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Himachal Administrative Services (HAS) Exam

The Himachal Civil Services Exam is aimed at filling the positions in the state government of Himachal Pradesh and the aiding offices of state administrative machinery. The exam is held in 3 stages which are The Preliminary, The Mains and Viva Voice.

Eligibility criteria for HAS Exam

A Bachelor’s degree from any recognised university or equivalent is the minimum educational qualification to apply for HAS.The candidate should have attained the age of 21 years but not older than 35 years of age for HAS.


  • It is conducted in two phases; the Preliminary Examination consisting of two papers and Mains consisting of written test and Viva Voice test.
  • Age relaxation is given in various categories; the number of attempts for general candidates is three, ex-servicemen category candidates are allowed for three more attempts.
  • Candidates are eligible for interview only if they get 45% in aggregate of all subjects.
  • The technique of interview is a conversation which intends to assess the mental qualities of the candidate.


As mentioned before the exam consists of two parts The Preliminary or Prelims and The Mains.Only those candidates who have qualified the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the mains,provided they fulfil the other eligibility criteria for the Mains Examination. The Preliminary examination is a mere eligibility criterion to participate in the Mains examination. The marks obtained by the candidates in the (Preliminary) examination will not be counted for the purpose of the 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.


The HPPSC has laid the following examination pattern for each of Prelims, Mains and the Interview round is given below.

Preliminary Examination in HAS EXAM

It consisting of 2 papers based on objective type questions will be held. The duration of Papers I (General Studies) and II (Aptitude Test) is of two hours each. Both Paper I and Paper II shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 multiple choice type questions.

General Studies
(Code No.01) 1- History, geography, political, art & culture and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh.
2- Currents events of national and international importance.
3- History of India and Indian national movement.
4- Indian and World Geography-physical, social, economic geography of India and the world.
5- Indian polity and governance -Constitution, political system, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights issues, etc.
6- Economic and social development-sustainable development poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.
7- General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate Change that do not require subject specialization
8- General science.

Aptitude Test
(Code No.02) 1- Comprehension
2- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4- Decision making and problem-solving
5- General mental ability
6- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. Class X level).
7- English Language comprehension skills (Class X level)
This preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

NOTE: The candidates should note that there will be Negative Marking for wrong answers marked by the candidate. Each wrong answer shall lead to a negative marking of one-third mark.

Main Written Examination in HAS Exam

It is mandatory for each candidate to specify in the application form the subject he is desirous to take. However, He /She may intimate any change of his/her intention to the Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission not later than the last date prescribed for the receipt of Application. A candidate shall answer the Optional Paper in English or in Hindi as per his/her option.

Compulsory Subjects Subjects Max Marks
English 100
Hindi 100
Essay 100
General Studies I 200
General Studies II 200
General Studies 200

Optional Subject (One)
Paper I 100
Paper II 100
Viva-Voice 150

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


From time to time we provide the candidate with the latest updates about the exam. However, we also advise the candidate to constantly monitor the websites for any exam notifications. The candidate should follow the below-mentioned steps in order to apply for a particular position in the HAS.
-Application Form for HPAS 2019 for filing the various posts can be filled Online from the Official website Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC).
-Select the correct job and click on the appropriate link.
-Fill the application form and click on the appropriate link.
-Update the required documents such as scanned picture, signature and other mandatory documents.
-Submit the application before the deadline date and save a copy for your records.

Latest HPPSC HAS Jobs Application Fee(Listed below is the application fees for 2019), For current updates, the candidates are advised to visit

HAS exam 2019 conducted by HPPSC is held to fill the following positions
1.Himachal Pradesh Administrative Class-1 (Gazetted) -4
2.Himachal Pradesh Police Class-1 (Gazetted)-5
3.Block development Officer Class-1 Gazetted-8
4.Tehsildar Class-1-5
5.District Controller (Food Civil Supplies &Consumer
Affairs), Class-I (Gazetted)

1.Himachal Pradesh Administrative Class-1 (Gazetted) Rs.15600-39100 + Rs.5400 (Grade Pay).
2.Himachal Pradesh Police Class-1 (Gazetted)15600-39100 + Rs.5400 (Grade Pay).
3.Block development Officer Class-1 GazettedRs Rs. 10300-34800 +Rs. 5000 (Grade Pay).
4.Tehsildar Class-1 Rs.10300-34800+ Rs.5000 (Grade Pay).
5.District Controller (Food Civil Supplies &Consumer
Affairs), Class-I (Gazetted)Rs 15,600-39,100+Rs 5400 (Grade Pay)

NOTE: The number of vacancies can vary from year to year. The candidate is advised to visit the site for any future updates

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