HPPSC Exam 2022: Latest News, Date, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

March 21, 2023

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About HPPSC and HPPSC Exam-

HPPSC or Himachal Pradesh PSC is also a subsidiary of UPSC. UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission. At the same time, HPPSC stands for Himachal Pradesh public service commission. Besides, HPPSC is structured under the guidelines of the Indian constitution.

TypeUnder the authority of the government of Himachal Pradesh
Parent bodyUPSC
LocationShimla (Himachal Pradesh)
ChairmanSh. Ajay Kumar
PurposeRecruitment of officers for different administrative services of the state

The constitution of India established Public Service Commission under articles 315 to 323. Therefore, The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the principal organization. It governs other subsidiary groups, including the state public service commission.

HPPSC (Himachal Pradesh PSC) is a primary constitutional organization. It operates under the guidance of UPSC. Furthermore, Himachal Pradesh PSC is the principal establishment of Himachal Pradesh. It was founded on April 8th, 1971, making the capital city Shimla Its headquarter. It is now under the supervision of Sh. Ajay Kumar. In particular, the current chairman of Himachal Pradesh PSC. According to the recent updates, HPPSC declared the list of cities for the examination center, and HPPSC selected ten cities for it.

HPPSC Responsibility

The primary duty of the HPPSC is to scan for relevant vacancies. Altogether, It is to appoint officers for various departments. It is done as well as to maintain the proper functioning of state affairs.

Apart from recruitment, HPPSC deals with duty transfer and allocations. As per the new updates, HPPSC announced the report of urban communities, and as the estimated place, HPPSC chose ten urban communities for it.

The important responsibility of HPPSC is to examine for openings to select officers for different divisions. Consequently, The responsibility is to keep up with the legitimate work of state undertakings, apart from the recruitment HPPSC additionally manages during the exchange and distribution of duties.

HPPSC is partitioned into different sub-divisions. These sub-divisions are arranged to select the newcomers according to their qualifications. The sub-divisions are as follows –

  • Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HPAS)
  • Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services (HPJS)
  • State Accounts Services (L.A.D.) – S.A.S.-L.A.D.
  • State Forest Services (HFS)
  • Medical Officer (General Wing)
  • HPSC- Personnel Department- Allied Services

Public assistance jobs are seen as esteemed choices. Applicants need to breeze through the test organized by Himachal Pradesh PSC.

HPPSC selects suitable applicants under the following categories-

  • Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HPAS)
  • Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services (HPJS)
  • State Forest Services (HFS)
  • HPSC- Personnel Department- Allied Services
  • State Accounts Services (L.A.D.) – S.A.S.-L.A.D.
  • Medical Officer (General Wing)

The selection process changes according to the job profile. However, For entry-level exams, the examination structure is as follows:

  • Preliminary examination
  • Mains examination
  • Interview

Different modes of recruitment in HPPSC –

HPPSC follows four different modes of recruitment. They are as follows –

Recruitment via written examination and viva-voce

This testing process involves two steps. Firstly, the applicants need to appear in a written exam. Acquire marks to cross the cut-off. Next, The selected applicants are called for the Viva-voice, an oral exam. It is to check the subjective ability of applicants. A final merit list is declared based on the exams’ performance. And after that, applicants are shortlisted.

The following are four services. The applicants are selected through the method mentioned above :

  • Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services etc. Examination (HPAS)
  • Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services (HPJS)
  • State Forest Services (HFS)
  • Forest Rangers

Recruitment via written examination only, without viva-voce

This method is fit for the applicants that belong to the department. Also, applicants in service (a minimum period in some areas of the province).

The eligible applicants are then screened via a written examination. The ones selected are appointed to different posts. They need to perform well in the written exam for the selection. Besides, They do not need to go through any viva –voce further. A  final merit list is announced based on which the applicants are selected.

The services mentioned below select applicants through this method –

  • State Accounts Services (O.B.) – S.A.S.-OB
  • State Accounts Services (L.A.D.) – S.A.S.-L.A.D

Recruitment through screening test and interview

This selection method is used when there are more applicants for one post. The most eligible applicants are filtered. Fitting applicants are then called for the interview round. Eligible applicants are selected based on their rank in the final merit list. Besides, The services for which these applicants are selected are as followed –

  • Medical Officer (General Wing)
  • Medical Officer (Dental)
  • Assistant Engineers (Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical) of different departments/ Board
  • College Staff Lecturers
  • District Public Relation Officer/ Assistant Public Relation Officer (D.P.R.O./A.P.R.O.)
  • Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
  • Any other post(s)

Recruitment through the only interview but no screening test

When the number of applicants is less than the available vacancy. The selection procedure involves an interview round. Whereas, In the interview, they are checked to achieve the required duty. A final merit list is prepared based on their performance in the interview. Besides, The services for which these applicants are recruited –

