Gazetted (KAS)


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. KPSC exams are conducted regularly for various posts and for information regarding notifications, exam dates, notifications, results, etc., refer to the official KPSC.


The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) Recruitment 2021: Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is going to release the Recruitment Notification for the Group A & B recruitment of Commercial Tax Officer (CTO), Tahsildar (Revenue Department), Asst Commissioner Commercial Taxes and other posts 2021 detailed Advertisement will be announced & Online Applications from Eligible candidates are invited for said Posts & can be filled very shortly. Click below to download the notification.


Important Events Important Dates
Post Names Gazetted Probationers
Dates for submission of online applications 6th February 2020
Last date and time for receipt of online applications 6th March 2020
Last date for the payment of the fee 7th March 2020
Application Mode Online
Selection Process ·         Preliminary Examination ·         Main Examination ·         Personality Test
Job Location Karnataka
Vacancies Count 106 Posts


KPSC Group A Notification for Grade A and Other vacancies will be released in the coming days on its official website i.e. Interested candidates can check the details regarding the KPSC Group A Recruitment 2021 from the KPSC Group A Notification PDF whose download link is given below
Year No. of Vacancies
2011 362
2015 440
2017 401
2020 106
Post Name Total Number of  Posts
Group A
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Interior Department 3
Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Commercial Tax Department (Economic Department) 2
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour Department 2
Group B
Tahsildar Grade II – Revenue Department 50
Commercial Tax Officer, Commercial Tax Department (Economic Department) 7
Assistant Superintendents, Department of Prisons (Interior Department) – Group B 6
Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Excise Department (Economic Department) – Group B 5
Assistant Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs – Group B 2
Assistant Director of Audit of Co-operative Societies, Department of Audit, Department of Co-operation 14
Labour Officer, Labour Department 4
Assistant Director, Department of Tourism 11


Particulars Eligibility Criteria
Academic Qualification Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized University
Age Limit Between 21-35 years
The eligibility criteria of the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021 are based on the following points:
  1. Age Limit
  2. Educational Qualification
  3. Number of Attempts
  4. Nationality
The details of all the eligibility are discussed below:
There are the minimum and maximum age limits for the different categories for the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS examination. At the last date of submission of the application form, a candidate should be a minimum of 21 years old. For General Category, the maximum age limit should be 35 years old. However, there is relaxation for the category belonging to SC/ ST, OBC.
Category Age Limit
General Category 35
OBC 38
SC/ST/ CAT-1 40
Physically Handicapped/ Widow Candidates 45
  • 5years of relaxation for the Candidates belonging to SC/ST/ CAT-1 Category.
  • 3 years of relaxation for the Candidates belonging to the OBC Category.
  • 10 years of relaxation for Physically Handicapped/ Widow Candidates.
Candidates have to fulfill some minimum level of parameters based on educational qualification and age before applying for the KPSC Group A Recruitment. The eligibility criteria for the KPSC Group A Post have been discussed below. The minimum criteria for Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS is to qualify Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree or its equivalent qualification from a recognized University.
Category Number of Attempts
General Category 5
SC/ST/ CAT-1 No Limit
Nationality is another important point for eligibility for the Karnataka Public Service Commission, KAS, 2021 exams. Candidates appearing for KPSC, KAS 2021 exams must be a citizen of India. Candidates belonging outside Karnataka are also eligible to apply for KPPS, KAS 2021 exams. But they have to clear the Kannada language examination. Kannada is the Compulsory Language for KPSC, KAS examination.


  • Visit the official website i.e., or click on the link mentioned above in the article.
  • Under the What’s New section, click on the “Apply Online Application”
  • A new window will open, fill in the details required for the registration.
  • Complete the application form and attach the scanned photograph and signature.
  • Submit the application form and pay the application fee.
  • Take a printout of it for future reference.


Category Payable Fee Amount
GM Rs. 600
CAT- 2A,2B,3A, 3B Rs. 300
Ex-Service Candidates Rs. 50


