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HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam Pattern, Papers & Books

August 08, 2012

HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam Pattern Papers BooksHPCL Officer Trainee Exam 2012 date has drawn closer -  barely three days from now i.e. on 12th August 2012 (Sunday) at 10 AM it would be held. HPCL has published detailed exam pattern/syllabus for each of the disciplines as well as the Sample papers. This blog article focuses on providing you the prep materials for HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam - it at first discusses the pattern of HPCL recruitment exam and than goes on to point you to the sample papers & prep books for the same.

This blog article also follows my previous blog article titled: HPCL Recruitment 2012 Notification, Form & Eligibility which informs you about this exciting job opportunity with HPCL. Both of these two blog posts (i.e. the current and the previous) would help not only the examinees who are going to take the test on 12th August, but also for future examinees - for example content of this article can be used as prep material for HPCL Officer Trainee Exam 2013 (say), since the exam pattern or the syllabus of PSU does not changes so often.

At the very outset, let me tell you that materials available on the net for  HPCL Trainee Exam is scarce - almost non-existent. Hence, the prep materials given here is gathered from similar exams for Engineer/Officer Trainee conducted by other public sector organisations like SAIL, NTPC, BHEL etc.

HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam Pattern:
HPCL, in its recruitment notification has not said much about the pattern of written exam except following:

The HPCL written exam will consists of Objective type questions in two parts:
Section-I:. General Aptitude test - It will consist of questions from:
i) Intellectual Potential

ii) Logical Reasoning
iii) Data Interpretation
iv) Quantitative Aptitude
v)Test of English Language

There are 85 question in this paper for all disciplines except Information System Officer, for which there will be 60 questions.

Section-II: Technical Knowledge test.
It will consist of questions specific to the qualifying disciplines/position applied for. There are 85 question in this paper for all disciplines except Information System Officer, for which there will be 90 questions.

Thus there are 170 question in total in HPCL Officer Trainee Exam  for all disciplines except Information System Officer, for which there will be 150 questions. Duration of HPCL Officer Trainee Exam is 2 hours (120 minutes). There is no negative marking.

PSU exam pattern
This exam pattern is very similar to the pattern of exams by other blue-chip PSUs like SAILNTPC & BHEL, as you can see in the comparative study of the exam pattern of these three organisations - each of them has two test sections - General Aptitude & Technical. Why this information is important? Because you can appear in any PSU exam by preparing for any of the exams. For instance, you can use the sample papers & books of SAIL MT exam to prepare for  HPCL MT exam.

HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam Syllabus:
HPCL has posted the syllabus for all the disciplines of HPCL Officer Trainee Exam in its website, which you can download by clicking the links below:
Click here to find Syllabus for HPCL Officer Trainee Exam.
Since there may be change in the server resource, I have also uploaded the same in the box website.
Click here to download Syllabus for HPCL Officer Trainee Exam.

Sample/Previous years papers of HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam:
HPCL has posted Officer Trainee Exam sample papers for all the disciplines in its website.
Click here to find Sample papers for HPCL Officer Trainee Exam.

Again as there may be change in the server resource, I have also uploaded the same in the box website.
Click here to download Sample papers for HPCL Officer Trainee Exam.

You can also find the following  previous years HPCL placement papers from useful:

Prep Books for HPCL Engineer/Officer Trainee Exam:
I could find not find any book published exclusively for HPCL trainee exam. However, since the exam pattern and standard of questions are similar for public sector recruitment exams, you can use the following books for engineering disciplines of HPCL written exam.

These books (prices are indicative below) are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts from 10% to 20%, apart from free shipping/postage in India if the order exceeds Rs. 200/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

For Aptitude Paper:
For the Aptitude paper (Paper-1) which is common to all disciplines, you can use the following books:
Prep Books for BEL Exam
List Price: Rs. 695, Offer Price: Rs. 487, Discount:Rs. 208 (30%).
S. Chand Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (Fully Solved) by R. S. Aggarwal
List Price: Rs. 440, Offer Price: Rs. 308, Discount: Rs. 132 (30%).

Guide To General Aptitude test For NTPC, BHEL, SAIL by GK Publishers
List Price: Rs. 450, Offer Price: Rs. 360, Discount: Rs. 90 (20%)

For Technical Paper:
For Civil Engineering:
SAIL Management Trainees (Technical) Mechanical Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publication 
List Price: Rs. 550, Offer Price: Rs. 440, Discount: Rs. 110 (20)%.
NTPC Mechanical Engineering Guide by GK Publication
List Price: Rs. 540, Offer Price: Rs. 498, Discount: Rs. 42 (8)%.
List Price: Rs. 465, Offer Price: Rs. 429, Discount: Rs. 36 (8)%.
Study Guide BHEL Mechanical Engineering by Mittal Publisher: GK Publication
Price: Rs. 595

Books For HPCL Electrical Engineering:
SAIL Management Trainees (Technical) Electrical Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by G K Publication
List Price: Rs. 510, Offer Price: Rs. 408, Discount: Rs. 102 (20)%.
NTPC Electrical Engineering Recruitment Tests by Gupta R Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 495, Offer Price: Rs. 424, Discount: Rs. 71 (14)%.
Study Guide BHEL Engineer Trainees Electrical Engineering by G K Publication
List Price: Rs. 595

Books For HPCL Electronics Engineering:
SAIL Management Trainees (Technical) Electronics & Communication Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publication
List Price: Rs. 550, Offer Price: Rs. 440, Discount: Rs. 110 (20)%.
NTPC/NHPC/IOC/HP: Electronics Engineering Guide by R. Gupta's Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 445, Offer Price: Rs. 381, Discount: Rs. 64 (14)%.
Study Guide BHEL Engineer Trainees Electronics And Communication Engineering (Includes Technical And Non Technical sections) by GK Publication
List Price: Rs. 595, Offer Price: Rs. 553, Discount: Rs. 72 (7)%.

Books For HPCL Computer Science/IT/Systems:
Guide to BHEL Computer Science By G K Publication
Price: Rs.595
NTPC Computer Science/Information Technology : Guide by Mithal G K Publication
List Price: Rs. 595, Offer Price: Rs. 549, Discount: Rs. 46 (8)%.
SAIL Computer Science / Information Technology Guide By G K Publication
Price: Rs.595

I am sorry but I could not find any books for other disciplines and if you know of any such book for preparation of HPCL  Trainee exam, I would love if you post them as comments below.

Hope with above sample papers and books for HPCL exam, you would be able to crack the same with ease. Best wishes!


posted by on August 08, 2012  
  • At June 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM, Blogger aliimrannaqvi said…

    Study Guide BHEL Mechanical Engineering by Mittal is not available on FLIPKART... Any other link... u can provide ??

    By the way... Info provided by u is useful

  • At June 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Blogger Shri Maharaj Ji said…

    Thanks a lot for the valuable info on HPCL exam.

    Can you suggest a good book for mechanical, specially meant for HPCL recruitment exam?


  • At August 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Blogger Arshad Pasha said…

    thanks for the info abt HPCL,can you pls tell the books to be referred for electronics and communication stream meant for HPCL and few sites where i can refer HPCL paper pattern...

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