The Allied Services Examination conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) is an important recruitment process for various administrative positions within the state government of Himachal Pradesh. The examination is designed to select candidates for different posts that fall under the umbrella of Allied Services in the state.

Key features of the Allied Services Examination conducted by HPPSC:

  1. Recruitment Scope:

The examination aims to fill vacancies in various Allied Services, which include positions like Excise Taxation Inspector, Cooperative Society Inspector, Election Kanungo, Extension Officer (Industries) and other subordinate administrative position.

  1. Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must fulfill certain eligibility criteria, such as educational qualifications and age limits, as specified by HPPSC for the Allied Services Examination. See official notification at last of this page.

HPPSC Allied Services Syllabus & Pattern

The HPPSC Allied Services Examination is divided into two phases, the prelims and the Main Examination. The HPPSC Allied Services Syllabus 2020 for Prelims and the main examination are quite different for both the papers. The below table holds the complete details of the HPPSC Allied Services Syllabus for both parts.

HPPSC Allied Services Syllabus for Screening and Mains.

For Screening TestSyllabus
Paper-I (General Knowledge based on Himachal Pradesh, Modern history, General awareness and current affairs)
  • History, Geography and Socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh
  • Knowledge of current events of national and international importance.
  • Indian National Movement and History of India.
  • Indian Polity and governance-constitution, political system, Panchayati Raj, Public policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • General issues on environmental ecology, Biodiversity and climate change which don’t require any subject specialisation.
  • General Science.
  • Social-economic geography of India and the world and questions on Mahatma Gandhi teachings.


For Mains ExamSyllabus
Paper-I English (Conventional)
  • Candidates will have to answer the questions checking their English language and usage of words
  • Precis Writing
  • English composition letter/Application/Report/Note writing.
  • Comprehension of Unseen passages.
Paper-II Hindi (Conventional)
  • Translation of English Passage into Hindi.
  • Explanation of Hindi passage in the same language.
  • Composition (Essay, Idioms, Correction,etc.)
Paper-III General Knowledge
  • History, Geography, and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh. Knowledge of current events of National and International importance and matters of everyday observation & experience in the scientific aspects without any specialization in any scientific subject. There will be Modern History of India, Indian culture, Indian polity, Indian economy and Geography of India & questions on Mahatma Gandhi teachings.
  1. Exam Pattern:

The examination typically consists of multiple stages, including a preliminary examination, a main examination, and document verification.

The HPPSC Allied Services exam pattern is different for both parts Prelims as well as the Main examination.

The below table holds all the details of HPPSC Allied Services exam pattern for all the different phases.

HPPSC Allied Services Exam Pattern for Preliminary Examination 

Sr.noSubjectMarks Duration
1History, Geography and socio-economic development of Himachal Pradesh.603 hours
2Knowledge of current events of national and international importance and such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject.60
3Modern History (From 1857 onwards) of India, Indian culture, Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Geography of India, and Disaster Management. Environment and Gender issues and teaching of Mahatma Gandhi.80

HPPSC Allied Services Exam Pattern for Main Examination 

Mains ExamSubject NameTotal MarksExam duration
Paper-IEnglish(Conventional)1503 hours
Paper-IIHindi(Conventional)1503 hours
Paper-IIIGeneral Knowledge2003 hours

Evaluation of the HPPSC Allied Services Examination will be based on certain parameters. The details of which are further detailed in the table given below for your reference:

 Sr.noParameters of EvaluationTotal Marks
1.Written Test:{Percentage of marks obtained in the written test to be calculated out of 85 marks. For example, a candidate getting 50 % marks in a written test will be given 42.5 marks}.85 marks
2.Evaluation of candidates to be made in the following manner:15 marks
(i)Weightage for the minimum educational qualification prescribed in the Recruitment & Promotion Rules: {Percentage of marks obtained in the educational qualification would be multiplied by 0.025. For example, an individual has secured 50 % marks in the required educational qualification, he/she will be allowed 1.25 marks (50×0.025=1.25)}2.5 marks
(ii)Belonging to notified Backward Area or Panchayat, as the case may be.1 mark
(iii)Land less family/ family having land less than 1 Hectare to be certified by the concerned Revenue Authority.1 mark
(iv)Non employment Certificate to the effect that none of the family members is in Government / Semi Government service.1mark
(v)Differently abled persons with more than 40% impairment/disability/ infirmity.1 mark
(vi)NSS (at least one year) /certificate holders in NCC /The Bharat Scout and Guide / Medal winner in National Level sports competitions.1 mark
(vii)BPL family having family annual income (from all sources) below Rs.40,000/- or as prescribed by the Govt. from time to time.2 marks
(viii)Widow/divorced/destitute/single woman.1 mark
(ix)Single daughter/Orphan1 mark
(x)Training of atleast 6 months duration related to the post applied for from a recognised University/Institution1 mark
(xi)Experience upto a maximum of 5 years in Govt./ Semi Govt. Organisation relating to the post applied for (0.5 marks only for each complete year)2.5 marks


Interested candidates need to apply online, filling out the application form and paying the requisite fees within the specified time frame. Click on the button to see the official notification and click on apply Online button at the bottom of this page.