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KPSC Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

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KPSC Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
September 13, 2021
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KPSC Exam

Safety and security are two of the fundamentals of life. Every human being wishes to have a good peaceful life without any disturbances. But the everyday situations are never the same and they always fluctuating. In addition, the present pandemic had made everyone’s life more difficult. Because of this pandemic, most of us have lost our jobs and few having no living facility.

To cope up with all these difficulties, our only choice of living is to certainly earn continuously no matter the consequences. Therefore, the best solution to end this atrocious lifestyle is to have a stable income. And this stable income is only possible with a job that is permanent with various benefits. We all aspire to get such a job to lead a happy life. But then, getting a government job isn’t that easy. It requires a lot of dedication and long-term hard work. Therefore, in India, all such public jobs are conducted by a separate organized body. And this body is called the Public Service Commission (PSC). That is to say, this commission plans and conducts recruitments to select the finest candidates for a particular job.

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About PSC

Public Service Commission is a recruitment board set up in 1923 by the Indian Government. According to the Constitution of India, the Public Service Commission was established for each state under the Article 315 and 323 in Part XIV for Union of India. Though it was considered a one commission body for the whole country that selects civil servants. But it was later divided as per the different provinces of British-India in 1929. Soon after the Independence from British rule, a committee was formed, and then it was divided as per state. To have more transparent and legible recruitment, the responsibility was passed on to each state by the commission. Consequently, the Karnataka Public Service Commission was formed.

About KPSC

The Karnataka Public Service Commission also widely known as KPSC, is a recruitment board for Karnataka state. It was established five years after Indian Independence i.e., In the year 1951 on the 18th of May. The KPSC is headed by a Chairman along with a secretary, examination controller, and few other members. This commission consists of about 16 chairmen and 64 members. The present chairman of this commission is Mr. Shivashankarappa S Sahukar. The Secretary is Ms. Sathyavati, and the controller of this examination is Ms. G.R.J. Divya Prabhu.

In addition to that, there are about seven members in the commission who are solely responsible for the recruitment process. The headquarters is located in UDYOG Souda, Ambedkar Veedhi in the capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru. It is one of the sister committees to Union Public Service (UPSC). Though UPSC helps in recruiting candidates for civil services from all over the country, KPSC is specified to the Karnataka State. This board recruits candidates by conducting various examinations and interviews for various services.

 

KPSC Exam Notification 

 Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) recruitment for civil service jobs is conducted once a year. Certainly, these competitive exams are held throughout the year for various posts that come under public services. Therefore, each of these posts has various vacancies which will be announced along with the other details.

Most importantly, these KPSC posts are confined to only Karnataka. So, an annual planner is released every year where all the details regarding the exams of each are mentioned accurately. Because of the present Covid situation, few of these exams were postponed. But from where do we receive all the details related to these exams? There is nothing to worry about. All the details are released on the official website of the commission, i.e., www.kpsc.kar.nic.in. Even the annual planner is available on the official website.

The candidates can easily look into these notifications by visiting the website. Most of these articles are produced in the native language i.e., Kannada. So, there is no need to worry if there is anyone who is not fluent in the English language. The commission immediately releases a notification when there is anything that the candidates need to know. All the candidates must be updated with all the news regarding the exams. All the new notifications will be displayed on the home screen. Therefore, here are few notifications,

  1. Written Exam for the post of Fire Station Officer, fixed on 29/08/2021 is canceled due to weekend curfew & the next written examination date will be intimated in due course.
  2. Application for recruitment of Anganwadi worker/ helper is now open for Udupi district.
  3. Assistant/first division assistant of the post to second corrigendum notification 2019-20.
  4. Corrigendum notification regarding Assistant Environmental Officer in Karnataka State Pollution Control board.

 

Exam Date

The exam dates of every examination conducted by KPSC are released through the notification on the official website page www.kpsc.kar.nic.in. The dates might sometimes change because of unfavourable conditions. But certainly, the date for application releases few months before the exam. So, the candidates can easily make their preparation plan accordingly. The tentative dates are mentioned in the annual planner which is released at the beginning of the year. The following table is related to the dates of few posts of KPSC.

