Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.
5.4Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the Pradesh is a desirable qualification. The above eligibility conditions shall be subject to change, if any in the relevant Rules related to Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services and those of the concerned Allied Services, as are notified by the Himachal Pradesh Government.

NOTE:
All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission. Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.

NOTE:
Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/ appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/ candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

NOTE:
While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice for the centre for the examination. More than one application from a candidate giving different centres will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed applications, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Commission’s decision in the matter shall be final.

NOTE:
The provisionally admitted candidates may download the admit cards along with instructions for appearing in the HPAS (Preliminary) examination-2017 from the official website http:// www.hppsc.hp.gov.in/hppsc. No admit card to any candidate will be sent through post.

If any candidate appears at a centre other than those indicated by the Commission in his/her Admit Card, the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable to Cancellation.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION:

6.1 Preliminary examination

  1. A) Initially, Preliminary examination consisting of 02 papers based on objective type (multiple choices) questions on the following pattern will be held.

Paper-I

General Studies (Code No.01). This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions.

Paper-II

Aptitude Test (Code No.02). This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions.

(B)PapersSyllabus
Paper-I General Studies (Code No.01)History, geography, political, art & culture and sociology economic development of Himachal Pradesh. Currents 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 General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate Change – that do not require subject specialization initiatives, etc
Paper-II
Aptitude Test (Code No.02)
General science. Comprehension Interpersonal skills including communication skills Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving, 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).
English Language comprehension skills (Class X level)
  • This preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects of General Studies and Aptitude Test. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only: the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about 20 times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who have been declared by the Commission to have qualified the preliminary examination will be eligible for admission to the main examination corresponding to the said Preliminary Examination provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

Provided that Aptitude Test (Paper-II) of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% and, therefore, marks obtained in this paper shall not be counted for determining the merit of the candidates to be drawn exclusively on the basis of marks obtained in General Studies (Paper-I) of the Preliminary Examination for their admission to the Main Examination.

Note:
There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers.

  • There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • The duration of Papers No.I and II (General Studies and Aptitude Test) will be two hours each.”

6.2 Main Written Examination

  1. The candidates declared qualified in the Preliminary examination will be entitled for admission to the Main written examination, if otherwise found eligible.
  2. The number of candidates to be called for Main written examination will be about 20 times of the total number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of aforementioned examination.
  3. The candidates, who qualify the Preliminary examination, will have to download the application form for Main written examination from the above website. No separate call letters will be sent for Main examination.

6.3 Viva-Voce

The number of candidates to be called for viva-voce test after the Main written examination by the Commission shall be at its discretion on the basis of marks obtained by them in the Main written examination only. As far as possible this number will be three times the total number of vacancies.

NOTE:
Marks obtained by the candidates in the (Preliminary) examination will not be counted for the purpose of final order of merit. However, marks obtained in the Main written examination as well as in the viva-voce test would determine their final merit for selection. The marks obtained in the Compulsory Papers of English and Hindi will not be counted for overall ranking.

NOTE:
The option exercised by the candidates will be taken into consideration while determining their order of merit for selection to the various posts/services.