As per the latest Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examinations) (Amendment) Rules, the KAS aspirants have to clear the 2-stage exam. The first stage is the Preliminary examination which comprises 2 papers with objective-type questions. The candidates who clear the Prelims become eligible for the Main stage of the exam. The Main stage of the KAS exam consists of a written examination and a personality test (interview). Hence, in effect, the KPSC KAS exam pattern is modeled quite closely on the lines of the UPSC IAS exam. EXAM PATTERN:
  1. Prelims – 2 papers -objective type questions
  2. Mains – 7 papers – essay/descriptive type
  3. Interview
The tentative date for the first stage of the KPSC KAS exam 2021 is still to be released by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC.) KPSC KAS Prelims 2017-18 took place on 24th August 2020. The Prelims stage consists of two papers which are conducted in offline mode (pen-paper) on the same day. This stage has only objective type (MCQs) questions and it acts as a filtering stage for the Main examination. The UPSC exam pattern is also on similar lines. The marks in KAS Prelims are not counted for the final merit list, however, aspirants should prepare diligently as the cutoffs vary each year.
Paper 1 No. Questions Total Marks  
General Studies 40 80
Humanities 60 120
Paper 2 No of questions Total Marks
General Studies related to state 40 80
Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology 30 60
General Mental Ability 30 60
  • Exam Duration: 120 Minutes (2 Hours) for Each Paper
  • Negative Marks: 0.25 marks penalty for every incorrect answer
  • Both papers in Prelims consist of 100 questions each.
  • Each question is for 2 marks and a negative marking of 0.25 marks for an incorrect answer.
  • The General Mental Ability questions will be of the 10th standard level.
To sit for KAS Exam or Gazetted Probationers Exam, candidates have to know the eligibility criteria of the examination. Also, once the candidates have registered their application, they should keep themselves updated with the release of the admit card
The new exam pattern for the Main stage of the KPSC KAS exam is as follows:
  • Total of 7 papers
  • English and Kannada language papers are compulsory and qualifying in nature
  • At least 35% marks are needed to clear English/Kannada papers
  • The level of the questions will be of Honors degree level.
  • The questions are descriptive-essay type in nature and there is no negative marking
  • The question papers will be set in both Kannada and English.
  • The standard of Kannada and English language papers will be First Language Kannada and First Language English at the SSLC level, respectively.
  • Total marks – 1250
Qualifying Papers Duration Marks
Kannada 2 hours 150(35%qualifying criteria)
English 2 hours 150(35%qualifying criteria)
Merit Ranking Papers Duration Marks
Paper 1 – Essay 3 hours 250
Paper 2 – General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper 3 – General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper 4 – General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper 5 – General Studies IV 3 hours 250
The candidates who score above the cutoff in the KAS Mains will be shortlisted for the interview with the KPSC board. Update – Earlier, KAS Interview score was 200 which now has been slashed to 50. Here are a few points to note:
  • Usually, the ratio of the total number of vacancies in that year and candidates called for an interview is 1:3. Reportedly, it has been increased to 1:5
  • The Personality test board is constituted by the KPSC Chairman
  • The board consists of 4 persons out of which there shall be 2 KPSC members
  • The other 2 members will be from among:
  • Retired All India Services officers
  • Eminent Professors (Retired) from IITs, IIMs, Central/State Universities
  • The panel will be chaired by the senior-most KPSC member present.
  • The maximum marks for the interview are 50
  • The panel members will not be told the candidate’s marks in the Mains stage.
  • The KAS interview is to test the mental caliber, societal awareness, balance of judgment, and leadership abilities.
  • The 4 members panel will give marks individually and then the average of those marks will constitute the candidate’s marks in the interview.
  • The KPSC KAS result or the merit list is the sum of marks in the Mains and the Interview.


  • Current Affairs
  • Indian History
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Focus on Karnataka
  • Polity and the Indian Economy
  • Art and Culture
  • Current events (State)
  • Important State Government schemes.
  • General Science and Technology
  • Environment and Ecology
  • General Mental Ability
  • Karnataka Programs and Policies
SYLLABUS OF THE MAINS PAPER IS: Both the qualifying papers aim to test the candidate’s ability to read, understand and express in the given language. Qualifying Papers:
  • Kannada
  • English
In these two papers, you must score minimum marks.
  1. Essay
  2. General Studies 1
  3. General Studies 2
  4. General Studies 3
  5. General Studies 4
Essay: For the Essay paper, the exam duration is 3 hrs and the maximum marks are 250.
  • There will be two essays (Kannada or English) of 125 marks each
  • The first topic will be national or international issues
  • The second topic will on state or local issues
 General Studies 1
  • Cultural Heritage and History of Karnataka and India
  • Political and Social Perspective
  • Planning, Indian Economy, Rural Development- Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
General Studies 2
  • Natural Resources and Physical Features
  • Indian Constitution – Overview
  • International Relations, Public Administration, and Management
General Studies 3
  • Role/impact of Science & Technology in Indian Development, Information Technology in Public Domain
  • Modern trends and advancements in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agriculture Science, Hygiene and Health
  • Issues/Challenges of development on Ecology and Environment
General Studies 4
  • Ethics
  • Integrity
  • Aptitude


  • First of all, visit the official website
  • Then search the link for “Admission ticket for KPSC Gazetted Probationers Exam 2020 Examination.
  • Then click on this link
  • After that enter login details and submit it.
  • Now you can download Hall Ticket.
  • Download KAS Hall Ticket and take a print.


The Answer key will be released by the commission after the candidates have successfully appeared for KPSC Gazetted Probationers Exam and this will help the candidate compare their responses with the final answer key provided by KPSC.


