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Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) Exam Notification & Study Guide

As we all expected Government of Kerala has decided to create a new level of government officers in state service. Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) is the name given to this layer, and it opens the door to class 1 state service for eligible candidates. PSC will appoint the selected candidates to second gazetted posts in 29 government departments including Land Revenue, Finance, State Lottery and Secretariat services (plus common category posts in every department). This article explains why KAS is very important, exam pattern, the number of vacancies and the promotion chances for those join Kerala Administrative Service.

Am I Eligible For KAS?
Public Service Commission is looking for young professionally trained qualified candidates to serve as middle-level managers in State government service. If you have a bachelor degree and the determination to win the most prestigious examination conducted by KPSC, yes you are eligible.


Importance of Kerala Administrative Service Recruitment
Many IAS vacancies in Kerala State Cadre are already vacant because of the absence of eligible candidates in state service. Only source available to fill those vacancies is deputy collector post, as UPSC cannot fill these vacancies, but the number of them is very less.

With the introduction of KAS, it will act as the feeder category for state cadre IAS posts through PSC. Appointments from Kerala Administrative Service will fill 10% of all available second gazetted posts in state service.


Kerala Administrative Service Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Those who wish to appear KAS examination will have to undergo three stages in the selection procedure. They are:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Objective Type)
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview

KPSC will soon update the detailed syllabus for KAS Prelim and main examination.

How to Prepare For Kerala Administrative Service Examination
To prepare for KAS examination, I suggest you start your learning with available KAS prelim rank files.
KAS Preliminary Exam Super Rank File

Many study materials available to prepare for KAS examination. If you are serious about winning Kerala Administrative Service test conducted by Public Service Commission, I suggest you start your study for KAS prelim today itself.

Many reputed study centers have released authentic KAS prelim exam study materials for serious candidates. Below we have given some of the good Kerala Administrative Service Prelim preparation guides.
  1. KAS Preliminary Exam Super Rank File
  2. KAS preliminary exam Helper


Where Will KAS Officers be Posted?
The government of Kerala will appoint them as a second gazetted officer in 29 government departments and common category posts in all departments. Look at the chart given below to see the list of departments where the posting will be.

SLName Of the Department
1 Civil Supplies
2 Commercial Taxes
3Commissionerate of Entrance Examinations
4Co-operative department
5 Culture
6Industries and Commerce
7 Labour
8State Lotteries
9National Employment Service
10National Savings
11Administrative Secretariat
12Finance Secretariat
13Kerala State Audit
14Land Revenue
15Panchayats
16Sainik Welfare
17Social Justice
18State Insurance
19Stationery
20Kerala State land use board
21Rural development
22Scheduled Caste development
23Scheduled Tribe development
24Survey and land records
25Treasuries
26General Education
27Tourism
28Urban Affairs
29Common Categories

PS: Common categories include Administrative Officer, Administrative Assistant, Account Officer, Financial Assistant and posts earmarked for transfer appointment through KPSC in the cadre of Financial Assistant and listed in Schedule II of these rules.


Constitution of KAS
The government has categorized them into four categories.

  1. KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale)

  2. KAS Officer(Senior Time Scale)

  3. KAS Officer(Selection Grade Scale)

  4. KAS Officer(Super Time Grade Scale)


Posts of Kerala Administrative Service officers are distributed in the ratio of 6:5:4:3. That means the strength of KAS officers in Government service will be as: For 6 Junior Time Scale officers, there will be 5 Senior Time Scale staffs.

For 5 of them, there will be 4 Selection Grade Scale staffs. For 4 Selection Grade Scale staffs, there will be 3 Super Time Grade Scale staffs available.


Kerala Administrative Service Selection Procedure
There are three streams of selection. Those who pass the direct recruitment test will fill 1/3rd of available vacancies. The government will fill 1/3rd vacancies from regular government employees.

