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HPAS RECRUITMENT - Notification, eligibility, Important Dates, Admit Card and more 2021


Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service Combined Competitive Examination is conducted by the HPPSC to offer various positions in the state administrative services to competent candidates. The HPAS Combined Competitive Examination is a preliminary stage exam open to all graduates wanting to serve in the state administrative services. The various posts filled in HPAS through this examination are-

  • Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service
  • Himachal Pradesh Police Service
  • District Controller
  • Block Development Officer
  • Assistant Registrar
  • Tehsildar

The preliminary examination is a common entrance test, and those candidates who get through the screening test will have to appear for the HPAS Mains examination in their respective specialisation.

Find details of the HPAS Combined Competitive (Prelims) Examination in this article.

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020 Important Dates

Release of HPAS Exam notification19 May 2021
Start date of application19 May 2021
Last date to apply for HPAS 202015 Jun 2021
Last day to pay the application fee22 Jun 2021
HPAS Prelims exam date12 Sept 2021
HPAS Prelims resultto be announced
HPAS Mains exam dateto be announced
HPAS Mains resultsto be announced
Interviewto be announced

Eligibility Criteria for HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020


The candidate must be a citizen of India and a domicile or a permanent resident of Himachal Pradesh.

Educational Qualification

The minimum educational qualification required for the HPAS exam is Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognised university.

Final year degree students are also welcome to apply for the HPAS exam. Their eligibility is provisional till they clear the qualifying examination.

Age (as on 01.01.2021)

Lower age limit: 21 years

Upper age limit: 35 years

The state offers upper age limit relaxations to reserved categories and residents of Himachal Pradesh. The Government of Himachal Pradesh releases this provision from time to time.

Upper age relaxation

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC and ST of Himachal Pradesh5 years
OBC of Himachal Pradesh5 years
Persons with disabilities and Children/Grand Children of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh5 years

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020 Application fee

CategoryApplication Fee
General₹ 400
SC/ST/OBC of Himachal Pradesh₹ 100

How to apply for HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020

  1. Visit the HPPSC official website here.
  2. Click on the "Apply Online" line on the Home Page.
  3. Register by creating your profile for "One-Time Registration(OTR)."
  4. Log into your OTR account, and you will find a list of advertisements for various posts offered.
  5. Click on the "HPAS Prelims 2020" link.
  6. Fill in your details and upload the requisite documents as mentioned in the advertisement.
  7. Select your optional subject for the mains examination.
  8. Review your details and documents.
  9. Pay the application fee online by Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking through “ePayment Gateway.”
  10. Submit the application form by signing the declaration.
  11. Print your application for future reference.

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020 Admit Card

The HPPSC will release e-Admit cards of eligible candidates who have applied for the HPAS exam on the official website. Remember, the Admit cards will not be sent to you by post. You must download your admit card from the official website of the commission. So note down your login credentials while filling the application form and save them. Use these credentials to log into your OTR account and download your e-Admit card.

Vacancy and Reserve List

PostVacancyCategory wise distribution
H.P. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES8UR=4, UR(hearing impaied)=1, UR(ex-servicemen)=1, SC=1, OBC=1
TEHSILDAR1UR(ex-servicemen)=1 (BACKLOG)

Selection Process

The appointment into Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services through the Combined Examination consists of three steps

  1. Preliminary examination
  2. Mains examination
  3. Interview

Preliminary Examination

The HPPSC HPAS Combined competitive examination is the preliminary test for all graduates desiring a position in the state administrative service wing. The preliminary exam consists of two papers - General Studies and Aptitude Test for 400 marks. The minimum qualifying mark in the preliminary exam is 33%.

Mains Examination

Candidates who qualify the preliminary examination must apply for the HPAS Mains examination for their respective posts. The mains exam has eight descriptive papers for a total of 1100 marks. Out of these eight papers, six papers are compulsory, and two papers of the selected optional subject are chosen by the candidate. The minimum qualifying marks in compulsory papers is 40% each.


Candidates who pass the HPAS Mains examination are called for an interview by the Commission. The interview carries 150 marks.

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination Pattern


PaperSubjectNumber of questionsMax. MarksDurationType of questions
Paper-IGeneral Studies1002002 hoursObjective
Paper-IIAptitude Test1002002 hoursObjective

Marking Scheme: Each question carries two marks. Correct response fetches you +2 marks, and a wrong answer will bring you -0.66 marks.


PaperSubjectMax. MarksType of questions
Paper-IIIEssay writing100Descriptive
Paper-IVGeneral Studies-I200Descriptive
Paper-VGeneral Studies-II200Descriptive
Paper-VIGeneral Studies-III200Descriptive
Paper-VIIOptional paper-I100Descriptive
Paper-VIIIOptional paper-II100Descriptive

Optional Subjects-

Indian HistoryLaw
ChemistryMechanical Engineering
Public AdministrationEnglish Literature
Civil EngineeringForestry
GeologyCommerce and Accountancy
Medical SciencesSociology
Political Science and International RelationsGeography
EconomicsElectrical Engineering
PsychologyAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020 Syllabus


SubjectTopics included
General StudiesHistory, geography, political, art & culture and socio economic development of Himachal Pradesh
Aptitude TestComprehension

click here to view the detailed syllabus for HPAS Mains

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020 Result

HPAS Prelims results will be released shortly after the examination is conducted throughout the state. The HPPSC will release a list of candidates who have qualified for the HPAS Mains examination on the official website.

