Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), KAS 2021

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) for Candidates to fill up the Gazetted positions in the State Civil Service department of Karnataka. It is one of the best ways to become a Gazetted Officer in the State Public Service Commission (State PSC). It is also called the Gazetted Probationers Exam (GPE). The Karnataka Administrative Services recruit Group A and Group B officers through Gazetted Probationers exam (GPE). The KPSC conducts state level civil services examinations for various posts in the state. The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts such competitive exams every year. The notification regarding the examination is available on its official website www.Kpsc.Kar.nic.in.

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) announces the KPSC (KAS) eligibility criteria every year. Through this article, candidates will get the details of the eligibility of the Karnataka Public Service Commission.

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Karnataka Public Service Commission 2021 (KPSC) Highlights

Name of the examKarnataka Administrative Services (KAS) 2021
Conducted ByKarnataka Public Service Commission
Type of JobState Government
Location of PostingAll over Karnataka
Application ModeOnline
Mode of ExamOffline
Type of ExaminationPrelims (1st stage), Mains (2nd stage) and Interview (3rd and Last stage)
Official Websitewww.Kpsc.Kar.nic.in
Frequency of the ExamOnce in a Year

KPSC KAS 2021 Exam Pattern

KPSC KAS 2021 will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary exam, Mains exam and Interview. The applicants need to clear all the three stages in order to be selected at any of the posts. The exam pattern for Preliminary exam, Mains exam and Interview is given below:

Phase 1: Preliminary Examination

The first phase of the KPSC KAS is the Preliminary Exam. The applicants need to qualify the Preliminary Exam in order to be eligible for the Mains Exam.

  • The Preliminary Exam will consist of two papers i.e. Paper I & II.
  • The question papers will be carrying Objective type questions or Multiple Choice type Questions.
  • The applicants are informed that the Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature. Hence, the marks secured in this exam will not be counted for the final results.
  • The medium of the question paper will be the English language.
  • The duration of each of the two papers will be 2 hours.
  • The exam will be carrying 200 marks.
  • There will be a provision of negative marking. 0.25 marks are to be deducted for every incorrect answer.
PAPERSECTIONSMAXIMUM MARKS
Paper I- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)General Studies (National and International)40
Paper I- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)Humanities (Indian Constitution, History and Geography of India and Karnataka, Economy)60
Paper-II- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)General Studies (State)40
Paper-II- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology30
Paper-II- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)General Mental Ability (Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Problem Solving, Data Interpretation)- 10th Standard level30

Phase 2: Mains Examination

The second phase of the KPSC KAS is the Mains Exam. Only the applicants qualifying the Preliminary Examination will be allowed to attempt the Mains Examination. The marks secured by the applicants in the Mains Exam will be added to the final results for KPSC KAS.

  • The Mains Exam will consist of descriptive type questions.
  • There will be two qualifying papers in the Mains Exam.
  • The duration of the Mains Exam will be 3 hours.
  • The medium of the question paper is English. Although, the language papers will be set in their respective languages.
  • KPSC Mains will consist of 9 papers: 2 qualifying papers, 4 general papers and 2 optional papers.
  • The seven papers that are counted for final merit are:
    • Essay
    • General Studies 1
    • General Studies 2
    • General Studies 3
    • General Studies 4
    • Optional Paper 1
    • Optional Paper 2
  • KAS paper will be carrying a total of 1750 marks.
  • Applicants qualifying the Mains Exam will be called for the Interview round.

Phase 3: Interview

The applicants qualifying the Mains will be called for the Final Interview round. Applicants must ensure their presence on the day of commencement of the interview round as the scores of Mains Exam as well as the Interview round will be considered for the final results. The applicants are informed that the questions asked in the Interview round are generally from current affairs and of national importance. The applicants must answer the questions in the interview round showing full confidence level.

Name of Posts for both Group A and Group B in various department of Government of Karnataka:

  • Assistant Commissioner (KAS)
  • Assistant Commissioner Commercial Taxes
  • Treasury Officer
  • Executive Officer Panchayat Raj
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police
  • District Social welfare Officer
  • Tahsildar
  • Commercial Tax Officer
  • Deputy Superintendent of Excise
  • Assistant Director
  • Labour Officer

Karnataka Public Service Commission KPSC 2021 Eligibility Criteria

ParticularsEligibility Criteria
Academic QualificationBachelor degree or Master degree or it’s equivalent from a recognized University
Age LimitBetween 21-35 years

The eligibility criteria of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021 are based on the following points:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit
  • Number of Attempts
  • Nationality
  • Experience

Age Limit

The age limit of different Category:

One of the important eligibility criteria is the limitation of age. There are a minimum and maximum age limit for the different category for the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination. At the last date of submission of the application form, a candidate should be minimum 21 years old. For General Category, the maximum age limit should be 35 years old. However, there is relaxation for category belonging to SC/ ST, OBC.


The Age limit of different Category for the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021 are discussed in the below table:

CategoryAge Limit
General Category35
SC/ST/ CAT-140
OBC38
Physically Handicapped/ Widow Candidates45
  • 5years of relaxation for the Candidates belonging to SC/ST/ CAT-1 Category.
  • 3 years of relaxation for the Candidates belonging to OBC Category.
  • 10 years of relaxation for Physically Handicapped/ Widow Candidates.

Number of Attempts

Another important category is the number of examinations a candidate can attempt in Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination. In the below table, the number of times a Candidates can Attempt in Examination are mentioned:

CategoryNumber of Attempts
General Category5 Attempts
SC/ ST/ CAT-1No Limit
OBC7 Attempts

Educational Qualification

Another important Eligibility Criteria for Karnataka Public Service Commission examination is Academic Qualification. Candidates should fulfill the minimum requirement of educational qualification for the various post of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination.

The minimum criteria for Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2020 is to qualify Bachelor degree or Master degree or its equivalent qualification from a recognized University.

Candidates who are pursuing in the last year of graduation are also eligible to appear for Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS Preliminary exams, but for the Main exam, Candidates have to submit the proof of passing/ Completion certificate.

Nationality

Nationality is another important point for eligibility of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021, exams. Candidates appearing for KPPS, KAS 2021 exams must be a citizen of India. Candidates belonging outside Karnataka are also eligible to apply for KPPS, KAS 2021 exams. But they have to clear Kannada language examination. Kannada is the Compulsory Language for KPSC, KAS examination.

Experience

For KPSC, KAS 2021 examination, no experience is required for Group A post. But for the post of Group B, a candidate must be an active probationer in any government departments.

Eligibility criteria for Medical background Candidates

  • Candidates who did not complete the internship but passed the final year examination at the time of submission of KAS Main exam, are provisionally admitted to the exam.
  • At the time of submission of the application form for the Main exam, candidates also have to submit a copy of the final professional medical exam certificate from the institution/ University they have passed.
  • Lastly, candidates also have to submit an original degree certificate from a recognized University or Institute at the time of Interview stating that the Candidates have completed all the requirements including the internship.

Number of Attempts in KPSC KAS Exam

  • The General category candidates can appear a maximum 5 times in the Gazetted Probation.
  • The OBC aspirants will get two extra chances to appear for the exam that is total 7 times.
  • Lastly, the SC/ST/Cat-1 aspirants will get unlimited times to attempts the KPSC KAS exam, provided they are belonging from the particular and eligible age group.

KPSC KAS Important Points

If any Candidates found misconduct, the Commission has the full right to:

  • Suspend the Candidates for a specific period for selection or admission.
  • Discharge the Candidates permanently from appearing any State Civil services.
  • Candidates will disqualify from the exam.

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