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The KPSC ( Karnataka Public Service Commission) is a public body under the government of Karnataka and is also the conducting body of the KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination. The KPSC conducts the civil service examination every year to enter candidates into various Group A and B civil service posts.
The release of an official notification is awaited. Visit the official website of the commission frequently to not miss out on notification releases.
List of services under Group A
|01||The Karnataka Administrative Service.||KAS Group-'A' (Junior Scale)|
|02||The Karnataka Commercial Tax Service||Asst. Commissioners of Commercial Tax|
|03||The Karnataka Treasury Service||Treasury Officer|
|04||The Karnataka Labour Service||Asst. Labour Commissioners|
|05||The Karnataka General Service (Development Branch and Local Government Branch)||Executive Officer/ Assistant Secretary, Panchayat Raj|
|06||The Karnataka Police Service||Deputy Superintendents of Police.|
|07||The Karnataka General Service Directorate of Youth Services.||Deputy Directors of Youth Services.|
|08||The Karnataka Reserve Police Service||Asst. Commandants of KSRP|
|09||The Karnataka General Service (Social Welfare Branch)||District Social Welfare Officer|
|10||The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Service||Deputy Directors of Food and Civil Supplies|
|11||Karnataka Backward Classes and Minorities Services||Commissioner for Backward Classes and Minorities|
List of services under Group B
|01||The Karnataka Administrative Service||Tahsildar Grade-II|
|02||The Karnataka Commercial Tax Service||Commercial Tax Officer|
|03||The Karnataka Service for Labour Administration||Labour Officer|
|04||The Karnataka Service for Jails Administration.||Assistant Superintendents of Jails|
|05||The Karnataka Co-operative Service||Assistant Registrars of Co-operative Societies|
|06||The Karnataka Excise Service||Deputy Superintendents of Excise|
|07||The Karnataka Employment and Training Service.||Employment Officers|
|08||The Karnataka General Service (Directorate of Youth Services).||Assistant Directors of Youth Services/District Youth Service Officers/ Manager Ravindra Kalakshetra.|
|09||The Karnataka General Service (Survey Settlement and Land Records branch)||Assistant Director of Land Records and equivalent posts.|
|10||The Karnataka Municipal Administrative Service||Chief Officers Grade-I|
|11||The Karnataka Treasury Service.||Assistant Treasury Officers.|
|12||The Karnataka Marketing Service||Assistant Directors Agriculture Marketing Dept.|
|13||The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Service (Food Wing)||Assistant Directors of Food and Civil Supplies|
|14||The Karnataka Co-operative Audit Service||Assistant Director|
|15||The Karnataka Tourism Services.||Assistant Director of Tourism|
|16||The Karnataka Government Secretariat Service.||Section Officer|
|17||The Karnataka General Services. (Social Welfare Branch).||Taluk Social Welfare Officer|
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Important Dates
|Application begins||to be announced|
|Last date to submit application||to be announced|
|Last date for fee payment||to be announced|
|Date of release of admit card||to be announced|
|Date of Prelims||to be announced|
|Date of release of answer key||to be announced|
|Date of Mains examination||to be announced|
Eligibility Criteria for KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020
Only Citizens of India are eligible to apply for KPSC KAS Examination.
Candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a university recognised by the University Grants Commission are eligible to apply for the KPSC KAS Examination. Different posts require different specialisations.
The eligible age group for KPSC KAS Examination is 21 - 35 years.
Upper age relaxation
|Category – 1||5 years|
|Ex-MP||No of years in service|
|PH / Widow candidates||10 years|
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Application fee
|2A, 2B, 3A & 3B||₹ 300|
How to Apply for KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020
- Visit the commission's official website by click on the link here.
- You will find the "Application For Gazetted Probationers 2021 (Mains Examination)" under the "What's New" section. This link will be available when the application process starts.
- Fill in your particulars carefully on the application form.
- Upload the required documents and review your application before submitting it.
- Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a message on your registered mobile number and email id. This message will mention your registration number along with an OTP. Note them down carefully.
- Use these credentials to log into your profile and proceed with your application.
- Upload all required documents with your photograph and signature.
