HPPSC HPAS Exam 2022: Answer Key, Mains Exam Dates

HPPSC HPAS Exam 2022: Answer Key, Mains Exam Dates

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Oct 18, 2022
HPPSC Recruitment 2022. HPPSC has released HPPSC HPAS CCE Answer Key 2022 for Prelims exam on HPPSC website. Check Eligibility Criteria, Online Application Link, etc.

HPPSC HCS answer key 2022 has been officially released by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) for HCS exam. The candidates who have appeared for the HCS Prelims exam 2021-2022 that was held on 16 October 2022 can download HPPSC HCS answer key from the official website. The commission has released the provisional answer key therefore in case of any problem aspirants can raise an objection till 25 October 2022.

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service (HS)C Combined Competitive notification was released by the Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission for the PCS exam on 17 June. The candidates who have successfully applied for the HCS exam will be able to appear for the selection process which is done in three phases, Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Candidates qualifying for the exam shall be appointed to the posts of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service, Tehsildar, Block Development Officer, & Treasury Officer. Check out the below to know the latest updates on it such as eligibility, syllabus, exam date, and other details.

HPPSC Recruitment Latest Updates

HPPSC recruitment notification 2022 is yet to be released on the HPPSC website. However, HPPSC HPAS CCE Answer Key 2022 is released by HPPSC on its official website. Candidates can raise an objection against the provisional answer key till 25 October. Earlier the commission released HAS result 2021 for HPPSC HPAS Prelims Exam 2020 which was conducted on 26 September 2021 for filling up 18 vacancies advertised in Advertisement No.11/5-2021. 

The HPPSC will conduct the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Combined Competitive Examination 2020 for a total of 18 vacancies for the posts in the home department, revenue department, co-operation department, food, civil supplies, consumer affairs department, and personnel department.

Latest Updates:

  • 18 October 2022: HPPSC HPAS CCE Answer Key released for prelims exam 2021.
  • 01 November 2021: HPPSC released the HPAS Pre Result. 
  • 26 September 2021: HPAS Prelims Exam 2020 was successfully conducted. 
  • 14 June 2021: HPPSC extends the HPAS Application Form 2021 Last date till 22 June 2021. 
  • 19 May 2021: The online application for HPAS has started. The last date to submit an online application is June 15, 2021.

HPPSC HPAS CCE Answer Key 2022

What is HPPSC exam?

HPPSC is Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission is a constitutional body that is responsible to conduct various recruitment exams as per vacancies. One of the most important exams HPPSC conducts is Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service Combined Competitive Examination. 

The HPPSC recruitment is for the 

  • Administrative Services, 
  • Police Services, 
  • Tehsildar, 
  • District Controller, 
  • Block Development Officer,
  • Assistant Registrar posts.

HPPSC recruitment notification 2022 is yet to be released on the HPPSC website. However, HPPSC notification 2021 details are mentioned below. All the candidates who are interested in the recruitment can check the eligibility criteria, selection process, vacancies, exam pattern, and other details.

Important points of the HPPSC recruitment 2021 - 2022 are given in the table. You can check the summary of the exam here.



Name of the Organization

Himachal Pradesh Public Services Commission (HPPSC)


Administrative Services, Police Services, District Controller, Block Development Officer, Assistant Registrar, and Tehsildar


18 (For HPPSC HPAS Recruitment 2020-2021)

30 (For HPPSC HPAS Recruitment 2020-2021)

Application Mode


Exam Mode


Selection Process

Prelims, Mains, and Interview


English & Hindi


Himachal Pradesh

Official Website


Official Contact Details 

(Any working day between 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM)

Address: Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission,

Nigam Vihar, Shimla,H.P. - 171002 (INDIA)

E-mail: hppsc_shimla@msn.com

Inquiry - 0177 - 2624313

Toll-Free No. - 1800-180-8004

HPPSC Notification PDF

Last year, the notification for 18 vacancies of Administrative Services, District Controller, Block Development Officer, Police Service, Tehsildar, and Assistant Registrar was released on May 19, 2021, on the official website (Advertisement Number:11/5-2021). The notification was released under advt no. 11/5-2021. The eligibility criteria, vacancies are notified in the notification. All the interested candidates can check the notification PDF from the link given below.

