[HPAS New Pattern] New Pattern and Syllabus of HPAS/HAS Mains from January 2017

In a Historic and revolutionary move HP Govt Approved the Proposed HPAS Mains Exam Pattern and Syllabus which will be effective from January 2017 i.e HPAS advertisement notice HPAS 2016.
I am posting Complete Syllabus and Some important things from the Official Notification of
Approval of HPAS Mains Pattern and Syllabus.

HPAS 2015 that is to be held in May 2016 probably will be according to old Pattern and Syllabus with 2 optional subjects.






RULES RELATING TO THE
EXAMINATION FOR THE POST OF HIMACHAL PRADESH ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE (HPAS) :

1.  The main examination shall include compulsory subjects and one optional subject. Before this main examination a preliminary objective type examination based on multiple choice questions is to be conducted, the papers / syllabus and pattern of which will be as prescribed in Appendix-V. 

2. The candidate shall specify in his/her application form the optional subject he/she  desires to take. He / She may intimate any change of his / her intention to the Secretary of the Commission not later than the last date prescribed for the payment of the examination fee. A candidate shall answer the  Optional Paper in English or in Hindi as per his/her option. 

3. No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written examination unless he / she obtains atleast 40% marks in compulsory papers of Hindi and English and 45% marks in the aggregate (excluding compulsory papers of Hindi & English).

4. The total number of candidates to be called for interview / personality test on the  basis of written examination, shall not exceed three (3) times the number of the vacancies notified for recruitment through that examination:

Provided that in case there is a tie between or amongst the candidates on account of having  obtained equal minimum qualifying marks on the basis of written examination, all such candidates obtaining equal minimum marks shall be called for  interview / personality test.

5. The marks obtained by the candidates in the main examination (written part as well as interview/personality test) shall determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted various
services/posts keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preference expressed by them for the various services and posts.
6. The compulsory and optional subjects and maximum marks fixed for each subject  shall be as below:—

New Syllabus Exam Pattern for HPAS




1. COMPULSORY PAPERS



Paper No.

       Subject

Maximum Marks

I

English

100

II

Hindi

100

III

Essay

100

IV

General Studies - I

200

V

General Studies - II

200

VI

General Studies - III

200

2. OPTIONAL SUBJECT (ONE)



Paper No.

       Subject

Maximum Marks

VII

Paper I

100

VIII

Paper II

100


3. INTERVIEW / PERSONALITY TEST - 150 Marks
Note:— *In Hindi & English minimum 40 % are compulsory to score although Marks of Hindi & English will not be considered for the Merit. 


Total Marks for Merit = Essay + GS 1 + GS 2 + GS 3 + Optional + Interview

i.e. 
100 + 200 + 200 + 200 + 200 + 150 = 1050 Marks



7.  The Optional Subjects for the main examination shall be as under:— ( Choose only one)

HPAS Mains Optional Subjects


8.  The standards and contents of papers in general (excluding compulsory papers of  English and Hindi) shall be similar to those of the Degree level, i.e. B.A. or B.Sc. etc. examinations of a recognized University. The standards and contents of compulsory papers of English and Hindi shall be of 10+2 level.

 9.  All Papers shall be of three hours duration.

 10.  Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability  for appointment in peculiar conditions prevailing in Himachal Pradesh shall be considered as
“desirable qualifications”.

 11.  The marks obtained in the Compulsory Papers of English and Hindi will not be  counted for overall ranking though it would be necessary to obtain 40% marks in each of these
papers to qualify.

 12.  Marks and ranking will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in all other
compulsory and optional papers (excluding marks of English and Hindi Papers of Compulsory
Papers).

 13.  Credit will be given for good English / Hindi including orderly, effective and  exact  expression combined with the economy of words, in all subjects of the examination.

 14.  The names of candidates who are called for interview/personality test shall be  arranged in order of merit on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in the examination.


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My Take on this Syllabus :

Do you Know why I criticize HPPSC ? 

Because they are like that to be criticized again and again. Nothing is New in this Syllabus and pattern that they have changed from the Draft they put few months back for the suggestions.

