There is nothing mentioned in the Notification about the Change of Format of MAINS EXAMINATION, although there were rumors that HPPSC will Remove one OPTIONAL PAPER like UPSC did.
But Till now there are no such changes. So the Format for the Exams remains the same for Prelim and Mains.


Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service (HAS) - 7

Himachal Pradesh Police Service (HPS) - 5

Block Development Officers (BDO) - 17

Category Wise Distribution :

General Category - 16
SC - 2
ST - 2
OBC - 1
Ex-servicemen (U.R.) - 1

General WFF - 1
General Ex-serviceman - 2
S.T. Ex-serviceman - 1
S.C. Ex-serviceman - 1
O.B.C. Ex-serviceman - 1


including General Physically Disabled, i.e. orthopedically disabled, Deaf & Dumb, Hearing impaired/ W.F.F. / Ex Servicemen relieved from Defence Services on their own request before completion of normal tenure of HP).  - 400 Rupees

(including reserved category(s) candidates of other states) - 400 Rupees

S.C. OF H.P. /S.T. OF H.P. /O.B.C. OF H.P.
(Ex-Servicemen of H.P. relieved from Defence Services on their own request before completion of normal tenure) - 100 Rupees

Ex-Servicemen of H.P.
(Ex-Servicemen, who are relieved from Defence Services after completion of normal tenure) / Blind of H.P./ Visually Impaired of H.P. - No Fee

Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centres:


Eligibility Criteria: 

Age Limit: 

1. Age  21 to 35 , but not completed 35 on 1st January 2014.

2. 5 years of Relaxation of Age for SC/ST/OBC/Disabled/Freedom Fighters Children or Grand Children.

3. Relaxation for HP GOVT Employees upto age of 42 Years counted on 1st January 2014.


Preliminary examination

(A) Initially, Preliminary examination consisting of 02 papers based on objective type (multiple choices) questions on the following pattern will be held.

Paper-I General Studies (Code No.01). This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choice) questions.

Paper-II Aptitude Test (Code No.02). This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper there shall be 100 objective type (multiple choice) questions.

(B) Syllabus
Paper-I General Studies

  • History, geography, political, art & culture and socio economic development of Himachal Pradesh. 
  • Currents 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
  • General science.

Syllabus Paper-II Aptitude Test

  • 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) Paper-I

(C) This preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about 20 times the total 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.

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

(i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question. The duration of Papers No.I and II (General Studies and Aptitude Test) will be two hours each."

(D) Main Written Examination

(a) The candidates declared qualified in the Preliminary examination will be entitled for admission to the Main written examination, if otherwise found eligible.

(b) The number of candidates to be called for Main written examination will be about 20 times of the total number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of aforementioned examination.

(c) The candidates, who qualify the Preliminary examination, will have to download the application form for Main examination from the above website. No separate call letters will be sent for Main examination.


The number of candidates to be called 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. As far as possible this number will be three times the total number of vacancies. NOTE: Marks obtained by the candidates in the (Preliminary) examination will not be counted for the purpose of final order of merit. However, marks obtained in the Main written examination as well as in the viva-voce test would determine their final merit for selection. NOTE: The option exercised by the candidates will be taken into consideration while determining their order of merit for selection to the various posts/services.

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