About HPAS 2020

The notification for Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service Combined Competitive Exam (HPAS CCE) has been released by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) on January 21, 2020 for a total of 26 vacancies. Candidates can fill HPAS 2020 application form from January 21 to February 10. HPPSC HPAS is conducted in three stages - preliminary examination followed by mains and interview for various posts in various Departments of Himachal Pradesh Government. Exam conducting authorities will conduct HPAS 2020 prelims exam on April 26 in offline mode. There are separate application forms for prelims and mains exam. The candidates who qualify the prelims exam will be eligible to fill the application form for the mains exam. There will be two question papers for the preliminary exam, each carrying 200 marks. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks scored in the mains exam and viva/ interview.

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Conducting Body: Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission

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HPAS 2020 Important Dates

HPAS (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

21 Jan, 2020 - 10 Feb, 2020

Application | Mode: Online Ongoing

Past Dates and Events

21 Jan, 2020

Advertisement | Mode: Online

HPAS Prelims Exam (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

26 Apr, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

18 Jun, 2020 (Tentative)

Result | Mode: Online

HPAS 2020 Eligibility Criteria

HPAS CCE Eligibility Criteria                                                                                                                    




Eligibility Conditions     




Indian citizen        




21 to 35 years of age as on January 1, 2020, with a relaxation of five years for candidates belonging to reserved categories.    


Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized                 University.

  • Candidates in the final year or appearing for the exam but result is yet not released can also apply, provided they clear exam and produce the result in the stipulated time.



  • Knowledge of manners, dialects and customs of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the state.


HPAS 2020 Application Process

HPAS Prelims Exam Application Details

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

The application form for HPAS preliminary examination is available online only. Candidates need to fill in the form with a valid email id and contact number. One must assure the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. The step by step instructions are given on the online portal wherein candidates are required to register, fill the required details and upload documents, make fee payment as per their category. The fee payment can be done by both online and offline mode.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General PWD Offline, Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 400
ST, SC, OBC Offline, Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 100

HPAS Main Exam Application Details

Candidates who qualify the preliminary examination will be required to fill in the mains application form which would be available after the declaration of prelims result. The application form is to be downloaded, filled in with all the required details and sent to Commission’s office along with the requisite documents and fees before the last date as specified by them.

