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HP Police Recruitment 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

September 8, 2022

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Himachal Pradesh Police department which works under the govt. of Himachal Pradesh (dept. of home affairs) is headed by Director General of Police (DGP). It has announced empty seats in their department under Employment News of Himachal Pradesh. Most of the vacancies are of Constable, head constable, and drivers to name a few. In fact, here all male and female candidates may apply for the recruitment. The total no. of vacancies released by the HP police recruitment board is 1334. Meanwhile, the HP Police Recruitment Board will be looking after all activities related to the recruitment. Overall, it is a good police job opportunity in Himachal Pradesh. Factually, there are two Zones in HP Police Department –

1) Northern Zone has its headquarters in Dharamshala and,

2) Southern Zone with its headquarters in Shimla.

The given table provides the initial details for the examination:-

Board nameHimachal Pradesh police recruitment
Name of postConstable, driver, other posts
Job categoryPolice job
Application modeOnline
Job LocationAnywhere in Himachal Pradesh
Job typeHimachal Pradesh govt. job
Official websitehttp://citizenportal.hppolice.gov.in


This recruitment for HP police has been in news since last year. Earlier, the announcement was uploaded on the official site of HP police last year on October 20 2020 for number of vacancies. The last date of submission was December 31, 2020. But due to the panchayat elections in Himachal Pradesh, the recruitment process was postponed. This was followed by the second wave of the coronavirus in India. Thus, the process was further delayed. Therefore, the detailed notification for the above selection process is yet to be released by the board.

Further, in May 2021 this recruitment for Himachal Pradesh was again in news. The reason was that according to the HP police department (constable selection) rules 2021, candidates must pass a dope test before appearing in the following written test and physical eligibility tests. Therefore, candidates have to take care that they do not indulge in the use of any banned drugs and other narcotic items if they wish to qualify as a Constable in the HP Police department under the new recruitment rules. Moreover, this decision of dope test will also help in sorting out the undeserving candidates who indulge in performance-enhancing drugs during the Physical Efficiency Test (PET). PET is an important part of the recruitment process for the police constable post.

Furthermore, as reported, the selection of constables to fill up vacancies in the Police department will be done according to the district-wise population. The new HP Police Department Recruitment Rules, 2021 will take effect after they are published in Government gazettes.


The latest and updated important dates related to the HP Police selection process of the year 2021 were tentatively declared as given in the table below:

Online registration processMarch 2021
Last date to applyApril 2021
Admit card for written testAugust 2021
Date for written testSeptember 2021
Result announcementDecember 2021

However, these dates are tentative and subject to changes. Due to the uncertainty caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates are not announced yet. The candidates are advised to keep an eye on the official site for recent updates. The important dates can be announced anytime soon.


  • Applicants must  pay the application fee or assessment cost. It is mentioned in the board’s notice. The fee is according to the cast as well as the category of the candidate. Even, it depend upon the post they are applying for in the exam.
  • However, ex-servicemen of Himachal Pradesh, applying for the various vacancies, are free from the fee payment.
  • Applicants can pick any of the online payment modes to pay the application charge. For example, Master card, credit card, debit cards, net banking, and e-wallets.
  • For Constable, Constable drivers and other posts, general category candidates need to pay Rs.140/- as examination fee. While exam fee for SC/ST/OBS/IRDP applicants is Rs.35/- only.


Educational Qualification-

The educational qualification requirement will vary post to post. So, one can go through the related official notification to know the age limit criteria.

  • The candidates for Police Constable (Male and Female) post must have passed the 12th standard from a recognized board. But, if they have an upper education certificate of either Graduate or its equivalent degree, even then, they are eligible for online for submission of the form and participate in the exam.
  • Applicants for Police Constable (Driver) position must have a Driving license for LMV or HMV with one year of driving experience along with a 12th examination certificate.
  • In addition, the applicant should have a basic knowledge of Hindi in which they should be able to speak, write, and read as well.


