KPSC Exam Pattern 2022 | Syllabus, Marking scheme, and Subject Wise Pattern

November 20, 2023
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Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is the governing body for recruiting public servants. The KPSC conducts these exams twice a year. The first session is between January and June, and the second one is between July and December.

This guide consists of details about KPSC exam patterns and syllabi of various exams conducted by the KPSC. Some of the main posts for which this exam serves as a basis are

  • Karnataka Administrative Services,
  • Group A, B, C, D postings,
  • Assistant Controller of Forests (ACF),
  • First Divisional Assistant (FDA),
  • Second Divisional Assistant (SDA),
  • Assistant Engineers (AE),
  • Junior Engineers (JE), etc.

KPSC exam pattern is slightly different for different posts.

kpsc exam pattern

KPSC 2022 Highlights of the Exam

Here are some of the highlights of the KPSC exam:

  • Governing Body: KPSC
  • Age Limit:
  • General Category – 21-35 years
  • OBC – 21-38 years
  • SC/ST – 21-40 years
  • Physically disabled/ Widows – 21-45 years.
  • Number of Attempts allowed: GC (5), OBC (7), SC/ST (no limit)
  • Application Fees:
  • Unreserved category – Rs 500
  • SC/ST/OBC – Rs 250
  • PwD – No fees applicable

KPSC 2022 Exam dates

The dates for all the KPSC Exams for 2022 are not out yet. The last date to apply for the ACF exam is 20th November 2022. However, aspiring candidates can check the KPSC official website for notifications.

KPSC Exam Pattern for 2022

The KPSC Exam pattern consists of a 3-stage evaluation process. This pattern is valid for most posts like Grade A, Grade B, Grade C, Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF), etc. The syllabus for the exam for different posts might differ.

The KPSC exam pattern for various posts is mentioned below:

  • KPSC Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) exam pattern:

Stage 1– Preliminary Exam:

This is the first stage of the KPSC exam and is divided into two papers. Details about these papers are:

Each paper has 100 questions and carries 200 marks.

The duration of each prelim exam paper is two hours.

All questions are multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

According to the KPSC, negative marking for each wrong answer is applicable.

There will be a fixed deduction of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

The purpose of this exam is to filter non-eligible candidates. KPSC does not count the marks obtained in this exam for the merit list of candidates who appear for the interview.

Stage 2– Mains Exam:

This is the second stage of the KPSC exam and is a written and subjective test. The details are:

This exam has a total of 9 descriptive papers.

Candidates must pass a separate English and Kannada test before the Mains exams.

This is the first and second exam of this stage. The following paper includes essay writing. Then there are four general papers. The last two papers are from an optional subject.

The examination is conducted in English, except for the Kannada test.

The total of marks for this stage of examination is 1,250.

The English and Kannada language tests are of two hours. The maximum duration for the rest of the Mains papers is three hours.

KPSC considers only marks obtained in the general and optional exams for the final merit. All those who clear the cut-off of the KPSC Mains exam are selected for the final interview round.

Stage 3– Final Interview:

A panel of seasoned experts conducts this stage of the examination. This is a one-on-one personality test. The chairperson of KPMC leads the interviewing body.

  • KPSC ACF exam pattern: 

The prelims stage is the same as the KAS exam pattern.

The Mains stage consists of only four papers. The first two papers are descriptive papers based on English and Kannada language.

The other two papers are Forestry 1 and Forestry 2 for BSc Forestry graduates. People who graduated in other subjects can choose from a list of optional subjects.

All papers from the prelims as well the Mains stage carry 100 marks.

The interview stage is common for all categories of KPSC exams.

  • KPSC FDA exam pattern:

The KPSC FDA/SDA exam pattern differs from the other posts. The KPSC FDA exam pattern is shown below:

The exam comprises only three papers.

The main paper is a Compulsory Kannada Paper. It is descriptive and carries 150 marks.

The remaining two papers are General English/ General Kannada and General Knowledge. They are of objective types and carry 100 marks each.

The duration of each FDA/SDA paper is 90 minutes.

Candidates can choose an option between General English and General Kannada.

TheKPSC FDA and SDA exam patterns are the same.

  • For Group A, B, and C Exam:

KPSC Group A exam pattern:

The first stage is the same: two MCQ-type papers of 200 marks.

The second stage, or the Mains, comprises eight papers of descriptive type. Two of these are language tests for English and Kannada. The third and fourth papers are for General Studies.

