Syllabus for HPSC HCS 2018 Mains Exam as per latest exam pattern.

hpsc hsc mains syllabus

Main Examination shall comprise of five papers & Viva-voce:

Maximum marks
Paper I English (including English Essay) 100
Paper II Hindi (including Hindi Essay) in Devnagri script 100
Paper III General Studies 100
Paper IV & V Two subjects to be selected from a list of 23 subjects set out below. 150 x 2 = 300
Viva-voce (Interview/Personality Test) 75
Total 675

List of Optional Subjects for Main (Written) Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Civil Engineering
  6. Commerce & 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 & International
  18. Psychology
  19. Public
  20. Punjabi Literature
  21. Sociology
  22. Sanskrit Literature
  23. Zoology


  1. Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects:
    1. Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration;
    2. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science;
    3. Hindi Literature, English Literature, Sanskrit Literature and Punjabi Literature;
    4. Of the Engineering subjects viz. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering –not more than one subject.
  2. The Main Examination shall comprise of written examination and viva-voce (interview/personality test). The written examination shall be of five papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out from the given list as per the prescribed syllabus which shall be normally of graduation level. Each paper shall be of three hours duration.
  3. The number of candidates to be called for interview shall be three times including bracketed candidates if any the number of advertised vacancies.
  4. Ex-Servicemen candidates and dependents of Ex-Servicemen will also have to appear in all papers including optional subjects.
  5. The examination shall include compulsory and optional subjects and every candidate shall take all the compulsory subjects and not more than two of the optional subjects.
  6. A Candidate shall specify in his application form the optional subjects he desires to take. No change in the selection of optional subjects once made will be allowed. In case any candidate appears in a subject other than the subjects actually opted by him, his answer-book in that subject will be cancelled.
  7. Total number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Written examination shall be 12 times the number of advertised vacancies, including bracketed candidates, if any. Similarly, the total number of candidates to be called for personality test shall be three times, including bracketed candidates, if any, of the advertised vacancies. Ex-Servicemen and dependents of the Ex-Servicemen shall also have to appear in all the papers including optional subjects.
  8. No candidate shall be called for the personality / viva-voce test unless he attains atleast forty five percent marks in the aggregate of all the written papers and a score of minimum (33%) marks each in English and Hindi Language (compulsory papers). The final selection shall be based on the merit list to be prepared on the basis of the total marks obtained by the candidates in the Main (Written) Examination and Personality / Viva- Voce Test i.e. out of 675 marks and keeping in view the preference of services exercised by the candidates. The candidates shall write their answers in Hindi or English (except the language or literature papers). The papers of General Knowledge and optional subjects unless otherwise directed, shall be answered either in Hindi language or English language but no candidate shall be permitted to answer any one paper partly in Hindi and partly in English. The candidates shall not be allowed the option to answer these papers in any other medium except Hindi Language or literature papers shall be set bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi.
  9. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as viva- voce/interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.
  10. If the total marks of Main Written Examination and Personality Test/ Viva-voce obtained by two or more candidates are equal, the candidate securing higher marks in the compulsory papers of Main Written examination shall be considered higher in merit. If the total marks of compulsory papers of such candidates are still equal, then the candidate older in age will be considered higher in merit.



The aim of the paper is to test the candidate‘s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly in English.

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:


  • Precise Writing
  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Essay
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • General Grammar / Composition Essay—

Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.


(in Devnagri script)

  • Translation of an English passage into
  • Letter / precise writing
  • Explanation of Hindi passage (pose and poetry) in the same
  • Composition (idioms, corrections )
  • Essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be


The nature and standard of questions in these papers will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate‘s general awareness of a variety of subject which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.

Part I

  • History of Modern India and Indian Culture

The ‗History of Modern India‘ will cover history of the country from about the middle of the nineteenth

century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to ‗Indian Culture‘ will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times.

  • Geography of India

In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social geography of India.

  • Indian Polity

This part will include questions on the Constitution of India, Political system and related matters.

  • Current National issues and topics of social relevance

This part is intended to test the Candidate‘s awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance in the present-day India, such as the following: Demography and Human Resources & related issues. Behavioural and social issues and social welfare problems, such as child labour, gender equality, adult literacy, rehabilitation of the handicapped and other deprived segments of the society, drug abuse, public health etc. Law enforcement issues, human rights, corruption in public life, communal harmony etc. Internal Security and related issues. Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage. The role of national institutions, their relevance and need for change.

Part II

  • India and the World

This part is intended to test candidate‘s awareness of India‘s relationship with the world in various spheres,

such as the following:-

Foreign Affairs. External Security and related matters. Nuclear Policy. Indian abroad

  • Indian Economy

In this part, questions will be on the planning and economic development in India, economic and trade issues, foreign trade, the role and functions of I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O. etc.

  • International Affairs &

This part will include a questions on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.

  • Developments in the field of science and technology, communications and

In this part, questions will test the candidate‘s awareness of the developments in the field of science and technology, communications and space and also basic ideas of computers.

  • Statistical analysis, graphs and

This part will include exercises to test the candidate‘s ability to draw common sense conclusions from information persented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.

Paper IV and V will be your optional subject.

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