KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips 2021

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Jun 10, 2021

Karnataka public service is an active state recruiting body, established on 1 November 1963, by the government under the Indian constitution (Article 320(3)), to select eligible candidates for civil service jobs. It is an advisor to the state government on all related topics to the selection process, conduction of examination, physical testing procedure, ranking based on performances and listing appointments in accordance to the vacant seats.

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KPSC conducts KAS examinations, for grade A and B vacancies in the state of Karnataka every year. It is majorly divided into three-level examination process that is, Preliminary, mains and interview round. Going through KPSC eligibility criteria and syllabus first before enrolling for the examination is very important for any aspirant who is seeking to appear for it. For detailed information about, the pattern, examination syllabus and eligibility criteria. The candidate may visit their official website on

Latest update

  1. Recently, KPSC released the revised answer key for the post of the assistant controller in (SAAD), the post of gazetted probationer (2017-2018) and ‘Group A and Group B’ Gazetted probationer preliminary examinations.
  2. KPSC also released the departmental examination corrigendum for 2020 session.
  3. KPSC KAS preliminary examination took place on 24th August 2020 for 106 vacancies. Results are expected to be out by the end of September.

To check answers key for the KAS (Grade A and B Gazette service), aspirants can check the official website by clicking on the above-mentioned link in the article.

KPSC Highlights

Highlights of KPSC 2021 Exam

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 Prep. Tips

Preparation tips 2021

  • It is highly recommended to check the revised detailed Syllabus and examination pattern for the state service examination (KPSC) first before start preparing for it. The KPSC KAS preliminary paper includes different sections of general intelligence, general reasoning, general awareness and English.
  • Regular participation in mock tests (either online or offline) is important in accordance to keep a check on individuals competitive skills.
  • Preferring a good study material and book for preparation is a must. Make a list of highly recommended books and start preparing from them.
  • Time management is a key to success, so having a proper study time schedule is important. Try to devote equal time to each subject every day, and keep revising the concepts and main topics on regular basis.
  • Start solving sample papers and previous year question banks at least 2-3 month prior of the examination to make a good grip over sections.
  • NCERT is your best friend; it covers the almost entire syllabus of KPSC examination, so never forget to stick with it for your preparation of KPSC examination.
  • Read the newspaper and watch bulletins on regular basis to keep you updated with all the latest current affairs. It will also help in improving the English which is equivalently important for the preliminary and mains examination.
  • Making notes, of whatever is important, dates and events etc. is a good way to remember things and is a part of effective learning. So, one should always prefer taking note of anything which is important from the examination point of view.
  • KPSC KAS difficulty level is equally comparable with the UPSC examination and even follows the same examination pattern so, in respect to that, an individual has to prepare smartly in order to secure good marks.
  • Study about the history, geography, economy and polity followed by the state Karnataka, as much as you can because it covers a good portion of general knowledge/intelligence.
KPSC Books

Referred books for the preparation of KPSC KAS 2021

  • NCERT books (6th-12th) of history, geography, political science, science and economics.
  • Geography of Karnataka by Ranganatha.
  • Lakshmikanth’s Indian polity.
  • Economic survey of Karnataka
  • Karnataka state government school books
  • Comprehensive English book.
  • Book for general reasoning and coding.
  • General aptitude books.
  • PS Gangadhar for Indian polity
  • N Halappa for International relations.
  • Bipin Chandra for endian history
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh.
  • Arihant’s previous year question paper bank and sample paper books.
  • Samagra Bharath by K.Sadashiv
  • D.D.Basu for Indian polity.
  • V.Bhyrappa by jice publication for Environmental studies.
Do's & Don'ts

Do’s and Don’ts before the Exam Date

  • The aspirants should drink much water
  • It is wise not to read new sections or new chapters before the exam dates
  • Try to keep yourself calf and stay positive
  • Sleep on time and you should eat only healthy food
  • Do not take stress unnecessarily.


Ques. What is the difference between KPSC KAS and KPSC?

Ans. KPSC KAS is the state commission examination conducted by the govt. of Karnataka, whereas KPSC individually stands for Kerala public service commission examination. Both the exams conduct in their own respective states in two languages, i.e. English and Malayalam.

Ques. When will be the results for KPSC grade’ A ‘service commission announced?

Ans. The expected date for the announcement of results is by the end of September. Once the results are out the officials will update via generating public notice. Aspirants are requested to wait with patience.

Ques. What percentage of reservation will be given to SC/ST students in KPSC 2021?

Ans. 8% reservation to Scheduled castes (SC) candidates and 2% reservation to Scheduled tribe (ST) candidates are expected for KPSC 2021 session.

Ques. How many vacancies are offered by the Karnataka state government every year?

Ans. Every year in an approximation of 1500-1600 vacancies are offered by the state government to civil service posts for grade A, grade B and grade C section officers and for the other various posts under it.

Ques. How to login into the KPSC candidate portal?

Ans. To login into the candidate portal, first, you have to visit the official website on then, click on the logic link to get redirected to the login page. Once you reach on to the login page you have to enter the generated login ID and password to see your personal details. Every enrolled candidate has allotted to respective unique login id number by the officials.

3 Months Crash Course

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


avinash sahu
how to prepare for kpsc interview?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. The interviews are conducted to judge the mental caliber of the candidates. So it is important to stay motivated and confident while giving the interviews, which are is conducted to test the intellectual qualities and the social traits of the individuals applying for this post. More information related to the interview is mentioned here.

avinash sahu
how to prepare for kpsc prelims?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. Start solving sample papers and last year question banks, at least 2-3 month before the examination to make a good grip over sections. Also, refer to the best books as they help ace your scores. Other useful preparation tips are presented here.

avinash sahu
how to prepare for kpsc exam?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. Do more last year question papers, solve more MCQs related to prelims and exam, refer to the best books, etc. These tips help a lot in getting a good score. Check out other preparation tips mentioned here.

How do I crack the KPSC Group C Exam with 1 month of preparation?
kavita rani

Hi Samerr. Stay focused, study harder, and most importantly adhere to the latest exam pattern while preparing for highly competitive exams like KPSC, etc.