HCS Syllabus 2022: Prelims And Mains Syllabus PDF

HCS Syllabus 2022: Prelims And Mains Syllabus PDF

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Aug 28, 2022
HCS Syllabus 2022 is released for HCS exam by Haryana Public Service Commission.HPSC releases the HCS syllabus for Prelims and Mains exam. Candidates can download the updated HCS syllabus PDF here for better exam preparation.

HCS Syllabus 2022 is prescribed by the exam organizing body which is Haryana Public Service Commission. Candidates who will be appearing for the HPSC HCS exam should go thorugh the latest HCS syllabus that has been provided to you here. The Haryana PCS syllabus consists of Prelims and Mains exam. An interview is held for the candidates who shall qualify the Mains exam. 

HCS syllabus for Prelims consist of two subjects General Studies and General Aptitude papers. Both the papers are objective in nature. Thereafter, Mains exam is conducted for which the syllabus consists of four (4) papers, Out of the four papers, the 4th paper is the optional paper. The mains paper is descriptive in nature. Hence, all the candidates who wish to qualify the HPSC HCS exam must get acquainted with its syllabus and exam pattern. Below, we have provided you with the details HCS syllabus for Prelims, Mains exam. Additionally, you can also download the HCS syllabus pdf and save it in your device.

HCS Syllabus 2022

Haryana Public Service Commission categorizes HCS Syllabus 2022 into three stages, Prelims, Mains and Interview. The HCS Pre Syllabus consists of two objective papers while the Mains syllabus of HCS consists of three papers and one optional paper that is subjective type. HCS syllabus for Prelims is for 100 marks each for General Studies 1 and General Aptitude whereas the HCS mains syllabus has 3 papers i.e English, and Hindi is 100 marks, General Studies, and one optional paper is for 200 marks each. You can go through the latest syllabus of HPSC HCS syllabus below that is mentioned for the following stages:

  • HCS Prelims Syllabus
  • HCS Mains Syllabus
  • HCS Interview

As HCS selection process comprises prelims, mains and interviews so, there will be a separate syllabus for all exams. Haryana Civil Services prelims exam is qualifying in nature. The candidates who will secure the HCS cutoff marks for prelims as released by the Commission will appear for the HCS exam for Mains. Further, if you have qualified for the mains exam, then you will further be called for an interview. We have discussed HCS syllabus for prelims and mains exam in detail along with the HCS exam pattern below.

HCS Syllabus 2022 PDF Download

Haryana Public Service Commission releases HCS Syllabus. The aim of the syllabus is to educate the candidates of the syllabus for Prelims and Mains so that the candidates are aware of the important topics that are asked in HCS exam. You can download HCS Syllabus pdf for Prelims and Mains from below. It is advisable for candidates to download it and save it on their devices so that they can access it offline during their exam preparation. Further, the following syllabus shall also give you information of the optional syllabus.

HCS Syllabus 2022 PDF

Haryana PCS Syllabus 2022 - Overview

HCS Syllabus 2022 for Prelims & Mains



Marks & Questions

HCS Prelims Exam

Paper 1: General Studies 

100 marks with 100 Questions

Paper 2: General Aptitude

200 marks with 100 Questions

HCS Mains Exam

Paper 1: English

100 marks

Paper 2: Hindi

100 marks

Paper 3: General Studies

200 marks

Paper 4: Optional subject

200 marks

HCS Interview

Personality Test/Interview

75 marks

HCS Syllabus 2022 - Prelims

HCS Prelims syllabus consists of 2 Paper i.e General Studies and General Aptitude. HCS syllabus for Prelims has been formulated to build the foundation for the candidates to prepare for the mains exam. HPSC Syllabus for Prelims includes topics such as Indian and World Geography, General Science, Economic, and Social Development, Environment, etc. General Awareness should be prepared with reference to Haryana as well. The HCS Prelims exam syllabus is as follows:

HCS Prelims Syllabus
General Studies General Aptitude
  • Indian and World Geography
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian Culture, Indian Polity, and Indian Economy.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • General Science.
  • General Mental Ability.
  • Haryana's economy and people. Social, economic, and cultural institutions and language of Haryana
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skill
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy
  • Data interpretation

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HCS Mains Syllabus

HCS mains syllabus consists of 3 papers and 1 optional paper. Out of the 3 papers, Paper 1 is English, Paper 2 will have Hindi, Paper 3 is General Studies, and the other paper is the optional paper that have to be selected by the candidates out of 20 papers. Below HCS mains syllabus is given:

HPSC Paper 1: English and English Essay

Here is the syllabus for the HPSC English Paper.

  • Precise writing
  • Comprehension skills
  • Essay
  • Word usage and vocabulary
  • General Grammar knowledge
  • Writing an Essay

HPSC Paper 2: Hindi and Hindi Essay

You will have to write the HPSC Hindi paper in Hindi Devnagri Script. Here is the syllabus for the HCS Hindi Paper.

