HPSC HCS 2022 Prelims Answer Key OUT: Main Exam Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cutoffs

Haryana Civil Services 2022 ( HPSC HCS )

Rachit Kumar Saxena

Rachit Kumar SaxenaManager-Editorial

Updated on Aug 31, 2022 19:06 IST

HPSC HCS 2022 final answer key has been released by the Commission on August 30. Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) released the final answer key to the HCS prelims exam conducted on July 24. Based on this answer key, HPSC HCS prelims result 2022 was declared on August 9. The candidates should note that the Commission did not release the cutoff for the exam. The HPSC HCS 2022 main exam will be conducted on October 29 and 30.

HPSC HCS 2022 prelims result was released by the Commission on the night of August 10. The Commission declared the result within the time frame of fifteen days. The HPCS HCS prelims 2022 exam was conducted on July 24. Earlier, the Commission cancelled the HPSC HCS prelims exam 2021 conducted on September 12, 2021. The HPSC HCS prelims result was declared separately for each of the categories mentioning the roll number of candidates.

What is HPSC HCS exam?

HPSC HCS exam is the most coveted exam in the state conducted by the Haryana Public Service Commission(HPSC). The HPSC conducts the Haryana Civil Services (Exe.) branch exam every year to recruit candidates for the state civil services and the allied services. Recently, the Haryana Government changed the HCS prelims exam pattern and now it is similar to the IAS prelims exam. Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) conducts the Haryana Civil Service (HCS) exam to recruit candidates for various state government services. HCS exam is conducted for the following services:

  • Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch)
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (D.S.P.)
  • Excise and Taxation Officer
  • District Food and Supplies Controller
  • ‘A’ Class Tehsildar
  • Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies
  • Assistant Excise & Taxation Officer
  • Block Development & Panchayat Officer
  • Traffic Manager
  • District Food & Supplies Officer
  • Assistant Employment Officer

HCS exam recruits officers for the state government who are second only to the IAS officers posted in the state. It is the most prestigious exam for the Haryana Public Service Commission and the candidates belonging to Haryana.

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HPSC HCS 2022 Dates

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of HPSC HCS 2022 exam

DatesPast Exam Dates

29 Oct '22 -

30 Oct '22

HPSC HCS 2022 Main Exam Dates

9 Aug '22

HPSC HCS Prelims Result 2022

27 Sep '21

HPSC HCS 2021 Result

HPSC HCS Exam Highlights

Exam Name Haryana Civil Services - HCS
Conducting Body Haryana Public Service Commission
Geographical Scope of Exam State-level - Haryana
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Stages Prelims + Mains + Interview / Personality Test
Exam Language English and Hindi
Exam Helpdesk 0172 – 2560755
Official website http://hpsc.gov.in/en-us/

HPSC HCS Result 2022

HPSC HCS prelims result 2022 has been released online on August 9. The candidates can see here the steps to check and download the HPSC HCS 2022 Prelims result.

HPSC HCS Eligibility Criteria

Haryana Civil Services eligibility criteria are defined in the HCS notification. The eligibility criteria for the HCS exam define three parameters that a candidate needs to meet before appearing in the HCS exam. These eligibility criteria are defined:

Educational Qualifications Required for HCS

A candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognised university. The candidates appearing in the last year of their graduation degree course can apply but the date of the final year mark sheet or scoresheet should be before the HCS closing date. The degree certificate/ mark sheet should bear the date prior to the HCS closing date. The HCS application closes 30 days after the notification, so it is very difficult to gain the final year mark sheet in that date period. The candidates could be disqualified at a later stage because of this.  

Age limit for HCS Exam

This is a unique feature of this exam because the upper age limit for the unreserved category candidates is 42 years except for D.S.P. posts). The lower age limit is 21 years. The age is counted from January 1 of the exam year. The upper age limit is further relaxed for the reserved categories:

Category Age relaxation in Upper Age Limit Highest Age allowed
Backward Class A and B of Haryana only 5 years 47 years
SC/ST Category 5 years 47 years
Unmarried Females candidates (including divorced and separated females) 3 years 45 years
PH and PwD of Haryana 10 years 50 years
PH and PwD (belonging to SC/ST) 15 years 55 years

Age Limit and Physical Standards for D.S.P

For the post of Haryana D.S.P, the lower age limit is 21 years, and the upper age limit for the unreserved category candidates is 27 years. 

Category   Height Chest  
Male 5’7”(170.18 cm)   33”
Female 5’2”(157.50 cm) N/A

Men are required to have a Chest with Expansion not less than 34.5”(87.63 cm). No such requirements for females. 

HPSC HCS 2022 Dates

The HPSC HCS exam was notified last year. The Commission cancelled the prelims exam altogether. The HPSC HCS Exam Dates 2022 are summarised below:



Salient Features

Haryana Civil Services Notification

26 Feb 2021

The HCS notification was released online only

Haryana Civil Services online application commencement date

3 Mar 2021

The HCS 2021 window was activated for the candidates.

Haryana Civil Services online application end date

2 Apr 2021

The HCS online application will end on this day

HCS prelims exam





The HCS prelims exam was conducted at various centres across Haryana.

HCS prelims result


The HCS prelims result filtered the candidates for the HCS main exam.

HCS main exam


29-Oct-2022 & 30-Oct-2022

The HCS main exam dates were announced by the Commission on August 22.

