Syllabus: HPSC (Haryana Public Service Commission) Exam

Pattern of the HPSC Examination (Based on a Comment from Balwant. Please don't consider this to be authoritative):

The HPSC (Haryana Public Service Commission) examination consist of:

(i) A written examination in compulsory and optional subjects mentioned below; and

(ii) Viva-Voce

Compulsory and Optional Subjects for HCS Exam:

Written Examination will be conducted from the following subjects:

Compulsory Subjects:

(1) English and English Essay (150 marks)

(2) Hindi and Hindi Essay (150 marks)

(3) General Knowledge (150 marks)

Optional Subjects:

Candidates may choose any three of the following subjects:

History (Choose any one from Sr. No. 1 to 4):

1. Indian History up to 1000 AD or

2. Indian History from 1000 to 1707 AD or

3. Indian History from 1707 to 1620 AD or

4. History of Europe (Including England)

Mathematics and Stat (Choose any TWO from Sr. No. 5 to 7):

5. Mathematics I

6. Mathematics II

7. Statistics

8. Economics

9. Physics

10. Chemistry

11. Botany

12. Zoology

Philosophy and Psychology (Choose any one from Sr. No. 13 to 14):

13. Philosophy

14. Psychology

Law (Choose any one from Sr. No. 15 to 17):

15. Criminal Law or

16. Civil Law or

17. Personal law

18. Political Science

19. Geography

20. Agriculture

21. Geology

22. Sociology

Commerce (Choose any one from Sr. No. 23 to 25):

23. Trade and transport or

24. Advance Accountany and Auditing or

25. Business Organisation and Management

26. English Literature

Languages (Choose one subjects from Sr. No 27 to 32)

27. Persian

28. Sanskrit

29. French

30. Urdu Language and Literature

31. Hindi Literature

32. Punjabi Literature

33. Public Administration

Syllabus for HCS Compulsory Subjects:

1. English and English Essay:

Questions to test the candidate's capacity to understand and write good English. The paper will comprise precis writing expansion, tests in vocabulary and any other form of composition that may be suitable.

2. Hindi and Hindi Essay (in Devnagri Script):

(i) Translation of an English passage into Hindi.

(ii) Explanation of Hindi passage into prose & poetry in the same language.

(iii) Composition (idioms, corrections etc)

3. General Knowledge including Everyday Science:

This paper is intended to test the candidate's knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientist aspect as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions of historical, geographical and economic importance, with special reference to Haryana.

4. Viva-Voce:

The Viva-voce will be to test the personal qualities of the candidate. This test will be in matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidates alertness, intelligence and general outlook. Consideration will also be paid to the bearing and physique of the candidate. It will be conducted either in Hindi or in English depending upon the option exercised by a candidate.

Syllabus for HCS Optional Subjects:

1. Indian History:

History of India upto 1000 AD or History of India from 1000 to 1707 AD or History of India from 1707 to 1920 AD

2. History of Europe (including England):

History of Europe From 1789-1938.

3. Mathematics I:

Statistics, Dynamics, Analytical plane geometry, Trigonometry, Pure Geometry and Analytical Solid Geometry

4. Mathematics II:

Algebra, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Analysis including infinite Series.

5. Statistics:

(i) Presentation of Data.

(ii) Measures of Central Tendency and Diversion.

(iii) Elementary Probability Theory.

(iv) Standard Distributions.

(v) Random Sampling.

(vi) Tests of significance in Small and Large Samples.

(vii) Point Estimation.

(viii) Correlation and Regression.

(ix) Quality Control.

6. Economics

(i) Nature and scope of Economics systems and their functions.

(ii) Micro Economic Analysis; National Income and Expenditure, Major Determinants of Income and Employment.

(iii) Micro Economic Analysis; Demand Analysis, Price Formation under various Market Categories, Distributive shares.

(iv) Structure of Indian Economy

(a) Sectoral distribution of working force.

(b) Problems of Agricultural Development and Reorganization.

(c) Industrial Development policy.