- Select your preferred language of examination and exam centre.
- Pay the application fees through any one of the modes - Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking or through 'Common Service Centre.' Payment completes the registration process.
- Take a printout of your application.
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Admit Card
The link for downloading your admit card will be available a few weeks before the examination on the official website. Use the credentials given to you during the application process to log into your account and download your admit card. Take a printout of the admit card and carry it with you to the examination venue.
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Vacancy
|Name of the Post||Number Of Vacancies|
|Deputy Superintendent of Police, Interior Department||3|
|Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Commercial Tax Department||2|
|Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour Department||2|
|Tehsildar Grade II, Revenue Department||50|
|Commercial Tax Officer, Commercial Tax Department||7|
|Assistant Superintendent, Department of Prisons||6|
|Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Excise Department||5|
|Assistant Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs||2|
|Assistant Director of Audit of Co-operative Societies, Department of Audit (Co-operative Societies)||14|
|Labour Office, Labour Department||4|
|Assistant Director, Department of Tourism||11|
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationer Selection Process
The Competitive examinations consist of two stages - Preliminary and Mains. The preliminary examination is of qualifying nature. Candidates who clear this round of selection qualify for the Mains Examination. Based on their performance in Mains Examination, selected candidates will be called for an Interview before the Selection Board. Hence the appointment of a KAS Officer happens in three stages -
- Preliminary Examination
- Mains Examination
The first round of selection is an Objective test of 400 marks. The preliminary examination has two papers carrying 200 marks each. Marks obtained in this round will not be considered while drafting the final merit list.
Candidates who pass the preliminary examination will qualify for the Mains examination. The KPSC Mains examination consists of seven papers. Earlier, the mains examinations had nine papers (two optional papers have been scrapped). Two out of seven papers are of qualifying nature. The remaining five will be counted for merit. The Mains Examination carries 1250 marks. These alterations are as per the notification released in August 2020
The interview marks the last stage of selection. The interview carries 50 marks. Candidates performing well in the mains exam will be called for an Interview. This interview aims to judge the suitability of the candidate for the post. The candidates' mental abilities, intellectual prowess and social traits are considered. The candidates' knowledge of Current events and events of national and international importance are tested.
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Examination Pattern
Description: 2 papers consisting of 100 objective type questions each.
Duration: 2 hours for each paper
Maximum Marks: 400 (200 per paper)
Marking Scheme: There will be negative marking. Correct answer: +1 and Wrong answer: -0.25
PAPER - I
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks|
|General Studies related to National and International importance||40||80|
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks|
|General Studies related to State Importance||40||80|
|General Science & Tech, Environment & Ecology||30||60|
|General Mental Ability||30||60|
Description: Seven papers consisting of descriptive type questions.
Duration: 3 hours for each paper
Maximum Marks: 1750
|Paper I||Essays||250||3 hours|
|Paper II||General Studies-1||250||3 hours|
|Paper III||General Studies-2||250||3 hours|
|Paper IV||General Studies-3||250||3 hours|
|Paper V||General Studies-4||250||3 hours|
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Syllabus
|Section 1: General Knowlegde||Current Affairs, Events of National and International Importance.|
|Section 2: Humanities||History of India, History of Karnataka, Indian national movements with emphasis on Karnataka|
|Section 3: Geography||World geography, Geography of India with emphasis on Karnataka|
|Section 4: Politics and economics||Indian Constitution, Political system of India and Karnataka, Planning and economic reforms in India, sustainable development, poverty alleviation, demographics, social sector initiatives|
|Section 1: Karnataka GK||Current events of Karnataka, Important schemes of the Karnataka State Government|
|Section 2: General Science||General Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, contemporary developments in science and technology, and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience, general Issues on Health, environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change|
