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Introduction to the state of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in the lap of Himalayas. It is the land of snowy mountain Peaks. The abode of snow stretches over an area of 55673 sq.km. and  is a paradise on earth. Himachal Pradesh  was born as a result of integration of 26 Shimla and  4  Punjab  hill  States  into  a  Centrally Administered Area on April 15, 1948.

The inhabitants are simple, hardworking, honest and straight forward. According to a  survey,  Himachal Pradesh is ranked as the second-least corrupt state in the country.

Himachal Pradesh first came into being as a centrally administered territory on April 15th, 1948 by the integration of 30 erstwhile princely States with an area of 27348 Sq.k.m. (10600 sq. miles) and population 935000. It had 4 districts and 24 tehsils. It was administered by a Chief Commissioner, aided and advised in the discharge of his functions by an Advisory Council Consisting of Nine members, three of whom represented the erstwhile princely States and Six being public representatives.

In 1951, it became a part ‘C’ State under Section 3 of Part ‘C’ State’s Act, 1951 and was brought under a Lt. Governor with 36 members Legislative Assembly. First election to the Assembly was held in 1952. Congress won 24 seats and formed first people’s government headed by Dr. Y. S. Parmar.

In 1954 Bilaspur, another part-C State was merged with Himachal Pradesh and the strength of its Assembly was raised to 41. In 1956, despite majority recommendation of the States Reorganization Commission for its merger with Punjab, Himachal Pradesh retained its separate identity, thanks to the famous dissenting note of the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Sh. Fazal Ali which found favour with the Centre. But a great price had to be paid as Himachal was made a Union Territory; the Legislative Assembly was dissolved and was placed under an Administrator designated as Lt. Governor. The Legislative Assembly was substituted with a Territorial Council with limited powers. Thereafter, the people and the political leadership of the State had to literally move heaven and earth for the restoration of democratic edifice. Their efforts finally bore fruit in 1963, when a bill was passed by the Union Parliament for providing Legislative Assemblies and Council of Ministers to certain Union Territories including H.P. It was enforced in the case of Himachal Pradesh from July 1st, 1963 after receiving President’s assent.

The Territorial Council a replica of the dyarchical form of government was converted into a Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory. The strength of the Assembly was fixed at 43 including 2 nominated members. The Assembly held its first sitting on October 1st 1963. Continuity of the Assembly is considered from this date hence its silver jubilee was celebrated in the year 1988. With the merger of new areas into Himachal Pradesh in 1966, the number of members in the House rose to 56 including 2 nominated. The strength of the House was further raised to 63 (60 elected and 3 nominated) after section 24 (3) of Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966 (Act No. 31 of 1966) came into force in 1967. Finally it was on January 25th, 1971 that a big leap forward was taken and the abode of gods (‘Devbhumi’) made its debut as the 18th State of the Union of India. The declaration of a full fledged State came from the then Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi from the historic Ridge Maidan. Since the delimitation of Assembly seats in the year 1971-72, the number of Members in the Assembly stands at 68.

The District Kangra has the highest number of seats i.e. 15 as it is the most populous District. The least number of seats are in Kinnaur and Lahual Spiti with one seat each.

Pattern & Conduct of Exam

HPAS (Hpas coaching) Combined Competitive exam – Himachal Pradesh Administrative  Services Combined Competitive Exam is generally conducted by state public service commission that is Himachal Pradesh Public Services Commission, Shimla.  For filling the post of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Officers, Himachal Pradesh Police Services visit their website www.hp.gov.in/hppsc .

Various types and categories of posts under commission are :-

  1. Himachal Pradesh Administrative Class-I Gazetted
  2. Himachal Pradesh Police Services Class-I Gazetted
  3. Block Development Officer Class-I Gazetted
  4. Tehsildar Class-I
  5. Excise and Taxation Officer

Important:-  The number of vacancy(s) in the services / posts if received from the Govt.  shall be included for the purpose of selection of candidates on the basis of aforesaid  examination. All the candidates are requested to apply under their respective category(s) as any above post of any reserved category can be included to be filled up on the basis of H.P.A.S. Combined Competitive Examination- The number of vacancies and reservation of posts is liable to be altered without any notice.

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam Eligibility

Educational Qualification

The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university.

Age Limits

The aspiring candidate must have attained the age of 21 years but must not be more than 35 years of age as on the 1st Jan of the preceding year exam is conducted .

Relaxation of upper age limits:

The upper age limit is relax able by 05 years for S.C. / S.T. and other prescribed reserved categories (OPRC) candidates of Himachal Pradesh.

Other Eligibility Conditions

The knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the State of Himachal Pradesh.


A candidate must be a citizen of India.

Application process for Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam?

Aspiring candidates are required to apply only through online mode by using their  website  No other mode for submission of  applications is allowed.

Candidates are required to pay fee of Rs.400 (for General candidates/General Physical handicapped and WFF of HP Category) Rs.100 (For SC/ST/OBC of HP) by cash at any branch of PNB, through a challan generated through the above website or the requisite amount of application fee can also be paid through credit/debit cards of any bank.
A link to pay requisite fee by this mode is also available on our website.

Ex-serviceman of HP discharged after completion of normal tenure and visually impaired candidates of HP are exempted from the Exam Fee. Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam Pattern.

Pattern of exam
Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam consists of three stages:

Stage 1 Preliminary Examination:

It will have 2 papers of 200 marks each.

Paper-I will be of General Studies (Code No.01) and
Paper-II will be on Aptitude Test (Code No.02).

Both the papers will have 100 objective type (multiple choice) questions. Duration of the Papers will be two hours each.* *

Stage 2 Main (Narrative) Examination*:

It will consists of subjects selected by the students.

Stage 3 Viva Voice

Candidates who qualify the Main written examination will be called for a viva-voice test. The maximum marks for the viva-voice shall be *100*.

The marks obtained in the viva-voice will be  added to the marks obtained in the Main written examination for purpose of selection of the candidates. Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam Syllabus

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Preliminary Exam consists for questions from:

1. General Awareness and
2. Numerical Aptitude

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Main Exam consists of questions from the subjects selected by the Candidates. Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam Test Centres

HPAS/HAS Examination Centers

The center for Main examination will be Shimla only.

Preliminary Examination centers :-

  • Shimla
  • Solan
  • Mandi
  • Dharamsala
  • Nahan
  • Una
  • Hamirpur
  • Chamba
  • Bilaspur
  • Kullu

Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Combined Competitive Exam Contact Details.

HPPSC’s Reception Counter
Near Main Gate of its campus
Toll Free Number 18001808004
Phone No 0177-2624313 and 2629738.

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Geography History and Culture Video on Himachal Pradesh

Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh  Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge

Kullu & Kangra valley – Valley of Gods  Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge

Documentary on Bhakra Nangal  Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge


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