The HP Police Department has clearly stated that only the residents of India can apply for the post of HP Police Constable. In fact, applicants from everywhere around the nation are eligible to apply for the HP Police Constable and other posts. However, a domicile of Himachal Pradesh is necessary for the application to these posts. Hence, the applications from applicants who can’t show domicile certificate won’t be considered during the enrollment process.

Age Limit-

The age limit vary from post to post. Additionally, it also depends upon the category of the candidate. Therefore, the candidates must read the related notification to know the updated age limit criteria. The table given below provides the necessary details. Thus, it will help the candidate to easily understand the age limits for various posts in the HP Police selection, accordingly.

ConstableGeneral/EWS   18  years    23  years
SC/ST   18  years    25  years
OBC   18  years    25  years
Gorkhas   18  years    25  years
Famous Sportsmen(all  categories)   18  years    25  years
Home Guard (all categories)   20  years    28  years
 Additionally, for Ex-Servicemen (General): Up to 45 years.

Physical Standards-

Applicants for the posts of Constable in HP Police recruitment must qualify the basic criterion as given below:

CATEGORY          HEIGHT        CHEST          (for males only)
   Males Females
General5ft 6 inch5ft 2inch(31*32) inch
SC/ST5ft 4inch     5ft(29*30) inch
OBC5ft 6inch5ft 2inch(31*32) inch
Gorkhas5ft 4inch     5ft(29*30) inch
Famous Sportsmen (General and OBC)5ft 6inch5ft 2inch(31*32) inch
Famous Sportsmen (SC/STs and Gorkhas)5ft 4inch     5ft(29*30) inch
Home Guards(General and OBC)5ft 6inch5ft 2inch(31*32) inch
Home Guards (SC/STs and Gorkhas)5ft 4inch     5ft(29*30) inch


HP Police Recruitment Board has announced that it will fill 1334 vacancies for Constable as well as for Driver Posts, In fact these vacant positions are for both male and female candidates willing to take up police department jobs. The details of the vacancies for HP Police recruitment 2021 are given below:

  • 976 vacancies are for Police Constable male candidates
  • Whereas, for Police Constable female applicants, 267 posts are advertised.
  • For driver posts, 91 vacancies are out in the notification.

In addition to the above-mentioned posts, 32 vacancies are for leading firemen, and 11 are for driver cum pump operators within the police department.


The salary of the candidate selected by the HP Police recruitment board for the post of Constable as well as constable drivers ranges between 5,910 INR – 20,200 INR with grade pay of 1,900 INR. To illustrate, certain points are given below:

  • The salary of the selected candidates will be decided keeping in mind the regulations of the 7th pay commission.
  • Once the candidate gets the job, he or she can also avail of certain perks and benefits. These are given in accordance to the post. But, the candidate needs to complete the probation period. Probation period is pre-decided by the government of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The annual package of HP Police constable thus will range from 70,920 INR to Rs.2.4 lakhs INR . Additionally, some incentives are also given.
  • Certain allowances are also to be given, besides the salary mentioned in the HP police constable pay structure. For example, some of the allowances given to the candidates recruited for the HP Police constable posts are as follows:
  • Dearness allowance (DA)
  • House rent allowance (HRA)
  • Fuel expenses etc.
  • They even get additional benefits like housing facility, life insurance, medical insurance. In fact, free travel by state government buses, pension after retirement, and other allowances as per Govt. guidelines are also provided.
  • Constable (male and female): 5,910/- to 20,000/- with grade pay of 1,900/-
  • Constable Drivers: 5,910/- to 20,000/- with grade pay of1,900/-

Kindly go through the official notification for the accurate salary information. The salary may vary according to the rules of the HP Police Department.


The HP Police Constable Syllabus 2021 will be posted on the official website by the HP Police recruitment board. Further, when the notification is out, the candidates can download the syllabus and exam pattern. The full syllabus for HP Police Constable can help candidates in planning their preparation of the written test. It is, in fact, one of the most important stages of the selection process.  Currently it includes the subjects listed below. Besides the subject list, topics which are needed to be covered for the exam under each subject is also given below.


  • Antonyms- Synonyms,
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence correction
  • Tenses
  • Grammar
  • Phrases
  • Comprehension
  • Active & Passive Voice etc.


