Haryana PCS Exam 2023: Syllabus and Exam Pattern Updated, Check New Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Other Details

The Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) has revised the Haryana Provincial Civil Service (PCS) examination pattern and syllabus. The updated exam pattern and syllabus are available on the official website.

Haryana PCS Exam Pattern and Updated Syllabus Released

AASHISH KUMAR JHA | Apr 6, 2023 |

Haryana PCS Exam 2023: Syllabus and Exam Pattern Updated, Check New Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Other Details

Haryana PCS Exam 2023: Syllabus and Exam Pattern Updated, Check New Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Other Details

Haryana PCS Exam 2023: The Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) revised the syllabus of the Haryana Provincial Civil Service (PCS). The new syllabus will be applicable for the Haryana PCS 2023 examination. The HPSC modified the exam pattern of the prelims examination. Now the OMR sheets for the prelims exam will have five options instead of four. The question paper will still have four options only. According to the new prelims exam pattern, candidates will not have the option to leave any circle blank on the OMR sheet. If a candidate doesn’t know the answer to a particular question, then he or she must fill in the fifth circle (Hash-#).

The prelims exam for the Haryana PCS, also known as HPSC HCS (Haryana Civil Service), is scheduled on 21st May 2023. The application form for the same started on 16th February 2023. The last date to complete the online application form for the Haryana Civil Service exam was 17th March 2023. The HPSC sought to fill 100 vacancies through the HCS exam 2023. The HPSC conducts the HCS exam for selecting suitable candidates for various posts under HCS (Executive Branch) and other allied services.

The Haryana PCS exam consists of three phases: Prelims, Mains, and the Interview. Both Prelims and Mains exams are conducted offline, i.e., in pen & paper mode. The prelims exam is objective in nature and consists of only multiple-choice questions. The Haryana PCS mains exam is descriptive, where candidates have to write answers to the given questions. The last phase of the Haryana PCS exam is the Personality Test, also known as the interview. The prelims exam’s mark is not considered for merit list preparation. The prelims exam works as a filter test. The detailed exam pattern of the Haryana Provincial Civil Service exam is tabulated below:

Exam PhasePaper Number Paper NameMarks
Prelims1General Studies100
2General Aptitude200
3General Studies200
4Optional Subject200

New Syllabus for Haryana PCS Exam 2023

The Haryana PCS exam is conducted for a total of 675 marks. Due to the highly competitive nature of the exam, candidates must know the right resources from where he/she should study. Knowing the detailed syllabus beforehand helps to create a perfect strategy to clear the exam with flying colors. The detailed syllabus for different phases of the Haryana PCS exam 2023 has been mentioned below:

Syllabus for Haryana PCS Prelims Exam 2023

The prelims exam is the first phase that filters out most students. Candidates must thoroughly study all the topics of the Prelims exam. Paper 2 of the Prelims exam is qualifying in nature. The detailed syllabus of the Haryana PCS Prelims exam is tabulated below:

General Studies (Paper 1)

General Aptitude (Paper 2)

Indian and World Geography

History of India and Indian National Movement.

Indian Culture, Indian Polity, and Indian Economy.

Current events of national and international importance.

General Science.

General Mental Ability.

Haryana’s economy and people. Social, economic, and cultural institutions and language of Haryana


Reading Comprehension

Decision-making and problem-solving

Interpersonal skills including communication skill

Logical reasoning and analytical ability

General mental ability

Basic numeracy

Data interpretation

Syllabus for Haryana PCS Mains Exam 2023

The Mains exam is the most important exam in the Haryana PCS examination process. It accounts for the most number of marks. Its weightage is 600 marks. This phase alone can decide the fate of a particular candidate. So it is crucial to prepare rigorously for this phase. The detailed syllabus for the Haryana PCS mains exam is given below:

Paper Number

Paper Name



English (contains essay)

Precise writing

Comprehension skills


Word usage and vocabulary

General Grammar knowledge

Writing an Essay


Hindi (contains essay)

Translation of an English passage into Hindi.

Letter writing or precise writing

Explanation of a Hindi passage that can be either prose or poetry in the same language.

Composition (idioms, corrections, etc.)

Essay on a topic.


General Studies (Test the candidate’s general awareness about the current and important topics of National and International interest)

Part I

Indian History and Indian Culture

Geography of India

Indian Polity with special emphasis on Indian Nationalist Movement

History of Modern India and Indian Culture

Current national issues and topics of social relevance

Demography and Human Resources & related issues.


India and the World

Indian Economy

Developments in the field of science and technology, communications, and space.

Statistical analysis, graphs, and diagrams


Optional Paper

The syllabus for optional papers varies with every subject. The detailed syllabus for the respective optional subject can be found on the official website.

The last phase of the Haryana PCS exam is the Personality Test, also known as Viva-Voice or Interview. It is held for 75 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum cutoff marks in the Mains exam are called to appear for the Haryana HCS interview. The Haryana Public Service Commission interviews the shortlisted candidates. The interview assesses the mental alertness, critical power, and intellectual traits of a candidate. The final selection list is released after the interview phase.

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