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Karnataka Administrative Service (KAAS) Exam : Vacancies, Application Process, Cut-off, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and Preparation Tips

Karnataka Public Service Commission

Karnataka Public Service Commission

The Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) exam is conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) for staff selection and recruitment for the state civil service positions in Karnataka. It is also called the Gazetted Probationers examination. Every year, lakhs of candidates apply for KPSC KAS to secure prestigious administrative jobs under the Karnataka Government. It is a very competitive examination.

The Government has announced the KPSC KAS 2021 Notifications, and all the candidates planning to appear for KPSC KAS 2021 must be aware of the KPSC KAS – important dates/exam dates, eligibility criteria for different posts, application processes, selection procedures, and exam patterns, etc. And to help the candidates with this, we are providing you with this article on KPSC KAS 2021.

Karnataka Public Service Commission Overview

Before getting into the exam details, let’s have an overview of KPSC KAS Recruitment:

Name of the ExamKarnataka Administrative Services (KAS)
Conducting AuthorityKarnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC)
Name of PostsWide Variety of Posts under Group A and Group B Cadre
Type of JobState Government
Location of PostingAll over Karnataka
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOffline
Number of StagesThree (Prelims, Mains & Interview)
Official Website

KPSC KAS Important Dates

The Government has released the KPSC KAS Notification 2021. Here are some critical dates that are announced:

Release of KPSC KAS Notification 2021to be announced
Application Process Startsto be announced
Application Process Endsto be announced
Last Date for Application Fee Paymentto be announced
Issuance of Admit Cardto be announced
KPSC KAS Prelims Exam Dateto be announced
Release of Answer Keyto be announced
Results Declarationto be announced

KPSC KAS Vacancy Details for the Group A & Group B

KPSC KAS is a state-level entrance examination to fill the vacancies in the executive/managerial level positions in the state administration. These kinds of posts come under Group A and B cadre in the state bureaucracy.

The KPSC has also announced the 7 Grade A and 99 Group B vacancies this year 2020. Details of such posts to be filled are given in this table.

The posts included are as follows:

Name of the Post Number of Vacancies
Group A
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Interior Dept03
Asst. Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Commercial Tax Dept02
Asst. Labour Commissioner, Labour Dept02
Group B
Tehsildar Grade II, Revenue Dept.50
Commercial Tax Officer, Commercial Tax Dept.07
Asst. Superintendent, Dept. of Prisons06
Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Excise Dept.05
Asst. Director, Dept. of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs02
Asst. Director of Audit of Co-operative Societies, Dept. of Audit (Co-operative Societies)14
Labour Officer, Labour Dept.-04
Asst. Director, Dept. of Tourism11
Total Vacancies=106

KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria

The KPSC Karnataka Administrative Services Exam Syllabus

Aspirants must understand the topics and nature covered in the previous year’s paper and exam in general. All the candidates have to start their preparation earlier because there is a lot of syllabi to prepare. Professionals and previous years aspirants suggest that the applicants always download the KPSC KAS Syllabus 2020 directly from the official website and start preparing for the exam accordingly.

Prelims Syllabus



KPSC KAS Mains Syllabus

General Studies I:

General Studies – II:

Optional Subjects

KPSC KAS Mains Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the Mains stage of the KPSC KAS exam is as follows:

Qualifying PapersDurationMarks
English2 hours150 (35%qualifying criteria)
Kannada2 hours150 (35%qualifying criteria)
Merit-ranking PapersDurationMarks
Paper 1 – Essay3 hours    250
Paper 2 –General Studies I3 hours       250
Paper 3 – General Studies II3 hours250
Paper 4 – General Studies III3 hours250
Paper 5 – General Studies IV3 hours250
Paper 6 – Optional Paper I3 hours250
Paper 7: Optional Paper-II3 hours250

The 4 GS papers in the KPSC KAS exam contain three sections each:         

GS 1GS 2GS 3GS 4
– History and Cultural Heritage (India and Karnataka)
– Social and Political Perspective
Indian Economy
– Planning
-Rural Development-Data Collection-Analysis-Interpretation
– Physical Features and Natural Resources
– Overview of the Indian Constitution
Public Administration and Management, International Relations
– Role and impact of Science and Tech in the development of India,
– Information Technology in Public Domain Advancement and Modern Trends in Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Agriculture, Health and Hygiene
– Challenges and issues of development on Environment and Ecology
Ethics Integrity Aptitude

Personality Test

The candidates who score above the cut-off in the KAS Mains will be shortlisted for the KPSC board interview. Here are a few points to note:

KPSC KAS Application Process

Important things to note:

How to Apply for the KPSC Karnataka Administrative Services Exam?

KPSC KAS Selection Process

The KPSC KAS selection process involves the primary three stages:

KPSC KAS Cut-off

The KAS cut-off marks are decided by the KPSC based on the multiple factors, such as:

KPSC KAS Interview Process

All the shortlisted candidates from the KAS Mains are called in by the KPSC board for an interview, a Personality Test. The questions explore the candidate’s intellectual caliber, leadership attributes, social awareness, and decision-making skills.

Usually, the number of candidates qualifying for this viva-voce is around 3 to 5 times the number of vacancies. The interview stage carries a maximum of 200 marks.

KPSC KAS Final Selection

Marks obtained by the candidates in the compulsory papers of KAS Mains and the interview are considered to compile the KPSC KAS final merit list. Your last ranks and preference are deciding factors for assignment to various services.

KPSC KAS Admit Card 2020

KPSC has released the KPSC Gazetted Probationers 2017-18 admit card on 17th August. The KPSC GPE Hall Ticket is available in online mode only. So, candidates have to download their KPSC KAS hall ticket from the KPSC official website.

The hardcopy of the call letter will not be mailed or posted to you. Therefore, check the official Website for updates. The admit card is usually made available three weeks before the exam. Candidates have to log in with their Registration ID and Password to download the admit card.

KPSC KAS Result 2020

The KPSC will announce the KPSC KAS results on its official Website after every round. Therefore, candidates need to keep an eye out for any recent updates on the results and exam. To check the results, candidates have to visit the official Website and log in with their unique registration ID and password.

So, now you are aware of all the necessary details regarding the KPSC KAS exam. As the exam is extremely competitive, the sooner you start your preparation, the better. You will have more time for revision.

Make the best use of the time you have and crack the exam with flying colors. We hope this detailed article helps you. If you have any queries, feel free to ask in the comment section below. We will get back to you at the earliest.

Karnataka Administrative Services Exam Preparation

A few more tips for the Karnataka PSC KAS Exam Preparation


The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), established in 1951 under the constitution’s provisions, recruits candidates to the various civil services across the state. The final selection is based on the marks scored by candidates in the commission’s examination (preliminary and main) and personality tests.

Note: For some services in the state, the commission only conducts written competitive examination or takes a personality test of the candidate.

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