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Kerala Administrative Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 22nd February, 2021
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Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) is conducted by Kerala Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates in various administrative positions in the state.

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, Malayalam
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidates for various post of administrative services.
Conducting Body Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC)
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KAS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must have obtained a Bachelor Degree including a professional course in any subject from a recognised University.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the KAS examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 32 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 37 years
    OBC 35 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

KAS Exam Important Dates 2021

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

KAS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of the following three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination consists of two paper carrying a maximum of 100 marks for each paper.
Stage II: After that, the main examination consists of three papers of descriptive type.
Stage III: This stage consists of a Personality test.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 90 mins 100
2 Paper II: General Studies II
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 90 mins 100

Pattern for Main Examination

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General Studies
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 100
2 Paper II: General Studies
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 100
3 Paper III: General Studies
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 100
Total Marks* 300

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

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 50

The candidates shall be interviewed by the board constituted by the Kerala Public Service Commission.

KAS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I: General Studies I

  • History (India and Kerala)
  • History of the World (from mid 18th century)
  • Cultural Heritage of Kerala
  • Indian Constitution, Public Administration, Political System, Governance, Social Justice and International Relations
  • Reasoning, Mental Ability & Simple Arithmetic
  • Geography

2 Prelims Paper II: General Studies II

  • Economy and Planning
  • Science and Technology
  • Current Events
  • Language Proficiency – English
  • Language Proficiency – Malayalam
  • Language Proficiency – Kannada or Language Proficiency – Tamil

Syllabus for Main Examination

1 Mains Paper I: General Studies

  • History (India and Kerala): Ancient and Medieval Period, Modern Period, Kerala History.
  • History of the World (from mid 18th century): Industrial Revolution, World wars, Redrawal of National boundaries, Colonialisation and decolonisation, Globalisation, Communism, Capitalism, Socialism – their forms and effects in society.
  • Cultural Heritage of Kerala: Cultural Heritage of Kerala Art Forms, Kerala Tribal culture,
    Pilgrimage, Tourist places, Folk Culture, Cinema, Theatre, History and evolution of Malayalam language and literature.

2 Mains Paper II: General Studies

  • Indian Constitution, Public Administration, Political System, Governance, Social Justice and International Relations: Indian Constitution and its salient features, Constitutional Authorities – Powers, Functions and Responsibilities, Statutory, Regulatory and Quasi-judicial bodies, India’s Foreign Policy, International Organisations, International Treaties and Forums, their structure and mandate, Principles of Administrative Law.
  • Science and Technology: Science and Technology, ICT, Technology in Space and Defence, Energy requirement and efficiency, Environmental Science,
  • Current Issues in given topics.

3 Mains Paper III: General Studies

  • Economy and Planning: Indian economy on the eve of independence, Agriculture Sector, Land Reforms in India, Technological change in Agriculture, Infrastructure in Indian Economy, Trends and Patterns in the structure of the population over time, Indian Public Finance, Kerala model development.
  • Geography: General Geography, Physical, Social, Economic Geography of World, India and Kerala, Geophysical phenomena like Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanoes, Cyclone, Flood, Landslides.
  •  Current Issues in Economy and Planning & Geography 

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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