  1. Kerala Forest Range Officer Examination
  2. Kerala Police Constable Recruitment

PSC will fill the rest of the vacancies from 1st gazetted officers in government departments. The below chart explains the KAS officers selection procedure. This chart does not show the effect of reservation for candidates belongs to SC/ST and OBC.

S/NStreamNumber of VacanciesMode of Recruitment
1Direct Recruitment33.33% of Available vacanciesIt is general recruitment
2For Regular Government Employees33.33% of Available vacanciesOnly the regular government employees can apply. Gazetted officers cannot apply here
3For Gazetted Officers33.33% of Available vacanciesThis stream is reserved for Gazetted Officers in Government service



How Will the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) Employees Be Treated?
It is an important question because there is reservation for Government Employees in Kerala Administrative Service recruitment.

  1. How to Join As Income Tax Officer
  2. Kerala Secretariat Assistant Examination

Sadly those who are working in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) will not be treated as government staffs, and they cannot avail the 66% reservation (combining the general and gazetted post streams). For example, KSRTC employees cannot claim the reservation allotted to government staffs.

Comments

Deepu Sivadasan said…
Sir,

I completed my B.Tech in 5 years. Can I apply for KAS ?
Alex George said…
@ Deepu Sivadasan

Yes, you can apply
Sir, whether ignou degree is valid for KAS?
Alex George said…
@ Anandhakrishnan R

Bachelor Degree from IGNOU is valid for KAS
Priya said…
Sir, I am from Cochin but studying in Trivandrum. I want to join Kerala Administrative service after completing my degree. Sir I want your guidelines to find the best KAS coaching institute in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. What is the normal fees for KAS exam coaching in institutes?
Unknown said…
Hai Sir, Can you tell me which textbooks I should refer for KAS exam preparation?
April 1988 is my date of birth.. Can I prepare kas exam.?
Alex George said…
Kerala Public Service Commission has not punished the KAS notification yet. However, as per the current understanding, the upper age limit to apply for KAS direct recruitment for Open Category candidates is 32 years.
abid said…
age limit?
Unknown said…
I am working as an Assistant Engineer in state government. I want to know whether I can apply in the third category reserved for gazetted post.
Alex George said…
If you are a gazetted rank Engineer working for Kerala State Government, you can apply for the third category. However, if you are working for boards, you can't apply.
Unknown said…
Hi sir,

Can you tell the expected date of notification release? And also I am a software engineer in a private MNC can I apply for KAS?, I am preparing for IAS.

Thank you.
Alex George said…
If you are working in the private sector, you can apply for KAS through the open category.
Unknown said…
Hello Sir, I am from Thrissur and doing MA. I want to appear for KAS. What I want to know is the best Kerala Administrative Service exam coaching center in Thrissur.

If no one is in Thrissur, can you tell me which KAS coaching center in ernakulam is the best?
Unknown said…
Can u pls tell me how to apply for KAS
Link pls
Alex George said…


Once the KAS exam notification is released, KPSC will update KAS application link in your PSC profile. Use the link below to login there.

http://thulasi.keralapsc.gov.in/thulasi/
SANJU said…
whether an Agricultural Officer of kerala state government eligible to apply in category 3 of KAS
SANJU said…
WHETHER AN AGRICULTURAL OFFICER OF KERALA STATE GOVERNMENT CAN APPLY IN CATEGORY 3 OF KAS
Alex George said…
@ Sanju

Yes, Agricultural Officer in Kerala state service is a Gazetted Officer. So, he/she can apply for KAS through the 1/3rd of available vacancies reserved for Gazetted Officers.
Unknown said…
Hello. My date of birth is 10/11/1986. Am i eligible for this?
Alex George said…
KPSC has not published the final KAS notification regarding the upper age limit yet.
Unknown said…
Is there any mandate regarding stream 2 application only limited to state government officers who have completed probation, As i have not yet completed my probation but regularised in service and completed 3 years of regular srvice thats why I ask u sir?
Alex George said…
Yes, according to the available information, only those who have completed the probation can apply for the 2nd stream.