There will be three stages in the HP administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam namely:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Main Exam and

3. Viva-Voce respectively


  1. Preliminary Examination:

There will be two papers of objective type in the Preliminary Examination. The questions will be based on Multiple Choice Answers on the following topics:

Paper I: General Studies (200 Marks) – 100 Questions

Paper II: Aptitude Test (200 Marks) – 100 Questions

(The marks obtained in the Paper II of Aptitude will not be counted for overall ranking.)


  1. Main Examination:

The candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Exam can appear in the Main Exam which will be about 20 times of the total number of vacancies. The candidates will not be issued separate call letters for the Main Exam.





1 English 100
2 Hindi 100
3 Essay 100
4 General Studies – I 200
5 General Studies – II 200
6 General Studies – III 200
7 Optional Subject Paper – I 100
Optional Subject Paper – II 100


(Note:— The marks obtained in the Compulsory Papers of English and Hindi will not be counted for overall ranking.)



The candidate will be interviewed by the Commission who will have before them a record of his/her career. He / She will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the services or service for which he / she has applied to the Commission. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his / her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his / her interest in current affairs including the knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, care and logical exposition, balance of judgments, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity”.


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