KPSC 2020: KPSC conducts state civil service exams for group cadres A, B and C vacancies. The COVID-19 pandemic caused all exams around the globe to be postponed to a late date. The KPSC 2020 preliminary exams also had to be intermittently postponed to an indefinite date as of now. The tentative dates were announced as April 2020, but the government is yet to ascertain the official dates on their website. In this article, we shall focus on all important aspects of KAS Exam 2020 with regard to its important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, answer key, result, cut off and list of exam centres.
KPSC 2020 Exam Dates
Below we have provided KPSC KAS Exam Date 2020 in tabular format.
|Exam Event||Important Exam Dates|
|Release of official notification of KPSC 2020||January 31st , 2020|
|Application form commencement||February 6th , 2020|
|Deadline for application submission||March 6th, 2020|
|Deadline for remitting exam fees||March 7th, 2020|
|Availability of Admit Card for KPSC Prelims 2020||Yet to be ascertained on official website|
|KPSC Preliminary Exam 2020||Tentative dates – April 2020|
KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria 2020
The following section describes the detailed eligibility criteria conditions for KPSC 2020:
- All Indian citizens are eligible to apply for KPSC 2020 exams.
- Candidates have to compulsorily be residents of Karnataka state only.
- Inter-state candidates are not permitted to apply for KPSC.
- Minimum qualification to apply for KPSC 2020 is a graduation/ bachelor’s degree from a recognised university of India.
- All qualifications that are equivalent to a three year bachelor’s degree from a recognised Indian university are also eligible to apply for KPSC 2020.
KAS Age Limit
Different categories have different age limit according to the stipulations laid down by KPSC 2020:
- For general merit students: Upper age limit is 33 years.
- For OBC category: Upper age limit is 35 years.
- For SC/ST category: Upper age limit is 38 years.
Different categories enjoy varied age limit relaxations; the details are provided below:
- SC/ST categories enjoy age relaxation in upper limit up to 5 years.
- For persons with disabilities and widows, the age relaxation in upper limit has been extended up to 10 years.
Number of Attempts
The number of attempts for various categories laid down by KPSC 2020 is given below:
- General merit candidates enjoy a maximum of 5 attempts.
- OBC candidates enjoy a maximum of 7 attempts.
- SC/ST candidates enjoy an unlimited number of attempts, provided they are below the upper age limit prescribed by KPSC 2020.
KPSC Application Form 2020
KPSC 2020 released the official application form on its website on February 06th, 2020 and the last date for submission stands at March 06th, 2020. The application can be sent only in the ONLINE mode. Any other modes of application submission shall not be entertained by the commission. Please read all instructions provided in the official notification before making entries in the application form.
Steps to Fill KPSC KAS Online Application Form
The detailed steps to fill up the application form for KPSC 2020 has been explained below:
- All new applicants have to first register themselves on the website.
- After registration, candidates will receive login ID and password.
- With the newly created login details, enter the homepage of the website and go to the application form section on the left-hand side of the portal.
- Enter all details correctly in the application form without making any mistakes.
- Verify for the correctness of entered data.
- Scan all the requisite documents and upload them in the required section.
- Scan the candidate’s photograph and signature. Upload them in the spaces requested.
- Pay the application fee.
- Verify all details again and submit your application form.
- After successful submission, candidates receive an acknowledgement.
- Download the acknowledgement and preserve it for future reference.
The requisite application fees to be remitted along with the application form have been explained below in detail:
- For candidates belonging to general merit: INR 100.
- For OBC category – INR 100.
- For SC/ST categories – No fees required.
- For physically challenged candidates and female applicants – No fee required.
Mode of Fee Remittance
Candidates can pay the requisite fees in both ONLINE as well as OFFLINE modes; the same is explained below:
- ONLINE mode of fee payment: Candidates may make use of internet banking facilities or pay through credit/ debit card in the ONLINE mode.
- OFFLINE mode of fee payment: Follow the below steps
- Download fee payment challan from official KPSC 2020 website.
