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KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) Overview: Exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and preparation

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Nov 26, 2020

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Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is the public service commission of the state of Karnataka which conducts state level civil services examinations for different posts in the state. The exam is conducted to recruit individuals for various posts in different governmental bodies. The official notification regarding the examination is available on the official website of the commission, i.e., www.

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KPSC conducts such competitive examinations every year and acts as an advisory body to the government of Karnataka. The details regarding the examination are given below.

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KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) 2020- Exam Highlights

Name of the Exam Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS)
Conducting Body Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC)
Level of the Exam State Level
Frequency of the Exam Once in a year based on the vacancy
Mode of Application Online
Mode of the Exam Offline
Number of Stages Three (Prelims, Mains and Interview)
Location of Posting All over Karnataka
Name of the Posts Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Tahsildar Grade II, Commercial Tax Officer, Asst Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Assistant Director, Labour Officer
Website of the Exam
KPSC Exam dates

KPSC 2020 Exam dates

The dates of the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) exams have not been released yet. The examination dates will be announced on the official website of the paper. However, the tentative dates of the exam are given below:

KPSC 2020 Exam Events KPSC 2020 Exam Dates
Application begins Yet to be announced
Last date of application Yet to be announced
Last of fee payment Yet to be announced
Date of release of admit card Yet to be announced
Date of Prelims Yet to be announced
Date of release of answer key Yet to be announced
Date of Mains examination Yet to be announced
KPSC Eligibility

KPSC 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria that are required for the candidates to be eligible for the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) exam has been given below:

  • The candidate applying for this exam must be the citizens of India.
  • Age Criteria: In order to be eligible for the examination and various posts under KPSC, the age of the candidates must be in between 21 to 35 years.
  • Educational Qualifications: The candidates applying for the KPSC examination must clear particular education criteria. The candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree or Masters Degree from any recognized University under the Government of India.
KPSC Application Process

KPSC 2020 Application Process

Below are given the steps to be followed in order to apply for the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) exam:

  • First of all, visit the official website of the paper and click on the application link to start filling up the form for the stage-1 exam.
  • Update the application form with your date of birth, name, parents’ name, aadhaar number, mobile number, email id, class 10 result, education board name, and category.
  • After the successful completion of the registration, the candidates will receive a registration number on your registered mobile number and email address, along with an OTP. These are necessary for future login.
  • Fill up the second stage of the form by logging in to your profile again. Fill in the details like religion, gender, educational qualification, and everything related to the eligibility criteria.
  • Upload all the relevant documents required after filling up all the details. This includes photograph, signature, and if applicable, the SC/ST certificate. Make sure that all the documents are ready.
  • Also, carefully select the language for the exam and the center or zone preference.
  • Go to the payment page of the form after uploading all the details and documents and submit the application fees.
  • When the payment is confirmed, you will get a confirmation and a page displaying the application form. Save it or get a print-out immediately for future reference.
KPSC Admit Card

KPSC 2020 Admit Card

The admit card will be made available on the official website of the exam a few weeks before the exam date has been scheduled. You can easily find out if you keep a regular tab of the website.

How to Download the KPSC 2020 exam Admit card?

Below are given the steps to download the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) admit card:

  • Visit the official website, i.e.,
  • Check for the link to download the KPSC exam admit card.
  • When you click on the link, a page for a new login will appear. Enter your login credentials here.
  • The admit card will open. Click on the save or download button and then make sure you take a print out for the same.
  • In case there is any mistake on your admit card, it should be reported immediately to the respective authority.
  • Candidates are advised to bring a valid identity proof along with the admit card to the exam center- without this, you will not be allowed entry.
KPSC Exam Pattern

KPSC 2020 Exam Pattern

KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) is conducted in different phases. There are three stages of the exam, i.e., Preliminary exam, Mains exam and Interview. To clear the exam, candidates must qualify all these phases to reach the final level of the selection process. Below is given the exam pattern of the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) exam for the year 2020.

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)

The first stage of clearing the KPSC exam is the Preliminary Examination. A candidate has to appear for the objective test consisting of the Multiple Choice Questions in order to clear the KPSC exam.

  • The preliminary examination consists of two papers.
  • Each paper consists of Objective type questions or Multiple Choice type Questions.
  • The marks obtained in the preliminary examination are not counted in merit. They are only qualifying in nature.
  • The language of the question paper is English.
  • The duration of each of the two papers is 2 hours.
  • There is a provision of negative marking. 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.
Papers Topics Marks
Paper I- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each) General Studies (National and International) 40
Humanities (Indian Constitution, History and Geography of India and Karnataka, Economy) 60
Paper II- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each) General Studies (State) 40
Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology 30
General Mental Ability (Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Problem Solving, Data Interpretation)- 10th Standard level 30

Stage 2: Mains Examination (Descriptive Type Questions)

The second stage of the KPSC recruitment process is the Mains Examination. The candidates who clear the Preliminary Examination are called for the Mains Examination. Preliminary Examination is of qualifying nature but marks obtained in Mains Examination are counted for merit.

