The KPSC or Karnataka Public Service Commission conducts the state service exam to recruit candidates to the administrative positions of the state government of Karnataka for groups A, B, and C positions. Eligible candidates are requested to study the notification in detail and study the eligibility criteria and other conditions before applying for the KAS exam.
The complete details regarding the KPSC 2020 exam, including important dates, the application process, application fee, admit card details, eligibility conditions, exam pattern, syllabus, cut off, results, vacancies, preparation tips, and recommended books are listed below in the article. The official website of the commission is kpsc.kar.nic.in.
KPSC 2020 – KAS Exam Dates
|Important events||Important dates|
|Official notification release date on the website||Shall be updated later on|
|Application submission deadline||Shall be updated later on|
|Admit card issue date||Shall be updated later on|
|Prelims and mains exam||Shall be updated later on|
|Result announcement||Shall be updated later on|
KPSC Online Application Form 2020
Candidates have to submit the application form only in the ONLINE mode. All candidates are requested to completely read the instructions from the instruction booklet before filling in the details in the application form.
Steps to submit the application form
- Create login details for registration on the website. ( One time only)
- Go to the online application portal.
- Read instructions related to filling up the form on the left-hand side of the portal.
- Click on the application form link.
- Enter all the details in the form.
- Verify details.
- Upload documents.
- Upload scanned photo and signature.
- Pay relevant fees.
- Submit the form.
- Receive acknowledgment for the submitted form.
- Download/ take a print copy of the submitted form.
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- For general merit – INR 100
- For SC/ST candidates – no fee
- For persons with disabilities and female candidates – no fee.
- For OBC candidates – INR 100
Procedure for remitting fees for KPSC civil services exam
- In the online mode, candidates can directly pay through net banking/ debit card/ credit card facilities.
- In the offline mode, candidates first need to download challan from the website. They then have to enter all fee details in the challan and submit it at any recognized SBI branch of Karnataka state. The bank shall acknowledge the challan with a receipt, and the candidate should enter the same number in his online application form.
KPSC Admit Card 2020
The admit card is a must-carry document that contains all necessary particulars of the candid date. It contains his necessary candidate information, exam venue, exam timings, duration, and date, etc. Candidates who fail to carry the document along with them to the exam hall shall not be allowed to sit for the examination.
Follow these guidelines to download the admit card from the official website:
- Visit www.kpsc.kar.nic.in
- On the homepage, search for the link that indicates ‘Click here to download admit card.’
- Click on the link and enter another window.
- In this window, enter the link of the relevant exam.
- Select the exam link.
- Enter your valid registration number/ application id and date of birth
- Enter any other details requested and submit them.
- The admit card shall be displayed.
- Candidates need to download/ take a print copy of the same to the exam hall.
KPSC KAS Eligibility Criteria 2020
- Only citizens of India can apply.
- Candidates need to be residents of Karnataka to apply.
- Graduates in any discipline, a degree should be obtained from any university recognized by the government of India.
- Graduation or Bachelors’s degree or equivalent qualification, from any university, recognized by the government of India.
The different age criteria mentioned by the commission for candidates are given below:
For general merit: 33 years
For OBC candidates: 35 years.
For SC/ST candidates: 38 years.
For SC/ST candidates: Relaxation in upper age limit up to 5 years.
For physically disabled candidates and widows: Relaxation in upper age limit up to 10 years.
Number of Attempts
For General Merit: maximum 5 attempts.
For OBC candidates: maximum 7 attempts.
For SC/ST candidates: Unlimited number of attempts till they reach the upper age limit specified by the age criteria.
KPSC Exam Pattern 2020
The KPSC civil services exam follows the 3 tier method consisting of the prelims, mains, and the interview round.
- There are 2 papers in the exam.
- Both papers are objective type papers.
- Paper 1 is the general studies paper that is conducted for 200 marks.
- Paper 2 is the general aptitude paper that also carries 200 marks.
- Total marks of prelims are 400 marks.
- Those candidates who obtain qualifying marks in the prelims shall move to the main round of the exam.
- All types of conventional (descriptive answering method) question patterns shall be followed for the mains exam.
- Candidates have to write long, explanatory answers.
- General Kannada and General English shall be the 1st and 2nd papers, respectively. Each of them is conducted for 150 marks for 2 hours each.
- Apart from these papers, there are 7 other papers to attempt.
- Each of these papers carries 250 marks each and conducted for 3 hours duration.
- The third paper is the essay paper. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh paper comprises general studies 1, 2, 3, and 4 papers. The last two (8th and 9th) papers are based on optional subjects chosen by the candidate.
- Total marks of mains are 1750 marks.
- The personality test round shall be conducted for 200 marks.
- All those candidates who qualify in the main round of exam with higher scores shall be called in for a personality test round.
- The marks obtained in the main exam plus interview shall be considered for preparing the final rank list of candidates.
KPSC Syllabus 2020
The elaborate and detailed syllabus can be downloaded in pdf format by candidates. However, for the benefit of candidates, we quickly run through the main aspects of the syllabus in this section.
