HPPSC Study Material 2022 PDF | Eligibility | Exam Pattern, Book List

HPPSC Study Material 2021 PDF | Eligibility | Exam Pattern | Syllabus – The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has released a job notification for various posts of HPPSC. Here In this Post We are sharing HPPSC Study Material For Both prelims, Mains , Optional And interview Stage. HPPSC Aspirants Can Download All Notes From Links Given Below . In this post We Will Discuss About All Information about Exam Pattern, Syllabus And Previous Years Questions Papers . Aspirants Can Downloads HPPSC Current Affairs Also For TSPSC Exam.

The candidates must check the HPPSC Eligibility before the application process to secure their application from cancellation. It can be checked from the HPPSC’s official website which are mention below,

HPPSC Study Material 2021 PDF | Eligibility | Exam Pattern | Syllabus

HPPSC Study Material 2021 PDF | Eligibility | Exam Pattern | Syllabus

Organization Name Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC)
Founded on 8 April, 1971
Parent Department Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Headquartered at Circular Rd, Nigam Vihar, Chotta Shimla, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
Responsibility Direct recruitment of Class-I & Class-II posts of different departments of state civil services.
Mode of Application Online
Official Website http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in/hppsc/

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality The candidate must be a citizen of India.
Educational Qualification A candidate must have a bachelor degree from any university/ Professional Institution recognized by Government, or and equivalent qualification.
Desirable Qualification  It will be in best interests if a candidate has proper knowledge of customs and dialects of Himachal Pradesh as this will be suitable for appointment in the State.
Age Criteria
  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years.
  • And, should not be older than 35 years, as on the 1st January of the year of giving the exam.
  • The upper age limit for SC, ST, OBC, People with Disabilities, Children and grandchildren of Freedom fighters of Himachal Pradesh are allowed a relaxation of 5 years.
Mode of Payment By debit or credit card or internet banking through “e-Payment Gateway”,
Application Fees
  • For General Category/Others state: Rs.400/-
  • For S.C. of H.P. /S.T. of H.P. /O.B.C. of H.P./ EWS (Covered under BPL)/(including S.C. /S.T. /O.B.C. Ex.-Servicemen of H.P: Rs.100/-
  • For Female candidates/ Ex-Servicemen of H.P: No fee

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Selection Process 

  • The selection process will be based on Screening/preliminary exam  and Personality Test.

Stage 1: HPPSC prelims exam

  • The HPPSC conducts the HPAS prelims exam at the exam centre across the state.
  • The prelims exam is an offline pen paper-based exam. There are two objective type question papers in the HPAS prelims exam.
  • The Paper I General Studies and Paper-II Aptitude test are the two papers of HPAS preliminary exam.
  • Both papers are of 250 marks, and the time allotted for both the papers is two hours.
  • HPPSC defines 33% of the total as the qualifying marks for the paper II Aptitude Test.
  • The marks of paper II are not considered for the HPAS prelims exam result.
  • There is a provision of negative marking in the HPAS prelims exam.
  • 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 the penalty.

Stage 2: HPPSC main exam

  • The HPAS Prelims result filters the candidates for the HPAS main exam.
  • The number of candidates to be admitted to the main examination will be about 20 times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.
  • The main exam is the second stage of the selection process.
  • The HPAS main exam has eight descriptive papers.
  • There are six compulsory papers and two papers of the optional subject as chosen by the candidates.

Screening Test

  • The screening test is an objective type paper and is compulsory for the candidates to enroll themselves for further consideration.
  • It includes multiple-choice questions.

Personality Test

  • The Personality test is the second step under the HPPSC Assistant Engineer selection process wherein the candidate’s overall personality, mental strength, and other such skills will be kept under screening.
  • The personality test is subject to document verification, which means no candidate will be considered for the personality test if the documents are not verified.
  • The Final Merit List will be based on the performance of candidates in the Personality Test.

HPPSC 2021 Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam Pattern

The HPAS preliminary exam is the first stage of the HPPSC HPAS exam. The HPAS prelims exam serves as the screening exam only and acts as a filter for the main exam. The HPAS exam comprises two objective type multiple answer papers conducted offline at various centres across the state. The marks secured in the HPAS prelims exam are not considered for the final HPAS result.

