Haryana PCS Eligibility

Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) conducts the Haryana Civil Services exam every year to recruit candidates for various departmental posts in the state administration. The posts include Group-A posts of Haryana Civil Services (Executive Branch) and Group-B posts of Allied Services, including Deputy Superintendent of Police, Excise & Taxation Officer, Block Development & Panchayat Officer, Traffic Manager etc.

It is important for the candidates applying for the examination to be thoroughly familiar with the eligibility criteria to ensure that they fulfil all eligibility conditions, as their admission to all the stages of the examination is provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions as laid down by the HPSC. Eligibility criteria of the candidates with reference to original documents is verified by the Commission only after the candidate has qualified for Main Written Examination / Interview, and the decision of the Commission about a candidate’s eligibility will be final. The eligibility criteria for HPSC HCS Exam consists of the candidate’s nationality, educational qualifications, age limit and physical standard.

Haryana PCS Eligibility 2023

The eligibility criteria for Haryana PCS 2023 are as follows:


  • To appear for the HPSC HCS exam, the candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • A certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India is necessary if the candidate is a subject of Nepal or Bhutan, a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • In case a certificate of eligibility is required to prove the nationality of a candidate, he/she may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given to him/her only after the Government of India has issued the necessary eligibility certificate to him/her.
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Age Limit

  • According to the Eligibility Criteria laid down by the HPSC, candidates applying for the HCS (except for the post of DSP) must be between 18 to 42 years of age on 01-01-2022.
  • To apply for the post of DSP, candidates should be between 18 to 27 years of age on 01-01-2022.
  • Certain age relaxations are given with respect to the upper age limit to various reserved categories of candidates appearing for the HCS Exam.
  • For all posts, except DSP, categories which are given a relaxation of 5 years age in maximum age include Schedules Castes / Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, wives of military personnel who are disabled while in military service, widowed or legally divorced women provided she has not remarried, judicially separated women residing separately for more than two years from the date as prescribed for the purpose of age for candidates of other categories, unmarried women, disabled persons who covered under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (maximum 55 years if a disabled candidate belongs to SC/ST/OBC category).
  • Past or present workers on ad-hoc/contract/work charged/ daily wages basis in any Department / Board / Corporation of Haryana Government will be given relaxation equal to the period of experience on ad-hoc/ contract/ work-charged/ daily wages basis excluding the period of break, if any, with a maximum age limit of 55 years.
  • For Deputy Superintendent of Police, relaxation of 5 years will be given to SC, ST, Backward Classes & candidates of EWS only. Employees of Haryana Government or High Court or any Court Subordinate, who have experience of at least 4 years of service in a substantive or officiating (excluding ad-hoc) capacity will get a relaxation of up to the age of 45 years subject to a limit of 3 chances availed after the upper age limit of 42 years.
  • Ex-Servicemen of the armed forces will be given relaxation to the extent of their military service added by three years provided that they have rendered continuous military service for a period of not less than six months before their release and they were not released by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.

Minimum Educational Qualifications

Candidates must possess at least a Bachelor Degree or equivalent educational degree in any stream from a recognised university. Candidates must possess their graduation degrees by the closing date of the application process.

Physical Standard for Deputy Superintendent of Police, as per Haryana Police Service Rules, 2002 is as under:

Sr. No. Category Height Chest Chest with Expansion
1 Male 5’7” (170.18 cm) 33″ (83.82 cm) 34.5″ (87.63 cm)
2 Female 5’2” (157.50 cm) N/A N/A

Note: As per Haryana Police Service Rules, 2002, the chest expansion of 1-½” (3.81 cm) is mandatory for male candidates over and above the chest measurement without expansion.


  • Only reserved (SC/BC-A/BC-B/PwBD/ESM/ESP/EWS) category candidates who are domiciles of Haryana State will be given the benefit of reservation.
  • The reserved category candidates belonging to other States will be considered General/Unreserved category candidates and will compete against the General/Unreserved Category posts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Haryana PCS Eligibility

  • What is the minimum educational qualification for the HCS Exam?

The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent educational degree to apply for the HCS Exam.

  • What is the age limit for the HCS Exam?

Candidates applying for the HCS Exam (except for the post of DSP) must be between 18 to 42 years of age. To apply for the post of DSP, candidates should be between 18 to 27 years of age. Certain age relaxations are given with respect to the upper age limit to various reserved categories of candidates appearing for the HCS Exam.

Candidates must always carefully review the eligibility criteria before applying for any government exam. In terms of age and nationality, there are certain similarities between the eligibility criteria for the Haryana PCS exam and the civil service exam. Aspirants looking forward to applying for either of the two exams must check out the details given above.

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