No.3-15/1998-PSC(E-I) Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission

It is for the information of all concerned that a new system for conducting the HPAS Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination 2010 has been introduced this year. There will be 02 papers for the HPAS (Preliminary) Examination, one is General Studies and another is of General Aptitude Test. Both papers will be of 200 marks each containing 100 questions of multiple choice objective type and the time duration will be 02 hours. Learn more about the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission! The syllabus has been adopted as per the UPSC pattern and also includes questions on Himachal Pradesh and is given as under:-

Paper –I General Studies (Code No.01)

This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective types (Multiple choice) questions from the syllabus of History, geography, politics, 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, and 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;

Paper-II Aptitude Test (Code No.02)

This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper, there shall be 100 objective types (multiple choice) questions from the 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).

It is further added that there will be provision for a penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers from this year:-

  • There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be the same penalty as above for that question.
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question

In case of any clarification in this regard, the candidates are advised to contact Shri B.R.Kaundal, Joint Secretary Phone No.0177-2623857, Or Shri Trilok Chauhan, Asstt. Registrar, H.P. Public Service Commission on office phone number 0177-2623782 or Mobile No.94184-51277, Email:


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