Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), Eligibility 2021

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Jun 10, 2021

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) for Candidates to fill up the Gazetted positions in the State Civil Service department of Karnataka. It is one of the best ways to become a Gazetted Officer in the State Public Service Commission. It is also called the Gazetted Probationers exam (GPE). The Karnataka Administrative Services recruit Group A and Group B officers through Gazetted Probationers exam (GPE). The KPSC conducts state level civil services examinations for various posts in the state. The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts such competitive exams every year. The notification regarding the examination is available on its official website

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The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) announces the KPSC (KAS) eligibility criteria every year. Through this article, candidates will get the details of the eligibility of the Karnataka Public Service Commission.

KPSC Highlights

Karnataka Public Service Commission 2021 (KPSC) Highlights

Name of the exam Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) 2020
Conducted By Karnataka Public Service Commission
Type of Job State Government
Location of Posting All over Karnataka
Application Mode Online
Mode of Exam Offline
Type of Examination Prelims (1st stage), Mains (2nd stage) and Interview (3rd and Last stage)
Official Website
Frequency of the Exam Once in a Year

Name of Posts for both Group A and Group B in various department of Government of Karnataka:

  • Assistant Commissioner (KAS)
  • Assistant Commissioner Commercial Taxes
  • Treasury Officer
  • Executive Officer Panchayat Raj
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police
  • District Social welfare Officer
  • Tahsildar
  • Commercial Tax Officer
  • Deputy Superintendent of Excise
  • Assistant Director
  • Labour Officer
KPSC Eligibility

Karnataka Public Service Commission KPSC 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Particulars Eligibility Criteria
Academic Qualification Bachelor degree or Master degree or it’s equivalent from a recognized University
Age Limit Between 21-35 years

The eligibility criteria of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021 are based on the following points:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit
  • Number of Attempts
  • Nationality
  • Experience

The details of all the eligibility are discussed below:

Age Limit

The age limit of different Category:

One of the important eligibility criteria is the limitation of age. There are a minimum and maximum age limit for the different category for the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination. At the last date of submission of the application form, a candidate should be minimum 21 years old. For General Category, the maximum age limit should be 35 years old. However, there is relaxation for category belonging to SC/ ST, OBC.

The Age limit of different Category for the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2020 are discussed in the below table:

Category Age Limit
General Category 35
SC/ST/ CAT-1 40
OBC 38
Physically Handicapped/ Widow Candidates 45
  • 5years of relaxation for the Candidates belonging to SC/ST/ CAT-1 Category.
  • 3 years of relaxation for the Candidates belonging to OBC Category.
  • 10 years of relaxation for Physically Handicapped/ Widow Candidates.

Number of Attempts

Another important category is the number of examinations a candidate can attempt in Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination. In the below table, the number of times a Candidates can Attempt in Examination are mentioned:

Category Number of Attempts
General Category 5 Attempts
SC/ ST/ CAT-1 No Limit
OBC 7 Attempts

Educational Qualification

Another important Eligibility Criteria for Karnataka Public Service Commission examination is Academic Qualification. Candidates should fulfil the minimum requirement of educational qualification for the various post of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination.

The minimum criteria for Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2020 is to qualify Bachelor degree or Master degree or its equivalent qualification from a recognized University.

Candidates who are pursuing in the last year of graduation are also eligible to appear for Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS Preliminary exams, but for the Main exam, Candidates have to submit the proof of passing/ Completion certificate.


Nationality is another important point for eligibility of Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021, exams. Candidates appearing for KPPS, KAS 2021 exams must be a citizen of India. Candidates belonging outside Karnataka are also eligible to apply for KPPS, KAS 2021 exams. But they have to clear Kannada language examination. Kannada is the Compulsory Language for KPSC, KAS examination.


For KPSC, KAS 2021 examination, no experience is required for Group A post. But for the post of Group B, a candidate must be an active probationer in any government departments.

Eligibility criteria for Medical background Candidates

  • Candidates who did not complete the internship but passed the final year examination at the time of submission of KAS Main exam, are provisionally admitted to the exam.
  • At the time of submission of the application form for the Main exam, candidates also have to submit a copy of the final professional medical exam certificate from the institution/ University they have passed.
  • Lastly, candidates also have to submit an original degree certificate from a recognized University or Institute at the time of Interview stating that the Candidates have completed all the requirements including the internship.
KPSC Attempts

Number of Attempts in KPSC KAS Exam

  • The General category candidates can appear a maximum 5 times in the Gazetted Probation.
  • The OBC aspirants will get two extra chances to appear for the exam that is total 7 times.
  • Lastly, the SC/ST/Cat-1 aspirants will get unlimited times to attempts the KPSC KAS exam, provided they are belonging from the particular and eligible age group.
KPSC Important Points

KPSC KAS Important Points

If any Candidates found misconduct, the Commission has the full right to:

  • Suspend the Candidates for a specific period for selection or admission.
  • Discharge the Candidates permanently from appearing any State Civil services.
  • Candidates will disqualify from the exam.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


It's me Achu,I'm from Kerala and staying here Bangalore from 2008 onwards. Is it possible to write this exam KPSC?
sinbad chongtham

Yes, you can apply and write the KPSC examination. However, you must be comfortable with Kannada and have to clear the Kannada paper as well. Candidates with a graduation degree and between the age of 21-35 years are eligible to apply for the KPSC exam.

b rohithkumar
Hi sir /madam My name is Rohith my question is how many exam are conducted in kpsc After 12th pass students only 12th pass students are eligible for government exams and how to find government jobs please tell me
diya suresh

KPSC conducts exam for different posts every year depending on the vacancies available. There will be 3 stages that needs to be qualified for final selection. You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible. 

For 12th pass students, there are several exams in govt. sector that you can apply for. Before applying make sure to satisfy all eligibility requirements.

vidya shet
If a candidate age is 35years 10 months old whether he is eligible for applying KAS exam
diya suresh

Unfortunately for general candidates, maximum permissible upper age is 35 years. but there is relaxation applicable as per the govt. norms for different categories as follows:

  • SC/ST/CAT 1 – 40 years
  • OBC – 38 years
  • PwD and Widow candidates – 45 years
ajay prakash
When can I apply KAS exam pls let me know
gurpreet singh

Hi Ajay

Visit on our official website of KPSC Application to know the whole details abou the exam. The exam dates are yet to be annouced but you will find all the other details about the exam.

ammar zaheer ahmed
what is the age limitation apply for job in kpsc?
jaya garg

Hi Ammar. Minimum and maximum Age Limit is 21 and 35 years. Also, candidates must have a bachelor degree or Master degree or it’s equivalent from a recognized University. Other details related to the exam are mentioned here.

shruthi c
When did they conduct 2021 KAS exam
What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the KPSC?
jaya garg

Hi Sameer. The minimum education eligibility criteria needed to give the Karnataka Public Service Commission exam is having a Bachelor degree or Master degree or its equivalent qualification from a recognized University. For more details related to age eligibility, total attempts, etc. refer here.