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KAS Exam - Complete Details

About KAS Exam

Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) is the civil service of Karnataka state in India.[1] The Public Service Commission conducts exams to recruit candidates for the service. These young officers recruited by KPSC take up various administrative posts at the district and state levels. At the start, they play the role of Sub Divisional Magistrate and, on promotion, Additional District Magistrates. After promotion to IAS, they take up various key positions at the district level as Deputy Commissioners and also equivalent IAS cadre jobs at the state level.

KAS Exam Overview

There is vital information about recruitment that will be available on the official website of KPSC soon. Meanwhile, the applicants can go through the table below. Once the website is updated, this will be a revised chart.

Name of CommissionKarnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC)
Name of ExaminationKPSC Group 4 – Combined Civil Services Examination – IV (Group IV Services & VAO 
Total Number of Vacancies11000 (approximately)
Name of PostSurveyor of Field, Collector of Bills, Typist, Junior Assistant, VAO
Application Mode Online
Vacancy 10000
EligibilityClass 10/ SSLC
CategoryCivil Service Jobs
SalaryINR 19,500 – INR 65,000 (first-month salary)
Date of Issuance of NotificationTo be notified

KAS Exam: Important Dates

The exam date of KAS is August 2022. Other important dates are mentioned in the table below.

Last Date for Application Fee PaymentMarch 2022
Issuance of Admit CardAugust 2022
KPSC KAS Prelims Exam DateAugust 2022
Release of Answer KeyAugust 2022
Release of KPSC KAS Notification 2022January 2022
Application Process StartsFebruary 2022
Application Process EndsMarch 2022
KAS Result DeclarationSeptember 2022

KAS Exam Vacancy 

The Karnataka Public Service Commission will release the Vacancy for KPSC KAS 2022 on the official website. Meanwhile, candidates can go through the KAS Vacancy 2020 data, given below:

Name of the PostNumber Of Vacancies
Group A 
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Interior Department3
Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Commercial Tax Department2
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour Department2
Group B 
Tehsildar Grade II, Revenue Department50
Commercial Tax Officer, Commercial Tax Department7
Labour Office, Labour Department4
Assistant Superintendent, Department of Prisons6
Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Excise Department5
Assistant Director, Department of Tourism11
Assistant Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs2
Assistant Director of Audit of Co-operative Societies, Department of Audit (Co-operative Societies)14

KAS Exam Selection Process


Candidates who want to apply for the KAS Exam need to fulfil certain criteria.

  • The minimum qualification of the candidate should be Bachelor's degree from a university that is recognised.
  • The candidate should be between 21 and 35 years of age. However, in some reserved categories, they can be till 40 years of age.
  • The candidate must be good at communicating in Kannada.

Application Process

The application process of KPSC is online. The application form is available online on the website. The candidate needs to follow the instructions with precision and fill up the form online. They need to upload a scanned copy of their passport size photograph and their signature. They have to choose their exam centre and their preferred language. The aspirant also needs to pay an application fee. The table below shows the different fees applicable for different candidates.

Categories Application Fee
General Category 600
2A, 2B, 3A,3B Category300
Ex-army Personnel50

KAS Exam Pattern

The KAS Exam is split into three phases - Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The candidate first has to clear the Prelims. Once they have cleared the Prelims, then they can sit for the Mains. After clearing the Mains, the candidate has to face the Interview, the final round. 

Prelims contain objective-type questions. English is the language of the question paper.

The Preliminary Examination is divided into two parts. 

Paper 1Paper 2
2-hour 2-hour 
100 MCQ questions 100 MCQ questions
2 marks for every question2 marks for every question
negative marking 0.25 marksnegative marking 0.25 marks


General Studies (of International and National Importance) – 40 questions

Humanities – 60 questions


General Studies (of State Importance) – 40 questions

General Science and Tech. Environment and Ecology – 30 questions

General Capacity – 30 questions

Subject Wise Topics 

  • Indian History
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Economic
  • Humanities
  • Current Affairs of National Importance as well as International Importance.
  • General Studies

Subject Wise Topics

  • Comprehension
  • Data interpretation
  • Basic numeracy
  • General Capacity
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Environment and Ecology
  • General Studies
  • General Science and Technology
  • Current Affairs of State and native importance
  • Important Government Schemes of the State
  • General Ability
  • Understanding of issues on ecology, global climate change, biodiversity, health, with no subject specialisation.
  • Contemporary issues, developments, and implications

The Mains Exam is 3 hours. 

The Mains exam has descriptive-type questions. The medium of the exam is English. However, the Language paper is set in the respective language. 

The marks that a candidate secures in the Mains are added to the final results of the exam. 

The Mains comprises 9 theory papers that total 1750 marks. Out of these 9 papers, 2 papers (Kannada and English Language) are qualifying in nature, 2 are general, and 2 are optional.

