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Haryana Civil Services (HCS)

Updated: Feb 27, 2024

The Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) has issued the Haryana Civil Services (HCS) and Allied Services Examination 2024 Notification for new vacancies. The HPSC released the HCS Notification on November 17, 2023. The HPSC HCS preliminary exam held on February 11, 2024, and the HPSC HCS main test will be held on March 30 and 31, 2024. The HPSC HCS 2023-24 Notification PDF is made available on the commission's official website,, on November 17, 2023, for 121 vacancies. The deadline to apply for HPSC HCS has been extended until December 25, 2023.

What is HCS?

HCS, or Haryana Civil Services, is a civil service test that solely applies to Haryana. HPSC, like UPSC, has vacancies for engineers, architects, and teachers, in addition to officers. However, the selection procedure involves other exams. As a result, the eligibility conditions vary from one post to the next.

So, your preparation plan is determined by your educational background and the position for which you are applying. You must target the vacancies based on your eligibility. Furthermore, candidates should be informed of the dates, pattern, and curriculum. The test for various positions will take place at different times.

All of this information will be available on the website. You can currently visit the HPSC's official website. However, it can be perplexing at times because there are dozens of other notifications to deal with. This page explains which notifications are for you and how to keep up with the latest information.  

Furthermore, everything that applicants need to know, such as qualifying criteria, exam format, schedule, books to read, and so on, is available here.

Eligibility Criteria (HCS 2024)

To appear for the HCS 2024 exam, candidates must fulfill all the eligibility criteria like age, educational qualifications, and even nationality as well. Below mentioned is a detailed view of the same. 


The candidates’ age must not exceed 42. However, for the DSP post, the age limit is only 27. To put it in simple words, from 18 to 42 years of age, the candidate can appear for the examination. But if some candidate is 30 years old and aiming for a DSP post, he will be considered not eligible. 

Academic Qualification:

A graduate from a UGC-recognized university can apply for this examination. However, the exam is also open to those who are in the last year of their graduation course. 


If you are aware of the UPSC eligibility criteria, it would be nothing different. A candidate must hold an Indian nationality. People who have migrated from countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Pakistan, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zaire, etc before 1962 will also be considered Indians meaning they can also apply for the examination.

Attempts Made:

No attempt criteria have been specified by HPSC meaning until you reach the maximum age limit for the aimed post, you can apply as many times as you can. 

HCS Exam 2024 Dates

HPSC has released the dates for registration and exam appearance on the official website The registration process has already begun for the exams to be held in February-March 2024.



HPSC HCS 2023 Notification Date

17 Nov 2023

HPSC HCS Apply Start Date

1 Dec 2023

HPSC HCS Apply Last Date

25 Dec 2023

HPSC HCS Prelims Exam Date

11 Feb 2024

HPSC HCS Mains Exam Date

30-31 March 2024


Yet to be disclosed

The details about the other exams like PGT or Election Tehsildar are different.

How to Apply for HCS Exam 2024

The entire process can be completed through the official website only. The steps are as follows:

Register Yourself

To register for HCS 2024, you first visit the home page of the official website. Once you do that, there will be a section named Important Links where you will find a sub-section named Apply Online. In that section, you need to click on the link to the HCS exam.

Once you are finished with that, a new page will open. After that, you click on the tab named “New Registration.” After that, you need to answer the questions on the screen by choosing the options yes or no and putting the asked details. 

Once you do that, you have successfully registered.

Application      Submission

The application form is no different than any other government exam form. All you need to do is fill in the details like your ID proof, photograph, education qualifications, sign, etc. 

Fee Payment

To finish the procedure, you need to pay the fees allocated for your category and you are done. Remember, you need to pay the fee online only as there is no option for offline payment. 

Physical Criteria

It is only applicable to the DSP post. They are as follows: 

Height: 5’7. For SC/ST - 5’2

Chest:  34.5/ 87.63 cm (Only for Unreserved category)

HCS 2024 Fee Structure:

Males from the general category need to pay 1000 rupees while females need to pay 250 rupees. Candidates belonging to the OBC/SC/ST/EWS category will also pay 250 rupees. However, Physically handicapped (PH) people from Haryana don’t have to pay any fees.

HCS Vacancy List (2024)

There are a total of 121 vacancies ranging in different posts. Special categories have reservations as well.