  1. Onus of proving that candidate is qualified shall be on the candidate. In case no date of notification/declaration of final result is mentioned in any certificate the date of issue of certificate shall be deemed date of obtaining Essential Qualification Incomplete, defectively filled up, old, unsigned and zerox application forms will not be entertained and no subsequent correspondence will be admitted
  2. Categories like General/ SC/ST/OBC/ Persons with disabilities /Ex-Servicemen/ WFF once claimed in the application forms will not be substituted/changed later on. The SC / ST / OBC / WFF / Physically Handicapped and Ex-servicemen / Ortho. Phy. Handicapped / Visually Impaired / Hearing Impaired / Blind / Deaf & Dumb candidates of other states than H.P. should write / encode their category code as 01, because they are treated as general candidates for the purpose of cost of application form inclusive of examination fees and upper age relaxation is not also applicable to them. The candidates belonging to disabled categories are advised to claim their respective category only if the % of disability is 40% or more than this. The candidates who need scribes must inform the Commission immediate after the receipt of call letter for preliminary/Main examination. Other terms and conditions are meant for General candidates are also applicable to them.
  3. No individual letters will be sent to the candidates regarding rejection of their applications. The details of rejection will be uploaded only on official website of the Commission.
  4. The candidate(s) should upload their correct Mobile number and e-mail address on the box provided in the online application.
  5. The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidates for admission to interview or selection will be final and no correspondence / personal enquiries will be entertained.
  6. The SC/ST/OBC Candidates must be on parental basis.
  7. The applicant shall upload his/her latest photograph in the space provided in the application form. In case, photograph uploaded on the application of Preliminary examination is found different / varying to that of pasted on the Identity Card for appearing in the Main examination, the candidature of such candidates shall stand cancelled. The candidate is required to write his / her name and particulars on the front side of his / her photo before pasting it on the application of Main Examination.
  8. Generally Wards of Ex-serviceman erroneously mention and encode the code of Ex-servicemen of H.P. in the relevant Column of the Online application forms. It is made clear that there is no reservation for the Wards of Ex-servicemen of H.P. in these services. Therefore, they shall write and encode the code of category(s) to which they belong. The Ex-servicemen candidates of P. must go through the relevant Rules and instructions of the reservation notified / issued by the H.P. Govt. from time to time in order to ensure their eligibility for admission to the aforesaid examination. Similarly, other reserved categories candidates are also required to go through the relevant instructions in order to ensure that they are eligible under the particular category(s).
  9. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. written examination and interview test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or interview test, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions; their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.
  10. A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of:
  11. Obtaining support for his/her candidature by the following means, namely:-
  • offering illegal gratification to, or
  • applying pressure on, or
  • blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of the examination, or
  • impersonating, or
  • procuring impersonation by any person, or
  • submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or
  • making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information, or
  • resorting to the following means in connection with his/her candidature for the examination, namely
  • obtaining copy of question paper through improper means,
  • finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the examination,
  • influencing the examiners, or
  • using unfair means during the examination, or
  • writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts, or
  • misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examines to boycott examination, creating disorderly scene and the like, or
  • harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their examinations, or
  • being in possession of or using mobile phone, pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination; or
  • violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their admission certificates permitting them to take the examination, or
  • attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses; may in addition to rendering himself/herself liable to criminal prosecution, beliable.
  1. to be disqualified by the Commission from the examination for which he/she is a candidate and/or
  2. to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period
  3. by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them.
  4. by the Central Government from any employment under them, and
  5. if he/she is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate Rules. Provided that no penalty under these Rules shall be imposed except after.
  6. giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and
  7. taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him/her into consideration.

The Centres of holding the Preliminary examination are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. While every effort will be made to allot the candidates the centre of their choice for examination, the Commission may, at their discretion, allot a different centre to a candidate when circumstances so warrant.

The candidates who are declared qualified in the (Preliminary) examination shall be required to apply for (Main) written examination separately on the prescribed application form available on the website of the Commission. No separate information will be sent to the individual qualified candidates. The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the main Written examination will be final and no correspondence / personal inquiry will be entertained therefore. The Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of the following documents for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the preliminary examination which are required to be sent to the Secretary, HPPSC along with application form with in the stipulated period which will be given in the public notice on the website of the Commission, separately.

  • Certificate of age.
  • Certificate of educational qualification.
  • Certificate in support of claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes/ Ex-Serviceman/ Physically Disabled, where applicable.
  • Certificate in support of claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.

Note:

Original certificates will have to be produced at the time of interview. If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission.

  1. The eligibility conditions of the candidates called for viva-voce test will also be determined on the day of interview on the basis of their original documents and rejection, if any, at that stage.
  2. The allocation of examination centres for (Preliminary) examination will be made according to the option exercised by the candidates in the online application form. No candidate will be allowed to change the centre of examination once claimed in the online application. This examination will be conducted in the examination centres located at Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Sunder Nagar, Dharamshala, Palampur Kangra Nahan, Una, Hamirpur, Chamba, Bilaspur and Kullu respectively in case adequate number of candidates opt for each of these stations as examination venue. However, the Commission reserves the right to allot any centre of examination to candidates irrespective of the option exercised. The centre for the (Main) written examination will, however, be at Shimla only.
  3. If any candidate appears in the HPAS (Preliminary) examination on the centre other than the allotted centre, his / her candidature will be rejected straightway and no correspondence will be entertained in the matter.
  4. The category once claimed by the candidate(s) will not be allowed to change after the conduct of HPAS (Preliminary) examination. No correspondence regarding change of category will be entertained thereafter.
  5. Re-checking / Re-evaluation for preliminary as well as for the Main written examination shall not be allowed in any case.
  6. If any visually impaired candidate requires scribes, he/she has to request for the same in writing to the Commission immediately after receipt of his/her roll Number. Such application will be entertained on merit and has per the rules.
  7. The number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of this examination may increase or decrease.

CATEGORY CLAIMS

The category once claimed by the candidate(s) will not be allowed to change after the conduct of Screening Test for the concerned post(s). Where the direct interview(s) will be conducted, candidates can apply for change of his/ her category seven days prior to the commencement of interview(s).

