The candidates who aspire to get into the administration will definitely appear in various competitive exam conducted by the concerned government bodies and civil services and state civil services are the competitive exams conducted by the constitution bodies the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and that particular state commission for e.g. in Karnataka State the civil services exam is conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission.

So most of the candidates who write state civil services exam also opt for the national level civil services exam. If you are an aspirant who is willing to write both the national and state level civil services exam, then here are some important points that you should know before taking these exams as it will help you to know and understand the exams very well and prepare a consolidated strategy that will fit for both the exams.

To help aspirants who are writing both UPSC and KPSC Exam for IAS and KAS respectively here we bring some similarities and differences in both exams which every aspirant should know so that they can prepare for the exam accordingly.

There might be some differences in the exam pattern and marking schemes in civil services IAS and KPSC KAS Exam but once a candidate clears either IAS or KAS their profile will be the same in both the national and state level civil services i.e. a candidate as an IAS Officer will take in charge as a Sub Divisional Magistrate in the allocated cadre, which could be in any state while a KAS Officer will take in charge at the administration level in the sub districts, district or the state capital and eventually will become an IAS Officer after serving in the state level for 20 years or more through internal recruitment.

Here are some of the similarities in the exam pattern, marking scheme, and syllabus of the UPSC IAS Exam and KPSC KAS Exam.

The exam pattern of both the exams is same i.e. both the exams are conducted in three stages and they are:

  • Stage I: Prelims
  • Stage II: Mains
  • Stage III: Interview or Personality Test

Similarities and Differences in IAS And KAS Exam

Features IAS KAS
Exam Pattern Three Stages

  • Stage I: Prelims
  • Stage II: Mains
  • Stage III: Interview or Personality Test
Prelims Exam Pattern Two Papers GS I and GS II Same
Negative marking for each wrong answer in prelimsI Same
Prelims Marking Schemes GS CSAT Paper II is qualifying in natures Both the papers are compulsory and there is no qualifying paper and every question count to succeed in the exam
Mains Exam Pattern Has 9 papers
2 Qualifying Papers
4 GS Papers
2 Optional Subject Paper I & Paper II
Mains Marking Schemes In 9 papers two papers are qualifying in nature i.e. English and Indian Language Paper
Same. Here English and Kannada are qualifying papers.
Only mains and interview marks are counted for final merit Same
Cutoff Marks declared at the discrete of the commission Same
Prelims Syllabus The Prelims syllabus for GS Paper I for current affairs demands events national and international importance

GS CSAT Paper II – Aptitude

The Prelims syllabus for GS Paper I – General Studies related to National and International importance; Humanities

GS Paper II – General Studies related to State Importance; General Science & Tech, Environment & Ecology; General Mental Ability

Mains Syllabus Qualifying papers are for 300 Marks Qualifying papers are for 150 Marks
Four General Studies Papers 1, 2, 3, and 4 majorly Current Affairs oriented Four General Studies Paper I, 2, 3, and 4, majorly fundamentals oriented and requires an in-depth knowledge of each concept mentioned in the syllabus few questions current affairs related
Optional Subject Papers any one of the optional subject which will have Paper I and Paper II Same
Preparation Tips Prelims: More questions on basics application related and current affairs. Prelims: More questions on basics and fundamental related. One should concentrate on local issues for e.g. like Cauvery and Mahadhayi
Mains GS Papers: GS Paper 1 and 4 (ethics) are fundamental related while GS2 and GS3 are current affairs related Mains GS Papers: Questions are not current affairs related-and majorly based on the concepts mentioned in the syllabus of GS Papers
Resources Basics: NCERT Textbooks Basics: Karnataka State Textbooks
Newspaper for Current Affairs: The Hindu Newspaper for Current Affairs: Praja Vani

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