Karnataka State Public Service Commission will release the Result of the Exam. For the sake of candidates, we have created this post causes the candidates can access frequent updates about KPSC Results. So here the candidates can get relevant information on KPSC Results and Cut off Marks, Merit List. The tentative date of the Result announcement will soon.


The Cut off Marks are the minimum marks that the aspirants are required to be eligible for the next round of the Recruitment Process. Candidates must note that the KPSC Cut off 2022 will be available Category Wise. We have already been informed that the Commission has not fixed the date of the Result announcement. You must remember that the Hall ticket number is necessary to get the Result status. Below you can access the Expected Cut-off Marks.
Category Cut off Marks in 2019 Cut off Marks in 2020
General 183 186
OBC (2A/2B/3A/3B) 149 150
SC 153 152
ST 161 162


Given below are the service, cadre, salary and probation period details for the various posts which are filled via the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) exam, officially known as the Gazetted Probationers Exam. Group A Posts
Service Cadre Monthly Salary
The Karnataka Administrative Service KAS Group – A (Junior Scale) Assistant Commissioner Rs. 30.400/- to Rs. 51, 300/-
The Karnataka Police Service Dy. Superintendent of Police Rs. 28,100/- to Rs. 50,100/-
The Karnataka General Service (Development Branch and Local Government Branch) Executive officer/Assistant Secretary (RDPRD) Rs. 28,100/- to Rs. 50,100/-
The Karnataka Treasury Service Asst. Director/District Treasury Officer Rs. 28,100/- to Rs. 50,100/-
The Karnataka General Service (Social Welfare Branch) Dist. Social Welfare Officer Rs. 28,100/- to Rs. 50,100/-
The Karnataka Commercial Tax Service Asst. Commissioner Commercial Taxes Rs. 28,100/- to Rs. 50,100/-
The Karnataka Labour Service Asst. Labor Commissioner Rs. 28,100/- to Rs. 50,100/-
Group B Posts
Service Cadre Monthly Salary
The Karnataka Administrative Service Tahsildar Grade B(Revenue Dept) Rs. 22,800/- to Rs. 43,200/-
The Karnataka Commercial Tax Service Commercial Tax Officer Rs. 22,800/- to Rs. 43,200/-
The Karnataka Service for Jails Administration Asst. Superintendent (Prison dept) Rs. 21,600/- to Rs. 40,050/-
The Karnataka Excise Service Dy. Superintendent of Excise Rs. 21,600/- to Rs. 40,050/-
The Karnataka Treasury Service Assistant Treasury Officer Rs. 22,800/- to Rs. Rs. 43,200/-
The Karnataka Municipal Administrative Service Chief Officer Grade – 1 Rs. 21,600/- to Rs. 40,500/-
The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Service Assistant Director (Food, Civil Supplies, & Other) Rs. 22,800/- to Rs. 43,200/-
The Karnataka Marketing Service Asst Director (Agri. Marketing Department) Rs. 22,800/- to Rs. 43,200/-
The Karnataka Co-operative Service Asst Registrar of Cooperatives Societies Rs. 22,800/- to Rs. 43,200/-
The Karnataka Service for Labour Administration Labour Officer Rs. 21,600/- to Rs. 40,050/-


KAS officers are the higher-level administrative officers of Karnataka government departments. The works of KAS officers include administration, supervising the government projects, filing approvals, and coordinating the departments Tehsildar: The work of the tehsildar is to obtain and keep track of land revenue, canal revenue, cesses, and other dues of the government. He is responsible to execute all the duties according to the rules described by the government from time to time. The Commercial Tax officer: He is the Head of the office and the Deputy Commercial Tax Officers and Assistant Commercial Tax officers work under him. The Commercial Tax officer is responsible for the compilation of monthly demand, collection and balance statements. Asst. Commissioner. Deputy Superintendent of Police: He is responsible for the prevention of crime. He has to develop new ideas about how he can manage the crime. The supervision of all the cases and all the related investigations are his responsibility. He visits all the crime scenes by himself and takes care that the investigation should be done properly. Assistant Commissioner: An Income Tax Department is responsible for the day-to-day administration of various taxes. An Income Tax Officer (ITO) is involved in determining tax liabilities, individual and company audits, assisting the public with their tax situations and investigating work aimed at combating tax evasion


Paper 1:
Subject/year 2015 2017 2020
Current Affairs 17 21 11
History 13 7 19
Geography 17 21 11
Polity 15 7 19
Economics 13 19 11
Focus on Karnataka 9 19 23
Art and Culture 5 9 2
Miscellaneous 11 21 21
Paper 2:
Subject/year 2015 2017 2020
Current events (State) 5 9 10
Important State Government schemes. 10 21 15
General Science and Technology 22 25 10
Environment and Ecology 18 5 20
General Mental Ability 30 29 15
Karnataka Programs and Policies 5 7 25
Miscellaneous 10 4 5