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Everything You Need To Know About KPSC Preparation

KPSC stands for Karnataka Public Service Commission. This exam recruits officers to the State government of Karnataka. KPSC Exam preparation needs hard work and guidance which is provided by online and offline KPSC coaching classes. Further, we present to you everything that you need to know about it. From stages to eligibility criteria we have covered everything for your perusal.

Table of Contents

  1. About KPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in KPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for KPSC - Online KPSC Course
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for KPSC ?
  5. Stages of Karnataka Public Service Commission Examination Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria
      • Academic Qualification for KPSC Exam
      • KPSC Exam Age Limit
      • Number of Attempts
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for KPSC
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Conclusion

About KPSC Examination

KPSC stands for Karnataka Public Service Commission. Firstly it conducts exams for posts of Group A, B, C, and D in the state bureaucracy. Secondly, the gazetted probationer exam is the exam by which officers of Group A and Group B are appointed. However, the central appointment Board was constituted in the state in 1921. Moreover, after independence, KPSC was established on 18th May 1951. Also, Shivashankarappa S Sahukar was appointed as its chairman in 2021. The posts under KPSC includes both technical and non-technical positions

  • FDA(First Division Assistant)
  • SDA(Second Division Assistant)
  • Excise(Sub Inspector)
  • RPC(Head Master and Teacher)
  • Junior Training Officer
  • Drug Inspector
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Assistant Librarian
  • Panchayat Development Officer
  • Assistant Conservator of forests
  • Gazettes Probationers

Role of Coaching in KPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching is the key to preparing for State Public Service Exams. Further, coaching increases your chances to crack the exam and to make you successful. However, it is the candidate's choice whether to choose it or not. Also, coaching smartly reduces the candidate’s load by giving exactly what to study. Moreover, coaching provides you a brief study of examination patterns. But don't forget - no one can guarantee your success. Coaching provides you everything that you need to pass the exam. From study material to guidance, it covers everything.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for KPSC – Online KPSC course

Online coaching

  • Offline KPSC coaching has a fixed time table but online coaching is very flexible. Moreover, candidates save time because they do not have to travel between coaching and home.
  • One of the major advantages of online KPSC coaching is that no topic or lecture will be missed as everything is recorded. Also, you can watch it anytime, anywhere without any hassle. Moreover, you can clear your doubts in your free time and can watch it on laptops, phones, etc.
  • If you don't already know, KPSC coaching classes cost between 50,000 to 75,000. On the other hand, online classes are very inexpensive. While being at home, you can prepare for the exam as well.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for KPSC

In the field of Civil Services Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution for all your queries. Firstly, it has the best faculty members, high-quality material of study. Secondly, the candidate doesn't have to go through a process to collect the study material. Also, students can fully trust Chahal Academy for KPSC preparation as it provides everything needed for a candidate's learning environment. Chahal Academy's online course includes -

  1. Firstly, more than 400 hours of KPSC course lecture series. Secondly, the course has covered every topic of the said topic. Moreover, it is taught by trusted and expert faculties. And they provide up-to-date content. However, in case of doubts, you can always approach your mentors and they will pay attention to you.
  2. Moreover, the video lectures of the course are available 24 x 7 which you can access anytime anywhere. Also, faculties focus on strengthening the base knowledge of the candidate. And technological support, feedback and much more are provided by experts.
  3. The convenience of time and place is in your hands.
  4. Also, the course is super inexpensive.
  5. Moreover, tests are on time to improve accuracy. And time management is the key.
  6. The study material is available in soft copy that covers static portion and up to date daily - monthly current affairs.

Stages of Karnataka Public Service Commission Examination

Karnataka Public Service Commission conducts the examination in three stages –
  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

Preliminary Examination

  1. The prelim stage has 2 papers that are conducted offline in the same day. However, this stage has just objective questions (MCQ) and acts as a filter for the main examination. Also, the marks of KAS prelims are ignored for the final merit list. In short, the candidate should be prepared as the cut-offs are different every year.
  2. Also, both papers have 100 questions each.
  3. Moreover, every question is of 2 marks and 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.
  4. On the other hand, the general questions are of the 10th standard.

KPSC Main Exam Pattern

  • The main exam consists of 9 papers.
  • Moreover, Kannada and English are compulsory language papers. Also, qualifying in nature.
  • Minimum of 35% marks required to clear both language papers.
  • However, the questions are of honors degree level.
  • The duration is of 2 hours and the total marks are of 1750.

Merit-ranking Papers Duration Marks
Paper-I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper-II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper-III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper-IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper-V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper-VI Optional Paper I 3 hours 250
Paper-VII Optional Paper II 3 hours 250
Above all, the optional subjects are -
  • Agri Marketing, Agriculture, Cooperation and Sericulture
  • Veterinary Sciences, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Accountancy and Commerce
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • International Relations and Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Cooperation and Rural Development
  • The literature of any one of the following languages: English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.