KAS Syllabus

Exam Syllabus
Paper 1. English
  • Vocabulary
  • Short Essay 
  • Precis
  • Comprehension
  • Communication 
  • Essay
Paper 2. Kannada
  • Vocabulary
  • Short Essay, Essay
  • Precis
  • Comprehension
  • Communication 
Paper 3. Essay 

Two essays in English/Kannada

  • The topic of Local/State Issues
  • The topic of National/ International Issues
Paper 4. General Studies
  • Economy of India
  • Planning
  • Initiatives of Rural Development
  • Patterns of Development
  • Rural Development- Planning, Data Collection, Interpretation, and Analysis, Indian Economy 
  • Socio and economic framework
  • Rural social structure and development
  • Political Establishment Government
  • Modernisation & Social Change
  • Social & Political Perspective
  • Cultural Heritage of India
  • Social Heritage & History of Karnataka State, and History of India
  • History of Modern India (beginning from 19th century)
  • Kadambas – Hoysalas
  • Modern Mysore
  • The Vijaynagar Empire
  • Karnataka Freedom movement and Unification
  • Post-Independence Karnataka
  • Decentralisation of Power
  • India and Economic Relations
  • Decentralisation
  • Analysing Collected Data and interpreting it.
Paper-5 General Studies II
  • Physical Characteristics and Resources of Nature
  • Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere
  • Continental physiography and demographic composition
  • Physiography of India
  • Industrial Planning & Development
  • Physiographical divisions of Karnataka
  • Urban land-use strategies and Urbanisation of Karnataka
  • Summary of the Constitution of India
  • Nature of the Constitution of India
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Distribution of Legislative Powers 
  • Unidimensional and Bipartite legislatures
  • Important Amendments
  • The machinery of Welfare in India
  • State and Union services
  • State Administration and Management – International Relations
  • Private and Public Administration
  • Organisational setup
  • Organisational behaviour and theories of Management
  • Formal and Informal organisation
  • Tools and techniques of Management
  • Bureaucratic changes 
  • Expert institutions and UN
Paper-6 General Studies III
  • The function/ influence of Science & The Technology in Development of India, Information Technology in Public knowledge
  • Fundamentals of Science and Technology
  • The Technology of Space & Science
  • Power reserves
  • Calamities, Pollutants and Pestilence 
  • Related Understanding
  • Information of society
  • Suburban upliftment 
  • Progression and Recent Developments in Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences
  • Agriculture and Silk-raising
  • Bioengineering enterprises
  • Livestock farming (fishery, dairy and veterinary sciences)
  • Developmental strategies of agriculture, trades, and programs
  • Public Health and Sanitation
  • Conflicts and Concerns in Environmental Development & Ecology
  • Preservation of the Environment
  • Assets of Nature
  • Biological diversity and Ecological system 
  • Management of Solid Waste Disposal & Pollution Environment
  • The Function of Information Technology in Human Health and Environment
  • Link of State-community-civil society
Paper-7 General Studies IV
  • Morals & Ethics
  • Determinatives, Substance, & Effects 
  • Principles in State Management
  • Answerability and Virtuous Administration
  • Right to Information and Conception of civic service
  • Values of Humanity
  • Morality and Honesty
  • Impartiality, Integrity, objectivity, and impartiality
  • Skill and Ability
  • Capabilities and fundamental principles of public assistance
  • Emotional quotient and offering of community intellectuals
  • The above issues are studied as case histories.
Paper- 8Optional Paper 1 
Paper- 9Optional Paper 2 

After clearing the Prelims and the Mains successfully, the candidates need to appear for the Interview. The Interview is the final round of the KAS exam. The scores of the Mains Exam and the Interview round is considered for the final results. The questions asked in the interview round are usually from current affairs and matters of national interest. However, the questions can be from any place based on the knowledge of the applicant. Also, a lot depends on how the candidate presents herself. Only after qualifying the interview round, the candidate can be employed as a civil service employee.

KAS Salary & Job Profile

Once a candidate successfully clears the Prelims, the Mains, and the Interview, the candidate is employed. The pay is generous. The salaries are fixed according to the 7th pay commission.

The table below mentions the salary of each job profile.

Name of the PostSalary
Deputy Superintendent of PoliceINR 30,400 to 51,300
Assistant CommissionerINR 28,100 to 50,100
Assistant Labour CommissionerINR 28,100 to 50,100
TahsildarINR 35,000 to 65,000
Group A OfficerINR 67,000
Group B OfficerINR 55,000
Junior Training OfficerINR 17,650 to INR 32,000
Headmaster And TeacherINR 33,450 to INR 62,000
First Division AssistantINR 14,550 to INR 26,700
Second Division AssistantINR 21,400 to INR 4,200

KAS Exam Admit Card

Step 1: Go to the official website of KPSC. 

Step 2: Click on the link to download the "KPSC exam admit card".

Step 3: After clicking on the link, a new login page will appear on-screen. 

Step 4: Fill in your login details.

Step 5: The admit card of the applicant will appear on-screen. 

Step 6: Click on the save or download button. 

Step 6: You can download your KAS Admit Card in PDF format by clicking on the download button located at the end of the page.

Step 7: Finally, take a printout of the admit card and keep it for future use.

Exam Date

August 2022

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How can one apply for the KAS Exam?

You can apply for the exam online by visiting kpsc.kar.nic.in

What is the duration of the KAS Prelims? +

According to the KAS Exam pattern, KAS Prelims is divided into 2 papers, each of which is 2 hours duration.

How can I check the KAS vacancy? +

The vacancy varies every year. The vacancy for 2022 is yet to be released by the KPSC on their official website. Meanwhile, the applicants can check out the vacancy of 2020.

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