Karnataka PSC Exam 2024: Latest News, Date, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

May 16, 2024

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The Karnataka Public Service Commission also known as KPSC recruitment board for the state of Karnataka. It was established five years after Indian Independence i.e., in the year 1951 on the 18th May 1951. A chairman heads KPSC along with a secretary, an examination controller, and a 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 Mr. Suralkar Vikas Kishor, and the controller of this examination is Ms. Nalini Atul.

There are about seven members of 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. This board recruits’ candidates by conducting various examinations and interviews for various services.

Latest updates from KPSC

  • The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC ) announced vacancies for various Group C posts, like Junior Engineer, Junior Health Inspector & many more.
  • KPSC KAS released a recruitment notification on 29th February 2024. The last date to apply is on 15th April 2024.

Latest Notification of KPSC KAS 2024

Notification for Group C (HK) Posts with degree qualifications in various departmentsDownload here
Notification for Group C (HK) Posts with Below degree qualifications in various departmentsDownload here
Notification for Group C (RPC) Posts with degree qualifications in various departmentsDownload here
Notification for Group C (RPC) Posts with Below degree qualifications in various departmentsDownload here

KPSC Group Exam Latest Update

The KPSC exam is a civil services exam conducted by the Karnataka government to recruit officials for the vacancies in Groups A, B (Gazetted Prohibitions)C, and D positions. KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) conducts exams for 500 posts every year for the vacancies of assistant engineers, assistant superintendents, and assistant directors in different departments like agriculture, health, home, revenue, etc. The KPSC exam is conducted twice a year in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interviews. The board has released some recent notifications. Aspirants can check the details of the same below:

KPSC Exam Overview of Group C Exam

OrganizationKarnataka Public Service Commission
Post NameLibrarian, Industrial Extension Officer, Junior Engineer
Exam DateTo be notified
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOffline
Recruitment ProcessPrelims, Mains, Interview
Education QualificationMust have a degree from a recognized University
Age Limit21 – 35 years
SalaryINR 14550 – INR 97100
Official websiteClick here

KPSC Exam Date 2024

The important events and their dates are announced by the Karnataka Public Service Commission on their website. Candidates should check the latest updates on a regular basis by visiting the KPSC official website for more official information.

Important eventsDate
KPSC Group C Notification 202429th April 2024
Registration Start29th April 2024
Registration Ends28th May 2024
Admit card To be notified
Exam DateTo be notified
KPSC ResultTo be notified
KPSC Score CardTo be updated

The notifications and news updates should be referred to carefully regularly for any changes or delays to events like admit card distribution, exam date changes, and important instructions such as carrying additional documents along with the admit card, keeping candidates well aware of any changes or postponement or preponement of events.

KPSC Vacancy

Here is a list of tentative vacancies for the KPSC 2024 exam. Candidates can check the Post, the Department of the Post, and the vacancies in that particular post here.

Group C PostsVacancies
Industrial Extension Officer63
Junior Engineer41
Water Suppliers4
Subsidiary Water Supplier5
Junior Health Inspector39
Assistant Librarian8

KPSC Eligibility Criteria

The KPSC exam is one of the top government exams in the state of Karnataka. Each candidate applying for the KPSC exam 2024 must fulfill all the criteria to take the examination. Hence, candidates must check the eligibility criteria for educational qualifications, nationality, and age limit.

Age Limit

Age limit plays a huge role in selecting candidates for any competitive examination. This age limit is similar across different job roles. However, the age limit differs according to social categories. The minimum age limit to appear for the KPSC exam is 21 years. Any candidate under 21 years old is not eligible to apply for the KPSC recruitment exam.

CategoryAge LimitRelaxation
General Category35 yearsNo relaxation
OBC38 years3 years
SC/ST40 years5 years
Physically Handicapped/ Widows45 years10 years
CAT-140 years5 years
2A38 years3 years
2B38 years3 years
3A38 years3 years
3B38 years3 years
Ex-serviceman MPNANumber of years in service

Candidates belonging to different categories can avail of the age relaxations. They need to generate category proof as and when asked.

Educational Qualification

Educational qualifications differ as per the posts. However, possessing a graduate degree is mandatory for every candidate from any recognized or deemed university. Following are the details of the eligibility criteria:

  • Any candidate pursuing their degree and they are in the final year can apply for the examination. But the same 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 main examination, they have to submit their documents along with the degree certificate.
  • Medical students who completed their final year but have not done 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.

