Karnataka Public Service Commission Examination and Paper Pattern

Karnataka Public Service Commission Examination and Paper Pattern
Karnataka Public Service Commission Examination and Paper Pattern


The KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) established in 1951 under the Constitution and recruits candidates to the various civil services across the state of Karnataka

The selections of aspirants get done by the marks score in the Preliminary and the Mains Examination of the KPSC.

Karnataka government have include only written test and after that only personality test of the aspirants. For better services it is finding the youngsters who are able to score and perform good marks in the test series.
For this purpose the Gazette probationers Rules of 1966 has been introduced. It is provided in the Rules that the Commission should invite applications from the eligible candidates for recruitment to the posts coming under Group A & B Civil Service posts.

List of services in KPSC

Group – A

Sno: Service Cadre
01 The Karnataka Administrative Service. K.A.S. Group-‘A’ (Junior Scale)
02 The Karnataka Commercial Tax Service Asst. Commissioners of Commercial Tax
03 The Karnataka Treasury Service Treasury Officer
04 The Karnataka Labour Service Asst. Labour Commissioners
05 The Karnataka General Service (Development Branch and Local Government Branch) Executive Officer/ Assistant Secretary, Panchayat Raj
06 The Karnataka Police Service Deputy Superintendents of Police.
07 The Karnataka General Service Directorate of Youth Services. Deputy Directors of Youth Services.
08 The Karnataka Reserve Police Service Asst. Commandants of KSRP
09 The Karnataka General Service (Social Welfare Branch) District Social Welfare Officer
10 The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Service Deputy Directors of Food and Civil Supplies
11 Karnataka Backward Classes and Minorities Services Commissioner for Backward Classes and Minorities

Group – B

Sno: Service


01 The Karnataka Administrative Service Tahsildar Grade-II
02 The Karnataka Commercial Tax Service Commercial Tax Officer
03 The Karnataka Service for Labour Administration Labour Officer
04 The Karnataka Service for Jails Administration. Assistant Superintendents of Jails
05 The Karnataka Co-operative Service Assistant Registrars of Co-operative Societies
06 The Karnataka Excise Service Deputy Superintendents of Excise
07 The Karnataka Employment and Training Service. Employment Officers
08 The Karnataka General Service (Directorate of Youth Services). Assistant Directors of Youth Services/District Youth Service Officers/ Manager, Ravindra Kalakshetra.
09 The Karnataka General Service (Survey Settlement and Land Records branch) Assistant Director of Land Records and equivalent posts.
10 The Karnataka Municipal Administrative Service Chief Officers Grade-I
11 The Karnataka Treasury Service. Assistant Treasury Officers.
12 The Karnataka Marketing Service Assistant Directors Agriculture Marketing Dept.
13 The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Service (Food Wing) Assistant Directors of Food and Civil Supplies
14 The Karnataka Co-operative Audit Service Assistant Director
15 The Karnataka Tourism Services. Assistant Director of Tourism
16 The Karnataka Government Secretariat Service. Section Officer
17 The Karnataka General Services. (Social Welfare Branch). Taluka Social Welfare Officer

KPSC examination contains two stages:

  1. Preliminary Examination (Objective type)
  2. Main Examination (written examination and Personality Test)

Preliminary Examination:

It is of two types, paper-1 and paper-2 each of 200 marks. This paper is compulsory for QUALIFY.




Subject Marks
1 General Studies related to National and International importance 80
2 Humanities 120
Total 200




Subject Area Marks
1 General Studies related to State Importance 80
2 General Science & Tech, Environment & Ecology 60
3 General Mental Ability 60
Total 200
  1. The question paper will be in both language Kannada and English.
  2. The standard of General Mental Ability questions of preliminary examination (aptitude test) will be on 10th standard level.
  3. The candidate who will qualify the Preliminary  examination only that will be allowed for the Mains examinations, and the number of attempt will be depend on the categories of the candidate.
  4. There will be negative marking for each wrong question. There will be  0.25 marks will be deducted on one wrong question.

Preliminary Examination syllabus:


  1. Current events of National and International importance.
  2. Humanities – History of India in these social, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on Indian national movement with special emphasis on Karnataka.
  3. World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on Karnataka.
  4. Indian Polity and economy, including the country’s political system, rural development, planning and economic reforms in India-sustainable development, poverty alleviation, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.,


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  1. Current events of State importance and important State Govt. programs.
  2. General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology – contemporary developments in science and technology, and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline, general issues on Health, environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change- that do not require subject specialization.
  3. General Mental Ability – Comprehension, Logical reasoning and Analytical ability, Decision making, problem solving, Basic innumeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude etc.) and data interpretation ( charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc).

Mains Examination:

The Mains Examination will consist of written examination and personality test.

Written Examination: 

Qualifying Papers Kannada   150 Marks 2 Hours
  English 150 Marks 2 Hours
Compulsory Papers Total Marks per Duration
Paper I Essays 250 3 Hours
Paper II General Studies 1 250 3 Hours
Paper III General Studies 2 250 3 Hours
Paper IV General Studies 3 250 3 Hours
Paper V General Studies 4 250 3 Hours
Paper VI Optional Subject 250 3 Hours
Paper VII Optional Subject 250 3 Hours
Total Marks for Written Examination 1750

The marks obtained from the Preliminary examination of KPSC will not declare the selection marks. It is only the qualifying marks for the Mains examination.

Note-2 questions will asked on conventional type, Descriptive type in nature and all papers are compulsory.

Note-3: The question papers will be in two languages, Kannada and English..

Note-4: All seven papers are compulsory. Paper -2 to paper-5 consists of three sections. Each of 250 marks and for three hours.

Note-5: Written and Personality Test Marks will be announced along with the final select list.

Personality Test:

It carries 200 marks. In this the candidate interviewed by the Board authority and  that board authority will be have full record about candidate. The candidate either She/he will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers, of assimilations, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. The candidate may asked question based on the subject which she/he have chosen in their optional subjects. After that the final result of main examination will be displayed.


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