Karnataka Administrative Services Exam : Previous Years Question Papers

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is conducted by the Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) exam 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 2020 Notifications. All the candidates planning to appear for KPSC KAS 2020 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 Exam.

Note: To download KPSC KAS Previous question papers (2019), click here –  http://kpsc.kar.nic.in/questionpaper.html.

The KAS Exam Pattern and Marks for the Prelims and Mains

The KPSC KAS Exam Pattern has changed from the year 2011 for Mains and has become more aligned and similar to the UPSC IAS exam pattern and syllabus. Earlier, it used to be only two General Studies Papers in KAS Mains. So, here is the current model and a few useful links.

KAS Prelims

  • Two papers – objective type (MCQs)
  • Both papers are of 200 marks each.
  • There are 100 questions in each paper.
  • Time – 2hrs (for each paper)
  • Negative marking – 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

KAS Mains

  • Nine Papers – essay/descriptive type
  • Two qualifying papers – English and Kannada – have 35% qualifying criteria
  • Four General Studies Papers – GS I, GS II, GS III, GS IV
  • Choice of One optional subject (Two papers)
  • One Essay Paper
  • The Essay, GS, and free papers will be for 250 marks each.

For KAS Prelims preparation, solving MCQs is an essential task because losing the marks in the actual exam due to negative marking can be the critical difference between the success and failure of a candidate.

The theoretical papers in the Mains require a lot of long answer-writing practices beforehand. The required knowledge and the skill of writing to-the-point answers in the exam come from the long term practice.

Also, writing 2000-3000 words in two to three hours is no mean feat, and it takes a toll on the handwriting of candidates as well. Simulating the exam environment is an excellent way to prepare for the grueling exam.

Karnataka Administrative Services Exam Previous Years Question Papers

Question 1: Inadequacy in generating resources to sustain the process of economic growth necessitated the New Economic Policy of 1991. The main components of the new policy were?

  • (A) Liberalization
  • (B) Privatization
  • (C) Globalization

Which of the above statements is/are correct? Select the code for the correct answer from the options given below:

  1. A, B and C
  2. A and B only
  3. C only
  4. A and C only

Question 2: Which of the following factors has/have caused water logging in Deccan’s black lava soil?

  1. A. Introduction of irrigation
  2. B. Sugarcane cultivation
  3. C. High rainfall

Select the code for the correct answer from the options given below:

  1. A, B and C
  2. A and B only
  3. An only
  4. A and C only

Question 3: Concerning Indian transport systems, consider the following statements:

  • (A.) The Indian railway system is the largest in the world.
  • (B.) Among the States, Kerala has the highest density of surface roads.
  • (C.) National Highways No. 7 is the longest in the country.

Which of the above statements are correct? Select the code for the correct answer from the options given below:

  1. A and B only
  2. A and C only
  3. B and C only
  4. A, B and C

Question 4: The areas of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Southern California are well-known for which of the following activities?

  1. Iron mining
  2. Coal mining
  3. Oil fields
  4. Automobile industry

Question 5: The French Open, also called Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament held at the State Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The winners of the Mixed Doubles category at the French Open 2017 were?

  1. Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Sania Mirza
  2. Anna-Lena and Robert Farah
  3. ]Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski
  4. Leander Paes and Martina Hingis

Queston 6: Suppose tea at 90C is kept in an open cup, and it takes 20 seconds to cool down to 80 digress celsius. The time made for cooling from 80C to 70C is?

  1. less than 20 seconds
  2. equal to 20 seconds
  3. equal to 10 seconds
  4. more than 20 seconds

Question 7: Which of the following ministers have launched the live Twitter Wall for promoting the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ portal on the eve of the 71st Independence Day?

  • Ram Shankar Prasad
  • Ananth Kumar
  • Rajnath Singh
  • Arun Jaitley

Question 8: The oil patches on roads that occur due to leakage from vehicles appear to display many colors. This is due to the phenomenon?

  1. Interference
  2. Reflection
  3. Refraction
  4. Polarization

Question 9: The spherical nature of water and oil drops suggests that the sphere has the property shown as one option. Identify the correct choice.

  1. Smallest surface area for a given volume
  2. Largest surface area for a given volume
  3. Surface area is independent of volume
  4. None of the above

Question 10: Consider the following words:

  • A. Socialist
  • B. Democratic
  • C. Sovereign
  • D. Secular

Choose the response that gives the correct order in which these words occur in the Preamble of the Constitution of India.

  1. C, A, D, B
  2. C, D, A, B
  3. C, D, B, A
  4. D, A, C, B


The KPSC KAS prelims question papers in Kannada have changed its Exam Pattern from 2011 onwards, and it has become more similar to the UPSC IAS exam pattern and syllabus. Before 2011, there used to be two General Studies Papers in KPSC KAS Mains. In this article we covered what those changes are.

Areas covered in this article

  • KPSC question paper
  • KPSC prelims question papers
  • KAS prelims question papers in Kannada

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