Educational Qualification for Group C recruitment 2024

Name of PositionEducational Qualification
Industrial Extension OfficerDegree in Science, Commerce or Business Administration
LibrarianDegree in Library Science
Junior EngineerDiploma in Civil/ (Public Health Engineering)
Water SuppliersMust have passed SSLC or its equivalent examination
Subsidiary Water SupplierMust have passed SSLC or its equivalent examination
Junior Health InspectorMust have passed SSLC or its equivalent examination
Assistant LibrarianMust have passed SSLC or its equivalent examination

Aspirants should take note that the eligibility criteria for every post are similar but not the same. They should check the detailed criteria before applying for a particular post.


Among all these qualifications, nationality is another important aspect of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) examinations.

  • All the candidates who are willing to apply for KPSC must be citizens of India.
  • NRIs are also eligible for these KPSC exams only if they are fluent in the Kannada Language.
  • Candidates from different states can also apply for the KPSC exams recruitment. However, applicants must be proficient in the Kannada language i.e., they must read, write and speak the Kannada language.

KPSC Application

Every year KPSC recruits candidates for multiple posts. Candidates willing to appear for any of the examinations must keep checking the KPSC notifications. They must fill out the online exam application forms that will be available on the official website.

Application Fees

Candidates can apply for any position in the KPSC examination through online mode using the official website of KPSC. All candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the KPSC recruitment exam 2024. The application fee for the KPSC exam differs according to social categories as mentioned below:

CategoryKPSC Application Fees
Unreserved CategoryINR 600/-
SC/ ST/ OBCINR 300/-
Ex service menINR 50/-

Candidates can pay the application fee for the KPSC exam online using a Debit/Credit Card, Net-banking, UPI, or other online payment methods. Candidates should pay the fees on time to avoid rejection of the application.

How To Apply

The application process for KPSC recruitment 2024 started. Candidates must be aware of the correct application process so that they do not make any mistakes while filling out the form. Here are the steps mentioned that can be followed to apply for the exam.

  • Visit the official website of KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission).
  • Click on ‘Apply Online for Various Notifications’.
  • Now, click on the KPSC recruitment Notification as per your interest.
  • On the right-hand side, you will find a Login Page.
  • Click on ‘New User? Register Here.
  • You will receive an ID & password upon successful registration.
  • Login and fill out the application form providing your academic and personal details.
  • Upload the required scanned documents.
  • Pay the exam fee using a Debit card/ Credit card/ Net banking.
  • Review your application thoroughly before paying the fee.
  • Apply and save it as a PDF.

Applicants must also take a print of the KPSC Application form for future use. Candidates applying for this exam have a specified number of attempts to qualify for the KPSC exam. However, relaxations for the number of attempts differ as per their categories.

CategoryNumber of attempts
General Category5 Attempts
SC/ ST/ CAT-1No limit
OBC7 attempts

KPSC Admit Card

Admit card or hall ticket is an essential document that identifies the candidate appearing for the KPSC exam. Candidates appearing for the exam must carry along with them admit card and any one of the photo identities documents such as an Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter’s card, or Passport. Candidates without admit cards are not allowed to enter the exam center.

The hall ticket for KPSC Recruitment 2024 will be released a few days or a month before the examination. All applicants who will apply for the exam are required to visit the official KPSC website to download their Admit Card. Candidates appearing for the KPSC exam should verify the details printed on their admit card, once verified candidates can download their admit card by clicking on the download link and take a printout of admit card to be carried along with them at the exam center. Candidates can follow a few basic steps to download the admit card.

  • Candidates should go to KPSC official website.
  • Look for the section “Admit card for KPSC exam 2024”.
  • The candidate will need to enter login details such as registration number and date of birth.
  • A link to download Admit card will appear.
  • Candidates can click on download admit card and take a print to be carried along with their photo identity document.

As per KPSC exam authorities, admit card is a document compulsory to be carried along with at the exam center. Candidates should preserve admit cards safely till the entire selection process is completed. KPSC exam authorities will not be responsible for candidates losing their admit card.

Admit Card Details

Candidates should ensure that the information on their admit card is correct and has no errors or mistakes. The admit card for the KPSC exam contains the following information:

  • Name of a candidate
  • Registration Number
  • Candidate’s photograph, signature, and name of a guardian
  • Name, Date, and Time of Exam
  • Name of City and Centre the exam is being conducted
  • Candidate Gender and Category
  • Basic rules and instructions to follow during the exam
  • Enrolment number of the candidate
  • Section for invigilator’s signature

KPSC Exam Center

The list of exam centers will be soon released by the officials. Candidates must pick the exam centers correctly. Exam centers can be chosen based on the distance of the exam venue for the residing area.