HPPSC Recruitment Official Notification PDF

HPPSC HPAS Exam Dates 2022

The important dates for the HPPSC HPAS are given in the table below. Check the dates below


Dates (2020-2021)

Dates  (2021-2022)

HPPSC HPAS Notification Date 

May 19, 2021

17 June 2022

HPPSC Online Application Start Date

May 19, 2021

17 June 2022

Last Date to Apply Online

June 15, 2021
22 June 2021

18 July 2022

HPAS Prelims Exam Date 

26 September 2021

2 August 2022

HPAS Prelims Answer Key Release Date 

4 October 2021

18 October 2022

HPAS Prelims Result 

01 November 2021To be notified

HPPSC Mains Exam date 

December 2021

To be notified

HPPSC HPAS Final Result 

To be notified

To be notified

HPPSC 2021 Vacancy Details

Last year, a total of 16 vacancies were released by the HPPSC on the official website for different state services. HPPSC added two new vacancies of Block Development Officer (BDO) and increased the total number of vacancies in the HPAS 2021 Exam to 18. Check the vacancy distribution in the table below.

Sl. NoName of PostNo. of Posts
1Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services 8
2District  Controller, FCS&CA1
3Himachal Pradesh Police Services4
4Tehsildar Revenue1
5Assistant Registrar, Co-operations2
6Block Development Officer (BDO)2

Also, check HPPSC Exam Pattern 2022.

HPPSC HPAS Eligibility 2022

Check the eligibility criteria for the HPAS exam. Check the age limit, education qualification, age relaxation, and other details here.

Age Limit

All the interested candidates must note that they are born between 02-01-1986 and 01-01-2000 are eligible for the HPAS 2022 exam.

Age Limit (As of January 01, 2022)

Minimum Age

21 years

Maximum Age

35 years

Age Relaxations



SC/ ST of Himachal Pradesh

5 years

OBC of Himachal Pradesh 

5 years

Persons with disabilities and Children/ Grandchildren of Freedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh

5 years

HPPSC Educational Qualification

The minimum educational qualification for the HPAS exam is a graduate degree from any recognized university. There is no mention of the minimum percentage required in graduation. The candidates in the final year of graduation are also eligible for the HPAS recruitment. 

The aspirant must know the dialects, customs, and manners of HP.

Also, check the detailed HPPSC Syllabus 2022.

HPPSC HPAS Application Form 2022

Candidates are advised to follow the instructions given to fill the application form correctly. The steps are provided to help the candidates in hassle-free application submission.

  • Visit the official website hppsc.hp.gov.in or click on the link given below and skip the next two steps.


  • Click on the Advertisement tab,
  • The Online Form page will open,
  • Click on the register button on the page, fill in all the details,


  • You will receive an email and message on registered values with the registration number and password.
  • Fill in the details asked in the application form.
  • Pay the application fee as applicable.
  • Upload photo, signature, and required documents.
  • Take the printout of the application for future reference.

HPPSC HPAS Application Fee

The application fee for the HPPSC HPAS recruitment exam is given below. Candidates must submit the application fee otherwise their candidature will be canceled.


Fee (Rs.)



Candidate of other states




Ex-Serviceman of HP


HPPSC HPAS Online Application Form Link

HPPSC Online Application Form 2022 is yet to be released on the HPPSC website.

HPPSC Online Application Form 2022 (N/A)

HPPSC HPAS 2022 Salary Structure

All the posts in the HPPSC HPAS 2022 exam are of grade pay Rs. 5000/- or above. The post wise salary details are given here



HP Administrative Services

Rs. 15,600- 39,100 + (GP Rs. 5400/-)

District Controller

Rs. 15,600- 39,100 + (GP Rs. 5400/-)

HP Police Services

Rs. 15,600- 39,100 + (GP Rs. 5400/-)


Rs. 10,300- 34,800 + (GP Rs. 5000/-)

Assistant Registrar

Rs. 10,300- 34,800 + (GP Rs. 5000/-)

What is the Selection Process of HPPSC HPAS 2022?

The HPAS exam involves three stages for the recruitment of various administrative posts. The selection process is similar to the various state PSC and UPSC exams. The exam stages are:

HPAS Preliminary Exam

The first step of the selection process is preliminary examination. The HPPSC conducts the exam at various centers all over the state. The exam is a one-day exam. There are two papers i.e., General Studies and Aptitude Test. Each paper carries 250 marks and is of 2 hours duration. The Aptitude paper is qualifying in nature just like the UPSC. Candidates need to score 33% in the preliminary exam.

