HPPSC Exam Syllabus

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission examination or HPPSC exam is used for recruiting to several state government positions in Himachal Pradesh. The HPPSC syllabus includes English, Hindi, General Studies, and elective subjects.

HPPSC HPAS Syllabus 2022

The HPPSC HPAS selection process includes three stages. The commission prescribes a syllabus for Prelims and Mains stages of the HPAS Exam. The aspirants who are preparing for the exam have to get a hold on of the syllabus to prepare better.

HPPSC Prelims Syllabus

There will be 02 papers for HPAS (Preliminary) Examination, one is General Studies and another is of General Aptitude Test. Both the papers will be of 200 marks each containing 100 questions of multiple choice objective type and time duration will be of 02 hours. The syllabus

has been adopted as per UPSC pattern and also includes questions on Himachal Pradesh and is given as under:-

The syllabus for the HPAS preliminary examination is as follows:

HPPSC HPAS Prelims Syllabus

Paper – I

General Studies

  • 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 and General science


Aptitude Test

  • 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).

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HPPSC Mains Syllabus

The main examination shall include compulsory subjects and one optional subject. Before this main examination, a preliminary objective type examination based on multiple-choice questions is to be conducted.

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.

Optional Subjects/Papers in HPAS Exam

Apart from the compulsory papers, there are two optional papers in the exam. There are 31 optional subjects available for candidates to choose from.

The optional subjects are as follows:

List of Optional Subjects in HPPSC HPAS Mains Exam

Indian History


Political Science and International Relation

Mechanical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Civil Engineering



Commerce and Accountancy





English Literature








Animal Husbandry and

Veterinary Science

Public Administration






Medical Sciences

Detailed Mains Syllabus of HPAS Exam

The detailed syllabus of HPAS Mains Exam as per HPPSC are as follows:


  1. English Grammar – (20 Marks)
  2. Usage and vocabulary – (20 Marks)
  3. English Composition Letter / Application / Report / Note writing – (20 Marks)
  4. Comprehension of unseen passages – (20 Marks)
  5. Precis Writing – (20 Marks)


  • 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.)


A fair choice of topics covering

  • Current affairs
  • Socio-political issues
  • Socioeconomic issues
  • Aspects of culture and history and
  • Reflective topics

will be given to test the candidates’ understanding of these issues and their flair for expressing themselves in English or in the Hindi language. The candidates are required to attempt 2 Essays, choosing one each from Section A and B in about 900 words each.




  • 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: its various stages and the role of eminent personalities from different parts of India.


  • 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 Modernity.


  • Emergence and growth of early medieval states: Kangra, Kullu and Chamba. Hill States and their relations with the Mughals and the Sikhs.
  • Gorkha invasion- its nature and consequences, Treaty of Segauli.
  • Hill States under the Colonial power: Political and Administrative History.
  • Grants, Sanads and territorial aggression.
  • 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 (Temples, Buddhist Monasteries and Paintings).

Note – All the topics/subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.



  • Introduction to Disasters: Concepts, definitions, disaster classifications including natural and man-made 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, 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 mechanisms in the country.


  • Geographical Introduction to India, India as a unit of Geographical Study.
  • Aspects of the Physical Geography of India – Structure and Relief, Climate, Soils and Vegetation, Geomorphic set up (Mountain Ranges and Rivers and other Water Bodies).
  • Human Aspects – Population distribution, Urban Population, Internal Migration.
  • Language and Literacy, Villages and Towns in India.
  • Settlements, Industry and Transport.


  • Geography of Himachal Pradesh: Relief, Drainage, Vegetation cover and types.
  • Climate and climatic zones in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Geographical Regions of Himachal Pradesh (Shiwalik, Doons and Low Valleys, Outer Valleys of Sub Himalaya, Mid Hill Tracts of High Himalaya, High hills and Valleys and Inner Zones).
  • Human Aspects: Quantitative, Qualitative and Temporal characteristics of Population, Urbanisation pattern.
  • Policies: Forest, Industrial and Tourism Policies, Growth of Industrial areas and types of Industries in Himachal, Employment generation and potential, Scope of future Industrialization, Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Profile of Himachal Pradesh.

Note – All the topics/subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.



  • Salient features of Indian Society, Unity in Diversity.
  • Social Institutions: Family, Marriage, Kinship, Religion and Social stratification in India.
  • Women empowerment and social justice: Policies for women Empowerment in India, Laws for protection of women, women security and safety initiatives in India.
  • Child Rights and Right to Education.
  • Rights of differently-able persons and quality of life for them.


  • Core Values in public service/governance.
  • Philosophical basis of public service/governance and Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability.
  • Objectivity and Transparency, information sharing and right to information, codes of conduct, work culture, challenges of corruption and political pressures.
  • Gandhian Thought: Truth and Non-violence, Satyagraha, Ends and Means, Religion and Politics.


