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Kashmir Administrative Service is a premier service in govt sector in our UT of Jammu and Kashmir. It can be better called Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS).
JKPSC is the body to carry out the whole recruitment process for this examination.
This examination is considered to be the toughest examination in our UT.
Many aspirants apply for this service and it has been analyzed that about 35 to 45 thousand aspirants apply for the said examination each time the JKPSC notify for application forms.
The number of posts advertised is very less.
For example, there were only
- 99 posts in 2013
- 51 posts in 2014
- 277 posts in 2016
- 70 posts in 2018
- and recently 187 posts in 2021
It had been notified by JKPSC that the coming notification would be having 257 posts in 2021 but later on, JKPSC notified only 187 posts for the year 2021.
So there is huge competition among the aspirants.
So we will briefly talk about the preparation strategy for the new candidates who are aspiring to clear this examination.
The following points must be kept in mind:
- Download the syllabus of JKPSC KAS from the JKPSC official Site and analyze the syllabus very thoroughly.
- Download the previous year's question papers and analyze them. You may also analyze the previous UPSC papers as the pattern of KAS is now similar to that of UPSC since 2018.
- Choose your optional subject very effectively and wisely. Preferences should be given in choosing the subject of your interest or the one you have post-graduation or any specialization in.
- Collect the good online and offline material for study.
- Choosing the study material is a very crucial step because you need to know what to read and what not.
- Complete the basics first by studying NCERT Books from 6th standard to 12th standard. It may take about 4 to 6 months depending on your pace.
- Start studying some authentic books like Lakshmikant for Indian polity, Nitin Singhania for Economics, Majid Hussain for Geography, Lexicon for Paper 4 of Mains, Arihant GS of Manohar Panday, etc
- For current affairs read the Hindu Newspaper regularly and study vision Ias Monthly magazines.
- For Preliminary Test, give about 3 to 4 months before the exam, study all GS, and Practice CSAT paper regularly.
- For essay writing, practice daily, and write essays effectively by adding current affairs facts into the essay content.
- For a new candidate, it may take about 1 to 1.5 complete years to completion of the Syllabus.
- You may join some test series also in order to improve your answer writing skills.
- At present, the Preliminary Examination consists of two papers—Paper-I General Studies of 150 marks and Paper-II (one subject to be selected from the list of optional subjects of 300 marks) thereby making a total of 450 marks. However, under the new pattern of the Preliminary Examination will comprise two papers of 200 marks each thereby making a total of 400 marks. There will be no optional subject and both will be in General Studies, the Same as the UPSC prelims exam.
- the existing Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) Rules, there is
- Paper-II Essay in English with 150 marks, Paper-III General Studies with 300 marks, Paper-IV General Studies with 300 marks, and Paper V, VI, VII, and VIII each of 300 marks. Moreover, any two subjects are required to be selected from the list of optional subjects for the Main Examination.
A new pattern of Jkpsc.
- General Studies - Will be counted for qualifying for the Mains exam of 200 Marks.
Paper 2 CSAT
- This paper is qualifying in nature and must score at least 33%. Marks not counted for going to mains of 200 Marks.
Paper-I Essay writing
- Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
Paper-II General Studies I (250 marks
- (Indian Heritage and Culture,
- History and Geography of the World and Society) with special reference to J&K.
Paper-III General Studies II (250 marks)
- Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) with special reference to J&K.
Paper-IV General Studies III (250 marks
- Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) with special reference with J&K.
Paper V General Studies IV. (250 marks)
- (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)
- Paper VI Optional Subject Paper-I (250 marks)
- Paper VII Optional Subject paper-2 (250 marks)
- Then finally interview (275 marks)
Eligibility Criteria for JKPSC KAS-
- A Candidate must be a permanent resident of J&K State.
- A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University in India or from a Foreign University declared by the Government in consultation with the Commission to be equivalent to a degree from a recognized University.
Age Criteria –
- The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years
- The upper age limit for the general category is 32 years.
- In the case of an individual belonging to SC, ST, and Physically Challenged applicants the upper age limit is 37 years.