Subject No. of Questions Marks
General Studies 100 200
Aptitude Test 100 200
Total 400

Main Exam Pattern

Paper No. Subject Maximum Marks
1 English 100(Qualifying Only)
2 Hindi 100(Qualifying Only)

Paper Counted for Merit

3 Essay 100
4 General Studies – I 200
5 General Studies – II 200
6 General Studies – III 200

Optional Subject

7 Optional Subject – Paper I 100
8 Optional Subject – Paper II 100
Main Exam 900
Viva-voce 150
Total 1050

Viva-voce Exam Pattern

  • The HPAS Viva-voce is the last stage of the HPAS exam.
  • The viva-voce carries 150 marks.
  • The candidates are expected to know the local folklores of the Himachal Pradesh.
  • The local languages, the Himachal centric problems, the socio-economic fabric of the state, the tribes of the state and the likes.
  • The final merit will be prepared from the marks secured in the main (written) and the viva-voce.
  • The final merit will be prepared from the 1050 marks.

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Syllabus PDF Download

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Syllabus for HPAS Prelims

HPAS prelims exam is the screening exam. It is the qualifying exam and its marks are not counted for the final merit list. This exam filters out the undeserving candidates and cut short the number for candidates for the main exam. The prelims exam is an objective type examination and the candidates need to secure higher than the HPPSC cut-off marks.
There are two papers and the syllabus topics for both the papers are as follows

General Studies Syllabus
  • History, geography, political, art & culture and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Currents events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian national movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-physical, social, 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
  • General Science.
Aptitude Test Syllabus
  • 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)

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Syllabus for Main Exam

English Paper Syllabus
English Topics Marks Allotted
Comprehension of unseen passages 20 marks
Usage and Vocabulary 20 marks
English Writings like Composition, letter . application, Note, Report writing 20 marks
Precis (summary) writing 20 marks
English Grammar 20 marks
Total Marks 100 marks
Hindi Paper Syllabus
  • The topics of the Hindi paper are as follows
  • Translation of an English passage into Hindi.
  • Translation of Hindi passage into English.
  • Explanation of Hindi passage in Prose and Poetry in the same language.
  • Composition(Idioms, corrections etc.)
Essay Paper Syllabus

Essay paper is designed to test the knowledge and awareness of the candidate regarding the subject and the society as a whole. The topics can be included from the following areas

  • current affairs
  • socio-political issues
  • socio-economic issues
  • aspects of culture and history
  • Reflective topics will be given to test the candidates’ understanding of these issues and their flair for expressing themselves in the English or in the Hindi language.

The candidates are required to attempt 2 Essays, choosing one each from Section A and B in about 900 words each.

General Studies I Syllabus


Sub Unit-1

  • Historical perspective of Indian Cultural heritage:
  • Literature and Art forms from ancient times to 1947(Major structural and rock-cut temple architecture, sculptural art and major schools of paintings).
  • Modern Indian history from the mid-18th century to 1980.
  • Freedom Struggle: its various stages and the role of eminent personalities from different parts of India.

Sub Unit-2

  • Industrial Revolution and the emergence of Capitalism.
  • Fascist Ideology and its global implications.
  • World Wars and boundary settlements after the First and the Second World Wars.
  • Concept of Decolonization, Nationalism and Socialism, Globalization and concept of Modernity.

Sub Unit-3

  • Emergence and growth of early medieval states: Kangra, Kullu and Chamba. The Hill States and their relations with the Mughals and the Sikhs.
  • Gorkha invasion- its nature and consequences, Treaty of Segauli.
  • The Hill States under Colonial power: Political and Administrative History. Grants, Sanads and territorial aggression.
  • Social and Economic conditions under the colonial period with special reference to social practices of Beth, Begar and Reet.
  • Establishment of British Cantonments.
  • National Movement with special reference to Praja Mandal movements in Himachal Pradesh, 1848-1948.
  • Five Year Plans and vision for the developed Hill State.
  • Survey of artistic and cultural Heritage(Temples, Buddhist Monasteries and Paintings).


