HAS Examination Notification, Qualification, and selection process

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.



(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.

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
General Studies – I200
General Studies – II200
General Studies – II200

Optional Subject (One)

Paper I100
Paper II100

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.


  • 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.