The Himachal Pradesh Public Service  Commission has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. The Commission has its own building and the office located  at Nigam Vihar (Chotta Shimla) on Cart Road.

HPAS or Himachal Pradesh administrative services exam commonly known as HAS exam is one of the toughest exams of the state of Himachal Pradesh. HAS exam is conducted by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission every year in the month of April or May. The selected candidates appointed as SDM, DSP, Tehsildar, and BDO after the final selection.

No. of stages:

  • Preliminary
  • Mains
  • Viva Voice

Preliminary Examination (Objective type):

Preliminary examination consist of 02 papers based on objective type (multiple choices) questions.

  • Paper-I: General Studies (Code No.01)
    Max. marks: 200 marks
    No. of Questions: 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions.
  • Paper-II: Aptitude Test (Code No.02)
    Max. marks: 200 marks
    No. of Questions: 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions.
  • 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.
Paper Syllabus
Paper I
  • History, geography, political, art & culture and socio 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 initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General science.
Paper II
  • 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)

Mains Examination (Subjective type):

  • Paper 1: English 100 marks
  • Paper 2: Hindi 100 marks
  • Paper 3: Essay 100 marks
  • Paper 4: GS 1 200 marks
  • Paper 5: GS 2 200 marks
  • Paper 6: GS 3 200 marks
  • Paper 7: Optional (P1) 100 marks
  • Paper 8: Optional (P2) 100 marks

Viva Voice 150 marks

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