Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission notifies State Eligibility Test (HP SET) 2023 for Assistant Professor Recruitment, Apply Now


HP SET 2023 – The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission invites online applications for the  Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test  (HP SET) 2023.  The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (Authorized Nodal Agency) will be conducting the State Eligibility Test (SET) for determining the eligibility for recruitment to the posts of Assistant Professor(s) in Universities and Colleges located within the State of Himachal Pradesh. The test will be conducted in 24 subjects. The detailed information regarding HP SET 2023 such as important dates, eligibility, application process and more can be checked from the post below.


Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test  (HP SET) 2023


HP SET 2023 Highlights

  • Name of Exam: Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test
  • Conducting Body: Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
  • Posts: Assistant Professor(s) in Universities & colleges located within the State of HP


Important Dates

Candidates desirous of applying must keep in mind the important dates for the HP SET 2023 which are given below-

  • Date of Advertisement: 18th October 2023
  • Starting Date for Apply Online: 20th October 2023
  • Last Date to Apply Online: 17th November 2023 till 11:59 pm


List of Subjects for SET

The HP SET-2023 will be conducted in Offline mode only as per the time schedule to be notified later on, in the subjects given below in various exam centers spread across the State.

  • 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 and Applications; 18. Tourism Administration and Management; 19. Mass Communication and Journalism; 20. Philosophy; 21. Psychology; 22. Education; 23. Environment Sciences; and 24. Home Sciences


Eligibility Criteria

The HPPSC has set out specific eligibility criteria for various classes taught. Those teachers who wish to sit for the HP SET 2023 must ensure eligibility is fulfilled. The eligibility requirements for HP SET 2023 are as follows-


  1. Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree or equivalent exam from universities/institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test.
  2. The SC of H.P. /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 exam are eligible.
    Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s Degree (final year) exam and whose result is still awaited or candidates whose qualifying exams have been delayed may also apply for this test.
  3. 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 Exam 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 Exam Within two years from the date of SET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.
  4. The PhD Degree holders whose Master’s Level Exam 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.
  5. 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 ). Similarly a candidate having the Degree of Hotel Management is not eligible to appear in the subject of Tourism Administration.
  6. Concession of Fee is only applicable for SC of H.P. /ST of H.P. /OBC of H.P. (Non-creamy layer) / PWD (General PWD, S.C. PWD, S.T. PWD , OBC, PWD and BPL category candidates of Himachal Pradesh. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer) /PWD (General PWD, S.C. PWD,
  7. S.T. PWD & OBC PWD) category must ensure that their certificate of respective category is on parental lineage issued by the competent authority. The candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their eligibility nor a printout of Application Form to Commission at the time applying online for State Eligibility Test. However, the candidates, in their own interest, must ensure / satisfy 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.
  8. 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 diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s Degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. (www.aiu.ac.in).
  9. If a candidate qualifies the SET Exam in the subject other than the subject of his Master’s Degree, his candidature for the subject of examination in which he has appeared is deemed to be rejected and he will not be awarded the SET certificate.

Exemption/ (Eligibility For Assistant Professor(S)

  • NET/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 /SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor(s) or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions
  • For SET Candidates: The candidates who have cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 01st, June 2002 are exempted from appearing in SET, being eligible to appear for Assistant Professor(s) anywhere in India
  • For SET held from 01st, 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.


Application Process

The detailed step-by-step application process for HP SET has been mentioned below. All candidates have to follow the registration process for the HP SET


  • Candidates are required to visit the website of the Commission at http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in/hppsc 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 their earlier User ID and Password for applying online.

General Instructions

  • The candidate must read the conditions of eligibility as given under the caption “Conditions of eligibility” carefully and must satisfy themselves regarding their eligibility for the test before filling the online application.
  • The candidates are required to bring a printout of online admission / Identity card on the day of examination (with a passport size photograph).
  • The Commission may change State Eligibility Test Centre/ date of Test without assigning any reason.
  • No TA/DA will be paid to the candidates.


Examination Fee

  • Examination Fee and mode of payment
  • General /EWS – Rs.1150/-
  • Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer) of H.P. – Rs.600/-
  • SC of HP , ST of HP, BPL (General BPL/SC BPL /ST BPL of HP, PWD (General PWD/SC PWD/ ST PWD , OBC PWD) of HP & EWS BPL of H.P. – Rs.325/-

Mode of Payment

  • Candidates can pay requisite Examination Fees through “e-Payment” i.e. through Debit Card, Credit Card and Net Banking. Fee once paid shall not be refunded. As such before applying online, all candidates are advised to go through detailed instructions given on the above mentioned website.


HP SET Exam Pattern 2023

  • The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions in two separate sessions as under:
Number of question
50 questions (all the questions are compulsory)
01 Hour
100 questions (all the questions are compulsory)
02 Hours


  • Paper-I – Shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions carrying 02 marks each. The questions which will 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 candidates.
  • Paper-II – Shall consist of 100 objective type compulsory questions carrying 02 marks each which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
  • All the questions of Paper-II will be compulsory, covering entire contents of syllabus uploaded in the website of the Commission as well as the website of the UGC
  • The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I & Paper-II on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet.
  • Top 6% of the appearing candidates who appear in both the 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 Government


Syllabus of Test

  • All questions of Paper-I & Paper-II will be compulsory, covering entire contents of syllabus uploaded on the website http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in or http://www.hppsc.hp.gov.in/) of the Commission as well as the website of the UGC (including all electives, without options). This agency will not provide/supply the copy of the syllabus to any individual candidate.


Medium of Question Papers

  • The medium of question papers shall be in English and Hindi only except language papers and Computer Science.
  • In case of any ambiguity in translation / construction of a question, in the English and Hindi versions, the English version shall be taken as final and the decision of the SET Nodal Agency (HPPSC) shall be final in this regard.

For more details and to apply, please visit the official website