HPSC Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Haryana Civil Services / HCS Exam Eligibility:  HPSC Syllabus & Exam Pattern

1. Educational Qualification

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.
  2. Un-married female candidates of Haryana Only.
  3. Employees of Haryana Government (excluding ad-hoc capacity) or Panjab and Haryana High Court or any Court Subordiate to it in the state of Haryana with four years of service in substantive or officiating 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.
  4. 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 separatly from their husbands due to desertion will be required to submit with their application an affidavit 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 affidavit 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 inefficiency. 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.
  2. 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 yers, 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

S.No Category Height Chest Chest with Expansion
1 Male 170.18 cm 33″ (83.82 cm) 34.5″ ( 87.63 cm)
2 Female 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—Priliminary 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.

Paper     Subject Maximum Marks Time Allowed
Paper 1 General Studies. 100 2 Hr.
Paper 2 One Optional subject to be selected from a list of 19 subjects set out below. 100 2 Hr
Total 200

List of  19 Optional Subjects for Preliminary Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandary and Veterinary Science
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Civil Engineering
  6. Commerce and Accountancy
  7. Economics
  8. Electrical Engineering
  9. 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)

Candidates qualified in the Stage 1 (normally fifteen times of the vacancies advertised) are allowed to take the Main Examination.

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

Paper Subject Marks
Paper 1 English (Including English Essay) 100
Paper 2 Hindi (including Hindi Essay) in Devnagri script 100
Paper 3 General Studies 100
Paper 4 Two subjects to be selected from a list of 23 subjects as given below 150×2=300
Viva Voca 75
Total 675


List of 23 Optional Subjects for Main Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandary and Veterinary Science
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Civil Engineering
  6. Commerce and Accountancy
  7. Economics
  8. Electrical Engineering
  9. 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 Commision 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.
  2. 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.

HCS Exam Syllabus

Compulsory Subjects

1. English and English Essay

Questions to test the candidate’s capacity to understand and write good English. The paper will comprise precis writing expansion, tests in vocabulary and any other form of composition that may be suitable.

2. Hindi and Hindi Essay (in Devnagri Script)

  1. Translation of an English passage into Hindi.
  2. Explanation of Hindi passage into prose & poetry in the same language.
  3. Composition (idioms, corrections etc)

3. General Knowledge including Everyday Science

This paper is intended to test the candidate’s knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientist aspect as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions of historical, geographical and economic importance, with special reference to Haryana.

4. Viva-voce

The Viva-voce will be to test the personal qualities of the candidate. This test will be in matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidates alertness, intelligence and general outlook. Consideration will also be paid to the bearing and physique of the candidate. It will be conducted either in Hindi or in English depending upon the option exercised by a candidate.

Optional Subjects

1. Agriculture

Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

2. Animal Husbandary and Veterinry Science

3. Botany

Thallophyta, Broyophyta, Pteridophyta, Pehanero gams, Physiology, Ecology and General Biology including Cytology and Genetics.

4. Chemistry

Physical, Inorganic and Organic.

5. Civil Engineering

6. Commerce and Accountancy

  1. Trade and Transport.Or
  2. Advanced Accountancy and Auditing. Or
  3. Business Organisation Management.

7. Economics

  1. Nature and scope of Economics systems and their functions.
  2. Micro Economic Analysis; National Income and Expenditure, Major Determinants of Income and Employment.
  3. Micro Economic Analysis; Demand Analysis, Price Formation under various Market Categories, Distributive shares.
  4. Structure of Indian Economy
    • Sectoral distribution of working force.
    • Problems of Agricultural Development and Reorganization.
    • Industrial Development policy.
    • India’s Foreign Trade and Payments.
    • India’s Five Year Plans.

8. Electrical Engineering

9. English Literature

Candidates will be expected to show a General Knowledge of the History of English Literature from the time os Spencer to the end of the reign of Queen Victoria with special reference to works of the following authors:

Shakespeare, Milton, Johnson, Carlyle, Dickens. Words worth, Keats Tennyson, Dardey.

Evidence of first hand reading will be required.

10. Geography

  1. Physical basis of Geography of the world.
  2. Regional and Economic Geography of the world with special reference to India.


How to apply for HCS Exam?

Aspiring candidates can apply ONLY Online throught the official website i.e http://phsc.gov.in or www.hpseonlline.in on or before the closing dates.


HCS Exam Fees

Sr. No
Categories of Candidates Colour of Application Form Cost
1 For Male Candidates of General Category including Dependent Son of EX-Servicemen of Haryana.

For Male/Female Candidates of General/All reserved categories of Haryana Only



2 For Female Candidates of General Category including Female Dependent of ESM of Haryana Only Orange Rs.250
For Male and Female candidates of SC/BC/ESM and PH ortho (with at least 40% Disability) categories of Haryana only. Green Rs.250

The cost of Application form will be Rs.1050 for General Category and Rs.300 for Reserved Category of Haryana if obtained by post. The candidate must write his name, address in block letters and name of the post for which application form is required and category of form alongwith requierd fee as stated.

Application forms can be purchased on cash payment at the counters from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on all working days.


HCS Exam Contect Details

Candidates can submit their duly filled application form at

Commission’s Office at Bay No 1-10, Block -B, Sector -4 Panchkula by post or by personal Delivery on or before the closing date.

For more comprehensive and detailed instructions the aspiring candidates may consult ” The Brochure for HCS (Ex. Br.) and other allied services Examination, which can be obtained from the office of HPSC by making a payment of Rs.100 at the counter and Rs.150 by post.

Note: Fee can be made through Indian Postal Orders/Bank Drafts of a Scheduled Bank payable to Secretary, Haryana Public Service Commission, Bay No 1 to 10, Block B, Sector 4, Panchkula.


HCS Exam Centres

HCS Exam is held in all the major cities of Haryana.

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