Kerala Public Service Commission 2021: Notification, Application, Eligibility, Admit card, and Vacancy

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Jun 11, 2021

Kerala PSC is a public service organization which works under the supervision of the Indian constitution. It was formed on 1st November 1956 and is also an advisor of the government, which acts under the article 320(3) of the constitution. Headquarter of Kerala public service commission is situated on Thulasi Hills, Pattom Palace, Thiruvananthapuram.

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Kerala public service commission KPSC is a working body set to recruit candidates for various posts in civil service, under the state of Kerala. Intake of applicants is completely based on behalf of score secured by the candidate/on merit basis.

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KPSC Dates

Kerala PSC 2021 Important dates

Public notice to advertise on 1st week of November 2020
The last date for submission of the form 1st week of December 2020 (estimated)
Admit cards will be available on the website to download. Will be notified by the officials as per the schedule decided.
Exam date for Prelims examination Around 1st week of February 2021
Result date for Prelims examination 1st week of May-June 2021
Availability of application form for mains examination on the website. 1st – 2nd week of August 2021
Mains examination to be held on September and November to be approx.

After the mains examination takes place and its results will be out, the further interview selection procedure will begin and selected candidates will be appointed on the basis of their knowledge and skills.

KPSC plays a significant role by conducting written exams, which proceeds to a physical exam, group discussions, in-person interviews at different levels to appoint candidates for different grade services and posts. It also advises the Kerala government to recruit only qualified professionals from different streams.

Recently, Kerala PSC released a notification of 2021 cycle intake, for various posts including Deputy Collector, Assistant commissioner, Fire and rescue officer, Account officer, Matron, Staff Nurse, Medical officer, Assistant professor, Computer assistant grade II and many other posts in civil services. Eligible applicants can apply till 09’ September 2020.

KPSC Highlights

Kerala PSC 2021: Highlights

Applicants who are seeking to work for the government official under the state of Kerala can apply for the respective posts according to a qualification they hold. To appear in the examination candidate needs to be a permanent resident of India and should have a proof of domicile in state Kerala.

Age limit varies between the age group of 21-30 years.

KPSC follows the recruitment procedure in the following three tiers: Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. It takes place for different posts for recruitment of different grade officers.

Name of examination KPSC
Organization name Kerala public service commission
Post More than 62 posts in a government department
Mode of application 500
Mode of examination Online
Language of examination English and Malayalam
Selection process Phase 1: Preliminary examination (screening test) phase 2: Mains examination Phase 3: Interview
Job location State of Kerala
Official website
KPSC Application

Kerala PSC 2021 Application process

The application procedure will be completely online. To apply candidates can visit the official website and login/register themselves via generating one-time registration pin.

In the next section, they will be asked to opt for the desired post for which candidate is applying and after filling all the required details, they have to click on the “apply now “button.

Later application form will be redirected to check and verify sections where candidates have to confirm the provided details by themselves and have to upload the documents like a photograph of the candidate, signature, thumb impression etc. according to the mentioned format by the officials.

After uploading certain documents, fees will be deducted through online banking/ debit/ credit cards, NEFT, etc.

At the end of the whole admission process, it is must for the applicant to take a print out of the confirmation slip and registration card for future references.

Application process Online
Application fees NIL (not mentioned) According to the source, no application fee will be charged from any of the categories in the year 2020 and 2021.
Online payment Through online mode only via, internet banking, debit/credit card (rupay, visa, master card), NEFT, E-challan.
KPSC Eligibility

Kerala PSC 2021 Eligibility criteria

  • Any graduate/ post-graduate/ professional degree holder from a recognized institution/university which is affiliated to UGC (Union Grant Commission) and NAAC or its equivalent with 50% aggregate (for General category) and 45% aggregate (for OBC/SC/ST) from any stream can apply for the Kerala public service commission examination 2021 (stream 1, stream 2 and stream 3).
  • Candidates must be equally qualified according to the desired post as per mentioned eligibility card provided/percentile needed by the officials on their website.
  • It must for a candidate to be a citizen of India, plus permanent domicile of the state Kerala.
  • Candidates must hold the valid address, domicile proof with them at the time of applying for the selection process.
  • Age limit varies from 21(minimum) to 30(maximum). Relaxation will be provided to the upper limit in categories like physically disabled, below poverty line, widows, OBC, and unreserved (SC/ST).
  • Age relaxation can be given maximum of up to 10 years.

Age Relaxation

SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Widows 5 years
Physically disabled 10 years
Below poverty line 3 years
Differently-abled 5 years
  • It must for every candidate to be physically fit and have a medical certificate with them at the time of interview, prescribed by the certified doctor.
  • To apply for the stream 2 vacancies, it is must for the candidate to hold regular working experience under any government official in Kerala state along with the above mentioned basic requirements and should not hold any kind of penalty, suspension, criminal offences during their working tenure ship of 3-5 years.
  • To apply for the stream 3 vacancies, it is must for the applicant to complete the period of probation in government cadre and should not have completed 50 years of age on and before 01.01.2021
KPSC Selection

Kerala PSC 2021 Selection Process

As per the chairman of PSC, Mr. MK Saker, have announced the change in examination pattern and this new examination pattern will be implemented from the 2021 admission cycle that is from December application process.

According to the officials, this new pattern will benefit in terms of making the selection process easier and precise for filling vacancies of different grade posts. They will also release final lists after the declaration of Mains results 2021 of the marks secured by the qualified candidates.

Marks obtained in the preliminary examination will only help candidates to confirm his/her eligibility to appear in the Mains examination. Marks of Preliminary examination will not be added in the Mains score list.

All the updates regarding the new examination pattern will soon be uploaded on the official website of Kerala public service commission.

