Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission 

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission 

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Indian Civil Services which include the top services i.e., the IAS, IPS and IFS, is the dream career for millions of aspirants from all over the country.

About the Examination Process

In order to get selected into these coveted services, candidates have to appear in the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) and should pass a three-phase selection process. The three phases are the Preliminary Exam (Prelims), Main Examination (Mains) and Viva Voice (Interview).

Plan of Examination

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Services Examination consist of two successive stages:

  1. HPPSC(Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
  2. HPPSC(Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.
  1. Preliminary Exam
  • The exam will have two papers of 200 marks each and a total of 400 marks.
  • Each paper will be of 200 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking of ⅓ marks of the prescribed marks per question.
  • No deductions are done for unanswered questions.
PaperSubject No. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1General Studies1002002 Hours
2Aptitude Test1002002 Hours
Total400 Marks
  1. Main Written Exam
  • The Main exam will have 9 papers.
  • English (Paper-I) and Hindi (Paper-II) are of qualifying nature.
  • There will be a choice of optional subjects for the candidates.
  • The optional subject chosen, will have two papers under it.
PaperSubjectMarksDuration
1English100 (Qualifying Only)3 Hours
2Hindi 100 (Qualifying Only)3 Hours
3Essay1003 Hours
4General Studies – I2003 Hours
5General Studies – II2003 Hours
6General Studies – III2003 Hours
7Optional Subject (Paper-I)1003 Hours
8Optional Subject (Paper-II)1003 Hours
Total900 Marks

Viva-Voce/ Personality Test

The last stage in the selection process is the Viva-Voce. The viva-voce is conducted for 150 marks by the Commission. Candidates should be aware of the local languages spoken in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Centric issues of the state, and other basic regional information. The final list of candidates selected for the HPAS post mainly depends on the Mains Exam and the Viva-Voce. 

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