Sl. No. Exam Name Exam Date
1. Group C (Non Technical) Advt No. 01/2020 04 & 05/12/2021
2. Forest Guard (Physical Test) 27/09 to 01/10/2021
3. Group A, B & C (Technical) – Advt No. 01/2020 26 to 30/10/2021
4. Civil Judge (Advt no. HCRB/CJR 01/2021) 30/09/2021 & 01/10/2021
5. Junior Assistant /SDA (RPC &HK) 18 & 19/09/2021
6. Fire Station Officer (Cancelled) 29/08/2021

 

Application Fee

All the aspirants who wish to apply for any of these KPSC examinations held by KPSC, consequently they should apply only through online mode. Everyone needs to notice that there is no offline application process for the KPSC examination. And also, whoever is willing to apply for this exam, they should make sure that to whichever post they are applying for, they should go through the eligibility rules to make sure that they are eligible for that particular post.

Though the application form is filled online, the candidates can also pay the application fee offline. In case, if the applicant is making the payment through online mode, they should make sure that the payment should be done via net banking or any other online payment method like debit/credit card. Similarly, if there is anyone who wishes to pay their application fee offline, they have to download the payment challan from the official website. After that, they should fill in all the details and submit the challan at any recognized SBI bank branch. Once the payment is done, obtain the fee receipt and enter the receipt number in the online application form.

The payment of the fee differs for all the candidates. Therefore, it is paid based on the category.

  • Firstly, all those who belong to the general category should pay an amount of Rs.600/-.
  • Secondly, all those who belong to 2(A), 2(B), 3(A), 3(B) categories should pay Rs.300/-
  • Whereas all those who have ex-army personnel in their family has to pay Rs.50/-.

Most Importantly, along with this application fee, the candidates should also pay for the exam. This exam fee is different for every post.

 

Eligibility Criteria

All the aspirants who wish to write the KPSC examination should have certain qualifications. Because only those who qualify for all the given conditions are eligible to write the exam. Since Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) holds various types of exams that have vast differences between each exam, all of them have a different set of rules. Also, these eligibility conditions differ from post to post even within a recruitment type. So, all those who are applying for any post should look into the conditions.

These eligibility criteria are mainly classified into three qualifications. And they are education qualification, nationality, and age limit. And also, based on these criteria, the applicants who are eligible for all the conditions can immediately apply for their favourable examination.

Education qualification

Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) laid certain rules for the candidates to follow to apply for the examinations. And one such important criterion is the educational qualification. Though there are few differences in the educational qualifications, all most every candidate should have a compulsory bachelor’s degree from any recognized or deemed university as their minimum qualification.

For instance, if any candidate is pursuing their degree and is in their final year, they too can apply for the examination. But this is applicable only for the preliminary exams which is the stage 1 exam. Once the candidate is selected for the second stage, i.e., for the mains examination, they have to submit their documents along with the degree certificate.

Whereas a medical student who is interested in applying for the KPSC examination has little changes in their educational qualifications. For medical students who completed their final year but not their internship are eligible to apply. Such students can produce their final year passing certificate during the mains examination and write the exam. But during the final interview process, all the candidates should submit every document mentioned in the notification of a particular post along with their internship certificate.

Even the medical students who are applying for these recruitments should also be from a recognized or deemed university. If not, such candidates will be removed from the application process.

In addition, all those candidates who are aspiring to apply for these exams should have to know how to read and write the Kannada language.

Nationality

Among all these qualifications, nationality is also a criterion for the candidates to look into very seriously. Nationality is another important aspect of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) examinations. Therefore, all the candidates who are willing to apply for KPSC should be a citizen of India. The NRI’s are also eligible for these exams only if they are good at the Kannada Language. And also, if there is any candidate from a very different state yet still interested in apply for these exams, they have all the rights to apply for the exam. But on one condition, which is that the applicants should be able to read and write the Kannada language.

Age limit

Age limit also plays a huge role in selecting the candidates for any competitive examinations held all across the country. This age limit can be different for not only each post but also for the same post but based on social category. But for all the candidates who are applying for these exams should have a minimum age limit of 21 years.

Sl. No. Category Age Limit
1. General Category 35
2. OBC 38
3. SC/ST/CAT-1 40
4. Physically Handicapped/ Widows 45

Therefore, the relaxation age for the candidates belonging to OBC is 3 years, SC/ST/CAT-1 is 5 years, and for Physically Handicapped/Widow candidates is 10 years.

