[Strategy] Exam Pattern of HPPSC: Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services ( HAS/HPAS ) Preliminary Examination

Stage 1 : Preliminary Examination  

Paper 1 : General Studies     100 Multiple Choice Questions     200 Mark

  • History, Geography, Political, Art & Culture & Social Economic Development of Himachal Pradesh.   

  • History of India & Indian National Movement.

  • India & World Geography.

  • Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues etc.

  • Economic & Social development - Sustainable Development & Poverty , Inclusion , Demographic , Social Sector Development etc.

  • General Issue on Environmental Ecology , Biodiversity & Climate change. 

  • Current Events of National and international Importance.


Paper 2 : Aptitude Test          100 Multiple Choice Questions     200 Marks

  • Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills 

  • Comprehension  

  • Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability

  • Decision Making & Problem Solving  

  • General Mental Ability

  • Basic Numeracy  (Class 10th Level )

  • Data Interpretation ( Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency ) (Class 10th Level)

  • English Language Communication Skills (Class 10th Level )   

    Some Important things to Remember:

    1. Negative Marking of 1/3 is applicable if you tick wrong answer.
    2. More than one Answers will be considered to be incorrect.
    3. No attempt means No marks No Negative Marking. :) 

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Studyplan and Books for HPAS Prelims General Studies Paper - 1 :

For English Medium People :

GS Prelims Syllabus and Topics
Books/Study material
Ancient History
·         A History of Ancient and Early Medieval / Here  (Choose 1 of these)
·         India's Ancient Past New / Here (its also Called Old NCERT) (Must have book)
·         The Wonder That Was India  (Ancient History)/ Here 
·         NCERT New
Medieval History
·         History Of Medieval India / Here (its also Called Old NCERT)
·        NCERT New
Modern History
·         History of Modern India - Bipin Chandra /Here (it is also Called Old NCERT) OR 
·         History of Modern India - Spectrum / Here (Very Brief one) (Must have book)

·         Indian Art & Culture - Nitin Singhania / Here  OR (Must have book)
·         NCERT 11th & 12th
·         NIOS/IGNOU Study material on Indian Culture and Heritage

Indian Freedom Struggle
·         India's Struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra / Here (Must have book)
·         Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng LeongHere ( Physical Geography) Important Book
·         India: A Comprehensive Geography - D.R.Khullar Here / Geography of India – Majid Husain / Here /  (Indian Geography) (Choose one) (Must have book)
·         World Geogarphy - Majid Hussain / Here  (World Geography)
·         The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas / Here / Oxford School Atlas by Oxford University Press / Here (Choose one Atlas) (Must have book)
·         NCERT class 6th to 10th  social science/ or ICSE Board Books 7th to 10th
·         NCERT Geography class 11th, 12th ( Very Important and Needed)
·         NOS Study material on Geography [ if Available]

Indian Polity
·         Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here (Must have book)
Economic & Social Development
·         Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh / Here (Must have book)
·         The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma / Here
·         Economic Survey  (Economy) Very Important
·         Yojna & Kurukshetra
·         NIOS/IGNOU Study material for Economy [If available]
·         NCERT 10th 11th, 12th Economics
Environment & Biodiversity
·         Environment - Shankar IAS / Here (Choose any 1 of these) (Must have book)
·         Ecology And Environment - P.D Sharma / Here (Environment) Excellent Book
·         Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English Hindi (Must have book)
·         IGNOU/NIOS Books Related Environment (if Available)
·         Internet

General Science
·         Science and Technology for UPSC by Tata Macgraw Hill / Here 
·         Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English Hindi (Must have book)
·         Science & Technology - Ashok Singh /   Here 
·         For Latest technology related News read Magazines/Newspaper, Internet 

Current Affairs
·         India Yearbook 2016 / Here (English) / Bharat 2016 / Here (Current Affairs)
·         Newspapers : The HinduThe Indian ExpressFrontline 

·         Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English Hindi

Hindi Medium People :

GS Prelims Syllabus and Topics  
Books/Study material
Pracheen Bharat (Ancient History)
·         Pracheen Bharat Ka Itihas evam Sanskriti - P. L. Gulam / Here  Excellent Book 
·         NIOS/IGNOU Study material on Indian Culture and Heritage.

