HPPSC adopts IAS exam pattern to bring parity with UPSC
SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has finally adopted the final draft of micro-level syllabus to switch to IAS exam pattern. The draft was approved by the state cabinet last week to to bring parity with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The pattern would come into force from 2017.
Tomar said that the Commission also discussed and approved sample papers of new syllabus which had been approved by the experts from Himachal Pradesh University and Central University. He said that the new micro syllabus alongwith the sample papers have been uploaded on website of the Commission He said that switching over to new civil services examination pattern was a major milestone in history of the Commission. He said that the State Government accorded full support to the Commission to achieve this goal and the new pattern was likely to be adopted by other State Public Service Commissions of the country.
Preliminary examination would have two papers of 200 marks each, one of general studies and another of aptitude. Minimum 33% qualifying marks have been fixed for aptitude test. Merit for qualifying preliminary exam would be on the basis of marks obtained in general studies paper.
Main examination would include English and Hindi papers of 100 marks each with minimum 40% qualifying marks and three papers of general studies of 200 marks each, one paper of English essay (100 marks) and paper 1 and 2 of optional subjects (200 marks).
The decision will ensure a level playing field, which was earlier loaded in favour of those candidates who scored high marks in two optional subjects. Now, performance in Common General Studies Papers carrying 600 marks would determine the merit more than the optional subject, which would carry only 200 marks, he said.