HCS (Executive Branch)




















A Class Naib Tehsildar


Total - 121

HCS Officer Salary

The salary depends on the post. Overall, it ranges from 62000-88000

Exam Pattern (HCS 2024)

The HCS 2024 exams are conducted in 3 parts. Prelims, Mains, and the interview. The detailed pattern is here: 

Prelims Pattern:

Mode: MCQ

Sections: General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test

Total marks: 200 (100 each)

Hours Allocated: 2 Hours for each paper

Negative Marking: 0.25 for each wrong answer

Mains Pattern:

Mode: Descriptive

Sections: English, Hindi, General Studies, Optional Subject

Total Marks: 600 (100 each for English and Hindi, 200 each for general studies and the optional subject)

Hours Allocated: 3 hours for each paper

Negative Marking: Null

HCS 2023 Cut-Off

2023 Cut off was around 75%. 

Exam Centers

Haryana and the Tricity area will be covered for the exam center allocation. The Centers are as follows:

  • Panipat

  • Rewari

  • Sirsa

  • Ambala

  • Faridabad

  • Kaithal

  • Karnal

  • Kurukshetra

  • Gurugram

  • Hisar

  • Panchkula

  • Sonepat

  • Yamunanagar

HCS 2024 Syllabus

To get the detailed syllabus. Click here. The HPSC has beautifully described each section. After going through the same, you will be left with no doubts about the syllabus and which portion to focus on. 

How Many Students Appeared for HCS 2023?

74000 applicants appeared for the HCS 2023 examination. 

HCS Response Sheet 2024

Candidates are willing to calculate their marks before the results are out and do that through the response sheet in which all the right answers to the questions are given.

HCS 2024 Answer Key Challenge

Once the answer key is out, students who think that they have got less marks and some of their right answers are marked wrong can challenge the answer key. Remember, to do that they must provide supportive documents that prove their answers to be right. 

HCS 2023 Toppers List

  • Kamal Chaudhary

  • Pragati Rani

  • Shakshi

  • Sheetal

  • Anjali Garg

  • Namita Kumari

  • Mannat Rana

Preparation Tips for HCS

The volume of the syllabus triggers the applicants and the majority of them tend to lose their confidence after that. But, you must remember that all the papers and sections mentioned are the basics or rather we should say what you have learned in school. Therefore, it is very important to stick to your NCERT books. All you need to do is go through your school and graduation studies once again. The other steps are mentioned below: 

Clear Your Concepts:

After you have gone through the syllabus and marked out the chapters you are weak at, start clarifying the concepts, be it maths, history, geography, or anything else, you need to start with chapters you need to put more effort into.

Don’t Forget the Easy Chapters:

Candidates leave the easy chapters most of the time thinking that they don’t need to prepare them. This is the biggest mistake candidates make. It does not matter how well you know a chapter, you need to give equal importance to each and practice each subject daily.

Practice Writing:

HCS Mains had descriptive papers, therefore you need to learn how to answer descriptive answers. Moreover, Hindi and English both papers will be there, so you need to learn writing skills in both. 

Read Newspapers:

Current affairs is one of the most integral parts of these kinds of examinations. So you must know about what’s happening in the state, country, and worldwide. You can get current affairs lectures from various study apps too. This way it is less boring and the professor can give you deeper insights on the incidents or events. 

Prepare for Prelims and Mains Both:

Yes, it is true that candidates who will qualify for the prelims will be considered eligible for the mains but once you get the results of the prelims there won’t be much time to prepare for the mains. That’s why, start preparing for both. 

Revise Regularly:

Revise what you have studied weekly. This way, you will be able to remember the maximum number of things that you learn. Without revision, you won’t be able to perform well in the examination. 

Solve Previous Years’ Papers:

Solving sample papers can give you an idea of the type of questions asked. It will give you a clear direction. 

Take Mock Tests:

Take mock tests till the day of the examination. Why? It will give you access to diverse questions and help you learn to manage your speed. 

Books to Read:

Books by Arihant, R.S Sharma, Majid Hussain, M. Laxmikanth, etc will help.

Institutes for HCS Coaching

Institutes give candidates the essential guidance that they can’t find in self-study. Self-study is important but so are deeper insights of the examination which is something an institute can give you. Institutes based in Chandigarh or Panchkula are more suitable as they are a part of the same state.

However, if you are looking for institutes in other states, refer to the list situated on the right side of the screen. 

Do whatever makes your preparation easy, get the coaching, buy the books, anything that clears your concepts. Remember, the more you clear the concepts, the more confidence you will gain. 





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