In this Article we will discuss everything you need to know about KAS Exam .The KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission), holds Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) for the individuals looking forward to applying for esteemed positions in the Karnataka State Civil Service Department. The Gazetted Probationers Exam(GPE) is another name for Karnataka Administrative Services. 

Through this exam, the Karnataka Administrative Services recruits Group A and Group B officers. The KPSC administers state-level civil service examinations for a variety of positions throughout the state. The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) holds such competitive exams for deserving candidates. 

KPSC KAS Selection Process

KPSC KAS Exam Application Form

To apply, the candidates should go to the official website of the Karnataka Public service Commission (KPSC) and click on the recruitment notification.

Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) –  KAS Exam 2022-23 Overview

Exam NameKarnataka Administrative Services (KAS) 2022-23
Examination BodyKarnataka Public Service Commission
Type of JobState Government
Location of PostingAll over Karnataka
Application ModeOnline
Mode of ExamOffline
LanguageEnglish and Kannada
Type of ExaminationPrelims (1st stage), Mains (2nd stage) and Interview (3rd and Last stage)
Frequency of the ExamOnce in a Year
KPSC KAS EligibilityAge limit – 21 years to 35 years*(Relaxations up to 40-45 years for different categories)Educational Qualification – At least a Bachelor’s Degree or diploma from a recognized University.
Application Fees100 ₹
KPSC KAS 2022-23 notification release dateTo be released
Last date for application submissionTo be released
Date of KAS Prelims 2022-23To be released

Posts after passed KPSC KAS exam for Group A and Group B in various department of Government of Karnataka:


KAS Eligibility Criteria 2022-23

The different components for KPSC KAS eligibility criteria are mentioned below:

KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria – Nationality

Nationality is another important point for eligibility of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS 2022, exams. Candidates appearing for KPSC KAS 2022exams must be a citizen of India. 

Candidates belonging outside Karnataka are also eligible to apply for KPPS KAS 2022 exams. But they have to clear Kannada language examination. Kannada is the Compulsory Language for KPSC KAS examination.


KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria – Age Limit

KPSC has prescribed the KAS 2022 age limit in the official KPSC notification. As per the KPSC KAS eligibility criteria, candidates between 21 to 35 years can fill the KAS application form. Reserved category candidates are eligible for age relaxation as per the rules set by the Commission. For more details, check the table given below:

KPSC KAS Eligibility criteria – Age Limit

CategoryKAS examination age limit
General Category21 years to 35 years
OBC21 years to 38 years
SC/ST/ CAT-121 years to 40 years


KPSC KAS Eligibility criteria – Age Relaxation

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-Army PersonnelNo. of years in service 
PH / Widow candidates10 years45 years


KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria – Educational Qualification

Another important Eligibility Criteria for Karnataka Public Service Commission examination is Academic Qualification.

As per the KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria for educational qualifications, candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree, and a professional course in any subject from any University recognized or established by Kerala Government or UGC or awarded by the National Institutes established by the Government of India to fulfill the KPSC KAS Eligibility criteria.

And 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.


KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria  – Physical

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 Karnataka Administrative Services Exam unless he/she meets the prescribed physical standards.

KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria – 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
OBC7 Attempts
SC/ ST/ CAT-1No Limit


KAS Exam Syllabus

KAS syllabus for prelims and main exam is defined separately in the official notification. The candidates need to check both the syllabus and their explanation given here. 

Stage 1: Preliminary Exam – 2 papers – objective type (MCQs)

Stage 2: Mains – 7 papers – essay/descriptive type (Earlier there were 2 optional papers which are have been scrapped now.)

Stage 3: Interview

KAS Exam Prelim Syllabus.

The KAS prelims exam consists of two objective-type papers. The KAS prelims exam pattern is as follows.

General Studies Paper- I100200
General Studies Paper- II (Aptitude Test)80200

The detailed KAS syllabus of Prelims Paper 1 is:

  1. Current Affairs

                a.  National and International Importance

  1. Indian History
    1. Broad understanding of Cultural, Social, Political and Economic aspects
    2. Special Emphasis on Karnataka State
    3. Focus on the Indian National Movement
  1. Indian and World Geography
    1. Focus on Karnataka

  1. Polity and Indian Economy
    1. Indian Political System
    2. Economic Reforms
    3. Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation
    4. Social Sector initiatives etc.