- Enter details in the challan and make payment at any recognised SBI bank branch.
- Obtain acknowledgement/ fee receipt for the fee payment from the bank.
- Enter the fee receipt number in the online application form.
KPSC Admit Card 2020
All candidates appearing for KPSC 2020 examination should compulsorily carry with them, an admit card for verification. Without the admit card document, candidates cannot take up the exam. The admit card is an essential document having all the important candidate information like name, registration number, address, contact details, exam venue, location, exam center address, timings and important exam dates.
Steps to Download KPSC KAS Admit Card
Candidates can follow the below steps to download their admit card from the official KPSC 2020 site:
- Visit the official website of KPSC 2020.
- On the homepage, traverse to the link that highlights “Link for downloading admit card for KPSC 2020” and click on it.
- You will be guided to another screen where a list of exams would be provided, select the appropriate exam link and click on it.
- Enter your application number of registration number along with the date of birth details.
- Check if any other details are needed.
- Upon validation of data, the admit card shall be displayed.
- Check for correctness of data in the admit card.
- Download the admit card and preserve a hard copy to be taken to the exam hall.
KPSC Exam Pattern
KPSC 2020 is conducted in three stages of examination, namely, the preliminary round, mains round followed by viva-voice/ personal interview round. All three stages of the exam are explained in detail below:
- Preliminary round consists of two papers of objective type.
- The first paper – General Studies 1 carries 200 marks.
- The second paper – General Aptitude also carries 200 marks.
- Total marks of KPSC Preliminary paper 2020 is 400 marks.
All candidates who obtain the minimum cut off marks in the preliminary round will receive a call to attend the Mains exam.
- The mains exam is entirely descriptive in nature, no objective-based questions.
- There are 9 papers to attempt, and all are compulsory.
- The first paper is General Kannada – carries 150 marks and conducted for two hours duration.
- The second paper is General English – carries 150 marks and conducted for two hours duration.
- The third paper is the General Essay paper – carries 250 marks and conducted for three hours duration.
- The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh papers are namely General Studies – 1, 2, 3 and 4 subjects respectively. Each paper is conducted for 250 marks and for three hours duration.
- The 8th and 9th papers are based on optional subjects to be chosen by the candidate itself. Each paper is again conducted for 250 marks and 3 hours each.
- Total marks of KPSC mains exam 2020 is 1750 marks.
- All candidates who score above the cut off marks in the KPSC mains exam 2020 will receive a call for the personal interview round.
- Personal interview round would be conducted for a total of 200 marks.
- The combined marks of the KPSC mains exam 2020 plus KPSC interview round 2020 shall determine final scores of the candidate.
KPSC Syllabus 2020
In this section, we shall throw light on the important parts of each paper that candidates have to be acquainted with. Candidates can also download the full syllabus in PDF format from our website here and also the official KPSC 2020 website.
KAS Prelims Syllabus
Here a list of important topics to be covered paper-wise for KPSC Prelims, take a look:
Paper 1 – General Studies
- Indian history with more importance to the freedom struggle movement.
- World Geography and Indian geography
- Indian political system and civil administration hierarchy.
- Social and economic development measures of Indian government.
- Indian relations with neighbouring countries and international trade relations.
- Indian economy and monetary values.
Paper 2 – General Aptitude
- General awareness topics related to Karnataka administration.
- Questions pertaining to general mental ability.
- Mathematical problems and numerical.
- Logical reasoning and interpretation.
- Analytical reasoning and general thinking.
- Data interpretation skills.
- Data sufficiency problems.
KAS Mains Syllabus
In the mains round, the General Kannada and General English papers are of qualifying nature only. Their marks are not considered for the final calculation of KPSC Mains marks 2020.
Paper 1 – General Kannada [Qualifying Paper]
- General history and usage of Kannada language.
- Questions related to word formations.
- Definitions and critical descriptions as part of Kannada literature.
- Kannada vocabulary and grammar.
- Essay writing.
- Translation questions.
