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. KPSC is also known as the 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 as mentioned below:
|Full Form of KPSC||Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) Exam|
|Level of Exam||State|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fees||Rs 100|
|Selection Criteria||Written Test & Interview|
|Exam Duration||Prelims- 2 hrs & Mains – 3 hrs|
|Language||English and Kannada|
|KPSC Official Website||http://www.kpsc.kar.nic.in/|
KPSC refers to Karnataka Public Service Commission. The commission releases notifications for many jobs posts every year as mentioned below:
KPSC has recently released a notification dated 26 July 2022 regarding the recruitment of Assistant Statistical Officer in the department of the Directorate of Economics and Statistics. Similarly, another two KPSC exam Recruitment notifications have been released for the post of Assistant Electrical Inspector in Chief Electrical Inspectorate in HK and RPC.
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|Ad No||Post Name||Start Date||End Date|
|PSC-1-RTB-2/2022/RPC||Assistant Electrical Inspector in Chief Electrical Inspectorate (RPC)||25-Jul-22||23-Aug-22|
|PSC-1-RTB-2/2022/HK||Assistant Electrical Inspector in Chief Electrical Inspectorate (HK)||25-Jul-22||23-Aug-22|
The exam dates of every examination conducted by KPSC are released through the notification on the official website of KPSC. As per recent KPSC recruitment notifications, KPSC FDA & KPSC SDA exams are expected to be held shortly.
|KPSC Recruitment Post||No of Vacancies|
|Departmental Exam 2020 II Session||Various Posts|
|Group ‘A’ ACF Main Exam||24|
|Gazetted Probationers 2017-18||Various Posts|
|Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF)||16|
|AYUSH Dept Jobs||275|
|PWD Asst Engineer||990|
|Group A & Group B||251|
|FDA / SDA||820|
|AE & JE||925|
|Professor & Assistant Professor||1552|
*The above posts were released by KPSC in recent years. All candidates appearing for the above-given examinations are advised to keep checking the KPSC exam dates. All the above-mentioned exam dates will be added once they are released by KPSC.
|Exam Name||Exam Date|
|Group C (Non-Technical) Adv.No. 01/2020||04 Dec to 5 Dec 2021|
|Forest Guard (Physical Test)||27 Sep to 1 Oct 2021|
|Group A, B & C (Technical) – Adv. No. 01/2020||26 Oct to 30 Oct 2021|
|Civil Judge (Adv. no. HCRB/CJR 01/2021)||30 Sep to 1 Oct 2021|
|Junior Assistant /SDA (RPC &HK)||18 Sep to 19 Sep 2021|
|Fire Station Officer (Cancelled)||29 Aug 2021|
For more specific details regarding the exam dates do refer to KPSC Exam Dates.
KPSC exam is one of the top government exams in the state of Karnataka. Each candidate applying for the KPSC exam 2022 must be eligible to give the Prelims and Mains examination. Hence, candidates must check the eligibility criteria with respect to educational qualifications, nationality, and age limit.
Age limit also plays a huge role in selecting the candidates for any competitive examination. This age limit is similar across different job roles however, the age limit differs according to social categories. Also, the minimum age limit to appear for the KPSC exam is 21 years. Any candidate under 21 years is not eligible to apply for the KPSC recruitment exam.
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.
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 the social categories.
|Category||Number of attempts|
|General Category||5 Attempts|
Candidates must apply for any of the KPSC examinations through online mode using the official website of KPSC. All candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the KPSC recruitment exam 2022. The application fee for the KPSC exam differs according to social categories as mentioned below:
|Category||KPSC Application Fees|
|Unreserved Category||INR 500/-|
|SC/ ST/ OBC||INR 250/-|
*Candidates can pay the application fee for the KPSC exam using a Debit/Credit Card or Net-banking.
*Applicants must also take a print of the KPSC Application form for future use.
The hall ticket for KPSC recruitment 2022 is released a few days or a month before the final examination. All applicants who applied for this exam are required to visit the official KPSC website to download their Admit Card.
