Study Material

To evaluate merit and leadership

The Gazetted Probationers exam conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) receives multiple aspirants seeking admirable positions in the Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS).

Those clearing the exam can hold various administrative positions at the district and state level services. Also, the state administrative officer can be promoted to the Indian Administrative Service if the performance is exemplary.

Exams Pattern for Karnataka Administrative Services

The KAS examinations by KPSC are categorised into three stages

KAS Prelims Paper -1

Subjects No of Questions Marks Duration
General studies related to National and international importance 40 80  


Humanities 60 120
Total 100 200

KAS Prelims Paper -2

Subjects No of Questions Marks Duration
General studies related to state importance 40 80  



General science & technology environment & ecology 30 60
General Mental Ability 30 60
Total 100 200

KAS Main Examination

Language Papers


Qualifying Papers


Language Papers Duration
Kannada 150 2Hrs
English 150 2Hrs


Compulsory Papers

Papers Subject Marks Duration
Paper-1  Essay 250 3Hrs
Paper-2 General studies -1 250 3Hrs
Paper-3 General studies -2 250 3Hrs
Paper-4 General studies -3 250 3Hrs
Paper-5 General studies -4 250 3Hrs


Grand Total (Mains) 1250 Marks
Personality Test 50 Marks

Why succeed in the Indian Civil Services Examination?

A high rank in the Civil Services Examination along with the requisite calibre and determination will open doors for excellence in the following fields for you as an Indian Civil Servant:

1 Group A - Services
2 Group B – Services
1 Group A - Services

Group A - Services

    • Karnataka Administrative Service (Assistant Commissioner)
    • Karnataka State Accounts Service
    • Karnataka Commercial Tax Service (AC-CTO)
    • Karnataka Treasury Service
    • Karnataka Labour Service
    • Karnataka General Service Development Branch and Local Government Branch
    • Karnataka Police Service
    • Karnataka General Service Directorate of Youth Services
    • Karnataka Reserve Police Service
    • Karnataka General Service (Social Welfare Branch)
    • Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies Service
    • Karnataka Backward Classes & Minorities DP service    
2 Group B – Services

Group B – Services

  • Karnataka Administrative Service (Tahsildars)
  • Karnataka Commercial Tax Service (CTO)
  • Karnataka Service for Labour Administration
  • Karnataka Weights & Measures Service
  • Karnataka Service for Jails Administration
  • Karnataka Co-operative Service
  • Karnataka Excise Service
  • Karnataka Employment and Training Service
  • Karnataka General Service (Directorate of Youth Services)
  • Karnataka General Service (Survey Settlement & Land Records Branch)
  • Karnataka Municipal Administrative Service
  • Karnataka Treasury Service
  • Karnataka Marketing Service
  • Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Service (Food Wing)
  • Karnataka Co-operative Audit Service
  • Karnataka General Service (Development Branch & Local Government Branch)
  • Karnataka Government Secretariat


All candidates must have one of the following educational qualifications

✍ A Bachelor’s degree awarded by a University established by law in India

✍ A Master’s degree from a recognised University

✍ A qualification recognised by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above


The number of times a candidate can appear for the exam are

✍ General Category Candidates – 5 attempts till 35 years of age

✍ Other Category OBC Candidates – only 7 attempts till 38 years of age

✍ Category 1 OBC Candidates – only 7 attempts till 40 years of age

✍ SC/ST candidates – unlimited attempts till 37 years of age