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UPSC prelims have become lot tougher and demanding. UPSC is unsettling the set pattern of preparation. Prelims was the proof with lot questions from Current affairs and less questions from conventional static part. But one cannot and in my humble opinion should not guess the paper rather than change his strategy and approach which in any kind of paper will help to clear the prelims.

So every aspirant has to be strong in both static part and current affairs part, and above all equal importance. so choose one book per subject and read it thoroughly, revise as much as possible, Read News papers + 1 year of current affairs and practise any prelims test you can get. One more important thing start writing, take it as a feedback mechanism and learning process, gently nudging you to the important topic which you know or dont know, you get a chance to learn and improve up on questions. Read selectively, revise,write, revise. India year book 2018 Economic survey


Laxmikanth is the only book you will ever need, read it at-least 2-3 times before prelims.

Economy Sri Ram Economy Xerox or Ramesh Singh economy. Read Economic survey 1st and 2nd chapters and chapters on HDI and Environment, for summary you can read Mrunal.


Focus more on Modern and Culture
Focus more on Modern and Culture
Bipan Chandra India struggle for Independence
or Modern India by Rajiv Ahir spectrum publication.
Nitin Shinghania for culture.
Tamilnadu class 11 (Ancient + Medieval India)


11th and 12th NCERT books and G. C. Leong A good atlas – Oxford Atlas Orient Blackswan Atlas

Class 8th, 9th, and 10th PHYSICS Chemistry Biology, Ncert Environment and Biodiversity: Shankar IAS academy notes and MoEF for laws and acts will cover every thing.

Arihanth CSAT guide is a good place to START.

Current Affairs
Hindu + Indian Express Vision IAS Material All India radio Spotlight analysis


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 sprograms.
General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology – contemporary developments in science and technology, and their implications including matters of everyday observations and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated 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).

Main Examination:The Main Examination shall consist of written examination and personality test.

Written Examination

Qualifying Papers Kannada 150 Marks 2 Hours
English 150 Marks 2 Hours
Compulsory Papers Total Marks Per Page Duration
Paper I Essays 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

note-1: 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. Candidates 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.

note-2: The Examination shall be of conventional type, Descriptive type in nature and all papers are compulsory.

note-3: 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.

note-4: 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.

note-5: 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.

note-6: Written and Personality Test Marks will be announced along with the final select list.

Personality Test
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 the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public services by a bard 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 or 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 thoughts 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 candidates 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.

Reference Links

Karnataka Economic Survey both in Kannada and English: http://des.kar.nic.in/docs/Final%20English%20Economic%20Survey%202016-17_Full.pdf

Karnataka Budget
Highlights of Karnataka Budget by Karnataka Finance – Crisp, Precise and Authentic

PRS Karnataka Budget Analysis

Important Parliamentery Terms

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Courses Offered

The KAS MOCK is a series of 5 tests to be conducted in the month of July, precisely from 15th of July 2017 to 12th of Aug 2017.

Who can attend?
This test series addresses the concerns of all KPSC aspirants, as it is designed in a way to take up Subject-wise tests and also Comprehensive tests.
15th of July 2017 to 12th of Aug 2017
Why July?
The test Series is scheduled to happen in July taking into account the notification announcement date and the preparation time needed by the aspirants. Since there was exactly three months to prepare for the exam, it is assumed that the students are able to revise their syllabus only around 1 and half months before their exam and therefore test series is scheduled in July.
Why to attend?
Testing yourself is a primary requisite for any exam. So practise and be well equipped before you take up the Exam.

Remember “Practice Makes One Perfect.”

How many Tests ?
There are 3 Subject wise tests and 2 Comprehensive tests.The number is limited so as to not put undue pressure on students.
Mode of Test:
Both Online and Offline


Test No Date Subject Description
1 15-07-2017 Polity + Economy India and Karnataka
2 22-07-2017 History + Geography India and Karnataka
3 29-07-2017 Environment +GMA +S and T As prescribed in syllabus
4 05-08-2017 Comprehensive Test Paper 1 (i) Current events of National and International importance. (ii) Humanities (iii) World Geography and Geography of India with a focus on Karnataka. (iv) Indian polity and economy,
5 12-08-2017 Comprehensive Test Paper 2 Current events of State importance and important State Government programmes. (ii) General Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology-.(iii) General Mental Ability