KPSC consequently releases the results after a few months of the exam. Candidates can also check their performance prior to the declaration of the result using the answer key released within a week of the KPSC exam. So, the candidates can check their scores before the results are announced. The announcement of these results is done through notifications which are released on the official website. Furthermore, KPSC results for different stages will be released separately in the form of KPSC notifications. The final merit list of the exam will be declared after the KPSC interview round.
The KPSC cut-off is expected to change from last year and it may depend on a few factors mentioned below:
|Category||Expected Cut-off Marks|
The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) releases 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 to. Moreover, the salary structure increases as per yearly increments.
|First Division Assistant||Rs 14,550 to Rs 26,700|
|Second Division Assistant||Rs 21,400 to Rs 4,200|
|Tahsildar||Rs 35,000 to Rs 65,000|
|Group A Officer||Rs 67,000|
|Group B Officer||Rs 55,000|
|Junior Training Officer||Rs 17,650 to Rs 32,000|
|Headmaster And Teacher||Rs 33,450 to Rs 62,000|
KPSC releases the syllabus for the examinations on its official website. Candidates must prepare the KPSC Syllabus well to clear the prelims as well as mains exams. Therefore, these exams broadly consist of three different parts.
Aptitude test – KPSC Prelims Competitive Exam – KPSC Mains
|KPSC Prelims Paper I Syllabus||KPSC Prelims Paper II Syllabus|
|Current Affairs: National & International||Current affairs & current events of Karnataka|
|Indian History: History of Karnataka & India||Schemes of Karnataka State Government|
|Indian, Karnataka & World Geography||Topics from General Science & Technology|
|Polity & Indian Economy: Political System & Economic Reforms||Ecology & Environment: Biodiversity, Climate Change etc|
|–||General Mental Ability: Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning etc|
|General Studies 1||Cultural Heritage, Decentralization of Power, Modern History etc|
|General Studies 2||Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Distribution of Powers etc|
|General Studies 3||Basics of Science & Tech, Biotechnology, Animal Husbandry etc|
|General Studies 4||Public Administration, Accountability, Ethical Governance, RTI etc|
|Public Administration||Science And Fisheries|
|Animal Husbandry Veterinary||Agriculture|
KPSC conducts three consecutive examinations for the candidates to recruit them for a particular applied post. Therefore, the candidates should qualify for all three phases preliminary, mains exam, and interview/viva.
|KPSC Prelims Exam Types||Topics||Marks|
|Paper-I (100 MCQs: 2 marks each)||General Studies (National & International)||40|
|Humanities (Indian Constitution, History, Geography of India & Karnataka, Economy)||60||–|
|Paper-II (100 MCQs: 2 marks each)||General Studies (State)||40|
|Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology||30||–|
|General Mental Ability (Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Problem Solving, Data Interpretation)- 10th Standard level||30||–|
|Merit Exams for KPSC Mains|
|General Studies 1|
|General Studies 2|
|General Studies 3|
|General Studies 4|
|Optional Paper 1|
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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.
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Ans. The Karnataka Public Service Commission also known as KPSC is a recruitment board for the state of Karnataka. It was established five years after Indian Independence i.e., in the year 1951 on the 18th of May. KPSC is headed by a chairman along with a secretary, 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 Sahukarwhile 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 also one of the sister committees of 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.
|Chairman||Sri. Shivashankarappa S. Sahukar|
|Members||Dr. Chandrakant D.Shivakeri|
|Dr. H Ravikumar|
|Dr. Ronald Anil Fernandes|
|Sri. Vijaya Kumar D. Kuchanure|
|Dr. Shantha Hosamani|
|Secretary||Sri Suralkar Vikas Kishor, I.A.S.,|
|Controller of Examinations||Sri. Nalini Atul. I.A.S.,|
Ans. The KPSC exam has a difficulty level equivalent to the UPSC examinations. 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. Furthermore, one must also prepare well for the interview/viva round as well.
Ans. After successfully clearing the KPSC Preliminary and Mains examination, the candidate must appear for an interview/viva.
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Ans. No, the KPSC exam can’t be given straight after completing 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.
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