HPSET 2023: Notification, Exam Date, Apply Online

HPSET 2023: Notification, Exam Date, Apply Online

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: Apr 18, 2023
HPPSC will conduct the HPSET 2023 exam soon and the notification for the same will be released on the official website. Candidates can refer to the syllabus and exam pattern to begin their preparation for HPSET 2023.

HPSET 2023: The official notification for the next exam cycle of the Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test is awaited. It is an entry-level state exam to recruit Assistant Professors in universities and colleges of Himachal Pradesh state. The eligibility exam is conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) on behalf of the Government of Himachal Pradesh, India. The HPSET exam is conducted once a year through offline mode.

The exam is conducted for multiple subjects such as English, Hindi, Commerce, History, Political Science, Geography, Maths, Physics, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Computer Science. HPSET consists of two papers and candidates who qualify both are awarded a certificate of eligibility. Once the HPPSC releases the notification for HPSET 2023, candidates will be able to check information like the application date, syllabus, exam pattern, and important dates.

HPSET 2023

Candidates are glued to the official website of HPPSC to follow the latest updates regarding HPSET 2023. However, the exam conducting body has not announced anything major yet. The exam conducting body will release the exam date soon. We will update it here if any official announcement about the Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test will be made.

Candidates are advised to begin their preparation and not wait for the notification to drop. Also, applicants can get help with suggested books to prepare for the HP SET exam. Apart from this, there is no need to worry about negative marking as there is no such thing.

HPSET Latest Updates

Aspirants who wish to appear in the upcoming exam cycle for HPSET must bookmark this page as we will add all the latest information released by the HPPSC regarding the exam here. Since the notification is yet to be released, we cannot reveal details like the exam date, application window, etc. However, we will add the information here as soon as it is announced by the authorities. So, stay tuned!

HPSET 2023 Notification

Candidates who are preparing to get the job role of Assistant professor are waiting for the HPSET 2023 notification. The HPPSC will release the official announcement of the exam on its official website or through print media. After the notification release, the application window will be opened to apply for eligible candidates. Keep in mind that applications of those applicants will be accepted who have completed the eligibility of the exam.

HPSET 2023 notification will have information about the rules for appearing candidates. Also, there will be dates mentioned that are related to the application window, exam, results, answer key release, and cut-off announcement. It is advised that candidates should save all the information and prepare accordingly.

HPSET Recruitment

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) conducts the HPPSC recruitment for the position of Assistant Professor in universities and colleges in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Here are the basic details you must know before applying for the HPSET exam.

HPSET 2023 Overview

Exam Name

Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test (HP SET)

Conducting Body

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC)

Exam Mode


HPSET 2023 Apply Online Date 

Yet to announced

HP SET Application Fee

General/EWS - 700 INR

OBC - 350

Reserved Category - 150 INR

Official Website


What is HPSET?

Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test or HPSET is an entrance test that is conducted on a state-level basis in offline mode by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC). Applicants who appear in the exam, have to solve two papers i.e. Paper 1, and Paper 2. Every candidate has to solve both the papers and score well to get shortlisted for the next round of HPSET recruitment.

As per the exam pattern, paper 1 consists of common subjects, whereas, candidates have the option to choose the subject of paper 2 from the given 22 subjects. After the recruitment notification for HPSET 2023 candidates can apply by paying an application fee according to their category.

HPSET Exam Date 2023

Candidates are waiting for the notification to be announced so they can have a clear idea about the HPSET exam dates for the upcoming cycle. The HPPSC will provide all the information about dates on its website. Applicants can save important dates to manage their preparation accordingly.

HPSET 2023: Important Dates

HP SET 2023 notification 

Yet to be announced

Apply Online Date

Yet to be announced

Last date to Apply online

Yet to be announced

HPSET 2023 exam date 

Yet to be announced

Answer Key release date

Yet to be announced

Result declaration date

Yet to be announced

HP SET Eligibility

As mentioned earlier, completing the HP SET eligibility criteria is mandatory to apply for this exam. There is no age limit for the exam. It means candidates who complete the educational qualifications, can apply for the HPSET 2023. There are a few points of the criteria mentioned below.