  • Assistant Professor of various faculties in Medical / Dental Colleges
  • Deputy Director Sainik Welfare
  • Director Sainik welfare
  • Commandant Home Guard
  • Any other post(s)

HPPSC Exam notification and news

  • August 19, 2021: A press note is announced for the schedule of the computer-based test(CBT). Besides, These are the posts –
    • Computer Programmer ( Jal Shakti Vibhag)
    • Assistant Engineer (Electrical) (PWD)
    • Process Engineer ( Jal Shakti Vibhag)
    • Computer Programmer (Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs)
    • APRO (Information &Public Relations)
  • August 18, 2021: The HPPSC SET exam, 2019, is declared on the official website hp.gov.in.
  • August 16, 2021: HPSCB release the Admit Card for Junior Clerk Prelims Exam 2021. The Exam Date is announced. hpscb.com.
  • August 11, 2021:  The Answer Key for HPPSC ARO 2021 is released. Visit @hppsc.hp.gov.in.
  • July 29, 2021: Exam Date for Himachal Pradesh PSC HPAS Prelims exam released, hppsc.hp.gov.in
  • August 10, 2021: The last date for uploading the documents for HPPSC Lecturer. DV Schedule 2021 is extended till Aug 15 @hppsc.hp.gov.in

HPPSC News –

  • August 3, 2021: The schedule for Himachal Pradesh PSC Personality Test 2021 releases. Besides, The selected post is Works Manager Lecturer and Other.
  • July 28, 2021: HPPSC releases exam schedules for various posts for the year 2021. Besides, Visit the official website for more details. hppsc.hp.gov.in
  • HPPSC releases the admit card for the post of Assistant Research Officer. Also, For further details, visit the official website. hppsc.hp.gov.in
  • July 20, 2021: HPPSC released admit card for the post of  Range Forest Officer 2021. Besides, For further details, visit the official website .hppsc.hp.gov.in
  • July 16, 2021: The release of HPPSC DV for lecturer commerce 2021 is scheduled.
  • HPPSC Final Answer Key for Tehsil Welfare Officer 2021 is released.
  • July 15, 2021: HPPSC, the final Result of Lecturer Political Science 2021, is out.
  • July 13, 2021: HPPSC released the notification to recruit 40 Assistant Engineer or Assistant Officer.

HPPSC Exam Date

Himachal Pradesh PSC has released the notification for HPAS 2021 on 19 May. The last date to apply for the exam is 22 June. However, The temporary date to conduct the preliminary test is set in October. The admit card will be available on the official website of HPPSC as per the guidelines.

The important dates for HPAS 2020 are as follows-

HPAS prelims examSeptember 13th,2020 (Earlier it was September 6th but postponed)
HPAS Prelims resultOctober 2020 (Expected)
Detailed Application Form(DAF) for Main ExamNovember 2020(Expected)
HPAS Main ExamDecember 2020 (Expected)
HPAS Interview call letterFebruary 2021 (Expected)
Declaration of Final result of HPASApril 2021(Expected)

The HPPSC distributes the HPAS Prelims answer key (provisional) after the exam. Moreover, Applicants can check their answers and raise doubts about the incorrect questions (if any). Whereas, Applicants have one week to file objections in the guided format. The format comes along with the answer key.

The recent notification of the exam :

Himachal Pradesh PSC conducts tests for Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services. Moreover, It is a combined test for recruitment on various posts. Posts belong to the organization area and happen once every year.

The test notice contains the data regarding the post, dates, eligibility for the applicants. However, Apart from HPAS, other subdivisions also release essential news. It is done as per the availability of job vacancies on the official portal of HPPSC.

Release of notification for  HPASJanuary 21, 2020
Dates of HPAS Application21st January to February 10th
Release date of Admit card  for HPAS PrelimsAugust 26, 2020
computer-based test(CBT) for various postAugust 19, 2021

HPPSC Application fee

HPPSC has well-defined guidelines for the application fee. However, The table below explains category-wise application fees for applicants-

CategoryApplication Fee
General category or Unreserved (UR)INR 400/-
Applicants from other statesINR 400/-
SC/ST/OBC /UR BPL as per the guidelines of HP and veterans of HP. Moreover, Who took the release from defense services on their request.INR 100/-
Veterans of HP. Moreover, those Who retired after finishing the normal tenure period / female applicants/visually challenged / blind belong to H.P.Fee exemption

Applicants should have documents to avail themselves of the relief in charges.