KPSC Group B exam pattern:

Candidates have to clear a Kannada language exam.

A competitive exam of 400 marks follows this. This exam comprises two papers of 200 marks each and is of MCQ type.

After this, there is a document verification followed by a personal interview.

  • KPSC Group C exam pattern:

The exam consists of only two papers, the first being General Knowledge.

The second paper is a general paper consisting of four subjects.

A personal interview follows these two papers.

KPSC 2022 Syllabus

The syllabi of KPSC exams for various posts are as follows:

1. Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) Exam:

Prelims Paper I SyllabusPrelims Paper II Syllabus
National & international current affairsCurrent affairs related to Karnataka
History of Karnataka, India, and the WorldVarious schemes of the Karnataka state government
Geography of Karnataka, India, and the WorldKnowledge about general science and technology
Indian political system and economyEnvironment, climate change
 Mental Ability
  • The syllabus for KAS Mains Exam is as follows:
Paper 1: EnglishComprehension, vocabulary, precis, grammar communication, short essay writing
Paper 2: KannadaSame as above
Paper 3: Essay writingTwo essays (written either in Kannada or English)
Paper 4: General studies 1Modern history, cultural heritage, etc.
Paper 5: General studies 2Physical and natural resources, the Constitution of India, etc.
Paper 6: General studies 3Basics of the general sciences
Paper 7: General studies 4Aptitude, ethics, etc.
Paper 8: Optional subject 1·         Agriculture, marketing, sericulture, and agriculture cooperation·         Animal husbandry, fisheries, and veterinary sciences·         Anthropology·         Geography·         Geology·         History·         Law·         Political science and international relations·         Psychology·         Public Administration·         Sociology·         Management·         Mathematics·         Mechanical engineering·         Botany·         Chemistry·         Civil engineering·         Commerce and accountancy·         Economics·         Electrical engineering·         Physics·         Statistics·         Zoology·         Rural development and cooperation·         English, Hindi, Kannada, or Urdu.
Paper 9: Optional Subject 2Same as above

2. ACF Exam syllabus:

  • The syllabus is the same as the KAS exam for the prelims stage.
  • Syllabus for Mains
Paper 1English
Paper 2Kannada
Paper 3Forestry 1
Paper 4Forestry 2

Non-Forestry graduates have to choose an optional subject from:

Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Civil engineering, Botany, Zoology, Agriculture, Animal husbandry & Veterinary science.

The syllabus for the KPSC FDA/SDA exam is as follows:

Paper 1: Compulsory KannadaKannada grammar, spelling, vocabulary, short essay, etc.
Paper 2: General English/General KannadaEnglish/Kannada grammar, vocabulary, idioms and phrases, etc.
Paper 3: General KnowledgeSocial sciences, general sciences, current affairs, etc.
  • Syllabus for the KPSC Group A, B, and C Exam:

Group A Prelims Syllabus:

Prelims Paper I (150 marks)Prelims Paper II: Syllabus (300 marks)
General StudiesCommerce and management

Group A Mains Syllabus:

Paper 1Kannada
Paper 2English
Paper 3General Studies 1
Paper 4General Studies 2
Paper 5Financial Accounting
Paper 6Principles of management
Paper 7Corporate finance, taxation, etc.
Paper 8Auditing, eCommerce, etc.

Group B Syllabus:

Paper 1English, mental ability, general awareness
Paper 2Civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering

Group C Syllabus

Paper 1General knowledge
Paper 2General Kannada, English, Computer knowledge

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an optional subject in KPSC?

Yes, optional subject. There are two papers on this subject in the Mains stage of the KAS and ACF exams. The optional subjects might vary from exam to exam. However, it is better to choose the subject in which the candidate did graduation.

Is the KPSC exam tough?

KPSC exam is a 3-stage state-level exam. Because of the few available posts and many candidates, the exam is very competitive. However, diligent preparation can help candidates clear the exam.

What are the passing marks in the KPSC exam?

The cut-off marks for various posts for which the exam is conducted are different. The passing marks for the Kannada and English language tests are at least 35%.

How many papers are there in the KPSC exam pattern?

There are three main stages of the KPSC exam. The first stage is a qualifying stage called the Prelims. The second stage is the Mains which is descriptive and subject-based. The final stage is a personal interview. To find out more details about the most prestigious exams in the country, visit Chegg India. We also offer24/7 study support, tutoring help, and learning tools for all types of exams. If you are a subject expert, connect with Chegg and earn money and experience in teaching students from across the world.