The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is mandated with the task of recruiting the state civil service officers.
In 1921, the “Central Appointment Board” was constituted in the state to advise the Government and other concerned authorities regarding the appointment of the state civil service officers.
Post-independence, the Karnataka State Public Service Commission came into being on May 18, 1951.
The KPSC conducts competitive and departmental exams for filling up vacancies in Group A, B, C posts. The posts include both Technical and Non-Technical designations.
The KPSC exams for various posts include:
For the list of upcoming notifications, exam dates, results etc., candidates should visit the official site of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (http://www.kpsc.kar.nic.in/).
The KPSC KAS eligibility criteria are:
|Sr. No.||Academic Qualification|
|Number of Attempts||5 attempts for General Category|
For KPSC Gazetted Probationers Exam, the KAS eligibility criteria are relaxed for people belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories.
The tentative date of release of KAS notification is in the first week of May.
It is important that candidates read the current affairs from only select credible sources like Aspire IAS Daily Updates. The notes for current affairs should be aligned with the KAS syllabus.
Other than newspapers, a few important current affair preparation sources are:
The KAS preparation can be in Kannada or English depending on the candidate’s preference. As the KAS exam intends to recruit for Karnataka civil service posts, there is a big section of the syllabus which focuses on Karnataka (history, geography, demography, current affairs etc.)
Other than the Karnataka specific portion, the KAS syllabus and the UPSC Syllabus are quite similar.
Also, both the UPSC IAS exam and KPSC KAS exam are conducted in three stages:
According to the rules, candidates can only be eligible for the Gazetted Probationers Exam (KPSC KAS) if:
Aspirants currently pursuing their last year of Graduation are also eligible for the KPSC KAS Prelims exam but they will have to submit proof of passing/completion before they are allowed to take the Main exam.
KPSC KAS Exam Age Limit
Candidates should be at least 21 years old as on the last date for the submission of the application or any such date specifically notified by KPSC.
The maximum age of candidates cannot exceed 35 years for General Merit candidates.
Number of Attempts in KPSC KAS Exam
The official KPSC recruitment notification states that if particular posts are notified with physical fitness criteria then no candidate shall be eligible for the posts even after clearing all the stages of the Gazetted Probationers Exam unless he/she meets the prescribed physical standards.
After the recent amendments to the KAS exam rules, the pattern has become similar to that of the Civil Service Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
For vacancies in KAS, the commission releases a notification in the Karnataka Gazette and in newspapers.
However, candidates who already possess the necessary language qualifications as mandated by the commission are exempted from the Kannada paper.
Hence, the candidates who are exempt should:
The competitive examination shall comprise of two stages:-
(A)Preliminary Examination: - The Preliminary Examination shall consist of two papers of objective type (multiple choice).
|Sr. No.||Subject Area||No. of Questions||Marks|
|1||General Studies related to National and International importance||40||80|
|Sr. No.||Subject Area||No. of Questions||Marks|
|1||General Studies related to State Importance||40||80|
|2||General Science & Tech, Environment & Ecology||30||60|
|3||General Mental Ability||30||60|
PAPER - I
PAPER - II
The Main Examination shall consist of written examination and personality test.
|Qualifying Papers||Kannada||150 Marks||2 Hours|
|English||150 Marks||2 Hours|
|Compulsory Papers||Total Marks per Paper||Duration|
|Paper I||Essays||250||3 Hours|
|Paper II||General Studies 1||250||3 Hours|
|Paper III||General Studies 2||250||3 Hours|
|Paper IV||General Studies 3||250||3 Hours|
|Paper V||General Studies 4||250||3 Hours|
|Paper VI||Optional Subject Paper-1||250||3 Hours|
|Paper VII||Optional Subject Paper-2||250||3 Hours|
|Total Marks for Written Examination||1750|
C. Personality Test: The candidate will be interviewed by a board who will have before them a record of his or her career except marks secured in their Main Examination. He/She will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public services by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.