Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus 2018

Kerala Administrative Service

Kerala Administrative Services (KAS) examination is conducted by Kerala Public Service Commision (KPSC). Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) is the Civil Service Examination of Kerala. Candidates are selected to this post via KAS examination. KAS came in to force from January 2018. Kerala Civil Service Executive’s Special Rules has been published notification under Govt orders. – G.O.(P) No. 12-2017-P and ARD. The first notification for Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) will be published soon

Once you pass KAS examination, you will be posted as a second-grade Gazetted officer (Junior Time Scale) in various departments of the Kerala government including public administration and finance department. There are 4 categories of KAS officers. Details about KAS officer categories and the qualifications required are mentioned below.

Kerala Administrative Sevices

There are 4 streams of appointment in Kerala Administrative service. This include

1. Junior Time Scale

2. Senior Time Scale

3. Selection Grade Scale

4. Super Time Grade Scale

Age Limit:

For Direct Recruitment of KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Stream 1, must not have completed 32 years of age on 1st January of the year in which application for appointment is invited. Age relaxation for reservations will be applicable.
Lower Age Limit: 21 years
Age Relaxation: 3 years for OBC, 5 years for SC/ST

For Direct Stream II must not complete an age limit of 40 years on 1st January of the year in which appointment application is invited. Age relaxation for reservations will be applicable.

By transfer appointment from candidates who are holding first gazetted posts in Govt departments and equivalent posts in common categories shouldn’t have completed 50 age limit as on 1st January of the year in which application for appointment is invited.

Educational Qualification (Common for all category): 

A Bachelors degree in any subject from a Govt recognized university.

List of services in KAS:

According to the Kerala Civil Service Executive Special Rules, KAS officers will be posted in 29 departments of Government of Kerala including Kerala Secretariat public administration & finance.

  • Administrative Secretariat
  • Finance Secretariat
  • Civil Supplies
  • Commercial Taxes
  • Commissionerate of Entrance Examinations
  • Co-operative department
  • Culture
  • Industries and Commerce
  • Labour
  • State Lotteries
  • National Employment Service
  • National Savings
  • Kerala State Audit
  • Land Revenue
  • Panchayats
  • Registrations
  • Sainik Welfare
  • Social Justice
  • State Insurance
  • Stationery
  • Kerala State land use board
  • Rural development
  • Scheduled Caste development
  • Scheduled Tribe development
  • Survey and land records
  • Treasuries
  • General Education
  • Tourism
  • Urban Affairs
  • Common Categories like Administrative Officer, Administrative Assistant, Account Officer, Financial Assistant and posts reserved for transfer appointment through Kerala PSC in the group of Financial Assistant)

Salary scale:

Pay scale of a KAS officer will be the highest scale of pay available for the post under a department they are getting now.


The Exam Scheme for KAS
The selection for KAS involves three stages
1. Preliminary Exam (Objective Type)
2. Main Exam (Description)
3. Interview

PSC is about to finalize the complete syllabus for the KAS examination
Below mentioned topics are expected to be in the KAS Preliminary Examination which is objective multiple choice type questions.

General Knowledge

1. Indian History
2. Indian Geography
3. Indian Economy
4. The Constitution & Polity
5. Everyday Science – Chemistry, Physics, Biology & Environment
6. Computer & Cyber Law
7. Facts about India
8. Facts about Kerala
9. Kerala History
10. Kerala Economy
11. Kerala Geography
12. Kerala Renaissance
13. Social Welfare Programmes
14. Current Affairs

Mental Ability

1. Arithmetic
2. Test of Reasoning
General English

Malayalam (Regional Language)

The above syllabus is the probable one, PSC is about to finalize it, more topic may be included in the current syllabus.

KAS Main Exam

KAS Main Exam will be descriptive in nature. There will be multiple papers for KAS. It is unlikely to have optional papers like UPSC Civil Service Exam.
The subjects expected in Main Exam
1. General Knowledge – Descriptive
2. Current Affairs – Descriptive
3. General Essay – in English
4. General Essay – in Malayalam
5. Report Writing, Precis, Translation etc can also expect

KAS Interview

Final hurdle for KAS success is Interview or Personality Test
The candidate’s aptitude for government service, his overall personality will be assessed
The following points will be focused.
1. Candidates Power of Judgment
2. Independent Thinking Power
3. His Analytical Skill
4. Resourcefulness
5. Positive Thinking
6. Trouble Shooting Skill
An interview will have 20% waiting compared to Main Exam mark.

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