Scheme of Examination

Himachal Pradesh ADMINISTRATIVE COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION consists of three stages i.e. Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Viva Voce (Interview). Candidates qualified in Preliminary Exam are eligible to appear for Main Exam and those declared qualified in the Mains are called for Interview. Marks obtained in the Main written examination as well as in the viva-voce test would determine their final merit for selection.

Preliminary Examination

a) Preliminary examination consists of 2 papers based on objective type (multiple choice) questions on the following pattern which carry a maximum of 400 marks combined.

Paper-I General Studies (Code No.01): This paper shall be of 200 marks and there shall be 100 objective type (Multiple choice) questions.
Paper-II Aptitude Test (Code No.02): This paper shall be of 200 marks and in this paper there shall be 100 objective type (multiple choice) questions. Paper-II is qualifying only. Qualification Marks for Aptitude test will be 33%.

b) The duration of Papers No.I and II (General Studies and Aptitude Test) will be two hours each.

c) This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only and the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for the Main Examination will not be counted for final merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about 20 times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled. Only those candidates who have been declared by the Commission to have qualified the Preliminary Examination will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

Aptitude Test (Paper-II) of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% and, therefore, marks obtained in this paper shall not be counted for determining the merit for the eligibility for Main Examination That means Cut off for the Main Examination will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in General Studies (Paper-I) of the Preliminary Examination only.

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination

Main (Written) Examination

The main examination shall include compulsory subjects including one paper of English, Hindi and Essay each and three papers of General Studies and one optional subject having two papers.

The candidates shall be considered to have qualified the written examination if he/she obtains at least 40% marks in compulsory papers of Hindi and English and 45% marks in the aggregate (excluding compulsory papers of Hindi & English).
4. The total number of candidates to be called for interview / personality test on the basis of written examination, shall not exceed three (3) times the number of the vacancies notified for recruitment through that examination.

The compulsory and optional subjects and maximum marks fixed for each subject shall be as below:—
1. COMPULSORY PAPERS

Paper No. Subject Maximum Marks
I English 100
II Hindi 100
III Essay 100
IV General Studies – I 200
V General Studies – II 200
VI General Studies – III 200

2. OPTIONAL SUBJECT (ONE)

Paper No. Subject Maximum Marks
VII Paper-I 100
VIII Paper-II 100
III Essay 100

Candidates can select one subject from the below listed subjects.

Name of the subject Subject Code
Agriculture 01
Animal Husbandry 02
Anthropology 03
Botany 04
Chemistry 05
Civil Engineering 06
Commerce & Accountancy 07
Economics 08
Electrical Engineering 09
English Literature 10
Geography 11
Geology 12
Hindi Literature 13
History 14
Law 15
Mathematics 16
Mechanical Engineering 17
Philosophy 18
Physics 19
Political science 20
Psychology 21
Public Administration 22
Sanskrit 23
Sociology 24
Statistics 25
Urdu 26
Zoology 27
Management 28
Forestry 29
Horticulture 30
Medical Science 31

However Following Combinations are not allowed to opt.
(a) Mathematics and Statistics,
(b) Of the Engineering subjects, viz, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical
Engineering and Civil Engineering, not more than one subject;
(c) Of language subjects, viz, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and English Literature,
not more than one subject;
(d) Agriculture, AND Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science;
(e) Political Science, International Relations AND Public Administration;
(f) Commerce and Accountancy AND Management;
(g) Sociology and Anthropology.
(h) Management AND Public Administration.
(i) Horticulture AND Forestry.
(j) Horticulture, Agriculture AND Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
(k) Forestry, Agriculture AND Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.

Duration of each Paper will be 3 hours.

Syllabus for Main Examination

Viva-Voce

Candidates declared in the Main Examination are called for Viva-Voce (Interview). Maximum marks of the Viva Voce is 150. Final Merit is declared on the basis of marks obtained in Mains Examination and Viva Voce combined.
The number of candidates to be called for viva-voce test after the Main written examination by the Commission shall be at its discretion on the basis of marks obtained by them in the Main written examination only. As far as
possible this number will be three times the total number of vacancies.

The candidate will be interviewed by the Commission who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the services or service for which he has applied to the Commission.

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