Himachal PSC to follow UPSC pattern for HAS Exam
Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has decided to
follow the UPSC pattern and abolish one optional subject of 300 marks in
Himachal Administrative and Allied services examination and substitute it by two
papers of 150 marks each.
The two papers of 150 marks each would be of General Knowledge to give equal
playing field to all candidates, HPPSC Chairman K S Tomar said.
The decision, taken at a meeting to consider the preliminary
report submitted by three member committee headed by Commission member J C
Sharma will be implemented from 2016, Tomar said adding that the UPSC was having
one optional subject which will be applicable to HAS and Allied Services main
written examinations from 2016 batch.
"Now instead of two optional subjects in HAS, candidates will be required to
opt for one optional subject of 300 marks", he informed.
The Chairman said that the expert committee had studied the written
examinations pattern of UPSC, Punjab, Uttrakhand and Karnataka, prior to
submitting the report to him.
The existing system of two optional subjects of 300 marks each, tilted the
balance in favour of those candidates who opted for the papers as they are
having very high scoring potential thereby creating imbalance, he added.
He disclosed that Commission would send the new proposal to introduce two new
General Knowledge (GK) papers to the government for approval by the cabinet.
The New pattern would also help those candidates who compete for IAS exam as
retention of one optional subject will prove beneficial to them for Civil
Services examinations, he added.
Henceforth, the Commission will add two new GK Papers of 150
marks each (GK Paper-II and GK Paper-III) and syllabus will be formulated by an
expert committee and members will be drawn from Universities and different
However, General Studies Paper-I will be retained by adding new topics
besides updating the entire syllabus.
The new papers will cover wide ranging topics like General Studies Paper-II
(Indian constitution and polity, governance and international relations, freedom
struggle, Economy, Statistics and Security issues).
Courtsy: Business Standard