The candidates whose roll numbers appear on the list must apply to appear for the mains examination. The application format will be available for download on the official website here. Candidates should fill in the application form, pay the fee through a Demand Draft and mail it to the following address -

  • The Secretary, H.P. Public Service Commission, Nigam Vihar, Shimla – 171002

HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020 Cut-off

The Aptitude Test of the preliminary examination is of qualifying nature. The minimum qualifying mark in this paper is 33%.

Marks obtained by the candidate in Paper-I (General Studies) will be considered for the HPAS Mains Examination.

The cut-off patterns of previous years examinations are as follows-

CategoryPrelims cut-off (out of 200)

This year's cut-off is expected to be in the same range.

Job Profile

HPAS Officer

Duties and responsibilities include

  • Assisting the HPPSC in discharging their duties.
  • Work on any assigned duties
  • Being responsible for getting finalized all the service matters received from the Government being Branch Office of Services Section.

HPPS Officer

Duties and responsibilities include

  • Preserving public order
  • Maintaining law and order in the state
  • Manage crowds.

District Controller

Duties and responsibilities include

  • managing accounting records
  • producing financial reports
  • maintaining an inventory.

Block Development Officer

Duties and responsibilities include

  • Implementation of development programmes.
  • Monitoring and supervising development activities.
  • General administration and evaluation.

Assistant Registrar

Duties and responsibilities include

  • Taking care of non-academic administrative functions within the office
  • Supervising administration and registrative operations.


Duties and responsibilities include

  • Revenue duties.
  • Maintainence of revenue records and accounts.


Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services₹ 15600 - 39100 + (GP 5400)
District Controller₹ 15600 - 39100 + (GP 5400)
Himachal Pradesh Police Services₹ 15600 - 39100 + (GP 5400)
Tehsildar₹ 10300 - 34800 + (GP 5000)
Assistant Registrar₹ 10300 - 34800 + (GP 5000)

HPAS Combined Competitive Exam Analysis

According to the latest examination structure, Paper 1 and 2 of the HPAS Combined Civil Services Examination are of qualifying nature. Marks obtained in these two papers will not be counted for merit. Candidates must score a minimum of 40% in each of these papers for selection.

Marks obtained in the remaining six papers will be considered for merit. An aggregate score of 45% is compulsory for selection.

Preparation Tips for HPAS Combined Competitive Exam (Prelims)

  • Go through the syllabus in detail and tackle the topics one by one.
  • Make notes as you study the topics.
  • Collecting resources - books recommended for HPAS Preliminary Examination section-wise is given in this article. Refer to these books and select a limited number of books. It is not necessary to read every book provided in the recommendation. Tackle the syllabus topic wise and not book-wise. Don't stick to just one book or source. Refer to different sources for different subjects. Don't limit yourself to conventional sources. You can turn to the internet for clearing your doubts. There are plenty of videos and tutorials for numerical ability, logical reasoning, English language etc. Make a list of materials and references for each section.
  • Read newspapers every day to stay updated with current events around the world.

Question papers

click here to view all the papers of HPAS 2017

click here to view all the papers of HPAS 2018

(you will be redirected to the archives section on the official website)

Recommended Books for HPAS Combined Competitive Exam 2020

Current Affairs

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Indian Express, One local newspaper(Newspapers)
Press Information Bureau (PIB)(Website)
VisionIAS, CSR(Magazine)


Book nameAuthor/Publication
Certificate Physical and Human GeographyG C Leong
Fundamentals of Physical Geography Class 11 textbookNCERT
Concise GeographyALS

Indian and Himachal Economy

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Indian Economic DevelopmentNCERT
Introduction to MacroeconomicsNCERT
Himachal Government Year Book-
Indian EconomyRamesh Singh
Niti Aayog Reports(Specific to Himachal Pradesh)-


Book nameAuthor/Publication
Ancient History Class 11 textbookNCERT
India’s Ancient PastR.S. Sharma
Indian Art and CultureNitin Singhania
Medieval and Modern History: Class 11 and 12 textbooksNCERT
A brief history of Modern IndiaSpectrum

Indian Polity

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Indian polityLaxmikant
Constitution of India Bare Act-

Science, Environment and Technology

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Science and technologyAshok Singh
Newspaper columns dedicated to technology-
Environmental Studies BooksIGNOU and NOS
Environment BookDS Khullar

Study Plan for HPAS Combined Competitive Examination 2020

Syllabus: Covering all the topics in the syllabus is very important. There is plenty of practice material available on the internet - mock tests, sample papers, e-books, video lectures, online study materials, topper notes, etc. Take complete advantage of the digital age!

Making notes: make short notes as you proceed through the syllabus. These notes should be crisp and to the point. Include mindmaps and flowcharts wherever appropriate. Make notes for each chapter highlighting essential details and include a precise explanation of concepts.

Explore your choices: If you get stuck at any point, search for videos explaining the idea and watch them. Visual aids help you retain information.

Solve previous year papers- Try solving them by having yourself the time limit which you are getting in the examination. The main objective of doing this is that aspirants will identify their weak & strong areas.

Quality Study- It is suggested to not cramp yourself with a massive bulk of study material from multiple sources. This causes you to end up studying nothing instead. Keep your references bounded and knowledge unbounded.

We hope this article gave you a headstart on your preparation. Go through the official notification carefully and stay updated with all the developments regarding the examination. We wish you All the Best!

To view the official notification, click here.