MadhyaKalin Bharat (Medieval History)
·          Madhyakaleen Bharat - Rajniti, Samaj Aur Sanskriti by Satish Chandra / Here (its also called Old NCERT) 
·         NCERT New

Aadhunik Bharat (Modern history)
·          Aadhunik Bharat ka itihas - Bipin Chandra / Here (Also called Old NCERT) (Must have book)
·        NCERT New

Bhartiya Rashtriya Andolan (Indian   Freedom struggle)
·          Bharat ka rastiya andolan- Bipin Chander / Here (Must have book)

Bhartiya Sanskriti (Indian Culture)
·         Bhartiya Kala evan Sanskriti
·         NCERT New /Old
·         IGNOU and NIOS Notes
·         Internet

Bhugol (Geography)
·         Bhugol by D.R. Khullar / Here  Excellent Book 
·         Bhautik Bhugol by Majid Husain / Here
·         Bharat ka Bhugol by Majid Hussain / Here 
·         Tata MacGraw Hill Samanya Adhayan (Hindi) / Here
·         The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas / Here / Oxford School Atlas by Oxford University Press / Here (Choose one Atlas) (Must have book)
·         NCERT Geography class 11th, 12th ( Very Important and Needed)
·         NOS Study material on Geography [ if Available]

Rajvyavastha (Polity)
·         Bharat Ki Rajvyavastha by M. Laxmikanth / Here (Must have book)
·         Bharat Ka Samvidhan by D D Basu / Here

Arthavayavsta (Economy)
·         Bhartiya Arthavayavsta by Ramesh Singh / Here (Must have book)
·         NCERT Class 10th, 11th, 12th
·         NIOS/IGNOU Study material for Economy [If available]

Paryavaran Evam Paristhitiki
(Environment & Biodiversity )
·         Paryavaran Evam Paristhitiki: Civil Sewa Pariksha Hetu Majid Hussain / Here 

Vigyan Evan Takneek
(Science & Tech) 
·       Tata MacGraw Hill Samanya Adhayan (Hindi) / Here  this will Cover Physics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Computer part.
·         For Latest technology related News read Magazines/Newspaper [The Hindu Sunday Edition] 

Current Affairs
·         India Yearbook 2016 / Here (English) / Bharat 2016 / Here (Current Affairs)
·         Newspapers : The HinduThe Indian ExpressFrontline , Jansatta.

Anay Vishay (Misc. Topics)
·         Tata MacGraw Hill Samanya Adhayan (Hindi) / Here (Must have book)

Studyplan and Books for New HPAS Mains Pattern :

HPAS General Studies Paper – I

GS Paper – I

Books/Study material

Indian Culture
·          Indian Art & Culture - Nitin Singhania / Here  OR
·         NCERT 11th & 12th 

Modern History
·         History of Modern India - Bipin Chandra / Here (it is also Called Old NCERT) OR
·          History of Modern India - Spectrum / Here (Very Brief one)

Indian Freedom Struggle

World History

·         World History - Arjun Dev (Old NCERT) / Here OR
·         World History – Norman Lowe / Here OR
·         World History – Norman Lowe / Here (Brief Edition)
Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Political History of Himachal Pradesh

Disaster Management
·         IGNOU Notes, Internet, Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet

Geography of India

·         The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas / Here / Oxford School Atlas by Oxford University Press / Here (Choose one Atlas)
Geography of Himachal Pradesh, Human Aspects, Growth and Industrialization etc
Indian Society, Women Empowerment, Child Rights, RTE, Rights of differently-abled persons etc
·         NCERT 11th & 12th Sociology,
·         Internet, Current
·         IGNOU

 Ethics, Integrity and Gandhian Thoughts

·         Lexicon For Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude / Here (Choose any 2 of these)
·         IGNOU Notes
Society and Culture of Himachal Pradesh, Tribes of Himachal, Customs and manners of Himachal etc

