Karnataka Administrative Service

Karnataka Administrative Service

Karnataka Administrative Service

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K.A.S. is acronym for Karnataka Administrative Service. Persons who are selected in these service do administration of state. It is equivalent to IAS of central (Union) government of India. Candidates are selected by written examination followed by group discussion and personal interview. The candidates selected are generally known as Gazetted officers. These officers hold important posts in administration of Karnataka state. They can be said as law making and implementing persons. Normally posts held by these officers wield tremendous power.


For an effective administration of the Government, it is the policy of the Government to recruit dynamic youngsters in the administration of the State. For this purpose Gazetted probationers Rules of 1966 has been introduced. It is provided in the Rules that the Commission should invite applications from the eligible candidates for recruitment to the posts coming under Group I & II Civil Service posts. Up to 1997, these examinations were conducted at a single stage followed by Personality Test.

In the year 1997 this procedure was given up and the rules were amended on the lines of Civil Service examinations conducted by the U.P.S.C.


As per the 1997 Rules the competitive examination comprises;

1. Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates to the main examination

2. Main Examination (Written Examination) for selection of candidates to the personality test.

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