Taking a cue from the Union Public Service Commission, the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has decided to abolish one optional subject (300 marks) in the Himachal administrative and allied services main examinations and substitute it by two papers of 150 marks each of general knowledge to provide a level playing field to candidates.
The decision came following a preliminary report submitted by a three member committee headed by JC Sharma. The change in the existing examination pattern will come into effect on 2016. HPSSC chairman KS Tomar presided over the meeting that was attended by members JC Sharma, Pardeep Chauhan and RS. Negi and HP Public Service Commission secretary BC Badalia.
Last year Tomar declared he intended to switch over from the current HAS pattern of main written examinations of optional subjects to the UPSC’s IAS pattern that has done away with one optional subject.
“The UPSC is now having one optional subject which will be applicable to the HAS and allied services main written examinations with effect from 2016. Now instead of two optional subjects in HAS, candidates will be required to opt for one optional subject of 300 marks, he said.