|Section 3: Mental Ability||General Mental Ability Comprehension, Logical reasoning, Analytical ability, Decision making, problem solving, Basic innumeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude etc.) and data interpretation (charts. Graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.,)|
|Paper-I: Kannada||Comprehension, Precise, Vocabulary, Short Essay, Communication and usage.|
|Paper-II: English||Comprehension, Precise, Vocabulary, Short Essay, Communication and usage.|
|Paper-I: Essays||Essay-1: Topic of National/International importance. Essay 2: Topic of State importance|
|Paper-II: General Studies-1||Cultural Heritage of India, Modern History of India, Kadambas – Hoysalas, The Vijaynagar Empire (1336-1799), Modern Mysore (1799-1947), Karnataka Freedom movement and Unification (1885-1956), Post-Independence Karnataka, Social Change & Movements, Social Change & Modernisation, Political System and Government, Data Collection Analysis & Interpretation, Decentralisation of Power, Socio-economic system, Rural social system and Rural development, Indian Economy, India and International Economic Relations, Planning and Planning Goals, Rural development initiatives|
|Paper-III: General Studies-2||Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Continental physiography and demographic distribution, Indian Physiography, Industrial Planning & Development, Physiographic divisions (Karnataka), Urban land use policy and Urbanisation (Karnataka), Nature of the Indian Constitution, Fundamental Rights, Informal and formal organization, Management techniques and tools, Distribution of Powers (Legislative), Unicameral and Bicameral legislatures, Important Amendments, Welfare machinery in India, Union and State services, Public and Private Administration, Organisation structure, Organisational behaviour and concepts of management, Administrative Reforms, UN and Specialised agencies|
|Paper-IV: General Studies-3||Basics of Science and Tech, Space Tech & Science, Energy Resources, Disasters, Pollution and Pests, Related Perception, Knowledge society, Rural upliftment and Science & Tech, Natural Science, Agriculture Science, Sericulture and Horticulture, Biotechnology initiatives, Animal Husbandry, Development policies (Agriculture), programmes and trade, Hygiene & health, Environment Conservation, Natural Resources, Biodiversity & Ecosystem, Solid Waste Management & Environmental Pollution, Role of Information Tech in Environment and Human Health, State-community-civil society interface|
|Paper-V: General Studies-4||Ethics – determinants, essence and consequences, Ethics in public administration, Accountability and ethical governance, RTI and concept of public service, Human values, Impartiality, integrity and non-partisanship, Aptitude and foundational values for civil service, Emotional intelligence and contribution of social thinkers|
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Result
The KPSC will release the results of the KAS Examination 2021 after each stage of selection. Examinees can check their result on the official website - http://www.kpsc.kar.nic.in/. The direct link will be available in the "What's New" section. Candidates can also check the results by clicking on the "Result" once the examination is conducted throughout the state.
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020 Cut-off
The cut-off marks for the KPSC KAS Examination depends on various factors like the number of candidates attended, difficulty level, vacancies available, etc. Hence there is no fixed cut-off, and it is different every year. The KPSC will also release the cut-off marks for each stage of selection along with the results.
KAS Officer Job Description
After selecting candidates through written exams and interviews, the officers hold the position of Sub Divisional Magistrate in Karnataka. The job offers growth opportunities such as promotion to Additional District Magistrate Post and also to IAS.
Duties and responsibilities include
- Implementation of existing policies
- Development of new approaches according to the need.
- Public administration
- supervising sub-officers and guiding them in discharging their duties
- Proper documentation of new results and maintenance of old archives.
KAS Officer Salary
|Deputy Superintendent of Police||₹ 30,400 to 51,300|
|Assistant Commissioner||₹ 28,100 to 50,100|
|Assistant Labour Commissioner||₹ 28,100 to 50,100|
|Tahsildar Grade II||₹ 22,800 to 43,200|
|Commercial Tax Officer||₹ 22,800 to 43,200|
|Asst Superintendent||₹ 21,600 to 40,050|
|Deputy Superintendent of Excise||₹ 21,600 to 40,050|
|Assistant Director (Food)||₹ 22,800 to 43,200|
|Assistant Director of Audit of Co-operative Societies||₹ 21,600 to 40,050|
|Labour Officer||₹ 22,800 to 43,200|
|Assistant Director (Tourism)||₹ 21,600 to 40,050|
KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination Analysis
Prelims Paper-I is a general paper including questions from general knowledge, current affairs and working knowledge of the country. Questions can also ask about globally important milestones.
The General Studies (Prelims Paper-II) paper will mainly focus on Karnataka. Questions will be asked about the culture, history, geography, political history and economic conditions of Karnataka.
