HIMACHAL PRADESH PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
ADVERTISEMENT NO.: VI/2001
Applications on the computerised form to be obtained form the office of the Commission are invited from all the eligible and desirous candidates for admission to the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service Etc. Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination followed by (Main) written examination and viva-voice test for recruitment to the posts/services to be filled in on the merit basis of H.A.S. Etc. Combined Competitive Examination, 2001. The detail of the posts/services is as under:-
(1) Two vacancies in Himachal Pradesh Administrative Service (Class-I Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs. 7880-13500. Out of these one is reserved for O.B.C. (Gen.) candidates of H.P.
(2) Three vacancies in the post of Excise & Taxation Officer (Class-I Gazetted), in the pay scale of Rs. 7000-10980. Out of these one each is reserved for scheduled Tribe and O.B.C. candidates of H.P.
Initially a (Preliminary) objective type examination consisting of 2 papers based on multiple choice questions, on the following pattern will be held at Shimla, Solan, Mandi and Palampur Centres:-
Paper-I: General Studies
(Objective type 150 questions consisting of 1 mark each question). Duration of the
paper will be of Two & Half hours.
Paper-II: Optional Paper
(There shall be 120 questions of 2.5 marks each for a total of 300 marks. Optional paper will be selected by the candidates out of 22 optional subjects given in the syllabus of preliminary examination). The duration of the paper will be of two & half hours. A candidate must specify in his application form the Optional subject he desires to take. He may intimate change, if any in this regard to the Commission's office but not later than last date prescribed for receipt of applications. It may also be noted that there should not be any variation in between the figures of optional subject code in the boxes and encoding thereof in the circles. In case of any variation encoding done by the candidate will be treated as final.
The number of candidates to be called for (Main) written examination will be about 20 times of the total number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of aforementioned examination. The candidates have declared qualified in the (Preliminary) examination will be entitled for admission to the (Main) written examination, if otherwise found eligible.
Note: (i) The number of vacancy(s) in the services/posts as may be received from the Govt. upto 31/07/2001 (31st July, 2001) shall be included for the purpose of selection of candidates on the basis of aforesaid examination.
(ii) The number of candidates to be called for viva-voice test after the (Main) written examination by the Commission at its discretion on the basis of marks obtained by them in the (Main) examination only. As far as possible this number will be three times of the total number of vacancies.
(iii) Marks obtained by the candidates in the (P) examination will not be counted for the purpose of final order of merit. However, marks obtained in the (Main) examination as well as in the viva-voice test would determine their final merit to various posts/services to be filled in on the basis of aforesaid examination. The option exercised by the candidates will be taken into consideration while determining their order of merit for selection to the various posts/services.
The candidates are advised to carefully read the instructions supplied alongwith computerised application form regarding their eligibility for admission to this examination in terms of instructions/conditions and essential qualifications. The applications will be admitted provisionally on the basis of claims made by the candidates in their applications. Incomplete, unsigned and Photocopy of applications will be rejected straightway and no subsequent correspondence will be entertained therefor.
It is further made clear that while making claims in support of their qualifications, eligibility conditions, the candidates should write/encode the boxes/circles so prescribed in the computerised application form properly as per instructions and should not conceal any facts with reference to their eligibility conditions. It may be noted that in case of any variation in support of claims, encoding will be treated as final no subsequent correspondence will be entertained for change therein. In case any candidate conceals any fact(s) if detected later on his application/candidature will be rejected/cancelled straightway even after having qualified (Main) written examination. If such fact(s) come in the notice of appointing authority during the tenure of service, his services will be terminated/dismissed forthwith.
The candidates who are declared qualified in the (Preliminary) examination shall be required to apply for (Main) written examination separately on the prescribed application form to be supplied by the Commission.
The eligibility conditions of the candidates called for viva-voice test will also be determined on the day of interview on the basis of their original documents and rejection, if any, at that stage will not be the Commission's responsibility.
The allocation of examination centres for (Preliminary) examination will be made according to the option exercised by the candidates on the application form. However, the Commission reserves the right to allot any centre of examination to candidates irrespective of the option exercised. The centre for the (Main) written examination will however be at Shimla only.
THE LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS ON THE COMPUTERISED FORM IN THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSION IS 31-01-2002 (15-02-2002 FOR THE CANDIDATES RESIDING IN ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, LAKSHDWEEP, LADAKH DIVISION OF J&K STATE, ASSAM, TRIPURA, MEGHALAYA, NAGALAND, MANIPUR, MIZORAM, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, PANGI AND BHARMOUR SUB DIVISION OF SHIMLA DISTRICT AND LAHAUL & SPITI DISTRICT OF HIMACHAL PRADESH WHOSE APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED BY POST ONLY FROM THESE AREAS).
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THESE DATES WILL BE REJECTED STRAIGHTWAY.
(a) A candidate must possess a bachelor degree of its equivalent from a recognised university.
(b) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 34 years on the first January, 2001.
(c) Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the Pradesh is a desirable qualification.
(d) A candidate must be a citizen of India.
(e) It is clarified that the general category candidates shall be eligible to avail six chances to be counted from 1984 onwards. There shall be no limit to the chances to appear in this competitive examination in respect of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/WFF and Ex-serviceman candidates of H.P.
3. A candidate who has appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at the examination but has not been informed of the result, may apply for admission to the examination. A candidate who intends to appear in such qualifying examination, may also apply provided the qualifying examination is completed before the commencement of this examination. Such candidates will be admitted to the examination, if otherwise eligible, but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation if they do not produce proof of having passed the examination in any case not later than two months after the commencement of (Main) written examination, failing which their candidature shall automatically stand cancelled.
4. The upper age limit is relaxable by five years for candidates belonging to Sch. Castes/Sch. Tribes/Other Backward Classes and children/grand children of Freedom fighters of Himachal Pradesh as declared by the Govt. from time to time. Age relaxation is also available to Ex-servicemen candidates of H.P. as per provisions Rules/Instructions of H.P. Govt.
5. The upper age limit is also relaxable up to 42 years in case of those Govt. servants holding substantive/officiating appointment under the H.P. Govt. including the H.P. High Court or any Court subordinate thereto and the employees of Public Sector Undertakings/Corporations/Autonomous Bodies which are wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the H.P. Govt. provided such employees are in continuous service whether permanent or officiating under the H.P. Govt. as on 01-01-2001.
6. Application forms alongwith two envelops and Booklet of Information Brochure containing syllabus detailed instructions to candidates will also be available at the Reception Counter of H.P. Public Service Commission, all District Headquarters except Shimla/Kinnaur/Lahaul & Spiti in the Pradesh through the whole sale/retail shop(s) of Gas Agency(s), counter of H.P. Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. @Rs. 50/- only. Application forms could also be obtained on payment of Rs. 50/- per form by means of Crossed Bank Draft of any scheduled Bank in favour of Secretary, H.P. Public Service Commission, payable at any Shimla Branch. All requests for supply of forms by post must reach the office of Commission at least 10 days before the last date for the receipt of applications.
7. Examination fee of Rs. 150/- (Rs. 38/- for Sch. Castes/Sch. Tribes/Other Backward Classes only of Himachal Pradesh) is required to be sent alongwith the application form by crossed Bank Draft payable at any branch of a scheduled bank at Shimla-171002. The examination fee should not be sent with the request for the supply of blank application form by post. Ex-servicemen candidates of H.P. are exempted from the payment of examination fee provided they were not relieved from the defence services on their own request before completion of their normal tenure of service under the Govt. of India.