Himachal Administrative Services (HAS)

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) conducts the state civil services examination for administrative posts in the state government of Himachal Pradesh and the aiding offices of the state administrative machinery. The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) invites applications for the HP Administrative Combined Competitive Examination every year. The number of posts varies each year depending upon the number of vacancies available. The number of vacancies includes new posts created, existing vacancies and anticipated vacancies.

HAS Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for HAS, the candidate must be a citizen of India with a minimum age of 21 years and a maximum of 35 years. However, there is some relaxation for candidates belonging to categories other than General for HAS. Also, candidates familiar with the Himachal dialects, customs and traditions are preferred over those who aren’t.

HAS Pattern and Syllabus

HPAS Prelims examination Pattern

 The exam consists of 2 Objective kind papers for a complete of most 400 Marks.
• Paper-I General Studies consists of a hundred MCQs for 200 Marks.
• Paper-II ability take a look at consists of a hundred MCQs for 200 Marks.
• The duration of every paper is 2 Hours.
• There is a penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate within the objective kind question papers.

HPAS Mains examination Pattern

• Compulsory Papers Written take a look at a total of 750 Marks
• The optional subject consists of Paper-I & II for 300 Marks
• Vice-Voce consists of 150 Marks
• The total examination begins for 1200 Marks
• The time period is for 3 Hours

Compulsory Papers:
  • English 100 Marks
  • Hindi 100 Marks
  • Essay 100 Marks
  • General Study- I 150 marks
  • General Study- II 150 marks
  • General Study- III 150 marks
  • Total- 750 Marks
  • Optional Subject (One):
  • Paper- I 150 Marks
  • Paper-II 150 Marks

The list of the nonobligatory subjects for HPAS-
• Law
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political science
• Psychology
• Public Administration
• Sanskrit
• Sociology
• Statistics
• Urdu
• Zoology
• Management
• Forestry
• Horticulture
• Medical Science
• Animal cultivation 
• Anthropology 
• Botany 
• Chemistry 
• Civil Engineering 
• Commerce & occupation 
• Economics 
• Electrical Engineering 
• English Literature 
• Geography 
• Geology 
• Hindi Literature
• History

HAS Exam Pattern

The HAS exam is conducted in 3 stages: 1. Preliminary Exam, 2: Main Exam and 3: Viva-Voce.
Preliminary Examination has two papers of objective type (MCQs). The questions have Multiple Choice Answers on the following topics- Paper I: General Studies and Paper II: Aptitude Test. Both the papers have 100 questions and are of 200 marks each.
The candidates who qualify in the HAS Preliminary Exam can appear in the Main Exam. The candidates called for the Interview test after the HAS Main Exam will be done three times the total number of vacancies. The interview is of 100 marks.

The HAS exam is conducted in 3 stages

1. Preliminary Exam
2. Main Exam
3. Viva-Voce

HAS Written Preliminary Examination


There are Two papers I – (General Studies), II – (GAT) There are Two papers I – (General Studies), II – (GAT) papers I – (General Studies): Total Number of questions will be 100 with 200 Total marks and completed in two hours (GAT)I – (Aptitude test (General Aptitude  Test): Total Number of questions will be 1OO with 2OO Total marks and completed in two hours

HAS Written Mains Examination

The candidate has to enter the optional subject in the application form. the written paper would have the following pattern.

Compulsory Subjects
SubjectsMaximum Marks
 Optional Subject 

HAS Viva-Voce

The interview round is the final round. This round is faced by the candidates who have cleared the Mains Examination. The people called for the interview would be the 3 times the number of vacancies. 

Exam/Test Instructions

HP HPSC Subordinated Allied Services Recruitment 2020

HAS preliminary exam 2019 is conducted at various centers in the following cities of Himachal Pradesh - Shimla, Solan, Dharamshala, Mandi, Nahan, Una, Hamirpur, Chamba, Bilaspur, and Kullu. However, the main exam is conducted in Shimla only. The HAS 2019 exam dates are notified by the HPPSC online on the official website.

Total Vacancy: 54

Important Dates

Event (2019)


Official Website Link

Initial date to apply for the post2nd July 2019Apply Online

Last date to fill the form

22nd July 2019

Fill Form 

Admit Card issue date (Preliminary) 


Download Admit Card

Preliminary Exam date 

8th December 2019 (11 am to 2 PM)

Notifications Section

Answer Key of the Preliminary Examination


Answers key

The result of the Preliminary Examination



Main Exam Date


Notifications Section

Main Result Declaration


Notifications Section

Admitted Candidates

Event (2018) Last year

Dates (2018) Last Year

Last Date of the preliminary application form

20th January 2018

Preliminary Exam Admit Card

16th July 2018

Preliminary Exam Date 

24th June 2018

Preliminary Exam Answer key

25th June 2018

Preliminary Exam Result 

23rd August 2018

Main Exam Date

27th and 28th November 2018

Mains Exam Result26th September 2019

Educational Qualification

The Candidate should hold a Bachelors degree from any reputed university and which is incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India

Age Limit

The Candidate should be pertaining to the following age limits

  • The Candidate's minimum age should not be less than 21 years
  • The Candidate's age should be not more than or equal to 45 years

Selection Process

The following stages candidates have to follow to undertake this exam

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Main Exam
  3. Interview Round

Application Fees

CategoriesAmount (Rs.)

ST/SC/OBC belonging to HP & PWD (Gen./SC/ST/OBC {PWD} belonging to HP)

HP Ex-servicemanNil

Salary Grade

Post Salary Scale
Inspector (Audit) Co-operative Societies Or InspectorRs. 13,900 per month
Election KanungoRs. 11,910 per month
Extension OfficerRs. 13,900 per month

Number of Vacancies

SR. No.Post NameDepartmentNo. of Vacancies
1.Inspector/ Inspector (Audit) Cooperative Societies
Cooperation Department43
2.Election Kanungo
ELection Department7
3.Extension OfficerIndustries Department4

HAS Results

HAS results are announced on the official website of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission almost generally after the month the exam is conducted.

HAS Future Prospects

The Central and State civil servants are in charge of the governance of the various departments (non-military) to ensure that the administrative infrastructure works according to the constitutional provision. Civil Servants have both power and authority. Clearing the HAS exam both preliminary and main opens gates to higher esteemed posts like that of IAS and IPS officers. Hence HAS is one of the most prestigious and lucrative career options for those wanting to serve the nation and command respect as well as authority in the society.

HAS Official Website