HPPSC HAS Syllabus 2021: Download HPPSC Syllabus PDF

HPPSC HAS Syllabus 2021: Download HPPSC Syllabus PDF

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Nov 17, 2021
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HPPSC Syllabus 2021

The HPPSC Syllabus 2021 for the Prelims & Mains exam is released by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. Candidates preparing for Himachal PCS Exam 2021 must be well versed with the complete HPPSC syllabus. Candidates can also download HPPSC Syllabus Pdf mentioned below

The HPPSC HPAS Prelims Exam 2021 was conducted on 26 September 2021. Candidates who have qualified the prelims exam will have to appear in the main examination which will be held in the month of December 2021. Candidates who are preparing for the HPAS mains exam must start their final preparation from now onwards for/ which they first need to know about HPPSC 2021 Syllabus. 

Here we will discuss in detail about HPPSC Syllabus 2021 (Preliminary and Mains) along with other details related to the examination. 

Interested candidates can fill the HPPSC HPAS Application Form 2021

HPPSC Syllabus 2021: Exam Pattern

Before candidates know about the syllabus they need to have a look at HPPSC 2021 exam pattern through which they will have an idea about different sections from which the questions will be asked. HPPSC Exam Pattern for both prelims and mains examination is listed below:

HPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

HPPSC prelims exam consist of two papers which are the General Studies and Aptitude Test.

  • Each prelims paper consist of 100 multiple-choice questions.
  • For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 2 marks while for every wrong answer there will be a deduction of ⅓ of the marks awarded for the correct answer.

HPPSC Preliminary Exam pattern is discussed below in detail:


Number of Question


Paper-I General Studies


2 Hours

Paper-II Aptitude Test


2 Hours



4 Hours

HPPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2021

HPPSC Mains consist of 8 papers out of which 6 are compulsory while the remaining 2 subjects change according to the qualification of the candidates who have applied.

Exam pattern for HPPSC Mains examination is discussed below:




Paper 1 (English)


3 Hours

Paper 2 (Hindi)


3 Hours

Paper 3 (General Studies)


3 Hours

Paper 4 (General Studies-II)


3 Hours

Paper 5 (General Studies-III)


3 Hours

Paper 6 (Essay)


3 Hours

Optional Paper 1 (Optional Subject)


3 Hours

Optional Paper 2


3 Hours

Apart from the Mains written test there will be an additional Interview/Personality Test of 150 marks after which final selection will be made on the basis of performance in Mains and Interview.

HPPSC HAS Prelims Syllabus 2021

Important topics from which question is HPPSC Prelims 2021 General Studies are listed below section wise:



HPAS General Studies Syllabus


History of India and Indian National Movements.


Indian and World Geography, physical, social and economic geography of India and world.

Political Science

Indian Constitution, Political system, Panchayati raj system, Public policy, rights issues, and other topics.

Economics and Social Development: 

Indian economy, sustainable development, poverty in India, demographics, social sector, and various national initiatives.

Environmental Studies

General Issue related to environmental studies, biodiversity, climate change,

HPAS Aptitude Test Syllabus



Questions related to interpersonal and communication skills


Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, Decision Making, Problem Solving, General Mental ability questions


Questions from Mathematics from Class 1-10

Date Interpretation

Charts, Graph, Tables, Data Sufficiency

HPPSC HPAS Mains Syllabus 2021

HPPSC Mains consist of 8 papers out of which 6 are compulsory while 2 are optional according to the candidate’s qualification. The syllabus for both compulsory and optional papers are listed below:

Download HPPSC HPAS Syllabus PDF - Mains & Optional Subject

HPPSC Mains Syllabus for Compulsory Subjects

HPPSC Paper 1 (English) Syllabus: The English paper of the HPPSC Mains examination consists of questions that test the candidates on the basis of the following skills:

  • Comprehension of English Language
  • Grammatical expression
  • Clarity and precision in expression of the English language.

