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 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.