(d) India's Foreign Trade and Payments.

(e) India's Five Year Plans.

7. Physics:

Property and structure of matter, sound, heat, light, electricity and magnetism and elements of modern Physics.

8. Chemistry:

Physical, Inorganic and Organic.

9. Botany:

Thallophyta, Broyophyta, Pteridophyta, Pehanero gams, Physiology, Ecology and General Biology including Cytology and Genetics.

10. Zoology:

The classification, bionomics, morphology, life history and relationship of nonchrodates and chordates, with special reference to Indian forms. Functional morphology (from structure and function) of the integument endoskeleton locomotion, feeding, blood circulation, respiration osmoregulation, nervous system, receptors and reproduction, element of vertebrate embryology. Evolution, evidence, theories and their modern interpretations, Mendalian inheritance and mutation. Structure of Animal cell, basic principles of cytology and genetics, adaption and distribution.

11. Philosophy:

This paper will include-Logic, Ethics and Elements of Mataphysics. Definition, Deductive inference Scientific Methods, Classification, Theories of knowledge, Standard of Morality, Social Ethics, Idealism, Pragmatism, Existentialism; Logical Analysis.

12. Psychology:

This paper will include topics from general Experimental and Abnormal psychology. The nature and. different stand points in Psychology, Personality, methods of Assessment and diagnoses. Concept of Abnormality, general causes, Classification, Etiology and treatment.

13. Law:

Criminal law or Civil law or Personal Law, Indian Penal Code.

The Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.


Civil Law

Civil Procedure code and the Indian Evidence Act.


Personal Law

General principles of Hindu Law, Mohammadan Law and Punjab Customary Law as modified by States.

14. Political Science:

Part I:

State, its nature, origin and development, purposes and functions of the State; Sovereignty and Law, Liberty, Equality and Rights; Nationalism and Nation State; Imperialism, Internationalism, Organisation and working of the U.N.O. and Special Agencies, Regional Organisations.

Theories: Liberalism, Democracy, Idealism, Anarchism, Marxism and Communism, Democratic Socialism Fascism, Welfare State, Gandhian Philosophy and Sarvodaya.

Part II: Forms and Organs of Government Electrical Systems, Federalism, Organisation and Working of Executive legislature and Judiciary, Civil Services, Administrative Tribunals, Referendum and Initiative, Delegated Legislation, Political Parties and Pressure Groups. Public Opinion, Organisation and working of the Government of India, Britain, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.

15. Geography

(i) Physical basis of Geography of the world.

(ii) Regional and Economic Geography of the world with special reference to India.

16. Agriculture:

Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

17. Geology:

Physical and Structural Geology, Stratigraphy, Palaeontology, Petrology, Mineralogy and Economic Geology.

18. Sociology:

(i)The Nature, scope and method of Sociology, Sociology and the Social Sciences, the Nature of Human Society.

(ii) The concept of Social Relationship, Status and Role; Major Types of Groups; Major Social Institutions. The concept of Social Action.

(iii) Basic Social Processes, Social Stratification, Social Control Socialization.

(iv) Social change, Indian social institutions and their changing pattern.

19. Commerce Trade and Transport.


Advanced Accountancy and Auditing.


Business Organisation Management.

20. English Literature:

Candidates will be expected to show a General Knowledge of the History of English Literature from the time os Spencer to the end of the reign of Queen Victoria with special reference to works of the following authors:

Shakespeare, Milton, Johnson, Carlyle, Dickens. Words worth, Keats Tennyson, Dardey.

Evidence of first hand reading will be required.

21. Persian:

Translation from the language into English and from English in to the language, composition on one or more specified subjects. Question may be asked on the Grammar of the language.

22. Sanskrit:

Candidates will be expected to show a General knowledge of the history of Sanskrit Literature with special reference to:

(a) The Upnishads, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata;

(b) The works of Kalidasa, Bhasa and Asvaghosha; and

(c) Dasakumara Charita, the Panchtantra Hitopadesha.

Knowledge of first hand reading will be required thereof.

