HPSC HCS Prelims Pattern, Syllabus and Question Papers PDF Download

Haryana HPSC HCS question paper / practice solved test / previous year papers is the reflection of what is expected from the candidates. The candidates can understand the difficulty level of the HCS exam and plan their preparation accordingly. The HPSC HCS exam consists of the Prelims and Main exam and both the exam-stages are important. The previous year question papers / practice mock tests can help in the HCS preparation in various ways. They can be utilised as a mock test if solved in a time-bound manner. This will give an exam like condition to the candidate and hence help them to manage the anxiety levels at the time of the real exam.

HPSC HCS Prelims Question Papers / Practice Test

25 Practice Test in Hindi for Haryana HPSC HCS Prelims 2021 General Studies Paper – Click here

30 Practice Test in English for Haryana HPSC HCS Prelims 2021 General Studies Paper – Click here

Download – HPSC HCS Prelims GS 2019 solved paper – Click here

Download – HPSC HCS Prelims GS 2014 question paper – Click here

About HCS

The Haryana Civil Services (HCS) Exam is a combined competitive examination conducted by the Haryana Public Services Commission (HPSC) aimed at recruiting prospective candidates to various administrative portfolios and services like

(i) Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch)

(ii) Deputy Superintendent of Police

(iii) Excise and Taxation Officer

(iv) Distt. Food and Supplies Controller

(v) A‘ Class Tehsildar

(vi) Assistant Registrar Co-operative Societies

(vii) Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer

(viii) Block Development and Panchayat Officer

(ix) Traffic Manager

(x) District Food & Supplies Officer

(xi) Assistant Employment Officer etc.

HPSC HCS Exam 2021 Pattern

HCS (Ex. Br.) & Other Allied Services Examination will consist of 3 successive stages.

Preliminary Examination (for screening only)

It shall comprise of two papers: Total 200 Marks (Objective type / Multiple Choices)

Paper – IGeneral Studies  100 Marks
Paper – IICivil Services Aptitude Test    100 Marks

Note 1:

  1. Both the Question papers shall be of objective type (multiple choices) questions and each paper shall be of two hours duration.
  2. Both the Question papers shall be set bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi.
  3. For each wrong answer, one fourth (0.25) mark shall be deducted.
  4. The Paper – II i.e. Civil Services Aptitude Test shall be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  5. The result of preliminary examination shall be based on the marks obtained in Paper – I only, provided that the candidate has scored 33% marks in Civil Services Aptitude Test (Paper – II).

Note 2:

  • The Preliminary Examination is only for short listing of category wise candidates on the basis of marks obtained by them in the subject of General Studies (Paper – I) only, provided that the candidate has scored 33% marks in Civil Services Aptitude Test (Paper – II).The marks obtained in Preliminary Examination will not be counted towards final selection.

Note 3:

  • Based on the Preliminary Examination result, candidates twelve (12) times the number of advertised posts including bracketed candidates, if any, in order of merit, will be admitted to the Main Examination.

Note 4:

  • The candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Main Examination will have to submit scanned documents/certificates in support of date of birth, category {viz. SC/ BCA/ BCB /EWS/ ESM / DESM / DFF /ESP/ PWD} and educational qualification online after the declaration of the result of Preliminary Examination.

Note 5:

The syllabus for the Preliminary Examination is available on the website http://hpsc.gov.in/en-us/

HPSC HCS Main Written Examination

It shall comprise of four papers: Total   600 Marks

Paper –IEnglish (including English Essay)   ( One Paper)100 Marks
Paper –IIHindi (including Hindi Essay)   ( One Paper)100 Marks
Paper -IIIGeneral Studies200 Marks
Paper –IVOne optional subject200 Marks

List of optional subjects for the HCS Main Written Examination is given below.

Sr. No.SubjectCode No.
ii)Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science02
vi)Civil Engineering06
vii)Commerce and Accountancy07
ix)Electrical Engineering09
x)English Literature10
xiii)Hindi Literature (in Devnagri Script)13
xiv)Indian History14
xviii)Mechanical Engineering18
xix)Medical Science19
xxii)Political Science and International Relations22
xxiv)Public Administration24
xxv)Punjabi Literature25
xxviii)Sanskrit Literature28

Note 1.The candidates are directed to opt/ select only one optional subject out of the above 29 optional subjects, in which they want to appear in the Main at the time of filling the application form.

Note 2. It should be noted that no change in the optional subject so opted will be allowed at any stage.

C) List of Compulsory Subjects with their codes for the Main Written Examination is given below.

Name of the Subject                                                            Code No

English (including English Essay)                                                30

Hindi (including Hindi Essay) in Devanagari script                     31

General Studies                                                                             32

Note 1: The Main Written examination shall comprise of four papers of conventional/ essay type which shall be of three hours duration each.

Note 2: The candidates shall write their answers in Hindi or English except in language or literature papers. The papers in General Knowledge and optional subjects unless otherwise directed, shall be answered either in Hindi language or in English language depending upon the option exercised by a candidate but no candidate shall be permitted to answer any one paper partly in Hindi or partly in English. The candidates shall not be allowed the option to answer these papers in any other medium.

Note 3: Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, they will be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them. However, Visually Handicapped candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. The prior permission of the Commission is required for the same. The eligibility conditions in this regard have been given at Sr. No. 18. Permission of the scribe inside the examination hall and the manner in which and the extent to which he / she can help the candidate in writing the examination shall be decided by the Commission only.

Note 4: No candidate shall be called for the Viva-voce / Personality Test unless he / she obtains at least forty five percent (45%) marks in the aggregate of all written papers and a score of minimum thirty three percent (33%) marks each in Hindi (including Hindi Essay) in Devnagari script and English (including English essay) papers (compulsory papers).

Note 5: Candidates are not permitted to bring and use calculator in Examination Hall for Main Written Examination.

Note 6: Candidates will not be provided bare Acts in the paper of Law, nor will they be allowed to bring a copy of any bare Act for the use in Examination Hall.

Note 7: Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

Note 8: The syllabus for the Main Examination is available on the website of the Commission i.e. http://hpsc.gov.in/en-us/

Personality Test / Viva-voce – 75 Marks

  1. Candidates thrice (three times) the number of advertised posts including bracketed candidates, if any, in order of merit in the main written examination will be called for Personality Test (Viva-voce).
  2. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board. He/She will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the suitability of the candidate for a career in public service, by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance or judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
  3. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
  4. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them, both within and outside their own State or country, as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

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 Viva / Personality Test i.e. out of 675 marks, and keeping in view the preference of services/ posts exercised by the candidates.



  • General Science
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography.
  • Indian Culture,
  • Indian Polity and Indian Economy.
  • General Mental Ability.
  • Haryana–Economy and people.
  • Social, economic and cultural institutions and language of Haryana.

Questions on General Science will cover General appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everyday observation and experience, as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline. In current events, knowledge of significant national and international events will be tested.

In History of India, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects.

Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence.

In Geography, emphasis will be on Geography of India.

Questions on the Geography of India will relate to physical, social and economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources.

Questions on Indian Polity and Economy will test knowledge on the country‘s political system and Constitution of India, Panchayati Raj, social systems and economic developments in India.

On general mental ability, the candidates will be tested on reasoning and analytical abilities.


  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude, etc. – Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)



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 Devnagari script)

  • Translation of and English passage into Hindi.
  • Letter/Precise writing.
  • Explanation of Hindi passage (prose and poetry) in the same language.
  • Composition (idioms, correction etc.).
  • Essay on a specific topic: The choice of subjects will be given


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.


(a) 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.

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

(c) Indian Polity This part will include questions on the Constitution of India, Political system and related matters.

(d) 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. Behavioral 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.


(a) 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 and Indian abroad

(b) 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.

(c) International Affairs & Institutions. This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.

(d) Developments in the field of science and technology, communications and space. 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.

(e) Statistical analysis graphs and diagrams. This part will include exercises to test the candidate‘s ability to draw common sense conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.

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HPSC or Haryana (PSC) or HCS is conducted to recruit eligible candidates for various administrative service posts in Haryana. It is a combined competitive exam conducted by the Government of Haryana for recruitment to the post of Deputy Collector, Deputy Minority Welfare Officer, and DSP & Jail Superintendent etc.

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