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Himachal Pradesh attained statehood on 25th January, 1971. Prior to this date, the function of Public Service Commission in respect of the civil services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh were being discharged by the Union Public Service Commission under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. It was, therefore, incumbent on the State to have its own Public Service Commission. However, since a State Public Service Commission could be constituted simultaneously with the attainment of Statehood, the Union Public Service Commission, on a request from the Governor of the State of Himachal Pradesh with the approval of the President of India, agreed to serve the needs of Himachal Pradesh till the establishment of a Public Service Commission for the State or for a period of three months from 25th January, 1971 whichever was earlier.

Post : Ayurvedic Pharmacy Officer

Online Recruitment Applications (ORA*) are invited from desirous and eligible candidates for recruitment to 41 (Unreserved =15, UR(WFF) =01, SC of HP =10, SC of HP (BPL) =01,ST of HP =01, OBC of HP =07, OBC of HP (BPL) =01, EWS of H.P. =05) posts of Ayurvedic Pharmacy Officer, Class-III (on contract basis) in the Department of Ayush Vibhag, HP.

Pay Scale : Pay Band Level - 8 (Rs. 29700 - 94100)
Essential Qualification(s) : 1. Plus two from a recognized Board of School Education.
2. Successful training of alteast two years duration in Ayurvedic Pharmacist / Diploma in Pharmacy (Ayurveda) / Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (Ayurveda) from an Institution duly recongnized by the Himachal Pradesh Takniki Shiksha Board/University recognized by the HImachal Pradesh Government.
Desirable Qualification : Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the state.

Eligibility Conditions
1. The date of determining the eligibility of all candidates in terms of essential qualification(s), experience etc., if any, shall be reckoned as on the closing date for submission of Online Recruitment Applications through ORA portal.
2. The reserved category candidates falling under vertical reservation i.e. S.C./S.T. /O.B.C./E.W.S. who are appointed on their own merit and not owing to reservation will not be adjusted against reserved points and they will be adjusted against unreserved points. The S.C. / S.T. candidate appointed on their own merit and adjusted against unreserved points will retain their status of S.C. / S.T. and will be eligible to get benefit of reservation in future / further promotions, if any. However, only such S.C. / S.T. / O.B.C. / E.W.S. candidates fallingunder vertical reservation who are selected on the same standard as applied to general candidates shall not be adjusted against reserved vacancies. In other words, when a relaxed standard is applied at any stage of selection process in selecting S.C. / S.T. / O.B.C. / E.W.S. candidates, for example in the age-limit, experience, qualification, permitted number of chances in written examination (screening test / written examination), extended zone of consideration larger than what is provided for general category candidates etc., the S.C. / S.T. / O.B.C./ E.W.S. candidates are to be counted against reserved vacancies. Such candidates would be deemed as unavailable for consideration against unreserved vacancies in accordance with the instructions of the Government (in the Department of Personnel) issued vide letter No. P ER(AP)-C-F(1)-2/2001 dated 12 November, 2014. The candidates belonging to reserved categories falling under horizontal reservation i.e. Ex- servicemen / Wards of Ex-servicemen, Children / Grand Children of Freedom Fighters (W.F.F.), Persons with Benchmark Disabilities and Distinguished Sportspersons who acquire merit / marks on at par with the purely general candidates shall not be selected / appointed against general / unreserved posts and will be adjusted against the post reserved for respective category falling under horizontal reservation. However, it does not debar or preclude a candidate falling under vertical / horizontal reservation from applying and competing for any unreserved post subject to his / her eligibility and clearing the written test / personality test successfully without any relaxation.
3. For recruitment to the post(s) to be filled up on the basis of experience, it will be necessary for the candidates to have the required experience for determining his/her eligibility after acquiring the requisite essential educational qualification(s) or as per the notified provision(s) of the Recruitment & Promotion Rules, as the case may be.
4. The decision of the Commission regarding eligibility etc. of a candidate for admission to document verification/Personality Test or selection will be final and no correspondence / personal enquiries will be entertained.
5. Onus of proving that a candidate has acquired requisite degree/ essential qualification by the stipulated date, shall be on the candidate and in the absence of proof to the contrary, the date as mentioned on the face of certificate/ degree or the date of issue of certificate/degree shall be taken as date of acquiring essential educational qualification. No extra opportunity shall be provided to the candidates to produce appropriate certificates at the time of document verification/ personality test(s).
6. In respect of equivalent clause in Essential Qualifications, if a candidate is claiming a particular qualification as equivalent qualification as per the requirement of advertisement, then the candidate is required to produce order/ letter in this regard, indicating the Authority (with number and date) under which it has been so treated otherwise the candidature/Online Application is liable to be rejected.