Number of Attempts

Just like the age limit and few other criteria, few other things need to be followed. All the Candidates who are applying for this exam have a specified number for the candidates who are willing to apply more than once. But just like the age limit, this is has been divided mostly in various aspects as well. So, the following table gives information about these sounds.

Category Number of attempts
General Category 5 Attempts
SC/ST/CAT-1 No limit
OBC 7 attempts.

 

Vacancies

The Karnataka Public Service Commission board always releases various posts for the candidates to apply. For this, the candidates can visit the official website of KPSC; www.kpsc.kar.nic.in. The whole information regarding the exams and vacancies of these exams are consequently released in a notification. Since there are various posts and each post has so many vacancies, all the information related to a certain post is announced in the notification along with the exam dates and conditions applied.

For the year 2021, the commission has announced about 4000+ posts in total, therefore, combining all the posts of the Karnataka Public Commission. The below table consists of few posts along with their vacancies.

Name of the Post Number of Vacancies
Group A 352
Group B 721
Group C 3027
First Division Assistant (FDA) 798
Second Division Assistant (SDA) 908
Stenographers 398
Typists 441
Karnataka State Audit and Accounting Department 148
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike 121

 

Salary

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) along with the other details like vacancies, exam-related information like syllabus, exam dates, application dates, and other things, also releases the salary for every post. These salaries mostly depend on the type of post that the candidate is applying for. And also, higher the post is, the better the salary the candidates will receive. Once the candidate gets recruited, they can write more exams to improve their salary once a year. In addition, to check these salary-related details, the candidates can visit the official website of KPSC; www.kpsc.kar.in. Therefore, here are few salaries along with the name of the post. 

Name of the Post Salary
First Division Assistant Rs.14550/- to Rs.26700/-
Second Division Assistant Rs.21400/- to Rs.42000/-
Junior Training Officer Rs.17650/- to Rs.32000/-
Junior Assistant Rs.16000/- to Rs.29600/-
Panchayat Development Officer Rs.20000/- to Rs.36300/-
Gram Panchayat Secretary Grade I Rs.14550/- to Rs.26700/-

 

Syllabus

The syllabus of KPSC is usually released on the official website www.kpsc.kar.nic.in. And also, cracking KPSC is not as easy as we apply for the application form. Since there are 4100 vacancies, there are thousands of candidates appearing for this exam yearly. So, all the aspirants should work hard to get recruited into these limited posts. To do that, firstly, the candidates should know what to study and the important topics that are important for the exams. So, the commission always updates the syllabus on the official website for the candidates. So, the candidates can easily download these pdfs from the website and prepare accordingly. Though the main overview topics might look similar, there are different topics for the candidates and these variations are for every post.

Therefore, these exams broadly consist of three different parts.

  1. Aptitude test
  2. Competitive Exam

In this competitive exam, there are various subtopics that the candidates need to pay attention to excel in the exam.

Preliminary Exam Mains Exam
Current Affairs Kannada and English
Indian History Cultural Heritage and History of India and Karnataka
Indian and World Geography along with the geography of Karnataka state Indian Economy- Data collection, analysis and Interpretation
Polity and Indian Economy- Political System of India and Economic Reforms Political and Social Perspective and Planning
Important Schemes of Karnataka State Government Indian and International Economic relations
Ecology and Environment Rural Development
General Mental ability Socio-economic system

 

Exam Pattern

The KPSC board conducts three consecutive examinations for the candidates to recruit them for a particular applied post. Therefore, the candidates should qualify for all three phases to get their job. And these three phases are preliminary, mains exam, and interview.

The first stage is the preliminary examination which is divided into two papers. Consequently, each paper carries 200 marks with 100 questions with 2 hours of duration. And also, all these questions are multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Each question carries 2 marks. In other words, each correct answer gets 2 marks, there is a negative marking of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer. Also, the marks obtained in this exam are not considered in the final merit marks. This exam is only to filter out non-eligible candidates.

The second phase is the mains exam. And also, this examination is written or descriptive in format. This mains exam has 9 papers in total. 2 out of them are qualifying papers, 4 are general papers, and 2 are optional papers. Therefore, the total marks for this examination are 1750. And each paper is given 3 hours of duration. Here the examination is conducted in English but then the Kannada language is also tested in this process. The general papers and optional papers are considered for the final merit. All those who get qualified are selected for the final round.

