KAS Exam Pattern
As per the latest Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examinations) (Amendment) Rules, the KAS aspirants have to clear the 2-stage exam. The first stage is the Preliminary examination which comprises 2 papers with objective type questions.
The candidates who clear the Prelims become eligible for the Main stage of the exam. The Main stage of the KAS exam consists of a written examination and a personality test (interview). Hence, in effect, the KPSC KAS exam pattern is modeled quite closely on the lines of the UPSC IAS exam.
STAGE 1: PRELIMS
- The Preliminary stage consists of two papers
- Both the papers comprise objective type questions with multiple choice answers
- The prelims examination is a qualifying stage to filter candidates for the mains exam.
- Marks secured at this stage are not counted towards the final merit list, though candidates have to prepare well for this exam as cut-offs are unpredictable and depend on the average score every year.
The Prelims stage consists of two papers which are conducted in offline mode (pen-paper) on the same day. This stage has only objective type (MCQs) questions and it acts as a filtering stage for the Main examination.
The marks in KAS Prelims are not counted for the final merit list, however, aspirants should prepare diligently as the cutoffs vary each year.
|Paper 1||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Exam Duration||Negative Marking|
|General Studies||40||80||2 Hours||Yes (0.25 marks penalty for every incorrect answer)|
|Paper 2||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Exam Duration||Negative Marking|
|General Studies related to state||40||80||2 Hours||Yes (0.25 marks penalty for every incorrect answer)|
|Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology||30||60||2 Hours|
|General Mental Ability||30||60||2 Hours|
- Both papers in Prelims consist of 100 questions each.
- Each question is for 2 marks and negative marking of 0.25 marks for an incorrect answer.
- The General Mental Ability questions will be of 10th standard level.
STAGE 2: MAINS
- KPSC has altered the KAS exam pattern in August 2020. Two major alterations in the KPSC KAS exam pattern are:
- Optional Papers are removed.
- Marks assigned to KPSC KAS Personality test are slashed from 200 to 50.
The new exam pattern for the Main stage of the KPSC KAS exam is as follows:
- Total of 7 papers
- English and Kannada language papers are compulsory and qualifying in nature
- At least 35% marks are needed to clear English/Kannada papers
- The level of the questions will be of Honours degree level.
- The questions are descriptive-essay type in nature and there is no negative marking
- The question papers will be set in both Kannada and English.
- The standard of Kannada and English language papers will be of First Language Kannada and First Language English at SSLC level, respectively.
- Total marks – 1250
|English||2 Hours||150 (35% qualifying criteria)|
|Paper 1 – Essay||3 hours||250|
|Paper 2 – General Studies I||3 hours||250|
|Paper 3 – General Studies II||3 hours||250|
|Paper 4 – General Studies III||3 hours||250|
|Paper 5 – General Studies IV||3 hours||250|
Earlier, the commission gave the following optional subject choices in the KAS exam are:
- Agriculture, Agri Marketing, Sericulture and Cooperation
- Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences and Fisheries
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Political Science and International Relations
- Public Administration
- Rural Development and Cooperation
- Literature of any one of the following languages:(English, Hindi, Kannada, Urdu)
Note: All the above optional subjects stand invalid now as optional papers have been omitted from the KAS Exam.
STAGE 3: PERSONALITY TEST / INTERVIEW
The candidates who score above the cutoff in the KAS Mains will be shortlisted for the interview with the KPSC board.
Update – Earlier, KAS Interview score was 200 which now has been slashed to 50.
Here are a few points to note:
- Usually, the ratio of the total number of vacancies in that year and candidates called for an interview is 1:3. Reportedly, it has been increased to 1:5
- The Personality test board is constituted by the KPSC Chairman
- The board consists of 4 persons out of which there shall be 2 KPSC members
- The other 2 members will be from among:
- Retired All India Services officers
- Eminent Professors (Retired) from IITs, IIMs, Central/State Universities
- The panel will be chaired by the senior-most KPSC member present.
- The maximum marks for the interview are 50
- The panel members will not be told the candidate’s marks in the Mains stage.
- The KAS interview is to test the mental calibre, societal awareness, balance of judgement and leadership abilities.
- The 4 members panel will give marks individually and then the average of those marks will constitute the candidate’s marks in the interview.
- The KPSC KAS result or the merit list is the sum of marks in the Mains and the Interview.