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HPSC HCS Exam Pattern For Prelims, Mains & Complete details

HPSC HCS Syllabus 2024

The syllabus for the Haryana Civil Services (HCS) examination 2024, conducted by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC), provides a comprehensive framework outlining the subjects and topics candidates need to cover for this state-level exam.

Structured to assess candidates’ knowledge, analytical skills, and general awareness, the syllabus includes sections such as General Studies, Aptitude, and various optional subjects. The General Studies section encompasses subjects like Indian Polity, Economy, History, Geography, and Current Affairs.

The Aptitude section evaluates candidates’ logical reasoning and numerical abilities. Aspirants are advised to thoroughly acquaint themselves with the detailed HPSC HCS Syllabus 2024 to craft an effective and targeted preparation strategy aligned with the specific demands of the examination.

HPSC HCS Syllabus 2024 – Overview

Organization Haryana Public Service Commission
Exam Name HPSC HCS 2024-25
Recruitment Stages
  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview
Category Syllabus
Exam Mode Online
Job Location Haryana
Official Website hpsc.gov.in

HCS Prelims Exam 2024 Syllabus

Prelims exam is the first stage of the Haryana Civil Service selection process. In the Prelims, there are two papers – General Studies and CSAT. Each paper carries 100 marks. General Studies tests your knowledge of history, polity, economy, environment, etc. CSAT checks logical reasoning abilities, decision making skills, data interpretation skills.

The time duration for each paper is 2 hours. You must pass both papers to qualify for the Mains stage. The Prelims stage is only a qualifying exam. Marks scored in Prelims are not counted in the final merit list. Candidates must secure minimum qualifying marks in Prelims set by the HPSC to be eligible for the next round.

HPSC HCS Prelims Exam Pattern

Paper Subjects Total Marks Time Duration
Paper I General Studies 100 2 hours
Paper II Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 100 2 hours
  Total 200 4 hours

HCS Prelims Exam 2024 Syllabus Detailed

Paper- I: General Studies
1. General Science
2. Current events of national and international importance
3. History of India and Indian National Movement
4. Indian and World Geography
5. Indian Culture, Indian Polity, and Indian Economy
6. General Mental Ability
7. Haryana-Economy and people. Social, economic, and Cultural Institutions and Language of Haryana
Paper 2: CSAT
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills, including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude, etc.-Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X-level)

Note – CSAT is meant as a qualifying paper, with the marks gained not contributing to the final ranking. However, in order to be eligible for subsequent consideration, candidates must receive at least 33% in this paper. For the candidate’s information, the HPSC HCS Paper-II curriculum is listed below.

HPSC HCS Mains Exam Pattern 2024

HPSC HCS Mains Exam Pattern 2024
Paper No. Subject Marks Time
Paper-I English (Including Essay) 100 3 Hours
Paper-II Hindi (Including Essay) 100 3 Hours
Paper-III General Studies 200 3 Hours
Paper-IV Optional Subject 200 3 Hours

HPSC HCS Main Exam Syllabus 2024

Compulsory Subject
The aim of the paper is to test the candidate‘s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express
his ideas: clearly and correctly in English.
The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows:
(i) Precis Writing
(ii) Comprehension of given passages
(iii) Essay
(iv) Usage and Vocabulary
(v) General Grammar/Composition
Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective, and exact expression.
(i) Translation of and English passage into Hindi.
(ii) Letter/Precis writing.
(iii) Explanation of Hindi passage (prose and poetry) in the same language.
(iv) Composition (idioms, correction etc.).
(v) Essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given.

The nature and standard questions in these papers will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate‘s general awareness of a variety of subject which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.


(a) History of Modern India and Indian Culture
The History of Modern India, will cover history of the country from about the middle of the nineteenth century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to Indian Culture‘ will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times.

(b) Geography of India
In this part, questions will on the physical, economic and social geography of India.

(c) Indian Polity
This part will include questions on the Constitution of India, Political system and related matters.

Current National issues and topics of social relevance.
This part is intended to test the candidate‘s awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance in the present-day India, such as the following : Demography and Human Resources and related issues. Behavioural and social issues and social welfare problems, such as child labour, gender equality, adult literacy, rehabilitation of the handicapped and other deprived segments of the society, drug abuse, public health etc. Law enforcement issues, human rights, corruption in public life, communal harmony etc. Internal Security and related issues. Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage. The role of national institutions, their relevance and need for change.


(a) India and the World
This part is intended to test candidate‘s awareness of India‘s relationship with the world in various
spheres, such as the following:-
Foreign Affairs External Security and related matters. Nuclear Policy. Indian abroad.

(b) Indian Economy
In this part, questions will be on the planning and economic development in India, economic and trade
issues foreign trade, the role and functions of I.M.F. world Bank, W.T.O. etc.

(c) International Affairs and Institutions.
This part will include question on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.

(d) Developments in the field of science and technology, communications and space. In this part, questions will test the candidate‘s awareness of the developments in the field of science and technology, communications and space and also basic ideas computers.

(e) Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams
This part will include exercises to test the candidate‘s ability to draw common sense conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical from and to point out deficiencies, limitations or inconsistencies therein.

  • One optional subject has to be chosen by the candidate from the list given in notification.
  • The detailed syllabus of optional subject is given in the notification.
  • List of 23 Optional Subjects for Main Examination are:
      • Agriculture
      • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
      • Botany
      • Chemistry
      • Civil Engineering
      • Commerce and Accountancy
      • Economics
      • Electrical Engineering
      • English Literature
      • Geography
      • Hindi Literature (in Devanagari Script)
      • Indian History
      • Law
      • Mathematics
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Physics
      • Political Science and International Relations
      • Psychology
      • Public Administration
      • Punjabi Literature
      • Sociology
      • Sanskrit Literature
      • Zoology 

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