HCS main exam result

December 2022


The HCS result for the main exam will be released online within one month of the exam

HCS Interview

February 2023


The HCS interview will be conducted at the Commission's office in Panchkula only

HCS Result

March-April 2023


The HCS final result will be declared online

All the HCS exam dates given above are tentative and will be updated after the HPSC officially notifies the dates.                  

HPSC HCS Application

The last date to apply for the exam was April 21, 2021. The HPSC released the HCS 2021 notification on February 26 stating the instructions for filling up the HCS 2021 Application online. The candidates can fill the HCS application online through the official website.

HCS Application Fees

The Haryana Civil Service is the highest exam of the state and the application fee for the HCS application is different for the different candidates.

Category Application fee

1. General category candidates male including Dependent Son of Ex-Serviceman of Haryana and

2. For Male candidates of General Category and all reserved categories of other states 

INR 1000/-

3. For all Females candidates of General category including Female Dependents of ESM of Haryana only

4. For Female candidates of General category and all reserved categories of other  States

INR 250/-
5. For Male & Female candidates of SC/ BC-A/ BC -B/ ESM categories of Haryana only. INR 250/-
6. For all PwD i.e. Persons with Disabilities category candidates (with at least 40% disability) of Haryana only NIL

Scheme of Examination

The HCS exam is conducted in three stages and the candidates need to clear each exam stage to appear in the next stage. The HCS exam stages as given below.

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personality Test/Viva-Voce

Stage I: HCS Prelims Exam

HPSC HCS prelims exam 2022 was conducted on July 24. HPSC postponed the exam various times even the HPSC HCS Prelims 2021, conducted on September 12, 2021, was cancelled by the commission. HCS Prelims exam is an objective type question paper. This exam has two question papers. First is General Studies I and the second is the CSAT. Both the papers carry 100 marks and 100 questions. The time allotted for each paper is two hours. There is a provision of negative marking in the HCS Prelims exam. For each wrong answer, one fourth (0.25) marks will be deducted. Approximately 12 times the number of vacancies will be declared passed in the HCS Prelims result. HPPSC Syllabus is the key ingredient for the HCS exam preparation.

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Stage II: HCS Main Exam

HCS Main exam is the second of the three-stage HCS exam process.  The HCS main exam comprises 5 compulsory conventional essay type question papers. The name, marks and time allotted to each paper are given below.

Subject Name Marks Allotted Time allotted
English and English Essay 100 marks 3 Hours
Hindi Including Hindi Essay in Devnagri Script 100 marks 3 Hours
General Studies 100 marks 3 Hours
Optional Subject 1 150 marks 3 hours
Optional Subject 2 150 marks 3 hours
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Stage III: HCS Personality Test

The interview is the last stage of the HCS exam. It comprises 75 marks. The HCS interviews are conducted in Panchkula at the commission’s premises. The final merit for the HCS exam is prepared out of the total marks of 675. The candidates need to score in the HCS main written and interview. The marks of the HCS prelims is not counted for the final merit list.

HPSC HCS Preparation

The HPSC has changed the HCS exam pattern for the prelims exam and made it akin to the IAS prelims exam. The HPSC is yet to notify the exam calendar 2021 and hence the notification and exam dates are yet to be announced. The candidates should start the HCS preparation so that they do not feel the shortage of preparation time once the exam in notified. To start the HCS preparation, the candidates should start planning for the same based on their strengths and weaknesses. 

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The candidates need to prepare thoroughly for the HPSC HCS exam and in the HCS preparation, books are the main constituent of the preparation, Books helo the candidates to understand the important topics for the exam. Besides the standard books, Haryana-specific books are also required to be studied.

Also Read: Important Books for HCS exam

Download Here: HPSC HCS Notification


Q: What is the date for HCS 2021 main exam?

A: HPSC HCS 2021 main exam will be conducted on October 29 and 30 at Panchkula only. It will be conducted offlne in pen and paper mode. It will be conducted as per the new exam pattern.

Q: Is HPSC HCS 2022 result for prelims released?

A: Yes, the HPSC HCS 2022 result for prelims has been released on August 9. The candidates can check and download their result here.

Q: Is HCS exam held every year?

A: Yes, HPSC conducts the Harayana Civil Service exam every year to recruit candidates for state civil services.

Q: How many candidates applied for HPSC HCS 2021?

A: As per the media reports, a total of 1,48,262 candidates applied for HCS 2021 exam. 74,978 candidates appeared in the exam on September 12.

Q: How many attempts are there for HCS?

A: There is no limit to the number of attempts. As long as the candidates fulfil the age criteria, he or she can appear in the HCS exam.

Q: Which post comes under HCS exam?

A: There are various posts that come under Haryana Civil Services. The exam has been conducted the recruit the candidates for the following posts.
  • Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch)
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police(D.S.P.)
  • Excise and Taxation Officer
  • District Food and Supplies Controller
  • ‘A’ Class Tehsildar
  • Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies
  • Assistant Excise & Taxation Officer
  • Block Development & Panchayat Officer
  • Traffic Manager
  • District Food & Supplies Officer
  • Assistant Employment Officer

HPSC HCS 2022 Contact Information

Haryana Public Service Commission

Bays 1-10, Block – B, Sector – 4,

Panchkula - 134112


Helpline No. (technical) : 022-61306209

HelpdeskEmail ID (Technical Queries): hscrecruitmentexamgmail.com

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