HPAS Mains Exam

The candidates who qualify in the preliminary exam will be called for the mains examination. The mains exam is a traditional descriptive examination. There are eight descriptive papers in the mains examination. There are six compulsory and two optional subjects in the HPAS mains exam. The Hindi and English papers are qualifying in nature, aspirants need to get 40% marks in both the papers to qualify them.

HPAS Mains Exam

Paper Number



Compulsory Subjects











General Studies-I



General Studies-II



General Studies-III


Optional Subjects


Optional Paper-I



Optional Paper-II


List of Optional Subjects

The HPPSC has notified 31 optional subjects to choose from for the HPAS mains exam. Check the list:

List of Optional Subjects

Indian History

Political Science and International Relation




Commerce and Accountancy







Public Administration




Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Civil Engineering




English Literature




Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science




Medical Sciences 


HPPSC HPAS Interview

The interview/ viva-voce is the last stage of the exam. Only a handful of candidates are called for the HPPSC HPAS interview after the mains exam. The interview is 150 marks. The interview will be conducted in the HPPSC office.

The final merit list will be prepared based on the marks obtained in mains and interviews.

HPPSC HPAS Exam Pattern 2022

The exam pattern for the HPAS exam is similar to that of the UPSC and other administrative examinations. The prelims exam has 2 papers whereas the mains exam has eight papers. The personality test is going to test your problem-solving skills, personality, knowledge in different subjects, and other things.

HPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern


No. of Questions

Total Marks



General Studies



120 Minutes


Aptitude Test



120 Minutes


HPAS Syllabus 2022

After checking the exam pattern, what comes next is the syllabus of the exam. Keeping in mind the syllabus of the exam helps you in preparing in the right direction. We have presented the latest HPAS syllabus here.

HPAS Preliminary Syllabus

The prelims exam has 2 papers in the syllabus. The cut off is decided based on the scores of the Paper-I of the prelims exam. Paper-II is qualifying in nature.



Paper-I, General Studies

  • History, Geography, political, art & culture, and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • Indian polity and governance- constitution, political system, panchayat raj, public policy, right issues, etc.
  • Economic and social development- sustainable development poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.
  • History of India and Indian national movement.
  • Indian and World geography-physical, social, economic, the geography of India and the World.
  • General Science

Paper-II, General Aptitude

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • General mental ability
  • Basic Numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.)
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision making and problem-solving.
  • English language comprehension skills

HPPSC HPAS Admit Card 2022

The admit card for HPPSC HPAS is going to be released 10-15 days before the exam. Candidates can download the HPPSC Admit Card from the link given below once it is officially released.

HPPSC HPAS Admit Card 2022 (To be out soon)

HPPSC HPAS Result 2022

HPPSC Results will be out once Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission commences the exam for the year 2022.

Download HPPSC HPAS Pre Result 2022 (N/A)

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  • The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission is the government body that organizes HPPSC exam in the state of Himachal Pradesh. HPPSC HCS exam is a gazetted post where candidates are appointed to the posts of HP Administrative Services, Tehsildar, Block Development Officer, and Treasury Officer posts. HPPSC HCS selection is done through Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

  • As per the official notification, HPPSC HPAS Mains exam date 2022 has not been released yet for HPPSC HCS recruitment 2021- 2022. Earlier, the commission released the answer key for prelims exam. 

  • HPPSC decides HPPSC HPAS Eligibility criteria which are specified in the notification. The candidates are required to fulfill the age limit, qualification and nationality to be appointed to the various post in Himachal Pradesh.  Educational Qualification: Candidates must be a Graduate in any discipline.  Age Limit: Candidates must be between 21 years to 35 years of age. Age relaxation shall be applicable only to those who are domiciles of Himachal Pradesh.

  • To fill out HCS Application Form 2022, you would be required to visit the official website of HPPSC. 

    • Click on the registration tab that appears on the homepage. 
    • Register yourself and then complete the application form. 
    • Upload all the documents as per specifications. 
    • Pay the application fee and take a printout of HPPSC HAS application form.
  • The age limit for HPPSC 2022 exam is from 21 years to 35 years. The candidates who belong to Himachal Pradesh will only be allowed to avail age relaxation benefits for HPAS exam.

  • To prepare for HPPSC HPAS exam 2022, you need to have a good approach toward completing the syllabus. Here are some of the preparation tips to crack HAS exam: 

    • Get acquainted with the HPPSC HCS syllabus and exam pattern. 
    • Take regular HPPSC HAS mock tests and analyze your performance so that it helps in rectifying your errors.
    • Read newspapers to work on your current affairs and make notes for them as well.

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