The HPPSC exam stands for the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission examination for recruitment to various state government posts in Himachal Pradesh.

The HPPSC Exam is held to fill the most coveted positions of Class 1 Officers. It is also known as the HPAS test or Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Examination. The HPPSC test is held for the positions of HP Administrative Service, HPPSC Tehsildar, HP Police Service, District Controller, Assistant Registrar.

HPPSC Exam 2021

The HPAS exam conducted by the HPPSC includes three stages of selection. The stages are:

  • Preliminary examination,
  • Main Examination, and
  • Viva-voce

To read about HPPSC Syllabus 2022 in detail, check the linked article.

HPPSC Prelims Exam

The preliminary examination has two sections, General Studies and Aptitude Test. Both the sections have 100 questions for 200 marks each, and the time duration for each paper is 120 minutes or 2 hours.

The General Studies paper includes questions about History, Geography, Politics, Art & Culture of Himachal Pradesh, India, and the world. The paper even has questions about General Science and Current Affairs.

HPPSC Mains Exam

The HPPSC Mains syllabus includes topics from eight papers or subjects. Out of these, six are compulsory subjects while two are optional subjects. The syllabus has a large portion similar to the UPSC syllabus, including current affairs and general aptitude.

Here is a list of these subjects:

HPPSC HPAS Mains Exam Pattern

Paper No.


Maximum Marks

Compulsory Subjects/Papers

Paper I



Paper II



Paper III



Paper IV

General Studies-I


Paper V

General Studies-II


Paper VI

General Studies-III


Optional Subjects/Papers

Paper VII

Optional Paper I


Paper VIII

Optional Paper II


Note – The marks obtained in the Compulsory Papers of English and Hindi will not be counted for the overall ranking.

HPPSC Viva-voce

  • The number of candidates to be called for the 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 maximum marks allotted for the Interview stage is 150 marks.

HPPSC Exam Schedule

HPPSC releases the exam schedule for the HPPSC Exam, which includes the dates of various HPPSC examinations. The UPSC Prelims were held on the 10th of October 2021, while the HPAS exam was conducted on 26th September 2021. The 2021 HPPSC exam schedule for last year was as follows:


Names of Examination/Post

Type of Examination


HPAS (Preliminary) Written Examination-2020

Offline Pen-Paper Exam

15.12.2021 to 19.12.2021 & 21.12.2021

HPAS (Main) Written Examination-2020

Subjective/Written Test

The schedule for 2022 is not out yet, but it can be expected to be similar.

For the Best preparation strategy for competitive exams candidates can visit the linked article and get detailed study material and preparation tips to excel in the examination.

Frequently Asked Questions about HPPSC Exam

Which exams are conducted by HPPSC?

The HPPSC conducts competitive examinations for recruitment to government offices in Himachal Pradesh.

When is the HPAS examination?

The preliminary stage of the HPAS examination was conducted on 26th September 2021. The main examination was conducted from 15 December to 21st December 2021.

What are the major subjects in the HPAS examination?

The preliminary stage of the HPAS examination includes two papers. Paper I has questions about General Studies and Paper-II is the Aptitude Test. The main stage of the HPAS examination has English, Hindi, Essay writing, and General Studies as compulsory subjects. There are also two optional subjects in the mains examination that the aspirant can choose as per their preferences.

What is the best way to prepare for current affairs in the HPPSC exam?

The best way to prepare for current affairs in the HPPSC examination is through a continuous reading of newspapers, current affairs magazines, and online portals such as BYJU’S Exam Prep. Attempt daily Current Affairs Quizzes to check your progress.

To get details of other PSC Examinations, candidates can check the table below:

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