IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS for Applying HP-SET
i) The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (Authorized Agency) announces
holding of State Eligibility Test (SET) in the month of February/March 2018 (Sunday)
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 22 subjects as listed below at various examination centres
located at Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Sunder Nagar, Dharamshala, Palampur and Kangra
subject to number of candidates.
ii) The Candidates applying should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for
admission to the State Eligibility Test (SET). Their admission at all the stages of the SET
will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere
issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature
has been finally cleared by the Commission. Commission takes up verification of
eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has
qualified for Test.
iii) The candidates must read the instructions carefully, which are available on the website
of the Commission, i.e. http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in before filling up Online Recruitment
iv) Incomplete Online Applications submitted without requisite examination fee, scanned
photograph & scanned signatures of prescribed size, will be rejected straightway.
v) FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES : In case of any
guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc.
candidates can contact HPPSC‟s Help Centre over Telephone Nos. 0177- 2629738,
2624313 and 1800-180-8004 (Toll Free) on working days between 10.00 hrs to17.00
vi) Scheduled Caste (SC) of H.P. /Scheduled Tribe (ST) of H.P. / Persons with Disability
(PWD) of H.P. , Other Backward Classes (OBC) of H.P. (Non creamy layer), as per the
State list of Other Backward Classes.
Note:- (i) The benefits of reservation shall be extended to the candidates of
residents of Himachal Pradesh only
(ii) The reserved category candidates of other states shall be treated as General
vii)After the declaration of SET result qualified candidates have to furnish Photostat copies
of their testimonials viz. Matriculation/Post Graduation / Category to which they belong,
in the office of H.P. Public Service Commission enabling to determine their eligibility for
issuing SET qualified certificate.
1. LIST OF SUBJECTS FOR SET:
1. Chemical Sciences
3. Life Sciences
9. Mathematical Sciences
11. Physical Sciences
12. Physical Education
15. Political Science
16. Public Administration
17. Computer Science and Applications
18. Tourism Administration and Management
19. Mass Communication and Journalism
2. CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:
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) of H.P. /Scheduled Tribe (ST) of H.P. /Other Backward Classes (Non- creamy
layer of H.P./ Persons with Disability (PWD) of H.P. category candidates of H.P. 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 only for SC of H.P. /ST of H.P. /OBC of H.P. (Non-creamy
layer) candidates of Himachal Pradesh. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Noncreamy
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)
3. EXEMPTION/(ELIGIBILITY FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSOR(s)
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/
ii) For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET)
accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st, June , 2002 ,
are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to appear for Assistant Professor(s)
anywhere in India. For SET held from 1st, June,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.
4. SCHEME AND DATE OF TEST: 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
February/March, 2018 (Sunday) one day in two separate sessions as under:
Session Paper Marks Number of question Duration
First I 100 50 questions all are
(10 AM to 11.15 AM)
First II 100 50 questions all are
(11.30AM to 12.45PM)
Second III 150 75 questions all are
(2.30PM to 5.00PM)
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. The paper shall consist
of 50 objective type compulsory questions and each question will carry 2 marks.
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 along with the test
5. “Criteria for Declaration of Result”
This will comprise of the following:
Top 6% of the appearing candidates who appear in all three papers and secure at least
40% aggregate marks for candidates belonging to General Category and at least 35%
aggregate marks for candidates belonging to reserved categories will be declared qualified
for Eligibility for Assistant Professor by following the reservation policy of the State
If there is a tie at the least qualifying cut-off marks in any given subject, then all
candidates who are tied (i.e. have the same marks) will be considered as qualified and as
such the number of qualified candidates may exceed 6%.
It may be noted that the above qualifying criteria decided by UGC / State agency is final
6. PROVISION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY (INCLUDING VISSUALLY CHALLENGED
CANDIDATES) 40% & ABOVE.
i) Twenty five minutes compensatory time shall be provided for Paper-I and Paper-II
separately. For Paper-III, fifty minutes compensatory time shall be provided.
ii) In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to mark the answers for
them. However, Low Vision candidates (minimum 40% impairment) will be allowed to
write the examination with the help of a scribe. There is no provision of Test Booklets in
Braille for visually impaired candidates.
iii)The Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates who are not in a
position to write in their own hand-writing can also avail the services of scribe by making
prior request (at least one week before the date of SET) examination in writing to the
MEMBER SECRETARY (SET)/concerned Centre Superintendent. Compensatory time and
facility of scribe would not be provided to other Persons with Disability (Physically
iv)The candidate has the discretion of option for his / her own scribe or has to request the
concerned Centre Superintendent for the same in writing at least one week in advance of
the test. In such instances the candidate is allowed to meet the scribe a day before the
examination so as to verify whether the scribe is suitable or not. Those candidates who
opt for their own scribe have to produce the scribe before the concerned Centre
Superintendent alongwith his / her certificates educational qualifications at least one day
before the test.
