Know about Kerala PSC 2021 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

Know about Kerala PSC 2021 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme
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Kerala State Government conducts Kerala PSC (Public Service Commission) exam to appoint eligible applicants for different posts within the State. Kerala PSC exam is conducted each year and includes three stages in the exam. These stages include preliminary, mains, and personality test/interview based on which the eligible candidates get shortlisted.

Kerala PSC’s job roles and responsibilities include assisting the Government on the issues concerning Civil Services. Also, the department is responsible for publishing job notifications that are announced regularly. So, let’s know further about the exam pattern and marking scheme without wasting much time.

Kerala PSC 2021: Dates, Pattern & Marking Scheme

Kerala PSC 2021 will include written exams, practical tests, physical efficiency tests, and interviews to select the best candidate for the post.

Kerala PSC 2021 Exam Dates


Exam Date

Admit Card issue date

January 2021

Prelims exams

February 1st week, 2021

Result declaration of Kerala PSC

May-June 2021

Application form (Mains Exam)

1st – 2nd week of August 2021

Mains Examination

September – November

Kerala PSC 2021 Overview

Applicants planning to take the Kerala PSC 2021 test must refer to the below information to get more details about the exam.

Name of the exam

Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) Exam

Organizing body

Kerala Public Service Commission

Style of exam

Kerala KAS exam is divided into three phases including:

  1. Preliminary Stage (Screening Test) – 200 Marks
  2. Mains Stage (Descriptive Papers) – 300 Marks
  3. Personality Test (Interview) – 50 Marks

There are two papers in Kerala PSC 2021 prelims while applicants post-qualifying the prelims are supposed to appear in three main exams.

Kerala PSC Exam Pattern 2021

Please note the information about Prelims and Mains exam below:

Prelims Exam


Prelims Exam Info

Exam Mode

Online/Offline (OMR)

Total Papers


Name of papers

General Studies Paper I and General Paper II

Total Marks

100 marks for every paper

Maximum Marks


Timing of the exam

1:30 hours

Maximum time period

3 Hours

Type of questions asked


Mode of Exam

English, Malayalam, and Other Regional Language based on the notified post.

Options given in the question paper


Kerala PSC 2021 Marking Scheme

For every correct option, applicants will get one marks

Negative Marking


Main Exam

Mode of Exam


Total Papers


Paper Weights

General Studies Paper I, General Paper II, and General Paper III

Marks of each paper

100 marks for each paper

Maximum Marks


Time limit

2 hours for each paper

Maximum time allowed

6 Hours

Nature of questions

Descriptive written

Mode of Exam

English, Malayalam, and Other Regional Language based on the notified post.

Options count in MCQs


Negative Marking


Kerala PSC 2021 Preliminary Exam Papers

Different sections that are included in the prelims are presented below:



Maximum allocated Marks

General Studies Paper I

Geography, Reasoning, History, World History, Kerala Cultural Heritage, Simple Arithmetic, Mental Ability, Public Administration, Social Justice, Political System, Indian Constitution, Governance, and International Relations


General Studies Paper-II

Part I: General Studies


Part II: Language Proficiency Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam

Part III: English

There are two papers in the prelims - General Studies, and Language Proficiency. Both of these papers will have MCQs.

The time given for each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes.

The mode of the paper is English and Malayalam language.

Kerala PSC 2021 Mains Exam Papers

Check all the details related to the Kerala PSC Mains 2021 exam papers.



Maximum Marks

General Studies Paper I

Indian and History of Kerala, World History, and Kerala Cultural Heritage


General Studies Paper II



General Studies Paper III

Geography, Economics and Planning, and Current Issues in both Geography and Economics and Planning


Kerala PSC 2021 Mains exam is an explanatory and descriptive type of paper. There will be three papers i.e. Paper I, II, and III.

The weightage of each paper is 100 marks, and the time limit is 120 minutes for each.

Aspirants get the option to write answers in any of the languages including English or Malayalam language.

Kerala PSC 2021 Personality Test

The interview is conducted for those applicants who have cleared the mains exam. The total marks of the interview are 50.

Kerala PSC Marking Scheme 2021

Candidates can refer to the beneath information to get more details about the Kerala PSC 2021 marking scheme.

For Descriptive papers, the marking scheme will be based on the kind of questions asked.

For MCQs, candidates will get 1 mark for each correct option while 1/3rd mark will be deducted for every incorrect option.

Thus it is important to choose answers wisely.

Preparation Tips

Aspirants will get enough time between the prelims and the mains to easily prepare for all the stages of the Kerala PSC 2021 exam. 

Since the syllabus for both prelims and mains will not be the same, it is important to prepare an effective strategy while preparing for the exams.

It will be useful if you learn the Malayalam language as it will help you improve your overall scores.

Make sure to refer to the latest national and international news to help you get a good score in the general studies section.

Detailed understanding and responsiveness about Kerala government applications and guidelines will increase your chances of scoring better.

Make crisp notes so that you can revise the course later.

Also doing more mock tests and last year’s question papers will help you a lot in improving your performance. Moreover, you can judge your shortcomings and stronger points post, giving more tests for Kerala PSC. 

Applicants willing to take this exam next year will find the information helpful. The exact dates of the KPSC 2021 exam are not out yet. Please stay in touch with us for more information.

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