The S.C. of Himachal Pradesh / S.T. of Himachal Pradesh O.B.C. of Himachal Pradesh/ WFF of H.P. / Ex-Servicemen of H.P. and Physically Disabled of H.P. candidates must possess such certificates(s) in support of their claims made in the Online Recruitment Application(s) (ORA), while applying for these posts / services. The benefit of reservation will be admissible on parental basis to the candidates of Himachal Pradesh only. All the candidates belonging to reserved categories are also required to go through the relevant instructions issued from time to time by the Government of Himachal Pradesh, in order to ensure that they are eligible under a particular category.

EX-SERVICEMEN OF HIMACHAL PRADESH:-

The candidates belonging to Ex-Servicemen of Himachal Pradesh will have to furnish Discharge Certificate and full detail in respect of their P.P.O. No., Rank, and date of retirement from the Defence Services to claim the benefit of reservation for the category of Ex-Serviceman of Himachal Pradesh. The Ex-servicemen candidates of Himachal Pradesh must go through the relevant Rules and instructions of the reservation notified / issued by Himachal Pradesh Government from time to time in order to ensure their eligibility for admission to the concerned examination(s).

WARDS OF EX-SERVICEMEN OF HIMACHAL PRADESH, i.e. DEPENDENT SONS, DAUGHTERS AND WIVES OF EX-SM OF H.P.):-

Dependent sons, daughters & wives of Ex-Servicemen of Himachal Pradesh (Wards of Ex-Servicemen of Himachal Pradesh) may apply against the posts specifically reserved for Wards of Ex-Servicemen category (i.e. Dependent sons, daughters and wives) and not against the posts reserved for Ex-Servicemen of H.P. in order to avoid rejection of their candidature at any later stage for the concerned post(s).

OBC of H.P. (OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH):-

The candidates belonging to OBC of H.P. category must produce OBC certificate(s) on the prescribed format, which should not be more than one year old at the time of last date fixed for submission of Online Recruitment Applications along with latest affidavit duly attested by the authority authorized under the Indian Oath Act stating that his/her status as OBC has not been changed and he / she has not been excluded from the category of O.B.C. of H.P. on account of being covered under creamy layer. Such certificates should be based on parental basis, failing which candidature of such candidate(s) will be rejected.

WFF OF H.P. (WARDS OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH):-

For the posts reserved for Wards of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh (WFF of H.P.), sons/ grandsons/ daughters/ grand daughters of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh, who have been appointed on regular basis as well as married daughters/ grand daughters shall not be entitled for the benefits of reservation provided to the wards of Freedom fighters in Government services, against the identical posts in the same scale. The employed children/ grand children and married daughters/ grand daughters of Freedom Fighters will be deemed to have been excluded from the definition of Freedom Fighter for the purpose to this extent.

The children/ grand children of Freedom fighters of Himachal Pradesh, who have been appointed in Govt. / Semi Govt. or Private sector etc. services against the post(s) reserved for the wards of Freedom Fighters on regular basis will remain entitled to compete for higher rank/ grade posts/ services on the basis of reservation earmarked to the wards of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh. The un-married daughters/ grand daughters will have to submit an affidavit being spinster (un-married) in support of their claim(s) issued by the authority authorized under the Indian Oath Act. Otherwise such candidates will be rejected straightway.

IMPORTANT

ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE COMMISSION SHOULD INVARIABLY CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING PARTICULARS.

  1. NAME AND YEAR OF THE EXAMINATION
  2. ENROLLMENT ID
  3. APPLICATION FORM NUMBER
  4. ROLL NUMBER (IF RECEIVED)
  5. NAME OF CANDIDATE (IN FULL AND IN BLOCK LETTERS)
  6. DATE OF BIRTH
  7. COMPLETE POSTAL ADDRESS AS GIVEN IN THE APPLICATION ALONGWITH TELEPHONE/ MOBILE NUMBER.

N.B.1:
COMMUNICATION NOT CONTAINING THE ABOVE PARTICULARS MAY NOT BE ATTENDED TO.

N.B.2:
IF A LETTER/COMMUNICATION IS RECEIVED FROM A CANDIDATE AFTER AN EXAMINATION HAS BEEN HELD AND IT DOES NOT GIVE HIS/HER FULL NAME AND ROLL NUMBER, IT WILL BE IGNORED AND NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN THEREON.