The final round is the interview round. There is a huge panel of experts who conduct this examination. Therefore, the candidates should be confident and answer all the questions properly to get selected in this round.

 

Admit Card

The admit card for KPSC is released few days or a month before the final examination. All the applicants who applied for this exam should visit the official website of KPSC www.kpsc.kar.nic.in to download their admit card. And also, there are few steps to follow to get their admit card. The candidates should be aware of the notifications. So, they should keep checking their mail and the official website for the release of admit cards. Therefore, the candidates should give their appropriate mail id and mobile number during the application process. Only then, they will receive all the updates related to the exam.

 

Result

The commission board of KPSC consequently releases the results after few weeks or a month after the exam is conducted. And also, the candidates can take their question paper along with them as the answer key is released within a week of the exam is conducted. So, the candidates can check their scores before the results are announced. Therefore, the announcement of these results is done through a notification which is released on the official website; www.kpsc.kar.nic.in. These results are mostly announced by the registrar general and secretary. To check the results the candidates, require their registration id along with the password that was set during the application process. The filtration is done via cut-off marks. Those who score more than cut-off marks, consequently they are qualified for the next phase. The selected applicants’ list is also released via a notification.

 

How to Apply?

The application process of KPSC can be done either online or offline. So, a notification regarding the announcement of application forms is released on the official website; www.kpsc.kar.nic.in. And also, this notification contains information regarding the dates related to the application form. Based on these dates, the candidates can certainly apply for the exam of their interest. For those candidates who wish to apply offline, they have to further follow few steps to get it done.

Offline Application

  1. Firstly, the candidates should visit the official website of KPSC. www.kpsc.kar.nic.in.
  2. Secondly, the candidates should click on “latest announcements” which is available on the home page.
  3. Thirdly, look for the notification of the job of your interest.
  4. After that, go through the entire notification and read all the information mentioned in the notification.
  5. Once you are qualified for all the conditions mentioned on the notification, the candidates can download the form and fill in all the necessary details.
  6. Therefore, attach all the required documents that are mentioned on the form along with the payment copy and post it to the given address.
  7. Most importantly, send the documents before the end date.

Online Application

Those candidates who wish to apply online also have a process to follow. And following steps are instructions for the online process.

  1. Firstly, the candidates should visit the official website of KPSC. www.kpsc.kar.nic.in.
  2. Then, they should go to the home page and select the icon ‘what’s new’ section or ‘to the notice of the applicant’ section.
  3. Secondly, search for the notification and read through it.
  4. Once all the criteria are applicable, then click on “apply online” on the page.
  5. Thirdly, you’ll be led to a new tab where you’ll find an application form. And also, fill in all the details accurately.
  6. After that, upload all the necessary documents like a signature, passport size photograph, and other mentioned documents.
  7. Later on, complete the payment details through net banking/ debit/credit card or wallets.
  8. Finally, make sure to print out all the transaction details for future references and keep them safe.

 

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FAQs

Q. How many stages does the KPSC examination conduct?

Answer: The KPSC examination consists of three phases- Preliminary exam, mains exam, and interview round.

Q. Are prelim marks included for the final merit score?

Answer: No, the preliminary exams are only to filter out the candidates. So, these marks are not included in the final merit score.

Q. What are the basic education qualifications to appear for the KPSC examination?

Answer: Firstly, all the aspirants who are wishing to apply for the KPSC examination should have a minimum bachelor’s degree from a recognized or deemed university.

Q. Is there any negative marking in the KPSC examination?

Answer: The answer is yes. The KPSC preliminary exam, which is objective type does have negative marking. Therefore, for every incorrect answer, the candidate loses 0.25 marks.

Q. How many papers does the mains exam contain?

Answer: The mains exam consists of a total of 9 papers. Consequently, out of all these 9 papers, 2 are qualifying papers, 4 are general studies, and 2 are optional papers.

Q. What is the application fee for the KPSC exam?

Answer: The application fee for the KPSC examination is different for each category.

  • The general category -Rs.600/-
  • For 2(A), 2(B), 3(A), and 3(B) -Rs.300/-
  • Ex-military member -Rs.50/-
  • For PWD, they are exempt from paying.
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