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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    Kerala Public Service Commission
  • Exam Frequency
    Annually
  • Official Website
    https://www.keralapsc.gov.in/home-2
  • Medium of the exam
    English and Malayalam
  • Exam Dates
    To be announced soon
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    January 2022
  • Start of Registration Process
    January 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    February 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    To Be Announced
Eligibilty Criteria

Before applying for the Kerala PSC Exam, one must make sure that they meet the Kerala PSC eligibility criteria. To apply for the Kerala PSC exam, applicants must fulfil the eligibility conditions in terms of nationality, age limit and educational qualifications.

Kerala PSC Eligibility: Nationality

The candidate must fulfil the nationality criteria as follows:

  1. The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. He/She should be a resident of Kerala.

Kerala PSC Eligibility: Educational Qualification

Candidates must have finished their graduation/post-graduation/any professional degree in any stream (from a UGC or NAAC or similar accredited university or institution) with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks for the general category and 45% aggregate marks for SC/ST/OBC.

Here is the post-wise educational qualification required for the Kerala PSC exam:

Post Name Educational Qualification
Last Grade Servant (LGS) Candidates must have completed the 7th grade from a recognized university.
Typist Candidates must have completed the SSLC or equivalent certification from a recognized board, as well as the following skills:

  • Lower Grade Certificate in Malayalam Typewriting Lower
  • Should Possess Grade Certificate in KGTE or MGTE English Typewriting
  • Six-month certification in Microsoft Office and DTP
Clerk Typist SSLC or equivalent certification from a recognized board, as well as the following skills:

  • They must also have a Malayalam Typewriting Lower Grade Certificate.
  • When applying for the position, candidates must have a Lower Grade Certificate in KGTE English Typewriting & Computer Processing.
Lower Division Clerk SSLC or equivalent certification from a recognized board
Stenographer Candidates must have completed the 10th grade or SSLC with the following skills:

  • Lower Grade Certificate in Malayalam Typewriting from KGTE
  • When applying for the position, candidates must have a Higher Grade Certificate in KGTE English Typewriting & Computer Processing.
  • KGTE ShortHand English (Lower) Certificate
Office Attendant, and Secretariat Office Attendant Candidates must have completed 10th grade, SSLC, or equivalent certification.
Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine
  • Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, M.Ch./DNB (Super Specialty)
  • In the absence of the foregoing, MS/MD/DNB(O&G) and National Board Fellowship/post-doctoral fellowship/Special training in Reproductive Medicine for two years in a recognized teaching/training centre
  • Requires a recognized specialized qualification in the topic and three years of teaching experience in Reproductive Medicine as a Resident/Registrar/Demonstrator/Tutor in a recognized Medical College.
Agronomist
  • Agronomy Master's Degree (First or Second Class)
  • Five years of state-level agriculture planning experience
Scientific Officer (Biology) (Physics) (Chemistry) Post Graduate Degree in the respective Subject
Fisheries Extension Officer A bachelor's degree in Fisheries Science from a reputable university OR a master's degree in Fisheries Science, Industrial Fisheries, Mariculture, or a related field.
Medical Social Worker MSW or MA/MSc in Psychology from a UGC-recognized University/Institute established by the Government of Kerala/National Institutes established by the Government of India
Regional Manager - Society Category
  • MBA (Finance) or Membership in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, with
  • 3(three) years of experience in Managerial / Supervisory cadre in Cooperative Institutions / Scheduled Banks / Government OR Master's or Bachelor's Degree in Science/Arts/Commerce
Matron (Female) (Engineering/ Polytechnic Hostels)
  • S.S.L.C.
  • Experience working as a female housekeeper or matron in a hostel or other institution
Computer Assistant Grade-II
  • Pass the 12th grade or its equivalent.
  • Possess Higher Grade Certificate in English Typewriting (KGTE) and Computer Word Processing (or equivalent)
Fire and Rescue Officer
  • Must have completed the 12th grade or its equivalent examination.
  • A valid current driver's license with an endorsement for driving a heavy goods vehicle or a heavy passenger vehicle with a badge is required.
  • Must meet the commission's physical qualifications
Overseer Grade 3/Work Superintendent Grade 2 Must have passed S.S.L.C
Sales Assistant
  • A degree from a reputable university
  • Ability to communicate in English, Hindi, and Malayalam
Statistical Assistant Grade 2/Statistical Investigator Grade 2

A bachelor's degree from a recognized university or institution in the following subjects:

  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Commerce

Kerala PSC Eligibility: Age Limit

The age limit varies according to the post the candidate has applied for. Here is the detailed post-wise age limit for the Kerala PSC exam:

Kerala PSC Post Name Kerala PSC Age Limit
Last Grade Servant (LGS) 18 years to 36 years
Clerk Typist 18 years to 41 years
Typist 18 years to 36 years
Stenographer 18 years to 36 years
Lower Division Clerk 18 years to 39 years
Office Attendant, and Secretariat Office Attendant 18 years to 36 years
Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine 25 years to 45 years
Agronomist 25 years to 50 years
Scientific Officer (Biology) (Physics) (Chemistry) 20 years to 36 years
Fisheries Extension Officer 18 years to 36 years
Administrative Officer - Society Category 18 years to 50 years
Administrative Officer - General Category 18 years to 45 years
Medical Social Worker 21 years to 36 years
Regional Manager - Society Category 18 years to 50 years
Regional Manager - General Category 18 years to 45 years
Matron (Female) (Engineering/ Polytechnic Hostels) 35 years to 50 years
Computer Assistant Grade-II 18 years to 32 years
Fire and Rescue Officer 18 years to 26 years
Overseer Grade 3/Work Superintendent Grade 2 18 years to 36 years
Sales Assistant 18 years to 36 years
Statistical Assistant Grade 2/Statistical Investigator Grade 2 19 years to 36 years

Kerala PSC Age Relaxation

The candidates belonging to various reserved categories will be offered age relaxation in the upper age limit. The maximum relaxation will be up to ten years, based on the candidates' aptitude and category, as per Kerala government regulations.

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe 5 years
OBCs (non-creamy layer) 3 years
Widows 5 years
Physically Disabled or Handicapped (P.H) 10 years
Below Poverty Line 3 years
Other PwBD Candidates 5 years
Ex-Servicemen The maximum age limit will be relaxed to the extent of the period of service put in by them in the Defence Forces and the period of unemployment on discharge up to a maximum of five years

For stream 2 vacancies, the candidate must have regular working experience under any government official in Kerala state along with the above mentioned basic requirements and should not hold any kind of penalty, suspension, or criminal offences during their working tenure of 3-5 years.

For stream 3 vacancies, the applicant must complete the period of probation in the government cadre and should not have completed 50 years of age.

Exam Pattern

The Kerala Public Service Commission conducts a two-tier examination. For the selection, the candidates must pass both the Prelims and the Mains examination and further they have to clear the interview. Candidates who pass the Kerala PSC Preliminary exam are shortlisted for the Mains exam, and the final selection is made on the aggregate score of a candidate in Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Kerala PSC Prelims Exam Pattern

The Kerala PSC Prelims exam consists of two papers- General Studies Paper- I and General Studies Paper-II.

  • The total duration of each paper is 90 minutes.
  • The medium of paper will be English and Malayalam.
  • There will be multiple-choice questions.

The Kerala PSC Prelims exam pattern is tabulated below:

Papers Sections Maximum Marks
General Studies Paper I History, World History, Kerala Cultural Heritage, Geography, Reasoning, Simple Arithmetic, Mental Ability, Public Administration, Social Justice, Indian Constitution, Governance, Political System, and International Relations 100
General Studies Paper-II Part I: General Studies 100
Part II: Language Proficiency Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam
Part III: English Language Proficiency

Kerala PSC Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who score more than the cutoff marks in the Kerala PSC Prelims Exam are eligible to appear for the Main exam. The Kerala PSC Mains exam is a descriptive paper-based exam.

  • The Kerala PSC Mains exam consists of three papers.
  • The total duration of each paper is 120 minutes.
  • The medium of paper will be English, Malayalam, and Hindi (optional).
Papers Sections Maximum Marks Duration
General Studies Paper-I Indian and Kerala History, World History, and Kerala Cultural Heritage 100 120 Minutes
General Studies Paper-II Indian Constitution, Polity, Public Administration, Science and Technology and Current Issues in given topics 100 120 Minutes
General Studies Paper-III Geography, Economics and Planning, and Current Issues in both Geography and Economics and Planning 100 120 Minutes
Syllabus

The first step towards the preparation is to thoroughly know and understand the syllabus. The Kerlala PSC paper-wise syllabus is elaborated in detail below.