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HPPSC Eligibility Criteria

To serve the Himachal Pradesh Authoritative Administrations, applicants need to undergo a testing process. Moreover, The process is to conduct the exams. Namely, Himachal Pradesh Administrative service combined competitive exam (HPASCCE). However, It is an important test that is directed by the Himachal Pradesh PSC. Moreover, The qualification for this test is as per the following:

Educational  Qualification –

The applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any university/ Professional Institute. Moreover, The Institue must be recognized by the Government of India or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants keen to apply for the available posts under HPPSC should meet the essential eligibility criteria.


The applicant must be a native of India to apply for HPPSC.

Age Limit:

The age of applicants should not be less than 19 years.

The applicant’s age must be less than 35 years. Moreover, It is about January 1st of the year in which they are applying for the post.

Age relaxation is provided to the candidates who belong to the following category-

CategoryAge Relaxation (Years)
SCFive years
STFive years
OBCFive years
Children and grandchildren of freedom fighters of Himachal PradeshFive years
People with underlying disabilitiesFive years

NOTE: Candidates need to have original documents regarding the age relaxation. Whereas, They need to show them at times of verification by authorities.

HPPSC Vacancies

HPPSC releases notifications for various posts every year on the official website. However, The eligible candidates are selected based on their performance in the different selection procedures.

Recent vacancies for 2021 are as follows:

Post Number of Vacancies
Assistant Engineer(Civil)07
Assistant Engineer(Electrical)20
Assistant Officer- Executive Trainee(Law)01
Assistant Engineer- Executive Trainee(Electrical)08
Assistant Officer- Executive Trainee(Finance)02
Assistant Officer- Executive Trainee(Personnel)02

HPPSC Salary

  • According to the 6th pay commission, the average salary range based on the class of the employees is this-
  • For class I employees- Rs.15600-39100 + Rs.7400/- Grade Pay + Rs.800 S.A.
  • However, for Class II employees- Rs.10300-34800 + Rs.4200/- Grade Pay + Rs.300 S.A
  • But, For class III employees- Rs.10300-34800 + Rs.3800/- Grade Pay + Rs.240 S.A.
  • Class IV employees- Rs. 4900-10680 + Rs.1650/- Grade Pay + Rs.100 S.A.

The hike in salary occurs as per the state guidelines currently. Whereas, The pay scale is as per the rules of the 6th pay commission.

Compensations –

Aside from generous pay, Himachal Pradesh PSC’s officers are qualified for several benefits and allowances:

  • Inflation-adjusted Dearness Allowance of 65 percent
  • Allowance for Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Medical Services
  • Bills for electricity and water
  • Services for Free Phones
  • Take a Study Break
  • Household Assistants and Security

HPPSC Syllabus

The syllabus consists of General studies. To list, History, Polity, The culture of India, Geography, and the economy of India.  Moreover, aptitude, reasoning, language proficiency, writing and translation skills, and detailed study of optional subjects.

However, The syllabus is designed to check the mental ability of candidates. Moreover, their problem assessment skills. Whereas, Apart from the well-defined syllabus for Prelims and mains examination, there is a section for essay writing. The topics for this test mainly focused on scientific, social, economic, Anthropological issues.

HPPSC Exam Pattern

The exam for HPAS (Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services) comprises three parts. Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination, and the personal interview round.

However, The first two are written exams based on the syllabus defined by Himachal Pradesh PSC. Whereas, The last one is a personality assessment test, a type of oral exam.

First, the candidates are filtered in prelims, and then they appear for mains. After that, the interview’s final merit is decided based on the performance in all the exams.

Successful completion of this process is essential to avail the post of the administrative officer.

The selection procedure has three steps-

Prelims test:

To test the general awareness and analytical as well as reasoning aptitude of the candidates.

Mains Test:

This exam is designed to assess students’ language fluency, reading and writing skills, and subjective knowledge. Moreover, The mains exam has an essay writing exam. It is structured to test the ability to write a well-thought-out piece of writing, communicate logically and sequentially, and know the chosen topic.


The HPAS Viva-voice is the exam’s final stage. Altogether, Candidates who pass the HPAS mains exam will be invited to an interview.

  • The interview will be placed in the Shimla office of the Himachal Pradesh PSC.
  • Moreover, The interviewers may ask you questions regarding current events of national and international relevance.
  • The Interviewer may test your socioeconomic and political understanding of the state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Altogether, the Following topics are necessary for an aspiring applicant-

The ambitious candidate is well-versed in Himachal Pradesh’s regional customs, culture, and accent. However, Candidates will also be evaluated on leadership traits, communication skills, mental agility, and critical thinking.

HPPSC Admit card

Recently the organization published an update on Admit card for HPAS 2020. They published it online on the official website of HPPSC. However, To download the admit card, applicants need to visit the official site. After that, they need to click on the “Download Admit Card” tab.

