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Kerala PSC Notification 2021: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Topics, Marking Scheme, Books

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Oct 22, 2020

Kerala PSC (Public Service Commission) is administered and conducted by Kerala State Government towards the Recruitment of various posts within the State. The exam will be conducted either in 2 or 3 stages depending upon the posts notified.

The most common Kerala PSC exam conducted every year is the KAS exam. This exam will take place in three stages namely, Preliminary, Mains, and Personality Test/Interview as made valid by Kerala PSC Board. The preliminary exam will consist of 2 papers while the mains exam will have 3 papers in it.

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Kerala PSC Highlights

Highlights of Kerala PSC Exam Pattern 2021

Characteristics Typical Prelims Exam Info Typical Mains Exam Info
Mode of Exam Online/Offline (OMR) Descriptive
Paper Count 2 3
Paper Weights General Studies Paper I and General Paper II General Studies Paper I, General Paper II, and General Paper III
Paper Marks 100 marks for each paper 100 marks for each paper
Maximum Marks 200 300
Timing per paper 90 Minutes for each paper 2 hours for each paper
Maximum time allowed 3 Hours 6 Hours
Questions Nature MCQs Descriptive written
Medium of Exam English, Malayalam, and Other Regional Language based on the notified post. English, Malayalam, and Other Regional Language based on the notified post.
Options count in MCQs 4 -
Kerala PSC Marking Schema Correct Answer adds 1 Marks each The wrong Answer deducts 13 Mark -
Negative Marking Yes No

Kerala PSC Preliminary Exam Pattern

Indicative sections with its respective marks in Kerala PSC Prelims exam are as follows:

Papers Sections Maximum allocated Marks
General Studies Paper I History, World History, Kerala Cultural Heritage, Geography, Reasoning, Simple Arithmetic, Mental Ability, Public Administration, Social Justice, Indian Constitution, Governance, Political System, and International Relations 100
General Studies Paper-II Part I: General Studies 100
Part II: Language Proficiency Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam
Part III: English Language Proficiency

Kerala PSC Mains Exam Pattern

Indicative sections and marks in Kerala PSC Mains exam are as follows:

Papers Sections Maximum allocated Marks
General Studies Paper I Indian and Kerala History, World History, and Kerala Cultural Heritage 100
General Studies Paper II Paper-II 100
General Studies Paper III Geography, Economics and Planning, and Current Issues in both Geography and Economics and Planning 100
Kerala PSC Marking Scheme

Kerala PSC Marking Scheme 2021

The Marking Scheme for Kerala PSC exams didn’t get changed for so long and thus this year too¸ it might be the same.

  • For Descriptive papers, the marking scheme will vary depending upon the questions asked.
  • For MCQs, 1 mark will be awarded for each correct response chosen by the Candidates.
  • Likewise, 13 marks gets reduced for each wrong answer chosen by the Candidates in the MCQ questions.
Kerala PSC Prelims Syllabus

Kerala PSC Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Some of the Indicative sections and important topics in the papers are discussed below.

Paper Sections Important Topics
General Studies Paper I Indian and Kerala History Ancient India: Art, literature and Art Architecture Culture, Popular Dynasties and their activities and movements
Modern Period: Modern Indian History, India before and after Independence with reorganisation and consolidation, All religious and social reform movements in 19th and 20th century, and
Kerala History: Kerala Social and Politics movements before Independence, Kerala State Establishment, Governments, Political parties with their movements, and Landmark policies and legislation
World History Industrial revolution, Redraw of National boundaries, Globalisation, World wars, Colonisation and decolonisation, and Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism –with reference to their effects and forms in the society
Public Administration, Social Justice, Indian Constitution, Governance, Political System, and International Relations Indian Constitution and its salient features, Constitutional Authorities, Responsibilities and Functions of the Union and the Parliament, States and State Legislatures, Judiciary in India, Principles of Administrative Law, etc.
Geography Earth Motion, Seasons, Solar system, Atmosphere, Climate factors and elements, Concept of time, Geophysical phenomena, and Hydrological Disasters, Continental and Marine Resources, etc.
Reasoning, Mental Ability & Simple Arithmetic Coding-Decoding, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Venn Diagram, Problems based on Calendar, Clock, and Age, Number series, Problems related to Shapes and their subsections and Relations, etc.
General Studies Paper II General Studies (Part I) Economy: Indian economy after the independence eve And after the reform movements
Agriculture: Pricing of agriculture inputs and outputs, Green Revolution, Irrigation, Issues in Public Distribution System and Food Security, etc.
Infrastructure: Water Supply and Sanitation, Meaning and significance of infrastructure, and Infrastructure in Indian Economy, etc.
Industry: Industrial Policy, Small-Scale sector, SEZ and industrialization, e-Commerce, Growth and pattern of industrialization, Productivity in the industrial sector, etc.
Finance: Indian Tax System, Centre-State financial relation, GST: Concept and Implications, Government Budgeting, Indian Public Finance, etc.
Population: Growth Trends and Patterns, Unemployment trends and its effects, etc.
Kerala: Economy and Developmental Model, etc.
Language Proficiency for all Languages (Part II and III) Synonyms, Antonyms, Tenses, Active Voice, Passive Voice, Adverbs, Adjectives, Punctuation, Prepositions, Pronouns, Error Correction, etc.
Kerala PSC Mains Syllabus