Various topics in Paper 1 of HPPSC Mains examination along with their weightage are listed below:

English Grammar

20 marks


20 marks

English Composition

20 marks

Comprehension of Unseen Passages

20 marks

Precis Writing

20 marks

HPPSC Paper 2 (Hindi) Syllabus: In this paper, candidates are evaluated on the basis of the following skills:

  • Translation of the English passage into Hindi.
  • Translation of Hindi passage into English.
  • Prose and poetry explanation.
  • Composition and Hindi Grammar (Idioms and Proverbs, Hindi grammar)

HPPSC GS Syllabus: General studies include History, Political Science, Geography, environmental studies, and other subjects. HPPSC General Studies syllabus is listed below:



General Studies 1


  • Indian cultural heritage
  • Ancient Literature and art
  • Modern Indian History (from 1750-1980)
  • Indian Independence movement, Various freedom movements in India
  • Global Implications
  • World Wars
  • Various concept in history like Nationalism, Decolonization, Socialism, Globalization, Modernity

History of Himachal Pradesh

Emergence and growth of various states like Kangra, Kullu, Chamba. Relation between hill states and Mughals and Sikhs 

Disaster Management

  • Natural and Man-Made Disaster
  • Impacts of Disaster (socially and economically)
  • The situation of India in disaster management
  • Interrelationship of disaster and development
  • Disaster Management ACT 2005, Policies, Plans and institutional mechanism in India


  • Indian Geography
  • Population Distribution in India
  • Language and Literacy in India
  • Settlements, Industry and Transport
  • Himachal Pradesh Geography
  • Relief, Vegetation, climate and climatic zones, Shiwalik, Doons, and Low Valleys, Himalayan Valleys
  • Policies: Tourism, Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Profile

General Studies 2

Political Sciences

  • Indian Constitution
  • Fundamental Duties
  • Directive Principles, Fundamental Rights
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Himachal Pradesh Law policies, Structural Organization of Judicial bodies and other bodies in India.
  • District Administration in Himachal Pradesh
  • Local Administration in urban and Rural areas in India.
  • Various Regional and Global groupings involving India and affecting India
  • India Look east policy
  • India relation with other countries like USA, Russia, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal and various middle east countries.
  • Effect of various policies on India’s Development

General Studies-III

Economics and Sustainable Development in India

  • Indian Economy
  • Demographic Profile, Population Policy
  • Employment and GDP
  • Poverty, Inequality, Unemployment in India, Inflation, Industrial Growth
  • Banking: Reserve Bank of India, Commercial Banks, Regional Rural Banks
  • Monetary Policies, Foreign Exchange Policies, Payment Scenario Balance
  • Economic Planning
  • Five Year Plans
  • Fiscal Policy, Budget Management Act
  • Sustainable development 
  • Various index to measure Economic Development like Physical Quality of Life Index, Human Development Index, Gender Development Index, Gender Empowerment Measure
  • Various Initiative and Schemes in India
  • Various International Economic Organization like IMF, WTO, IDA, UNCTAD, OECD, BRICS

Himachal Pradesh Economy

Human Resource, Demographic Profile, Diversification in Agriculture, Industrialization in State, Labour (Skilled and Unskilled), Revenue Generation, Small Scale Industries, Tax base, Educational development, 

Energy, Resources and Technology

  • Natural resources and their application in space technology, ISRO, Various Indian Space Programme and Missions, Remote Sensing and Communication satellite, Geographic Information Systems, Development of Energy sectors in India, conventional and non-conventional sources of energy, sustainable development.
  • Various initiatives and policies in Himachal Pradesh regarding the issue of Energy and development.

Environmental Studies

  • Climate Change
  • Environment Impact Assessment
  • Himalayan Ecology, Biosphere reserves, Sciences 
  • National mission for sustainable agriculture.
  • Organic Farming and seed certification
  • Tourism and Policy, Social, Economic and Cultural Implication of tourism, tourism industry.

HPPSC Essay Syllabus: In this paper, candidates are tested on the basis of knowledge they have on different current affairs and what can happen in their society, and how well they express their knowledge in the form of an essay. Various topics on which the candidates can be asked to write an essay are listed below:

  • Current Affairs
  • Social and Political Issues
  • Economical Issues
  • Culture and History

Candidates are required to write 2 essays in about 900 words.

HPPSC Mains Optional Papers

There are exactly 31 subjects from which the candidates have to choose their expertise according to their qualifications. Various HAS subjects are listed below:

Indian History


Political Science and International Relation

Mechanical Engineering 


Electrical Engineering


Civil Engineering 



Commerce and Accountancy 





English Literature 








Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Public Administration






Medical Sciences

HPPSC Exam Syllabus FAQs

  • Candidates have to attempt 2 papers which are General studies and aptitude tests both containing 100 questions and are to be attempted in 2 hours each.

  • The HPAS main examination will consist of 8 papers out of which 6 are compulsory and 2 are optional. The Time duration of each paper will be 3 hours and the marks weightage of each paper is between 100-200 marks.

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