Best optional subjects for KAS Exam- Optional Subjects, Factors

Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts the state-level civil services exam for different posts in the state administrative services. These exams fill in the vacancies of Groups A, B (Gazetted Prohibitions), C and D. The KPSC KAS recruitment process involves three stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview. The commission has yet to release the 2022 recruitment notification; however, the notification will soon be available on the commission’s website. Eligible candidates can then apply online through the official website. This article will provide information on the KAS selection process, KAS exam pattern, detailed syllabus, and the KAS optional subjects.

List of KAS Optional Subjects

The candidates can opt from the following KAS optional subjects:

  • Agriculture, Sericulture, Agri Marketing, and Cooperation
  • Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, and Veterinary Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Rural Development and Cooperation
  • Literature of any one of the following languages:
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Urdu

Best KAS optional subjects

Optional Subjects, if chosen wisely, are an asset for an examinee. Candidates should not choose the optional subject only because it is a scoring subject. Although candidates cannot ignore this point completely, the subject chosen must also be of interest to the candidate, and they must be well-versed in it. What makes a difference is in your understanding of the subject, grasp of it, and good answering skills. If you master these three qualities, you will certainly succeed. 

Factors to consider when choosing the Best optional subjects for KAS Exam

Following are the factors to be kept in mind while choosing the optional subject:

  • The syllabus of the optional subject
  • Time required to prepare for the paper
  • Whether you are acquainted with the subject.  
  • Is substantial study material available for the subject?
  • Whether the syllabus for the optional subject and General Studies is overlapping.
  • If the optional subject is of interest to you. 

Optional subject in KAS that are scoring and whose syllabus overlaps with the General Studies Papers

The following subjects are popular among KAS aspirants from technical and non-technical fields because of the high syllabus overlap with General Studies and other parts of the examination.

  • Public Administration

Highly relevant and compact syllabus. It has a lot of overlap with the General Studies Paper IV. 

  • Sociology 

     The study of society. Candidates can use it in essays and even in ethics papers.

  • History 

It is relevant for the preliminary examination and General Studies paper of the Mains Examination.

  • Geography

It is relevant for the preliminary examination and the General Studies paper of the Mains Examination.

  • Political Science 

It is relevant for the preliminary examination and General Studies paper of the Mains Examination.

  • Law 

It is relevant for prelims as well as the main examination.

How to Shortlist the Optional Subject for KAS Examination 

  • Select and make a list of four to five subjects you are interested in.
  • Go through the syllabus of each selected subject.
  • Mark the topics that you already know.
  • Go through the previous years’ question papers and try to solve them.
  • Calculate an estimated score, and you will know which optional subject suits you best. 

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Preparation Tips:

  • Make weekly and monthly plans for your preparation:

In the weekly plan, allot a fixed number of hours for studying. Calculate the total number of months you have in hand for your preparation for the monthly plan. Now, divide the number of days to complete the syllabus, take mock tests, and revise.

  • First, take up the subject in which you are least proficient. Listen to the advice of your friends. Let your mentors and online tutorial groups guide and help you to prepare for the examination.
  • Complete your syllabus and understand the examination pattern and the difficulty level. After this, start taking mock tests. Take as many as you can, as it will help you overcome your shortcomings and improve your proficiency and confidence. 
  • Also, solve sample papers. After solving each sample paper, evaluate your performance and improve on it in the next paper you solve.

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you get information about the KAS examination, and you have also been guided accurately about how to choose an optional subject sensibly. 

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the optional subjects available for the KAS Main Examination?

The candidates can opt from the following KAS optional subjects:
Agriculture, Sericulture, Agri Marketing, and Cooperation
Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, and Veterinary Sciences
Anthropology
Botany
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Commerce and Accountancy
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Geography
Geology
History
Law
Management
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science and International Relations
Psychology
Public Administration
Sociology
Statistics
Zoology
Rural Development and Cooperation
Literature of any one of the following languages:
English
Hindi
Kannada
Urdu

Is there any negative marking in the KPSC KAS exam?

Yes, a negative marking of 0.25 is applied for each wrong answer attempted in KPSC KAS Prelims. However, there is no negative marking in the Mains examination.