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HCS (Haryana civil Service)

Haryana Civil Services Exam (HCS) s a combined competitive examination held by Haryana Public Service Commission for recruitment of different services like HCS (ex.), DSP, Tehsildar.


About HCS Exam :

  • It is conducted in two phases; the HCS Preliminary Examination consisting of two papers and HCS Mains consisting of written test and Viva Voice test.
  • Age relaxation is given in various categories; for HCS exam the number of attempts for general candidates for HCS exam is three, ex-service men category candidates are allowed for three more attempts in HCS exam.
  • Candidates are eligible for HCS interview only if they get 45% in aggregate of all subjects in HCS main exams.
  • The technique of interview for HCS is a conversation which intends to assess the mental qualities of the candidate, and his suitability and appropriateness for HCS posts



HAS under departments

  Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services
2.   Himachal Pradesh Police Services
3.   Excise & Taxation Officer 
4.   Tehsildar
5.   Block Development Officer
6.   District Panchayat Officer
7.   District Welfare-cum-Probation Officers
8.   District Treasury Officer
9.   District Employment Officer
10. District Food & Civil Supplies Controller

  1. Eligibility Criteria:
    Aspiring candidates must possess a degree of a recognised University equivalent to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of any technical subject or their recognised equivalent as on the closing date of the filling of form.

    2. Age

    The candidates should not be less than 21 years and not more than 40 years (on 1st January of the year of examination.

    However upper age limit is relaxable upto 5 years for the candidates belonging to the following categories:

    1. Scheduled Caste and Backward Class of Haryana Only.


    1. Un-married female candidates of Haryana Only.
    1. Employees of Haryana Government (excluding ad-hoc capacity) or Panjab and Haryana High Court or any Court Subordinate to it in the state of Haryana with four years of service in substantive or of ciating capacity subject to a limit of three chances in addition to those which he might have availed within prescribed age limit. The Employees of the Boards/Corporations/Universities/Banks etc. are not eligible for this concession in upper age limit.


    1. Women whose husbands have been ordered by civil/criminal courts to pay maintenance to them; women whose husbands have remarried; widows; women who are legally separated from their husbands or have been divorced; women living separately from their husbands for more htna tow years because of desertion; wives of serving disabled military personnel and widows of those who were killed in actgion. Women living separately from their husbands due to desertion will be required to submit with their application an at davit to the dffect that she has been deserted by her husband, and has been living separately from him for more than two years and this af davit should be countersigned by two responsible persons such as member of legislature, Local Bodies including Panchayats and the Bar Association. Where however, a woman who has re-married she would not be eligible for the above concession in the matter of age.

    Further the upper age relaxation is as under:

    1. Upper age limit is also relaxable for an ex-military person whether he joined military service before or after the declaration of emergency to the extent of his military service added by three years provided he had rendered contginuous military service for a period of not less than six months before his release and further provided that he had been released otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inef ciency. A disabled military person is entitled to exclude from his age the period from the date he was disabled upto the age of his application or till the end of emergency i.e 10-01-1968.


    1. The persons recruited from 01-01-1963 onwards as whole time Cadet Instructors in the NCC and who are released after the expiry of their initial/extended tenure will also be entitled for relaxation in age limit for purpose of employment under the State Government. The period of service rendered by them in NCC may be deducted from their actual age and if the resultant age does not exceed the prescribed upper age limit of a particular post by more than three years, they may be deemed to be satisfying the condition for appointment to that post in respect of the maximum age. Such of the whole time Cadet instructors in NCC who are released from the NCC before expiry of their initial/extended tenure would also be given these concessions subject to the conditions that they have served in the NCC for the period of not less than six months prior to their release from the NCC.

    Age for the post of DSP:

    The candidate should not be less than 21 years and not more than 27 years of age on or before 1st Jan of the exam year.
    However relaxation for the reserved categories will remain as such given above.

    Physical Standard for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police





    Chest with Expansion








    170.18 cm

    33" (83.82 cm)

    34.5" ( 87.63 cm)








    157.50 cm








    HCS/Haryana Public Service Exam Pattern

    The HCS/ Haryana Public Service Commission exam will be Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) comprising of the three stages.

    Stage 1--- Preliminary Examination (Objective Type/ Multiple Choice) for screening purpose only.

    The Preliminary Exam Shall Comprise of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 200 marks as under.



    Maximum Marks

    Time Allowed






    Paper 1

    General Studies.










    One Optional subject to be selected from a list of 19 subjects set out




    Paper 2




















    List of 19 Optional Subjects for Preliminary Examination:

    1. Agriculture


    1. Animal Husbandary and Veterinary Science
    1. Botany


    1. Chemistry
    1. Civil Engineering


    1. Commerce and Accountancy
    1. Economics

    1. Electrical Engineering


    1. Geography

    10. Indian History

    11. Law

    12. Mathematics

    13. Mechanical Engineering

    14. Physics

    15. Political Science and International Relations

    16. Psychology

    17. Public Administration

    18. Sociology

    19. Zoology


    Stage 2----Main Examination (Conventional Essay Type)



    ed in the Stage 1 (normally fteen times of the vacancies advertised) are allowed to take





    the Main Examination.




    The Main Exam Shall Comprise of  ve papers as given below followed by Vica Voca.























    Paper 1


    English (Including English Essay)










    Paper 2


    Hindi (including Hindi Essay) in Devnagri script










    Paper 3


    General Studies










    Paper 4


    Two subjects to be selected from a list of 23 subjects as given below












    Viva Voca














    List of 23 Optional Subjects for Main Examination:

    1. Agriculture


    1. Animal Husbandary and Veterinary Science

    1. Botany
    1. Chemistry


    1. Civil Engineering
    1. Commerce and Accountancy


    1. Economics
    1. Electrical Engineering


    1. English Literature

    10. Geography

    11. Hindi Literature ( in Devnagri Script)

    12. Indian History

    13. Law

    14. Mathematics

    15. Mechanical Engineering

    16. Physics

    17. Political Science and International Relations

    18. Psychology

    19. Public Administration

    20. Punjabi Literature

    21. Sociology

    22. Sanskrit Literature

    23. Zoology


    Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:

    Political Science and International Relations and

    Public Administration Agriculture and Animal
    Husbandry and Veterinary Science

    Hindi Literature, English Literature, Sanskrit Literature and Punjabi Literature

    Of the Engineering Subjects viz. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering-not more than one subject.

    Candidates fifteen times the number of vacancies advertised will be admitted to the Main Examination. The question paper for pre examination will be set in English Only. Candidate thrice the number of vacancies advertised will be selected for Personality Test. Candidate who qualify for the Main Exam will have to apply again on the separate application form which will be supplied by the Haryana Public Service Commission free of cost.

    Personality Test /Interview: Candidates who are short listed in the Written Examination are required to appear for an Interview.


    1. All the papers shall be of three hours duration.


      • The candidate shall have the option to answer the papers of General Knowledge and three optional subjects either in English or in Hindi medium but no candidate is permitted to answer any of their papers partly in Hindi and partly in English.