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Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service


Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) is the highest level of examination offered by the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission. The test is held once a year to select candidates for the various services included in the KAS exam. A Combined Competitive Exam, is used to select candidates. KAS officials function in the same capacity as State PCS officers, and they are only second in importance to the state's IAS officers.
There are three services that are recognized as a result of the examination. The following services are included in the KAS exam - J&K Administrative Service Junior Scale, Service of the J&K Police (Gazetted), and Service for J&K Accounts (Gazetted).


Particulars  Information 
Exam  Combine Competitive Exam, (KAS)
Conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC)
Level of exam State Level
Frequency of exam Once a Year
Mode of exam Offline
Stages of the exam Prelims, Mains, Interview
Application fees INR 1000 (General Category) / INR 500 (Reserved Category)

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  • Applicants for the JKPSC must be permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • To prepare for the JKPSC test, the candidate must be over the age of 21 and under the age of 35.
  • SC, ST, and OBC applicants can be up to 37 years old.
  • To be eligible for the JKPSC test, candidates must have completed their graduation in any stream from an acknowledged university.
  • Number of tries: The candidate would be able to take the KAS exam just six times. Candidates from specific categories are given more chances by the commission: EWS (6 attempts), RBA/Social Caste & actual line of control/ PwD (9 attempts), SC/ST (till the age limit)


The KAS syllabus closely resembles the IAS syllabus. The KAS prelims test will be objective in nature, with two papers.

Prelims Syllabus KAS:

Prelims Syllabus for General Studies Paper 1 Prelims Syllabus for Paper 2
General Science Comprehension
Social/Economic Development General Mental Ability
World/Indian Geography Decision Making & Problem Solving
Current Events – National & International Mathematics Elementary (Class 10th Level)
General Issues (Bio-Diversity, Climate Change, Environmental Ecology) Interpersonal skills/ communication skills
Governance/Indian Polity  Logical Reasoning/ Analytical Ability 
National Movement (Indian)/ History of India  
Questions about Jammu & Kashmir  


There would be a minimum qualifying grade of 33% for Paper II of the Combined Competitive Examination (Preliminary). The questions will be multiple-choice and objective in nature. For the purpose of assessment, the applicant must sit in both Papers of the Combined Competitive (Prelim) Examination. As a result, if a candidate does not present in both papers of the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination, he or she will be disqualified.

Mains Syllabus KAS: The KAS main exam will consist of eight descriptive type papers.
Candidates should realise that, while the preliminary test is the first and most essential step, the KAS main exam, as the name implies, is the most important stage of the KAS exam. The final merit list is based on the marks obtained in the KAS main test. The syllabus for the KAS main test is fairly similar to that of the IAS major exam. According to the KAS announcement, "the Main Examination is meant to examine applicants' general intellectual qualities and depth of comprehension rather than just the extent of their learning and recollection."

Main Written Examination
English Precise Writing 
Short Essays
Usage and vocabulary 
Essays KAS essay is an open-ended paper, and applicants can score higher without putting in much effort. The Essay paper does not have a curriculum. Candidates must convey their thoughts in an organised manner and write concisely. 
General Studies - I Indian Culture/ Heritage, Geography/History of the Society & World.
General Studies - II Polity/ Governance/ Social Justice / Constitution / International Relations
General Studies - III Environment/ Economic Development/ Technology/ Security & Disaster Management/ Bio-diversity
Ethics Probity in Governance/ Attitude/ Emotional intelligence/ Ethics & Human Interface / foundational values & Aptitude for Civil Service / values and Ethics in Public administration (Public/Civil Service)


KAS List of Optional Subjects:

Agriculture Management
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Mathematics
Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
Botany Medical science
Chemistry Philosophy
Civil Engineering Physics
Commerce and Accountancy Law
Economics Psychology
Electrical Engineering Public Administration
Geography Sociology
Geology Statistics
History Zoology
Political Science & International Relations Literature of any one of these languages: Dogri, Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu, Kashmiri, English, Sanskrit & Persian


KAS Syllabus for Interview: The goal of the KAS interview is to assess the candidate's personal fit for a career in public service. The interview exam is designed to assess a candidate's mental capacity. In broad words, this is an evaluation of not just his academic abilities but also his social characteristics and interest in current events. Some of the traits to be evaluated are as follows:

  • Assimilation abilities that are critical
  • Fairness in judgement
  • leadership abilities & Social cohesion Integrity, both moral and intellectual
  • The breadth and depth of interest
  • Mental acuity
  • Exposition – Clear & Logical

The KAS syllabus for the main test covers the KAS interviews as well. The KAS interview will be conducted by a panel of JKPSC members. The panel members will have access to the candidate's professional history.

