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The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts State Eligibility Test (SET) for determining the Eligibility for recruitment to the post(s) of Assistant Professor (s) in universities and colleges located within the State of Himachal Pradesh.

Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the applicant. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the applicant. The paper shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions and each question will carry 2 marks.

Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the applicant. Each question will carry 2 marks.

Paper-III will consist of 75 objective compulsory questions from the subject selected by the applicant. Each question will carry 2 marks. All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options.) The applicant will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II, and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided along with the test booklet.


1. Chemical Sciences

11. Physical Sciences

2. English

12. Physical Education

3. Life Sciences

13. Sociology

4. Commerce

14. Sanskrit

5. Economics

15. Political Science

6. Geography

16. Public Administration

7. Hindi

17. Computer Science and Applications

8. History

18. Tourism Administration and Management

9. Mathematical Sciences

19. Mass Communication and Journalism

10. Music

20. Philosophy

21. Psychology

21. Psychology

22. Education

HP SET Eligibility:-

i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications. are eligible for this Test. The Scheduled Caste (SC) of H.P. /Scheduled Tribe (ST) of H.P. /Other Backward Classes (Non- creamy layer of H.P./ Persons with Disability (PWD) of H.P. category candidates of H.P. who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this test only.

ii) Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s Degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in the Universities/Colleges situated in the State, only after they have passed their Master’s Degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST/OBC (Non- creamy layer /PWD (Persons with disability) category candidates of H.P.). Such candidates must complete their P.G. Degree examination within two years from the date of SET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

iii) The Ph.D. Degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in SET.

iv) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. In case the subject of a candidate is not included in the list of SET subjects, the candidate may appear in UGC NET/UGC-CSIR NET which is held twice a year. (For instance the candidates having post graduation degree in Acharya (Traditional Sanskrit) are not eligible to appear in Sanskrit subject).


i) NET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor(s) in Universities/Colleges/Institutions. Provided however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum standards and Procedure for Award for Ph.D Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor(s) or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

ii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st June 2002 , are exempted from appearing in SET, being eligible to appear for Assistant Professor(s) anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st, June, 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor(s) only in the Universities/Colleges situated in the State from where they have cleared their SET.

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