HPAS is one of the most prestigious and tough entrance exams in India. Every year thousands of devoted aspirants appear for this exam. Most dedicated aspirants, studying in HPAS coaching institutes in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, have doubts regarding sources for studying various topics of the huge syllabus prescribed for HPAS. Today we will discuss this topic and all its dimensions in detail. In this blog, we will mention all the relevant books (and multiple options) for HPAS along with the detailed HPAS syllabus. We sincerely hope this will be a detailed topic-wise book list that will help Aspirants and especially new aspirants who don’t know which study material (books) to follow.
Paper 1: General Studies
|Subject||Expected number of questions as|
Per the current trends
|Ancient History + Medieval History + Culture + Modern History||10-20|
|Indian Polity + International Relations||10-12|
|Economic & Social Development||12-18|
|Science + Tech||12-20|
|Environment + Biodiversity||10-12|
|Himachal General Knowledge||20-25|
|Current Events [National + International]||5-10|
|Misc ( Awards, Organizations, etc)||4-5|
Paper 2: General Aptitude Test
|Subject topic||Expected number of questions as|
Per the current trends
|Behavioral Psychology + Interpersonal Skills + Decision Making & Problem Solving||20-25|
|English (Comprehension, blanks)||15|
Time: 2 Hours | Max Marks: 200 | Questions: 100
In Ancient History:
Prehistoric India, Historic India, Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic India, Mahajanapadas, Mauryan Period, Gupta Period etc
In Medieval History :
The Classical Age, Pala Empire, Rashtrakuta Empire, Islam in India, Delhi Sultanate, Vijayanagara Empire, Guru Nanak, Mughals, Arrival of Europeans etc
Visual Arts (Paintings, Architecture, Sculpture), Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama etc), Religions (Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism), Society etc.
In Modern History :
1st War of Independence, Formation of Indian National Congress, Moderates and Extremists, Muslim League, Gandhian Phase, Non-Co-operation Movement, Civil Disobedience Movement, Quit India Movement, Cripps Mission, Cabinet Mission, Mount Batten Plan, Partition of India Indian Constitution etc.
Modern History dominates in this section with 8-10 Questions, although the Number of questions varies each year, so can be 10-20
Constitution, History, Features, Preamble of the Constitution, Union &Territory, Citizenship, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles, Fundamental Duties, President, Vice-president, Prime Minister, Parliament, Supreme Court, Governor, Chief Minister, State Legislature, High Court, Subordinate Courts, Federal System, Center-State Relations, Inter-State Relations, Scheduled and Tribal Areas, Panchayati Raj, Urban Local Governments, Emergency Provisions, Special Status of J& K, Election Commission, UPSC, Finance Commission, CAG of India, AG & SG of India, Subjects of Union, State and Concurrent Lists, Precedence Oaths, Definitions under the Constitution, Constitutional Amendments etc
International Relations questions are asked from Current events.
Polity dominates this section with 10-12 questions in which 2-3 current events
Geography can be divided into three – Physical Geography, Economic Geography, and Social Geography. The major sub-topics under Physical Indian Geography are Physio-graphic divisions, Drainage, Climate, Vegetation, Natural Resources, etc. Topics related to an environment like wildlife, Soil, Flora, etc should be given stress too. Economic and Social Geography-related aspects of Indian Geography should be studied in parallel to Physical Geography.
Indian Economy topics: like issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development, and employment, Government Budgeting, cropping patterns, Public Distribution System, Technology missions, Food processing, Land reforms, Liberalization, Infrastructure and Investment models.
Social welfare Schemes etc
Physics: 4-5 Questions
Chemistry: 4-5 Questions are asked mainly on metal, non-metals, and Organic Chemistry or products
Biology: 4-5 Questions are asked related to DNA, body parts, Diseases etc,
Computer: 1-2 Questions
Current Discoveries or Noble Prize related
Space and Defense related to Current
A very important section, although a number of questions may vary each year
Ecology-related aspects :
Ecosystem, Keystone species, Niche, Food chain, Food web etc.
Biodiversity-related aspects :
Heavy areas like flora and fauna, endangered species, wildlife parks, sanctuaries, bio-diversity hot-spots, biosphere reserves, IUCN, summits etc.
Climate change/Environment degradation related aspects :
Global warming, ozone hole depletion, acid rain etc.
News related to conventions or protocols like Ramsar Convention, Montreal Protocol, Kyoto Protocol etc.
History of Himachal Pradesh
Geography of Himachal
Administrative & Political History of Himachal Pradesh
Art, Culture, Customs & Manners of Himachal
Environment & Biodiversity of Himachal
Social and Economic Development of Himachal Pradesh
Current Affairs of Himachal Pradesh
most scoring an important section
In this section, Current events of National and International are asked.
Some Polity, Economic, Social, Geographic, and Environmental current events are asked and their related theories too. So this is very important to read the newspaper daily and keep relating current affairs with the static part.
A total number of questions in all the sections varies every year.
Time : 2 Hours | Max Marks : 200 | Questions: 100
(Weak-Strong Argument, Analogy, Odd man, Coding, Calendar, Direction test, Blood test, Sitting Arrangement, Syllogism, Data Sufficiency etc )
( Data Interpretation, Numbers, Series, Data Sufficiency, Divisibility, Percentage, Time-Work, Mode, Median etc )
GS Prelims Syllabus and Topics
“The Wonderland Himachal” – by Jag Mohan Bhalokhra
“Himachal Pradesh: History, Culture, and Economy”: by Mian Govardhan Singh (also Good Book, but not sufficient.)
This is not a concrete booklist instead it is a suggestive and customizable booklist in which we have tried to minimize the books for mains and pre-preparation. We have also tried to present a pre-oriented booklist different from the mains topic wise booklist as per students demand and requests.
We will discuss a timetable for HPAS preparation and mains booklist in the next blog post.
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