Exam Pattern

The UPSC test pattern is similar to the KAS exam pattern. The KAS test is divided into two parts.

Preliminary Examination:

  • General Studies Paper- I / 100 Questions / 200 Marks
  • General Studies Paper-II (Aptitude Test) / 80 Questions / 200 Marks


Main Exam:
Candidates who achieve the cut-off marks in the JKPSC CCE Prelims Exam will be invited to sit for the JKPSC Mains Exam. Candidates who pass the Prelims Exam will be given an application form, which they must complete within the time frame set by the Commission.

  • The JKPSC Mains Exam will include a written exam as well as a personality test.
  • The JKPSC Mains Exam consists of eight (8) standard essay papers.
  • English Paper is the only qualifying paper out of the eight mains papers.
  • Candidates who get the cut-off marks in the JKPSC Mains Exam will be invited to the Personality Test for Interview. The JKPSC Interview will be worth 250 points.
    • English-     300 Marks (Qualifying Only)
    • Essay – 250 Marks
    • General Studies I – 250 Marks
    • General Studies II – 250 Marks
    • General Studies III – 250 Marks
    • General Studies IV – 250 Marks
    • Optional Subject Paper I – 250 Marks
    • Optional Subject Paper II – 250 Marks

JKPSC Personality Test (Interview) – 250 Marks

Exam Paper

Solving Jammu and Kashmir prelim and main written exam question papers will aid you in a variety of ways. To begin with, the JKPSC held a common competitive exam, or cce, which is one of the most difficult jobs in the state. As a result, many candidates have been attempting the test for a long period. The amount of preparation will also be important in this test, and you must be prepared from every viewpoint. So, by answering the JKPSC KAS prelim old question paper, you will have an understanding of the standard of the questions given as well as the level of difficulty of the MCQs asked in the written test.

Exam Important Date

Notification releases for KAS TBA (2022)
Online registration starts TBA (2022)
Deadline for registration TBA (2022)
Deadline for fee payment TBA (2022)
Admit card release TBA (2022)
Prelims Date Confirmation TBA (2022)
Answer key release TBA (2022)
Result Declaration TBA (2022)
Mains examination Date TBA (2022)

Exam Application Process

 The KAS test is divided into two stages, and applicants must pass each step to advance to the next. The KAS test is divided into two stages:

  • KAS preliminary examination
  • The KAS Main Exam
  • The KAS interview is a component of the KAS main test and is held at the JKPSC's headquarters.

Mains Exam KAS: The KAS main test is held offline at the state's approved exam centres. The format of the KAS main test is identical to that of the IAS major exam. The sole distinction is between the English Paper and the interview marks.

KAS Results: After each level of the exam, the KAS result is announced. To create a final merit list, the marks from the KAS main exam (written) and the personality test are put together. The JKPSC publishes the KAS results based on the number of vacancies. The candidates' names and roll numbers are listed in the results.

Cut Off: 

The JKPSC KAS Cut off marks serve as the primary criterion for ultimate selection to various administrative positions. The cut off points are decided by considering the different stages and features of the recruiting process. The JKPSC KAS Cut Off marks are announced individually for each category by the examination board. The KAS Cut Off is determined by the JKPSC Examination Board based on the total number of applications submitted for vacant vacancies, the level of examination, the difficulty level of the question paper, and the maximum and minimum marks acquired by various categories of applicants.

Exam Center

The following are the JKPSC Prelims Exam Centres:

  • Srinagar
  • Baramulla
  • Anantnag
  • Jammu
  • Doda, and
  • Rajouri


Q1. How can I become a KAS officer in Jammu and Kashmir?
After completing the KAS exam and achieving the highest rank, the applicant can become a KAS officer.

Q2. How do I apply for Administrative Services in Kashmir?
Once the announcement is released and online applications are sought, applicants can apply for the JKPSC KAS test.

Q3. What papers must be submitted with the KAS admit card?
To confirm their identity, applicants must present one official ID card together with their KAS admission card. Aadhaar/ PAN Card / Passport / Government ID card / Identity Card provided by college authorities are among the needed identity cards.

Q4. What are the educational requirements for taking the JKPSC?
To be eligible for the JKPSC test, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree in any field from a recognised university.

Q5. For JKPSC KAS Recruitment, how much are the application fees?
The candidate must pay the application fee for the JKPSC KAS Recruitment test. It is arranged as follows:

  • The cost for the general category is INR 1000 and reserved category is INR 500.
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