Kerala PSC Mains Exam Syllabus

Most sections in the mains exam and prelims exam are somewhat similar but some topics get added. Indicative sections and important topics for the Kerala PSC Mains exam are:

Paper Sections Important Topics
General Studies Paper I Indian and Kerala History Ancient India: Art, literature and Architecture, culture, Popular Dynasties and their activities and movements
Modern Period: Modern Indian History, India before and after Independence with reorganisation and consolidation, All religious and social reform movements in 19th and 20th century, and
Kerala History: Kerala Social and Politics movements before Independence, Kerala State Establishment, Governments, Political parties with their movements, and Landmark policies and legislation
World History Industrial revolution, Redraw of National boundaries, Globalisation, World wars, Colonisation and decolonisation, and Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism –with reference to their effects and forms in the society
Kerala Cultural Heritage Art Forms, sculpture, literature, architecture, society salient features, Tribal Culture, Folk Culture, Pilgrimage, Theatre, and Evolution and History of Malayalam language and its literature, etc.
General Studies Paper II Public Administration, Social Justice, Indian Constitution, Governance, Political System, and International Relations Indian Constitution and its salient features, Constitutional Authorities, Responsibilities and Functions of the Union and the Parliament, States and State Legislatures, Judiciary in India, Principles of Administrative Law, etc.
Science and Technology Technology, Energy, Technology in Space & Defence, Environmental Science, and ICT, etc.
Current Issues It includes the current issues of all topics/sections in this paper
General Studies Paper III Geography Earth Motion, Seasons, Solar system, Atmosphere, Climate factors and elements, Concept of time, Geophysical phenomena, and Hydrological Disasters, Continental and Marine Resources, etc.
Economics and Planning Economy: Indian economy after the independence eve And after the reform movements
Agriculture Pricing of agriculture inputs and outputs, Green Revolution, Irrigation, Issues in Public Distribution System and Food Security, etc.
Infrastructure Water Supply and Sanitation, Meaning and significance of infrastructure, and Infrastructure in Indian Economy, etc.
Industry Industrial Policy, Small-Scale sector, SEZ and industrialization, e-Commerce, Growth and pattern of industrialization, Productivity in the industrial sector, etc.
Finance Indian Tax System, Centre-State financial relation, GST: Concept and Implications, Government Budgeting, Indian Public Finance, etc.
Indian Foreign Trade Composition, Trend, direction, and Structure
Population Growth Trends and Patterns, Unemployment trends and its effects, etc.
Kerala Economy Overview: Population, Agriculture, Infrastructure, and service sectors, etc.
Kerala Developmental Model Power Devolution, Planning, Tourism, Disaster Management, etc.
Current Issues in both Geography and Economics and Planning It includes the current issues of all topics/sections in this paper
Kerala PSC Books

Kerala PSC Exam Books

Some of the Books that the candidates find helpful for both the prelims and mains exam are discussed below.

Books Author/Publisher
Indian Polity M Laxmikanth
India’s Struggle for Independence Bipin Chandra
A brief history of modern India Rajiv Ahir and Spectrum Publications
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Certificate Physical Geography GC Leong
Kerala PSC FAQs

Kerala PSC FAQs

Ques. Do all the papers in the Prelims and Mains take place simultaneously?

Ans. No, all the papers in the Prelims and Mains don’t take place simultaneously.

Ques. What is the weightage of the papers in the Kerala PSC Prelims Exam?

Ans. The weightage of two papers in the Kerala PSC Prelims Exam will be designated 100 marks each.

Ques. What is the weightage of the papers in the Kerala PSC Mains Exam?

Ans. The weightage of three papers in the Kerala PSC Mains Exam will be designated 100 marks each.

Ques. When is the recent exam for Kerala PSC exam scheduled?

Ans. The recent exam for Kerala PSC exam for KAS 2019 scheduled is on 20th and 21st in the month of November of 2020.

Ques. What are the marks for the Personality Test (Interview) in the Kerala PSC KAS exam?

Ans. The marks for the Personality Test (Interview) in the Kerala PSC KAS exam is designated as 50 marks.

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

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