Sub Unit-1

  • Introduction to Disasters: Concepts, definitions, disaster classifications including natural and man-made disasters.
  • Social and Environmental impacts of disasters.
  • Disaster profile of the country.
  • Approaches to Disaster Risk Reductions.
  • Disaster management models. Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders including community, Concept of first responders.
  • Interrelationship of disaster and development.
  • Disaster management in India including the Disaster Management Act 2005, National and state policies, Plans and institutional mechanism in the country.

Sub Unit-2

  • Geographical Introduction to India, India as a unit of Geographical Study.
  • Aspects of the Physical Geography of India – Structure and Relief, Climate, Soils and Vegetation, Geomorphic set up (Mountain Ranges and Rivers and other Water Bodies).
  • Human Aspects – Population distribution, Urban Population, Internal Migration.
  • Language and Literacy, Villages and Towns in India.
  • Settlements, Industry and Transport.

Sub Unit-3

  • Geography of Himachal Pradesh: Relief, Drainage, Vegetation cover and types.
  • Climate and climatic zones in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Geographical Regions of Himachal Pradesh (Shiwalik, Doons and Low Valleys, Outer Valleys of Sub Himalaya, Mid Hill Tracts of High Himalaya, High hills and Valleys and Inner Zones).
  • Human Aspects: Quantitative, Qualitative and Temporal characteristics of Population, Urbanisation pattern.
  • Policies: Forest, Industrial and Tourism Policies, Growth of Industrial areas and types of Industries in Himachal, Employment generation and potential, Scope of future Industrialization, Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Profile of Himachal Pradesh.


Sub Unit-3

  • Salient features of Indian Society, Unity in Diversity.
  • Social Institutions: Family, Marriage, Kinship, Religion and Social stratification in India.
  • Women empowerment and social justice: Policies for women Empowerment in India, Laws for protection of women, women security and safety initiatives in India.
  • Child Rights and Right to Education.
  • Rights of differently-able persons and quality of life for them.

Sub Unit-2

  • Core Values in public service/governance.
  • Philosophical basis of public service/governance and Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability.
  • Objectivity and transparency, information sharing and right to information, codes of conduct, work culture, challenges of corruption and political pressures.
  • Gandhian Thought: Truth and Non-violence, Satyagraha, Ends and Means, Religion and Politics.

Sub Unit-3

  • Society and Culture in Himachal Pradesh: Culture, customs, fairs and festivals, and religious beliefs and practices, recreation and amusement.
  • Tribes of Himachal Pradesh: their historical, social, cultural, economic and legal aspects.
  • Family, marriage, kinship, and caste system in Himachal Pradesh.
General Studies II Syllabus


Sub Unit-1

  • Constitution of India: Historical underpinning, evolution, salient features.
  • Significant provisions including Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties.
  • Amending process and important Constitutional Amendments and theory of basic structure.

Sub Unit-2

  • Parliament and State legislatures, Structure, Organization and functioning of the Union and State Executive and the Judiciary.
  • Functions and responsibilities of Union and States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up-to local level and challenges therein. •Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointments to various constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies in India. SUB UNIT-3•Reorganization and politics of statehood.
  • Development of political parties, major Political parties and their support base and performance in the Assembly and Parliamentary elections in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Politics of sub-regionalism and pressure groups in the State.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-Judicial bodies in Himachal Pradesh.


Sub Unit-1

  • Institutional framework, Policies and Interventions for development in various sectors in India.
  • Governance, Good governance, Citizen Charters, effective public service delivery, transparency, accountability and ethics in governance in India.
  • District Administration: Changing role of
  • Deputy Commissioner.
  • Local self-government in urban and rural areas in India.

Sub Unit-2

  • Role of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs),
  • Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Civil Society in Governance in India.
  • Bodies constituted, Policies, Programmes and Schemes for welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes,
  • Women, Minorities, Backward classes, Differently-abled persons, and children in India.
  • Issues relating to quality of life: livelihood, poverty, hunger, disease and social inclusiveness.

