In order to bring parity with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has adopted the final draft of the “micro-level syllabus” to switch over from the Himachal Administrative Services (HAS) pattern to the IAS pattern.
From January 2017, the state cabinet approved new pattern for HAS will come into force.
HAS Chairman K S Tomar explained that the sample papers of the new syllabus have also been approved by the commission after discussion with Himachal Pradesh University and Central University experts.
The exam will be divided in two parts of 200 marks each:
- General Test
- Aptitude Test.
To qualify the aptitude test, one needs to score a minimum of 33 per cent marks.
To qualify the main exam, the candidate will have to sit for a paper of English and Hindi of 100 marks each with 40 percent as the qualifying marks.
The exam has been divided in the following manner:
- Three papers of General Studies of 200 marks each
- One paper of English Essay of 100 marks
- Paper 1 and 2 of Optional Subjects of 200 marks
- Interview of 150 marks.
The total marks is 1050.
According to the chairman, the new pattern won’t favor the students who earlier used to score good marks in two optional subjects.