Kerala Administrative Service (KAS)

As we all expected Government of Kerala has decided to create a new level of government officers in state service. Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) is the name given to this layer, and it opens the door to class 1 state service for eligible candidates. PSC will appoint the selected candidates to second gazetted posts in 29 government departments including Land Revenue, Finance, State Lottery and Secretariat services (plus common category posts in every department). This article explains why KAS is very important, exam pattern, the number of vacancies and the promotion chances for those join Kerala Administrative Service.

KAS 2019 Exam Notification

PSC has announced the KAS exam notification to the post of KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee.

Notification NO:Name Of the PostLast Date to Apply
186/2019 – 188/2019KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee STREAM-1, STREAM-2, STREAM-3 04.12.2019

Am I Eligible For KAS?
Public Service Commission is looking for young professionally trained qualified candidates to serve as middle-level managers in State government service.

If you have a bachelor's degree and the determination to win the most prestigious examination conducted by KPSC, yes you are eligible.

Department Kerala Administrative Service
Name of Post KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee
Scale of pay : As per KAS
Number of Reported vacancies .....
KAS Exam Date......

KAS Training and Probation Period
For those who are selected to the post of KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) Trainee will have training for a period of 18 months.

The probation period for the KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale) is two years on duty within a continuous period of 3 years inclusive of the period of training.

Training Period 18 Months
Probation Period 2 Years

Importance of Kerala Administrative Service Recruitment
Many IAS vacancies in Kerala State Cadre are already vacant because of the absence of eligible candidates in state service. The only source available to fill those vacancies is the deputy collector post, as UPSC cannot fill these vacancies, but the number of them is very less.

With the introduction of KAS, it will act as the feeder category for state cadre IAS posts through PSC. Appointments from Kerala Administrative Service will fill 10% of all available second gazetted posts in state service.

Kerala Administrative Service Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Those who wish to appear KAS examination will have to undergo three stages in the selection procedure. They are:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Objective Type)
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview

KPSC will soon update the detailed syllabus for KAS Prelim and the main examination.

How to Prepare For Kerala Administrative Service Examination
To prepare for the KAS examination, I suggest you start your learning with available KAS prelim rank files.
KAS Preliminary Exam Super Rank File

Many study materials available to prepare for the KAS examination. If you are serious about winning the Kerala Administrative Service test conducted by Public Service Commission, I suggest you start your study for KAS prelim today itself.

Many reputed study centers have released authentic KAS prelim exam study materials for serious candidates. Below we have given some of the good Kerala Administrative Service Prelim preparation guides.

Where Will KAS Officers be Posted?
The government of Kerala will appoint them as a second gazetted officer in 29 government departments and common category posts in all departments. Look at the chart given below to see the list of departments where the posting will be.

SLName Of the Department
1 Civil Supplies
2 Commercial Taxes
3Commissionerate of Entrance Examinations
4Co-operative department
5 Culture
6Industries and Commerce
7 Labour
8State Lotteries
9National Employment Service
10National Savings
11Administrative Secretariat
12Finance Secretariat
13Kerala State Audit
14Land Revenue
16Sainik Welfare
17Social Justice
18State Insurance
20Kerala State land use board
21Rural development
22Scheduled Caste development
23Scheduled Tribe development
24Survey and land records
26General Education
28Urban Affairs
29Common Categories

PS: Common categories include Administrative Officer, Administrative Assistant, Account Officer, Financial Assistant and posts earmarked for transfer appointment through KPSC in the cadre of Financial Assistant and listed in Schedule II of these rules.

Constitution of KAS
The government has categorized them into four categories.

  1. KAS Officer (Junior Time Scale)

  2. KAS Officer(Senior Time Scale)

  3. KAS Officer(Selection Grade Scale)

  4. KAS Officer(Super Time Grade Scale)

Posts of Kerala Administrative Service officers are distributed in the ratio of 6:5:4:3. That means the strength of KAS officers in Government service will be as: For 6 Junior Time Scale officers, there will be 5 Senior Time Scale staffs.

For 5 of them, there will be 4 Selection Grade Scale staffs. For 4 Selection Grade Scale staff, there will be 3 Super Time Grade Scale staff available.

Kerala Administrative Service Selection Procedure
There are three streams of selection. Those who pass the direct recruitment test will fill 1/3rd of available vacancies. The government will fill 1/3rd vacancies from regular government employees.
PSC will fill the rest of the vacancies from 1st gazetted officers in government departments. The below chart explains the KAS officers' selection procedure. This chart does not show the effect of reservation for candidates belongs to SC/ST and OBC.

S/NStreamNumber of VacanciesMode of Recruitment
1Direct Recruitment33.33% of Available vacanciesIt is general recruitment
2For Regular Government Employees33.33% of Available vacanciesOnly the regular government employees can apply. Gazetted officers cannot apply here
3For Gazetted Officers33.33% of Available vacanciesThis stream is reserved for Gazetted Officers in Government service

How Will the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) Employees Be Treated?
It is an important question because there is a reservation for Government Employees in Kerala Administrative Service recruitment.

Sadly those who are working in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) will not be treated as government staffs, and they cannot avail the 66% reservation (combining the general and gazetted post streams). For example, KSRTC employees cannot claim the reservation allotted to government staff.