7. Syllabus of Test: 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 www.hppsc.hp.gov.in
This agency will not supply the copies of syllabus to the individual candidates.
In case of any discrepancy found in the English and Hindi versions, the questions in
English version shall be taken as final.
8. EXAMINATION FEE AND MODE OF PAYMENT:
1. General Rs. 700/-
2. Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) of H.P. Rs. 350/-
3. SC/ST of H.P. Rs.175/-
4. PWD (General PWD, S.C. PWD, S.T. PWD & OBC PWD) of H.P. Rs.175/-
Note:- (i) The benefits of reservation shall be extended to the candidates of
residents of Himachal Pradesh only
(ii) The reserved category candidates of other states shall be treated as
General Category candidates.
Mode of Payment
Candidates can pay requisite Examination Fee either through „e – Challan‟ or through „epayment‟
1. 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
2. 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.
9. HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates are required to visit at www.hppsc.hp.gov.in and click the link to APPLY
ONLINE FOR STATE ELIGIBILITY TEST. Detailed instructions for filling up Online
Applications are available on the above mentioned website. The candidates already
registered with HPPSC for other examinations / test need not to register again and they
may use said User ID and Password for applying online.
1 The candidate must read the conditions of eligibility at Item No. 2 carefully and must
satisfy themselves regarding their eligibility for the test before filling the online
2 The candidates are required to bring a photo identity card alongwith their printout of
online admission card on the day of examination.
3 The Commission may change SET Examination Centre/ date of examination without
assigning any reason.
4 No TA will be paid to the candidates.
5 Canvassing in any form will disqualify the candidate.
6 The use of calculators or Log Tables is not permitted. Mobile phones, pagers, electronic
devices etc. are not allowed in the Examination Hall/ Room.
7 A candidate who does not appear in Paper-I, will not be permitted to appear in Paper-II
8 Physically/ Visually handicapped candidates who are not in position to write in their own
hand writing can avail the services of scribers by making prior request to the
Commission at least one week before the commencement of the written test.
9 The candidate should ensure that his category code in answer sheet is the same as he/
she has claimed in the application form. No change in this regard will be accepted by the
Commission at later stage.
10 No candidate shall be allowed to go outside the examination hall /room for any purpose
without prior permission of the Centre Superintendent. Smoking and taking Tea in
examination hall /room is also strictly prohibited.
11 Candidate will not be allowed to write any question from the Test Booklet on the
Admission Card or on any other paper.
12 Candidates should ensure that the signatures appended and photographs pasted by
them in all the places, viz., in their Application Form, Attendance Slip and Admission
Card should be identical and there should be no variation of any kind.
13 The candidates in their own interest are requested to retain a photocopy of the
Application Form for their record.
14 Application Form must be completed in all respects as per the Notification.
15 No candidate will be allowed to leave the examination hall / room before 12.15 P.M. in
the 1st session and 4.30 P.M. in the 2nd session.
16 The candidates are being provided Carbonless OMR Answer Sheets to attempt the
answers. They have to return the original OMR sheet (upper part of pink colour ) of Paper
I, Paper-II and Paper III to the Invigilator(s) before leaving the examination hall/room.
The candidates are allowed to take away the Test Booklets of Paper I, II and III alongwith
duplicate (Carbonless copy of green colour) OMR Sheet on conclusion of the
17 The detailed instructions for the candidates will be uploaded on the official website of the
Commission alongwith admission letters. It may be noted that instructions to candidates
will not be sent to the concerned by post.
18 The decision of the Commission shall be final in all matters.
19 No grievance with regard to answer key(s) after declaration of result.
20 There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
21 No change of examination centre will be allowed.
22 The result of the SET will be made available on the website of the Commission as and
when it is declared. The candidates will not be intimated individually about their result.
23 SET qualified candidates shall become eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor
(College Cadre) only in the University/Colleges belonging to Himachal Pradesh State.
24 The marks of all candidates will be uploaded on website of the Commission after
declaration of result.
After the declaration of SET result, qualified candidates have to furnish Photocopies of
their testimonials viz. Matriculation/Post Graduation Degree and detail marks
certificate/ Category to which they belong, in the office of H.P. Public Service
Commission enabling to determine their eligibility for issuing SET qualified certificate.