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KAS – Preliminary Examination

Examination (Objective Type)

Paper – I
Subject Area No. of Questions Marks
General studies related to National and International importance 40 80
Humanities 60 120
Total 100 200
Paper – II
Subject Area No. of Questions Marks
General studies related to State importance 40 80
General Science & Technology Environment & Ecology 30 60
General Mental Ability 30 60
Total 100 200

Course Structure for KAS – Main Examination

Qualifying Paper Kannada 150 Marks 2 Hours
English 150 Marks 2 Hours
Paper- I Essay (2 Nos. 125 each) 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper- II General Studies 1 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper- III General Studies 2 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper- IV General Studies 3 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper- V General Studies 4 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper- VI Optional Subject Paper-1 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper- VII Optional Subject Paper-2 250 Marks 3 Hours


Personality Test 200 Marks
Total marks for written examination = 1750 marks
Total marks (Written + Interview) = 1950 marks


  • Graduates & Under Graduates

Age limit & Attempts

  • GM Category – 35 years and 5 attempts
  • Other backward Category – 38 years and 7 attempts
  • SC / ST Category – 40 years & Unlimited attempts
  • Physically handicapped or widow candidates – 45 years & Unlimited attempts

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination


  • Current events of National and International importance.
  • Humanities – History of India – Emphasis shall be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on Indian national movement with special emphasis on Karnataka.
  • World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on Karnataka.
  • Indian polity.
  • Economy, country’s political system, rural development, planning and economic reforms in India-sustainable development, poverty alleviation, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.,


  • Current events of State importance and important State Government programmes.
  • General Science & Technology (contemporary developments in science and technology and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline general issues on Health, environmental ecology, bio diversity and climate change that do not require subject specialization).
  • General Mental Ability, Logical reasoning and Analytical ability, problem solving, Basic innumeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude etc.,) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc., (class X/SSLC level).
  • Indian polity.
  • Comprehension, Decision making.
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