[Notification] H.P. ADMINISTRATIVE COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION - 2013 Notification

                              HIMACHAL PRADESH PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

                               Advertisement No. IV/ 2013                       Dated:01/ 01/2014

                   H.P. ADMINISTRATIVE COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION-2013

                              LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS : 30/01/2014





THE DETAILS OF THE POSTS/SERVICES ARE AS UNDER:

1. Seven (7) vacancies of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service, Class-I (Gazetted) in the pay scale of Rs.15600-39100 + 5400 (Grade Pay). Out of these, one vacancy each reserved for the categories of Scheduled Castes (S.C.), Scheduled Tribes (S.T.), and Ex-servicemen (U.R.). Remaining 04 vacancies are unreserved.


2. Five (5) vacancies of Himachal Pradesh Police Service, Class-I (Gazetted) in the pay scale of Rs.15600-39100 + 5400 (Grade Pay). Out of these, one vacancy reserved for the category of Ex-servicemen (U.R.). and remaining 04 vacancies are unreserved.

3. Seventeen (17) vacancies of Block Development Officers, Class ­I (Gazetted) in the pay scale of Rs. 10300-34800 + 5000 (Grade Pay). Out of these vacancies, (Gen. =08, S.C. =01, S.T. =01, O.B.C. =01, General WFF=01, General Ex-serviceman =02, S.T. Ex-serviceman =01, O.B.C. Ex-serviceman =01 & S.C. Ex-serviceman =01).

The following post(s) will also be filled up on the basis of H.P.A.S. Combined Competitive Examination-2013:

1. Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services
2. Himachal Pradesh Police Services
3. Tehsildar
4. Excise & Taxation Officer
5. Block Development Officer
6. District Panchayat Officer
7. Manager, District Industries Centre;
8. District Welfare-cum-Probation Officers
9. Assistant, Registrar Co-operative Societies
10. District Employment Officer
11. District Treasury Officer
12. District Food & Civil Supplies Controller
13. Assistant Controller, Weights & Measures


NOTE: The number of vacancy(s) in the services / posts if received from the Govt. upto 30 th June, 2014 shall be included for the purpose of selection of candidates on the basis of aforesaid examination. All the candidates are requested to apply under their respective category(s) as any above post of any reserved category can be included to be filled up on the basis of H.P.A.S. Combined Competitive Examination-2013. The number of vacancies and reservation of posts is liable to be altered without any notice.


 CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of admit card to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.

Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.


FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES :


In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications,
candidature etc. candidates can contact HPPSC's Reception Counter near Main Gate of its campus in person or over Telephone No. 0177-2624313 & 2629738 on working days between 10.00 hrs to17.00 hrs. The Commission has also installed a Toll Free number 18001808004 in order to attend any query/ guidance for facilitating the candidates

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Himachal Pradesh Administrative Combined Competitive Examination will consist of three successive stages to complete the selection process.

STAGE - I (PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION) :


HOW TO APPLY  Candidates are required to apply only through Online mode by using the website
www.hp.gov.in/hppsc. No other mode for submission of applications is allowed.

 Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website.

 The candidates must ensure their eligibility in respect of Category, Age and Essential Qualification(s) etc. as mentioned in the advertisement to avoid rejection at later stage.

 The candidates should exercise due care while entering their Mobile Numbers and E Mail IDs in the Online Application Form for immediate intimation with regard to their application.  The online Applications can be filled up to 30/01/2014 till 11.59 PM after which the link will be disabled.

EXAMINATION FEES:

The Candidates are required to pay a fee either by depositing the money in any branch of PNB by cash or by using Visa / Mater Card Credit / Debit Card.

GENERAL CATEGORY (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

CANDIDATES OF OTHER STATES (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


PAY BY CASH:

The candidates who opt for "PAY by CASH" mode, should print the system generated e-Challan of Punjab National Bank after applying online for the post through Commission's website, and Transaction No., Branch Code and date of Receipt given

by the PNB on candidate's copy of e-Challan are required to be updated before the last date in the same Login ID in the Fee Details link. Before applying online, all candidates are advised to go through detailed instructions given on the above mentioned website.


THROUGH CREDIT/ DEBIT/ VISA CARD

The candidates can also pay requisite amount of application fee through Credit/ Debit Card only. Payment Gateway accepts Debit and Credit Cards from VAISA and Master Card of any Bank. A link to pay requisite application fee by this mode is also available on our website.