Candidates need to provide a valid user ID and password. Consequently, They can download the admit card. However, HPPSC releases admit cards separately for preliminary and mains examinations. Thus, We strongly advise all the applicants to carry the admit cards to the examination center. Otherwise, they will be prohibited from taking the examination.

HPPSC Result

  • The result of HPAS 2020 will be available online.
  • Therefore, To check the result, candidates should visit the official website of HPPSC.
  • Results of both exams will be available online.
  • However, The availability of results for prelims and mains exams varies.
  • HPPSC publishes the result as a PDF file, and it can be downloaded easily.

How to apply for HPPSC

  • The application form is available online on the official website of HPPSC hppsc.hp.gov.in.
  • Once you are on the website, you need to click on Apply now.
  • The online registration link will show up, and to register on that portal, applicants need to click on the new user sign up.
  • Provide the required information asked there and click on create user tab, and you will have your user registration.
  • The next step is to press click here to apply.
  • The candidates must provide the required details like educational qualification, address, other essential details, etc.
  • After finishing up the previous steps, you need to upload the scanned image of the signature and photograph as per the guidelines.
  • Click the complete button.
  • To complete the entire HPPSC Application form fill-up process successfully, the candidates have to go through the final step of fee submission by using the debit card/ credit card /net banking.

How to Apply for HPAS 2021-

The applicants need to apply for the HPPSC exams online. Follow the steps mentioned below for completion of the application-

Step 1 Registration-

  • The application form is available online on the official website of HPPSC hppsc.hp.gov.in. Moreover, The candidates need to visit this website.
  • The ‘online registration link’ will show up. However, To register on that portal, applicants need to click on ‘new user sign up.’
  • Provide the required information asked there. Furthermore, Click on the ‘create user ‘ tab, and you will have your user registration.
  • The next step is to press ‘click here to apply.
  • Here candidates need to provide the required details. For example, educational qualification, address, and phone number. Moreover, add other essential details like category, nationality,  exam centers.
  • Add personal information like date of birth, gender, father’s name, mother’s name, and address.

Step 2: Upload Photo and signature

  • Furthermore, candidates need to upload the scanned image of the signature and photograph.
  • Candidates need to follow the guidelines strictly.
  • Candidates need to resize the photo and signature according to the standards set by HPPSC.
  • Click the complete button

Step 3: Fee payment

  • To complete the entire HPPSC Application form fill-up process successfully, the candidates must go through the final step. Consequently, The final step is fee submission using debit card/ credit card /net banking. However, if candidates do not have any of the stated banking instruments, they can create an e-challan. Moreover, Visit Punjab National Bank for fee submission. The bank will generate a unique journal number for the candidate. Furthermore, candidates can successfully submit the application fee after filling up the payment information on the web portal.

Note: We strongly advise candidates to check the filled information carefully before clicking on final submission.

  • For any help, candidates can call the HPPSC help desk – 0177-2624313 & 2629738, 18001808004
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Q.1 How to apply for a post declared by Himachal Pradesh PSC?

Ans. If you are a fresh candidate, you need to register on the web portal. Also, The registration processes using the NEW USER REGISTRATION link. However, It will generate a unique ID and password. Besides, We advise applicants to fill up the required info. However, Apply for the post for further application proceedings. Consequently, Once you register yourself on the portal, you will get all the essential information on the mobile number and email you provide.

Q.2 How to check the status of my application submitted for a particular post?

Ans. The candidates are advised to refer to HPPSC’s official Website http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in/hppscoafs/login.aspx. Login into the user account. The lists of finally submitted Online applications containing Application No., Roll No., Application form, Enter Fee Details, Application Status, and Download Admit Card) corresponding to the relevant posts are available for download in the Advertisement number wise.

Q.3 What is the procedure for paying the fee for online recruitment?

Ans. Applicants can pay in one of these two ways.

  • Credit/Debit Card Payment: An applicant can pay the fee using any VISA/MASTER DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD issued by any Bank.
  • Pay by e-Challan at any Punjab National Bank branch.

Q.4 What is the salary of the SDM in Himachal Pradesh?

Ans. The salary defined is as per the recent pay commission. Therefore, The expected salary of SDM in Himanchal Pradesh is 15600-39100 + Rs. 6600 /- grade pay + 800 Rs. SA

Q.5 What are the universities, courses, and degrees recognized by the Higher Pradesh Public Service Commission?

Ans. The Himachal Pradesh PSC does not have the authority to appreciate universities. Moreover, It does not have authority to endorse courses or degrees, as such reference does not exist. However, This problem falls under the sphere of the relevant authorities. For example, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), among others.

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