HP SET 2019, or Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test, is conducted by HPPSC. Answer Keys of HP SET 2019 has been released at hppsc.hp.gov.in. As per admit card issued by HPPSC, the exam was scheduled on July 14, 2019. Those who have taken the test, can now check the answer key from same website. HP State Eligibility Test 2018-19 determines eligibility for recruitment to post of Assistant professors in Universities and Colleges within Himachal Pradesh. It is for 22 subjects. The exam will be held at 10 cities within the state. Those who qualify the exam will have to attend document verification. Get here complete details of HP SET 2019 including exam date, admit card, answer key, result, cut off.

Latest: The official answer keys of HP SET 2019 are available now. Check here.

HP SET 2019

There are 2 papers in HPSET, namely Paper I and II. First one is from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and second one is from 2 PM to 4 PM on assigned exam date. Check complete schedule below.

HP SET 2019 Important Dates
Issuance of notification for HP SET 2018-2019 21 Dec 2018
Last date to apply online at hppsc.hp.gov.in 10 Jan 2019
Download admit card 02 Jul 2019
HP SET 2019 Exam Date 14 Jul 2019
Publication of answer keys 18 Jul 2019
Declaration of result (expected) A few weeks after exam

HP SET Exam Date 2019

HPPSC shall announce exact exam date of HP SET 2019. Until now, all that is known is that the exam will be held in third week of July. See screenshot of HPPSC 2019 exam calendar below.

HP SET 2019 Exam Date

HP SET Admit Card 2019

  • Applicants will be able to download admit card of HP SET 2019 at hppsc.hp.gov.in.
  • Candidates can login with user ID and password in order to download it.
  • It is also known as admission card.
  • Candidates must take printout of admit card with photo identity card to exam centre.
  • Examination centre assigned will be mentioned in admit card, and it cannot be changed.
  • Test takers shall not get TA/DA.
  • Candidates must not write any question on admit card.
  • It is responsibility of candidate to ensure that photograph and signature in application form, and admit card are identical.
  • Exam instructions and admit card are only uploaded online; no one will get it by post or any other means.

Instructions for exam

  • Do not bring any sort of communication device like mobile phones, or pages.
  • Also do not carry log tables, books, notebooks, any paper besides admit card and identity card.
  • It is compulsory to appear in both exams.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to go outside exam hall during exam without getting permission from Superintendent.
  • Consumption of tea or smoking in centre is not allowed.

HP SET Exam Pattern 2019

Mode of exam: Offline (mark answers in OMR sheet)

Types of questions: Multiple Choice

No negative marking

Session Timings Paper No. of Qs Marks
First 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM I 50 100
Second 2 PM to 4 PM II 100 200


Paper I is of general nature. It has questions to test teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. they are on reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness.

Paper II covers entire syllabi of erstwhile Paper II and III (including electives without options).

Syllabus is same as that of UGC NET. Candidates can download syllabus from hppsc.hp.gov.in or from links given below.

Using OMR Sheet

Candidates get Carbonless OMR Answer Sheets to mark answers. They must submit original OMR sheet (upper part of pink colour) of Paper I as well as Paper II to Invigilator(s) before leaving exam hall. However one can take away question paper as well as duplicate (Carbonless copy of green colour) OMR Sheet once exam gets over.

List Of Subjects

  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

Provisions for physically disabled candidates

  • Such candidates who have physical disability, including visually handicapped candidates, more than 40%, they are eligible to access these provisions.
  • They will get 20 minutes compensatory time for Paper I and 40 minutes for Paper II.
  • If he/she is not in a position to write in own handwriting, then he/she can avail services of scribe. For this, they have to make a prior request at least 7 days before exam, in writing to concerned Centre Superintendent. Others will not get scribe.
  • Such candidates who avail scribe facility can either opt for own scribe, or request for one from Centre Superintendent at least 7 days before exam. In such cases, they can meet scribe one day prior to test to verify whether scribe is suitable or not.
  • On the other hand, those who get their own scribe have to present scribe along with certificate of educational qualifications, to Centre Superintendent, at least a day prior to exam.
  • Test booklets with braille are not available for visually impaired candidates.

HP SET Exam Centres 2019

The exam will be held at various exam centres in Himachal Pradesh. All centres shall be in cities namely Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Dharamshala, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Nahan, Una, Kullu and Chamba.

However, HPPSC may change the exam centres depending upon number of candidates.

Please note that assignment of exam centre will not be first come first serve. Therefore the exam centre you get does not depend on when you apply. Center allotment is done after all applications are received.

HP SET Result 2019

As per result of HP SET 2019, candidates are declared qualified for recruitment of Assistant Professor in Himachal Pradesh. In order to create list of such candidates, HPPSC first evaluates marks as per final answer key. Then it checks how many candidates have minimum qualifying marks. Among them, top 6% candidates are declared as qualified.

