Exam Notification – Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission


  • Six vacancies of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services, Class-I (Gazetted)
  • Four vacancies of Himachal Police Service, Class-I (Gazetted)
  • Two vacancies of Excise and Taxation officer Class-I (Gazetted)
  • Seven vacancies of Tehsildar, Class-I (Gazetted)
  • One vacancy of Block Development Officer Class-I (Gazetted)
  • One vacancy of District Controller Food, Supply and Consumer Affairs, Class-I (Gazetted)
HPPSC - Exam Notification

HPPSC - Exam Notification

For more details please visit http://www.hp.gov.in/HPPSC/file.axd?file=2011%2f4%2fADVTHPAS2010.pdf


  1. Lokesh Kumar -  July 4, 2011 - 7:05 am

    Sir please tell me about the 2011 examination date

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 5, 2011 - 8:39 am

      Dear Lokesh,

      Civil Services (Mains) Exam 2011 will start from 29th Oct 2011. Check UPSC’s website – http://upsc.gov.in/ >> Examination >> Calendar for Examination 2011

      Rau’s IAS

  2. Kalpna Sapahia -  November 8, 2011 - 6:41 am

    kindly let me about the himachal public service commision 2012 examination dates and the eligibility criteria too as i have completed all my education from chandigarh . ie ; schooling from kendriya vidyalaya sector – 47 , bachalors of arts from MCM DAV College sector-36-A, and post graduation from panjab university in English Literature . is there any complusion that candidate should have possess his/her education from himachal pradesh only.
    kalpna sapahia

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 9, 2011 - 12:55 pm

      Dear Kalpna,

      The exam is known as Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service (HPAS) Combined Competitive Examination. Last year the notification of the exam came out on 19th April 2011. For HPAS exam you should check Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission’s (HPSC) website for notification.

      HPSC website for Notification – http://www.hp.gov.in/hppsc/page/Notifications.aspx
      Last years HPAS notification – http://www.hp.gov.in/HPPSC/file.axd?file=2011%2f4%2fADVTHPAS2010.pdf

      There is no compulsion regarding completing education from Himachal. However, each state has a paper on Local language which is compulsory. It is required that a candidate has studied that language in school. In case of Himachal, the language is Hindi.

      Rau’s IAS

    • sumit -  November 12, 2011 - 12:12 pm

      No it is not necessary to complete your education from H.P only but you must belong from the himachal pradesh.

  3. Sumit Puri -  November 11, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Kindly let me know about the HPPSC exam syllabus , I am from MECHANICAL ENGG backround please suggest the best option for me.
    Sumit Puri

  4. samridh -  December 12, 2011 - 7:02 am

    tell me how i can start preparation for IAS?

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 12, 2011 - 7:25 am

      Dear Samridh,

      Do you know about the pattern and format of Civil Services Exam?
      If not, first of all, download and go through the IAS Exam syllabus (will explain to you format, pattern, syllabus of Civils Exam) from http://www.rauias.com/iassyllabus.php

      You can start with:
      1) Reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Frontline

      3) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      Rau’s IAS

  5. samridh -  December 12, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    thanks for information
    …but actually i am a science student…persuing my b.tech,2nd year…so i do not have basic idea about history or civics…and yes after college i go to library to read news paper…tell me how i can improve in history,geography and in communication skills…

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 15, 2011 - 7:34 am

      Dear Samridhi,

      The best way to (1) refresh your memory (2) and clear your basics in History and Geography is by reading NCERT books (11th and 12th) in these subjects.

      Rau’s IAS

  6. shalu Sharma -  December 23, 2011 - 6:43 am

    kindly tell me how i prepare for HAS examination.I have done my BA with Geography and history.After that I have done my MBA in retail management.What is the best way to prepare for the HAS examination.

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 27, 2011 - 5:48 am

      Dear Shalu,

      1. You can opt for Geography and History as optionals (because first, you have a background in these subjects so take benefit of it and secondly, these subjects have overlap with the syllabus of general studies). For the third optional (in Haryana Civil Services Exam) you can pick Public Ad (it is an easy subject and can be picked in short duration of time as well).

      2. Start your preparation in GS (Prelims) and 1 optional subject that you opt for in Prelims (you should opt for the subjects in which you have strong background or in which you feel most confident). Rather than referring to multiple books you must prepare in a targeted manner with help of study material (one which is prepared in accordance with the syllabus and pattern).

      3. For General Awareness in HAS exam you can refer to ‘Haryana State’ published by National Book Trust (NBT) and Manorama. For subject matter refer to our study material in GS and your selected optional – http://www.rauias.com/postal_preexam.php.

      4. For more and exact details regarding HCS exam you will have to consult the Brochure for HCS (Ex. Br.) and Other Allied Services Examination’ (Edition 2011) which can be obtained from the office of HPSC by making a payment of Rs 100 at the counter and Rs 150 by post (Through Indian postal orders /Bank draft of a scheduled bank payable to Secretary, Haryana Public Service Commission at Panchkula) and also instructions for candidates supplied with the application form for Preliminary exam.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  7. priyanka sharma -  January 2, 2012 - 11:34 am

    plz tell me hw i start my prepration for HAS ……..

  8. amit sharma -  January 8, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    kindly tell me how i prepare for HAS examination.i have done my b.tech in mechanical engg. what is the best way for preparing for HAS exam…please explain clearly

  9. Ravish Gupta -  January 31, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    kindl tell me how I prepare for HAS , I have done .tech IT

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 14, 2012 - 12:02 pm

      Dear Ravish,

      The preparation strategy is to follow a mix of both micro and macro level approaches. The first step in this direction is the understanding of the syllabus. One must look at the syllabus closely and in detail. After that, one should analyze the past years’ question papers that indicate the important areas, as well as, the real scope of the syllabus. Then comes the next step of apportioning of time depending on the importance and length of each area.

      Prepare a time schedule which helps you cover the syllabus and keep you on track. You will have to be consistent and devote about six hours of quality time on a daily basis in the beginning. It is emphasized that more than quantity, quality of time must be given utmost importance.

      The next step would cover the selection of right books and an efficient method to study them. The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read N.C.E.R.T. books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      Thereafter, one must refer to a study material which is prepared primarily with the objective of helping students clear/crack the civil services exam. One should look for a study material which is prepared in accordance with the civil services syllabus and upsc’s pattern of question papers. Material should be comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam.

      Study Material
      1. For General Awareness refer to State book published by National Book Trust (NBT).
      2. For the rest of the syllabus, you must refer to study material in General Studies (Prelims) and the respective optional subject – http://www.rauias.com/postal_preexam.php

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  10. Mohit negi -  April 12, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Gud evening
    My question is how many attempts are there for ST person in HPAS exam !

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 19, 2012 - 11:05 am

      Dear Mohit,

      Please go through their detailed prospectus for exact details. However, on a general note, there is no limit on the number of attempts in state service examinations.

      Rau’s IAS

  11. archana chaudhary -  April 27, 2012 - 8:35 am

    kindly tell me sir,can outside candidate of the himachal pradesh give the state civil service.what is the maximum age limit for general category .

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 7, 2012 - 9:13 am

      Dear Archana,

      Yes, any candidate (even from outside HP) can apply for the exam. 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.

      Maximum age limit of general category candidate is 30 years. Age is calculated as on 1st January of the year in which appearing for the exam.

      Detailed instructions are available at http://hp.gov.in/hppsc/file.axd?file=2012%2f1%2fADVTHPAS+2011.pdf

      Rau’s IAS

  12. Sheetal -  May 30, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Sir, can i give exam in 2013 , my date of birth is July 1982. And kindly ,can you tell me the date of the paper in 2013..any idea?

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 8:09 am

      Dear sheetal,

      General Category candidates can appear at the exam between 21-30 years of age (age is calculated as on 1st August of the year in which appearing for the exam). As per your DOB, you have completed 30 years of age already and therefore would not be eligible for 2013 exam.

      OBC category can appear till 33 and SC/St can appear till 35.

      Rau’s IAS

  13. harjot -  June 19, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    sir, i have completed my bds last year…nw i m giving mat exam this september …sir can u plz guide me whether mat exam is going to be useful for upsc exams nd plz guide me for my optional subject

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 1, 2012 - 11:28 am

      Dear Harjot,

      If you are referring to MAT as in Management Aptitude Test, then no, it is going to be of particular real help in Civil Services Examination. However, yes, it will help in a few sections (logical and analytical reasoning, basic numeracy, mental ability and comprehension) of Paper II (aptitude paper).

      Regarding optional subjects: I suggest you first of all read our blog and related Q&As on ‘how to select optional subjects’ from – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      Rau’s IAS

  14. Abhishek Sharma -  July 17, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    respected sir,
    i wanna know that B.C.A. students are eligible for HPAS exam or not.
    warm regards:
    Abhishek Sharma

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 18, 2012 - 6:39 am

      Dear Abhishek,

      All pass graduates (from any stream/course) are eligible to apply in UPSC’s Civil Services Examination and all state services examinations as well, provided, that the degree is recognized (by Union Grants commission).

      Rau’s IAS

  15. deepika -  July 22, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    sir i want to ask that, i have done my b.tech.is dis exam suitable for me or not.

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 23, 2012 - 12:26 pm

      Yea Deepika,

      This exam is taken my a lot of science background students (B.Tech and B.Sc). We have a lot of students from engineering colleges studying with us as well. Also, many students in the top 100 ranks last year belonged to B.Tech background.

      See, UPSC allows all pass graduates to appear for this exam. See eligibility criteria from – http://www.rauias.com/eligibility.php

      Rau’s IAS

  16. Preeti Sharma -  July 26, 2012 - 8:56 am

    sir plz tell me which is the best book for Himachal pradesh public service commission(prelmn) exam 2012 & how can i prepare for this exam.

  17. YOGENDER SHARMA -  August 10, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Hi Sir,

    This year, I’ll appear for the my last year exam with commerce stream (B.com-3). Can an last year appearing candidate be apply for the same (HPAS) & how many times you open this HPAS examination in a year.
    If possible then mention the months as well.

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 20, 2012 - 5:59 am

      Dear Yogendra,

      First of all, we do not conduct or open HPAS examination. The exam is conducted by Himachal Pradesh’s Public Service Commission. Secondly, state exams are not an annual feature. They might not be conducted every successive year.

      Yes, students in their final year can also appear in HPAS exam provided that they attain 21 years of age as on 1st January of the year in which appearing for the exam. Read educational eligibility under point 3.2)b and age limit under point 3.3 in the following notification – http://www.hp.gov.in/HPPSC/file.axd?file=2011%2f4%2fADVTHPAS2010.pdf

      Rau’s IAS

  18. pankaj sharma -  August 20, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    sir i m doing b.sc in forestry….is there this subject (forestry) is optional in hpas

  19. Rajat -  August 22, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Do you provide coaching specifically for HAS too??? Regarding 2013 exam dates, is there any information available?


    • RAU'S IAS -  August 23, 2012 - 7:33 am

      Dear Rajat,

      We do not provide coaching specifically for any state exam. We provide coaching for UPSC’s Civil Services Examination. Once you prepare yourself for civil services you stand prepared to appear in majority of the state exams (including Himachal’s) after going through the state specific facts and current affairs.

      Rau’s IAS

  20. seema yadav -  September 12, 2012 - 5:35 am

    hello sir,
    plz guide me hw can i prepare for IAS PRELIMS pls give me valuable suggestion and refer the names of books from where i can prepare for IAS.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 14, 2012 - 9:44 am

      Dear Seema,

      General preparation technique:
      (1) Understand the syllabus. Closely and in detail.
      (2) Go through previous years question papers to understand the pattern of questions and focus areas of the syllabus.

      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan (Don’t skip this)

      (3) After initial groundwork (going through NCERT books and getting in the mode of reading newspapers daily), you should take professional help to devise a targeted study plan/approach to crack the exam in accordance with UPSC’s format and pattern of question papers.

      (4) Make a time schedule/ time table that helps you cover the entire syllabus. (i) in the most efficient manner, and (ii) in accordance with the real scope of the syllabus.

      (5) Follow an integrated approach to cover the syllabus of General Studies at the Preliminary and the Mains level.

      (6) Have patience (syllabus is vast), dedication and perseverance (be consistent) and pursue your target with the attitude of a winner.

      We do not refer individual (various) names of books. We suggest that you refer to Rau’s IAS Study Material (along with NCERT books and newspaper and magazines as detailed above).

      Rau’s IAS

  21. amritpal kaur -  December 9, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    sir , can u plz tell me the HPAS 2013 schedule…………..

  22. ashu -  January 2, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    All information news about the himachal pradesh available on online himachal portal

  23. Dr.bhumika modgil -  January 12, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    good evening sir,

    Please tell me the date of H.A.S exam.

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 29, 2013 - 8:53 am

      Dear Bhumika,

      Please check that from their website: http://hpsc.gov.in/

  24. nishant sharma -  August 26, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    sir I am btech final year student in mechanical I want to clear the HAS exam……please give the best sugestions and preperation material for the exam…….and also tell me the dates of the exam….

  25. nishant sharma -  August 26, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    sir I am btech final year student in mechanical I want to clear the HAS exam……please give the best sugestions and preperation material for the exam…….and also tell me the dates of the exam….thankss


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