HPAS Exam 2018: Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Books & Question Paper

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services or HPAS is one of the toughest exams of Himachal Pradesh. It is organized every year by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPSSC). The main purpose to conduct this examination is to select capable candidates for the administrative posts in Himachal Pradesh.


Candidates who are interested in this exam can check full information from the starting of the exam to the final selection. It includes official notification, exam dates, Prelim & Mains pattern, qualifying marks, complete syllabus, previous question papers etc.

HPAS Exam 2018 Information Bulletin

To check the listed information below in the table simply hit the corresponding check link. You will be directly jumped to the specific information.

HPAS Information Bulletin
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Administrative Services
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HPAS Exam Dates 2018 Check
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HPAS 2018 Exam Dates

HPAS exam 2018 notification was released on the official website on 01/01/2018. The last date for submission of application form is 20/01/2018. Aspirants can check other important dates given below.

HPAS 2018 Exam Dates
Activity Dates
Notification Released On 01/01/2018
Preliminary Exam Application
Form Last Date
Preliminary Exam Admit
Card Availability
Preliminary Exam Date 24/06/2018
Last Date for Submission
for Mains Exam
To be Announced
Admit Card Issue Date
for Mains
To be Announced
Date of Mains
To be Announced

For more updates regarding exam dates keep visiting our website.

HPAS Eligibility Criteria

The candidate who wants to apply for Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services must have to full fill two eligibility criteria, Age Limit and Minimum Qualifications Required.

1.  Age Limit
  • Between 18 years to 45 years on 01/01/2017
  • Relaxation in upper age limit only to the bonafide SC/ST/OBC/WFF/ Person with disabilities/ HP Govt employees and ex-servicemen of HP.
2. Qualifications
  • Bachelor Degree (Or its Equivalent) in any stream from the State/Central or Private Universities that are recognised by the University Grant Commision Act, 1956.

HPAS Exam Pattern

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service examination is divided into 3 stages. First, i) Preliminary ii) Mains & iii) Interview/Viva. So let's start with one by one.

1. Preliminary Exam Pattern

In the preliminary examination, there will be two papers of General Studies and Quantitative Qualification & Reasoning.

Preliminary Examination Pattern
Nature of Examination Multiple Choice Question Answer
Total Number of Papers 2 (Two)
Paper I (General Studies)
Maximum Marks 100 Marks
Duration 2 Hours
Paper II (Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning)
Maximum Marks 100 Marks
Duration 2 Hours
Negative Marking Yes (0.25 Marks for Each Wrong Answer)

Each paper contains maximum 100 marks and duration of 2 hours. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

2. HPAS Mains Exam Pattern

HPAS Mains examination is descriptive in nature and there will be the total number of 8 papers. First 6 are compulsory whereas Paper VII & Paper VIII are linked with an optional subject which is opted by the candidate.

HPAS Mains Exam Pattern
Name of Paper HAS Mains
Type of Examination Descriptive Type Questions
Total Number of Papers 8
Paper I (English)  100 Marks
Paper II (Hindi) 100 Marks
Paper III (Essay Writing) 100 Marks
Paper IV (General Studies I) 200 Marks
Paper V (General Studies II) 200 Marks
Paper VI (General Studies III) 200 Marks
Paper VII (Optional Subject Paper I) 100 Marks
Paper VIII (Optional Subject Paper II) 100 Marks

Note: The marks obtained in the Compulsory Papers of English and Hindi will not be counted for overall ranking.
The list of optional subjects for the main examination (Paper VII & Paper VIII) is given below.

HAPS List of Optional Subjects

For Mains Paper VII & VIII you have to choose an optional subject from the given list below.

HPAS List of Optional Subjects
Sr. No Subject
01 Indian History
02 Political Science and International Relation
03 Mathematics
04 Statistics
05 Economics
06 Commerce and Accountancy
07 Chemistry
08 Botany
09 Zoology
10 Philosophy
11 Law
12 Sociology
13 Public Anoitartsinimd
14 Management
15 Geography
16 Agriculture
17 Mechanical Engineering
18 Electrical Engineering
19 Civil Engineering
20 Hindi
21 Sanskrit
22 Urdu
23 English Literature
24 Psychology
25 Geology
26 Physics
27 Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
28 Anthropology
29 Forestry
30 Horticulture
31 Medical Sciences

You can choose any of these subjects for Optional Paper I & II.