They asked for suggestions to Prepare New Pattern and Syllabus but they never considered anyone's suggestions? Then what's this Whole Suggestions Drama ?

People from the various fields and aspirants send thousands of emails to them and they considered NOTHING. When I say Nothing that means not even a WORD changed from that Syllabus they presented in form of Draft,  They Simply Copy-Pasted it. This is only Eye Wash. They only want things according to themselves that's why they rejected all the Suggestions.

Only Good thing they have done is that they will make merit on the Basis of GS in Prelims.

Some important suggestions were :

1.  To Reduce the Weightage of Interview from 15% to 10 %. How can they reduce these marks,  after all they still have to choose their own Puppets through this special method. 15 % WEIGHTAGE IS TOO MUCH. Even UPSC have 13 % Interview weightage which is considered far far difficult and transparent, but in HPPSC these is no transparency. Kya Ye UPSC ke bhi Baap hain ?

2.  To Increase the
Weightage of  HP GK with a separate Paper and also in Prelims too. They Increased the Weightage in Mains but scattered in all the Papers. But not in prelims. 
3. To remove both the optionals completly so that we can have equality for all the aspirants, because some are high scoring optionals and some are less and there is no provision of scaling or normalization. Although if UPSC will remove they will follow it.

4. There were suggested by many to not ask psychology stuff in prelims but they asked more than last year, useless shit.

5. Apart from these there were many good suggestions, but none were considered.
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How to Prepare for HPAS: (Also at the end of this post)


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Download Official Notification of Syllabus : Here


Detailed HPAS Syllabus is Here :



COMPULSORY PAPERS

PAPER–I: ENGLISH (100 MARKS)


Objectives:
This paper is designed to test candidate’s knowledge/aptitude in the following:—

1. Comprehension of English Language
2. Correct grammatical expression
3.  Clarity and precision in expression 

Areas of Testing:
Candidates will be tested in the following areas:

 1.  English Grammar -     (20 Marks)
 2.  Usage and vocabulary  -    (20 Marks)
 3.  English Composition  Letter / Application    / Report / Note writing  -    (20 Marks)
4. Comprehension of unseen passages  -     (20 Marks)
5.  Precis Writing  -     (20 Marks)


Evaluation / Marking:


Credit will be given for the following:-

 1.  Writing of prĂ©cis, comprehension, composition and usage according to requirements  of format.
 2.  Coherence and sequence in expression.
 3.  Correctness of grammatical structures.
 4.  Originality of thought and expression.



PAPER-II: HINDI IN DEVNAGRI SCRIPT (100 MARKS)



(i)  Translation of an English passage into Hindi.
(ii)  Translation of Hindi passage into English.
(iii)  Explanation of Hindi passage in Prose and Poetry in the same language.
(iv) Composition (Idioms, corrections etc.)




PAPER-III: ESSAY (100 MARKS)



Objective:
This paper is designed to test candidate’s (i) knowledge / awareness of a variety of  subjects and (ii) their ability to compose a sustained piece of writing in the form of an essay.
Contents:

 A fair choice of topics covering (i) current affairs (ii) socio- political issues (iii) socioeconomic issues (iv) aspects of culture and history and (v) reflective topics will be given to test
the candidates’ understanding of these issues and their flair for expressing themselves in the
English or in Hindi language. The candidates are  required to attempt 2 Essays, choosing one each
from Section A and  B in about 900 words each.

Areas of Testing:
 This paper would test the following:

 1. Ability to compose a well-argued piece of writing
 2. Ability to express coherently and sequentially
 3. Awareness of the subject chosen

Evaluation / Marking:

Credit will be given for the following:

 1.  Observing established rules and format for essay writing
 2.  Grammatical correctness of expression
 3.  Originality of thought and expression



GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - I

Marks: 200
UNIT—I

Sub-Unit 1
  • Historical perspective of Indian Cultural heritage:
  • Literature and Art forms from ancient times to 1947 (Major structural and rock cut temple architecture, sculptural art and major schools of paintings).
  • Modern Indian history from mid-18th century to 1980.
  • Freedom Struggle: its various stages and the role of eminent personalities from  different parts of India.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Industrial Revolution and the emergence of Capitalism.
  • Fascist Ideology and its global implications.
  • World  wars  and  boundary  settlements  after  the  First  and  the  Second  World Wars.
  • Concept  of  Decolonization,  Nationalism  and  Socialism,  Globalization  and concept of Modernity.
Sub-Unit 3 
  • Emergence and growth of early medieval states: Kangra, Kullu and Chamba.
  • Hill States and their relations with the Mughals and the Sikhs.
  • Gorkha invasion- its nature and consequences, Treaty of Segauli.
  • Hill States under the Colonial power: Political and Administrative History.
  • Grants, Sanads and territorial aggression.
  • Social  and  Economic  conditions  under  colonial  period  with  special  reference  to social practices of Beth, Begar and Reet.
  • Establishment of British Cantonments.
  • National  Movement  with  special  reference  to  Praja  Mandal  movements  in Himachal Pradesh, 1848-1948.
  • Five Year Plans and vision for the developed Hill State.
  • Survey  of  artistic  and  cultural  Heritage  (Temples,  Budhist  Monasteries  and Paintings).


UNIT – II


Sub-Unit 1
  • Introduction to Disasters: Concepts ,definitions ,disaster classifications including natural and man- made disasters .
  • Social and Environmental impacts of disasters.
  • Disaster profile of the country.
  • Approaches to Disaster Risk Reductions.
  • Disaster management models. Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders including community, Concept of first responders.
  • Interrelationship of disaster and development.
  • Disaster management in India including DM ACT 2005, National and state policies, Plans and institutional mechanism in the country.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Geographical Introduction to India, India as a unit of Geographical Study.
  • Aspects of the Physical Geography of India – Structure and Relief, Climate, Soils and  Vegetation,  Geomorphic  set  up  (Mountain  Ranges  and  Rivers  and  other Water Bodies).
  • Human Aspects – Population distribution, Urban Population, Internal Migration, Language and Literacy, Villages and Towns in India.
  • Settlements, Industry and Transport.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Geography of Himachal Pradesh: Relief, Drainage, Vegetation cover and types.
  • Climate and climatic zones in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Geographical  Regions  of  Himachal  Pradesh  (Shiwalik,  Doons  and  Low  Valleys,  Outer Valleys of Sub Himalaya, Mid  Hill Tracts of High Himalaya, High  hills and Valleys and Inner Zones).
  • Human  Aspects:  Quantitative,  Qualitative  and  Temporal  characteristics  of  Population,Urbanization pattern.
  • Policies:  Forest,  Industrial  and  Tourism  Policies,  Growth  of  Industrial  areas  and  types of  Industries  in  Himachal,  Employment  generation  and  potential,  Scope  of  future Industrialization, Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Profile of Himachal Pradesh.

UNIT – III

Sub-Unit 1
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Unity in Diversity.
  • Social  Institutions:  Family,  Marriage,  Kinship,  Religion  and  Social  stratification  in India.
  • Women  empowerment  and  social  justice:   Policies  for  women  Empowerment  in  India, Laws for protection of women, women security and safety initiatives in India.
  • Child Rights and Right to Education.
  • Rights of differently-abled persons and quality of life for them.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Core Values in public service/governance:
  • Philosophical  basis  of  public  service/governance  and  Integrity,  Professionalism, Accountability.
  • Objectivity  and  Transparency,  information  sharing  and  right  to  information, codes  of conduct, work culture, challenges of corruption and political pressures.
  • Gandhian  Thought:  Truth  and  Non-violence,  Satyagraha,  Ends  and  Means,  Religion and Politics.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Society  and  Culture  in  Himachal  Pradesh:  Culture,  customs,  fairs  and  festivals,  and religious beliefs and practices, recreation and amusement.
  • Tribes of Himachal Pradesh: their historical, social, cultural, economic and legal aspects.
  • Family, marriage, kinship, and caste system in Himachal Pradesh.


GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - II

Marks: 200

UNIT-I

Sub-Unit 1
  • Constitution of India: Historical underpinning, evolution, salient features.
  • Significant  provisions  including  Fundamental  Rights,  Directive  Principles  of State Policy, Fundamental Duties.
  • Amending  process  and  important  Constitutional  Amendments  and  theory  of basic structure.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Parliament  and  state  legislatures,  Structure,  Organization  and  functioning  of the Union and state Executive and the Judiciary. 
  • Functions  and  responsibilities  of  Union  and  states,  issues  and  challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local level and challenges therein.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People's Act.
  • Appointments  to  various  constitutional  posts,  powers,  functions  and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies in India.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Reorganization and politics of statehood.
  • Development  of  political  parties,  major  Political  parties  and  their  support  base and performance  in  the  Assembly  and  Parliamentary  elections  in  Himachal Pradesh.
  • Politics of sub-regionalism and pressure groups in the state.
  • Structure,  organization  and  functioning  of  Statutory,  Regulatory  and  various
  • Quasi-Judicial bodies in Himachal Pradesh.

UNIT-II

Sub-Unit 1
  • Institutional framework, Policies and Interventions for development in various sectors in India.
  • Governance, Good governance, Citizen Charters, effective public service delivery, transparency, accountability and ethics in governance in India.
  • District Administration: Changing role of Deputy Commissioner.
  • Local self government in urban and rural areas in India.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Role of Non Government Organizations (NGOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Civil Society in Governance in India.
  • Bodies  constituted,  Policies,  Programmes  &  Schemes  for  welfare  of  Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Women, Minorities, Backward classes, Differently abled persons, and children in India.
  • Issues  relating  to  quality  of  life:  livelihood,  poverty,  hunger,  disease  and  social inclusiveness.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Governance in Himachal Pradesh:
  • The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Guarantee Act 2011;
  • Right  to  Information  Act  2005  and  rules  made  thereunder  by  the  Himachal Pradesh Govt.
  • Administrative reforms for effective public service delivery in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Implementation of 73rd & 74th Constitutional amendments in Himachal Pradesh:
  • Issues  and  Challenges.  Programmes  and  policies  for  the  welfare  of  differently abled persons, women and children in Himachal Pradesh.

UNIT-III


Sub-Unit 1
  • Bilateral,  Regional  &  Global  groupings  and  agreements  involving  India  and affecting India’s interests.
  • India’s look east policy.
  • India’s  relations  with  U.S.A.,  Russia,  China,  Pakistan,  Bangladesh,  Sri  Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives and Middle East Countries.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Effects of the policies of developed and developing countries on India’s interest, Indian Diaspora.
  • Important  international  Institutions,  agencies  and  fora,  their  structure  and mandate.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Cyber crime and drug menace – mechanism to detect and control it in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Enactments made by Himachal Pradesh Government to protect and promote the interests of agrarian society.
  • Various policies framed by the Government of Himachal Pradesh for the socioeconomic development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of the state.
  • Tribal welfare administration, Tribal sub plan and Single line administration in Himachal Pradesh.
GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - III