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in Humanities (including language) from any recognized university.
  • A minimum 55% score is required in Post Graduation for UR candidates to apply for HPSET 2023. 
  • 50% is required for reserved category applicants of Himachal Pradesh State, they will have 5% relaxation.
  • Candidates who hold a Ph.D. degree and completed their Master’s degree by 19 Sept 1991, can avail of 5% relaxation in required marks. They will be eligible if they scored 50% marks in PG.
  • They have to submit their result within 2 years of passing the HP SET Exam.
  • In case any candidate has pursued their Post graduation from a foreign university then they have to check with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • 40% of Physically disabled candidates who can not write their papers can apply for scribe in the exam.

HPSET Selection Process

The Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test or HPSET is a state-level exam and every candidate will be recruited according to the selection process. 6% of the total appearing candidate will be selected for the next round of the recruitment process. Candidates have to present themselves along with documents for document verification and to complete the selection process for HPSET 2023.

HPSET Application Form 2023

Once the candidate checks their eligibility, they can follow the steps of the HPSET application process mentioned below.

  • Step 1 - Candidates need to visit the official website of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
  • Step 2 - Complete the registration by filling out the HP SET application form with your Name, email ID, phone number, and other personal details, including academic details.
  • Step 3 - Check the details once again before submitting the application form.
  • Step 4 - Now, choose the exam center and city according to your preference
  • Step 5- Upload scanned photo and signature of the candidate
  • Step 6 - Pay the application fee for HPSET 2023, according to your category, and take a printout of it.

HPSET 2023: Application Fee

HPSET application fee will be accepted only if is paid by using online payment methods like Credit or Debit Card. You may have to pay a few percent of the processing fee. It is the last stage of application. Keep in mind that the HP SET application fee is not the same for every category of applicant and candidates from Himachal Pradesh state will get priority in the selection process.


HP SET Application Fee


700 INR

OBC Candidate of HP

350 INR

Reserved Category Candidate 

150 INR

HPSET Syllabus

There will be 22 subjects to choose from for Paper 2. According to the HPSET syllabus, every subject of paper 2 will be different. Whereas, the paper 1 syllabus covers questions from language reasoning, General Knowledge, etc. The below-mentioned table covers the syllabus in PDF format candidates can download the HP SET syllabus PDF for better preparation.

HPSET Syllabus Paper 1 and 2

PDF Links

Teaching and Research Aptitude


Chemical Sciences




Mass Communication And Journalism


Life Sciences










Political Science




Physical Sciences


Physical Education


Public Administration








Computer Science and Applications


Tourism Administration And Management








HP SET Exam Pattern

Having accurate information about the HPSET exam pattern 2023 will give you an advantage compared to other applicants. There will be two papers in the exam that are Paper-1 and Paper-2. Paper 1 will be common for every applicant whereas, the subject for Paper 2 can be chosen by the candidate. Here are a few important points of the HP SET exam pattern that you need to keep in mind.

  • A total of 150 MCQs (multiple choice questions) will be asked in the exam.
  • 50 questions in Paper-1 and 100 questions in Paper-2.
  • The test of both papers will be on the same day.
  • Every question will carry 2 marks.
  • There is no negative marking scheme.
  • The language medium for the question paper will be Hindi and English.
  • Candidates must score at least 40% marks in both papers to qualify.
  • Reserved category applicants will get a relaxation of 5% marks.


No. of Questions


Total Marks



1 hour




2 hours




3 Hours


Preparation Tips for HPSET 2023

Preparing for exams is never easy. Apart from dedication, candidates need to make strategies and follow the preparation tips for HPSET 2023. It is advised to finish the syllabus a few days before the exam so you will get more time to revise for the exam. Here are a few tips to help enhance your preparation and take you closer to your goal.

  • Download the HPSET syllabus PDF from the links above.
  • Go through it and note down the important topics of the syllabus.
  • Start your preparation and create notes for the same post.
  • Start solving previous year question papers regularly to assess your preparation.
  • Choose authentic and updated books to study.
  • Stick to your schedule and practice with mock tests on a regular basis.

HPSET 2023 Admit Card

After completing the application process, HPPSC will release the HPSET admit card on the official website to download. Hall Ticket is an important document to be carried by the candidate at the exam center on the day of the exam. Make sure the information mentioned on the hall ticket should be accurate. In case you find any mistake, contact the officials for correction. Also, candidates are advised that they carry any government ID proof along with them to verify their identity. Here are the steps to download the admit card for the HPSET exam.

Step 1- Visit the official website of the HP Public Service Commission.

Step 2- Scroll down to search for the notification regarding HPSET 2023.

Step 3 - Click on HPSET 2023 Admit Card link, (when available).

Step 4 - Use your credentials to download the hall ticket and get a printout.

