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Eligibility to Apply for KAS (Kerala Administrative Service) Examination

Kerala PSC has announced the appointment to the Kerala Administrate Service through the KAS examination. The eligible candidates can apply for the KAS examination by log in to the official website of the Public Service Commission.

Here we explain who is eligible to apply for the KAS exam and who is not eligible to apply. This article covers the minimum educational requirement, upper and lower age limits, KAS reservation rules, the criteria to apply for KAS by the Government employees, etc..

PSC conducts KAS recruitment through three different streams. All those selected will be appointed as KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee.

The Minimum Qualifications Required to Apply for KAS

Let us check the minimum qualification required for a candidate to apply for the Kerala Administrative Service.

The Age Limit to Apply for KAS (Stream 1)

Public Service Commission has mentioned the upper and lower age limit for different categories of candidates.

The lower age limit to apply for Kerala Administrative Service is 21. You can read the upper age limit for various categories of candidates (such as those belongs to the OBC, SC, and ST category) from the table below.

Category Lower Age Limit Upper Age Limit
General Category2132
OBC Category 2135
SC/ST Category 2137
Differently abled candidates 2142/47
ExService men 2132+ Depends on the period of service
Widows 2137

Upper age relaxation allowed for Widows is five years.

If you don't know what is the upper age limit for an ex-serviceman to apply for KAS, you can calculate it by following the below condition.

The upper age relaxation an ExService man can claim depends on the extent of the period of service put in by them in the Defence Forces and the period of unemployment on discharge up to a maximum of five years.

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Differently abled candidates (vision, hearing, speech) are eligible for age concession up to 15 years, and Orthopaedically differently-abled candidates are eligible for age concession up to 10 years.


The Minimum Educational Qualification Required to Apply for KAS

a Bachelor's Degree including any professional courses in any subject from a University recognized by a University established by the Government of Kerala or UGC or awarded by National Institutes established by the Government of India.

Kerala PSC accepts the professional degree. For example, there are no issues for an Engineer (B. Tech) to apply for KAS.


Upper Age Limit Rules For Government Employees to Apply For KAS

For those who are appearing for KAS Recruitment Stream 2 and 3, check the table below for the upper age limit.

Category Upper Age Relaxation
General CategoryNo Upper Age Relaxation
OBC Category 3 Years
SC/ST Category 5 years
Differently abled candidates 10 years for Orthopaedically DAC and 15 years for Differently abled candidates (vision, hearing, speech)
ExService men the period of service put in by them in the Defence Forces and the period of unemployment on discharge up to a maximum of five years
Widows 5 Years

PS: Under any circumstances, the maximum age limit shall not exceed 50 (Fifty) years.


The Eligibility Required to Apply for KAS Stream 2


In addition to the upper age and the educational qualifications, the candidate must have the following qualification required to apply for KAS Stream 2.

  1. Must be a Full Member or an approved probationer in any Government Department and must not be a 1st Gazetted Officer or above

  2. Must have been regularized in service in any cadre as per Rule 10(b) in the Kerala State & Subordinate Service Rules 1958 or must have served for a period of not less than two years in a supernumerary post in Government and against whom no major penalty has been imposed or
    proceedings for a major penalty or criminal proceedings are in progress.



Which Government Staff is Eligible to Apply for KAS Stream 3?

The Government employees who satisfy the following conditions can apply for Kerala Administrative Service through KAS stream 3.

  1. Must be a Full Member or an approved probationer in any Government Department and must not be a 1st Gazetted Officer or above in the Departments in Schedule-I of KAS Special Rule 2018.

  2. Must have been regularized in service in any cadre as per Rule 10(b) in the Kerala State & Subordinate Service Rules 1958 or must have served for a period of not less than two years in a supernumerary post in Government.

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