KAS New Syllabus 2012 Exam Pattern System Karnataka Administrative Service


KPSC KAS Exam New System of Examination & Syllabus. Post Published at News Bird http://news.ravisblognet.com. KPSC is introducing a new system of Exam & Syllabus for KAS Exams 2012 & onwards. The new KAS Exam Syllabus & Exam system will be in par with the UPSC IAS Exam (Civil Service Exam). There are more than 350 posts vacant in Karnataka for KAS (Gazetted Probationers). KPSC will conduct KAS Exam 2012 in the month of February. KPSC LOGO 1[3] Till now the KPSC conducted six KAS Exams. The KAS exams had a different pattern & syllabus that attracted lot of criticism and outcry from the KAS Aspirants & experts. In KAS old system, some electives were easy while some other subjects are tough. All these subjects have given equal weight age.  Therefore candidates choosing some of the easy subjects usually pass the exam very easily. There were instances that majority of the candidates selected as KAS have chosen very few easy subjects while there is no candidates from some of the toughest subjects.

So some of the irritated candidates moved to court questioning the KAS Exam system. As a reply to this move KPSC is now come up with new system & syllabus for KAS Exam.

KAS New Syllabus : KAS Exam 2012 Exam Pattern

KAS (Prelims) Exam Pattern : 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. 20 questions carry 400 marks.

Paper – I :

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

Part – I contains 40 questions from National & International current affairs carries 80 marks in total. Part – II contains 60 questions from humanities, Arts & History carries 120 marks in total.  So from both the parts, Paper – I  contains 100 questions that carry 200 marks.

Paper – II :

  • Part – I (General Knowledge / Karnataka State Current Affairs)
  • Part – II (Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology / General Mental Ability)

Part – I contains 40 questions from General Knowledge / Karnataka State current affairs carries 80 marks in total. Part – II contains 30 questions from Science & Technology carries 60 marks & 30 questions related to General Mental Ability carrying 60 marks totaling 120 marks.  So from both the parts, Paper – I  contains 100 questions that carry 200 marks.

KAS (Main) Exam Pattern : Descriptive Type questions

KAS (Main) Exam contains 8 papers carrying 2100 marks.

  • Paper – I : Compulsory Kannada – 150 Marks
  • Paper – II : Compulsory English – 150 Marks
  • Paper – III : General Studies (Paper – I) – 300 Marks
  • Paper – IV : General Studies (Paper – II) – 300 Marks
  • Paper – V, VI, VII & VIII : Out of 30 elective subjects two subjects should be selected. Each subject contains two papers carrying 300 marks each.

Elective Subjects : (Subject Code : Elective Subjects)

  1. Agriculture, Sericulture, Agricultural Marketing And Co-Operation
  2. Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences And Fisheries
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Civil Engineering
  6. Commerce, Accounting:, Business Organization & Secretarial Practice:
  7. Criminology
  8. Economics, Karnataka Economy
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Law
  12. Mathematics
  13. History
  14. Mechanical Engineering
  15. Philosophy
  16. Geology
  17. Physics
  18. Political Science And International Relations
  19. Psychology
  20. Public Administration.
  21. Sociology
  22. Statistics
  23. Zoology
  24. Rural Development & Co-operation
  25. Hindi
  26. Anthropology.
  27. Urdu Syllabus
  28. Kannada
  29. English
  30. Management

The subjects are grouped and candidates should not take more than one subject from each single group. The Elective subject groups are as follows.

  • Political Science & International Relations / Public Administration
  • Commerce & Accountancy / Management
  • Anthropology / Sociology
  • Mathematics / Statistics
  • Agriculture, Sericulture, Agricultural Marketing And Co-Operation / Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences And Fisheries
  • Civil Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering
  • Economics / Rural Development& Co-operation
  • Agriculture, Sericulture, Agricultural Marketing And Co-Operation / Rural Development& Co-operation
  • Hindi / Urdu / Kannada / English Languages

Candidates need to take two elective subjects. According to new exam pattern candidates should not take more than one subject from the groups mentioned above. For. E.g Candidates cannot take both Anthropology & Sociology  as their electives. They can choose any one subject. Sociology or Anthropology with some other subject like History.

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KAS Old Syllabus :

In old KAS Exam syllabus there were two papers. General Knowledge paper carry 150 marks & elective subjects carry 300 marks. Total 450 marks. General Knowledge paper carry 1 mark for each question while elective paper carry 2.5 marks for each question.


  1. It's help 2 understanding the new sylabus of kas exam..

  2. Its really good guideline for end-users thank you...

  3. its very helpful to all the who conducting the competative exam...thxs


    what is the cutoff marks for general merit candidate to clear KAS Prelims 2012.

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  5. very useful information.. very good website

  6. The cut-off marks will be decided only after Prelims exam. It depends on the number of candidates appear for the exam & no. of posts vacant. So just concentrate on doing well as much as possible.

  7. really helpful thanks:)

  8. Its really very useful to understand new pattern of the kas exam both prelims and mains. . Thank,s a lot

  9. it is very helpful to kas student......

  10. When is the exam????????????

  11. Could you please provide us model question paper please

  12. what will be the date of prelims exam

  13. Respected sir,

    what is the pattern for kas mains exam 2013 r 2014ie...next year,as people are guessing compulsory 5 papers.if yes which are those 5 papers.please guide me.as i have idea of taking exam in next notification.

  14. gud aftn sir... many of the youths are interested to take civil exams, bt d main prob they always face is lack of materials, guidence and the method of preparing for d xm.. so could you please guide us generally hw 2 collect d materials & hw to prepare for the xm....

  15. plz let me know the date of exam(main).

  16. It gives me great information...... thank u for giving information

  17. wat cud b ta expected cut off for ths year's kpsc gazetted probabtioners exam?

  18. Hi the syllabus is so confusing for zoology ,,,can some help wat are the specific topic under the sub topics.or help me with reference books

  19. Anybody looking for KAS Prelims Notes pls mail to foggyrr@gmail.com

  20. i got some importent points its really good

  21. really its vry good information


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