Sub Unit-3

  • Governance in Himachal Pradesh
  • The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Guarantee Act 2011;
  • Right to Information Act, 2005 and rules made thereunder by the Himachal Pradesh Government.
  • Administrative reforms for effective public service delivery in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Implementation of 73rd& 74th Constitutional amendments in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Issues and Challenges. Programmes and policies for the welfare of differently-abled persons, women and children in Himachal Pradesh.


Sub Unit-1

  • Bilateral, Regional and Global groupings and agreements involving India and affecting India’s interests.
  • India’s look east policy.
  • India’s relations with United States of America (U.S.A.), Russia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives and Middle East Countries.

Sub Unit-2

  • Effects of the policies of developed and developing countries on India’s interest, Indian Diaspora.
  • Important international Institutions, agencies and fora, their structure and mandate.

Sub Unit-3

  • Cyber crime and drug menace – mechanism to detect and control it in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Enactments made by Himachal Pradesh Government to protect and promote the interests of agrarian society.
  • Various policies framed by the Government of Himachal Pradesh for the socioeconomic development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of the State.
  • Tribal welfare administration, Tribal sub-plan and Single line administration in Himachal Pradesh.
General Studies III Syllabus


Sub Unit-1

  • Characteristics of Indian Economy
  • Demographic Profile, Demographic Dividend and Population Policy.
  • Sectoral Composition with respect to contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Employment.
  • Poverty and Inequality, Unemployment, Inflation in India.
  • Industrial Growth in India.
  • Regulatory framework for money and banking: Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Commercial banks and Regional Rural Banks.
  • Monetary policy, Foreign exchange, Balance of Payment Scenario.
  • Foreign Trade: Policy, Composition and Direction, Impact of Liberalization / Privatization and Globalization.

Sub Unit-2

  • Economic Planning in India.
  • Five Year Plans: strategies and outcomes, Public / Private / Joint Sectors.
  • Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003, Debt and Investment in India: Current Status, Growth and Development experience including Natural Resource Management.
  • Sustainable development and Inclusive growth.
  • Measurement of economic development: Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI), Millennium Development Goals, Human Development Index (HDI) / Gender Development Index (GDI) / Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM).
  • Latest / Current Development Schemes / Initiatives / Institutional Changes (e.g. Swach Bharat Mission, Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Ayog etc.).
  • International Financial and Economic Organizations: International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO), International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Organization for
  • Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).

Sub Unit-3

Economy of Himachal Pradesh

  • Demographic profile and Human resource, Sectoral distribution of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).
  • Diversification in Agriculture and allied activities, Land tenure and size of landholdings.
  • Industrialization in the state.
  • Skilled / Unskilled labour.
  • Revenue generation with special reference to hydro potential, tourism, flora and fauna.
  • Cottage and Small Scale Industries.
  • Tax base, Pros and Cons of Special Category status.
  • Appraisal of education, Health, Physical and Financial Infrastructure Development.


Sub Unit-1

  • Applications of space technology in natural resources, development and communications.
  • Important missions and programmes of Department of Space and Indian Space Research Organization.
  • Historical evolution of Indian Space Programme. Lunar, interplanetary and Earth Observation Missions.
  • Remote Sensing and Communication satellites. Applications of Remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) for natural resources monitoring and applications benefiting the common man.

Sub Unit-2

  • Developments in energy sectors such as Hydropower, non-conventional sources of energy and nuclear energy including policies, programmes and research base in the country.
  • Concepts of non-conventional, renewable, clean and environment-friendly energy sources. Role of energy in sustainable development.

Sub Unit-3

  • Modern and emerging technologies and initiatives in the State of Himachal Pradesh including biotechnology policy, research, vision, scope and applications for developing horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants resources of the State.
  • IT policy of Himachal Pradesh and its role in governance, concept of Himachal State Wide Area Network (HIMSWAN), State plans of e-governance, the concept of Lok Mitra Kendra and Aryabhatta Geo-Informatics Space Application Centre (AGISAC).
  • State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Endangered and threatened species of Himachal Pradesh. Factors responsible for Biodiversity decline in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Relevance and role of Intellectual Property Rights, Geographical Indications and Traditional wisdom and knowledge in the sustainable development of the State.


