The pattern of the competitive examinations conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is all set undergo a sea change after a long gap of four decades.

Another feature is change in the ratio for mains and interview. Instead of the 1:20 from prelims to mains, it will be 1:5 and instead of 1:5 from mains to interview it will be 1:3.

“We have come with the new structure to reduce political intervention in appointments and ensure justice to meritorious and eligible candidates,” said a KPSC member.
The modification of the examination process was taken up following demand by the candidates that the testing system should meet the present-day requirements.

The proposed new pattern is as follows

karnataka civil service exam prelims

karnataka civil service exam mains

karnataka civil service exam interview/personality test

 

Stage 1 – kas exam prelims(objective type questions)

There are two papers in KAS (Prelims) Exam. Paper – I & Paper – II. Each paper contains two parts. Part – I & Part – II. The questions will be in both Kannada & English. 200 questions carry 400 marks.

Paper – I :

  • Part – I (National / International / Current Affairs)
  • Part – II (Humanities / Arts / History)

 

change in the ratio for kas prelims exam is  Instead of the 1:20 from prelims to mains, it will be 1:5

 

stage 2 kas exam mains

[descriptive exam for 9 papers out of which 2 papers are qualifying and 7 papers are counted for arriving merit list]

change in the ratio for kas mains exam  instead of 1:5 from mains to interview it will be 1:3.

old kas exam pattern old kas exam marks new kas exam pattern new marks
qualifying papers qualifying papers
kannada 150(2hrs) kannada 150(2hrs)
english 150(2hrs) english 150(2hrs)
compulsory papers compulsory papers
essay paper 1 NA essay paper 1 250(3hrs)
general studies paper 2 300(3hrs) general studies paper 2 250(3hrs)
general studies paper 3 300(3hrs) general studies paper 3 250(3hrs)
optional subject 2 paper 4 300(3hrs) general studies paper 4 250(3hrs)
optional subject 2 paper 5 300(3hrs) general studies paper 5 250(3hrs)
optional subject 1 paper 6 300(3hrs) optional subject paper 6 250(3hrs)
optional subject 1 paper 7 300(3hrs) optional subject paper7 250(3hrs)
total marks 1800 total marks 1750

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stage 3 –  kas exam personality  or interview test

personality test/Interview stage

total 200 marks

Out of 3 candidates interviewed for each vacancies 1 candidates will be recommended for final selection

 

process of arriving final merit list merit

Those who qualify in kas prelims exam only allowed to attend kas mains exam. In kas mains exam out of 9 papers only 7 papers are considered for arriving merit list

Arriving merit list after mains exam

 

mains exam 7 papers marks + interview or personality test marks = merit list