  • Society and Culture in Himachal Pradesh: Culture, customs, fairs and festivals, and religious beliefs and practices, recreation and amusement.
  • Tribes of Himachal Pradesh: their historical, social, cultural, economic and legal aspects.
  • Family, marriage, kinship, and caste system in Himachal Pradesh.

Note – All the topics/subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.




  • Constitution of India: Historical underpinning, evolution, salient features.
  • Significant provisions including Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties.
  • Amending process and important Constitutional Amendments and theory of basic structure.


  • 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 therein.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointments to various constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies in India.


  • 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.

Note – All the topics/subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.



  • Institutional framework, Policies and Interventions for development in various sectors in India.
  • Governance, Good governance, Citizen Charters, effective public service delivery, transparency, accountability and ethics in governance in India.
  • District Administration: Changing role of Deputy Commissioner.
  • Local self-government in urban and rural areas in India.


  • Role of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs),
  • Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Civil Society in Governance in India.
  • Bodies constituted, Policies, Programmes and Schemes for welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Women, Minorities, Backward classes, Differently-abled persons, and children in India.
  • Issues relating to the quality of life: livelihood, poverty, hunger, disease and social inclusiveness.


  • Governance in Himachal Pradesh:
  • The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Guarantee Act 2011;
  • Right to Information Act, 2005 and rules made thereunder by the Himachal Pradesh Government.
  • Administrative reforms for effective public service delivery in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Implementation of 73rd& 74th Constitutional amendments in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Issues and Challenges. Programmes and policies for the welfare of differently-abled persons, women and children in Himachal Pradesh.

Note – All the topics/subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.



  • Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and affecting India’s interests.
  • India’s look east policy.
  • India’s relations with United States of America (U.S.A.), Russia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives and Middle East Countries.


  • Effects of the policies of developed and developing countries on India’s interest, Indian Diaspora.
  • Important international Institutions, agencies and fora, their structure and mandate.


  • 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.

Note – All the topics/subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.




  • 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.
  • Regulatory framework for money and banking: Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Commercial banks and Regional Rural Banks.
  • Monetary policy, Foreign exchange, Balance of Payment Scenario.
  • Foreign Trade: Policy, Composition and Direction, Impact of Liberalization / Privatization and Globalization.


  • Economic Planning in India.
  • Five Year Plans: strategies and outcomes, Public / Private / Joint Sectors.
  • Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003, Debt and Investment in India: Current Status, Growth and Development experience including Natural Resource Management.
  • Sustainable development and Inclusive growth.
  • Measurement of economic development: Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI), Millennium Development Goals, Human Development Index (HDI) / Gender Development Index (GDI) / Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM).
  • Latest / Current Development Schemes / Initiatives / Institutional Changes (e.g. Swach Bharat Mission, Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Ayog etc.).
  • International Financial and Economic Organizations: International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO), International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).


  • 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 land holdings.
  • 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.

Note – All the topics / subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.



  • Applications of space technology in natural resources, development and communications.
  • Important missions and programmes of Department of Space and Indian Space Research Organization.
  • 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.


  • Developments in energy sectors such as Hydro power, 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.


  • 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, concept of Himachal State Wide Area Network (HIMSWAN), State plans of e-governance, concept of LokMitra 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 Bio diversity decline in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Relevance and role of Intellectual Property Rights, Geographical Indications and Traditional wisdom and knowledge in sustainable development of the State.

Note – All the topics / subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.



  • 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 use of Biotechnology.


  • Latest developments in science and technology for harnessing agriculture, horticulture, medicinal and herbal resources in the country.
  • National mission for sustainable agriculture, mission for integrated development of horticulture.
  • Concept of organic farming, seed certification, rain water harvesting, techniques of irrigation and soil conservations and soil health cards.


  • Tourism policy, potential and initiative in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Types of tourism: religious, adventure, heritage, Important tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
  • 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, both positive and negative effects, including climate change with reference to Himachal Pradesh.

Note – All the topics / subjects covered under SUB UNIT-3 are relevant to the State of Himachal Pradesh.

HPPSC HPAS Interview

  • The candidate will be interviewed by the Commission, who will have before them a record of his/her career.
  • He / She will be asked questions on matters of general interest.
  • The object 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.
  • The maximum marks allotted for Interview stage is 150 marks.
  • In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his / her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his / her interest in current affairs including the knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, care and logical exposition, balance of judgements, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

Frequently Asked Questions on HPPSC Syllabus

When was the HPAS 2020 Prelims test result declared?

The result of the HPAS 2021 conducted by the HPPSC was declared on 1st November 2021.

How can I strengthen my preparation for the HPPSC exam’s current affairs section?

Reading the newspaper on a daily basis is the simplest way to prepare for the HPPSC examination on current affairs.

Is there any age limit for the HPPSC HPAS examination?

Yes, the HPPSC HPAS examination has an age limit of minimum of 21 years and maximum of 35 years.

What are the stages of the HPPSC HPAS exam?

The HPPSC test is divided into three stages: the preliminary exam, the main exam, and the interview.

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