Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) is the civil service of Kerala state in India. The Kerala Public Service Commission conducts exams to recruit candidates for the service. These young officers recruited by KPSC take up various administrative posts at the district and state level.
Kerala Administrative Service (KAS)is constituted to absorb young, vibrant and dynamically talented applicants into the senior posts in state civil service. This will allow direct ascent of bright young candidates into senior official posts which would otherwise take them years to attain. Once you are selected into Kerala Administrative Service (KAS), you can be appointed as a second gazetted officer in any of the 30 important departments in the Kerala state.
- Common Categories (Administrative Officer, Finance Officer, Divisional Accounts Officer, Superintendents etc.)
- Civil Supplies
- Urban affairs
- Commercial Taxes
- Commissionerate of Entrance Examinations
- State insurance
- Social justice
- Co-operative department
- Finance Secretariat
- National employment service
- State lotteries
- Administrative Secretariat
- Industries and Commerce
- Kerala State Audit
- Land Revenue
- National Savings
- Kerala State land use board
- Rural development
- Sainik Welfare
- Scheduled Tribe development
- Scheduled Caste development
- Survey and land records
- General Education
Recruitment to the Kerala Administrative Service is done by the Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC). The mode of recruitment follows three streams
- Junior time scale
- Senior time scale
- Selection grade scale
- Super time scale
An Officer joining the KAS shall start their career in the Junior
time Scale in the state service. The posts in the KAS shall be distributed between the above-mentioned time scales in 6:5:4:3 ratio. The number of posts at each level shall be determined by rounding off to the next lowest whole number. The employees in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) will not be treated in the category of government employees so they have to apply in the stream 1 direct recruitment category
KAS EXAM PATTERN
Unlike the other PSC exams KAS is expected to follow the UPSC exam pattern. It may consist of
The exact syllabus of KAS will be public only once the notification for the exam is released. However, a pattern similar to UPSC Civil Services Exam and Kerala PSC Deputy Collector Exam can be expected. The probable topics of KAS exams are as given below.
- General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
- Current Events of National and State Importance.
- Major Challenges-National Security, National Integrity and Communal Harmony.
- National Movements with Special Reference to Kerala – Political, Social, Economical and Cultural Movements.
- Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India with Special Emphasis on Kerala.
- (a) Indian Polity and Governance, Salient features of the Constitution of India, Political System, Panchayatiraj System, Public Policy.
(b) Right Issues (Human Rights, Right to Education, Right to Information etc.) Social Audit, Lokayukta, Ombudsman, Women’s Commission, Child Labour.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty Alleviation, Inclusion, Demographic and Social Sector Initiatives.
- Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, Climatic changes and Disaster Management.
- General Science – Common Scientific facts, Important Scientific Phenomena, India’s achievement in the field of Science, Milestones in the field of Indian Space Programme.
- English Language Vocabulary and Grammar
- Reasoning Ability and Mathematics
- History of India –Cultural Heritage of India with emphasis on the 20th century, Post Independent Indian Polity.
- Kerala History and Culture –Social and Cultural Movements in Kerala.
- The economy of India –Present Indian economy in the Global Environment, Development and Environmental Issues etc.
- Kerala Economy –Kerala Model Development, Food Security, Group Initiatives, Role of Non-Resident Indians, Role of Co-operatives, Women Empowerment etc.
- Indian Polity and Constitution –A General Overview of the Indian Constitution, 86th Amendment to the Constitution and Consequential Enactments, Role of District Collectors in Administration – Situation Analysis.
- Kerala Polity –Recent Land Laws enacted in Kerala – Kerala Protection of Riverbank and Regulation of removal of sand Act, 2001, Ecological Fragile Land Act, 2005, Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wet Land Act, 2008, Decentralisation in Administration – Local Self Government etc.
- Science and Technology –Information Communication Technology, Space Technology etc. General Awareness of the modern trends in life sciences.
- Data Appreciation and Interpretation –The candidates will be asked to draw their own conclusions from the data
presented in a tabular form or graphically or otherwise.
- Problem-solving –Duly ‘structured’ situation will be presented to the candidates and they will be asked to
suggest their own solution to the problems arising out of the situation. Alternatively, they may be called upon to prove
their understanding of the situation by answering certain searching questions based on the situation.
- Essay Writing –The candidates will have to write a short essay not exceeding 500 words on a given topic.
A face to face interview to judge the mental calibre of the candidate. Questions will on matters of general interest. It is expected that the weightage of the interview be 20 percent of total marks.
KAS Eligibility criteria
Candidates who wish to apply for KPSC Recruitment 2019 must fulfill the required Eligibility Criteria. Candidates should have completed 10th, 12th, Diploma, B.Tech/ B.E., Graduation or Post Graduation from a recognized college or University according to the requirement of the post. Physical fitness is also required according to the requirements of the post. All those candidates who have been qualified by the Commission for taking the Gazetted Probations (Main) Examination are required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination along with their application of the Main examination, those candidates who are failing to provide required documents are not permitted to get admitted to the Main examination.
For Direct Recruitment of KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Stream 1– Must not have completed 32 years of age on the 1st January of the year in which application for appointment is invited. Age relaxation for reservations will be applicable.
Lower Age Limit : 21 years
Age Relaxation : 3 years for OBC, 5 years for SC/ST
For direct Recruitment (From permanent employees , employees on probation in any government departments (PSU employees not included) Stream 2 – Must not have completed 40 years of age on 1st January of the year in which application of appointment is invited. Age relaxation for reservations will be applicable.
By transfer appointment from candidates holding 1st gazetted posts in Government departments and equivalent posts in common categories must not have completed 50 years of age limit as on 1st January of the year in which application for appointment is invited.
Once you are selected into Kerala Administrative Service (KAS), you can be appointed as a second gazetted officer in any of the 30 important departments in the Kerala state. The salary scale for Junior time scale, Senior Time Scale, selection Grade Scale and super Time Grade Scale of the KAS shall be the highest scale of pay allowable for the particular post or job profile under the recruited department. For example, if a junior time Scale Officer is posted as Assistant commissioner in commercial Taxes department, he will be receiving the highest scale of pay for that post.
In addition to the scale of pay, they shall be eligible for a KAS grade pay determined by government from time to time, but which is not less than 10% of the lower end of the pay scale determined as above. The pay, drawn by an officer selected by transfer to the KAS shall be protected at the time of entry into the Junior time Scale
KAS EXAM DATE
The notification for the same is expected to be public before first week of September. The exams are expected to be conducted before mid of next year.
KAS Vs other PSC EXAMS
Unlike other PSC exams KAS is expected to a three tier recruitment process consisting of prelims,mains and an interview. It is also expected to follow the Deputy collector exam model conducted by KPSC. Apart from the peripheral knowledge a candidate is expected to have subject knowledge in depth. The recruitment body expects the candidate to be vibrant, dynamic and enthusiastic. The interpersonal skills of the candidate will also be analysed by the authority.