Age : Between 18 to 45 years.
Provided that the upper age limit is relaxable by five years for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward Classes / Persons with disabilities and Children/Grand Children ofFreedom Fighters of Himachal Pradesh as declared by the Govt. from time to time. The age relaxation for these categories shall be admissible only if there is a post reserved for these categories. Age of a candidate shall be reckoned as on 01-01-2024.
Note:- * The age limit in respect of those candidates, who had applied earlier with reference to the advertisement issued by the erstwhile H.P. Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur, subject to the condition that the application was not rejected, would be reckoned on the first day of the year in which the advertisement was previously published.
NOTE I : Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
NOTE II : Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.
NOTE III : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in respective column of the application Form. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

Important Instructions
1. The candidates must read instructions carefully, which are available on website of the Commission before applying for the post(s) concerned.
2. It is for the information of all those candidates who had applied earlier against the post(s) advertised by the erstwhile H.P. Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur under post code : 1025, that they will choose the option (Applied earlier through HPSSC, Hamirpur Post Code-1025 (Ayurvedic Pharmacist) on Application Form for claiming exemption of Application Fee.
3. The candidates must ensure their eligibility in respect of category, experience, age and essential qualification(s) etc. as mentioned in the advertisement by uploading copies of certificates of Essential Qualification, Matriculation certificate as age proof, Category Certificate alongwith Bonafide certificate of H.P. and Experience Certificate (where required) to avoid rejection of their candidature after the closing date.
4. The candidates should possess requisite essential qualification(s) prescribed for the post(s) for which he/she wants to apply as mentioned in Eligibility Criteria of this advertisement are required to upload the requisite documents on the OTRS portal.
5. The benefit of reservation for various post(s) will be admissible only to the candidates, who are Bonafide residents of Himachal Pradesh in respect of categories, viz. Scheduled Caste (S.C.), Scheduled Tribe(S.T.), Other Backward Classes (O.B.C.), Economically Weaker Section(E.W.S.), Ex. Servicemen, Ward of Ex. Servicemen, Ward of Freedom Fighter (W.F.F.) and Persons with benchmark Disabilities (Loco motor Disabled / Visually Impaired / Hearing Impaired) etc.
6. The reserved category candidates belonging to other States will be treated as General Category Candidates and the benefit of reservation and fee concession will not be admissible to such candidates.
7. No in service (regular service) candidate will be interviewed unless he/she produces NOC (No Objection Certificate) from concerned employer.
8. Examination Fee once paid will not be refunded.
9. The candidates must mention their e-mail & mobile No. correctly in their Online Recruitment Application for receiving alerts and messages relating to Examination.
10. The candidates should also give their Aadhar No. (optional) in the appropriate field of the ORA.
11. Disputes, if any, shall be subject to Court jurisdiction at Shimla.

Important Note:- It is for the information of all those candidates who had applied earlier against the post(s) advertised by the erstwhile H.P. Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur under post code : 1025, they will choose the option (APPLIED EARLIER THROUGH HPSSC, HAMIRPUR POST CODE 1025 (Ayurvedic Pharmacist) on Application Form for claiming exemption of Application Fee..

B. List of documents to be uploaded on the OTRS portal by the candidate:-
1. Matriculation certificate for age proof.
2. +2 certificate.
3. Diploma/Degree certificates along with Marks Sheets of all years / Consolidated mark sheet in support of Educational Qualifications.
4. Experience certificate(s) wherever required.
5. Valid category certificate(s) in support of their eligibility, if any, viz., S.C., S.T., O.B.C., E.W.S., Ex- Servicemen along with discharge book, Ward of Ex. Servicemen, WFF and Persons with benchmark disabilities etc. All these certificates along with undertaking wherever required, should be on Proforma prescribed by the Government of H.P. from time to time. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward ClassesCertificates should be in accordance with the instructions of the Govt. issued vide letter No. PER (AP)-C-F(10)-4/2010 dated 5th August,2019).
6. Bonafide Himachali Certificate in case of reserved category candidates.
7. Valid EWS/BPL Certificate (Candidates applying under EWS's category will have to submit either "Income & Asset Certificate‟ or valid BP L Certificate countersigned by B.D.O. along with non-SC/ST/OBC certificate issued by the competent authority on the format prescribed by H.P. Government vide letter No. PER (AP)-C-B(12)-1/2019 dated 11th June, 2019.
8. Ex. Servicemen Discharge Certificate/Service Book. (The candidates belonging to Ex-Servicemen of Himachal Pradesh will have to furnish Discharge Certificate/ Service Book and full detail in respect of their P.P.O. No., Rank etc. and NOC with date of retirement from the Defence Services to claim the benefit of reservation for the category of Ex- Serviceman of Himachal Pradesh. The Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) released on or after 13-02-2020 shall have to upload proof of having received gratuity).

