The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is mandated with the task of recruiting the state civil service officers.

In 1921, the “Central Appointment Board” was constituted in the state to advise the Government and other concerned authorities regarding the appointment of the state civil service officers.

Post-independence, the Karnataka State Public Service Commission came into being on May 18, 1951. The KPSC celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on May 18, 2011.

As per the Constitution of India, the Chairperson and other members of a State Public Service Commission are appointed by the Governor of the state. Members of a state public service commission hold office till they attain the age of 62 or complete their 6-year term, whichever is earlier. The KPSC comprises a Chairman and nine members.

Recently, retired IAS officer SP Shadakshari Swamy was appointed as the Interim Chairman of the KPSC. Swamy was appointed as a KPSC member in 2017. He is also the younger brother of Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamy, the Seer of Suttur Mutt. Following the retirement of T Sham Bhat, the KPSC chairman post has been vacant.

The KPSC conducts competitive and departmental exams for filling up vacancies in Group A, B, C posts. The posts include both Technical and Non-Technical designations.

The KPSC exams for various posts include:

  1. First Division Assistant (FDA)
  2. Second Division Assistant (SDA)
  3. Sub-Inspector (Excise)
  4. Head Master and Teacher (RPC)
  5. Junior Training Officer
  6. Drug Inspectors
  7. Assistant Secretary
  8. Assistant Librarian
  9. Panchayat Development Officer
  10. Assistant Conservator of Forests
  11. Gazetted Probationers

For the list of upcoming notifications, exam dates, results etc, candidates should visit the official site of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (

Aspirants should know that KPSC KAS also stands for Kerala Public Service Commission – Kerala Administrative Service. Aspirants looking for information on Kerala Administrative Service may check the links given below:

KPSC KAS Exam 2019

KAS Exam – Karnataka Administrative Service

The KPSC recruits officers into the Karnataka Administrative Service via the Gazetted Probationers Exam. The Gazetted Probationers Exam or the KPSC KAS exam is supposed to be held every year however for the past few years, it is being conducted once every two years.

Important information:

  1. Check your eligibility for the KPSC KAS Exam.
  2. Understand the KPSC KAS Exam Pattern
  3. Go through the comprehensive Prelims and Mains KAS syllabus.
  4. Find out the KAS recruitment details.
  5. Get information and study material for KAS Preparation.
  6. Download PDFs of KPSC KAS Previous Years’ Question Papers

In the last decade, the various delays have been attributed to complaints of alleged bribe-taking against the KPSC members and finalising the reservation quotas for candidates from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region (under the provisions of Article 371(J) of the Indian Constitution) and women candidates.

Recently, the reservation for women candidates was increased from 30 to 33 per cent. Karnataka and West Bengal are the only two states in India which offer reservation in state civil service posts to the women population.

The recruitment is under the provisions of these KPSC recruitment rules:

  1. Karnataka State Civil Services Act, 1978
  2. Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examinations) Rules, 1997
  3. The Karnataka State Civil Services (Direct Recruitment by Competitive Examination and Selections) Rules, 2006
  4. The Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examinations) (11th Amendment) Rules, 2014.
  5. The Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examinations) (Amendment) Rules, 2016.

After the recent amendments to the KAS exam rules, the pattern has become similar to that of the Civil Service Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Check out the Target Prelims 2019 page.

For vacancies in KAS, the commission releases a notification in the Karnataka Gazette and in newspapers. The notification contains the eligibility criteria, nature of the exam, the estimated number of vacancies, reservation details etc.

Name Of Exam Karnataka Administrative Service Gazetted Probationers Exam
Conducting Body Karnataka Public Service Commission
Exam Pattern 3 stages:

  1. Prelims – Objective type (MCQs)
  2. Mains – Essay descriptive type
  3. Interview
KPSC KAS 2019 notification release date (tentative) May 2019
Last date for application submission (tentative) June 2019
Date of KAS Prelims 2019(tentative) August 2019

Download the KAS Mains result which was declared in January 2019.

Download KAS Result PDF here.

To qualify for the interview stage, the Karnataka civil service aspirants need to first clear the compulsory Kannada language paper in the KAS Mains.

However, candidates who already possess the necessary language qualifications as mandated by the commission are exempted from the Kannada paper.

Hence, the candidates who are exempt should:

  • have passed the SSLC exam
  • Or any equivalent exam as per the state government
  • Or any exam higher than the SSLC in which Kannada is the main language, second language or an optional subject.
  • Or if they have studied and passed in Kannada medium
  • Or have passed the Kannada language test conducted by the commission earlier.

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