Paper 2 – General English [Qualifying Paper]
- English comprehension
- English grammar, language usage in different scenarios.
- Parts of speech.
- Precise and paragraph writing.
- English short essay writing.
- Sentence completion questions.
- Proverbs and Phrases.
Paper 3 – General Essay Paper
- Total of two essays in full description need to be attempted by the candidate.
- Candidate has a choice of language here. Essays can either be written in English or Kannada language.
- Each essay question carries a maximum of 150 marks, so total marks for essay round are 300 marks.
Paper 4 – General Studies Paper 1
- Indian history with focus on ancient civilizations that thrived during the medieval period.
- Cultural Background of India – art, poetry, literature, song and dance cultures.
- Latest trends in science and technology developments of the country.
- Indian secularism with celebrations of religious festivals and customs in the country.
- Indian freedom struggle movement.
Paper 5 – General Studies Paper 2
- Indian and World Geography.
- Indian political system and public administration concepts.
- Panchayat Raj system.
- Reforms in Indian bureaucracy and social framework of the country.
- Civil administration and ethics and values of government services.
Paper 6 – General studies Paper 3
- Basic concepts of Science
- The rise and emergence of IT field in Indian software sector.
- Space science
- Distribution of minerals and energy sources in the country.
- Availability and natural resource distribution.
- Disaster and calamities and management by government.
- Village and rural empowerment.
Paper 7 – General Studies Paper 4
- Core human values and ethics laid down in constitution.
- Public resource dissemination and public funds utilization.
- Human integrity, core values and compassion ethics.
- Work code expected of civil servants in our society.
- General aptitude and emotional IQ.
- Case studies on different impending issues.
- The personal interview round does not have a fixed syllabus and it entirely depends on the presentation, aptitude and intelligence of the aspiring candidate. However, some of the key points to be noted here are:
- Academic record of the candidate shall be considered for questioning. Choice of career chosen, list of training enrolled, and the reason for choosing the particular degree shall be discussed.
- Officer level skills would be assessed for a role as a civil servant.
- Other factors based on the grasping ability of the candidate, interpersonal and communication skills, observation and judgement skills would be worked out.
- Group discussion rounds are also crucial for every candidate and his decision-making abilities would be tested upon.
- Leadership abilities, logical aptitude and clarity in arguments plus a thorough knowledge of local and national level current affairs are very helpful.
KPSC Answer Key 2020
- The official answer keys are the answers to all the questions asked in the KPSC exams 2020.
- They provide an approximate estimation of the candidate’s score based on the level of attempt in comparison with the answer keys.
- A few days before the actual result publication, candidates can look out for answer keys on the official website in PDF format.
- Provisional answer keys are first released on the official KPSC website.
- Candidates may assess all answers for any objections in answers; they may approach authorities with proof.
- After clearing out all discrepancies, the final answer keys would be published in the official website again.
KPSC Result 2020
Candidates can look out on the official KPSC website from time to time for updates on result announcement. After every round of KPSC state civil services exam, results would be announced on the official website. The steps to follow for checking results are given below:
- Go to the official KPSC website and check on the homepage.
- Click on ‘What’s new’ section of the homepage and check for result announcement.
- If results are announced, click on the link that provides the result sheet.
- You may need to key in details like application ID/ reference number and date of birth.
- Enter any Captcha code if given.
- Submit all details.
- Upon validation of details, result sheet will be displayed.
- Download/ save/ take a hard copy print out of the mark sheet displayed.
KPSC Cut Off
- KPSC announces the cut off marks right after the display of results on the official website. They are the minimum qualifying marks a candidate has to obtain in order to seek entry into the next round of admission.
- Different categories have a different range of cut off marks.
- The cut off marks are not standard standalone marks; they vary every year.
- Cut off marks are dependent on a number of factors like the number of applicants, number of candidates attempting the exam, number of vacant positions, toughness of the examination etc.
- KPSC decides the cut off marks for each year exclusively.
KPSC Exam Centers
The list of exam centers where KPSC conducts state civil service exams for the year 2020 are listed below: