Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC), HCS 2021

The HPSC HCS Prelims exam will be conducted based on the revised HCS Prelims Exam pattern. The HPSC HCS 2021 exam notification was released on February 26.  The HPSC HCS 2021 online application was started on March 3. The HCS 2021 notification was released for 156 vacancies. The number of vacancies for the HCS(Ex.Br.) was 48.

Earlier, the Haryana Government had approved the changes in the HPSC prelims exam 2021 and introduced the negative marking in the HCS prelims exam and made the CSAT paper qualifying only. After these changes, the HPSC HCS prelims exam will be akin to the IAS prelims exam. It will help the candidates to prepare simultaneously for both the exams. Under the new rules, the HPSC HCS Prelims CSAT paper(Paper-II) will be of qualifying in nature and the marks will not be considered for the prelims result. The candidates need to secure 33% marks in the CSAT paper to qualify it. The HPSC HCS 2021 prelims exam will be conducted as per the new exam pattern.



HPSC HCS exam is the most coveted exam of the state conducted by the Haryana Public Service Commission(HPSC). The HPSC conducts the Haryana Civil Services (Exe.) branch exam every year to recruit candidates for the state civil services and the allied services. Recently, the Haryana Government changed the HCS prelims exam pattern and now it is similar to the IAS prelims exam. Haryana Public Service Commission(HPSC) conducts the Haryana Civil Service (HCS) exam to recruit candidates for various state government services. HCS exam is conducted for the following services:

  • Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch)
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police(D.S.P.)
  • Excise and Taxation Officer
  • District Food and Supplies Controller
  • ‘A’ Class Tehsildar
  • Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies
  • Assistant Excise & Taxation Officer
  • Block Development & Panchayat Officer
  • Traffic Manager
  • District Food & Supplies Officer
  • Assistant Employment Officer

HCS exam recruits officers for the state government who are second only to the IAS officers posted in the state. It is the most prestigious exam for the Haryana Public Service Commission and the candidates belonging to Haryana.

HPSC HCS Exam Highlights

Exam NameHaryana Civil Services – HCS
Conducting BodyHaryana Public Service Commission
Geographical Scope of ExamState-level – Haryana
Exam FrequencyOnce in a year
Exam ModeOffline
Exam StagesPrelims + Mains + Interview / Personality Test
Exam LanguageEnglish and Hindi
Exam Helpdesk0172 – 2560755
Official websitehttp://hpsc.gov.in/en-us/

HPSC HCS Eligibility Criteria

Haryana Civil Services eligibility criteria are defined in the HCS notification. The eligibility criteria for the HCS exam define three parameters that a candidate needs to meet before appearing in the HCS exam. These eligibility criteria are defined:

Educational Qualifications Required for HCS

A candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognised university. The candidates appearing in the last year of their graduation degree course can apply but the date of the final year mark sheet or scoresheet should be before the HCS closing date. The degree certificate/ mark sheet should bear the date prior to the HCS closing date. The HCS application closes 30 days after the notification, so it is very difficult to gain the final year mark sheet in that date period. The candidates could be disqualified at a later stage because of this.  

Age limit for HCS Exam

This is a unique feature of this exam because the upper age limit for the unreserved category candidates is 42 years except for D.S.P. posts). The lower age limit is 21 years. The age is counted from January 1 of the exam year. The upper age limit is further relaxed for the reserved categories:

CategoryAge relaxation in Upper Age LimitHighest Age allowed
Backward Class A and B of Haryana only5 years47 years
SC/ST Category5 years47 years
Unmarried Females candidates (including divorced and separated females)3 years45 years
PH and PwD of Haryana10 years50 years
PH and PwD (belonging to SC/ST)15 years55 years

Age Limit and Physical Standards for D.S.P

For the post of Haryana D.S.P, the lower age limit is 21 years, and the upper age limit for the unreserved category candidates is 27 years. 

Category  HeightChest  
Male5’7”(170.18 cm)  33”
Female5’2”(157.50 cm)N/A

Men are required to have Chest with Expansion not less than 34.5”(87.63 cm). No such requirements for females. 

HPSC HCS 2021 Tentative Dates

EventDatesSalient Features
Haryana Civil Services Notification26 Feb 2021The HCS notification will be released
Haryana Civil Services online application commencement date3 Mar 2021The HCS 2021 window was activated for the candidates.
Haryana Civil Services online application end date2 Apr 2021The HCS online application will end on this day
HCS prelims exam30-May-2021(postponed)The HCS prelims exam will be conducted at various centres across Haryana. The HCS admit card will be issued three weeks before the exam.The exam was to be held on May 30, it has been postponed amid COVID-19 surge. 
HCS prelims resultUpdated soonThe HCS prelims result will filter the candidates for the HCS main exam.
HCS main examUpdated soonThe HCS main exam will be conducted in offline mode
HCS main exam resultUpdated soonThe HCS result for the main exam
HCS InterviewUpdated soonThe HCS interview will be conducted
HCS ResultUpdated soonThe HCS final result will be declared.

HPSC HCS 2021 Application

The HPSC HCS 2021 application can be filled online till April 2, 2021. The HPSC released the HCS 2021 notification on February 26 stating the instructions for filling up the HCS 2021 Application online. The candidates can fill the HCS application 2021 online through the official website.

HCS Application Fees

The Haryana Civil Service is the highest exam of the state and the application fee for the HCS application is different for the different candidates.

CategoryApplication fee
1.General category candidates male including Dependent Son of Ex-Serviceman of Haryana and2. For Male candidates of General Category and all reserved categories of other states Rs 1000/-
3. For all Females candidates of General category including Female Dependents of ESM of Haryana only4. For Female candidates of General category and all reserved categories of other  StatesRs 250/-
5. For Male & Female candidates of SC/ BC-A/ BC -B/ ESM categories of Haryana only.Rs 250/-
6. For all PwD i.e. Persons with Disabilities category candidates (with at least 40% disability) of Haryana onlyNIL

Scheme of Examination

The HCS exam is conducted in three stages and the candidates need to clear each exam stage to appear in the next stage. The HCS exam stages as given below.

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personality Test

Stage I: HCS Prelims Exam

HCS Prelims exam is an objective type question paper. This exam has two question papers. First is General Studies I and second is the CSAT. Both the papers carry 100 marks and 100 questions.

The time allotted for each paper is two hours. There is a provision of negative marking in the HCS Prelims exam. For each wrong answer, one fourth (0.25) marks will be deducted. Approximately 12 times the number of vacancies will be declared passed in the HCS Prelims result.

Stage II: HCS Main Exam

HCS Main exam is the second of the three-stage HCS exam process.  The HCS main exam comprises 5 compulsory conventional essay type question papers. The name, marks and time allotted to each paper are given below.

Subject NameMarks AllottedTime allotted
English and English Essay100 marks3 Hours
Hindi Including Hindi Essay in Devnagri Script100 marks3 Hours
General Studies100 marks3 Hours
Optional Subject 1150 marks3 hours
Optional Subject 2150 marks3 hours
 Total = 600 Marks 

Stage III: HCS Personality Test

The interview is the last stage of the HCS exam. HCS personality test comprises 75 marks. The HCS interviews are conducted in Panchkula at the commission’s premises. 
The final merit for Haryana HCS exam is prepared out of the total marks of 675. The candidates need to score in the HPSC HCS main written and interview. The marks of the HCS prelims is not counted for the final merit list.

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