HCS 2020 notification I exam date I syllabus I previous year papers
Haryana Civil Services ( HCS) is the most important exam in Haryana. This exam is conducted by the Haryana Public Service Commission. This exam is supposed to be conducted every year but due to administrative reasons, it is generally conducted an alternate year. However, nowadays other state exams like UPPCS, BPSC, WBPCS have a proper calendar and conducted every year. If there is a calendar then students will have an idea about their preparation strategy.
HCS 2018 was conducted successfully and now the Government is preparing to conduct till the end of the year. According to confirmed sources notification was supposed to come in April but due to unprecedented scenario due COVID -19 like other exams of UPSC and state PCS, this exam is also bound to be impacted. But the good news is that other state PCS and UPSC now have started to take exams so HPSC is also likely to take decisions very soon. Students are advised to focus on preparation.
How much is the difference between notification published and exam date?
If we see past records, HPSC never declared exam date along with notification but generally conducts exams within 2-3 months of notification. Many students are not able to predict exam dates and make a plan for exam preparation. Students are highly advised in this matter that they should focus on preparation, have patience, manage uncertainty, and take the real picture into consideration instead of blaming anybody. The event is certain, only a matter of time when it will happen. However civil services preparation is not 15-20 days or just a few months ready game, it needs long term efforts, hard work, and planning.
Pattern of exam
HCS exam is a 3 stages exam like UPSC IAS and other states PCS. Students are also overlapping with UPSC and other states PCS. Three stages are:
Stage 1: Prelims: In this stage, multiple Choice questions are asked. There are 2 papers. Each paper contains 100 MCQ.
Paper 1: General Studies 100 MCQ, 100 Marks, each question which is multiple-choice carries 1 mark. There is a negative marking of 0.25 Marks ie 1/4. If there are 4 questions wrong and one question is correct then 1-0.25*4 =0 marks.
The syllabus of the General study paper is discussed in the video.
· Current events of National & International importance
· History of India and Indian National Movement
· Indian and World Geography
· Indian Culture, Indian Polity, and Indian Economy
· General Mental Ability
· Haryana–Economy, and people
· Social, economic and cultural institutions and language of Haryana, etc.
As you know now there are 2 papers in prelims, 2nd paper is of CSAT ( civil services aptitude test)
Prelims 2nd Paper: CSAT Paper
· Interpersonal Skills (including communication skills)
· Logical Reasoning & Problem solving
· General Mental Ability
· Basic numeracy
· Data Interpretation, etc.
You must watch this video about CSAT to understand what type of questions are asked and what strategy students should adopt
There are 100 MCQ in CSAT Paper, unlike UPSC which has 80 MCQ. There will be 0.25 negative marking. CSAT Marks are counted in prelims total marks calculation. That is why CSAT is the game-changer in the HCS exam. Maths, reasoning, and comprehension will ultimately help you to clear the prelims exam.
The prelims exam is a screening exam. Those students who qualify prelims will write mains exam but prelims exam marks will not be calculated for the final merit list. For final merit list mains and interview, marks are counted.
Stage 2: Mains
Stage 3: Interview
HCS Prelims + Mains + Interview
complete coverage prelims, mains, interview