- Indian history and Indian freedom struggle.
- Geography of India
- Indian polity and civil administration
- Socio economic development of India
- India and international relations
- Economy of India.
- General aspects that are of importance to the state
- General mental ability
- Maths and numerical questions
- General and logical reasoning
- Analytical thinking
- Data interpretation
- Data sufficiency questions
Qualifying paper – Kannada
- Language usage
- Word usage
- Topical descriptions related to the language
- Short essay writing
- Translation from English to Kannada
Qualifying paper English
- Comprehension in detail
- Language usage and verbs
- Precise writing
- Paragraph writing and sentence completion
- Idioms and phrases
- Essays (Short)
- Two essays need to be written by the candidate.
- The candidate has the option to write the essay in either English or Kannada language
- Each essay carries a maximum of 150 marks.
General Studies Paper 1
- Ancient civilizations of India
- Art, literature and cultural forms of our country
- Science and technology development
- Religions and festivals of India
- History of India
General Studies paper 2
- Geography of Karnataka, India, and the world.
- Indian constitution and public administration
- Panchayat Raj
- Administrative reforms in India
- Ethics and values of government servants in public life
General Studies paper 3
- General science
- Role and development of IT in India
- Space technology in India
- Mineral and energy resources
- Natural resource distribution
- Disaster management
- Rural empowerment
General Studies paper 4
- Human values
- Public resources and utilization of public funds
- Integrity and compassion in society
- Contribution from civil servants
- Aptitude and emotional intelligence
- Case studies
- Candidates shall be questioned on the career path they have chosen. They shall be asked about their choice of qualifications gained.
- The candidates shall be observed for their skills and competency in public service roles.
- Candidates shall be assessed based on their mental grasping, aptitude, quick observation skills, and attention to detail.
- Their leadership qualities and clarity in thinking and understanding shall be assessed.
- Also, candidates’ interpersonal skills and communication skills will decide his performance.
- The cut off marks is also known as the minimum qualifying marks.
- The cut off marks are displayed by the commission in the official website category wise.
- The cut off marks are displayed right after the announcement of the results.
- The cut off marks vary every year and depend on the number of factors like the number of vacancies available for the current year, a number of candidates applied, number of candidates cleared, toughness levels of the exam, etc.
- Results shall be announced after every round of the exam.
- Candidates need to check for updates on the official site from time to time.
- In the section titled’ what’s new,’ click on the relevant exam link if it’s activated to view results.
- Mention reference id/ application number and date of birth.
- Enter captcha code, if any.
- Submit details.
- Results shall be displayed.
- Download the result/ mark sheet. Take a print copy of the same.
KPSC Vacancies 2020
- Group ‘A’ services
- Group ‘B’ services
- Group ‘C’ services
- First Division Assistant (FDA) post
- Second Division Assistant (SDA) post
- Stenographers cadre
- Typists position
- Officer in charge of Karnataka Maharishi Valmiki Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Development Limited
- Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike ( BBMP officer)
- Officer in charge of Karnataka State Audit and Accounting Department
- Forest, Nature and Biological Department Head
- Revenue Department Officer
- Commercial Tax Officer
- Excise Department officer (Economic Department)
- Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department officer
- Audit (Cooperation Department) officer
- Labour Department officer
- Tourism Department officer
- Karnataka State Police Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (Officer in charge)
- Agriculture Sale Department officer
- Karnataka State Insurance Department officer
- News and Public Relations Department officer
- Economic and Corporate Directorate officers
- Drug Control Department officer
- Karnataka Government Ministry (officers in charge)
- Devraj Arasu Backward Classes Development Corporation Limited(officers in charge)
- Industry and Commerce Department officers
- Port and Inland Waters Department officers
- Welfare of Backward Classes Department officers
- Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Development Corporation officer
Preparation tips for KPSC civil services exam
- Read good and standard newspapers to get through general awareness papers with high scores.
- Read through the pattern and the syllabus of the exam.
- The main exam, the syllabus is quite extensive.
- To begin with, preparation for the prelims can begin with the main exam preparation itself.
- Keep a collection of all necessary books for studies and references.
- Prepare good notes, supportive tools like charts, and visual display aids.
- Prepare separate point notes for revision.
- General studies are a very important part of the exam, and no part of the subject should be left out.
- Check out good websites that give good and handy notes.
- Take up mock tests and online assessments periodically.
- Analyze the toughness and difficulty level of the exam and prepare a time table strategically.
- Learn more about the local knowledge of the state.
Best books for KAS Exam preparation
In this section, we provide you with a list of books that will help you in your preparation series:
- India yearbook
- NCERT textbooks from class 6th to class 12th
- Book on medieval India by Satish Chandra
- India after Gandhi by historian Ramachandra Guha
- Economic Survey of India (Official government portal)
- Concepts of Economics of India by Shankar Ramesh
- Indian Polity by Laxmikanth.
- Pratiyogita Darpan.
- A good atlas for reference
- Certificate Physical and human geography
- World history by Norman Lowe.
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