NO REQUEST FOR WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDATURE RECEIVED FROM A CANDIDATE AFTER HE/SHE HAS SUBMITTED HIS/HER APPLICATION WILL BE ENTERTAINED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Himachal Administrative Services (HAS) Exam

HAS Coaching Chandigarh

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) conducts the state civil services examination for administrative posts in the state government of Himachal Pradesh and the aiding offices of the state administrative machinery. The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) invites applications for the HP Administrative Combined Competitive Examination every year. The number of posts vary each year depending upon the number of vacancies available. The number of vacancies include new posts created, existing vacancies and anticipated vacancies.

HAS Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for HAS, the candidate must be a citizen of India with minimum age of 21 years and maximum of 35 years. However, there is some relaxation for candidates belonging to categories other than General for HAS. Also, candidates familiar with the Himachal dialects, customs and traditions are preferred over those who aren’t.

HAS Exam Pattern

The HAS exam is conducted in 3 stages: 1. Preliminary Exam, 2: Main Exam and 3: Viva-Voce.

Preliminary Examination has two papers of objective type (MCQs). The questions have Multiple Choice Answers on the following topics- Paper I: General Studies and Paper II: Aptitude Test. Both the papers have 100 questions and are of 200 marks each.

The candidates who qualify in the HAS Preliminary Exam can appear in the Main Exam. The candidates called for the Interview test after the HAS Main Exam will be done three times the total number of vacancies. The interview is of 100 marks.

HAS Exam Syllabus

HAS exam Paper I includes subjects like General Studies History, Geography, Current Affairs of National and International Importance, Art & Culture, Socio-Economic Development of Himachal Pradesh, Environmental Issues relating to Bio Diversity and Climate Change, Indian Politics and Governance and General Science.

Paper II includes subjects like Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Decision Making and Problem Solving, General Mental Ability, Interpersonal Skills, Basic Numeracy, Comprehension Based Questions, Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation of Class 10th level.

The subjects for the HAS Main exam are chosen by the candidates themselves.

HAS Exam Schedule

HAS preliminary exam is conducted at various centers in the following cities of Himachal Pradesh-  Shimla, Solan, Dharamshala, Mandi, Nahan, Una, Hamirpur, Chamba, Bilaspur and Kullu. However, the main exam is conducted in Shimla only. The HAS exam dates are notified by the HPPSC online on the official website.

HAS Results

HAS results are announced on the official website of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission almost generally after the month the exam is conducted.

HAS Future Prospects

The Central and State civil servants are in charge of the governance of the various departments (non-military) to ensure that the administrative infrastructure works according to the constitutional provision. Civil Servants have both power and authority. Clearing the HAS exam both preliminary and main, opens gates to higher esteemed posts like that of IAS and IPS officers. Hence HAS is one of the most prestigious and lucrative career options for those wanting to serve the nation and command respect as well as authority in the society.

Scheduled caste Scheduled Tribes prevention of atrocities Act

  • 1989 Act.
  • Enforcing agency : Ministry Of Social Justice & Empowerment makes State governments & UT administrations responsible.
  • stipulate constitution of State and District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committees to periodically review implementation of the provisions of the PoA Act and relief and rehabilitation facilities provided to the victims
  • define atrocities against SCs and STs
  • Provides for six months to 1 years imprisonment
  • Amended in 2015 to include certain provisions given in the picture. à
  • Supreme Court stopped the ‘immediate arrest’ clause under its provisions
  • Two new  clauses added by Supreme court 2018 verdict:
  1. Public servants can only be arrested after written permission from the appointing authority
  2. Private citizen’s  arrest requires a preliminary investigation by at least a DSP rank officer
  • Scheduled Castes/Tribes are sometimes referred to as untouchables; in Tamil Nadu they are referred as Adi Dravida; and in other states mostly referred as scheduled castes.
  • The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes comprise about 16.6% and 8.6%, respectively, of India’s population (according to the 2011 census.
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 lists 1,108 castes across 29 states in its First Schedule,[7] and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 lists 744 tribes across 22 states in its First Schedule.
  • Morley–Minto Reforms Report, Montagu–Chelmsford Reforms Report and the Simon Commission were several initiatives  for representation of the Depressed Classes in provincial and central legislatures.
  • Government of India Act 1935, designed to give Indian provinces greater self-rule and set up a national federal structure. The reservation of seats for the Depressed Classes was incorporated into the act,
  • Act introduced the term “Scheduled Castes”, defining the group as “such castes, races or tribes or parts of groups within castes, races or tribes, which appear to His Majesty in Council to correspond to the classes of persons formerly known as the ‘Depressed Classesas “ as His Majesty in Council may prefer”
  • Constituent Assembly continued the prevailing definition of SCs and STs, giving (via articles 341 and 342) the president of India and governors a mandate to compile a full listing of castes and tribes.
  • Articles 338 and 338A provides for two statutory commissions:
    • National Commission for Scheduled Castes,
    • National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.