HPAS Interview/Viva 150 Marks

Candidates who pass the Preliminary and Mains examination are called for Interview/Viva. The candidate will be interviewed by the Commission who will have before them a record of his career. In the Interview, the questions will be asked on matters of general interest. The main purpose of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the services or service for which he/she has applied to the Commission.

Total marks of the interview will be 150 and it also includes the knowledge of customs, manner and dialects (Languages) of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, care and logical exposition, balance of judgments, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The test is intended to judge the mental state of candidates. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs.

HPAS Qualifying Marks

No candidate would be considered to have qualified the Written test unless he obtains 40% marks in aggregate in all papers and at least 35% marks in each paper. The evaluation shall be based on the parameters as specified in Appendix-III.

Note: The marks obtained in the compulsory Papers of English and Hindi (Paper I & Paper II) will not be counted for overall ranking.

HPAS Syllabus 2018 PDF

To download HPAS syllabus in pdf format for Preliminary and Mains examination simply click on the corresponding syllabus link given in the table below.

HPAS Exam Syllabus
Papers Syllabus
Preliminary Examination Syllabus
Paper I (General Studies) Syllabus
Paper II (Quantitative
Mains Examination Syllabus
Paper I (English) Syllabus
Paper II (Hindi) Syllabus
Paper III (Essay) Syllabus
Paper IV (General Studies I) Syllabus
Paper V (General Studies II) Syllabus
Paper VI (General
Studies III)

The syllabus of Paper VII & Paper VIII is given below.

HPAS Optional Subjects Syllabus

HPAS Optional Subject Syllabus
Subjects Syllabus
01. Indian HIstory Syllabus
02. Political Science and
International Relation
03. Mathematics Syllabus
04. Statistics Syllabus
05. Economics Syllabus
06. Commerce and
07. Chemistry Syllabus
08. Botany Syllabus
09. Zoology Syllabus
10. Philosophy Syllabus
11. Law Syllabus
12. Sociology Syllabus
13. Public Administration Syllabus
14. Management Syllabus
15. Geography Syllabus
16. Agriculture Syllabus
17. Mechanical Engineering Syllabus
18. Electrical Engineering Syllabus
19. Civil Engineering Syllabus
20. Hindi Syllabus
21. Sanskrit Syllabus
22. Urdu Syllabus
23. English Literature Syllabus
24. Psychology Syllabus
25. Geology Syllabus
26. Physics Syllabus
27. Animal Husbandry
and Veterinary Science
28. Anthropology Syllabus
29. Forestry Syllabus
30. Horticulture Syllabus
30. Medical Sciences Syllabus

You only need to download the syllabus of your chosen subject from among these. 

HPAS Question Papers

You can check the question papers of the exam year 2016.

Question Papers Download
Preliminary Question Paper 2016
General Studies (Paper I) Download
Quantitative Aptitude
(Paper II)
Mains Question Papers 2016
Paper I (General English) Download
Paper II (General Hindi) Download
Paper III (Essay) Download
Paper IV (General
Studies I)
Paper V (General
Studies II)
Paper VI (General
Studies III)

You can download these previous question papers and know more about the examination.

HPAS Optional Subjects Question Papers

Optional subjects Paper I and Paper II previous question papers are given below.

Optional Subjects Question Papers 2016
Subject Paper I Paper II 
Indian History Download  Download 
Political Science
and International
Download Download
Mathematics Download Download
Statistics Download Download
Economics Download Download
Commerce and
Download Download
Chemistry Download Download
Botany Download Download
Zoology Download Download
Philosophy Download Download
Law Download Download
Sociology Download Download
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Management Download Download
Geography Download Download
Agriculture Download Download
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Civil Engineering Download Download
Hindi Download Download
Sanskrit Download Download
Urdu Download Download
English Literature Download Download
Psychology Download Download
Geology Download Download
Physics Download Download
Husbandry and
Download Download
Anthropology Download Download
Forestry Download Download
Horticulture Download Download
Medical Sciences Download Download

To download, simply hit the corresponding download link.

HPAS Result 2017-18

HPAS Preliminary exam result 2017 that held on 24 June 2018 has been released by the HPSSC on the official website on 23 August 2018. Total 1100 candidates have been selected for the mains examination to filling 52 posts. You can check the detailed result on the link given below.

HPAS Preliminary Result 2017

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