HPSC Administrative Combined Competitive Exam 2014, Eligibility, Pattern, Structure, Syllabus, HP PCS 2014 Analysis

HPSC   Administrative Combined Competitive Exam 2014, Eligibility, Pattern, Structure, Syllabus, HP PCS 2014 Analysis

The competitive examination comprise three successive stages viz :

  • Preliminary Examination ( Objective Type & Multiple choice ).
  • Main Examination ( Conventional Type, i.e. Written examination ).
  • Viva – Voice ( Personality Test ).
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A candidate must be a citizen of India.

Minimum Educational Qualifications (a) A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University. (b) A candidate who has appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination but has not been informed of result, may apply for admission to the examination. A candidate, who intends to appear at such a qualifying examination, may also apply provided the qualifying examination is completed before the commencement of this examination. Such candidates will be admitted to the examination, if otherwise eligible, but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation if they do not produce proof of having passed the examination as soon as possible and in any case not later than two months after the commencement of this examination, failing which their candidature shall automatically stand cancelled. (c) Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination equivalent thereto but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their application for the HAS etc. examination will be provisionally admitted to the examination provided they submit along with their applications a copy of certificate from the University / Institutions that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce, at the time of their interview, original degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University / Institutions that they had completed or requirement (including completion of internship) for the award of degree.

Age Limits : 5.3.1 A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years on the first January- 2015, meaning thereby that candidates born on or after 02-01-1994 are underage whereas applicants born before 01-01-1980 are overage.

5.3.2 Provided that the upper age limit is relax able by five years for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward Classes / Persons with disabilities and Children/Grand Children of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh as declared by the Govt. from time to time. Age relaxation is also available to Exservicemen candidates of H.P. as per provisions in Rules/ Instructions of H.P. Govt.

5.3.3 Provided further that a Govt. servant who is holding substantive / officiating / contractual / Adhoc appointments in H.P. Govt. or in High Court or any Court Subordinate thereto and employees of the Public Sector Undertakings / Corporations / substantially owned or controlled by the H.P. Government shall be eligible to appear in the examination if he / she possesses a Bachelor’s degree of a recognized University and has not attained the age of 42 years on the first day of January of the year in which the applications are invited by the Commission for Competitive examination. Any person who is eligible under this sub-rule and wishes to appear in the examination shall submit his / her application in the prescribed form through his / her Head of Office to the Secretary, H.P. Public Service Commission.

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

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

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


6.1Preliminary examination A) Initially, Preliminary examination consisting of 02 papers based on objective type (multiple choices) questions on the following pattern will be held. Paper-I General Studies (Code No.01). This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions. Paper-II Aptitude Test (Code No.02). This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions


Name of the Exam Max Marks
1 General Studies 200
2 Aptitude 200

This preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about 20 times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the Posts / Service. Only those candidates who have been declared to have qualified the preliminary examination by the H.P. Public Service Commission in a year will be eligible for admission to the main examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

Note: There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers. (i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. (ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question. (iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

(D) The duration of Papers No.I and II (General Studies and Aptitude Test) will be two hours each.”


Paper I

 History, geography, political, art & culture and socio economic development of Himachal Pradesh.  Currents events of national and international importance.  History of India and Indian national movement.  Indian and World Geography-physical, social, economic geography of India and the world.  Indian polity and governance –Constitution, political system, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.  Economic and social development – sustainable development poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.  General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate Change – that do not require subject specialization  General science.

Paper II

 Comprehension  Interpersonal skills including communication skills  Logical reasoning and analytical ability  Decision making and problem solving  General mental ability  Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).  English Language comprehension skills (Class X level)

Main Written Examination a) The candidates declared qualified in the Preliminary examination will be entitled for admission to the Main written examination, if otherwise found eligible. b) The number of candidates to be called for Main written examination will be about 20 times of the total number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of aforementioned examination. c) The candidates, who qualify the Preliminary examination, will have to download the application form for Main examination from the above website. No separate call letters will be sent for Main examination.

Viva-Voce The number of candidates to be called for viva-voce test after the Main written examination by the Commission shall be at its discretion on the basis of marks obtained by them in the Main written examination only. As far as possible this number will be three times the total number of vacancies.

NOTE: Marks obtained by the candidates in the (Preliminary) examination will not be counted for the purpose of final order of merit. However, marks obtained in the Main written examination as well as in the viva-voce test would determine their final merit for selection.

NOTE: The option exercised by the candidates will be taken into consideration while determining their order of merit for selection to the various posts/services.