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KAS Syllabus Online Application Form 2020

Post Name:- KAS Syllabus Online Application Form 2020-2021

Date Of Post:-09 Dec 2020


Description:- Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts the examination for recruiting Grade A and B officers in the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS). The Karnataka Administrative Service is the civil service of the state of Karnataka in India. These officers recruited by the KPSC in various administrative positions at the district and state levels. Initially, they play the role of Sub-District Magistrate and on promotion as Additional District Magistrate and then on promotion to IAS, they take various chief positions at the district level as Deputy Commissioners and even they do equivalent IAS cadre jobs at the state level.
For a career in the administrative services of the Karnataka state, this KAS exam is mandatory, it is the entry point for the candidates. Those who clear the exam will hold various administrative positions at the district and state level and if the performance of the state administrative service officer is exemplary then they can also be promoted to the Indian Administrative Service. For the position of KAS officer, the KAS aspirants have to clear the exam in two stages. 

KAS Syllabus Online Application Form 2020-2021

Short Notification


The first stage is the Preliminary examination, it is mainly divided into two papers-

  • Paper 1 
  • Paper 2

Both the papers of preliminary contain 200 marks each. 

The first Preliminary paper include-

  • General Studies
  • Humanities

In general studies candidates should learn about Current Affairs of National & International Importance.
In humanities candidates should learn about Indian History, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Economic


The second Preliminary paper include-
  • General Studies related to state
  • Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology
  • General Mental Ability
In general studies related to state candidates should learn about Current Affairs of State and Local Importance, Important State Government Schemes, Contemporary issues/developments and implications. 
In Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology candidates should learn about the issues on biodiversity, climate change, ecology, health with no subject specialization.
In the general Mental Ability candidates should learn Basic numeracy, Data interpretation, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Comprehension. 

Paper 1


  • General Studies\

  • Current Affairs of National & International Importance.

  • Humanities 

  • Indian History

  • Indian and World Geography

  • Indian Polity and Economic

Paper 2
  • General Studies related to state
  • Current Affairs of State and Local Importance
  • Important State Government Schemes
  • General Science & Technology
  • Broad Understanding
  • Contemporary issues/developments and implications.
  • Environment and Ecology.
  • Understanding of issues on biodiversity, climate change, ecology, health with no subject specialization.
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic numeracy
  • Data interpretation
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Comprehension

Prelims Exam Pattern
The Prelims exam mainly has 2 papers and the exam is conducted via offline mode. Every correct answer will be awarded by 2 marks, and 0.25 marks will be minus for one wrong answer.


Paper 1


No. Of Questions Total Marks Duration

General Studies

40 80  2hours
Humanities 60 120

Paper 2


No. Of Questions Total Marks Duration
General Studies 40 80 2hours
Science and Technology, Environment, and Ecology 30 60
General Mental Ability 30 60

The second stage is the Mains exam, the mains exam of KAS includes 9 papers. The candidates who passed the Prelims exam has become eligible for the Main stage of the exam. The Mains exam of the KAS consists of a written examination and a personality interview.  

  • English

  • Kannada 

  • Essay

  • General Studies I

  • General Studies II

  • General Studies III

  • General Studies IV

  • option paper 1

  • option paper 2

Paper-1 English
  • Comprehension
  • Precis
  • Usage
  • Vocabulary
  • Short Essay
  • Communication
Paper-2 Kannada
  • Comprehension
  • Precis
  • Usage
  • Vocabulary
  • Short Essay
  • Communication 
Paper-3 Essay Two essays in Kannada/English
  • Essay 1: Topic of National/International Issues
  • Essay: Topic of State/Local Issues
Paper-4 General Studies I
  • History and Cultural Heritage of India & Karnataka
  • Cultural Heritage of India
  • Modern History of India (beginning of the 19th century onwards)
  • The Vijay Nagar Empire 
  • Modern Mysore 
  • Karnataka Freedom movement and Unification
  • Political and Social Perspective
  • Post-Independence Karnataka
  • Social Change & Modernisation
  • Political System and Government
  • Decentralization of Power
  • Socio-economic system
  • Rural social system and development
  • Planning, Indian Economy, Analysis and Interpretation, Rural Development and Data Collection, 
  • Indian Economy
  • India & International Economic Relations
  • Development Patterns
  • Planning and planning goals
  • Decentralization
  • Rural Development Initiatives
  • Data Collection Analysis & Interpretation
Paper-5 General Studies II
  •   Natural Resources and Physical Features 