Marks: 200
UNIT I

Sub-Unit 1
  • Characteristics of Indian Economy:
  • Demographic Profile, Demographic Dividend and Population Policy.
  • Sectoral Composition with respect to contribution to GDP and Employment.
  • Poverty and Inequality, Unemployment, Inflation in India.
  • Industrial Growth in India.
  • Regulatory  framework  for  money  and  banking:  RBI,  Commercial  banks  & Regional Rural Banks.
  • Monetary policy, Foreign exchange, Balance of Payment Scenario.
  • Foreign  Trade:  Policy,  Composition  &  Direction,  Impact  of Liberalization/Privatization & Globalization.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Economic Planning in India.
  • Five Year Plans: strategies and outcomes, Public/Private/Joint Sectors.
  • Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act 2003, Debt and Investment  in  India:  Current  Status,  Growth  and  Development  experience including Natural Resource Management.
  • Sustainable development and Inclusive growth.
  • Measurement  of  economic  development:  PQLI,  Millennium  Development  Goals, HDI/GDI/GEM.
  • Latest/Current  Development  Schemes/Initiatives/Institutional  Changes  (e.g. Swach Bharat Mission,  Make in India,  Digital India,  Skill India,  Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, MGNREGS, NITI Ayog etc).
  • International  Financial  &  Economic  Organizations:  IMF,  WTO,  IBRD,  IDA, UNCTAD, OECD, BRICS.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Economy of Himachal Pradesh:
  • Demographic profile & Human resource, Sectoral distribution of GSDP.
  • Diversification  in  Agriculture  and  allied  activities,  Land  tenure  and  size  of  land holdings.
  • Industrialization in the state.
  • Skilled/Unskilled labour.
  • Revenue generation with special reference to hydro potential, tourism, flora and fauna.
  • Cottage and Small Scale Industries.
  • Tax base, Pros and Cons of Special Category status.
  • Appraisal  of  education,  Health,  Physical  and  Financial  Infrastructure Development.

UNIT II


Sub-Unit 1
  • Applications of space technology in natural resources, development and communications.
  • Important missions and programmes of Department of Space and Indian Space Research Organization.
  • Historical evolution of Indian Space programme. Lunar, interplanetary and Earth Observation Missions.
  • Remote Sensing and Communication satellites. Applications of Remote sensing and GIS for natural resources monitoring and applications benefiting common man.
Sub-Unit 2
  • Developments in energy sectors such as 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.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Modern and emerging technologies and initiatives in the state of Himachal Pradesh Including biotechnology policy, research, vision, scope and applications for developing horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants resources of the state.
  • IT policy of Himachal Pradesh and its role in governance, concept of HIMSWAN, state plans of e-governance, concept of Lok Mitra Kendra and AGISAC.
  • 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.

UNIT III

Sub-Unit 1
  • Issues ,concerns, policies, programmes, conventions, treaties and missions aimed at environment protection, and dealing with the problem of climate change.
  • State of 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.
Sub-Unit 2
  • 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.
Sub-Unit 3
  • Tourism policy, potential and initiative in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Types  of  tourism:  religious,  adventure,  heritage,  Important  tourist  destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Social, Economic and Cultural implications of Tourism.
  • Concept  of  Eco-Tourism  and  green  tourism  and  their  role  in  sustainable development of the state.
  • Environmental  concerns  of  tourism  industry,  both  positive  and  negative  effects including climate change with reference to Himachal Pradesh.
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INTERVIEW / PERSONALITY TEST (150 MARKS)
 The candidate will be interviewed by the Commission who will have before them a  record of his/her career. He / She will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the services or service for which he / she has applied to the Commission. 

 The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of candidate. In broad terms, this is really  an assessment of not only his / her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his / her interest in current affairs including the knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, care and logical exposition, balance of judgements, variety and depth of interest, ability  for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral  integrity”.

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HPAS Prelims GS & AptitudeTest :


-> Aptitude Test is Qualifying only now. Only required 33 %. Merit will be made on the basis of General Studies Paper. 


This preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects of General Studies and Aptitude Test. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified  for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. 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 through this examination. Only those candidates who have been declared by the Commission to have qualified the Preliminary Examination will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination corresponding to the said Preliminary Examination provided they are otherwise  eligible  for  admission to the Main Examination:


Provided that Aptitude Test (Paper-II) of the Preliminary Examination will be a  qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% and, therefore, marks obtained in this paper shall not be counted for determining the merit of the candidates to be drawn exclusively on the basis of marks obtained in General Studies (Paper-I) of the Preliminary Examination for their admission to the Main Examination.



Note:—
There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all  questions:


(i) There will be four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the  candidate, one third (0.33) 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”.