HPSET Answer Key

The HPSET answer key can be downloaded from the official website of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission a few days after the completion of the exam. Studying the answer key helps applicants evaluate their performance in the exam and raise a query if they find any mistake in the officially released answer key. Hence, the authorities release two different answer keys and activate the objection window after the first. We will update the information regarding the answer key for HPSET 2023 after its successful conduction.

HP SET 2023 Result

The HPPSC will release the HP SET 2023 results on the official website for candidates who appeared in the exam. It may take up to 1 to 2 months to release the scorecard after the exam. The result will be uploaded in PDF format that will have category and subject-wise scores.

HP SET Books

Every candidate must tackle the paper 1 question paper that consists of questions related to General Intelligence, English grammar, quantitative reasoning, etc. Apart from that, aspirants have the option to choose a subject for paper 2. In the following table, we have suggested a few books to prepare for HP SET 2023 that have been recommended by experts and toppers.


HPSET 2023 Books

Quantitative Aptitude

RS Agrawal

General English

SP Bakshi


RS Agrawal


  • The Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test or HPSET is a state-level test. It is conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) annually, to hire Assistant professors in the universities or colleges of Himachal Pradesh state.

  • According to officials, the exam is scheduled for the 4th week of Nov month this year but the dates have not been announced officially. Candidates should keep following the website for further updates related to dates. HPPSC will release the HPSET exam date on the official website or through print media.

  • The very first step to apply for the HP SET exam is to ensure that you are eligible to appear in the exam. Once you are sure about it then follow the steps below.

    • Visit the official website HPPSC Dot Gov Dot IN
    • Now scroll down to apply section and choose to apply for HP SET 2022
    • Fill up the details asked there and click on the submit button.
    • Upload your passport-size photo and signature
    • At last pay the application fee according to your category.
  • Candidates who have a master's degree in Humanities (language included) from a recognized university by UGC can apply for HP SET 2023. Minimum 55% marks required in PG. Reserved category applicants are eligible if they scored at least 50% marks as they have a relaxation of 5%.

  • There are two papers in the HP SET exam. Paper 1 is common whereas, 22 subjects are there to choose from for the Paper-2 exam. The selection of the subject for the HPSET Paper-2 depends on the candidate. Some of the subjects are Chemical Sciences, Commerce, Mass Communication And Journalism (MCJ), Life Sciences, etc.

  • Candidates will face a total of 150 multiple-choice questions in the given 3 hours. Each question will carry 2 marks. According to the HPSET exam pattern, there will be no negative marking. Also, Paper 1 and Paper 2 will have 50 and 100 MCQs consecutively to solve without any time gap.

  • The HP SET is conducted by HPPSC yearly to recruit assistant professors in State-owned colleges and universities in Himachal Pradesh. Whereas, the conducting body of WB SET is West Bengal College Service Commission and the purpose of the exam is to hire assistant professors for colleges of West Bengal.

  • The HPPSC’s official website will have an active link to download the HPSET Admit Card 2023. Once the applicants click on that link and enter their credentials, they will be able to download the hall ticket for the exam.

  • HPPSC will release the HPSET 2023 Notification PDF soon on its official website. Candidates can download it by visiting the Press release or announcement section of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Section. It will have information related to the syllabus, important dates, and other essential rules.

  • The validity of the HPSET score is 2 years. For instance, if you have passed the exam in 2022 then your score will remain acceptable till 2024. However, candidates from Himachal Pradesh and the reserved categories will get priority over UR applicants.

  • There is no specific age limit to apply for the HPSET exam. The only qualification is a Master's degree. Candidates must check the educational qualification and percentage of marks required to be eligible before applying as those who do not qualify will be disqualified later.

  • The applicants will be considered to pass any paper if they score at least 40% marks on that particular paper. It means the minimum passing mark for Paper 1 is 40 and Paper 2 is 80. Also, it is crucial to qualify in both papers to become eligible for the further stages of selection.

  • The application fee is completely different for each category. General applicants will pay 700 INR, OBC candidates will pay 350 INR, and candidates who belong to the unreserved category will pay only 175 INR as HPSET application fee.

  • After declaring the HPSET results, shortlisted candidates will get a call to be presented with their academic documents for document verification and processing of their profile for the next round of the selection process.

  • Appearing candidates or those who have not completed their Master's can also apply to appear in Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test. If they pass the exam then they will have 2 years to submit their master’s degree to HPPSC.