KPSC KAS Syllabus
KPSC KAS Syllabus


KPSC KAS Exam Pattern

KPSC KAS Prelims Exam Pattern

  • KPSC KAS Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple choice).
  • Each paper shall be of a maximum of 200 marks and a duration of two hours
  • 100 questions will be asked in each paper.
  • Each question carries 2 marks.
  • 25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answered the question.
  • Questions in Karnataka Civil Service Preliminary Exam will be based on Degree standards.
  • In the General Mental Ability section, questions will be standard for the 10th level.
Subject AreaNo. of QuestionsMarks
General Studies related to National and International Importance4080
General Studies related to State Importance4080
General Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology3060
General Mental Ability3060

KPSC KAS Main Exam Pattern :

  • Only descriptive type questions will be asked in KAS main exam.
  • Each paper carries separate marks and duration.
  • There will be no negative marking.
  • Minimum qualifying marks in Kannada and English paper is 35%.
  • Compulsory papers of main exam will be in a standard of Degree level.
Type of PapersSubjectsMarksDuration
Qualifying PapersKannada1502 hours
English1502 hours
Compulsory PapersPaper 1: Essay2503 hours
Paper 2: General Studies-I2503 hours
Paper 3: General Studies-II2503 hours
Paper 4: General Studies-III2503 hours
Paper 5: General Studies-IV2503 hours
Paper 6: Optional Subject-I2503 hours
Paper 7: Optional Subject-II2503 hours

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KPSC KAS Syllabus

KPSC KAS Syllabus Prelims Exam

The Preliminary Examination of Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) consists of two papers of objective-type questions. Paper-I covers the topics from General Studies while Paper-II includes questions from Humanities. You can check out the detailed KPSC KAS Pre Syllabus 2019 which is provided below:


General Studies
Current events in National and Internationalimportance
Sports and GamesAwards and Honours
Social SciencesMatters of everyday observation
Important days, etc.
Indian HistorySocial, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on the Indian  national movement (especially Karnataka)
World GeographyGeography of India (especially Karnataka)
Indian polity and Indian EconomyRural development
Planning and economic reforms in India‐sustainable development
poverty alleviationDemographics
Social sector initiatives, etc.


General Studies
Current events of State importance important State Government programmes, etc.
General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology
Contemporary developments in science and technology and their implicationsBiodiversity and climate change
General health issuesEnvironmental Ecology, etc.
General Mental Ability
ComprehensionLogical Reasoning
Analytical AbilityDecision-making and problem-solving
Basic innumeracyData interpretation, etc.

KPSC KAS Main Syllabus

KPSC KAS Mains Examination consists of 02 qualifying papers of Kannada & English and 07 compulsory papers of Essay, General Studies and two optional papers. You can get the details of topics included under each section here in the table facilitated below:

Kannada/ English
Precis writingUsage
VocabularyShort Essay
Communication SkillsComprehension Passages
Topics of International/ National importanceTopics of State/ Local Importance
General Studies-I
Culture Heritage of IndiaTowards transforming Indian Society: Major Schools of thought
From Kadambas to HoysalasVijayanagara Empire and thereafter
Modern MysoreFreedom Movement in Karnataka and Unification
Post-Independent KarnatakaSocial Change & Movements, Modernisation
India and International Economic relationsDecentralization
Data Collection Analysis, etc.
General Studies-II
LithospherePhysiography of continents and Demographic distribution
Industrial Planning and developmentUrban land use policy and urbanization
Fundamental rightsDistribution of legislative powers
Important amendments to the constitutionWelfare mechanism in India
Services under Union and statePrivate and public administration
Management tools and techniquesAdministrative reforms
United Nations and specialized agencies, etc.
General Studies-III
Basics of Science & TechnologyEnergy resources
Disasters, pests and pollutionRural upliftment and Science & Technology
Natural and Agricultural ScienceHorticulture and Sericulture
Initiatives in BiotechnologyAnimal Husbandry
Agriculture development policies, programmes and tradeHealth and hygiene
Natural ResourcesEcosystem and biodiversity
Environmental pollution and solid waste managementRole of IT in the environment and human health, etc.
General Studies-IV
Determinants and consequences of ethics in human actionEthics in private and public relationships
Ethics in public administrationEthical dilemmas in private and public institutions
Accountability and ethical governanceEthical issues in international relations and funding
Information sharing and transparency in governmentIntegrity
Tolerance and compassion towards weaker sectionsAptitude and foundation values for civil service
Emotional intelligence, etc.

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