KPSC KAS Preparation

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts the KAS exam, officially known as the Gazetted Probationers exam to fill Group A and B vacancies in the Karnataka state administration.

This article aims to be a guide for your KAS Preparation and you can find study material and KPSC related information here.

The Karnataka Administrative Service aspirants should also check out the IAS exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There is a significant overlap of the syllabus and the exam pattern of both KAS and IAS exam is similar.

Candidates who get selected in KAS can also be promoted to IAS officers if their work performance is exemplary.

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:

Before we discuss preparation for KAS 2020, here is some important information regarding KPSC KAS exam:

  1. Candidates should first go through the eligibility criteria for KAS exam.
  2. Understanding the KAS exam pattern is important as it is a long 3-stage process (Prelims, Mains and Interview)
  3. Reading the entire KAS syllabus is very important so that candidates do not waste time reading unnecessary material.
  4. Get the KPSC Recruitment details here

Aspirants should know that the commission has recently released KPSC notification 2017-18. KPSC KAS Prelims for the year 2017-18 is going to take place on 17th May 2020. KPSC KAS notification 2020 and KPSC KAS notification 2019 are yet to be out. The dates of the exams will be updated as soon as the official notification is out.

Download KAS Syllabus PDF – Download PDF here

KPSC exams are conducted regularly for various posts and for information regarding notifications, exam dates, notifications, results etc., refer the official KPSC site (

KAS Preparation

As the first step, candidates should go through the KAS Previous Years’ Question Papers. You can also download the Prelims and Mains question papers from the linked article.

The golden rule of civil service exam preparation is reading the newspaper daily and staying up-to-date with the current affairs. The Hindu is generally considered to be the best newspaper for the civil services preparation.

Here you can find Daily Video Analysis of The Hindu.

It is important that candidates read the current affairs from only select credible sources. The notes for current affairs should be aligned with the KAS syllabus.

Other than newspapers, a few important current affair preparation sources are:

  1. Press Information Bureau – Get PIB Summary here
  2. Rajya Sabha TV – Get Gist of RSTV here
  3. Yojana Magazine – Get Gist of Yojana here.
  4. Daily News Analysis

The KAS preparation can be in Kannada or English depending on the candidate’s preference. As the KAS exam intends to recruit for Karnataka civil service posts, there is a big section of the syllabus which focuses on Karnataka (history, geography, demography, current affairs etc.)

Other than the Karnataka specific portion, the KAS syllabus and the UPSC syllabus are quite similar.

Also, both the UPSC IAS exam and KPSC KAS exam are conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims – objective type questions (MCQs) – 2 papers
  2. Mains – essay/descriptive type questions – 9 papers ( 2 qualifying, 4 General Studies, 2 optional subject papers)
  3. Interview by the commission board

KAS Books/Authors/Study Material:

Important KAS preparation books for Kannada Medium aspirants:

For History:

  • Samagra Bharatha by K. Sadashiv
  • Karnataka History by Suryanath Kamath
  • Modern Indian History by Bipin Chandra (Translated by HS Gopal Rao)

For Geography:

  • Karnataka, Indian, Human, Physical Geography by Dr Ranganath

For Environment and Ecology:

  • V. Bairappa (IRS) – Jice Publication
  • Dr Ranganath and VS SomaShekar

For Polity:

  • PS Gangadhar
  • KM Suresh

For Internal Relations:

  • N Hallappa


  • Spardha Vijetha Monthly Magazine.
  • Gnana Sadhana

Apart from the books above, there are recommended KAS preparation material such as:

  1. Budget and Economic Survey
  2. State Board books
  3. NCERT books – Download NCERT books PDF here (only English medium)

NCERT books are universally recommended as the starting point for Civil Services preparation. Making notes from NCERT books is important as it helps during revision time.

From the links below, you can download the NCERT notes for free.

  1. NCERT Notes: Ancient Indian History Notes
  2. NCERT Notes: Medieval Indian History Notes
  3. NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History Notes
  4. NCERT Notes: Art And Culture
  5. NCERT Notes: Geography Notes

For English medium candidates, the KAS books are the standard UPSC reference books such as Bipin Chandra, Laxmikanth, Ramesh Singh etc. and the NCERT books/notes mentioned above.

Here, candidates can download the KAS books list/ UPSC books list PDF.

KAS Books List/UPSC Book List PDF :-Download PDF Here

Some important points to keep in mind regarding KAS preparation:

  1. Practice previous years’ question papers
  2. Do MCQ solving practice for Prelims
  3. Do answer writing practice for Mains

Also, check out our Target Prelims 2019 page to boost your Civil Services preparation.

1 Comment

  1. meghana chirachanahalli

    Its very useful thank you for all the above details.

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