Selection process of KPSC flows in three tiers:

  1. Preliminary examination.
  2. Mains
  3. Interview and GD.

To appear for the mains and get qualified for the Interview round it is must for a candidate to clear the Preliminary examination first with good marks.

Exam Pattern

Kerala PSC 2021 Exam Pattern

KPSC preliminary and mains both examinations take place under the strict supervision and guidance of the government.

Preliminary Exam

  1. Preliminary exam consists of two papers: General studies and Language proficiencies.
  2. Total duration of each paper is 90 minutes.
  3. Medium of paper will be English and Malayalam and it consists of multiple-choice question types.

For more details, click here.

Paper Subject Marks Medium Exam Mode Duration
I General Studies 100 English MCQ 90 minutes
II General Studies 50 English MCQ 90 minutes
Language Proficiency 30 Malayalam/ Tamil/ Kannada MCQ
Language Proficiency 20 English MCQ

Mains Exam

  1. Mains exam consists of three papers: Subject paper according to the stream (all descriptive type)
  2. Total duration of each paper is 120 minutes.
  3. Medium of paper will be in both languages i.e., English, Malayalam, and Hindi (optional).
  4. Information related to the Interview round will be notified soon after the mains result gets declared. It will be made available to appointed candidates through Email.
Paper Marks Medium Exam Mode duration
I 100 English/ Malayalam Descriptive 120 minutes
II 100 English/ Malayalam Descriptive 120 minutes
III 100 English/ Malayalam Descriptive 120 minutes
Interview 50 - - -
Admit card

KPSC 2021 Admit card

As per the schedule followed, Admit cards will be made available on the website by the month of December or January on the main website of the Kerala public service commission, almost a month prior to the Preliminary examination and by the month of August for the mains examination (just after the preliminary results get announced).

Point to remember:

  • Separate admit cards will be issued for both the Preliminary and mains examination.
  • Applicants need to be very active with the official website to get updated.

Admit cards can be downloaded once made available from the official website and it consists of personal information about the candidate like:

  1. Name of the candidate.
  2. Enrollment no. and Roll number allotted to a candidate.
  3. Photograph and signature of the candidate.
  4. Address of the examination center allotted
  5. Time to reach the examination center on the day of examination.
  6. Dos and don’ts, plus dress code to be followed.

It is important for a candidate to bring a printed copy of digitally generated admit card to the examination centre on the day of examination along with one id proof.

Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination premises without an admit card.

KPSC Syllabus

KPSC 2021 Syllabus

As a new examination pattern was introduced on 16th August 2020, therefore there are chances of change in the syllabus as well; rest the new update will clear all the doubts.

2021 KPSC aspirants are requested not to panic and wait for the latest new updates.

Most common and basic content of syllabus may include:

  1. Politics of post independent India.
  2. Knowledge about the heritage of India with emphasis of the 20th century.
  3. Present economic background of India
  4. Environmental issues and developmental aspects.
  5. Science and technology including basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology and maths( respective important topics)
  6. Economy of state Kerala.
  7. History of state Kerala and knowledge about the ancient and modern heritage of the state.
  8. Social, cultural aspects of modern and rural society.
  9. Issues related to food security
  10. Food security.
  11. Empowerment of women in past and present society.
  12. Geographical nature of state of Kerala.
  13. Role of non-residents of India
  14. Role of residents of India.
  15. Ecological land act, 2005
  16. Indian constitution. 

Check the official website for a more detailed syllabus according to the respective subject and stream. It is advisable to get a complete list of recommended books that will help to cover the syllabus. 

KPSC Results

Kerala PSC 2021 Results

Results for Prelims, Mains and Interview will be issued separately.

The result of 2020 prelims have already been announced on 26th May 2020, candidates can check their scorecard and can enrol for the mains by visiting the official website mentioned above. Results for the 2021 sessions will be declared as per the schedule uploaded by KPSC.

For more information, click here. 

KPSC Vacancy

KPSC 2021 Vacancy description

Recently, KPSC has invited applicants to fill the vacant seats and generated notice mentioning the detailed description of the number of seats available to recruit candidates as per the requirement.

Highlights of Vacancy Description

Vacancy No. of seats
Pharmasticts (homeopathy) with Vth NCA 2 posts
Pharmasticts (homeopathy) with VIIth NCA 1 posts
Driver grade II (HDV) 14 posts
Driver grade-cum-OA (Tourism, excise, police and transport) 2 posts
Excise civil officer (woman) 6 posts
LP-UP school teacher (Kannada medium) 7+4 posts
High school assistance (Arabic) (IV-VIIth-IInd) NCA 13 posts
High school assistant (Mathematics and Natural science) 3 posts
Dietician GrII 1 post
Lecturer Grade II (rural development) 2 posts
Many more visit the official notice provided


Ques. What is KPSC?

Ans. KPSC is a state level examination conducted by the working body of the government of Kerala to recruit candidates for various posts.

Ques. How many seats will be offered this year by PSC?

Ans. Approximately 500-650 vacant seats will be offered by the KPSC this year for recruitment of 65post of different grades divided in all categories.

Ques. Will Mains exam of Kerala state public commission held in month of September or it will stand postponed due to Covid?

Ans. KPSC has already generated a public notice recently addressing all the issues and stated to conduct entrance exam in the month of September, rest it is still unsure. Applicants have to wait for the final update from the officials.

Ques. Is there any change in the pattern of examination of the 2020-21 KPSC exam?

Ans. Yes, the Chairman of KPSC has recently tweeted about the new changes done in the examination pattern and also stated about the implementation of new patterns from the new cycle onwards. Soon they will update the official website as well and declare a detailed notice regarding that.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.