KPSC Interview

KPSC Mock Interview

Firstly, the candidates who score more than the cut-off in mains are shortlisted for the interview with KPSC board. Secondly, below are the few points to remember -
  • The ratio of candidates applying for KPSC to the vacancies is 1:3. But it has increased to 1:5.
  • Moreover, the Interview test board is constituted by the KPSC chairman.
  • Further, it consists of 4 members. Out of them, 2 persons should be KPSC members.
  • Also, the other 2 members will be from either Retired All Indian Service officers or Retired professors from IIT, IIM or central university.
  • 200 are the maximum marks for the Interview.
  • Most importantly, panel members are unaware of the student's main exam marks
  • Above all, this interview tests the mental caliber, judgment ability and social awareness of the candidate.
  • On the other hand, the average of individual member's marks will make the candidate's marks.
  • To sum up, the KPSC KAS result constitutes the sum of mains and Interview.

Eligibility Criteria

Firstly, the candidate should fill the details properly and should submit the documents for verification. Secondly, students should go through the syllabus thoroughly in order to crack it. Moreover, options in the KAS form are -

GM General Merit
SC Scheduled Caste
ST Scheduled Tribe
Cat-1 Category-1
2A Category-2A
2B Category-2B
3A Category-3A
3B Category-3B
Ex-MP Ex-Military Person
Rural Rural Reservation
KMS Kannada Medium Student
PH Physically Handicapped
HK Hyderabad Karnataka Student
RPC Residual Parent Cadre

Academic Qualification for KPSC Exam

Firstly, the rules that govern eligibility for Gazetted Probationers exams are - Rule 7 Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers Rules, 1997 and the 8th amendment, Rules 2010. Moreover, according to the rules, the candidate can be eligible for the KPSC exam either if they have a bachelor's degree by a university established by the law of India or a master's degree of a recognized university. Also, the candidates who are in the last year of graduation can apply for KPSC too but they have to submit the proof of completion before the main exams. Further, candidates with medical backgrounds -
  • Firstly, at the time of submission of the main exam application. If they have passed the final year but have not completed an internship, then they can be admitted to the exam provisionally.
  • Secondly, in these cases along with the online application for the Gazetted probationer exam, a certificate from the university should be attached which will state that they have passed the final medical exam.
  • Moreover, the student has to submit the original degree at the time of the interview or a certificate from a concerned authority which states that they have completed all requirements for a degree.
  • However, KPSC doesn't consider marks, percentage or stream.

KPSC Exam Age Limit

Firstly, the student must be 21 years old for the submission of the application. Secondly, the maximum age limit of the candidate should be 35 years for the general category. But the relaxation criteria in age limit for KPSC is -
Category Relaxation in criteria Maximum Age
GM No relaxation 25 years
SC 5 years 40 years
ST 5 years 40 years
Cat-1 5 years 40 years
2A 3 years 38 years
2B 3 years 38 years
3A 3 years 28 years
3B 3 years 38 years
Ex-MP No of years in service
PH/Widow candidates 10 years 45 years

Number of Attempts

  • Firstly, for the general category candidate, only 5 attempts are allowed.
  • Secondly, the OBC category candidate has 7 attempts
  • Further SC/ST students have unlimited attempts until they reach a certain age.

Cut Off Marks

The previous year cut off of KPSC is as follows -
  • For General, it was 183
  • For SC it was 153
  • ST it was 161
  • C1 it was 166
  • 2A it was 149
  • 3A it was 173
  • 3B it was 170
  • 2B it was 137

How to Prepare for KPSC

For Prelims

  • Firstly, focus on the basics of KPSC prelims. Moreover, go through the syllabus deeply. After that start going through the Previous Year Question Papers. Secondly, question paper and syllabus will guide you about what to study and what not to.
  • Newspaper - Read it daily and pay attention to the main facts and famous people of Karnataka to stay updated.
  • Read fewer books - Prepare a booklist for the preparation. Moreover, pay attention that you pick the best books for every subject.
  • Notes - You should keep your notes very short and to the point. Further, it takes months and months to prepare for the exam. So, start writing down your notes from the very beginning.
  • Revision is the key - Revision is the key to keep everything in your mind. Therefore, do it as much as you can. Moreover, practice will make you perfect.
  • Mock tests - To brush up your knowledge, do appear for multiple mock tests. Since prelims is the first and foremost stage, you will move on to the next main stage only after passing it.

For Mains

  • Newspaper - Again, the newspaper is your way to go because it is very important to keep yourself updated about every event of the country.
  • Government Websites - Always take content from government websites. Because information is 100% correct on these websites.
  • Notes - Always prepare your notes smartly and precisely. Further, make the notes of prelims and mains together.
  • Mock Test - Do practice lots of questions because they will prepare you for further hurdles. Moreover, it will improve your writing speed and skills.
  • Revision - Revision will keep everything in your mind and help you produce answers easily in the exam.

For Interview

For this stage, candidates have to sit for the Mock Interviews. This will prepare the candidate for the final day. Also, go through the application form thoroughly and be updated with the current affairs.


The candidate has to be prepared and confident. However, it depends on the person's hard work and focus if they will be able to crack it. Also, it is about how smart are you and not just about how much book knowledge one acquires. To know more, visit the official website of KPSC for more information.

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