Preparation Tips for Kerala Public Service Exam Commission 2021

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Jun 10, 2021

With the recent changes in Karnataka Gazetted Probationers recruitment rules, the exam pattern of KPSC resembles the UPSC Civil Service exam pattern. Candidates planning to appear for the exam should possess complete knowledge. By knowing the latest exam pattern and syllabus, one can create a good preparation plan for themselves. One must be familiar with the type of questions asked in the paper, weightage is given to each topic, marking scheme and other details.

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Every year, the number of candidates appearing for KPSC exams are increasing which in turn increases the competition level. This year, around 6 lakh candidates have applied for various posts.

Prelims Tips

Section-wise Preparation Tips for Prelims

In Prelims, the following subjects are covered :

Paper -1 :

  • General Studies
  • Humanities

Paper - 2 :

  • General Studies related to state
  • Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology
  • General Mental Ability

The number of questions asked and the marks distribution is given as :

Paper Topic No. of Question Max Marks
Paper - 1 General Studies 40 80
Humanities 60 120
Paper - 2 General Studies related to state 40 80
Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology 30 60
General Mental Ability 30 60

General Studies Preparation

  • Reading daily newspapers and various current affairs as well as the latest news
  • Cover important news on sports, national affairs and law since the last 8 months.
  • Attempt mock tests on current affairs on a daily basis
  • Maintain notes regarding the same for faster revision.
  • Newspapers such as The Hindu, Business Standards, The Economic Times are a great source

Humanities Preparation

  • Clearing basic concepts
  • Following specific books
  • Referring to previous year question papers to follow the format of questions asked
  • Making notes and revising it at specific time intervals

Science and Technology Preparation

  • Referring to science journals and technological updates
  • Gathering questions from previous years papers
  • Having a look on NCERT and State board books
  • Regular mock tests give an idea of additional hard work required

General Mental Ability

  • Following the syllabus, practice quantitative aptitudes on a daily basis.
  • Practicing reasoning ability is equally important
  • Solving puzzles on a regular basis help in developing logical and analytical skills
  • Practice easy topics like inequality, blood relation and coding-decoding.
Mains Tips

Preparation Tips for Mains Exam

Candidates qualifying the minimum cut off in prelims exam are eligible to appear for the Mains exam. It consists of 9 papers - 2 qualifying papers and 7 papers for merit ranking. Qualifying papers consist of English and Kannada language papers and a minimum 35% marks are required in both of them.

The questions asked are of Honours degree level and descriptive in nature. There is no criteria of negative marking in the Mains exam. The question papers can be attempted in English or Kannada language as specified during the time of application.

  • The preparation should start by revising basic concepts and focusing upon vital definition by authors
  • Maintaining notes with all diagrams, examples, definitions and core points is highly important.
  • Notes made should be crisp and covering all important points which in turn saves time.
  • All the information about a topic should be concentrated at a single source.
  • Use books having easy and understandable language.
  • Solve previous year’s and sample question papers
  • Take mock tests on a regular basis and analyze the result. This will give you a good look at your growth and speed.
  • Revising old concepts after specific time intervals.
Last Minute Tips

Last Minute Preparation Tips

  • Competition in the KPSC exam is relatively high. To keep your position up, the aspirants should have proper knowledge about time management, so that they can increase their accuracy within the given period of time. For eg, if aspirants would not be able to answer a question even after a second attempt, then they need to skip it. Do not need to spend extra time on it. 
  • The candidates should focus more on language. In addition, the aspirants require to improve their vocabulary skill. 
  • You should revise the names of the persons, who are occupying the major posts of state and national levels ministers, major projects and research organizations. You should not spend much time to revise for learning the names of the central ministers.
  • Give special attention to the programmes, organized by the women empowerment, social justice department etc.
  • Before you appear for the exam, you should have detailed knowledge about the negative marking. To reduce the negative marking, all the aspirants are advised to take time while filling the options. Do not need to fill the options in hurry. 
  • Do not spend much time to fill the correct answers with your pen. 
Best Books

Recommended Books for KPSC 2021 Preparation

Choosing the right books which cover the complete syllabus and are easily understandable is of much importance. Here are some books by the renowned author which will help you to crack KPSC :

Books Author / Publisher
Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Governance in India Laxmikanth
Indian Economy Key concepts Sankar Ganesh
India after Gandhi Ramachandra Guha
Physical Geography Goh Cheng Leong
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Struggle for Independence Bipin Chandra
Indian Art and Culture Nitin Singhania
Quantitative Aptitude RS Agarwal
NCERT (History, Geography, Science & Environment) NCERT
Kerala History E. Sreedhara Menon
Contemporary Kerala University of Calicut

A few more books and magazines that are helpful in the preparation of the KPSC exam :

  1. Thozhil Vartha Magazine
  2. Manorama & Mathrubhumi Yearbook
  3. PSC Degree Level Exam Past Question Papers Answers & Explanations
  4. (KAS) Kerala Administrative Service super Rank file (preliminary exam)
  5. Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) Cracker I & II (IET Publications)
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.