Himachal Pradesh State Eligibility Test (STET) Scheme and Syllabus


Sr.No. Subject Code Sr. No. Subject Code
1. English 11 11. Environmental Science 21
2. Chemical Science 12 12. Commerce 22
3. Life Science 13 13. Mathematical Science 23
4. Hindi 14 14. Sanskrit 24
5. Geography 15 15. History 25
6. Sociology 16 16. Physical Science 26
7. Music 17 17. Public Administration 27
8. Physical Education 18 18. Computer Science & Application. 28
9. Economics 19 19. Tourism Management &
10. Political Science 20 20. Mass Communication &


The syllabi for all the papers are that of UGC/CSIR examination. For Science subjects viz Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences, Paper-I will be according to syllabi of UGC NET, the Paper II will be from the syllabi of Section(B) of Paper-I of CSIR and Paper-III will be from syllabi of Paper-II of CSIR. The syllabi for all SET subjects can be downloaded from the H.P. Public Service Commission’s website www.hp.gov.in/hppsc. The syllabi can also be downloaded from UGC website www.ugc.ac.in. This agency will not supply the copies of syllabus to the individual candidates.


a) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from university / 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) / Physically Handicapped (PH) / Visually Handicapped (VH) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this test.
b) Candidates who have appeared or will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) Examination or 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 Lecturership eligibility only after they have passed their Master’s Degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% in case of SC/ ST/ PH/ VH 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.
c) 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.
d) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post -graduation only. The candidate, whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subject mentioned above, may appear in related subject.
I) The test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will be held on one day in two separate sessions as under:


I) The test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will be held on one day in two
separate sessions as under:

Session Paper Marks Duration

First I 100 75 Minutes (10 AM to 11-15 AM).

First II 100 75 Minutes (11-30 AM to 12-45 PM).

Second III 200 150 Minutes(2-30PM to 5-00PM)

Scheme of test including pattern of Paper-I, II and III is also available on the official website of the Commission which can be downloaded by the candidates for their information. A candidate who does not appear in Paper-I will not be permitted to appear in Paper-II and Paper-III. Paper-III will be evaluated only for those candidates, who are able to secure the minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I and Paper-II as per the table given below:



GENERAL/OBC 40 40 100 (50%)

PH/ VH 35 35 90 (45%)

SC/ ST 35 35 80(40%)

NEGATIVE MARKING IN PAPER-I AND PAPER-II: Negative marking at the rate of 25% has been introduced on the pattern of UGC. Therefore, for each incorrect answer, 0.5 marks shall be deducted.
Candidates belonging to reserved categories are required to submit attested copies of their SC/ST/OBC PH/VH certificates along with their application forms. Other candidates are not required to submit any certificates / documents in support of their eligibility along with the application forms. Therefore, the candidates, in their own interest, must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the test. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the Commission at any stage, their candidature will be cancelled and they shall be liable for legal action.

For Visually Handicapped (VH) candidates thirty minutes extra time shall be provided separately for Paper-I and Paper-II. For Paper-III, forty five minutes extra time shall be provided. They can also be provided the services of scribes who would be a graduate in subjects other than those of the candidates.

For Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates who are not in a position to write in their own hand-writing can also avail these services by making prior request (at least one week before the test) in writing. Extra time and facility of scribe would not be provided to other Physically Handicapped candidates.

In paper-III, candidates have the option to answer either in Hindi or in English in all subjects except languages where the candidate is required to write in the concerned language only. In case of any discrepancy found in the English and Hindi versions, the questions in English version shall be taken as final.

NOTE: SET qualified candidates shall be eligible to apply for the post of Lecturer (College Cadre) only in the University/Colleges belonging to Himachal Pradesh State.

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