Kerala PSC Prelims Syllabus

Here is the syllabus for the Kerala PSC Prelims:

Paper Sections Important Topics
General Studies Paper I Indian and Kerala History Ancient India: Art, literature and Art Architecture Culture, Popular Dynasties and their activities and movements
Modern Period: Modern Indian History, India before and after Independence with reorganisation and consolidation, All religious and social reform movements in 19th and 20th century, and
Kerala History: Kerala Social and Politics movements before Independence, Kerala State Establishment, Governments, Political parties with their movements, and Landmark policies and legislation
World History The industrial revolution, Redraw of National boundaries, Globalisation, World wars, Colonisation and decolonisation, and Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism –with reference to their effects and forms in the society
Public Administration, Social Justice, Indian Constitution, Governance, Political System, and International Relations Indian Constitution and its salient features, Constitutional Authorities, Responsibilities and Functions of the Union and the Parliament, States and State Legislatures, Judiciary in India, Principles of Administrative Law, etc.
Geography Earth Motion, Seasons, Solar system, Atmosphere, Climate factors and elements, Concept of time, Geophysical phenomena, and Hydrological Disasters, Continental and Marine Resources, etc.
Reasoning, Mental Ability & Simple Arithmetic Coding-Decoding, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Venn Diagram, Problems based on Calendar, Clock, and Age, Number series, Problems related to Shapes and their subsections and Relations, etc.
General Studies Paper II General Studies (Part I) Economy: Indian economy after the independence eve And after the reform movements
Agriculture: Pricing of agriculture inputs and outputs, Green Revolution, Irrigation, Issues in Public Distribution System and Food Security, etc.
Infrastructure: Water Supply and Sanitation, Meaning and significance of infrastructure, and Infrastructure in Indian Economy, etc.
Industry: Industrial Policy, Small-Scale sector, SEZ and industrialization, e-Commerce, Growth and pattern of industrialization, Productivity in the industrial sector, etc.
Finance: Indian Tax System, Centre-State financial relation, GST: Concept and Implications, Government Budgeting, Indian Public Finance, etc.
Population: Growth Trends and Patterns, Unemployment trends and their effects
Kerala: Economy and Developmental Model, etc.
Language Proficiency for all Languages (Part II and III) Synonyms, Antonyms, Tenses, Active Voice, Passive Voice, Adverbs, Adjectives, Punctuation, Prepositions, Pronouns, Error Correction, etc.

Kerala PSC Mains Syllabus

Tabulated below is the exam syllabus for the Kerala PSC Mains exam:

Section Important Topics
Indian and Kerala History
  • Ancient India: Art, literature and architecture, culture, Popular Dynasties and their activities and movements
  • Modern Period: Modern Indian History, India before and after Independence with reorganization and consolidation, All religious and social reform movements in 19th and 20th century, and
  • Kerala History: Kerala Social and Politics movements before Independence, Kerala State Establishment, Governments, Political parties with their movements, and Landmark policies and legislation
World History The industrial revolution, Redraw of National boundaries, Globalization, World wars, Colonization and decolonization, and Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism –with reference to their effects and forms in the society
Kerala Cultural Heritage Art Forms, sculpture, literature, architecture, society salient features, Tribal Culture, Folk Culture, Pilgrimage, Theatre, and Evolution and History of Malayalam language and its literature, etc.
Public Administration, Social Justice, Indian Constitution, Governance, Political System, and International Relations Indian Constitution and its salient features, Constitutional Authorities, Responsibilities and Functions of the Union and the Parliament, States and State Legislatures, Judiciary in India, Principles of Administrative Law, etc.
Science and Technology Technology, Energy, Technology in Space & Defense, Environmental Science, and ICT, etc.
Current Issues It includes the current issues of all topics/sections in this paper.
Geography Earth Motion, Seasons, Solar system, Atmosphere, Climate factors and elements, Concept of time, Geophysical phenomena, and Hydrological Disasters, Continental and Marine Resources, etc.
Economics and Planning Economy: Indian economy after the independence eve And after the reform movements
Agriculture Pricing of agriculture inputs and outputs, Green Revolution, Irrigation, Issues in Public Distribution System and Food Security, etc.
Infrastructure Water Supply and Sanitation, Meaning and significance of infrastructure, and Infrastructure in Indian Economy, etc.
Industry Industrial Policy, Small-Scale sector, SEZ and industrialization, e-Commerce, Growth and pattern of industrialization, Productivity in the industrial sector, etc.
Finance Indian Tax System, Centre-State financial relation, GST: Concept and Implications, Government Budgeting, Indian Public Finance, etc.
Indian Foreign Trade Composition, Trend, direction, and Structure
Population Growth Trends and Patterns, Unemployment trends and their effects, etc.
Kerala Economy Population, Agriculture, Infrastructure, and service sectors, etc.
Kerala Development Model Power Devolution, Planning, Tourism, Disaster Management, etc.
Current Issues in both Geography and Economics and Planning It includes the current issues of all topics/sections in this paper.

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