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KPSC Exam Pattern 2024

KPSC exam pattern explains the complete flow of the exam. The selection process takes place in three stages:

  • KPSC Preliminary Exam
  • KPSC (Mains) Exam
  • Personality Test/Interview

The first stage of the examination is the preliminary exam. Candidates who pass the preliminary exam are eligible to take the mains exam. As per KPSC 2020 notifications, two optional papers were removed from a total of 9 (nine) papers hence there is a total of 7 (seven) papers in the Mains exam. The selection of candidates is based on the marks scored in the mains and personality tests.

KPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Paper I- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)General Studies40  2 hours
Paper-II- (100 MCQs of 2 marks each)General Studies40  2 hours
Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology30
General Mental Ability30


  • There are two papers in the preliminary exam.
  • Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are the main component of each of these papers.
  • The language of the exam is English.
  • The results of this examination are simply qualifying; they do not count towards merit.
  • Each of these papers lasts two hours.

Negative marking is a system for which each wrong answers 0.25 points are deducted.

KPSC Mains Exam Pattern

The Mains Examination is the second phase The candidates who qualify in the KPSC prelims exam become eligible to appear for the KPSC Mains exam.

  • Mains exam papers are of descriptive type.
  • There are a total of 7 (seven) papers in the KPSC mains exam.
  • When determining final marks, the Mains scores are taken into consideration for merit.
  • Each paper will last for three hours.
  • The language of the question paper will be English and Kannada.
  • The written test consists of descriptive type question papers, with only one of those papers serving as the qualifying structure.
  • There is no negative marking.
  • The standard of Kannada and English language papers is SSLC level first language Kannada and first language English. The total marks for the rest of the 5 papers are 1250. 2 papers qualifying papers of Kannada/English language is of 150 marks each and 5 (five) papers each of 250 marks.

After passing the Mains exam with the required certification mark, candidates are invited to the personal interview.

KPSC Interview

The personal interview is the final stage of the KPSC’s hiring procedure. Candidates who pass both the preliminary and the main examinations show up for the interview.

  • In essence, the purpose of the interview is to assess the applicants’ level of cognitive ability. The purpose of it is to evaluate the potential applicants’ social and academic abilities.
  • The majority of the interview’s questions revolve around current affairs or big-picture issues that are relevant to the nation or the world. The goal is to evaluate the applicants’ awareness of and interest in the nation’s present situation as well as their alertness and capacity for critical thought.
  • Applicants with insufficient marks or not passing the cut-off criterion established by the commission in the first two rounds are rejected from the interview process.

The candidates appearing for the KPSC 2024 exam should be aware of the KPSC exam pattern in order to prepare well and qualify for the exam with high ranks.

Exam pattern

Paper SubjectTotal marks Duration (minutes)
Paper 1General Knowlege (GK)10090
Paper 2 General kannada
General English
Computer awareness

KPSC Syllabus

The Karnataka Public Service Commission releases the KPSC syllabus as per the exam conducted by the department. KPSC conducts service examinations twice every year in three stages for recruiting aspirants for posts including First Division Assistant, Junior Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Assistant Director, and other administrative posts across government offices in the state of Karnataka.

It is essential to prepare for all the subjects and topics covered in the syllabus from various recommended resources and answer all the questions correctly within the specified duration.

KPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024

Paper IPaper II
Current Affairs of National and International importanceCurrent affairs and events related to the state of Karnataka
Indian History – Indian national movement and History of KarnatakaImportant schemes related to the Karnataka state government
Geography of Karnataka, Indian and World geographyBroad understanding of topics from general science and technology
Polity and Indian Economy – Political system of India and economic reformsEcology and environment – climate change, Biodiversity, Ecology and Health
 General mental ability for basic numeracy, data interpretation, charts, tables, graphs, comprehension, and logical reasoning.

