Prelims HCS syllabus

Prelims have two papers – General studies and CSAT (Civil Service AptitudeTest). Each paper is of objective type questions that carry 100 marks. Also, note that the prelims are just a screening test that means the marks obtained in the examination will not be considered in the final list.

A.General Studies: It is the first paper of HPSC Prelims. It has the universal syllabus for all civil service exams with just some minor variations. General studies give the locus of preparation, hence it is very important as a subject. The general studies syllabus includes six topics – General Science, Current events (National and International), History of India & Indian national movement, Geography (Indian and World), Culture- Polity- Economy of India, General Mental Ability. They are described below in detail.

  1. General Science: The basic and pure science is called General Science. It deals with things that happen in our day to day life. It includes  subjects like basic chemistry, Biology and Physics.
  2. Importance of Current Events (National & International): This topic is dealt with current events that are happening nationally and internationally. This will be tested in HPSC Prelims.
  3. History of India & Indian national movement: Questions related to the history of India in the aspect of Social, political and economical understanding will be asked in HPSC Prelims. Also questions of Indian National Movements like their nature, growth, the Nineteenth century’s upturn and others will also be there
  4. .Geography (Indian and World): The world and Indian geography is included in the prelims. Questions will be on the social, economical and physical geography of India as well as on Indian agriculture and nature.
  5. Culture- Politics- Economy of India: This topic deals with the Indian culture, political knowledge of our country (about India Constitution,
    Panchayati Raj etc.) and Economical development in India.
  6. General Mental Ability: In this part candidates will be asked about reasoning and analytical abilities. Also languages of Haryana will also be counted as a subject in Prelims.

 B .CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test): The marks obtained in CSAT are crucial as it will be counted in the Prelims result. It was first introduced in 2016 as a subject of the exam. It may appear as a difficult topic for those candidates who are from Humanities backgrounds. CSAT deals with the below-mentioned topics –

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills (Communication skills are included).
  • Reasoning and also analytical ability.
  • Skills related to decision making and problem-solving.
  • Basic Numeracy of Class-X that includes numbers and their relations,
    magnitude etc.
  • General Mental Ability
  • Data interpretation of Class-X that includes data sufficiency, charts, tables
    etc.