  • The written test consists of question papers that are of descriptive type, out of which one paper is of qualifying nature only.
  • After clearing the mains examination with the criteria of qualifying marks, candidates are called for a personal interview.
  • The question papers for the examination will be of descriptive type.
  • Each paper will be of 3 hours.
  • The language of the question papers is English. However, the language papers will be set in their respective languages
  • KPSC Mains has 9 papers: 2 qualifying papers, 4 general papers and 2 optional papers.
  • KAS papers consist of total marks as about 1750.
  • The seven papers that are counted for final merit are:
    • Essay
    • General Studies 1
    • General Studies 2
    • General Studies 3
    • General Studies 4
    • Optional Paper 1
    • Optional Paper 2

Stage 3: Final Interview

The final stage of the KPSC recruitment process is the Interview session. The candidates who clear both preliminary and mains examination are called for the final interview.

  • The interview is basically conducted to judge the mental caliber of the candidates. It is conducted to test the intellectual qualities and the social traits of the individuals applying for this post.
  • Most of the questions asked in the interview session are from the current events and are of national and international importance. This is to judge the interest of the candidates in the current status of the country and state plus the mental alertness and their critical power and depth of interest.
  • The candidates who fail to secure such minimum marks or the cut- off criteria as set by the commission in the first two stages of the examination are not called for the final interview round.
KPSC Syllabus

KPSC Exam 2020 Syllabus

Below is given the syllabus of the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) examination.

The detailed KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) syllabus of Prelims Paper 1 is:

  1. Current Affairs- National and International Importance
  2. Indian History- History of Karnataka and Indian National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography along with the Geography of Karnataka
  4. Polity and Indian Economy- Political System of India and Economic Reforms

The detailed KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) syllabus of Prelims Paper 2 is:

  1. Current affairs and current events related to the state of Karnataka
  2. Important schemes of the Karnataka State Government
  3. Broad Understanding of topics from General Science and Technology
  4. Ecology and Environment- Biodiversity, Climate Change, Health, Ecology, etc.
  5. General Mental Ability- Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation, Charts, Graphs, Tables, Comprehension, Logical Reasoning.

The KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) syllabus for KPSC Mains exam is as follows:

Qualifying Papers

  1. Kannada
  2. English
  • Both of these test papers will be of 150 marks and the duration of the test is 2 hours. The qualifying criteria for this exam is 35%.
  • Syllabus and Marks distribution is as follows:
    • Comprehension- 25 marks
    • Precise- 25 marks
    • Short Essay- 25 marks
    • Vocabulary- 25 marks
    • Communication Skills- 25 marks
    • Usage- 25 marks

PAPER 1: Essay 

  • The duration of the essay paper is 3 hours and it is of 250 marks.
  • The topics in the essay paper will be on National and International issues and State or Local Issues.

The KPSC syllabus for the General Studies papers in the Main exam is given in the table below:

PAPER 2: General studies 1

  • The paper will be of 3 hours.
  • The paper consists of 250 marks in total.
  • It has 3 sections: Cultural Heritage and History of Karnataka and India, Political and Social Perspective and Planning, Rural development, Indian Economy- Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation.
  • The syllabus of this paper is given below:


Cultural Heritage of India  Decentralization of Power
Modern History of India (beginning of the 19th century onwards) Socio-economic system
Kadambas – Hoysalas Rural social system and Rural dev
The Vijaynagar Empire (1336-1799) Indian Economy
Modern Mysore (1799-1947) India and International Economic Relations
Karnataka Freedom movement and Unification (1885-1956) Development Patterns
Post-Independence Karnataka Planning and Planning Goals
Social Change & Movements Decentralisation
Social Change & Modernisation Rural Dev
Political System and Government Rural Development Initiatives
Data Collection Analysis & Interpretation -

Paper 3- General studies 2

  • The total duration of the paper will be 3 hours.
  • The paper consists of 250 marks in total.
  • It has 3 sections: Overview of Indian Constitution, Natural Resources and Physical Features and International Relations, Public administration and Management.
  • The syllabus of this paper is given below:


Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere Distribution of Powers (Legislative)
Continental physiography and demographic distribution Unicameral and Bicameral legislatures
Indian Physiography Important Amendments
Industrial Planning & Development Welfare machinery in India
Physiographic divisions (Karnataka) Union and State services
Urban land use policy and Urbanisation (Karnataka) Public and Private Administration
Nature of the Indian Constitution Organisation structure
Fundamental Rights Organisational behaviour and concepts of management
Informal and formal organization Administrative Reforms
Management techniques and tools UN and Specialised agencies

Paper 4- General studies 3

  • The paper will be of 3 hours only.
  • The paper consists of 250 marks in total.
  • It has 3 sections: Role/impact of Science & Technology in Indian Development, Information Technology in Public Domain, Modern trends and advancements in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agriculture Science, Hygiene and Health and Issues/Challenges of development on Ecology and Environment.