KPSC Mains Syllabus 2024

Paper 1 – Kannada LanguageBasics of Kannada Language
Paper 2 – English LanguageComprehension Precise Usage Vocabulary Short Essay Communication
Paper 3 – EssayEssay 1 – Topic of National/International Issues Essay 2 – Topic of State/Local Issues
Paper 4 – General Studies IHistory and Cultural Heritage of India & Karnataka Modern history of India Vijaynagar Empire Modern Mysore Karnataka freedom movement Political and social perspectives Post-independence Karnataka Social change & modernization Political system & government Socio-economic system Rural social system and development Planning, Indian economy, rural development Data collection, analysis & interpretation Indian economy, development patterns, decentralization Planning and goals, rural development initiatives
Paper 5 – General Studies IIPhysical features and natural resources Lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere Continental physiography & demographic distribution Indian physiography, industrial planning & development Physiographic divisions of Karnataka Urban land-use policy and urbanization of Karnataka Overview & nature of Indian constitution Fundamental rights, distribution of legislative powers Welfare machinery in India Union and state services Public administrative management, Organizational structure, behaviour & concepts of management Informal and formal organization Administrative reforms, management techniques and tools UN and specialized agencies
Paper 6 – General Studies IIIRole and impact of science & technology in Indian development, Use and spread of Information Technology in public domain Basics of Science, Technology, Space Tech, and Energy Resources Disasters, Pollution, and Pests Knowledge society, related perception, rural upliftment with science and technology Advancement and modern trends in Natural Sciences, Life sciences, and agricultural sciences Horticulture, Sericulture, initiative of biotechnology Animal Husbandry (dairy, fishery, and veterinary sciences) Development policies, hygiene & health challenges and issues to maintain environment & ecology Environment Conservation, National resources, biodiversity & ecosystem Solid Waste management, Importance of state community civil society interface. Role of information Technology for environment and human health.
Paper 7 – General Studies IVEthics, Determinants, Essence, and Consequences Ethics in public administration Accountability and ethical governance RTI and Concept of public service Human values, Integrity, and Aptitude Impartiality, Integrity, objectivity, and non-partisanship Aptitude and foundational values for civil services Emotional intelligence and contribution of social thinkers Case studies of the above issues  

You can also check the KPSC Previous Year Question Paper.

KPSC Result and Cutoffs

The results of the KPSC preliminary, mains, and interview tests conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission are declared on the KPSC official website. Candidates can enter their registration number and access their results for the exam they appeared for. The successfully passing candidate will receive the certificate under the signature of the Secretary and Controller of the Departmental Examination.

KPSC Results 2024

The Karnataka Public Service Commission declares the results of the exam within 30 days from the date of the examination. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can check their results by visiting KPSC’s official website and entering their registration number. The names of qualified candidates will be published in the Karnataka Gazette.

There will be no separate mark sheet apart from the result declared on the official website. The candidates who appeared for KPSC preliminary, mains or interview tests can check their result by visiting KPSC official website, by taking following steps.

  • Candidates should go to the KPSC official website.
  • Click on the Results menu on the webpage.
  • The results page will list recently declared results of examinations conducted.
  • Click on the link of the exam candidate who has appeared and wants to see the results.
  • Candidates should enter their application number and date of birth to view their results.
  • Candidate can download their result by clicking on the download result link and preserving it for future reference.

KPSC Cutoffs 2024

Cutoff marks are the minimum marks required for candidates to score to qualify for a respective exam. The cutoff marks are decided based on the total number of candidates appearing for the exam and the individual test results scored over the past few years. The cutoff marks are the basis of a qualified candidate’s eligibility to appear in the next round of exams. KPSC declares cutoff marks on their official website every year for each exam. Candidates scoring more than the cutoff marks qualify to appear in the next stage of the KPSC exam.

The cutoff marks depend on various factors and vary from subject to subject, position applied for, and candidate’s category. It also depends on the total number of vacancies available for the year 2024, the total number of candidates appearing in the exam and the level of difficulty of the exam.

As mentioned, the cutoff marks vary as per the category as mentioned in the tabular format listed below.

KPSC Expected Cut off 2023
CategoryKPSC Cut off marks
General185 – 195
3A / 3B175 – 185
2A / Category 1170 – 180
SC / ST160 – 170
2B170 – 180

Steps to check cut-off marks of any KPSC exam – preliminary, mains, interview test are pointed below:

  • Candidates should go to the KPSC official website.
  • Click on the cut-off marks section.
  • Select the KPSC exam candidate that has appeared if available in the cut-off section.
  • A link to download cutoff marks will appear as PDF.
  • This pdf file can be saved to check cutoff marks for future reference.

KPSC Salary 2024

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) releases the notifications regarding vacancies, syllabus, exam dates, application dates, along with salaries for every post. The salary structure depends upon the type of post the candidate is applying for. The salary structure of the KPSC employees increases as per yearly increments. The salary structure of different posts are tabulated here.

