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The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts State Eligibility Test (SET) for determining the Eligibility for recruitment to the post(s) of Assistant Professor (s) in universities and colleges located within the State of Himachal Pradesh. The test will be conducted in 19 subjects as listed below at various examination centres located at i.e. Shimla, Solan, Mandi and Kangra.


1. Chemical Sciences
2. English
3. Life Sciences
4. Commerce
5. Economics
6. Geography
7. Hindi
8. History
9. Mathematical Sciences
10. Music
11. Physical Sciences
12. Physical Education
13. Sociology
14. Sanskrit
15. Political Science
16.  Public Administration
17. Computer Science & Applications
18. Tourism Administration & Management
19.  Mass Communication & Journalism

HP SET 2017 Eligibility:-


There is no upper age limit to apply for appearing in SET.


i) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in  Master’s Degree or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer/ Persons with Disability (PWD) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

ii) Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this Test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for the post of  Assistant Professor in the Universities/Colleges situated in the state, only after they have passed their Master’s degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer  /PWD (Persons with disability) category candidates). Such candidates must complete their P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of SET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

iii) The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e. from 55% to 50%) for appearing in SET.

iv) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. In case the subject of a candidate is not included in the list of SET subjects, the candidate may appear in UGC NET/UGC-CSIR NET which is held twice a year.(for instance the candidates having post graduation degree in Acharya (Traditional Sanskrit) are not eligible to appear in Sanskrit subject).

v) Concession of Fee is for SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer) candidates. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer) category must ensure that their certificate of respective category is on parental lineage issued by the competent authority. The candidates are not required to submit  any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility. Therefore, the candidates must ensure themselves about their eligibility for the Test. In the event of any wrong information supplied on online applications or any ineligibility being detected by the Commission at any stage, their candidature shall be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.

vi) Candidates having post-graduate diploma/certificate awarded by Indian University / Institute or foreign degree/ diploma/certificate awarded by the Foreign University/ Institute should in their own interest,  ascertain the equivalence of their degree/ diploma/certificate with Master’s degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. (www.aiuweb.org).


i) NET/SLET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor(s) in Universities/Colleges/Institutions. Provided however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph.D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum standards and Procedure for Award for Ph.D Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor(s) or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

ii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor(s) held prior to 1st, Dec, 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to appear for Assistant Professor(s) anywhere in India. For  SET held  from 1st, Dec, 2002  onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post  of Assistant Professor(s) only in the Universities/Colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.

Himachal Pradesh SET Registration / Application Form

HP SET 2017 Online Application Form / Registration:-

Apply online at website: - http://hp.gov.in/hppsc/


General - Rs. 700/-
Other  Backward  Class (Non-Creamy  Layer) As  per the  Central /State List  of  OBC  available  on the NCBC website: www.ncbc.nic.in - Rs. 350/-
SC/ST/Person with Disability (PWD-Gen, PWD-SC, PWD-ST & PWD-OBC) - Rs.175/-

Mode of Payment:-

Candidates can pay requisite Examination Fee either through ‘e –Challan’ or through ‘e-payment’ option.

The candidates can deposit the requisite Examination Fees at any branch of Punjab National Bank through “e-Challan” generated through the website of the Commission, i.e. www.hp.gov.in/hppsc. Thereafter, the candidates are required to visit again the above mentioned website to access the home page of the “ONLINE APLCATION FILING SYSTEM” by entering User ID and Password earlier created by the candidates on or before the last date. Click on “FEE DETAILS” and enter the details of “ Branch Code/Name, Transaction Number and Date of deposit” & then click on “Update Fee Details”.

The candidates can also pay requisite examination fees through Debit or Credit Card of any Bank. Before applying online, all candidates are advised to go through detailed instructions given on the above mentioned website.

Himachal Pradesh SET Exam Dates

Himachal Pradesh SET 2017 Date:-  06-05-2018 (Sunday) 


Paper I - 10.00 am to 11.15 am

Paper II - 11.30 am to 12.45 pm

Paper III - 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Examination centres located at Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Sunder Nagar, Dharamshala, Palampur, Kangra and Nagrota Bagwan. 
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Himachal Pradesh SET Syllabus

Himachal Pradesh SET 2017 Syllabus:-

All questions of Paper-II and Paper- III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options). The syllabi for all the subjects are that of UGC which can be downloaded from H.P.Public Service Commission’s website http://hp.gov.in/hppsc. The  syllabi can also be downloaded from UGC website www.ugc.ac.in

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Paper Pattern

HPSET 2017 Pattern:-

The Test will consist of three papers.  All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held in the month of May/ June, 2016 (Sunday) one day in two separate sessions as under:


Session Paper Marks Number of question Duration
First I 100 60 out of which 50 questions to be attempted 75 Minutes (10 AM to 11.15 AM)
First II 100 50 questions all are compulsory 75 Minutes (11.30 AM to 12.45 PM)
Second III 150 75 questions all are compulsory 150 Minutes (2.30PM to 5. 00 PM)

Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent  thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.   

Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.  

Paper- III will consist of 75 objective compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.    

All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options.) The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided by the Commission.

There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Himachal Pradesh SET Preparation

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Himachal Pradesh SET Notification

Himachal Pradesh SET 2017 Notification:-


Apply online at website:- http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in
HPSET 2017 Date - 06-05-2018 (Sunday) 

Paper I - 10.00 am to 11.15 am

Paper II - 11.30 am to 12.45 pm

Paper III - 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Examination centres located at Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Sunder Nagar, Dharamshala, Palampur and Kangra. 
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