Syllabus for KAS Officer Exam

Syllabus for KAS Officer Exam

Syllabus for KAS Officer Exam

Paper 1 Paper 2
  • 100 objective type questions – 2 marks each
  • 0.25 marks Negative Marking
  • 2-hour exam duration
  • 100 objective type questions – 2 marks each
  • 0.25 marks Negative Marking
  • 2-hour exam duration

  • General Studies (National and International) – 40 questions
  • Humanities – 60 questions

  • General Studies (State) – 40 questions
  • Science and Tech. Environment and Ecology – 30 questions
  • General Mental Ability – 30 questions
Subject/Topic Syllabus
History (India & Kerala) Ancient India:

  • Salient features and major landmarks of ancient and medieval India
  • Art, culture, literature and Architecture
  • Major Dynasties, their administrative system, social, religious and economic conditions prominent movements

Modern Period:

  • Modern Indian History (from the 18th century up to the present) significant events, personalities and issues
  • India – Struggle for independence
  • Social and religious reform movements in the 19th and 20th century
  • India after Independence, Post independence consolidation and reorganisation
  • Independent India and her neighbours

Download NCERT Notes on Modern Indian History here.

Kerala History:

  • Pre-Independence socio-political movements. Formation of Kerala State, Political parties, movements, Governments, Landmark legislation and policies.
History of the World (from mid 18th century) World History:

  • Industrial revolution
  • World wars
  • Redraw of National boundaries
  • Colonisation and decolonisation
  • Globalisation
  • Communism, Capitalism, Socialism – their forms and effects in society
Cultural Heritage of Kerala
  • Cultural Heritage of Kerala Art Forms, literature, sculpture, architecture, salient features of society
  • Kerala Tribal culture, Pilgrimage, Tourist places, Folk Culture, Cinema, Theatre
  • History and revolution of Malayalam language and literature
Indian Constitution, Public Administration, Political System, Governance, Social Justice and International Relations
  • Indian Constitution and its salient features
  • Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, function, power and privileges. Issues and challenges pertaining to Federal Structure – Devolution of Power and Finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Constitutional Authorities – Powers, Functions and Responsibilities
  • Panchayati Raj, Public Policy and Governance, Impact of L.P.G on Governance
  • Statutory, Regulatory and Quasi-judicial bodies
  • Rights Issues (Human rights, Women rights, SC/ST rights, Child rights, etc.), Important Acts
  • India’s Foreign Policy, International Organisations, International Treaties and Forums, their structure and mandate
  • Judiciary in India – Structure and functions, important provisions relating to Emergency and Constitutional amendments, Judicial review, Public Interest Litigation, Land Revenue Laws
  • Fundamental rights, fundamental duties and Directive Principles
  • Principles of Administrative Law
Reasoning, Mental Ability & Simple Arithmetic
  • Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
  • Number series
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Problems related to Relations, Shapes and their subsections
  • Venn Diagram
  • Problems based on Clock, Calendar and Age, Simple Arithmetic
  • General Geography
    • Solar system
    • Motion of Earth
    • Concept of time
    • Seasons
    • The internal structure of the Earth
    • Major Landforms and their features
    • Atmosphere – Structure and Composition
    • Elements and factors of Climate
    • Air Masses and Fronts
    • Atmospheric disturbances. Oceans: Physical, Chemical and Biological characteristics
    • Hydrological Disasters, Marine and Continental Resources
  • Physical, Social, Economic Geography of World, India and Kerala
  • Geophysical phenomena like Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanoes, Cyclone, Flood, Landslides
Kerala PSC Syllabus (Prelims) – General Studies Paper-II
Subject/Topic Syllabus
Economy and Planning Economy
  • Indian economy on the eve of independence
  • Indian economy in the post-reform period
    • New economic reforms
    • NITI Aayog
    • National Income and Per Capita Income
    • Sectoral Composition (Output and Employment)
    • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
    • Development under different policy regimes (including Five Year Plans) – Goals, Constraints, Institutions and Policy framework
  • Agriculture Sector, Land Reforms in India, Technological change in Agriculture
  • Major Crops and Cropping patterns in various parts of the Country
  • Irrigation
  • Pricing of agriculture inputs and outputs
  • Agricultural Finance Policy and Marketing
  • Issues in Food Security and Public Distribution System
  • Green Revolution
  • Policies for sustainable agriculture and organic farming
  • Industrial Policy
  • Public Sector Enterprises and their performance
  • Growth and pattern of industrialization
  • Small-Scale sector
  • Productivity in industrial sector
  • SEZ and industrialization
  • Foreign investment and competition policy
  • e-Commerce
  • Effects of liberalisation on the economy
  • Infrastructure in Indian Economy
  • Meaning and importance of infrastructure
    • Water Supply and Sanitation- Energy and Power – Science and Technology – Rural and Urban Infrastructure, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, Telecommunication, Dams, Inland Waterways. Social Impact Assessment
  • Trends and Patterns in the structure of the population over time
    • Growth rate
    • Gender Rural-Urban Migration
    • Literacy, Regional Structure and trends of Poverty and Inequality
  • Unemployment trends, Structure and National Rural Employment policies. Indicators of development
    • Physical Quality of Life Index
    • Human Development Index
    • Human Poverty Index
    • Gender Development Index
    • National Happiness Index
  • Indian Public Finance, Government Budgeting
  • Indian Tax System
  • Public Expenditure, Public Debt
  • Deficit and Subsidies in the Indian Economy
  • Centre-State financial relation
  • Recent fiscal and monetary policy issues and their impact
  • Structure of Indian Banking and Non-Banking Financial Institutions and reforms
  • GST: Concept and Implications. Stock exchange and share market
  • Economy of Kerala State-an overview, Population, Major agriculture, Industry, Service sector issues. Infrastructure and resources, Major Developmental Projects, Programmes and Schemes. Co-operative Sector. History and relevant policies in traditional industries, IT Sector, Pravasi and Foreign remittance.


  • Kerala model development – (Land reforms, Social security, devolution of Power, Decentralised Planning, Housing, Tourism, Women Empowerment, Social Welfare Schemes, Disaster Management. Role and Function of Kerala Planning Board, Achievements of Kerala in Health and Education Sector: Policies, Programmes, Initiatives and Impacts
Science & Technology Technology
Technology in Space & Defence
Environmental Science
Language Proficiency – English
  • Tenses
  • Synonyms
  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Antonyms
  • Error Correction
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Reported Speech
  • Active Voice
  • Passive Voice
  • Auxiliary Verb
  • Question Tag
  • Degrees of Comparison
  • Punctuation
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Simple Compound Complex Sentences
  • Connectives
  • Prepositional Verbs
  • Prepositions
  • Concord
  • Pronouns – 9 types
  • Word Order and Sentence Order

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