How to Apply
1. Desirous/eligible candidates must have to apply online through official website of the Commission i.e. Applications received through any other mode would not be accepted and will be rejected straightway.
2. The desirous and eligible candidate may visit the official website of the Commission ( and click on the link “Apply Online” on the Home Page. On the opened page the candidate willclick on the link “One Time Registration (OT R) for Examinations” and onthe opened page will register and create his / her profile by clicking on “New Registration” if not registered already. After registration or if already registered the candidate will have to log into his / her account in OT R page, Once logged in, the list of live advertisements will be displayed to the candidate on the dashboard. Candidate will apply for a particular post through this portal only. The application of the candidate will be submitted only after uploading of requisite documents as per advertisement. Before submission of application, the candidate will have to give an undertaking/ declaration that:- “It is certified that I have checked the preview of all the requisite uploaded documents and I am satisfied that documents are legible, readable and true. That I shall not object to rejection of my candidature based on the sole reasons of uploaded documents being non-readable/ poor quality of scanning.”
3. No further opportunity will be given to the candidates for submission of any documents after the submission of online recruitment application.
4. An application submitted in online mode shall be deemed to have been successfully submitted only after payment of fee has been acknowledged and the fee is credited to the account of the Commission.
5. Online Recruitment Application (ORA) once submitted shall not be allowed any change except change of category as per procedure laid down in Rule 5(iv) of HPPSC (Procedure and Transaction of Business) Rules, 2023.
6. Application without scanned latest photograph or signature shall be rejected straightaway.

Examination Fees:-
1. Male candidates of General, General Physically Disabled (orthopedically disabled, Deaf & Dumb and Hearing Impaired), Economic Weaker Section (EWS) (not included in BPL category), Wards of Freedom Fighter categories (WFF) and General – Ex-Servicemen of Himachal Pradesh who are relieved from the Defence Services on their own request before completion of their normal tenure of service under the Government of India. 400
2. All Male candidates of Other States (including reserved category(s) candidates of other states). 400
3. Male candidates of SC, ST, OBC and EWS covered under UR – BPL categories of HimachalPradesh and Ex-Servicemen candidates of Himachal Pradesh belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories who are relieved from the Defence Services on their own request before completion of their normal tenure of service under the Government of India. 100
4. The Ex-Servicemen male candidates of Himachal Pradesh who are relieved from the Defence Services after completion of their normal tenure of service under the Government o f India and the Blind and Visually Impaired male candidates of Himachal Pradesh are exempted from paying the examination fee. No Fee
Note -I :- Female candidates shall be exempted from the examination fee in accordance with the instructions of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. 
Note-II :- The Candidates who belong to any of the reserved category and there is no post reserved for such category but the candidates claiming fee concession available to them shall have to upload the category certificate in support of their claim. 
Note -III :- While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice for the Centre for the examination.

MODE OF PAYMENT:- The desirous & eligible candidates shall pay the examination fee fixed category-wise online by Debit Card/Credit Card/UPI/ any other online digital mode, as the case may be, on or before the prescribed closing date for submission of Online Recruitment Applications OTR portal. While making payment the candidate(s) shall pay specified amount only after accepting the "Terms and Conditions to apply online". Fee once paid shall neither be refunded under any circumstance nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.
NOTE 1 Candidates should note that payment of fee can be made only through the modes prescribed above. Payment of fee through any other mode is neither valid nor acceptable. Applications submitted without the prescribed fee/ mode shall be summarily rejected.

