Kerala Administration Service Examination(KAS) has been announced on Kerala Formation Day, 1st November. The examination is conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission.
KAS examination is for the recruitment of second gazetted officers that comes to a position just below the position by the Kerala state. Other states like Karnataka, Tamilnadu, etc. had conducted state administrative examinations. The KAS was formed in January 2018.
For the effective implementation of Kerala’s policies and programs, this managerial position in the public service cadre is being created. It is also to mold talented youngsters into managing public policies efficiently. Till present, the state administrative service was handled by Deputy Collector positions. Thus employment and opportunities will be enhanced along with new administrative changes and fresh new faces in the state bureaucracy.
The KAS officers are divided into four categories, which are Junior Time Scale officers, Senior Time Scale officers, Selection Grade Scale officers, and Super Time Scale officers. Those who clear the KAS examination start their career in the Junior time scale officer post. The other categories can be achieved only through promotions.
The recruitment to KAS examination is done at three stages, similar to that of the Civil Service examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The preliminary examination has 200 as the maximum marks and the time allotted is 90 minutes. The prelims exam has two papers of which the first paper will be dealing with General Studies for 100 marks and the second paper will have 30 marks of testing local language, 20 marks for testing proficiency in English language and 50 marks for general knowledge.
The Mains exam is for 300 marks and is divided into three papers. Each paper offers 100 marks. Also, each paper will be of a duration of 2 hours. The papers will be in Science subjects, Humanities and Kerala Affairs. Qualifying Mains will lead to the Interview which is for 50 marks. The ranks are based on the mains and interview marks out of a total of 350 marks.
The eligibility for appearing for the examination is graduation. The exam is also language flexible. The candidate should have a minimum age of 21 and the maximum age limit is 32. There is age relaxation given for reserved categories.