The syllabus of this paper is given below:


Basics of Science and Tech Biotechnology initiatives
Space Tech & Science Animal Husbandry (dairy, fishery and veterinary sciences)
Energy Resources Development policies (Agriculture), programmes and trade
Disasters, Pollution and Pests Hygiene & health
Related Perception Environment Conservation
Knowledge society Natural Resources
Rural upliftment and Science & Tech Biodiversity & Ecosystem
Natural Science Solid Waste Management & Environmental Pollution
Agriculture Science Role of Information Tech in Environment and Human Health
Sericulture and Horticulture State-community-civil society interface

Paper 5- General Studies 4

  • The total duration of the paper is 3 hours.
  • The paper consists of 250 marks in total.
  • It has 3 sections: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.

The syllabus of this paper is given below:


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 Vacancy

KPSC 2020 Vacancy

KPSC KAS is a state level examination organized by the Karnataka Public Service Commission to fill the vacancies in the civil services examinations in the state of Karnataka. The positions that are filled through this exam come under the Group A and Group B cadre in the state bureaucracy.

This year, KPSC has announced 7 Grade A and 99 Grade B vacancies. Below are given the details and information regarding the posts filled by this examination:

Name of the Post Number Of Vacancies
Group A
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Interior Department 3
Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Commercial Tax Department 2
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour Department 2
Group B
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 2020- Selection Process

The selection process for the KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) exam comprises several stages. Below are given certain stages which a candidate has to pass in order to clear the KPSC examination. Below given are the stages that a candidate has to clear to qualify the KPSC examination.

  • Preliminary Examination: The first stage of clearing the KPSC exam is the objective type preliminary examination. A candidate has to appear for the prelims first to clear the KPSC exam.
  • Mains Examination (Written and Interview): The next stage of clearing the KPSC exam is the Mains Examination. A candidate has to appear for the written test and final interview in order to be eligible for the recruitment at various posts.
  • Interview: The final stage of KPSC examination is the final interview session which is conducted after clearing the first two stages. The candidates who clear the first two stages are called for a personal interview. The interview is conducted to test the mental ability and communication skills of the candidates.

KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips

To clear any examination, one must prepare with full focus and dedication throughout the preparation process. A proper preparation strategy along with revision part is necessary to clear any examination. Below are given some important preparation tips to prepare for KPSC examination:

  • Thoroughly learn the different formulas and the shortcuts to solve the questions faster. Students are advised to maintain a small handbook to note down all the important mathematics formulae and learn tricks to solve the questions based on Class 10th mathematics formulae.
  • Pay attention to practicing previous year question papers. Students should go through all the previous years’ question papers to understand the paper pattern and the difficulty level of the question paper. Practice previous years’ KPSC KAS question papers to understand the types of questions asked in the paper and prepare for it in a better way.
  • Revise as many times as you can before the exam. Be thorough with the periodic revision and revise everything from time to time. Learn every important and minute detail so that nothing is left out in the end.
  • Strategize your study plan so that it can be done smartly. Make a proper time table along with the preparation strategy to appear for the final examinations. Students are advised to maintain a proper time table and follow it religiously throughout the preparation.


Ques. What is the application fee for the JKPSC examination?

Ans. The application fees of the KPSC examination is INR 500 of general category applicants and INR 250 for reserved category aspirants. The aspirants applying from the PwD category are exempted from payment of fees.

Ques. How many papers are there in the Mains stage of the KPSC exam and what is the duration of each paper?

Ans. There are 9 papers conducted in the Mains stage of the KPSC examination and the duration of each paper is 3 hours.

Ques. How many stages are there in the JKPSC paper?

Ans. KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) exam is conducted in different phases. There are basically three stages of the exam, i.e., Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination and Interview.

Ques. What is the basic educational qualification required to appear for the KPSC exam?

Ans. The educational qualification of the candidates appearing for the exam is that the candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

Ques. How many papers are there in the Mains examination?

Ans. There are 9 papers in the Mains Examination. Out of 9 papers, 2 of them are qualifying in nature while the rest 7 papers are counted for merit.

Merit Papers:

  • Essay
  • General Studies 1
  • General Studies 2
  • General Studies 3
  • General Studies 4
  • Optional Paper 1
  • Optional Paper 2

Qualifying Papers:

  • English
  • Kannada

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


kavana j
Can u suggest me some useful books

Hi Kavana

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How should you prepare for the KAS or the KPSC exam of Karnataka?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. You must revise all the important topics before the exam. Make sure you go through all the periodic revisions and revise everything on a regular basis. For more details, refer here.