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HP Forest Range Officer Exam 2022 Complete Study Notes available

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has invited online applications for the Range Forest Officer recruitment 2021 on its official website. Interested and eligible candidates can apply at the HPPSC website hppsc.hp.gov.in till April 19.

HPPSC is conducting the recruitment drive to hire 45 Range Forest Officer, Class-II (Gazetted) (on contract basis) in the Department of Forests, HP.

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Application Start Date

23rd March, 2021

Application End Date

19th April, 2021

Admit Card Release Date

19th July 2021

Written Exam Date

25th July 2021

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HPPSC Forest Range Officer Eligibility Criteria

The HPPSC has defined eligibility in terms of education, age limit, physical standards, and the number of attempts. The date for determining these eligibility criteria shall be 19th April 2021.

A. Education

Candidates must possess Bachelor‟s Degree (or equivalent) in Science or Engineering from any recognized University with at least one of the following subjects:-

(i) Agriculture

(ii) Botany

(iii) Chemistry

(iv) Computer Applications / Science.

(v) Engineering (Agricultural / Chemical / Civil / Computer / Electrical / Electronics / Mechanical)

(vi) Environmental Science

(vii) Forestry

(viii) Geology

(ix) Horticulture

(x) Mathematics

(xi) Physics

(xii) Statistics

(xiii) Veterinary Science

(xiv) Zoology

The candidates having the knowledge of customs, manner, and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the State shall be preferred.

B. Number of attempts

Candidates belonging to UR/General category can avail 6 chances to appear in the examination. There shall be no limit for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories.

C. Age Limit

The candidates must be aged between 21 to 31 years as of 01st January 2021. The upper age limit shall be 42 years to the candidates already in service of the Government including those who have been appointed on adhoc or on a contract basis.

D. Physical Standards



Chest Girth



79 cm

5 cm expansion



74 cm

5 cm expansion

The minimum height for Scheduled Tribes and to races such as Assamese, Garhwalis, Kumoanis, Ladakhis, Mizo, Naga, Sikkimese and those from Arunachal Pradesh, Lahaul & Spiti, and Meghalaya shall be:

  • Male candidate = 152 cm
  • Female candidate = 145 cm

HPPSC Forest Range Officer Selection Process

The candidates will first have to appear for a screening test. Successful candidates equal to 20 times the total vacancies shall be called for the main written exam. The number of candidates to be called for Physical Test after qualifying the mains shall be 5 times the total vacancies. After clearing the physical test, candidates equal to 3 times the total vacancies shall be called for the final stage i.e. interview. Hence, to summarise, the involved stages of selection are as follows:

  1. Screening Test
  2. Main Written Exam
  3. Physical Test
  4. Interview/ Personality Test

HPPSC Forest Range Officer Syllabus 2021

The sections in the HPPSC Forest Range Officer exam cover topics regarding General English, General Knowledge, or awareness of current affairs, in addition to questions related to respective professions.



General Knowledge

  • Current Events
  • Scientific Discoveries
  • Daily cultural events
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • National and International Affairs
  • Indian History
  • Geography
  • Environment

General English

  • Basic English Grammar
  • Sentence Construction
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Comprehension Passage
  • Precis Writing
  • Essay writing on National and International Current Affairs

HPPSC Forest Range Officer Exam Pattern 2021

The pattern of examination for the above discussed various stages of selection shall be as described further.

A. Prelims

  • The prelims exam shall consist of objective-type questions only.
  • One-fourth (0.25) of the marks assigned to the question will be deducted as a penalty.
  • Candidates selecting multiple responses shall be also considered as wrong answer and the negative marking will be the same as discussed above.





For Non- Forestry Graduates

History, Geography and Socio Economic development of Himachal Pradesh



2 hours

Knowledge of current events of national and international importance and such matters of everyday observation



Modern History (From 1857 onwards)



For Forestry Graduates

Forestry Subject



2 hours

General Knowledge of Himachal Pradesh



General Knowledge of National and International Affairs



B. Mains Exam

  • The mains written exam shall include two compulsory and two optional papers.
  • All papers shall have a duration of 3 hours.
  • Candidates must obtain at least 40% marks in each compulsory papers and 45% marks in aggregate.




General Knowledge


3 hours

General English


3 hours

Optional I


3 hours

Optional II


3 hours

Optional subjects list is as follows:

(i) Agriculture

(ii) Botany

(iii) Chemistry

(iv) Computer Applications/ Computer Science;

(v) Agricultural Engineering

(vi) Chemical Engineering

(vii) Civil Engineering

(viii) Computer Engineering

(ix) Electrical Engineering

(x) Electronics Engineering

(xi) Mechanical Engineering

(xii) Environmental Science

(xiii) Forestry

(xiv) Geology

(xv) Horticulture

(xvi) Mathematics

(xvii) Statistics

(xviii) Physics

(xix) Veterinary Science

(xx) Zoology

C. Physical Test

Male/ Female candidates must pass a physical test covering a distance of 25/16 km within four hours on foot, respectively.

D. Personality Test

Candidates who qualify the two written exams and the physical round will be called for an interview in this last stage before being employed. The likes of personal suitability, mental and intellectual capability is tested to check if selected candidates can cope with the esteemed post. It consists of 100 marks. The strength of candidates appearing for the round will be thrice the number of available vacancies.

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