HPAS 2020 Syllabus

HPAS Main Exam Syllabus

English-paper 1
Hindi in Devanagari script - paper 2
Essay-paper 3
General studies-I(paper 4)
Unit 1(sub unit-1) Historical perspective of Indian cultural heritage
Literature and art forms from ancient times to 1947 (major structural and rock-cut temple architecture, sculptural art and major schools of paintings).
Modern Indian history from mid- 18th century to 1980
Freedom struggle
Unit 1(sub unit-2) The industrial revolution and the emergence of capitalism.
Fascist ideology and its global implications.
World wars and boundary settlements after the first and the second world wars.
Concept of decolonization, nationalism and socialism, globalization and concept of
Unit 1(sub unit-3) Emergence and growth of early medieval states
Gorkha invasion
Hill states under the colonial power
Social and economic conditions under colonial period with special reference to social practices of beth, begar and reet.
Establishment of British cantonments
National movement with special reference to Praja Mandal movements in Himachal Pradesh, 1848-1948
Five-year plans and vision for the developed hill state.
Survey of artistic and cultural heritage
Unit2(sub unit-1) Introduction to disasters
Social and environmental impacts of disasters.
Disaster profile of the country
Approaches to disaster risk reductions.
Disaster management models. Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders including
Community, the concept of first responders.
Interrelationship of disaster and development.
Disaster management in India including disaster management act 2005, national and
State policies, plans and institutional mechanism in the country.
Unit2(sub unit-2) Geographical introduction to India, India as a unit of geographical study.
Aspects of the physical geography of India
Human aspects
Language and literacy, villages and towns in India.
Settlements, industry and transport.
Unit2(sub unit-3) Geography of Himachal Pradesh
Climate and climatic zones in Himachal Pradesh
Geographical regions of Himachal Pradesh
Human aspects
Unit3(sub unit-1) Salient features of Indian society, unity in diversity
Social institutions
Women empowerment and social justice
Child rights and the right to education.
Rights of differently
Unit3(sub unit-2) Society and culture in Himachal Pradesh
Tribes of Himachal Pradesh
Family, marriage, kinship, and caste system in Himachal Pradesh.
General studies-II(paper 5)
Unit1(sub unit-1) Constitution of india
Significant provisions including fundamental rights, directive principles of state policy, fundamental duties.
Amending process and important constitutional amendments and theory of basic structure.
Unit1(sub unit-2) Parliament and state legislatures, structure, organization and functioning of the union and
State executive and the judiciary.
Functions and responsibilities of union and states, issues and challenges pertaining to
The federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local level and challenges
Salient features of the representation of people's actions.
Appointments to various constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of
Various constitutional bodies in India
Unit1(sub unit-3) Reorganization and politics of statehood.
Development of political parties, major political parties and their support base and
Performance in the assembly and parliamentary elections in Himachal Pradesh.
Politics of sub-regionalism and pressure groups in the state.
Structure, organization and functioning of statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies in Himachal Pradesh
Unit2(sub unit-1) Institutional framework, policies and interventions for development in various sectors in
Governance, good governance, citizen charters, effective public service delivery,
Transparency, accountability and ethics in governance in India.
District administration
Local self-government in urban and rural areas in India.
Unit3(sub unit-1) Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and affecting
India’s interests.
India’s look east policy.
India’s relations with the united states of America (U.S.A.), Russia, China, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives, and middle east countries.
Unit3(sub unit-2) Effects of the policies of developed and developing countries on India's interest, Indian
Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure and mandate.
Unit3(sub unit-3) Cybercrime and drug menace – mechanism to detect and control it in Himachal Pradesh.
Enactments made by Himachal Pradesh government to protect and promote the interests
Of agrarian society.
Various policies framed by the government of Himachal Pradesh for the socioeconomic
Development of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes of the state.
Tribal welfare administration, tribal sub plan and single line administration in
Himachal Pradesh.
General studies-III(paper 6)
Unit1(sub unit-1) Characteristics of Indian economy
Demographic profile, demographic dividend and population policy.
Sectoral composition with respect to contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment.
Poverty and inequality, unemployment, inflation in India.
Industrial growth in India.
Monetary policy, foreign exchange, the balance of payment scenario
Foreign trade
Unit1(sub unit-2) Economic planning in India.
Five-year plans
 fiscal policy, fiscal responsibility and budget management act, 2003, debt and investment in India
Sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Measurement of economic developmen
International financial and economic organizations
Unit1(sub unit-3) Economy of Himachal Pradesh
Demographic profile and human resource, sectoral distribution of gross state domestic product (GSDP).
Diversification in agriculture and allied activities, land tenure and size of landholdings.
Industrialization in the state.
Skilled/unskilled labour.
Revenue generation with special reference to hydro potential, tourism, flora and fauna.
Cottage and small scale industries.
Tax base, pros and cons of special category status.
Appraisal of education, health, physical and financial infrastructure development
Unit2(sub unit-1) Applications of space technology in natural resources, development and communications.
Important missions and programmes of the department of space and Indian space research
Historical evolution of Indian space programme. Lunar, interplanetary and earth
Observation missions.
Remote sensing and communication satellites. Applications of remote sensing and
Geographic information system (gis) for natural resources monitoring and applications
Benefiting common man
Unit2(sub unit-2) Developments in energy sectors such as hydropower, non conventional sources of
Energy and nuclear energy including policies, programmes and research base in the country.
Concepts of non conventional, renewable, clean and environment friendly energy sources.
Role of energy in sustainable development
Unit2(sub unit-3) Modern and emerging technologies and initiatives in the state of Himachal Pradesh including biotechnology policy, research, vision, scope and applications for developing horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants resources of the state.
IT policy of Himachal Pradesh and its role in governance, the concept of Himachal state wide area network (HIMSWAN), state plans of e-governance, concept of Lok Mitra Kendra and Aryabhatta geo-informatics space application centre (AGISAC).
State biodiversity strategy and action plan. Endangered and threatened species of Himachal Pradesh. Factors responsible for biodiversity decline in Himachal Pradesh.
Relevance and role of intellectual property rights, geographical indications and traditional wisdom and knowledge in sustainable development of the state.
Unit3(sub unit-1) Issues, concerns, policies, programmes, conventions, treaties and missions aimed at
Environment protection, and dealing with the problem of climate change.
State of environment reports. Environment protection and pollution control act and rules.
Environment impact assessment.
National action plans on climate change.
Himalayan ecology, biosphere reserve, science and economics of climate change.
Social and ethical issues in the use of biotechnology.
Unit3(sub unit-2) Latest developments in science and technology for harnessing agriculture, horticulture,
Medicinal and herbal resources in the country.
National mission for sustainable agriculture, the mission for integrated development of
Unit3(sub unit-3) Tourism policy, potential and initiative in Himachal Pradesh.
Types of tourism: religious, adventure, heritage, important tourist destinations in Himachal
Social, economic and cultural implications of tourism.
Concept of eco-tourism and green tourism and their role in sustainable development
Of the state.
Environmental concerns of tourism industry, bth positive and negative effects
Including climate change with reference to Himachal Pradesh
Indian history
Political Science and International Relation
Commerce and accountancy
Veterinary Science
Public administration
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering
Civil engineering
English literature
Animal husbandry and veterinary science
Medical science