Minimum qualifying marks:- Candidates must obtain minimum qualifying marks in order to be considered further.

General 40%
Reserved categories 35%

Number of candidates to qualify HP SET shall be equal to 6% of the appearing candidates who appear in both the papers. However, if there is a tie in least qualifying cut off marks in any subject, then all candidates who have same marks will qualify; in this case the total number will exceed 6%.

Once result State Eligibility Test of Himachal Pradesh is out, candidates who qualify as per it will have to bring photocopies of documents in order to allow HPPSC to determine their eligibility. Documents regarding testimonials of following are required:-

  • Matriculation
  • Post Graduation
  • Category


Only bonafide residents of Himachal Pradesh will get benefit of reservation.

Such candidates who belong to reserved categories, but are from other states, will get SET Certificates only if they get marks equal to or more than cut off of General Category candidates.

Candidates who are SC of HP, ST of HP, OBC NCL of HP, PWD of HP, and BPL of HP are also eligible for fee concession (for exam). They must ensure that they have certificate of respective category that is on parental lineage issued by the competent authority. Candidates need not send relevant documents at time of filling up application form, however they need to show them later. Therefore one should ensure eligibility for category before claiming reservation.

Help Line

HPPSC has a working facilitation counter in order to help candidates. Candidates can get guidance and answers to their queries regarding form filling, and other aspects from there. Contact details of the helpdesk are as follows.

Telephone Nos. 0177- 2629738, 2624313 and 1800-180-8004 (Toll Free). Candidates can contact at these numbers on working days between 10 AM to 5 PM.

HP SET Eligibility Criteria 2019

  • Minimum educational qualification required is Master’s Degree or equivalent, from any UGC recognized institution.
  • Master’s Degree should be obtained in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications.
  • Candidates must have at least 55% marks in qualifying exam.
  • However candidates belonging to SC (of HP), ST (of HP), OBC NCL (of HP), or PWD (of HP) should have at least 50% marks in qualifying exam.
  • Candidates whose results are awaited, or who are still studying for Masters Degree are also eligible to apply.
  • However such candidates should get minimum marks as above, and they should complete PG degree within 2 years of SET result.
  • If candidate had completed Masters level exam by 19 Sep 1991, and holds a PhD degree, then he/she is eligible for 5% marks relaxation in qualifying exam.
  • Such candidates who have PG Degree / Diploma certificate awarded by Indian University / Institute or foreign Degree/ diploma/certificate awarded by the Foreign University/ Institute must check equivalence of diploma/degree/certificate with Master’s Degree of recognized Indian universities from Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Selecting Subjects For HP SET

  • Candidates should opt for HP SET subject, same as subject of their post graduation.
  • If their post graduation subject is not in the list, then they can either appear in UGC NET or CSIR NET.
  • For example, a candidate who has post graduation degree in Acharya (traditional Sanskrit) cannot appear in Sanskrit subject.

Exemptions from HP SET

  • NET / SET is the minimum eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor recruitment in universities, colleges institutions.
  • However, those who have a PhD degree as per UGC regulations 2009 are exempt from NET / SELT / SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor(s) or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.
  • Such candidates who qualified State Eligibility Test by UGC for Assistant Professor, prior to 1 Jun 2002, are also exempt from SET anywhere in India.
  • In addition, those candidates who cleared SET from 1 Jun 2002 onwards, they are eligible to apply for Assistant Professor post in institutions, colleges, universities in those states where they cleared SET.

HP SET Application Form 2019

Candidates who are eligible can fill and submit application form of HP SET 2019 online at hppsc.hp.gov.in. Those who have a registration at HPPSC OTRS (One Time Registration System) need not register again; they can directly fill form by logging in. Others have to first create a registration account and then apply. One must keep User ID and password safely. They should also keep a copy of filled in application form.

Examination Fee

S.No. Category Fee
1 General Rs 700
2 OBC NCL of HP Rs 350
3 SC / ST of HP Rs 175
4 PWD of HP
5 BPL of HP

How to pay fee?:- Candidates can pay fee for HP SET 2019 via debit card, credit card, netbanking.

For more details of HP SET 2019, please download information brochure.

If you have any queries regarding HP SET 2019, please ask in comments below.

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  1. I am Bonafied Himachali & I am holding a PhD degree in Biotech. How can I apply for Assistant Professor in College.

  2. Hi Urvashi! As per HP SET 2019 notification, 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.

  3. Sir, i forgot my hppsc account information to login the account. Is there any another way to download the hp Set admit card? My application number is 1056660.

  4. sandeep kaur call the HPPSC Office Khalini and get the details from them. they will share it on your email id

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