Himachal Pradesh PCS

Himachal Pradesh PSC Exam Syllabus
A new system for conducting HPAS Combined Competitive (Preliminary) examination has been introduced from 2010. There will be 02 papers for HPAS (Preliminary) Examination, one is General Studies and another is of General Aptitude Test. Both the papers will be of 200 marks each containing 100 questions of multiple choice objective type and time duration will be of 02 hours. The syllabus has been given as under:-

Paper –I General Studies

This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choice) questions from the syllabus of History, geography, political, art & culture and socio economic development of Himachal Pradesh. Current 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 and General science;

Paper -II Aptitude Test

This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper there shall be 100 objective type (multiple choice) questions from the 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 syllabus


A) ENGLISH (100 marks)

Candidates will be required to answer questions designed to test their understanding of English and workman like use of words. Some of the questions will be devised to test also their reasoning power, their capacity to perceive implications and their ability to distinguish between the important and the less important. Passages will usually be set for summary of precis. Credit will be given for concise and effective expression.


 Translation of an English passage into Hindi
 Explanation of Hindi passage in Prose and Poetry in the same language

 Composition (idiom, corrections, etc.).

b) ESSAY (100 marks)

Candidates will be required to write an essay in English or Hindi language 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.

B) GENERAL STUDIES (150 marks )

Knowledge of current events of national and international importance and of such matter of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Modern History (From 1857 onwards) of India. Indian Culture, Indian Policy, Indian economy and Geography of India of such nature as candidates should be able to answer without special study and question on the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi.The compulsory and optional subjects and maximum marks fixed for each subject shall be as shown in the statement below:-


There will be two optional subjects each consisting of Paper I and II. Each will be of 150 marks.

No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written examination unless he obtains atleast 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.

Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects:-

 Mathematics and Statistics,
 of the Engineering subjects, viz, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering, not more than one subject;

 of language subjects, viz, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and English Literature, not more than one subject;

 Agriculture, AND Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science;

 Political Science, International Relations AND Public Administration;

 Commerce and Accountancy AND Management;

 Sociology and Anthropology;

 Management AND Public Administration;

 Horticulture AND Forestry;

 Horticulture, Agriculture AND Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science;

 Forestry, Agriculture AND Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.

• Viva-Voce (150 marks)