KPSC KAS 2013 Exam Pattern In Detail

KPSC KAS 2013 Exam Pattern
For an effective administration of the Government, it is the policy of the Government to recruit dynamic youngsters in the administration of the State.

It is provided in the Rules that the Commission should invite applications from the eligible candidates for recruitment to the posts coming under Group I & II Civil Service posts. Up to 1997, these examinations were conducted at a single stage followed by Personality Test.


The Exam Pattern of KPSC KAS 2013 Examination is as following .

The competitive examination shall comprise of two stages:-
(1) Preliminary Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the main examination and
(2) Main Examination (written examination and Personality Test) for selection for candidates for various services and posts.

A. Preliminary Examination :- The Preliminary Examination shall consist of two papers of objective type (multiple choice) Each paper carrying 100 Questions with each question carrying TWO marks and Each paper shall be of Maximum of 200 marks and of a Duration of two hours (Total for two papers 400 Marks) in the following description.

Sl. No.
Subject Area No. of Questions Marks
PAPER - I General Studies related to National and
International importance
Humanities 60
Total 100 200
PAPER - II General Studies related to State Importance 40 80
General Science & Tech, Environment &
30 60
General Mental Ability 30 60
Total 100 200

Note: -

1. The question paper shall be set both in Kannada and English.
2. The standard of General Mental Ability questions of preliminary examination (aptitude test) shall be that of
X / SSLC level and the remaining papers are that of Degree Level
3. The number of candidates to be admitted to the main examination shall be 20 times the vacancies notified for recruitment in the order of merit on the basis of the performance in the prelimnary examination, subject to accommodating the same ratio in adequate number of candidates belonging to the categories of Scheduled Castes , Scheduled Tribes and each of the other Backward Classes.

B. Main Examination: The Main Examination shall consist of written examination and personality test.

Paper Subject Marks
Paper-I Kannada 150 marks
Paper-II English 150 marks
Paper III & IV
General Studies 300 marks
Paper V,VI, VII, & VIII Two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subject. Each subject will have two papers. each paper -300 marks

Total marks for written Examination is - 2100


  • The marks obtained in compulsory papers i.e. in Kannada and in English shall be of qualifying nature. For qualifying in these papers, a minimum of 30% in each paper and 35% aggregate is prescribed. The marks obtained in these two papers shall not be considered for determining the merit for selection.
  • Candidates who do not secure the prescribed marks in the qualification papers, namely, Kannada and English, shall not be eligible for personality test and selection.
  • The Examination shall be of conventional type.
  • The question papers shall be set both in Kannada and in English. A candidate may answer a paper either entirely in Kannada or in English.
  • The standard of the main examination except Paper-I Kannada and Pare-II English shall be that of Degree level. The standard of paper-I Kannada and paper-II English shall be that of First Language Kannada and First Language English respectively at SSLC level.

C. Personality Test: The Commission shall call for a personality test, as far as may be, three times the number of candidates as there are vacancies in the services in Group-A and Group-B respectively, of Schedule-I in the order of merit on the basis of the results of the Main Examination, subject to calling candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the same ratio to the extent vacancies are reserved for them. Personality Test shall carry a maximum of 200 marks.

The object of the Personality test is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the service or services for which he is a candidate.

The qualities to be judged at the time of personality test are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, and balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion, leadership and intellectual depth of the candidate.

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