Karnataka Gazetted Probationers Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
KPSC

Karnataka Gazetted Probationers Exam is conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates in various administrative positions.

This exam is highly competitive, and to have an edge in it, careful planning, meticulous preparation, and unwavering dedication is required. Thousands of candidates appear annually in this exam, and the availability of services is subjected to vary based on the number of vacancies available in the particular year.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Kannada
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates in various posts of civil services.
Conducting Body Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC)
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KGPE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must obtain a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree from a recognised University.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the KGPE examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 35 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    OBC 38 years
    SC/ST 40 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. The number of times candidates are permitted to take the Karnataka Gazetted Probationers Exam is given below:
    Category Number of Attempts
    General Category 5
    OBC 7
    SC/ST No restriction

KGPE Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Result To be notified

KGPE Exam Pattern 2021

This exam consists of 3 stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination consists of two papers of objective type carrying 200 marks for each paper.
Stage II: After that, Mains examination consists of 9 papers of descriptive type carrying 250 for each paper.
Stage III: This stage consists of Personality Test or Interview.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Qualifying Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 200
2 Paper II
Qualifying Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 200

Pattern for Main Examination

In the Mains examination besides 7 compulsory papers, there will be two optional papers from one subject. The candidate will have to select any of the following subjects:

  1. Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Sericulture and Cooperation
  2. Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences and Fisheries
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Philosophy
  18. Physics
  19. Political Science and International Relations
  20. Psychology
  21. Public Administration
  22. Sociology
  23. Statistics
  24. Zoology
  25. Rural Development and Co-operation
  26. English
  27. Hindi
  28. Kannada
  29. Urdu
Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Kannada
Qualifying Nature Descriptive 120 mins 150
2 English
Qualifying Nature Descriptive 120 mins 150
3 Paper I: Essay
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
4 Paper II: General Studies I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
5 Paper III: General Studies II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
6 Paper IV: General Studies III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
7 Paper V: General Studies IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
8 Paper VI (Optional Subject)

This is the first paper on an optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
9 Paper VII (Optional Subject)

This is the second paper on an optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 250
Total Marks* 1750

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 200

The candidates shall be interviewed by the Board constituted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission.

KGPE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • Current events of National and International importance
  • Humanities – History of India – Emphasis shall be on a broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on the Indian national movement with special emphasis on Karnataka.
  • World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on Karnataka.
  • 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.

2 Prelims Paper II

  • Current events of State importance and important State Government programmes.
  • General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology:- Contemporary developments in science and technology and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience.
  • General Mental Ability:- Comprehension, Logical reasoning and Analytical ability, Decision making, problem-solving, Basic innumeracy (numbers and their relations, the order of magnitude etc.,) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc., (class X/SSLC level)”.

Syllabus for Main Examination

1 Mains Kannada

  • Comprehension
  • Precis
  • Usage
  • Vocabulary
  • Short Essay
  • Communication Skills

2 Mains English

  • Current events of State importance and important State Government programmes.
  • General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology-contemporary developments in science and technology and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience.
  • General Mental Ability,- Comprehension, Logical reasoning and Analytical ability, Decision making, problem-solving, Basic innumeracy (numbers and their relations, the order of magnitude etc.,) and data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc., (class X/SSLC level)”.

3 Mains Paper I: Essay

  • Two  Essays (in Kannada/ English)
  • The first essay covers the topic of International/National Importance.
  • The second essay covers topics of State Importance/Local Importance

4 Mains Paper II: General Studies I

  • History and Cultural Heritage (India and Karnataka)
  • Social and Political Perspective
  • Indian Economy Planning, Rural Development, Data Collection

5 Mains Paper III: General Studies II

  • Physical features and Natural resources
  • Overview of the Indian Constitution
  • Public Administration and Management, International Relations

6 Mains Paper IV: General Studies III

  • Role and impact of Science and Technology in Development of India, Information Technology in Public Domain.
  • Advancement and modern trends in Natural Science, Life Science, Agriculture, Science, Health and Hygiene
  • Challenges and Issues of Development on Environment and Ecology

7 Mains Paper V: General Studies IV

  • Ethics
  • Integrity
  • Aptitude

8 Mains Paper VI (Optional Subject)

See the table given below in the note.

