KAS Syllabus

KAS is no more a distant dream…


To crack KAS, an aspirant needs to have a clear and thorough knowledge regarding the pattern, syllabus and mode of examination. If he/she succeeds in that, then no doubt, they can walk confidently towards the chair.

The Exam will consist of three successive stages:

  • The Preliminary Examination (Objective type)
  • The Mains Examination (Descriptive Type)
  • The Interview.

*The Preliminary Examination (200 Marks)

The preliminary examination will follow an objective pattern.

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2 with each paper containing 100 questions. All questions will be objective in nature. Candidates will be required to choose any one of the 4 answer choices given for each question

Moreover, both papers will be scheduled on the same day.
Candidates cracking the Preliminary will qualify for the Mains Paper.

*Mains (450 marks)

The Mains Examination which follows a descriptive method will have 3 papers, each of 150 marks. The subjects include:

Paper 1: Science Subjects
Paper 2: Humanities Subjects
Paper 3: Kerala Studies

The aspirant can expect short and long essays in this part. Candidates who qualify each paper with the needed score will be enlisted for the interview.

*Interview (50 marks)

The Interview (or Personality test) will be the third stage with a score of 50 marks. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability and caliber of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers.

The sub total marks obtained in Mains exam will be added with marks obtained in Interviews and based on this mark, final rank list is prepared.

Sub Total (Written test): 450 Marks

Personality Test: 50 Marks

Grand Total: 500 Marks

(*Based on newspaper reports)