Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) 2019 Exam Date and the Rules of Recruitment

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.

KAS 2019 Exam Notification

PSC has announced the KAS exam notification to the post of KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee.

Notification NO:Name Of the PostLast Date to Apply
186/2019 – 188/2019KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee STREAM-1, STREAM-2, STREAM-3 04.12.2019

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's degree and the determination to win the most prestigious examination conducted by KPSC, yes you are eligible.

Department Kerala Administrative Service
Name of Post KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee
Scale of pay : As per KAS
Number of Reported vacancies .....
KAS Exam Date......

KAS Training and Probation Period
For those who are selected to the post of KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee will have training for a period of 18 months.

The probation period for the KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) is two years on duty within a continuous period of 3 years inclusive of the period of training.

Training Period 18 Months
Probation Period 2 Years

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. The only source available to fill those vacancies is the 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 the main examination.

How to Prepare For Kerala Administrative Service Examination
To prepare for the 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 the KAS examination. If you are serious about winning the 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
16Sainik Welfare
17Social Justice
18State Insurance
20Kerala State land use board
21Rural development
22Scheduled Caste development
23Scheduled Tribe development
24Survey and land records
26General Education
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 staff, there will be 3 Super Time Grade Scale staff 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 a 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 staff.


  1. Deepu Sivadasan10:07 AM


    I completed my B.Tech in 5 years. Can I apply for KAS ?

  2. @ Deepu Sivadasan

    Yes, you can apply

  3. Sir, whether ignou degree is valid for KAS?

  4. @ Anandhakrishnan R

    Bachelor Degree from IGNOU is valid for KAS

  5. 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?

  6. Hai Sir, Can you tell me which textbooks I should refer for KAS exam preparation?

  7. April 1988 is my date of birth.. Can I prepare kas exam.?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. If you are working in the private sector, you can apply for KAS through the open category.

  13. 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?

  14. Can u pls tell me how to apply for KAS
    Link pls


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

  16. whether an Agricultural Officer of kerala state government eligible to apply in category 3 of KAS

  17. whether an Agricultural Officer of kerala state government eligible to apply in category 3 of KAS

  18. whether an Agricultural Officer of kerala state government eligible to apply in category 3 of KAS


  20. @ 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.

  21. Hello. My date of birth is 10/11/1986. Am i eligible for this?

  22. KPSC has not published the final KAS notification regarding the upper age limit yet.

  23. 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?

  24. Yes, according to the available information, only those who have completed the probation can apply for the 2nd stream.

  25. Notification didn't announced yet. Why?

  26. I have been working with gvrmt dpmt for the past 6 years soon I will posted as a gazatted officer.How do I prepare for the same... wthr the selection procedure is same for all categories? Like prilims +mains + interview or any other methods like department wise tests? Can u please tell me I don't have any idea about the preparation

  27. @ Unknown

    PSC is preparing on it.

    @ Hymin

    PSC has not updated details yet. As per the available information, Government officers too must go through the same exam pattern. We will update the details once PSC publishes it.

  28. Sir,
    I have only 45 % in my degree. Can I apply for kas exam.


    The final KAS notification has not published yet. PSC has not released the minimum percentage of marks required to apply.

  30. Sir,I want to know whether a degree student who is going to appear 6th semester can be applied for KAS exam

  31. KPSC has not published the KAS exam notification. We can say about the eligibility of a final year degree student only after checking the notification.

  32. How we can apply for this exam?

  33. @ Suji

    You can apply for KAS through the official website of Kerala Public Service Commission after the announcement of the exam notification.

  34. Hi sir please tell about no of question expected from each subject (history,ജിയോഗ്രാഫ്യ്, ഇക്കണോമിക് etc

  35. PSC has not released KAS prelim examination syllabus.

  36. Sir will central govt employees be eligible for stream 2 n 3 category?

  37. Sir my date of birth is 07/01/1986 can I apply for the KASExam 2019

  38. As per the latest details, the upper age limit to apply for a general category student for open recruitment is 32.

  39. My date of birth is 10/11/1986. Am i eligible to appear for the exam? I will still be 32 when the notification to apply for the exam is announced. Or should i not cross the age of 32 during the time of the exam. Please elaborate.

  40. @ Nisha Koshy

    PSC checks your age at the time of KAS exam notification.

  41. I am a Group-B non-gazetted employee in Central Govt. Am I eligible to apply under stream 2?

  42. @ Manu

    As per the available information, you can apply through the second stream of KAS recruitment.

  43. Can the Programme Managers of ASAP apply for KAS in 2nd category? Is it applicable for govt staff working under contract basis?

  44. Can the Programme Managers of ASAP apply for KAS in 2nd category? Is it applicable for govt staff working on a contract basis?

  45. @ Unknown

    Only the permanent Government employees can apply for KAS through the second stream. Contract-based employees must apply for the first stream.

  46. Sir,
    I completed PG in MCOM. Can I
    apply for KAS?

  47. Sir, how many vacancies are expected in 2020 batch and annually ?. Thank you.

  48. @ Unknown

    Yes, you can apply.

    @ Narayanan

    It varies each year. PSC allocate the ten percent of total retirement of the second level gazetted posts in a year to KAS recruitment.

  49. Sir I am working as a JTO in BSNL. 36 years old. Can I apply for KAS exam

  50. @ Unknown

    The criteria to apply for the second stream in KAS recruitment is:

    -- Direct recruitment from among full members or approved probationers in any Government Departments ---

    Since BSNL is just a government-owned company, I am afraid you cannot apply for the KAS exam. However, I suggest you contact the Kerala PSC help desk to confirm it.

  51. Hi. My Date of Birth is 10/11/1986. Can i still apply? If so, how do i do it ?

  52. @ Nisha Koshy

    For the general category candidates, the upper age limit is 32 years. The date of checking the age limit is based on the 1st of January of the year.

    For example if your age is more than 32 on 1st January, you cannot apply. As per your DOB, you are at 32 (above 32) on 1st -January -2019.


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