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. Aspirants preparing for KPSC KAS 2017-18 (currently undergoing exam) will find the details useful. KAS 2017-18 prelims exam took place on 24th August 2020. KAS 2020 notification hasn’t yet released.
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:
|Kerala Public Service Commission – Kerala Administrative Service|
|Kerala PSC KAS Exam|
Before we discuss preparation for KAS 2017-18 Mains and KAS 2020, here is some important information regarding KPSC KAS exam:
- Candidates should first go through the eligibility criteria for KAS exam.
- Understanding the KAS exam pattern is important as it is a long 3-stage process (Prelims, Mains and Interview)
- Reading the entire KAS syllabus is very important so that candidates do not waste time reading unnecessary material.
- Get the KPSC Recruitment details here.
- The KAS Admit Card for Gazetted Probationers Exam 2017-18 has been released. It is an important document to be carried along on the examination day. Read the details about the admit card in the linked article.
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 to the official KPSC site (http://kpsc.kar.nic.in).
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:
- Press Information Bureau – Get PIB Summary here
- Rajya Sabha TV – Get Gist of RSTV here
- Yojana Magazine – Get Gist of Yojana here
- Daily News Analysis
- Important Government Schemes
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:
- Prelims – objective type questions (MCQs) – 2 papers
- Mains – essay/descriptive type questions – 9 papers ( 2 qualifyings, 4 General Studies, 2 optional subject papers)
- Interview by the commission board
KAS Books/Authors/Study Material:
Important KAS preparation books for Kannada Medium aspirants:
For Environment and Ecology:
For Internal Relations:
Apart from the books above, there are recommended KAS preparation material such as:
- Budget and Economic Survey
- State Board books
- NCERT books – Download NCERT books PDF here (only English medium)
For reference to different subjects’ notes and other useful studies’ materials for KAS preparation, you can check:
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.
- NCERT Notes: Ancient Indian History Notes
- NCERT Notes: Medieval Indian History Notes
- NCERT Notes: Modern Indian History Notes
- NCERT Notes: Art And Culture
- 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.
Some important points to keep in mind regarding KAS preparation:
- Practice previous years’ question papers
- Do MCQ solving practice for Prelims
- Do answer writing practice for Mains