Sr. No.Subject AreaNo. of QuestionsMarks
1General Studies related to National and International importance4080


The detailed KAS syllabus of Prelims Paper 2 is:

  1. Current events (State)
  2. Important State Government schemes.
  3. General Science and Technology
    1. Broad understanding as may be expected of a well-educated person
    2. Contemporary issues/developments and implications
  4. Environment and Ecology
    1. Broad understanding of general issues on biodiversity, climate change, ecology, health that do not require a subject specialisation
  5. General Mental Ability
    1. Basic numeracy
    2. Data interpretation (data sufficiency, charts, tables, graphs etc.)
    3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    4. Comprehension


Sr. No.Subject AreaNo. of QuestionsMarks
1General Studies related to State Importance4080
2General Science & Tech, Environment & Ecology3060
3General Mental Ability3060

KAS Mains Syllabus

The KAS syllabus for KPSC Gazetted Probationers (Main) exam is as follows:

Qualifying Papers:

  1. Kannada
  2. English
Kannada Language150 marks
Duration – 2hrs
35% qualifying criteria
English150 marksDuration – 2hrs35% qualifying criteria
Comprehension – 25 marks
Precis – 25 marks
Usage- 25 marks
Vocabulary – 25 marks
Short Essay – 25 marks
Communication Skills – 25 marks
Comprehension – 25 marks
Precis – 25 marks
Usage- 25 marks
Vocabulary – 25 marks
Short Essay – 25 marks
Communication Skills – 25 marks

Both the qualifying papers aim to test the candidate’s ability to read, understand and express in the given language.

Merit-ranking Papers:

  1. Essay
  2. General Studies 1
  3. General Studies 2
  4. General Studies 3
  5. General Studies 4
  6. Optional Paper 1 [Removed]
  7. Optional Paper 2 [Removed]

For the Essay paper, the exam duration is of 3 hrs and maximum marks are 250.

GS 1

Maximum Marks – 250

Exam Duration – 3 hours

3 Sections:
Cultural Heritage and History of Karnataka and India

Political and Social Perspective

Planning, Indian Economy, Rural Development- Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

1. Cultural Heritage of India (select areas and topics)

2. Modern History of India (beginning of the 19th century onwards)

3. Kadambas – Hoysalas

4. The Vijaynagar Empire (1336-1799)

5. Modern Mysore (1799-1947)

6. Karnataka Freedom movement and Unification (1885-1956)

7. Post-Independence Karnataka

8. Social Change & Movements

9. Social Change & Modernisation

10. Political System and Government

11. Decentralization of PowerSocio-economic system

12. Rural social system and Rural devIndian Economy

13. India and International Economic Relations

14. Development Patterns

15. Planning and Planning Goals

16. Decentralisation

17. Rural Dev

18. Rural Development Initiatives

19. Data Collection Analysis & Interpretation
GS 2

Maximum Marks – 250

Exam Duration – 3 hours

3 Sections:
Natural Resources and Physical Features

Indian Constitution – Overview

International Relations, Public Administration and Management
1. Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere
2. Continental physiography and demographic distribution
3. Indian PhysiographyIndustrial Planning & Development
4. Physiographic divisions (Karnataka)
5. Urban land use policy and Urbanisation (Karnataka)
6. Nature of the Indian ConstitutionFundamental Rights
7. Distribution of Powers (Legislative)
8. Unicameral and Bicameral legislatures
9. Important Amendments
10. Welfare machinery in India
11. Union and State services
12. Public and Private Administration
13. Organisation structure
14. Organisational behaviour and concepts of management
15. Informal and formal organisation
16. Management techniques and tools
17. Administrative Reforms
18. UN and Specialised agencies
GS 3

Maximum Marks – 250

Exam Duration – 3 hours

3 Sections:
Role/impact of Science & Technology in Indian Development, Information Technology in Public Domain

Modern trends and advancements in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agriculture Science, Hygiene and Health

Issues/Challenges of development on Ecology and Environment

1. Basics of Science and Tech
2. Space Tech & Science
3. Energy Resources
4. Disasters, Pollution and Pests
5. Related Perception
6. Knowledge society
7. Rural upliftment and Science & Tech
8. Natural Science
9. Agriculture Science
10. Sericulture and Horticulture
11. Biotechnology initiatives
12. Animal Husbandry (dairy, fishery and veterinary sciences)
13. Development policies (Agriculture), programmes and trade
14. Hygiene & healthEnvironment Conservation
15. Natural ResourcesBiodiversity & Ecosystem
16. Solid Waste Management & Environmental Pollution
17. Role of Information Tech in Environment and Human Health
18. State-community-civil society interface
GS 4

Maximum Marks – 250

Exam Duration – 3 hours

3 Sections:



1. Ethics – determinants, essence and consequences
2. Ethics in public administration
3. Accountability and ethical governance
4. RTI and concept of public service
5. Human valuesImpartiality, integrity and non-partisanship
6. Aptitude and foundational values for civil service
7. Emotional intelligence and contribution of social thinkers(case studies on above)

KPSC KAS Syllabus – Interview

The objective of the KAS interview is to evaluate the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service. The interview test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are

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