KPSC KAS 2022 – Important Guidelines, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is the public service commission of Karnataka. It conducts state level civil services examinations for various posts in Karnataka. These civil services exams are conducted for filling vacancies in Groups A, B (Gazetted Prohibitions), C and D. So candidates have to qualify for the KPSC KAS entrance exam to get selected in the state civil service of Karnataka. The KPSC KAS 2022 application will be online through their official website. Candidates have to submit their KAS exam applications online till the last day of the application form. 

KPSC KAS 2022 Application Form

Candidates who want to appear for this exam can fill the application form available on the official website of KPSC. Step by step procedure has been mentioned below.

  1. Visit the official website of KPSC.
  2. After going to the website, fill in your personal and communication details. You will also have to mention your academic details in the application form. 
  3. Upload your photo and signature in the specified format.
  4. Select exam centre and language as per your preference. 
  5. Upload the documents that are mentioned. 
  6. Pay application fees through the available modes in the application forms. Generally, debit card, credit card and internet banking facility is available.
  7. After successfully submitting the form, take a printout for future reference. 

Selection Process For KPSC KAS Exam 2022

All the candidates have to pass through the three-stage evaluation process to be eligible. The three stages are as follows:

  1. KPSC Preliminary exam
  2. KPSC Mains exam
  3. Personality Test/ Interview

KPSC Prelims exam- This exam has two papers that are objective types. They carry 200 marks each and are for two hours, and there is also a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong question. Once they have cleared this exam, they get qualified for the KPSC Mains exam.

KPSC Mains exam- The KPSC KAS Main exam is descriptive-type. There are nine papers, of which two are qualifying papers, five are general, and two are optional papers. Each exam is for three hours. 

Selection of the candidates is mainly done via the mains exam and personality test. After the candidate has cleared all the stages, he will be allotted to the department he had chosen while applying in the application form.

Eligibility Criteria For KPSC KAS Exam

The KPSC has laid down eligibility criteria for all the candidates appearing for the exam. They are as follows:

  1. The candidate should be between 21 to 35 years of age. The upper limit for the reserved category is 40 years.
  2. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from any recognized university.
  3. Candidates should be familiar with the Kannada language.

Exam Pattern For KPSC KAS Exam

We know that the KPSC KAS exam is categorized into three stages- Preliminary examination, Mains Examination and Personal Interview. Let us know the exam pattern for all of them.

1. Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam contains two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. This exam will be through offline mode, and they have objective type questions, and the exam will be in English. Both the papers carry 200 marks each, and there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect question. Each exam will be for two hours. 

A brief idea about the paper breakup

Paper 1

SectionsNumber of questionsTotal marks
General Studies (National and International)4080
Humanities (Constitution of India, History and Geography of India and Karnataka, Economy)60120
Total100200

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Paper 2

SectionsNumber of questionsTotal marks
General Studies (State)4080
Science and technology, environment and ecology3060
General mental ability- Logical reasoning, problem-solving, comprehension, data interpretation3060
Total100200

2. Mains Examination

The KPSC KAS mains exam will be descriptive based, and there is no negative marking in this exam. There are a total of nine papers as follows.

SectionsTotal MarksDuration
English150 marks2 hours
Kannada150 marks2 hours
Paper 1- Essay250 marks3 hours
Paper 2- General Studies I250 marks3 hours
Paper 3- General Studies II250 marks 3 hours
Paper 4- General Studies III250 marks3 hours
Paper 5- General Studies IV250 marks 3 hours
Paper 6- Optional Paper I250 marks3 hours
Paper 7- Optional Paper II250 marks3 hours
Total2050 marks25 hours

3. Personal Interview

After candidates have passed the preliminary and mains exam, this will be the final stage of the selection criteria. The officials of the KPSC KAS will invite the deserved candidates for an interview. These candidates can be asked questions from anywhere based on their overall knowledge and the way of presenting themselves. 

KPSC Exam Results

KPSC KAS will declare results for each stage separately. One can check their results on the official website by inserting the registration ID and password. 

Conclusion

After going through the article, I hope you have understood the guidelines for the KPSC KAS application, KAS exam papers and the KPSC KAS 2022 selection criteria.

Frequently asked questions

How to register for the KAS exam?

You can register for the KAS exam through their official website.

How many stages are there in the KPSC KAS exam?

KPSC KAS 2022 has three stages- Preliminary, Mains and Interview Stage

Is there any negative marking in the KAS exam?

There is a negative marking of 0.25 mark at the preliminary stage. However, there is no such negative marking for the mains exam.

How many papers are there in the KPSC Prelims and Mains exam?

There are two papers for the KPSC KAS Prelim exam, and there are nine papers in the KPSC KAS Main exams.

What are the eligibility criteria for the KPSC KAS exam?

The KPSC has laid down eligibility criteria for all the candidates appearing for the exam. They are as follows:
The candidate should be between 21 to 35 years of age. The upper limit for the reserved category is 40 years.
Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from any recognized university.
Candidates should be familiar with the Kannada language.

How will the results of KPSC KAS 2022 be declared?

The results of the KAS exam will be declared online through their official website.