HPSC HCS Exam 2021 Detailed Syllabus and Exam Pattern of Prelims and Mains – HPSC HCS Exam 2021: See here syllabus and pattern of exam, will be negative marking


The HPSC HCS 2020-21 exam will be conducted on the basis of the new exam pattern of UPSC Preliminary Examination. As per the new rules, the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper will only be eligible from now on and the candidates need to secure 33% marks to pass in this paper. The marks secured in this paper will not be considered for HCS Prelims result, read here to know the pattern of each stage of HPSC HCS Exam 2020-21.

HCS Prelims Exam- There will be two papers. These papers will be of 100 marks.

HCS Mains Exam- There will be 5 papers and the exam will be of 600 marks.

HCS Personality Test- These will be 75 marks.

How will be the exam

The HPSC HCS exam is a three-stage exam and the exam pattern is different for each stage. The HCS Prelims exam is the first stage of the HCS exam and is qualified in nature.

This means that the marks obtained in the HCS Prelims exam are not considered in the final merit. The HCS Prelims exam is an objective type examination consisting of two papers.

As per the new rules, the result of HCS Prelims will be declared only on the basis of marks obtained in General Studies paper and the CST paper will be passed in nature. Candidates are required to get 33% marks on CST paper. There is a provision for negative marking in HCS Prelims Exam. For each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from the candidate’s marks.

HPSCHSC is the most important part of the Mains Examination as the marks obtained in Mains will determine the rank of the candidate in the final merit list.

Let me tell you, there are 5 papers in the Mains exam which consists of two optional papers. In 23 subjects, a candidate can choose two subjects as elective. The HPSC Mains exam is a descriptive type of exam.

Personality test

Candidates who pass the prelims and mains exam will be given a chance to take the personality test. Candidates who pass this exam will be offered various job positions under HPSC according to their rank.


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