Karnataka KPSC KAS Eligibility

While applying online for the KPSC KAS exam 2021, candidates have to fill the details carefully and submit the relevant documents for verification. Also, candidates should go through the complete KPSC KAS syllabus.



The different category options in the KAS exam form are:

GMGeneral Merit
SCScheduled Caste
STScheduled Tribe
Cat – 1Category – 1
2ACategory – 2A
2BCategory – 2B
3ACategory – 3A
3BCategory – 3B
Ex-MPEx-Military Person
RuralRural Reservation
KMSKannada Medium Student
PHPhysically Handicapped
HKHyderabad Karnataka Student
RPCResidual Parent Cadre

Academic Qualification Criteria for KPSC KAS Exam

The rules governing the academic eligibility for the Gazetted Probationers exam are:

  • Rule 7 – Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examination) Rules, 1997
  • 8th Amendment, Rules, 2010

According to the rules, candidates can only be eligible for the Gazetted Probationers Exam (KPSC KAS) if:

  1. They have a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a University established by law in India
  2. Or a Master’s degree from a recognised University
  3. Or possess an equivalent qualification

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.

For medical background aspirants:

  • If at the time of submission of the KAS Main exam application, they have passed the final year exam but not completed their internship, then they can be provisionally admitted to the exam.
  • However, in such cases, they have to submit along with their online application for the Gazetted Probationers (Main) exam, a certificate copy from the concerned University/Institution stating that they have passed the final professional medical exam.
  • Also, the candidates will have to submit the original degree at the time of Interview or a certificate from the concerned competent authority stating that they have completed all the requirements (including the internship) for the degree to be awarded.

KPSC does not consider the marks/GPA/percentage or the graduation stream.

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. However, the relaxation in age limit for KPSC Gazetted Probationers exam is as follows:

CategoryRelaxation in criteriaMaximum Age
GMNo relaxation35 years
SC5 years40 years
ST5 years40 years
Cat – 15 years40 years
2A3 years38 years
2B3 years38 years
3A3 years38 years
3B3 years38 years
Ex-MPNo of years in service
PH / Widow candidates10 years45 years

Number of Attempts in KPSC KAS Exam

  • For General Merit candidates in the Gazetted Probationers exam, a maximum of 5 attempts is allowed.
  • For OBC candidates, they are eligible for two additional attempts, thus making their total allowed attempts 7.
  • For SC/ST/Cat-1 candidates, an unlimited number of attempts are allowed in the KPSC KAS exam provided they meet the age limit criteria.

Important Information regarding KAS eligibility:

The recruitment rules clearly define and prohibit misconduct in the KPSC Gazetted Probationers exam process.

The commission has the power and authority to:

  • Disqualify the candidate for the particular exam
  • Debar the candidate for a specified period from admission or selection
  • Debar permanently from employment in the state Civil Services

The candidates will be liable for criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action if they are found guilty of:

  1. Impersonation
  2. Submitting fake/tampered documents
  3. Making incorrect/false statements
  4. Suppressing material information
  5. Using or attempting to use unfair means in the recruitment exam process
  6. Misbehaving in the exam hall

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