Like every year, the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) will conduct the KAS exam 2021. The exam is for the applicants’ recruitment for profuse posts at the state civil service positions in Karnataka. KPSC will release the application form for the exam on its official website. Before the release of the form, notification for the same will get posted on the official website. Continue reading the article to know all the major updates of the exam this year.

How do you get to know about the KAS notification 2021?

The Karnataka Public Service Commission has declared the rank list for stream 1, stream 2, and stream 3 of KAS 2019-20 on 8th October. The notification for 2021 recruitments will be out soon on the official portal. The total vacant seats with the date of release application form will be declared. Interested candidates must keep an eye on their website to not miss any KAS notification 2021.

In the previous year, KPSC invited the applications for various positions in February, and the last date of filing the application form was 6th March 2020. But this year, there is no update about the exam or vacancies yet. Earlier, KPSC has released KAS notification 2021 for about 106 vacancies for posts like Tehsildar, Assistant Direction, and more, in groups A and B. 

The KAS exam is highly competitive. Cut-offs vary each year and depend on the number of applicants appearing and the difficulty level of the exam. The exam will be conducted in offline mode, in three phases: mains, prelims, and interview. The authorities will release the list of various exam centers across Karnataka, the examination date, and the time. Be a frequent visitor of the official KPSC KAS portal to never miss any updates. 


What is the pattern for the KAS Exam 2021?

The KPSC conducts the KAS exam in three phases. The first is prelims, the second is mains, and the third phase is a personality interview session with the Karnataka PSC officials. Prelims is a screening test, and only those candidates who clear it will go further in the selection process. The authorities will use the main exam scores, and the interview for preparing the rank list, and posts are assigned accordingly. KAS Coaching in Bangalore suggests all aspirants must get prepared for all three phases, as per the syllabus and paper pattern. Let us now have a look at the paper pattern for KAS 2021.

  • KPSC KAS 2021 Prelims Exam Pattern

Prelims consist of two papers, each being objective-type. The marks of each paper are 200. Every correct answer will fetch you two marks and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will get deducted. Candidates will get two hours for each paper. Paper I contains 40 questions from General Studies and 60 questions from Humanities subject. Paper-II consists of 40 General studies questions, 30 questions of general mental ability, and 30 questions from the section science & technology, environment & ecology. 

  • KPSC KAS 2021 Mains Exam Pattern

The main exam consists of 9 papers. Each paper is descriptive-type which means you have to write answers to various questions. The total marks for all nine papers are 1750, and there is no negative marking. Let us discuss the paper pattern of each of these nine papers.


The English paper is of 150 marks. Candidates get 2 hours to write the exam. It is just a qualifying exam, and you will have to score 35% marks.


The Kannada exam is also a qualifying paper where one has to score 35% of the total marks. The exam duration is 2 hours, and the total marks are 150.


Paper-I is essay writing, and the time duration is 3 hours. The maximum marks are 250.


This paper contains questions from General Studies I. The time duration is 3 hours, and the total marks are 250. 

     5.Paper III

Paper III is of General Studies II. The time duration is 3 hours, and the total marks are 250.

     6.Paper IV 

This paper contains questions from General studies III. Candidates get 3 hours to write the exam for 250 marks. 

     7.Paper V

Paper V is of General Studies IV. You will get 3 hours for scoring 250 marks.

     8.Paper VI

It is an optional paper I. The time duration is 3 hours, and the total marks are 250.

     9.Paper VII

This paper is of optional subject II. The time duration is 3 hours, and the total marks are 250. 

  • KPSC KAS 2021 Interview

Candidates shortlisted through the prelims go for the final interview round. The score of the main exam and the interview make the final rank list. The maximum mark for this round is 200. A candidate will get judged for their mental caliber and leadership qualities. KAS coaching in Bangalore prepares their students through mock sessions, helping them be confident in front of the four-panel members of the test board. 


The official notification of the exam will be out soon on the official KPSC KAS exam. Aspirants should not wait for the notification and start their preparation at the earliest. Join a KAS coaching in Bangalore to ace your performance. Read newspapers every day and focus primarily on the events of Karnataka. Practice past year question papers to acquaint yourself with the exam pattern.