HPAS General Studies Paper – II

GS Paper – II

Books/Study material
Indian Constitution, Parliament  and  state  legislatures, Union  and  states etc
·         Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here OR
Features of the Representation of People's Act
·         Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here OR
Polity of Himachal Pradesh : Reorganization and politics of statehood, pressure groups, Structure, organization  and  functioning  of  Statutory,  Regulatory  and  various bodies etc
Institutional framework, Policies and Interventions,
·          Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here OR
·         Internet
Governance, Good governance, Citizen Charters, effective public service delivery, transparency, accountability ect
·        Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here OR
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper,
·         Internet
Local self government in urban and rural areas
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper,
·         Internet
(NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Civil Society in Governance
·         Internet
Bodies  constituted,  Policies,
Programmes  &  Schemes  for  welfare  of  SC, ST, Women, Minorities, Backward classes, Differently abled persons, and children
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper,
·          Internet
Issues:  livelihood,  poverty,  hunger,
disease  and  social inclusiveness.
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper,
·          Internet
Governance in Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh Public Service Guarantee Act 2011, Right  to  Information  Act  2005, Administrative reforms, Implementation of 73rd & 74th Constitutional amendments in HP,  Programmes  and  policies
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper,
·         Internet
International Relations and Diplomacy
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
Cyber crime and drug menace in Himachal,  Socioeconomic Policies by HP Govt for SC, ST,  Protection and promotion of agrarian society, Tribal welfare administration
·         Current, Newspapers, Internet

HPAS General Studies Paper – III

GS Paper – III

Books/Study material
Indian Economy
·         NCERT 11th & 12th Economics
·         Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh / Here  Or
Economic Planning in India, Five Year Plans, Fiscal Policy, Sustainable development and Inclusive growth, Measurement  of  economic  development
·         NCERT 11th & 12th Economics
·         Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh / Here
Latest/Current  Development Schemes/Initiatives/Institutional  Changes
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
International  Financial  &
Economic  Organizations
·         NCERT 11th & 12th Economics
·         Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh / Here
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
Economy of Himachal Pradesh: Demographic profile & Human resource, Sectoral distribution of GSDP,
Diversification  in  Agriculture  and
allied  activities in HP,  Land  tenure  and
size  of  land holdings.
Industrialization in the state, Skilled/Unskilled labour, Cottage
and Small Scale Industries, Tax base, Pros and Cons of Special Category status in HP
Revenue generation with special reference to hydro potential, tourism, flora and fauna in HP
Appraisal  of  education,  Health,
Physical  and  Financial  Infrastructure Development in HP
Science & Technology : natural resources, development and communications, missions and programmes of Department of Space and ISRO, Historical evolution of Indian Space programme, Remote Sensing and Communication satellites etc
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
·         Science & Technology - Ashok Singh /   Here
Developments in energy sectors : Hydro power, non conventional sources of energy and nuclear energy including policies, programmes and research base in the country, Concepts of non conventional, renewable, clean and environment friendly energy sources. Role of energy in   sustainable development.
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
Science & Technology in HP : emerging technologies and initiatives, policy, research, vision, scope and applications for developing horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants resources of the state, IT policy of HP and its role in governance,  HIMSWAN, state plans of e-governance, concept of Lok Mitra Kendra and AGISAC etc
·         Current, Newspaper – Giriraj,
·         Official Websites etc
State Biodiversity strategy and Action Plan. Endangered and threatened species of Himachal Pradesh. Factors responsible for Bio diversity decline in Himachal Pradesh, Relevance and role of Intellectual Property Rights, Geographical Indications and Traditional wisdom and knowledge in sustainable development of the state
Environment & Biodiversity : Issues ,concerns, policies, programmes, conventions, treaties and missions aimed at environment protection, and dealing with the problem of climate change,
·          Environment - Shankar IAS Here (chose any one)
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
Environment Reports, Environment protection and pollution control Act and rules, Environment Impact Assessment, National  Action plans on Climate Change, Himalayan ecology ,biosphere reserve, Science and economics of climate change, Social and ethical issues in use of Biotechnology
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
Agriculture : Latest developments in science and technology for harnessing agriculture, horticulture, medicinal and herbal resources in the country, National mission for sustainable agriculture, mission for integrated development of horticulture, Concept of organic farming, seed certification, rain water harvesting , techniques of irrigation and soil conservations and soil health cards etc
·         Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
·         NCERT 11th & 12th
Tourism policy, potential and initiative in Himachal Pradesh, Types  of  tourism:  religious,  adventure, heritage,  Important  tourist  destinations, Social, Economic and Cultural implications of Tourism
Concept  of  Eco -Tourism  and  green  tourism  and  their  role  in  sustainable development, Environmental  concerns  of tourism  industry,  both  positive  and  negative  effects including climate change with reference to Himachal Pradesh

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