7. Eligibility Criteria for HPAS Exam 2016
7.1 A candidate must be a citizen of India.
7.2 Minimum Educational Qualifications for HPAS Exam 2016
- A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University.
- A candidate who has appeared at an examination for HPPSC 2016, the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services examination 2016 but has not been informed of result, may apply for admission to the examination. A candidate, who intends to appear at such a qualifying examination, may also apply provided the qualifying examination is completed before the commencement of HPAS 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 as soon as possible and in any case not later than two months after the commencement of HPPSC examination, failing which their candidature shall automatically stand cancelled.
- Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination equivalent thereto but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their application for the HAS etc. examination will be provisionally admitted to the examination provided they submit along with their applications a copy of certificate from the University / Institutions that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce, at the time of their interview, original degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University / Institutions that they had completed or requirement ( including completion of internship ) for the award of degree.
7.3 Age Limits for HPAS Exam 2016 :
7.3.1 A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years on the first January 2016, meaning thereby that candidates born on or after 02.01.1995 are underage whereas applicants born on or before 01.01.1981 are overage.
7.3.2 Provided that the upper age limit for HPAS 2016 is relaxable by five years for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes / Other Backward Classes / Persons with disabilities 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 in Rules / Instructions of H.P. Govt.
7.3.3 Provided further that a Govt. servant who is holding substantive / officiating / contractual appointments in H.P. Govt. or in High Court or any Court Subordinate thereto and employees of the Public Sector Undertakings / Corporations / substantially owned or controlled by the H.P. Government shall be eligible to appear in the examination if he / she possesses a Bachelor’s degree of a recognized University and has not attained the age of 42 years on the first day of January of the year in which the HPAS applications are invited by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission for Competitive examination. Any person who is eligible under this sub-rule and wishes to appear in the examination shall submit his / her application in the prescribed form through his / her Head of Office to the Secretary, H.P. Public Service Commission.
Note I : Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation / Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of applications for HPPSC 2016 will be accepted by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
Note II : Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently ( or at any other examination of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission ) on any grounds whatsoever.
Note III : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in respective column of the HPPSC 2016 application Form. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission under the Rules.
7.4 Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the Himachal Pradesh is a desirable qualification. The above eligibility conditions shall be subject to change, if any in the relevant Rules related to Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services and those of the concerned Allied Services, as are notified by the Himachal Pradesh Government.
Note : All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform their Head of Office / Department that they have applied for the HPAS Examination.
Note : Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the HPPSC Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for / appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected / candidature will be liable to be cancelled.
Note : While filling in his / her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his / her choice for the centre for the HPAS examination 2016. More than one application form for HPAS 2016 from a candidate giving different centres will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed applications, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission’s decision in the matter shall be final.
Note : The provisionally admitted candidates may download the admit cards along with instructions for appearing in the HPAS ( Preliminary ) examination – 2016 from the official website http://www.hp.gov.in/hppsc. No admit card to any candidate will be sent through post. If any candidate appears at a centre other than those indicated by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission in his / her Admit Card, the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his / her candidature will be liable to cancellation.