Sub Unit-1

  • Issues, concerns, policies, programmes, conventions, treaties and missions aimed at environment protection, and dealing with the problem of climate change.
  • State of environment reports. Environment protection and pollution control Act and rules.
  • Environment Impact Assessment.
  • National Action plans on Climate Change.
  • Himalayan ecology, biosphere reserve, Science and economics of climate change.
  • Social and ethical issues in the use of Biotechnology.

Sub Unit-2

  • Latest developments in science and technology for harnessing agriculture, horticulture, medicinal and herbal resources in the country.
  • National mission for sustainable agriculture, the mission for integrated development of horticulture.
  • Concept of organic farming, seed certification, rainwater harvesting, techniques of irrigation and soil conservations and soil health cards.

Sub Unit-3

  • Tourism policy, potential and initiative in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Types of tourism: religious, adventure, heritage, important tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Social, Economic and Cultural implications of Tourism.
  • Concept of Eco-Tourism and green tourism and their role in the sustainable development of the State.
  • Environmental concerns of the tourism industry, both positive and negative effects including climate change with reference to Himachal Pradesh.

HPPSC Study Materials : Interview / Personality Test

  • There is no syllabus for the Interview/Personality Test but the board member asks the questions related to the current affairs, academic background, socio-economic issues prevailing in India and any other such event happening at the time period of the interviews.
  • The board members will have the record of the candidates and they can ask any question(s) from it.
  • IN addition to this, it is expected from a candidate that he posses the knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Some other qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, care and logical exposition, the balance of judgements, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity”.

HPPSC Study Material : How to Prepare for HPPSC Exam 2021?

  • Practice and revise the whole syllabus weekly.
  • Take turns in changing the subject and feel interested while studying.
  • Target your weaker sections and spend more time sharpening them.
  • Improve your logical skills to ace the reasoning section.
  • Ensure proper management of time to cover the whole syllabus. For this, you ought to practice and take mock tests. If wanted, you could also enroll in a test series.
  • Solve previous years’ papers for better practice. This will help you get familiar with the exam pattern as well as will help you know the level of questions asked in the test paper.
  • As soon as the HPPSC Admit Card is released, make sure to revise subject-specific strategies. Like, which topic to cover first and how to revise.
  • Make short notes of all the important points in the syllabus.
  • Underline the important texts in

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Books 2021

Subjects Books
Current Affairs
  • Newspapers –Indian Express, One local newspaper
  • Press Information Bureau (PIB) website
  • Anyone Current Affairs monthly magazine
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
  • Concise Geography by ALS
Indian and Himachal Economy
  • Indian Economic Development NCERT
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics NCERT
  • Himachal Government Year Book
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Niti Aayog Reports(Specific to Himachal Pradesh)
  • Ancient History NCERT Class 11th by R.S. Sharma
  • India’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma
  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • Medieval History NCERT Class XI-XII
  • NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
  • A brief history of Modern India – Spectrum
Indian Polity
  • Constitution of India Bare Act
  • Indian polity by Laxmikant
Science and Technology
  • Science and technology by Ashok Singh
  • Newspaper columns dedicated to technology
Environment & Ecology
  • Environmental Studies Books of IGNOU and NOS
  • Environment Book by DS Khullar

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Admit Card 2021

The HPPSC HAS admit card 2020 has been released to the official website. To download the admit card, the candidates have to provide their Use ID and password. Kindly note it down that both the admit card of Prelims and Main exam is released separately.

HPPSC Study Material : HPPSC Result 2021

The HPPSC HPAS 2021 will be declared online. To check the result, the aspirants have to go to the official website that is hppsc.hp.gov.in. Both the result of prelims and main will be published separately in the official website.

HPPSC FAQs : HPPSC Study Material Pdf

Ques: How many attempts are there for HPAS?
Ans: Until crossing the maximum age limit for the respective category of candidates

Ques: How much time is required to prepare for HPAS?
Ans: Six months to one year of dedicated preparation combined with good strategy, hard work, time management, and revision is sufficient to clear HPAS.

Ques. What are some preparation tips to ace the HPPSC ACF Exam?

Ans. The candidates should know the detailed HPPSC ACF Exam syllabus to start their exam preparations accordingly. The aspirants must set a timetable and revise frequently.

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