HPAS 2020 Exam Pattern

HPAS Prelims Exam Exam Pattern

The preliminary exam will consist of two papers carrying a maximum of 400 marks. There will be a negative marking of one-third marks for every wrong answer. The two papers are explained below:

  • Paper-I General Studies (Code No.01) – It will consist of 100 objective type questions carrying a total of 200 marks. This paper will include questions from general science, history, economics, current events related to political and environmental importance etc.
  • Paper-II Aptitude Test (Code No.02) – It will also consist of 100 objective type questions carrying a total of 200 marks. This paper will include questions based to test mental ability, interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, comprehension, English grammar skills etc.

HPAS 2020 Admit Card

The admit cards are available online three weeks prior to the commencement of the examination. It can be downloaded by entering the valid candidate’s User- ID. No admit cards will be sent by post. Moreover, no separate call letters for the main examination will be sent.

HPAS 2020 Exam Centers

HPAS Prelims Exam Exam Centers

State City
Himachal Pradesh Shimla

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card

HPAS 2020 Selection Process

The selection process of HPAS will consist of three successive stages:

  • Preliminary Examination

  • Main Written Examination 

  • Viva-Voce

HPAS Prelims examination

The preliminary examination comprises two objective type question papers. Candidates who qualify prelims papers will be eligible to sit for mains exam.

HPAS Mains Examination (Written)

The candidates who qualify the prelims exam would be required to fill the application form for mains exam to appear for the written exam. The total number of students called for written exam will be 20 times the total number of vacancies as mentioned.

For qualifying, the written examination one must obtain 40% marks in English and Hindi along with 45% marks in aggregate. These marks are only required as a qualifying score, they won’t be included in the final ranking.

HPAS Viva-Voce

The candidates are called for viva voice test based on their performance in the written examination. On average, the number of candidates is three times the number of vacancies.

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I m from Punjab. Can I be able to qualify for HAS examination?

mayank thakur 1st Dec, 2019

Hi Shilpa

HAS exam is for various posts under HPPCS.

So , following are the eligibility criteria:-

1. Can you do it must be a citizen of India

2. Candidate's age should be from 21 years to 35 years

3. Candidates who are familiar with Himachal Pradesh dialect ,  customs , environment and traditions will be preferred over those who don't.

So even if you are from Punjab and not from Himachal Pradesh will not matter much.

But it will be like icing on cake if you would know about Himachal Pradesh's customs , traditions and dialects.

Best Of Luck!!!!

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