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10 things you should know before you start your HPAS preparation


10 things you should know before you start your HPAS preparation

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPSC) conducts the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive (HPAS) exam every year. HPAS is one of the most prestigious and tough entrance exams in Himachal. Every year thousands of devoted aspirants appear for this exam. Mostly dedicated aspirants have doubts regarding various aspects of this exam. In this blog post, we will discuss all the aspects related to HPAS that you must know before you start preparation Such as syllabus, eligibility, books, exam pattern etc. We at O2 IAS Academy Provides Best Coaching for HAS Preparation in Chandigarh


1. List of books to read for HPAS Preparation


History – Spectrum, Bipin Chandra, Arjun Dev for world history
Political science – Laxmikanth is enough
Geography – Certificate of physical geography by GC Leong, NCERTs
Economics – NCERTs, core concepts, Eco survey, Budget of India and state
General science – Lucent’s book
Himachal Pradesh – The Wonderland Himachal – Jagmohan Balokhra
Newspapers – The Tribune, The Hindu


2. Application Form for HPAS


The exam notification is posted both via online mode and in newspapers. Applications forms are available for candidates online. Applicants can apply for the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Exam by visiting the official website. The candidates are not required to send the Hard Copy of the Online Application Form to the office of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission


3. Eligibility Criteria for HPAS


Nationality: A candidate must be a citizen of India.
Age Limits: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years.
Age Relaxation: Upper age limit is relaxable by five years:
For candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward Classes / Persons with disabilities and Children/Grand Children of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh as declared by the Govt. from time to time.
Age relaxation is also available to Ex-servicemen candidates of H.P. as per provisions in Rules/ Instructions of H.P. Govt.Provided further that a Govt. servant who is holding substantive /officiating/contractual/ Adhoc appointments in H.P. Govt. or in High Court 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.


4. Minimum Educational Qualifications for HPAS


A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University.
Note: a. If a candidate is taking Preliminary Competitive Examination while studying for degree, Then 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 possible and in any case not later than two months after the commencement of this examination, failing which their candidature shall automatically stand cancelled.
b. 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 application for the HAS etc.the examination will be provisionally admitted to the examination provided they submit along with their applications a copy of the 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 / Institutions that they had completed or requirement (including completion of internship) for the award of a degree.


5. HPAS Selection Process


Selection Procedure for the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Combined Competitive Examination involves three successive stages which are:


Preliminary Examination:  The preliminary examination is the first stage of the exam and it consists of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.


What is the duration of the preliminary exams for HPAS?


The duration of Papers. I and II (General Studies and Aptitude Test) will be two hours each.


Is there are negative marking in HPAS exam?


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


The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about 20 times the total an approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the Posts / Service.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 a final order of merit.


Main Written Examination: The candidates who qualified in the first stage will be permitted for admission to the Main written examination. This exam will be of descriptive type question-answer format. The number of candidates to be called for Main written examination will be about 20 times the total number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of aforesaid examination.


Viva Voce: The number of candidates to be selected 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.
Final selection will be determined on the basis of written performance in the main examination and viva-voce.
In addition
i. Total combined Marks scored by candidates in the Main written examination as well as in the viva-voce test would determine their final merit for selection.
ii. The option chosen by the candidates will be taken into consideration while determining their order of merit for selection to the various posts/services.


6. HPAS Exam Syllabus


HPAS Exam syllabus both for Preliminary and Main exams will have the following topics/subjects:

Paper 1: General Studies

Time: 2 Hours | Max Marks: 200 | Questions: 100

Paper 2 : General Aptitude Test

Time : 2 Hours | Max Marks : 200 | Questions: 100

HPAS Syllabus



Names of all the qualified candidates shall be arranged in order of their merit according to the total marks obtained in the main written examination and the interview. Merit list will be made available at the official website of HP state public service commission. The decision taken by the commission shall be final.


FAQ’s related to HPAS EXAM


Ques: How much time is required to prepare for HPAS?
Ans: Six months to one year of dedicated preparation combined with good strategy, hard work, time management and revision is sufficient to clear HPAS.


Ques: What is HPAS?
Ans: HPAS or Himachal Pradesh administrative services exam is one of the most prestigious and toughest exams of India. HPAS is conducted every year for the purpose of selecting successful candidates into the administrative services of Himachal Pradesh state of India.


Ques: What is the age limit for HAS Exam?
Ans: Candidates appearing for the HPAS must have attained the age of 21 years but must not be more than 35 years of age. The upper age relaxation limit is 05 years for S.C. / S.T. and other prescribed reserved categories (OPRC) candidates of Himachal Pradesh.


Ques: How many attempts are there for HPAS?
Ans: Maximum number of attempts given to general category: 6
Unlimited number of attempts given to SC and ST students
Number of attempts given to OBC category students: 7


Ques: Is coaching available for HPAS in Chandigarh?
Ans: Yes Chandigarh has lots of HPAS coaching institutes which provide quality classes and guidance necessary for clearing HPAS. However O2 IAS Academy provides Best Coaching for HPAS Exam in Chandigarh


We hope that this information will help you. What are your thoughts and inputs or queries on this topic? Comment below and share your views with us. We would be happy to assist you in your HPAS preparation battles and answer your queries.

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