Syllabi for the Examination




  • Current events of National and International importance.
  • Humanities- History of India – Emphasis shall be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, cultural and political aspects with a focus on Indian national movement with special emphasis on Karnataka.
  • World Geography and Geography of India with a focus
    on Karnataka.
  • Indian Polity and Economy, including the country’s political system, rural development , planning and economic reforms in India-sustainable development, poverty alleviation, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.,


  • Current events of State importance and important State Govt. Programmes.
  • General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecologycontemporary developments in science and technology, and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience, as may be expected of a welleducated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline, general issues on health, environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change-that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Mental Ability- Comprehension, Logical reasoning and Analytical ability, Decision making, Problem solving, Basic innumeracy (numbers and their relations, order of magnitude etc.,) and data interpretation, charts, graphs, tables, data, sufficiency etc., (class X/SSLC level).


  • Under Section I, for the sub-heading Part-B the entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:- The Main Examination shall consist of written examination and personality test.

1. Main Examination

A. Written Examination

Qualifying Papers Kannada 150 Marks 2 Hours
English 150 Marks 2 Hours
Compulsory Papers Paper I Essay 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper II General Studies -1 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper III General Studies -2 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper IV General Studies -3 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper V General Studies -4 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper VI Optional Subject Paper -1 250 Marks 3 Hours
Paper VII Optional Subject Paper -2 250 Marks 3 Hours
Total marks for written examination 1750 Marks


  • The marks obtained in qualifying papers i.e., in Kannada and in English shall be of qualifying nature. For qualifying in these papers, a minimum of 35% in each paper is prescribed. The marks obtained in these two papers shall not be considered for determining the merit for selection. Candidate who do not secure the prescribed minimum marks in the qualifying papers, namely, Kannada and English, shall not be eligible for Personality Test and selection.
  • The Examination shall be of conventional, descriptive type in nature and all papers are compulsory.
  • The question papers shall be set both in Kannada and in English. A candidate may answer a paper either entirely in Kannada or in English.
  • The standard of the Main Examination except Paper I Kannada and Paper II English shall be that of Degree level. The Standard of Paper I Kannada and Paper II English Shall be that of First Language Kannada and First Language English respectively at SSLC level.
  • All seven Papers are compulsory. Paper II to V consists of three sections. Each paper carries a maximum of 250 marks and duration of three hours only.
  • Written and Personality Test Marks will be announced along with the final select list.


The candidate will be interviewed by a board who will have before them a record of his or her career except marks secured in their main examination. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public services by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/ her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilations, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized of general Knowledge of the candidate which has been already tested through written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events, which are happening around them both within or outside their own state or country as well as in modern current of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

The commission shall call for a personality test, as far as may be, three times the number of candidates as there are vacancies in the Group-A and Group-B services. The candidate are invited for personality test in the order of merit on the basis of the results of the Main Examination ensuring the reservations for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the same ratio of vacancies reserved for them. Personality test shall carry a maximum of 200 Marks.

(ii) Under Section II, for the sub-heading Part-B the entries relating to the Main Examination thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

List of optional subjects for main examination

SI.NO Group – I Optional Subjects Code Number
1 Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Co-Operation and Sericulture. 01
2 Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences and Fisheries 02
3 Anthropology 03
4 Botany 04
5 Chemistry 05
6 Civil Engineering 06
7 Commerce and Accountancy 07
8 Economics 08
9 Electrical Engineering 09
10 Geography 10
11 Geology 11
12 History 12
13 Law 13
14 Management 14
15 Mathematics 15
16 Mechanical Engineering 16
17 Philosophy 17
18 Physics 18
19 Political Science and International Relations 19
20 Psychology 20
21 Public Administration 21
22 Sociology 22
23 Statistics 23
24 Zoology 24
25 Rural Development and Co-Operation 25
Group – II Optional Subjects
Literature of any one of the following Languages
26 English 26(a)
27 Hindi 26(b)
28 Kannada 26(c)
29 Urdu 26(d)


  • Age limits: Must have attained the age of 21 years. The upper age limit is given below.
General Category 35 Years
Category -1,2A,2B,3A,3B 38 Years
Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribes 40 Years
  • Number of Attempts: The candidates shall be permitted not more than five attempts for General Category, seven attempts for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and there is no restriction for Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribes. These limits are extended by two years namely 2014 and (2015 possibly) and not thereafter vide Govt. No.DPAR201selose2014 dated 5.12.2014.
  • Minimum Qualification: Must possess a University Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent.