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Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Exam


For the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service, the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts HPAS. The HPAS officials are the pivot of Himachal Pradesh's administrative structure. They operate under the supervision of IAS officials and assist newly appointed IAS officers in understanding the work culture. Departments such as Land, Revenue, General Administration, Agriculture, and others are the most common locations for these administrative officials to be assigned. The HPAS test notifies the job openings for the following positions: District Controller, Development, Registrar's Assistant, Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service, Officer of Block Tehsildar, Himachal Pradesh Police Service.


Particulars  Information 
Exam Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services
Conducted by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
Level of exam State Level
Frequency of exam Once a year
Mode of exam Offline
Stages of the exam Three Stages
Application fees INR 400

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  • Nationality:  Indian citizen
  • Age: 21 to 35 years, with a relaxation of five years for candidates belonging to reserved categories.
  • Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from an acknowledged University / Candidates in the final year or appears in the exam but the results are not yet released, they can still apply as long as they clear the exam and provide the results in time.
  • Understanding of manners, dialects and customs of HP.


Preliminary Examination
Paper-I: General Studies General Science
Social & Economic development
Indian governance and polity 
Indian and World geography
Indian national movement and Indian History
Current events: National and international
Geography, History, art & culture, political, and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh.
Paper-II: Aptitude Test English language comprehension skills
Basic Numeracy 
General mental ability
Decision-making and problem-solving.
Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
Interpersonal skills including communication skills.


Main Written Examination
English Precise Writing 
Comprehension of unseen passages 
Composition Letter /Application /Report /Note writing
Usage and vocabulary 
Hindi in Devanagari Script Composition (Idioms, corrections, etc.)
Hindi passage: prose and poetry
Translation of Hindi passage into English.
Translation of English passage into Hindi.
Essay Aspects of Culture and History
Socio-Economic issues
Socio-Political issues
Current Affairs
  General Studies - I
  General Studies - II
  General Studies - III


For the HPAS Written (Optional) Examination, candidates must choose one of the following optional subjects: Horticulture & Medical Science, Forestry, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Sanskrit, Veterinary Science, and Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Law, Economics,  International Relations, and Political Science, English  Literature, Anthropology, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Indian History, Hindi, Public Administration, Commerce & Accountancy,  Urdu, Civil Engineering, Zoology, Psychology, Geography, Geology, Management, Sociology,  Botany, Statistics

Exam Pattern

The HPPSC HPAS Prelims exam consists of two papers: Paper I consist of General Studies while Paper II consists of an Aptitude Test.

  • The questions are objective in nature (multiple-choice based)
  • Each subject has 100 questions worth 200 points.
  • The total number of points is 400.
  • There is a negative marking for incorrect responses. In other words, one-third of the marks allocated to that question will be deducted.
  • If you provide more than one response, it will be considered incorrect.
  • There will be no deduction of marks if a question is left unanswered.
  • The duration of papers I and II will be two hours each.

Exam Paper

The HPPSC HPAS selection procedure is divided into three steps. The first step is the Preliminary test, which determines whether applicants will advance to the second level, the Main exam. After passing the Prelims and Main exams, candidates will be summoned for the Interview/Viva-Voce stage, which is the third and final step of selection.

Exam Important Date

Notification 2nd week of May, 2022
Online Application Process begins 2nd week of May, 2022
Deadline to Apply 3rd week of June, 2022
Prelims HPAS Exam Oct-22
Result Announcement Nov-22
Main Exam HPAS Jan-22
Result Announcement Mar-22
Final Result Jun-22

Exam Application Process

HPAS uses the same selection procedure as UPSC and other Public Service Commissions. The HPAS test has a three-stage selection procedure.

  • Stage –I: The HPPSC administers the HPAS prelims test at exam centers around the state. If an applicant's Preliminary exams are conducted offline with pen and paper. A prelims test for HPAS consists of two objective-type questions papers. The two papers of the HPAS preliminary exam are Paper I General Studies and Paper-II Aptitude test. Both papers are worth 250 points and have a time limit of two hours. The qualifying marks for the paper II Aptitude Test are set by HPPSC at 33% of the total. Paper-II grades are not factored into the HPAS Prelims exam outcome. In the HPAS prelims test, marks are deducted for incorrect answers. As a penalty, one-third of the marks allotted to each question for which the candidate provided an incorrect answer would be deducted.
  • Stage – II: The major HPAS test: The HPAS Prelims results narrow the field of applicants for the HPAS main test. The number of candidates allowed to the main test will be about 20 times the total number of vacancies to be filled through this examination in the year.
    • The second stage of the selection procedure is the major exam. There are eight descriptive papers in the HPAS main exam. There are six required papers and two optional papers chosen by the candidates.
  • Stage – III: HPAS Interview/Viva-voce: The HPAS Viva-voce is the exam's final step. Candidates who pass the HPAS mains test are invited to an interview. A total of 150 marks are available for the Interview and Viva-voce. The interview will take place at the HPPSC headquarters in Shimla.
    • After the interview, a final merit list will be compiled based on the applicants' performance in the HPAS Main written test and interview. The number of candidates chosen will be determined by the number of available positions.

Cut Off:

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission publishes the HPAS Cut Off Marks on their official website every year. Candidates should be aware that the cut-off marks are determined based on the number of candidates who took the test, their scores, previous years' cut-off marks, the total number of available seats, and the difficulty level of the exam. This is why the cut-off points vary from year to year. The cut-off points for each category will be different. The Expected cut-off is mentioned below:

  Cut off
Unreserved 101 – 108
OBC 99 – 106
SC 91- 98
ST 80 – 85
Freedom Fighter’s Ward 86 – 92
Ex-Servicemen 79 – 85

Exam Center

Only those applicants who have previously applied on the official website will be assigned to exam centres situated around the state by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. The exam centre will be shown on the HPAS Admit Card. Candidates must go through the same process in order to have a better understanding. Below is the list of the exam centres where the exam will be held.

  • Shimla
  • Solan
  • Mandi
  • Sundernagar
  • Palampur
  • Kangra
  • Dharamsala
  • Nahan
  • Una
  • Hamirpur
  • Chamba
  • Bilaspur
  • Kullu


Q1. Is there an age limit for the HPAS exam?
The general category candidates must be at least 21 years old. The HPAS test has an upper age restriction of 35. However, reserved category candidates are given age relaxation.

Q2. Is there an offline option for paying the application cost for the HPAS exam?
Candidates cannot pay the application fee offline. Only fees paid online will be accepted by the commission.

Q3. Does the HPAS Prelims test have any negative marking?
Yes, there is a one-by-three penalty for each incorrect response. An incorrect response will result in a deduction of one-third of the marks given to the question.

Q4. Can final-year students take the HPAS Exam?
Yes, individuals in the final year of their qualifying exam are eligible to take the HPAS Exam.

Q5. Is it possible to attempt HPAS multiple times?
There is no mention of attempt restrictions in the official announcement. Candidates who meet the qualifying conditions, such as age, can take the HPAS test as many times as they choose.

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