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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    KPSC Chief Librarian Recruitment
  • Exam Duration
    195 Minutes
  • Exam Frequency
    Once in a year
  • Official Website
  • Exam Dates
    To be announced
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    March/April 2022
  • Start of Registration Process
    April 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    To be announced
  • Display of Answer Key
    To be announced
  • Declaration of Result
    To be announced
Eligibilty Criteria

The KPSC Chief Librarian Recruitment Exam of 2022 has not yet stated its eligibility criteria, yet it is assumed to remain the same as it was in the previous years. Given below are some of the educational and age-wise eligibility criteria that candidates need to meet in order to sit for the exam.

Educational Qualifications

Candidates applying for the exam need to meet certain educational demands to be eligible for the recruitment. They must possess the minimum educational qualification of a postgraduate degree in Library Science from a recognized college or university with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in the exam.

Age Limit

Applicants who are applying for the post of KPSC Chief Librarian must be aged between 18 to 35 years. There is age relaxation for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes according to the government rules. Maximum and minimum age limits as per categories are listed in the table given below:

Category Upper age limit
General 35 years
OBC (Cat- 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B) 38 years
SC, ST (Cat- I) 40 years
Exam Pattern

The KPSC Chief Librarian written exam has 2 papers of 200 marks each. The total time duration for the written exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes. Paper-I consists of questions from General Topics. Paper-II consists of questions from selected Professional Subjects. Both the papers are set with MCQs (multiple choice questions) each carrying 1 mark. A negative marking of 0.25 marks is deducted for each wrong answer marked by the candidates.

Written Examination

The KPSC Chief Librarian Exam Pattern is given in the table below:

Category Subject Marks Duration
Paper-I General Studies 200 1 hour 15 minutes
Paper-II Specific Paper 200 2 hours
Total 400 3 hours 15 minutes


Candidates who are able to score more than the cut-off marks of the KPSC Chief Librarian Recruitment Exam 2022 are shortlisted for this round of a Personal Interview. In this round the candidates are questioned on their professional knowledge of their position which they have to show and prove why they deem fit for this post.

Document Verification

Candidates who score more than the cut-off marks are directly shortlisted for this round. Others who are eligible for this round are the ones who pass through both the previous rounds- Written Exam and Personal Interview. In this round, the candidates’ documents are verified till the final recruitment is done. Failure to produce the required documents shall result in the disqualification of the candidate.


The KPSC Chief Librarian exam is a computer-based written exam conducted to check the applicant’s knowledge if they are proficient enough to handle the library-specific duties. The KPSC Chief librarian exam is mainly divided into two parts. Part I of the syllabus consists of General Studies and Part II consists of Specific Paper topics.

KPSC Chief Librarian Syllabus Paper I - General Studies

  • Current Events
  • Indian History
  • Indian Geography
  • Social Sciences
  • General Mental Ability
  • General Knowledge

KPSC Chief Librarian Syllabus Paper II - Specific Paper

Below is the detailed KPSC Chief Librarian Syllabus for Specific Paper:

Foundation of Library and Information Science

  • Library: Meaning, concepts, and definitions
  • Types of libraries: Academic, special, national, public libraries
  • Resource sharing and user studies
  • Laws of library science and its implementations
  • Library legislation in Karnataka/ India Act-1965
  • Professional associations

Knowledge Organizations: Classifications

  • Meanings, Concepts, and definitions: Feature and purpose of classifications
  • Notations: Functions and types
  • Postulation approach of classifications: Fundamental categories, normative principles, and canons
  • Schemes: Enumerative: Faceted and analytic schemes of classifications UDC, DDC, or CC.

Informative Service and Systems

  • Meanings, concepts, and definitions: Types of information service
  • Information services: Content analysis, references, and referrals, and internet-based services.
  • Information users: User education, user studies.
  • Category of information resources: Primary, secondary, visual/audio/secondary periodicals.
  • National and international information systems and services.

Management of Libraries and Information Centers

  • Meaning, concepts, definition, and functions
  • Development of library resources: a selection of books and periodicals technical processing.
  • Principles of management and its applications in the library: Principles of scientific management.
  • Human resource planning: selection recruitment and staff manual, job analysis.
  • Physical planning: Building, library standards, furniture, and equipment.
  • Resource Maintenance: Stock verifications, Preservations and maintenance of the library, etc.
  • Management of financial resources: Types of budgeting and its resources, Library statistics, and annual report.


  • Organizations of knowledge: Library cataloging: Concept, meanings, and definitions.
  • Entry types and cooperative cataloging.
  • Standard of bibliographic description: Standard formats: MARC 21, ISBD, ISO, SSN, ISBN, and latest trends in library-cataloging.
  • Normative principles of cataloging
  • Rendering and choice of Headings: SEARS, LCSH.

Computer application to library work

  • Computer software, hardware, and file organization.
  • Network and networking services and concepts: Online services, browsing, internet, and more.
  • Digital libraries.
  • Computer applications to library and information work: cataloging, classifications, indexing, abstracting, and reference services.
  • Library software: E-Granthalaya etc.

Note: Candidates can download the complete KPSC Chief Librarian Syllabus from the official website of KPSC after the release of the official notification.

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