The Kannada and English papers in the mains examination are of qualifying nature. Marks obtained in these papers will not be considered for merit but passing in these subjects is necessary for selection.
Preparation tips for prelims
- The importance of Current Affairs Knowledge cannot be stressed enough for any civil service examination. Stay on top of pivotal events happening across the globe. Reading standard newspapers in Kannada and English every day is a must. Make a habit of noting down important events as you read the newspaper.
- Prelims examination is only a qualifying test and is not a part of the final merit list. So, aim to clear the preliminary examination with a safe margin. If you get a score well over the cut-off marks, it guarantees your qualification for the mains examination. Otherwise, there tends to a gap in your mains preparation.
- NCERT and State Textbooks mostly contain all the relevant concepts for KPSC Preliminary examination.
- Attempt previous years papers and mock tests available on the internet.
Preparation tips for Mains
- Current Affairs is not exclusively mentioned in the syllabus, so students tend to overlook this. Do not make that mistake. Go through the notes you prepared during prelims preparation. The paper might not ask questions directly from these events. Still, if you include relevant details in explanatory answers, it adds value to your response and set you apart from the rest of the candidates.
- The preferred medium of examination will not have any influence on the marks you score. Hence choose the language you are comfortable with and prepare to answer in the same medium.
- Attempt mock tests available on the internet. This will help you with time management and also lets you brainstorm the static syllabus.
Preparation tips for the interview
- The questions asked in the interview will not be subject-specific; instead, it is to judge your suitability to the district and post. The panel will want to know your personality, mental ability, sense of judgement, leadership skills and commitment towards the job.
- Be Confident but Humble.
- Answer truthfully. Do not oversell yourself.
- Believe in yourself and your motivation to join the Administrative Service.
Previous years question papers for Gazetted Probationers Examination are available for download on the official website of the commission.
click here to view the question paper section of KPSC.
Recommended Books for KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020
|Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 textbooks for Indian History||NCERT|
|India's Struggle for Independence||Bipin Chandra|
|Karnataka Itihasa||Phalaksha and R.M Shekaraiah|
|NCERT textbooks for Indian and World geography||NCERT|
|Geography of Karnataka||Ranganath|
|Geography for Competitive exams||Disha Experts|
|Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 Economics textbooks||NCERT|
|Economic survey of Karnataka 2020-2021||Govt. of Karnataka|
|Economic survey of India||Govt. of India|
|Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude||G Subba Roy and PN Roy Chowdhary|
|Ethics in Governance||Ramesh K Arora|
|Lexicons for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude||Chronicle Publications|
|General Studies series for KAS||Spectrum, McGraw Hill|
|Newspapers||The Hindu, Prajavani|
|Magazines||Civil service chronicles, Competition wizard, Yojana, Kurukshetra|
Other sources -
ktbs.kar.nic.in for highschool textbooks (state syllabus)
pue.kar.nic.in for PU textbooks (state syllabus)
Insights of India - Blog
Mrunal.org - Blog
Study Plan for KPSC KAS Gazetted Probationers Examination 2020
Syllabus: Covering all the topics in the syllabus is very important. Don't stick to just one or few reference books just because they are recommended. These books are voluminous, and reading the entire book may not always be necessary. Instead, study according to the topics mentioned in the syllabus. Solve a maximum number of multiple-choice questions for practice. You can also rely on the internet for some matters. Don't limit yourself to only conventional sources.
Making notes: make notes as you proceed through the list. These notes should be crisp and to the point. Include mindmaps and flowcharts wherever appropriate. Make notes for each chapter highlighting essential details and include a precise explanation of concepts. These notes will be your holy grail during revision!
Previous years papers - Solving last years papers have a lot of benefits. It mainly helps you get familiar with the examination pattern and gives you an idea about the questions asked from the static syllabus. As you get more and more familiar with the examination patterns, the more confident you will become. Attempting mock tests is vital to test your time management skills.
Clearing the Gazetted Probationers Examinations opens up new avenues for your career growth. If you work hard enough, you can hold a prominent position in the state government at an early age! Sky's the limit.