General Instructions :
1. If any person with benchmark disability requires scribe/reader, having disability of 40% or more he/she has to request for the same in writing to the Commission alongwith copy of disability certificate issued by the competent authority atleast seven days prior to the screening test (Computer Based Test/ Offline Test) for the concerned post. such application will be entertained on merit and as per rules
2. The SC / ST / OBC / WFF / Physically Handicapped and Ex-servicemen candidates of other states than H.P. should write / encode their category code as 01, because they will be treated as unreserved candidates and upper age relaxation is not applicable to them.
3. The candidates belonging to disabled categories are advised to claim their respective category only if the percentage of disability is 40% or more than this.
4. The applicant shall upload his/her latest photograph in the space provided in the application form. In case, photograph uploaded on the application of Preliminary examination is found different / varying to that of pasted on the Identity Card for appearing in the Main examination, the candidature of such candidates shall stand cancelled. Main examination, the candidature of such candidates shall stand cancelled.
5. Generally Wards of Ex-serviceman erroneously apply against the post of Ex. Servicemen and choosing the code of Ex- Servicemen of H.P. in the relevant Column of the Online Recruitment Application (ORA) resulting rejection of their candidature. Therefore, they shall write and choose the code of category(s) to which actually they belong and not select the code of Ex-Servicemen.
6. The Ex-servicemen candidates of H.P. must go through the relevant Rules and instructions of the reservation notified /issued by the H.P. Govt. from time to time in order to ensure their eligibility for admission to the aforesaid examination.
7. Reserved categories candidates are also required to go through the relevant instructions in order to ensure that they are eligible under the particular category(s). 8. Candidates are informed that as per Government of H.P. (in the Department of Personnel) notification No.Per (AP- B)B(15)-3/2022 dated 22-03-2023, the examinations conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission will come under the purview of Himachal Pradesh Prevention of Malpractice Act, 1984.

9. A candidate at any stage of examination /selection which shall include final selection and sending recommendation(s) thereof or during the course of examination or any selection process conducted or being conducted may in addition to rendering himself / herself liable to criminal prosecution under relevant laws (in the case of candidate already in service under Government, to disciplinary action and criminal prosecution under the appropriate rules and relevant laws) may be debarred from appearing in any written examination / Document verification/ Interview for a period not exceeding 15 years, or his candidature may be cancelled at the discretion of the Commission w.e.f. the date as may be decided by the Commission, if he or she is found to be guilty of the
ollowing: (i) obtaining / seeking support for his / her candidature whether in the Examination or Evaluation or Physical Test or Document verification or interview by any means; or (ii) impersonating; or (iii) procuring impersonation by any person; or (iv) submitting false/ fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with; or (v) making statements which are incorrect or false or flouts any Instructions Guidelines, terms and condition, given in advertisements or instructions communicated in any manner or suppressing therein material information at any stage of selection; or (vi) resorting to the following means in connection with his / her candidature for the examination, namely: (a) obtaining copy of question paper through improper means; (b) finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the Examination; Evaluation, Physical Test and Interview /Document verification, (c) Influencing the Examiners; or (vii) using or attempting to use unfair means in the Examination Hall; or (viii) writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts; or (ix) harassing, threatening or causing physical injury to the staff engaged in the conduct of Examination; Evaluation, Physical Test or Interview / Document Verification; or (x) violating any of the instructions given to the candidates in their admission card or other directives including oral instructions given by the centre supervisor /superintendent or other staff engaged in the conduct of Examination; Evaluation, Physical Test or Document Verification or interview; or (xi) misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott Examination, Evaluation, Physical Test or document verification or interview, creating a disorderly scene and the like; or (xii) being in possession of or using mobile phone, pager, scanner or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination /document verification; evaluation or physical Test or interview; or (xiii) being debarred earlier on the above mentioned grounds by the Union Public Service Commission or any State Public Service Commission or any other government department / recruiting agency including this Commission. (xiv) attempting to commit or, as the case may be, abetting the Commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses; Provided that no penalty under this Rule shall be imposed except after:- (a) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and (b) taking into consideration the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him/ her. Provided further that the order of debarring or cancellation of candidature shall be passed only after the Commission has considered the matter and approved the proposed punishment of debarring the candidate or cancellation of his / her candidature.

10. If any candidate appears in the Screening Test on the centre other than the allotted centre, his / her candidature will be rejected straightway and no correspondence will be entertained in the matter.
11. The number of vacancies to be filled in on the basis of this Screening Test may increase or decrease.
12. Contract/Casual/adhoc/ daily rated/ work charged employees do not need to produce NOC from the concerned employer. The candidates who are in Government service (regular service) may apply to the Commission alongwith requisite examination fees with information to their Head of Departments / Employer for issuing NOC. Any candidates, who are in regular Government Service or Government owned Industrial service, will not be allowed to participate in the process of document verification unless he/she produces NOC from the concerned employer.
13. It may be ensured by the candidates before submitting the applications that furnishing of false information and documents or suppression of any factual information in the application form would entail disqualification. If the fact that false information / document(s) has been furnished or that there has been suppression of any factual information in the application; comes to the notice at any time during the service of a person, his service would be liable to be terminated.

Advertisement Number : 1/2-2024
Closing Date for Application : 08/03/2024 11:59 PM and
Closing Date for Fee : 08/03/2024 11:59PM

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