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Also Read Some Important Posts:


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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
·         India's Ancient Past New / Here (its also Called Old NCERT)
·         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)

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

Indian Freedom Struggle
Geography
·         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)
·         World Geogarphy - Majid Hussain / Here  (World Geography)
·         The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas / Here / Oxford School Atlas by Oxford University Press / Here (Choose one Atlas)
·         NCERT Geography class 11th, 12th ( Very Important and Needed)
·         NOS Study material on Geography [ if Available]

Indian Polity
·         Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here
Economic & Social Development
·         Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh / Here
·         The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma / Here
·         Economic Survey (2015-16). (Economy)
·         Yojna & Kurukshetra
·         NIOS/IGNOU Study material for Economy [If available]
·         NCERT 10th 11th & 12th Economics
·          
Environment & Biodiversity
·         Environment - Shankar IASHere
·         Ecology And Environment - P.D Sharma / Here (Environment) Excellent Book
·         Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English Hindi
·         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
·         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 

Misc.
·         Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English Hindi



For 
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 
·         Pracheen Bharat Ka Itihas - Shailendra Senger / Here
·         Pracheen Bharat Ka Itihas - V.D. Mahajan / Here
·         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)
·         NCERT New

Bhartiya Rashtriya Andolan (Indian Freedom struggle)

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

Bhugol (Geography)
·         Bhugol by D.R. Khullar / Here  Excellent Book 
·         Bhautik Bhugol by Majid Husain / Here
·         Tata MacGraw Hill Samanya Adhayan (Hindi) / Here
·         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
·         Bharat Ka Samvidhan by D D Basu / Here

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

Paryavaran Evam Paristhitiki
(Environment & Biodiversity )

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 



Studyplan and Books for New HPAS Mains Pattern :



HPAS General Studies Paper – I



GS Paper – I
(Topics)

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



·         NCERT 11th & 12th
·         Geography of India – Majid Husain / Here 
·         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
(Topics)

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
·         Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth / Here
·         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
(Topics)

Books/Study material
Indian Economy
·         NCERT 11th & 12th Economics
·         Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh / Here
·         The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma / Here
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
·         The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma / 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
·         The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma / 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
·         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


80 comments:

  1. is this applicable for HPAS 2015

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    1. In 2015 they are conducting HPAS 2014 Exam, and New pattern will not be adopted for this time. In 2016, HPAS 2015 Exam will be conducted with this new pattern.

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    2. but commission has mentioned 2016 BATCH not 2016 exam. and candidate selected in hpas 2014 exam will start their training in 2016 and will be of 2016 batch. by this logic the new pattern shall come into effect from this year's mains.

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    3. They Haven't mentioned word "BATCH" in the notice. New pattern will be implemented in 2016 i.e. HPAS Exam 2015.

      HPAS 2014 will be conducted according to old pattern and syllabus.

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    4. Chairman Sh. K.S. Tomar said, “UPSC is now having one optional subject
      which will be applicable to HAS and Allied Services main written examinations w.e.f.
      2016 batch.”
      sir i have copy pasted a line from official press note. the statement clearly says wef from 2016 batch which means this years mains will be of new pattern. actually i approached the authorities but they said they also answered in ambiguos terms stating they have already told in the press note

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    5. You are not understanding few things here,

      HPPSC at the moment has only proposed this New Pattern, and they yet to send a proposal to Government to abolish Optional and include 2 New GK Papers. Proposal will go to the cabinet and then will be approved. It will take Time.

      After they get Approval they will work upon the Structure and Syllabus.

      This Year Prelims will be conducted probably in May/June and mains Will be conducted in Oct/Nov. and interviews in Dec/Jan. Proposal will take time in approval and syllabus finalizing process (syllabus will be formulated by an expert Committee and Members will be drawn from Universities, and different fields.) so the chances are very less of adopting new pattern of Mains in Oct/Nov. This is what we can interpret from the notice. Chances are very less that they will conduct HPAS 2014 according to New pattern. lets see.

      I don't think new pattern will be adopted by the logic the batch that will start training in 2016. Its the Mains Exam that will be conducted in 2016 i.e. HPAS 2015.

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  2. Do u know the expected date or month for mains exam this year

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  3. Do u know the expected date or month for mains exam this year

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  4. Can I see the hpas prelims 2013 and 2014 question paper on your site..