  • Synonyms-Antonyms
  • Phrases/Muhavare
  • Error Detection
  • Grammar
  • Translation of Sentences
  • Plural Forms etc.


  • Average, Discount, Interests,
  • Decimals & Fractions
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Time
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Number Systems
  • Profit & Loss, Percentage
  • Time and Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Mensuration
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations. etc.


  • International & National Organizations
  • Books and Authors
  • Inventions and Discoveries
  • Countries & Capitals
  • Current Affairs – National and International
  • Abbreviations
  • Basic Economics
  • Important Days
  • Important Financial, Economic, News, Awards, and Honors
  • Sports etc.


  • Visual Memory
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Numerical, alphabetical series
  • Decision Making
  • Judgment
  • Directions, Analogies
  • Syllogistic Reasoning
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Mirror Images
  • Problem Solving
  • Arrangements
  • Blood Relations,
  • Arithmetical R
  • Reasoning
  • Embedded Figures etc.

The detailed syllabus for HP Police Constable Exam 2021 is also available in the Hindi language. Therefore, the candidates can download it as per their choice of language and ease.


The physical standard test, physical efficiency test, written test, personality test, medical examination, and character verification round are all part of the HP Police Constable Exam pattern 2021. Thus, it is tough to prepare for this exam without knowing the exam pattern. In addition to the pattern, you will be able to know the number of questions included, the total number of marks, and the marks allotted for each section. We also get to know the duration of the written exam, and so on. The details of the written exam are as follows:

  • Total No of Marks: 80
  • The question paper will be in 2 languages: English and Hindi.
  • Total No of questions: 100
  • Question type: Objective
  • Subjects involved: English, Hindi, General Awareness, Reasoning, Aptitude, Math & Science
  • Exam Duration: 90 Minutes

The HP Police Constable Recruitment Exam 2021 has the following exam pattern-

Physical Standard Test (PST)Maximum OF 5 Marks
Physical Efficiency Test (PET)Qualifying in nature
Written Test80 Marks
Personality Test15 Marks

After the personality test, candidates have to go through a detail MEDICAL EXAMINATION.

Finally, the next step of the selection is the VERIFICATION OF CHARACTER. It takes place after the medical examination. The final result of the HP Police Constable selection process is prepared out of 100 marks, which includes the marks obtained in the Physical Standard Test (PST), Written Exam, and Personality Test.


  • Candidates who have applied for the HP Police Recruitment 2021 can get their admit cards from the official website.
  • The HP Police Admit Card 2021 is required to enter the exam hall.
  • Admit cards are available for download at least a month before the exam. Besides, the candidate should check the official website regularly for any developments related to it.
  • If you have downloaded your HP Police Constable 2021 Admit Card, be sure to double-check it for any misinformation.
  • Also, for each round of the selection process, the department issues a different admit card.
  • Important information is provided in the admit card such as- 
    1. Name
    2. Gender
    3. Photographs
    4. Signature of the candidate
    5. Date of birth
    6. Date and center of the exam
    7. Roll No. of the candidate
    8. Duration of the exam
    9. Category etc.
  • It is advisable to save a hard as well as a soft copy of admit card for the reference in future.


The result for the written test of the selection process is announced. The candidates get to know their exam marks. However, the final merit list is revealed after candidates have done well in all the rounds, which include the physical efficiency test and the personality test as well.

Applicants successfully clearing the written test can view the HP Police Results 2021 on the board’s official website. You can see the HP Police Results 2021 by entering the correct details. The result includes important information such as personal information, the marks attained in the physical standard test (PST), and the personality test. Even, the cut-off marks can be found at the bottom of your scorecard. The candidate can use this to know whether or not a candidate has qualified for the next round.


Interested and suitable candidates should apply Online only. Because, any other mode of submission of application would not be accepted. In addition, the candidates must go through the advertisement carefully. Understanding all the contents and instructions of the advertisement, before filling up the online application form is important.