Knowledge of the Language will be tested by such exercises as translation from the language into English and vice-versa, composition on one or more specified subjects, use of idioms etc.

23. French:

In addition to the knowledge of French grammar and composition the candidates are expected to know History of French literature from the origin of French literature to the beginning of the first Great War (1914).

24. Urdu Language and Literature:

(a) Language-The knowledge of Urdu language will be tested by exercises such as an essay, translation from English into Urdu and vice-versa and the use of Urdu idioms.

(b) Literature-Candidates will be expected to show a general knowledge of History of Urdu literature with special reference to the works of the following authors: Ghalib, Zauk and Hali.

Evidence of first hand reading will be required.

25. Hindi Literature:

Candidates will be expected to show a general knowledge of the History of Hindi literature from Vira Gatha Kal to the modern period with special reference to the following authors: Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas, Bihari, Harish Chandra Prasad, Prem Chand.

Evidence of first hand reading will be required.

26. Punjabi Literature:

Candidates will be expected to show a general knowledge of the History of Punjabi literature from the time of Sheikh Farid to the end of the reign of Maharaja Dari and to the end of the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with special reference to the works of the following authors: Sheikh Farid, Guru Nanak, Shah Hussain, Bhai Gurdas, PuratanJanam Sakhi Damodar, Buleh Shah, Waris Shah, Hasham Shah.

Evidence of first hand reading will be required.

27. Public Administration:

Nature, scope and the significance of the study of Public Administration.

Public Administration and other Social Sciences, Methodology, Politic-Socioeconomic-Development and Public Administration.

Role of Chief Executive Union Cabinet and Co-ordination of Public Administration.

Forms of Organisation department, Public Corporation, Commission and Board, Administrative Organisation in India.

Direction, Communication, Decentralis­ation, Deconcentration Co-ordination. Methods, Role of O and M Units in an Organisation.

Public Relations.

Objectives of Personnel Admin­istration; aspects of Personnel Administration Recruitment Public Service Commission, Training, Terms of Employment, Moral Discipline.

Financial Administration, Financial Organisation, Budgetary Operations and Control: Audit; Parliamentary Control over Financial Management. Delegated Legislation; Administrative Tribunals.

Accountability of Public Administration to Legislature, Public Administration, Political Parties, Pressure Groups and the People.

Judicial Control over Public Administration.

National Planning in India, Planning Organisation; Administration of Development Programmes. Administrative aspects of Indian Federalism.

Local Self-Government and Administration-Rural and Urban in India.

Standard of Examination:

The standard and contents of examination shall be similar to those of B.A. and B.Sc. Examination of the Punjab University except that in the case of following papers the standard will be indicated against each:

(1) Law LLB.: Degree Standard

(2) Agriculture: BSc. (Agriculture) Standard

(3) Urdu language and literature, Hindi literature and Punjabi Literature: B.A. (Hons.) Standard

(4) Commerce: B.Com. Standard.

Durations of the Exam:

All the papers are of three hours duration.


The candidate shall have the option to answer the papers of General Knowledge and three optional subjects either in English or in Hindi medium but no candidate is permitted to answer any of their papers partly in Hindi and partly in English.


  1. hi....
    can anybody tell me abt the hcs pattern??
    wen is hpsc 2010 xam??

    • i heard that the forms for HCS will be available next month....even i am waiting for those....Nidhi, how are u r preparations going btw ?

  2. hi...
    i want 2 prepare for haryana state civil service.i m in b-tech 2nd year with cse.
    please send me full knowledge and syllabus.plaese help me.i will be very thankfull 2 u..

  3. hi friends,hcs mains would be around 15th of aug

  4. when is the hpsc mains........pls inform

    • when is HCS main ???any date has come out or not?????

