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Is the HPAS 2022 notification out?

HPAS 2022 examination recruitment notification has been released on 17th June 2022. 

How many vacancies have been announced?

In 2022, 30 vacancies are released which include 7 posts of SDM, 14 posts of Tehsildar, 3 posts of TO i.e., Treasury Officer 1 post of District Panchayat Officer and 5 posts of BDO i.e., Block Development Officer.

What can be the Examination Dates?

As per the notice released on the official website of HPPSC:

Prelims Exam – HPAS – 16th October 2022

Mains Exam – HPAS – In 2nd/3rd week of December 2022

What is the exam pattern for HPAS examination

HPAS officers are recruited through a 3 stage recruitment process –

  1.   Preliminary Examination 
  2.   Mains Examination
  3.   Interview

Preliminary Examination

Mains Examination


Preliminary Exam Pattern:

The HPAS Prelims exam pattern is as follow:

SubjectNo. Of QuestionsMarks
General Studies100200
Aptitude Test100200
  • The preliminary examination will consist of two objective type papers (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects of General Studies and Aptitude Test. 
  • Paper-I General Studies – This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions. 
  • Paper-II Aptitude Test – This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choices) questions.
  • This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only i.e. the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. 
  • The Aptitude Test (Paper-II) of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% and, therefore, marks obtained in this paper shall not be counted for determining the merit of the candidates which to be drawn exclusively on the basis of marks obtained in General Studies (Paper-I) of the Preliminary Examination.
  • There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • The duration of Papers No. I and II (General Studies and Aptitude Test) will be two hours each.

Mains Exam Pattern:

The complete mains exam pattern of HAS examination is given in the below table:

Paper No.SubjectMaximum Marks
1English100(Qualifying Only)
2Hindi100(Qualifying Only)
Paper Counted For Merit
3 Essay 100
4 General Studies-I 200
5 General Studies-II 200
6 General Studies-III 200
Optional Subject
7Optional Subject-Paper I 100
8 Optional Subject-Paper II 100
Main Exam 900
Viva-Voce 150
Total 1050
  • All paper shall be of three hours only.
  • The standard and the questions asked in the English and Hindi paper will be of 10+2 level. It is necessary to secure 40% marks in the English and Hindi compulsory papers.
  • Credit will be given for good English/Hindi including orderly, effective and exact expression combined with the economy of words, in all subjects of the examination.

Personality Test:

The complete mains exam pattern of HAS examination is given in the below table:

  • This stage is worth 150 marks.
  • 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.

The final selection of candidates is done by adding marks secured in mains examination and Interview. Therefore, the final merit will be prepared from 1050 marks – 900 marks of mains examination and 150 marks of personality test i.e. interview

What is the syllabus of HPAS examination?

The Preliminary Examination syllabus of HPAS exam is as follows.

General Studies Syllabus:

  • History, geography, political, art & culture and socio economic development of Himachal Pradesh. 
  • Current 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

The above syllabus has been picked up from the official notification as released by HPPSC.

We have further divided the above syllabus into exact topics that you need to study to prepare for the HPAS/HAS 2022 examination.

Aptitude Test Syllabus:

  • 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)

Mains Examination syllabus of HPAS exam is as follows :


English Grammar20 Marks
Usage and Vocabulary20 Marks
English Composition Letter / Application / Report / Note writing 20 Marks
Comprehension of unseen passages 20 Marks
Precis Writing 20 Marks

Evaluation / Marking:

Credit will be given for the following:

  • Writing of précis, comprehension, composition and usage according to requirements of format.
  • Coherence and sequence in expression.
  • Correctness of grammatical structures.
  • Originality of thought and expression.


  • Translation of an English passage into Hindi.
  • Translation of Hindi passage into English.
  • Explanation of Hindi passage in Prose and Poetry in the same language.
  • Composition (Idioms, corrections etc.)


This paper is designed to test candidate’s:

  • knowledge / awareness of a variety of subjects and
  • their ability