  • First, visit the Official Website. – http://citizenportal.hppolice.gov.in
  • Then, click on the “Application Forms” or “Apply” option on the page.
  • You will get a link stating “Online Application for HP Police Constable Recruitment 2021”. Click on it.
  • Now, click on the Application Form.
  • Add in the Required Details and upload your Scanned Photo & Signature.
  • Further, proceed to pay application fee which can be done online through various options. For example, Net banking, Card, or other payment gateways.
  • At last, click on “Final Submission.”
  • Take a Print-out of the Application.

Equally important, while filling the online form, the candidate must keep ready a scanned copy of passport size photo, signature and other documents which are required to fill up the form successfully.

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Q1. What are the qualifying marks for HP Police Constable Exam?

A1. The qualifying marks for the General / OBC candidates are 50% and for SC/ST candidates are 40%. Also, the candidates must score the minimum marks to clear the exam.

Q2. How many vacancies have been released by the HP Police recruitment board?

A2. The HP Police Recruitment Board has announced 1334 vacancies for Males as well as Female. To illustrate, the vacancies are for Constables, Drivers, Leading Firemen, and Driver Cum Pump Operators.

Q3. Can a final year graduation student apply for HP Police constable Posts?

Q3. NO, the candidates interested to apply for the post must have cleared 12th standard from a recognized board of India.

Q4. What are the age criteria to apply for the HP Police constable Recruitment exam?

A4. The age criteria for the above-mentioned recruitment is mentioned below:

  • The General/ EWS: Minimum Age 20 and Maximum 25 years.
  • For Home Guards (General/ OBC /SC /ST/ Gorkhas): Minimum Age is 20 while Maximum age is 28 years
  • The SC/ ST/ OBC: Minimum Age is 20 and  Maximum is 27 years.
  • For Ex-Servicemen (General): up to 45 years
  • Driver Constable: Minimum 18 Years while Maximum 23 Years.

Q5. What is the salary of the HP Police constable?

A5. The pay scale for the Constable and Constable Driver: Pay Scale – Rs.5910 to Rs.20220 + Grade Pay of Rs.1900/-. Also, read the official notification for the accurate pay band information, since it will vary based on the HP Police Department’s rules and regulations.

Q6. What is the application fee for HP Police Constable Exam?

A6. For Constable and Driver Constable positions, applicants must pay a fee according on the category they fall into. For example, The General Category candidates have to pay Rs.140. While for the SC/ ST/ OBC category candidates the application fee is Rs.35. But, Ex-serviceman of Himachal Pradesh are not charged if they apply for the HP Police Constable Recruitment.

Q7. What are the chances of promotions in the police department?

A7. HP Police offers promotion chances to constables and ASI/Sub Inspectors after a set length of time.


  • After 5 years of service, constables can apply for a competitive B-I Test and be promoted to Head Constable.
  • After 5 years of service, Head Constables can be promoted to ASI. ASIs can be promoted to Sub Inspector after serving for 5 years as an ASI (if directly recruited) . If promoted from Head Constable, 4 years of services is required as an ASI.
  • Further, after five years of service, SIs are eligible for promotion to the position of Inspector.
  • Merit and seniority are the basis for all such promotions.

Q8. Can the application be submitted directly?

A8. No, the applicants must submit the applications in the online mode only.

Q9. Can a person from any other state of India, apply for the HP Police constable exam?

A9. Any Indian citizen can apply for the HP police constable exam. In addition, he or she must be a resident of Himachal Pradesh.

Q10. What are the factors affecting  the cutoff marks of the HP Police constable exam?

A10.  The HP Police Constable Cut-off depends on few factors. These are stated below:

  • THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES: Large number of vacancies increases the cut-off accordingly.
  • THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS: As the number of applicants increases, the cut-off increases as well.
  • THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE PAPER: If the paper is difficult, the cut-off may decrease.
  • THE HIGHEST SCORE: The cut-off marks may increase if the highest score in the exam increases. Likewise, it decreases if highest score decreases.

Q11. What is the probation period for the HP Police constable?

A11. The government has decided for a two-year probation period, which the candidate must complete accordingly. Then, after two years in the department, applicants will be eligible for all of the advantages and benefits of a regular employee.

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