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KAS Exam Stages

STAGE 1 - KAS prelims

KAS prelims is the first stage of KAS exam. So, it is the first stepping stone in reaching your KAS destination. Only after clearing the KAS prelims a candidate is eligible for KAS mains exam. Certainly, KPSC prelims is a screening process for selecting qualified candidates for KAS mains. So, the commission will not count the marks of KPSC prelims for your final ranking. But clearing prelims is essential for your success in KPSC exam.

  • KAS prelims consist of two papers with 200 marks each.
  • Prelims papers 1 includes General Studies (National & International importance), Humanities, Geography, Indian Polity, and Economy.
  • Prelims paper 2 is a combination of General Studies (State importance), Science & Technology, and Mental ability
  • KPSC conducts the exam in a single day, providing two hours of duration for each KAS prelims papers.

STAGE 2 - KAS Mains

A major part of your KAS ranking depends on KAS mains. Which means KAS mains should be the focal point of your KAS preparation. The commission has divided the KPSC mains stage into qualifying papers and compulsory papers.

KAS Qualifying papers

The KAS qualifying papers include two language papers. In which, the two language papers are English and Kannada. Is Kannada compulsory for KPSC?.

Yes, Kannada is compulsory for KAS exam, the commission will not allow any other language subject selection like IAS.Candidates should score the required minimum marks to qualify. The commission will not consider marks you score in KPSC language paper for KPSC final ranking. As its aim is to check the candidate’s ability to express their thoughts clearly in the regional language.

KAS Compulsory Papers

Even though other stages of KAS exams are equally important, this part of the KAS mains is the most crucial for your KAS ranking. The compulsory part of KAS mains consists:

Subject Number of papers
Essay 1
KAS General studies paper 4
KAS optional subject 2
Total 7 papers

In KAS essay paper, you have to attempt two questions with 125 marks each. The question will be a general topic either related to Karnataka or India. KAS general studies papers include basic knowledge on topics like History, geography, polity and more. All the KPSC general studies paper will have twenty questions with relevant marks.

As mentioned above, two paper will be on the candidate’s selected KPSC optional subject. For KAS optional selection, KPSC has provided 30 KAS optional subject list and candidates have to select one KPSC optional subject from it. Choice of the KAS optional plays a vital role not only in your KAS exam preparation but also in the final KAS Ranking.

The KAS mains clearing candidates are eligible to attend the KAS interview/ Personality test. KPSC will issue E-summons for KAS personality test to eligible candidates with scheduled date and time.

STAGE 3 - KAS Interview

  • KAS interview is the final stage of the KAS selection. Here the KPSC vacancy to candidate ratio will be 1:5. Which suggests that for one vacancy, five candidates are shortlisted for KPSC interview.
  • The KAS personality test (Interview) carries 200 marks; the KPSC interview board will allot marks based on the performance of the candidates in the interview.
  • The KPSC interview board constitutes of a prestigious panel of judges who are experts in a particular field or officers in higher ranking.
  • KAS interview is not just a test of intellectual capabilities, as KPSC has done the knowledge assessment in previous KAS stages.
  • So, in this stage, the commission will check the candidate's mental capabilities and personality required for handling officer responsibilities.

Stage 1: KAS Prelims

Paper 1 200
Paper 2 200

Stage 2: KAS Mains

Language 300
Essay 250
General Studies 1000
Optional Subjects 500

Stage 3: KAS Interview

Personality Test 200
Total (Mains + Interview) 1950 Marks
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