NOTE: Candidates should note that payment of fee can be made only through the modes prescribed above. Payment of fee through any other mode is neither valid nor acceptable. Applications submitted without the prescribed fee/mode shall be summarily rejected.

CENTRES OF EXAMINATION :

The Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centres: SHIMLA, SOLAN, MANDI, DHARAMSALA, NAHAN, UNA, HAMIRPUR AND CHAMBA. The centres of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be cancelled/ changed at the discretion of the Commission. Every effort will be made by the Commission to allot the candidates to the centre of their choice for examination, however, the Commission may, at their discretion to allot a different centre to a candidate, when circumstances so warranted.


 ADMISSION/ REJECTION  Incomplete Online Application Forms submitted without requisite examination
fee/fictitious fee, scanned photograph & scanned signatures of prescribed size, will be rejected straightway.  Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.  The List of provisionally admitted/ rejected candidates will be uploaded on HPPSC website and status of application will also be available against their user ID for the information of the candidates.


e-ADMIT CARD  The provisionally admitted candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks
before the commencement of the examination against their USER-ID. The candidate will download e-Admit Card from their USER-ID for admission/appear in Examination. No Admit Card will be sent by post.

SIGNIFICANT FUNCTIONAL INSTRUCTIONS  The HPPSC has already introduced two parts Carbon less OMR Answer Sheet. The

candidates are required to handover original OMR answer sheet (upper part) to the invigilator and take away candidate's copy (lower part) with him/ her.  Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.  Marks obtained in Preliminary Examination by the candidate who are declared qualified by the Commission for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.  In due course of time, the key of answers of both the objective type Papers will be displayed on Office Website for inviting objections from the appeared candidates, if any.

STAGE ­ II (MAIN WRITTEN EXAMINATION):

 The result of preliminary examination will be uploaded on HPPSC website.  The Notification for inviting main application form will be published in the leading news papers and the same will also be available on HPPSC website.

 Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the  The qualified candidates for Main Examination are required to download the Detailed Main Application Form from HPPSC website and fill the relevant columns by enclosing attested photocopies of all documents in support of their eligibility as already claimed by the candidate(s) in preliminary application form as well as in main application form.  The candidates are required to send the complete main application form alongwith required documents alongwith requisite examination fee to the Commission's office on or before the last date for receipt of application as mentioned in the notice for inviting main application form.  The Centre-wise list of admitted candidates and timetable for Main examination will be uploaded on Office Website for the information of the candidates. An intimation with regard to admission/ rejection and date of commencement of Main Examination will be intimated through SMS/ e-mail. Main Examination will have to apply again, in the Detailed Application Form.

 STAGE - III (VIVA-VOCE):
 
On the basis of performance in main examination the result of qualified candidates will be uploaded on HPPSC website. The candidate who qualifies main examination will be called for viva-voce individually by the office. Final selection will be determined on the basis of written performance in the main examination and viva-voce.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.

5.1 A candidate must be a citizen of India.
5.2 Minimum Educational Qualifications
(a) A candidate must possess a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University.
(b) A candidate who has appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination but has not been informed of result, may apply for admission to the examination. A candidate, who intends to appear at such a qualifying examination, may also apply provided the qualifying examination is completed before the commencement of this examination. 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. 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. examination will be provisionally admitted to the examination provided they submit along with their applications a copy of 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 degree.

(c)5.3 Age Limits :

5.3.1 A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years on the first January 2014, meaning thereby

5.3.2 that candidates born on or after 02-01-1993 are underage whereas applicants born before 01-01-1979 are overage. Provided that the upper age limit is relax able 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

NOTE I : Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

NOTE II : Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

NOTE III: The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in respective column of the application Form. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

5.4 Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the Pradesh is a desirable qualification. The above eligibility conditions shall be subject to change, if any in the relevant Rules related to Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services and those of the concerned Allied Services, as are notified by the Himachal Pradesh Government.

NOTE: All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission. Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination. NOTE: Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/ appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/ candidature will be liable to be cancelled. NOTE: While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice for the centre for the examination. More than one application

from a candidate giving different centres will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed applications, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Commission's decision in the matter shall be final. NOTE: The provisionally admitted candidates may download the admit cards along with instructions for appearing in the HPAS (Preliminary) examination-2013 from the official website http:// www.hp.gov.in/hppsc. No admit card to any candidate will be sent through post. If any candidate appears at a centre other than those indicated by the Commission in his/her Admit Card, the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable to Cancellation.



SCHEME OF EXAMINATION:


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.


Viva-Voce;

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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