  • Translation of an English passage into Hindi.
  • Letter writing or precise writing
  • Explanation of a Hindi passage that can be either prose or poetry in the same language.
  • Composition (idioms, corrections, etc.)
  • Essay on a topic.

HPSC Paper 3: General Studies

The HCS General Studies syllabus will have two parts in it: General studies topics and International Oriented topics. This section aims to test your general awareness and general knowledge that will be required by you to make a career in the civil services of Haryana.

Here is the syllabus for the HCS Paper II syllabus:

Part I

  • Indian History and Indian Culture
  • Geography of India
  • Indian Polity with special emphasis on Indian Nationalist Movement
  • History of Modern India and Indian Culture
  • Current national issues and topics of social relevance
  • Demography and Human Resources & related issues.


  • India and the World
  • Indian Economy
  • Developments in the field of science and technology, communications, and space.
  • Statistical analysis, graphs, and diagrams.

HPSC Paper 4 Optional Paper

HPSC Paper 4 is an optional paper. You can select any one subject out of a list of given subjects.

  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Botany
  • Political science & international relations
  • Law
  • Chemistry
  • Zoology
  • Physics
  • Agriculture
  • Psychology
  • Animal husbandry & Veterinary science
  • Commerce & Accountancy
  • Punjabi literature
  • Public administration
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Indian history

HCS Interview

This is the last stage of the HCS recruitment 2021-2022 is the interview. HCS Interview is 75 marks. Candidates who will obtain the minimum cutoff marks will be called to appear for Haryana HCS interview. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a Haryana Public Service Commission.

HCS interview aims to test if you are suitable for being appointed as Haryana Civil Service Officer. Your intellectual traits, mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, etc will be judged in this stage.

How is the HCS Final Selection done?

The final selection for HCS 2022 will be done on the following basis:

  1. Marks were secured by the candidate in the HCS Prelims, Main, and Viva-voce/ Personality Test.
  2. This means that you will be marked out of 675 marks. 
  3. Moreover, you will also be appointed to HCS through the preference of services/ posts exercised by you.

HCS Exam Pattern 2022

HCS Exam Pattern includes HPSC HCS prelims and mains exam. Candidates can understand the HPSC syllabus subject-wise as per the exam pattern more clearly. Thus here we have discussed the HCS Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern below. 

HCS Prelims Exam Pattern

HCS Prelims exam pattern comprises two compulsory papers, General Studies, and General Aptitude Test.

  • HCS Prelims exam comprises objective multiple-choice questions. 
  • There is 1/4th negative marking for each wrong answer attempted.
  • Merit is decided only on the basis of the General Studies paper and only 33% of qualifying marks need to be scored in paper 2.
  • There is no sectional or subject-specific cutoff.
  • Each paper of the HCS Prelims exam is of a duration of 2 hours. 
SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks Duration
General Studies


100 Marks2 Hours
General Aptitude 100100 Marks2 Hours

HCS Mains Exam Pattern

All the candidates who will secure the qualifying marks in the HCS Prelims exam will be called to appear for HCS mains exam. HPSC HCS mains exam is of utmost importance to every candidate who will be taking this test as the marks secured by you in this paper will be taken into consideration for preparing the merit list. 

  • HCS main exam will have 4 papers.
  • HCS Paper 4 will be an optional paper where you have to select any one paper out of 29 subjects. 
  • The questions asked in the HCS Mains Exam will be conventional and subjective in nature.




Paper-1: English (including English essay)

03 Hours


Paper-2: Hindi (including Hindi essay in Devanagari script)

03 Hours


Paper-3: General Studies

03 Hours


Paper-4:One Optional Subject

03 Hours



 600 Marks

Haryana PCS Syllabus FAQs

  • HPSC syllabus 2022 is curated by Haryana Public Service Commission for HCS exam. The syllabus is divided into Prelims and Mains exams. HCS Prelims syllabus consists of 2 papers, General Studies and General Aptitude for 200 marks each. On the other hand, HCS syllabus for Mains consists of 4 papers where General Hindi, English and General Studies are compulsory papers while 1 is optional paper.

  • Candidates can download HCS syllabus pdf by visiting the official website. Alternatively, you can also download the syllabus by clicking on the link that is given below. It is advisable to go through the syllabus so that you can know the list of topics that you must cover to complete the syllabus. 

    Download HCS Syllabus PDF

  • If the candidates have a proper HCS preparation strategy, then they might be able to clear the exam easily. The first step in HCS preparation is to get to know HPSC syllabus and prepare in accordance to the topics mentioned in it.

  • Yes, you can easily prepare HPSC syllabus in 2 months if you use your time well. To prepare the syllabus well, it is very important to know all the topics mentioned in it to narrow down your scope of preparation. Candidates should also know the exam pattern to be aware of the mark distribution of each section. To strenghten your preparation, practiceHCS previous year question papers as they will give you a good idea of what kind of questions to expect, further increasing your cahnces of cracking the exam.

  • No, HCS syllabus has not undergone any changes in the past years. The syllabus as well as the exam pattern for HPSC exam has been consistent for a few years.

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