9 Mains Paper VII (Optional Subject)

See the table given below in the note.

Points Related to the Main Examination

Karnataka Gazetted Probationer Mains Exam Syllabus for optional subjects

Sl. No. Optional Subject Paper I Paper-II
1. Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing, Co-operation and
Sericulture
  • Agriculture: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources etc.
  • Sericulture: Package of practices for mulberry cultivation, mono-cropping, intercropping etc.
  • Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation: Marketing institutions for agricultural produce, marketing boards etc.
  • Agriculture: Heredity and variation, Mendel’s law of inheritance, Cytoplasmic inheritance etc.
  • Sericulture: Seed organisation, Recent development in non-mulberry sericulture, Mulberry breeding etc.
  • Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation: Policies on the marketing of agricultural products, storage etc.
2. Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences and Fisheries
  • Part A:
    Dairy Production and Management, Comparison of Dairy Farming in India etc.
  • Part B:
    Animal nutrition-energy sources, metabolism and requirements, for maintenance and production of milk.
  • Part C:
    Taxonomy, anatomy and biology, major marine fisheries, sardines etc.
  • Part A:
    Dairy Co-operation movement in India. Status of cross-breeding of cattle.
  • Part B:
    Genetics and animal breeding, probability applied to Mendelian inheritance.
  • Part C:
    Post-mortem, changes in fish biochemical, handling of fresh fish, canning of fish.
3. Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Cryptogams
  • Phanerogams
  • Morphogenesis
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Ecology
4. Chemistry
  • Atomic structure and chemical bonding
  • Thermodynamics
  • Solid-state
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Pericyclic reactions
  • Polymeric systems
  • Molecular structural Determination
5. Civil Engineering
  • Theory and Design of Structures
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Building Construction
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
6. Commerce
  • Accounting, Auditing and Taxation
  • Business, Finance and Financial Institution
  • Organisation Theory
  • Industrial Relations
7. Management
  • Organisational Behaviour and Management Concepts
  • Organisational Design
  • Economic Environment
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Marketing Management
  • Production and Materials Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
8. Economics
  • The framework of an economy
  • Economic choices
  • Investment decisions
  • Banking
  • The Indian economy
  • Agricultural Production
  • Industrial Production
9. Electrical Engineering
  • Network
  • Statics and Magnetics
  • Measurements
  • Electronics
  • Electrical Machines
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Communication Systems
  • Microwave
10. Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Soils and Vegetation
  • Oceanography
  • Ecosystem
  • Development of Geographical thought
  • Human Geography
  • Settlements Geography
  • Physical aspects
  • Human aspects
  • Agriculture
  • Industry
  • Transport and Trade
  • Settlements
  • Regional Development and Planning
  • Political Aspects
11. Law
  • Constitutional Law of India
  • International Law
  • Law of Crimes: Concept of crime, IPC, Protection of Civil Rights Act, Dowry Prohibition Act, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act
  • Law of Torts
  • Law of Contracts and Mercantile Law
12. Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Asymptotes
  • Analytic Geometry of two and three-dimension
  • Differential equations
  • Vector, Tensor, Statics, Dynamics and Hydrostatics
  • Algebra, Real Analysis
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Mechanics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Numerical Analysis
13. History
  • History of India:
    The Indus Civilisation, the Vedic age, the Pre-Maurya Period, the Maurya empire
  • Medieval India:
    Political and social conditions, trade and commerce, art, religion and philosophy, maritime activities.
  • India (1200-1765):
    Foundation of the Delhi Sultanate, Khilji Imperialism, Nature and character of the state, Political ideas and institution.
  • Modern India:
    Historical forces and factors which led to the British conquest of India.
  • World History:
    The foundations of the modern world, the age of absolutism, the new society, the beginning of enlightenment.
14. Mechanical Engineering
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Theory of machines
  • Mechanics of solids
  • Manufacturing science
  • Production management
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • Energy conversion
  • Environmental Control
15. Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Socio-political philosophy and philosophy of Religion
  • Moksha – Paths leading to moksha
16. Geology
  • General Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Structural Geology
  • Palaeontology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Crystallography
  • Optical Mineralogy
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Economic Geology
  • Applied Geology
17. Physics
  • Mechanics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Waves and Oscillations
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Modern Physics
  • Electronics
18. Zoology
  • Non-Chordata and Chordata
  • Ecology
  • Ethology
  • Biostatistics
  • Economic Zoology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution and systematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Embryology
19. Psychology
  • The scope of psychology
  • Methods of psychology
  • Cognitive processes
  • Learning
  • Remembering
  • Thinking
  • Intelligence
  • Motivation
  • Individual Difference
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Therapeutic approaches
  • Small groups
  • Social change
  • Disadvantaged groups
  • Psychology and economic development
20. Public Administration
  • Administrative Theory
  • Theories of Organisation
  • Principles of organisation
  • Administrative behaviour
  • Structure of organisations
  • Personnel Administration
  • Financial Administration
  • Evolution of Indian Administration
  • Environmental Setting
  • A political executive at the Union Level
  • Structure of Central Administration
  • Centre-state relations
  • Public services
21. Sociology
  • The scientific study of social phenomena
  • Pioneering contributions to sociology
  • The individual and society
  • Social stratification and mobility
  • Economic system
  • Political system
  • Educational system
  • Religion
  • Social change and development
Society of India