  •   Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere

  •   Continental physiography and demographic distribution

  •   Indian Physiography

  •   Industrial Planning & Development

  •   Physiographic divisions (Karnataka)

  •   Urban land-use policy and Urbanisation (Karnataka)

  •   Overview of the Indian Constitution

  •   Nature of the Indian Constitution

  •   Fundamental Rights

  •   Distribution of Powers (Legislative)

  •   Unicameral and Bicameral legislatures

  •   Important Amendments

  •   Welfare machinery in India

  •   Union and State services

  •   Public Administration and Management – International Relations

  •   Public and Private Administration

  •   Organization structure

  •   Organizational behavior and concepts of management

  •   Informal and formal organization

  •   Management techniques and tools

  •   Administrative Reforms

  •   UN and Specialised agencies

Paper-6 General Studies III
  •     Role/impact of Science & Technology in Indian Development, Information Technology in Public Domain
  •     Basics of Science and Tech
  •     Space Tech & Science
  •     Energy Resources
  •     Disasters, Pollution, and Pests
  •     Related Perception
  •     Knowledge society
  •     Rural upliftment and Science & Tech
  •     Advancement and Modern Trends in Life Sciences, Agricultural Science, Natural      Sciences, 
  •     Sericulture and Horticulture
  •     Biotechnology initiatives
  •     Animal Husbandry (dairy, fishery and veterinary sciences)
  •     Development policies (Agriculture), programs and trade
  •     Hygiene & health
  •     Challenges and Issues in development of Environment & Ecology
  •     Environment Conservation
  •     Natural Resources
  •     Biodiversity & Ecosystem
  •     Solid Waste Management & Environmental Pollution
  •     Role of Information Tech in Human Health and Environment 
  •     State-community-civil society interface
Paper-7 General Studies IV
  •     Ethics 
  •     Determinants, Essence, and Consequences
  •     Ethics in public administration
  •     Accountability and ethical governance
  •     RTI and Concept of public service
  •     Human values
  •     Integrity
  •     Impartiality, Integrity, objectivity, and non-partisanship
  •     Aptitude
  •     Aptitude and foundational values for civil service
  •     Emotional intelligence and contribution of social thinkers
  •     Case studies of the above issues.
Paper- 8 Option Paper 1 (Given Below)
Paper- 9 Option Paper 2 (Given Below)
The candidates may opt from the following subjects for the two optional papers:
Literature in any 1: English, Hindi, Kannada, or Urdu, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical engineering, geography, geology, History, Law, Management, Political science and International relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics , Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Physics, Agriculture, marketing, sericulture, and agriculture cooperation, Animal husbandry, fisheries, veterinary sciences, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Zoology, Rural development and cooperation.
Mains exam patterns-
The Mains exam has 9 papers and the exam will have descriptive type questions such as Essays and long answers. one good thing is that there is no negative marking for any wrong answer and the maximum marks that can be obtained are 1750 marks.



Duration Marks
English 2 hours 150 (35% Qualifying Criteria)
Kannada 2 hours 150 (35% Qualifying Criteria)
Paper 1 – Essay on particular topic 3 hours 250
Paper 2 - General Studies first 3 hours 250
Paper 3 - General Studies second 3 hours 250
Paper 4 - General Studies third 3 hours 250
Paper 5 - General Studies fourth 3 hours 250
Paper 6 - Optional Paper 1 3 hours 250
Paper 7 - Optional Paper 2 3 hours 250
After qualifying for the mains exam, candidates must appear for the interview process, which contains 200 marks, after the mains and interview process the final selection is carried out based upon the candidate’s performance. 
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