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HPAS Preliminary Exam Pattern:

Prelim Examination Process comprises of two exam, that is, Paper I & Paper II, that are held in order to shortlist candidates for the Main Examination that is held later.

  • Mode of Exam is offline.
  • Paper-I is General Studies of 2 hours for 200 Marks with 100 questions.
  • Paper-II is General Aptitude Test of 2 hours for 200 Marks with 100 questions.
  • All questions are mandatory with 1/3rd negative marking criteria.
  • Question asked are MCQ types.
  • Question paper is bilingual, in Hindi and English languages.
  • Candidates need to achieve at least 33% marks in Paper-II to qualify for mains.

Mains Exam Pattern: Main Examination Process comprises of seven written exams that       include essay-based questions.

Mandatory Subjects

  • General Studies I for 200 Marks
  • General Studies II for 200 Marks
  • General Studies III of for 200 Marks
  • English for 100 Marks
  • Hindi for 100 Marks
  • Essay Writing for 100 Marks

Optional Subjects, any one:

Paper I for 100 marks
Paper II for 100 marks

The 9th exam is actually the interview. Each candidate needs to have secured at least 40% marks in compulsory subjects and 40% marks overall to qualify the Mains and to be eligible for the final interview. The interview round will be of 150 marks.

Also In Hindi & English minimum 40 % are compulsory to score although Marks of Hindi & English will not be considered for the Merit.

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