  • Historical of the mid society
  • Social
  • Family, marriage and kinship
  • Economic system
  • Political systems
  • Educational System
  • Religion
  • Tribal societies and their integration
  • Rural social system and community development
  • Urban social organisation
22. Statistics
  • Probability
  • Statistical inference
  • Linear inference and multivariate analysis
  • Sampling theory and design of experiments
  • Engineering statistics
  • Operational research
  • Quantitative economics
  • Demography and psychometry
23. Political Science and International Relations
  • Main features of ancient Indian political thought
  • Nature and scope of political science
  • Political institutions
  • Political process
  • The nature and functioning of the sovereign nation
  • Concept of international politics
  • Foreign policy choices
  • The cold war
  • Regional organisation
  • The conflict situation in West Asia
24. Rural Development and Co-operation
  • The concept of rural sociology
  • The conceptual background of development
  • Rural Development Programmes
  • Rural industrialisation in India
  • Problems of Rural unemployment
  • The role of Panchayati Raj institutions
  • Role of institutional agencies in rural development
  • Co-operation
  • Co-operative education
25. Anthropology
  • Meaning and scope of Anthropology
  • Marriage
  • Kinship
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Political anthropology
  • Origins Religions
  • The order Primate
  • Genetics
  • Meaning of evolution
  • Diffusion and diffusionism
  • Patterns, basic personality construct and model personality
  • Distribution and racial and linguistics elements in Indian Population
  • The growth of Indian anthropology
  • Ethnographic profiles of Indian tribes
  • Special problems of hunting and food gathering
26. English
  • The detailed study of a literary age
  • Study of English literature from 1798 to 1900 with special reference to the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats etc.
  • Shakespeare: As you like it etc.
  • Milton: Paradise lost
  • Jane Austen: Emma
  • Wordsworth: The Prelude
  • Eliot: The Wasteland
27. Hindi
  • Grammatical and Lexical features of Apabhramsa, Avahatta
  • Evolution of Awadhi and Braj Bhasa as literary
  • Chief characteristics of the major periods of Hindi literature
  • Rise of Novel and Realism in modern Hindi
  • A brief history of theatre and drama in Hindi
  • Kabir: Kabir Granthavali
  • Surdas: Bhramara Geet Saar
  • Tulsidas: Ramcharit Manas
  • Prem Chand: Godan
  • Jayashankar: Chandragupta
  • Suryakant: Anamika
28. Kannada
  • History of Kannada language
  • History of Kannada Literature
  • Poetics
  • The cultural history of Karnataka
  • Old Kannada
  • Middle Kannada
  • Modern Kannada
  • Folk literature
29. Urdu
  • The coming of the Aryans in India
  • Significant features of Urdu Phonology, Morphology syntax, Perso
  • Dakhani Urdu
Prose

  • Mir Amman Bagh-O-Bahar
  • Ruswa Umra-O-Jan Ada
  • Imtiaz Ali Taj Anar Kali
  • Galib Diwan-e-Ghalib

Syllabus for Personality Test

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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