Examination Process: KAS Exam

The Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) exam consists of three stages: –

  • Stage 1: Preliminary Exam
  • Stage 2: Mains Exam
  • Stage 3: Interviews

There is a vast syllabus to be covered for the preliminary exam. There are two papers for this round and each round for 200 marks (carrying 100 questions and 2 marks each).The syllabus is as follow: –


  • The current Affairs of National and International importance.
  • Humanities- History of India (This will be based on the importance of the broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects of the Indian movement with emphasis on Karnataka)
  • World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on Karnataka.
  • India Polity: The country’s political system, economy, rural development, planning and economic reforms in India’s sustainable development, poverty alleviation, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.


  • Current affairs related to State Governance Programs and events of State importance
  • Science and Technology (developments and implications including matters of everyday observations and environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change which does not require specialisation)
  • General mental ability, logical reasoning and analytical ability, problem solving, basic innumeracy and Data interpretation. (SSLC level)

The Written Exam is divided into Qualifying Papers and Compulsory Papers.

The Qualifying paper consists of 150 Marks of English and Kannada exam for 2 hours each.

The Compulsory papers are as follows: –

Paper- I Essay
Paper- II General Studies 1
Paper- III General Studies 2
Paper- IV General Studies 3
Paper- V General Studies 4
Paper- VI Optional Subject Paper-1
Paper- VII Optional Subject Paper-2


Each Paper last for about 3 Hours and each for 250 marks.

There are several choices of subjects to choose from and these subjects are from different fields. These include: –

Agriculture, Agriculture Management, Sericulture and Cooperation, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences and Fisheries 02, Anthropology 03, Botany 04, Chemistry 05, Civil Engineering 06, Commerce and Accountancy 07, Economics 08, Electrical Engineering 09, Geography 11, History 12, Law 13,

Group 1: Optional Subjects – Management 14, Mathematics 15, Mechanical Engineering 16, Philosophy 17, Physics 18, Political Science and International Relations 19, Psychology 20, Public Administration 21, Sociology 22, Statistics 23, Zoology 24, Rural Development and Co‐operation 25

Group 2: Literature of any one of the following languages can be appeared for:

English 26, Hindi 26, Kannada 26, Urdu 26

There are a few things to take into consideration while giving these exams and the weightage for each exam as well: –

  • A minimum of 35% is required for the qualifying papers, and these will not be considered for the merit list, and qualifying in these papers is mandatory.
  • All Papers are mandatory and descriptive in nature.
  • The papers will be set in Kannada and English and the candidate can answer it in either.
  • The Standard of the examination will be a degree level paper except for the qualifying papers. The standard of qualifying Kannada paper and qualifying English paper shall be that of First Language Kannada and First
  • All seven papers are compulsory (Paper II to V consists of 3 sections)
  • Each paper carries a maximum of 250 marks and duration of 3 hours only.
  • Written and personality test marks will be released together along with the final select list.


Stage 3 consists of Personality test.