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  5. Sir what about other state candidates since I have applied for HPAS , i belong to punjab . Is there any reserved seats or they compete in General category.

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    1. Why there would be any Reserved Seats for other state candidates ? Lol

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    2. Do they have reserved seats for Himachal candidates in Punjab.....LOL

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    3. Do they have reserved seats for Himachal candidates in Punjab.....LOL

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  6. other state candidates are not preferred in HPAS EXAM unless u score big in MAINS....but even then u got on lower ranked seats....this year 2 outside candidates suffered
    1.arun modi-588+40 in interview=628 HPS selected
    2.abhishek mittal-560+50=610 BDO selected
    so other state candidated no need to apply HPPSC is biased for us
    they only earn money from otside candidates 400 in prelims and 400 in mains,,,,
    so it is a mere wastage of time and money

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    1. Its Obvious, Every State Commission do this to Outsiders its not only HPPSC. Tell me single State Commission who is not biased? Truth is those who can't compete in their states try to appear in HP because 1st thing is Hindi is a state language 2nd thing its a peaceful state 3rd thing is other state people think Himachalis are unaware or stupids (Not upto the standard to do Such High Jobs/Work). In Punjab Himachalis can't even Appear unless one have studied Punjabi language upto 10th Class, Himachali can't appear in J&K Exams, In Uthrakhand and Haryana both Hindi Preferred states Himachali can apply but they are also biased Hardly anyone get selected (Till date haven't met or heard anyone). In UP, Rajasthan, Gujrat, MP and Rest of India hardly any himachali appear, if appear similar treatment happens, No one get selected, So why Himachali can't prefer himachalis over outer states candidates in HP? Arre Bhai Chota aur Calm state hai to kuch to yahan ke logo ko bhi Jeene Do. All State Commissions are biased.

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  7. GS 2 AND 3 PAPERS WILL BE OBJECTIVE OR SUBJECTIVE?

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    1. All the Papers in HPAS Mains are Subjective.

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  8. sir can you please suggest me a book for Himanchal Pradesh related questions asked in HPAS mains. I mean a concise one.

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    1. Mian Govardhan Singh's Book is one such book, Concise and authentic. or follow
      jagmohan bhalokra's book.

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  9. Hello, I am aspiring for HPPSC 2016.. Can u please suggest an authentic and reliable coaching institute in Chandigarh. I know self study is the key to any competitive exam but I need proper guidance and direction. Kindly suggest asap. Thanks in advance.

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  10. http://hp.gov.in/hppsc/file.axd?file=2015%2F8%2FTIME+TABLE+OF+HPAS+%28MAIN%29+EXAMINATION-2014+1.pdf
    This is the date sheet for the current mains examination. It does not look like the new pattern is implemented here. But will the new pattern be implemented in the mains exam to be held in 2016? Please answer, I need to prepare accordingly. Thank you!

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    1. This will be implement from Next year in 2016 not in 2015, Date sheet clearly shows just one GS paper.

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  11. 2016 mains pattern is not clear...plz clarify as n when it is decided finally

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    1. What's the confusion? this year's mains exam date sheet is out with old pattern, next HPAS notification of year 2015 posts will be published in 2016 with new pattern, simple as that. Read the whole article again.

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  12. Dear Sir, can you suggest me the study plan for HPPSC 2016

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  13. thxx bro pettern samjne k liye i hope hp k candidate ab upsc ki tayari bhi kr sakegan two paper which are included so much hlp to score better now

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  14. total is of 1200 marks but its showing here 1000?

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    1. Hindi & English are just qualifying so they are not counted for the Merit.

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  15. is HPPSC conduct exam every year or after some year interval as state like bihar....

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  16. Dear Sir,
    One mark questions are still there in GS main (HPAS 2016) or paper as per UPSC pattern 10 marks q's.Please clarify.

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    1. Right Now No idea about Question pattern

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  17. when will the exam date for prelims hpas 2016 come out?

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    1. In December end or in January.

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    2. thank you khadubhai ias

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  18. khadubhai , any idea about when MAINS ,14 result will be out ?

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  19. ias ias ias ....una distt ka hai koi ...HAS ??

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  20. iam already doing job but mammi kendi putt jajjj lagna tu ..

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  21. sir please tell me best performing optional in hindi medium for hppsc...............i never seen any tooper from hindi medium

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  22. Somebody plz share HAS mains papers of this year

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  23. Finally This Pattern is Approved by Govt, will be implemented soon.

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  24. Hello Sir can u plz let me know that the GS 2 and 3 wll be based on state specific subjects like Geog ,history ,polity n Governance and Enb in Himachal context or as that in line with UPSC.

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  25. Hello Sir can u plz let me know that the GS 2 and 3 wll be based on state specific subjects like Geog ,history ,polity n Governance and Enb in Himachal context or as that in line with UPSC.

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    1. Wait, I am Posting Complete New HPAS Mains Pattern and Syllabus in another Post.

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  26. Sir if you could mention the topic by topic syllabi for prelims too..As generally some topics are omitted for prelims.

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  27. This yr Hppsc xam will be conducted on new pattern (1 optional) or the old one will prevail?

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  28. what is the expected date of prelims exam this year? i am asking this question because no specific date has been mentioned in the notification of hpas this year. please reply soon.

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  29. hppsc never mentioned date of any exam in notification. In this blog an article is written regarding hpas notification of this year. Go through that one.

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  30. What will be the source for General science question in Prelims.

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  31. How to cover pychology question in prelims.

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    1. No specific source to cover this part, better to focus on other parts well.

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  32. sir pls suggest me which subject should i take in optional...

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  33. Hello can any one confirm regarding how. Much percentage of student took History or Forestry as optional and which one is scoring.

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    1. Don't have the details about how many took History & Forestry, but forestry is surely high scoring optional. History not that good optional compared to other subjects.

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  34. Hello .. i have heard that we have to get only a passing marks in Paper II i.e 33 % of marks in the whole paper, is it true , please can any body clear that point

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  35. Please guide me sir on the above question about HPAS paper II aptitude according to new syllabus to be held next year possibly, i little weak at paper two as good in the paper I, plz guide me

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  36. sir how many attempts are there for general candidate and ex-service man candidates

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  37. Can any one confirm that the paper2 will be qualifying or full marks will be considsred in this yr prelims.

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    1. It will be not qualifying on 5th June 2016.

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  38. Sir kindly suggest me the ref. book or material to attempt Psychology problems in paper 2 ?

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    1. Go for ncert 12th psychology . If you want to finish it quickly then go for these books :
      Psychology a very short introduction
      And / or
      Psychology a graphic guide

      Both books are available on amazon and flipkart

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  39. Sir kindly tell me if any non-himachali in recent past has made it to HPAS.
    Any such success story will certainly boost my moral.

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  40. when will final pattern come
    and is prelims cut off separate I.e. paper1 paper2 separate or together?

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  41. Kindly give your observation on prelims cut off marks for HAS 2015 xam.

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  42. Sir please tell me syllabus and pattern of has test...prelime as well as mains pattern...how many exams are there in mains

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  43. what you are wishing is like crying for moon they will never take himachal gk exam separately as it will increase outsider influence moreover hppsc are on the foot steps of upsc as long as they ain't eradicating option same is not going to happen here as well !

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  44. hey guys i know this forum is for IAS, HAS applicants discussing about syllabus, but can somebody help me in understanding the starting process to get into HAS. All sites have mentioned syllabus, dates etc but nowhere its mentioned how does this works. Do i have to go for UPSC for HAS or HAS has its own system.

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  45. The above sysllabus is for mains???...Hope Prelims syllabus is the same of old patterm

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    1. Yes above syllabus is for Mains, Prelims syllabus is unchanged.

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  46. i am from delhi and have completed all education from delhi. m i eligible to attend HAS. ?. DETAILS PLEASE.

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  47. what is the age limit for working employee for HAS?

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  48. is there any change in Prelims pattern too ?

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  49. Can we give HPAS exam in hindi?...is there an option to choose hindi other than english??

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