  5. hi everybody

    congrats to all who have cleared pre exam 09
    but could pls anybody can give an idea as to if this exam going to be held every yr so that we can prepare for 2010

    pls reply if anybody has infor


  6. When will HCS(Exe.) Mains held? any date or Time Table?

  7. hi everybody is there anyone who send me syllabus of history n internationalrelation.thanx.(for mains)

  8. I hv qualified Haryana pre 2009.want last years papers of geog n pub ad. thnx

  9. hi i m totally confused about the pattern for hcs main exam u have given.last time three compulsary papers were of 100 marks each n inspite of 3 there were 2 optional papers of 150 marks each. is this a latest pattern u have provided or just its ur guess with no authenticity. Plz respond


    • does any one know the site to see the marks in the newspaper it says no site exists like this....any one hav any info on this ??

  11. Hi Guys

    You can check result of HCS-2009 prelims in Dainik Bhasker of Dated 03/05/2009. I mean in todays edition.

    Result is Highly manipulated!!!!!!!!
    Cut Off for General-119

    • Thank you for the heads up..

  12. any update on result....and will this exam happen every year now onwards????

    • Hi Ajay

      Who told you that HCS is going to Happen every year????

  13. Hi!
    I'm keen to see the result of HCS..sO, WHEN IT WILL BE DECLARED...As I have heard it vil be within 48 hrs..

  14. I heard that result of HPSC Prelms 2009 was going to be announced within 48 hours after the exams i.e. on 26.04.09, since CM Sahib said that before people call me for favours I would like the result to come out. Can someone tell me what is the reality? or what is the latest? When the Result is expected.

  15. Now that the HPSC exams r over I want to take the plunge for 2010 exams. Anybody here from Gurgaon and can let me know if there is a coaching centre [good one] where I can drop in around the early morning & late evenings.

    I am working and I cannot leave my job.. so have to do both the things together

  16. HI


  17. Hi,
    Can anybody tell me when the results is going to appear

  18. when should we expect our result

  19. Hi..

    how was the prelims exm....when can we expect the results for the prelims

  20. please send my i card of pre exm 2009 of haryana civil servics.

  21. i have not find my admit card

  22. for any detail


    Bays 1-10, Sector-4,Panchkula

  23. no miss ruby ,

    i have got my admit card

    paper is finel it's on 26/04/09

    there r two exams one of g.k at 11am to 1pm

    optional subject at 3pm to 5pm

  24. m hearin dt haryana civil service exam cn be postponed... do u hv any idea... is it rumour?

  25. hiiiiiiiii,

    i have got my admit card

  26. i havent got ma admit card yet???......wen are we supposed to gt it???? n what is the center...ANYbODY PLZZZ lemme know!!!!

    • Hi Kusum

      can u send me syllabus for HPSC, and also can u also guide on some previous years exam . paper.

      Thanks and Regards

      • Hi Parven!
        Can u suggest me any site from where previous years HCS (Pre) papers could be downloaded?

  27. i havent get ma admit card yet???......wen are we supposed to gt thm???? n what is the center...ANYbODY PLZZZ lemme know!!!!

  28. plz anyboby tell me the date of haryana civil service exam2009

    • 26 april 2009,,good luck


    • date of exam is 26-04-9

    • exam date is on 26 th april. Its sure and confirmed. Had recently talked to the controller of exams nad confirmed the same.

  30. which web site i will get rajastan public service 2009 public administration questions and including all states question ?

  31. it was a good explanation about the haryana civil services exam and it will be great if you can please send me some more information like the question pattern wether they will be multiple choice and the duration of the exam

  32. dear sir, thanks to facility of hpsc exams but i think so it was not required. you know why very well?

  33. hi all ...the HCS exam is on the 12th of April according to my sources....

    take care bye...

  34. thanks dear , for submitting the detail. If anyone know abt date of exam plz tell amd also pattern of pre. exam

  35. hi friends...

    when is the HCS exam pease tell me ....

    and is there negative marking in prelims ???

    • hi soumya singh, the date of the prelm.examas is 26-april
      sandeep hisar

  36. hi friends ,

    could anyone tell me the total marks of HPSC judicial paper for prelims

  37. Please provide Information About Written Test and pattern of Paper for Assistant Engineer in Punjab State Electricity Board.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Amandeep kaur


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