KPSC PostSalary
Industrial Extension OfficerRs 33,450 to Rs 62,600
LibrarianRs 37,900 to Rs 70,850
Junior EngineerRs 33,450 to Rs 62,600
Water SuppliersRs 27,650 to Rs 52,650
Subsidiary Water SupplierRs 21,400 to Rs 42,000
Junior Health InspectorRs 23,500 to Rs 47,650
Assistant LibrarianRs 30,350 to Rs 58,250

Along with the monthly salary KPSC officers are also entitled to get additional perks for KPSC Posts – Retirement Holidays, Paid Holidays, Health Insurance, Maternity & Paternity Leaves, Professional Development, and many more.

KPSC Preparation Tips

Aspirants preparing for the KPSC exam should have a plan of how to prepare for the exam, what reference materials should be referred from the recommended resources, the syllabus and, the topics covered. Here are a few tips for candidates to prepare and qualify for the exam to be recruited by government offices.

  • Candidates appearing for the KPSC exam should keep themselves updated with the latest notifications published regularly over the official website
  • Candidates should prepare from senior secondary school textbooks from Karnataka state 11th and 12th standard textbooks.
  • The preparation must be done regularly with studying from 6 to 8 hours every day. Candidate should prepare from mock tests, quizzes, online and offline questions that would be asked in KPSC prelims, mains exams and interview tests.
  • Candidates should prepare from previous year’s exam papers to understand the pattern and topics covered in the papers. The recommended books by KPSC exam authorities should be properly studied and the content should be revised thoroughly for the preparation for KPSC exam syllabus.
  • Listen and read news, newspapers and online reviews, and articles on current affairs topics on the national and international front. All the subjects and topics covered in the syllabus should be thoroughly prepared.
  • Revise all the topics and subjects from the KPSC syllabus guide on a regular basis. Understand the topic and its importance so that you remember and can explain it during the exam.
  • Make notes about important topics and what subjects have been covered during the day when preparing for the exam.

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When is the next KPSC exam?

The upcoming KPSC preliminary exam has been scheduled in May 2024 (tentative). The preliminary exam will have 2 papers of objective type multiple choice questions asked, with each paper having 100 questions with a total of 200 marks each.

Where can I find the pdf for the KPSC syllabus in Kannada?

The complete KPSC exam syllabus for preliminary and mains exams in Kannada is available on KPSC’s official website under the KPSC syllabus section. The mode of instruction can be changed to either Kannada or English for the website as per your level of comfort. Click here to read the entire syllabus for KPSC

Can we write the KPSC exam after the 12th standard?

No, the KPSC exam can’t be given straight after completing the 12th. Every candidate appearing for the KPSC exam must have completed at least 3 years of graduation from a recognized university or College. Also, the minimum age limit to appear for KPSC is 21 years.

Is there an interview in KPSC?

After successfully clearing the KPSC Preliminary and Mains examination, the candidate must appear for an interview/viva.
· The jury will consist of KPSC members and subject experts.
· Candidates shall be selected on the basis of average marks provided by the panelists.
· The interview will be conducted in a 1:3 ratio. (3 candidates to be interviewed for 1 job post)
· Candidates will be interviewed for 25 to 30 minutes.

Is the KPSC exam tough?

The KPSC exam bears a moderate level of difficulty. Hence, it is important for KPSC aspirants to prepare well for the examination in advance. Candidates must prepare according to the examination pattern mentioned by KPSC and thoroughly study the syllabus for KPSC Prelims and Mains. One must also prepare well for the interview/viva round.

What is KPSC exam?

The Karnataka Public Service Commission also known as KPSC is a recruitment board for the state of Karnataka. KPSC exam is a civil services exam conducted by the Karnataka government to recruit officials for the vacancies in Groups A, B (Gazetted Prohibitions) C, and D positions. KPSC (Karnataka Public Service Commission) conducts exams for around 500 posts every year for the vacancies of assistant engineers, assistant superintendents and assistant directors in different departments like agriculture, health, home, revenue, etc.

What if the candidate misplaced the admit card?

Candidates can go to KPSC’s official website and download their admit card by entering their registration number and date of birth. KPSC will announce the notification for the activation date for the download link for the admit card. The KPSC preliminary exam admit card for the year 2024 will be available for download in August 2024. Candidates should download the admit card within the given time frame.