Compulsory subjects for HPAS main exam
English, Hindi (minimum of 40% marks should be obtained to qualify the main exam, both carry 100 marks each) and general studies (150 marks) are included in these examination. The main exam also includes compulsory essay writing and it carries 100 marks.
Optional subjects for HPAS main exam
There are total of two optional subjects that a student has to choose when he/she appears in the main examination. Both of the optional subjects were divided into two papers each. The distribution of marks is same for each paper which is 150. Subjects included as optional subjects for the main examination are:
While choosing these subjects one has to be careful that he/she cannot choose two subjects which belong to the same field as:
Only one subject out of all engineering subjects: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering.
The standard of examination is that of graduation level. Three hours were available for all these papers. Candidate should have knowledge of the customs and culture of Himachal Pradesh.
Languages in which HPAS mains exam can be answered
Number of students called for interview for HPAS main exam
Three times more candidates were called for the viva than the total number of vacancies. In case if two or more candidates have equal minimum marks in examinations than all of them will be called for the viva.
Other general instructions for the candidates appearing in HPAS Main exam
HPAS main examination is just the test of the potential of a candidate that he/she is having. Main aim of conducting HPAS exam is to test the capabilities of the aspirants, their assessment power, their decision taking capabilities, logic power, creativity, attitude and their point of view towards any problem or condition and leadership quality. In case of a tie of marks in the written examinations, candidates are judged on the basis of their viva.
The HPAS main examination is the one where candidates were tested for their writing skills. So, the candidates which qualify HPAS exam and enters the administrative services are brilliant and tested on different parameters. After passing all these hurdles we expect that this furnace of HPAS will produces a better administrator which is beneficial for shining future of that administrator, our state and country.