IAS interview or the UPSC Personality Test is the final stage of the selection procedure of the UPSC IAS Exam. this is a face-to-face personality test. UPSC IAS Interview questions test the candidates’ mental acuity, general awareness, social etiquette, and overall personality. Generally, an IAS interview lasts for about 20 minutes and aspirants face interview questions that cover a broad range of topics. Candidates who get to qualify IAS Mains, only archives the opportunity to attend IAS Interview. This test does not judge your knowledge rather it is all about your presence of mind,psychological health and wits, and control over language.
When you have managed to crack IAS Mains and got the Interview letter in hand, this makes you more confused about what to do next. In the following article will give you about what are the do’s and don’t along with the probable questions with suggestive answers. Here are the tips:
Here will discuss all the things and strategies you should not do whether in the preparation period or in IAS Interview to gain better scores and create a good impression on the interviewer of UPSC IAS Exam:
Be conscious about IAS Interview. Don’t take it lightly. As it is the final stage pf the selection process and you have really worked hard to achieve it so far, it can be the make-or-break situation and one step towards your goal.
Never underestimate the persons on the board. They have vast experience and knowledge. Don’t be too casual on serious questions. Give respect to the board members who take your personality test.
As in the time of your preparation of IAS Mains, you maintain a daily routine to spend time in reading Current Affairs and Newspapers, continue to do so even after the exam. It will sharpen your mind as well as keep you updated. Newspapers are important even for IAS Interview. Board Members can ask questions from contemporary issues and affairs from your locals, districts or even your point of view about national movements.
Never lie about yourself or make up any falsified answers which have no base on reality and never lie to impress the UPSC Interview Board Members. Never create facts out of thin air to make your resume look good. If your fake answers are caught which they often do, they will take legal action against you.
UPSC Board members are often experienced which leads them to look especially for some moral qualities. The will ask questions that will reveal your mental alertness, variety and depth of interest, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgment and intellectual and moral integrity.
Many UPSC candidates are seen to be carried about by the rumours about the personality test. Certain board members are really tight in awarding with maks while others are perceived as liberal. But it totally depends on your performance. The marks of IAS Interview are notably on the one-day performance.
Many candidates have seen to be mugged their introduction the answers to many probable questions. Don’t mug up. Be sincere but not serious. If you mug up such variable things this might be forgotten out of nervousness. Practice answering in front of the mirror so that you can maintain eye contact with the board members and maintain the concept of your answer without mugging up.
Here our main focus will be what you should maintain to gain a better score. IAS Interview preparation is not the same as IAS Exam preparation. Here all you need to present the best of your self not about your knowledge.
As IAS Mains preparation takes time, IAS Interview also takes a lot of time. So, it is very important not to lose time. Start early. Don’t wait for the results of the UPSC Civil Services Main Exam. Start polishing your personality as early as possible.
One of the most crucial things is knowing yourself. We hardly know ourselves. A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the hearts. We always long for the unknown but never try to know ourselves. But Interview is a place where the interviewer test how much do you know about yourself. Try to know the different aspects of your personality, even hidden or unknown. If any of your personality traits do not suit an IAS officer, try to overcome that weakness.
There are a few questions asked on hobbies as it represents your taste and interests. More than 2-3 hobbies considered as your lock of concentration in one thing. Mostly these are asked to light up the mood. Make sure you start well. Don’t give cliche answers. Hobbies help the interviewer to understand the personalities of candidates. Keep practising your hobbies till the last week before the UPSC interview.
Good communication skills are really important. Here are some steps which you can do: listen to what people are saying, practice to speak in public or in group and establish your point logically, give negative feedbacks with utmost sincerity and politeness if needed, and try to speak in a friendly manner to everyone so that it will become your habit.
It is essential for any IAS interviewee to develop self-confidence. Here are some tricks to show presents your confidence without being overconfident: always think positively, blow off all the negative thoughts with positivity, don't be too hard on yourself, maintain a good healthy diet, don't imagine too much in your brain, know where you are going and speak in average speed and maintain motion of your preparation by achieving the daily goals. Such small steps will affect in your big steps.
There are several creative ways to keep a positive attitude: maintain a gratitude journal or any journal to clear your mind, take care of both your physical and mental health, you can unwind, de-stress, and have some “you” time, you can start your day with yoga to lift up your energy, and avoid listing to gossips or any rumours news. This way can develop a positive attitude any IAS Candidate need with good physical fitness.
A very crucial part of IAS Interview preparation is to revise the optional subject. Many candidates have experienced that they have been encountered questions from the optional subject and the reason behind choosing the particular subject as an Optional subject. Brush up recent happenings related to your optional subject.
The minimum qualification of an IAS candidate is graduation or equivalent degree from any university recognized by State/Central government. So, it is desired from you that you already have good control over the subject you gained the graduation degree and the reason behind choosing the graduation subject, choosing the particular university even.
Master the art of giving to-the-point answers. Very often, long answers can be condensed into crisp, but interesting statements. Crisp answers carry a strong statement of your depth of knowledge. You can take other professions’ help to develop such a way of speaking.
Your point of view matters and they should be well-balanced and impartial. Ideally, you should be without any political or social biases. Once you take a stand on controversial topics, be prepared with your justification for the same. Don’t give sweeping generalizations without a proper base.
India is full of cultural diversity. So, Questions may be asked about the district and state. Collect details about your hometown. Know the problems in your village or city. Be prepared with solutions as well. Also, brush up the resent affairs related to your state as well as your district and locals.
Body language speaks more than spoken words. Reinforce your spoken words through your body language. Avoid gestures that do not suit the occasion. Avoid habits like nail-biting, smoking, excessive drinking, being late, etc.
Rehearsals help to avoid common mistakes. Good mentors and friends can find your strengths and weakness and suggest necessary suggestions. In this process do not love your genuine personality because your true-self only can make you stand out of the crowd.
Always remember that the previous day and the morning of the interview are very crucial and can play with your mental stability. That’s why we are here providing a few guidelines along with the above-mentioned tips, that every candidate should follow on the interview day so that they could present themselves as they wanted in the preparation period.
It is gravely suggested that after receiving the call letter of the IAS Interview, on two-day before or the previous day, check the venue so that you will be aware of the shortest route or the timing of the transport. This will help you to reach on time on the Interview day and no need of searching for the venue on the interview day.
On the day of the Interview, maintain a formal dress that is well-pressed and clean. For men, a shirt and professional trousers are most preferable. For women, matte coloured saree or shalwar kameez would be good as they both are well-recognized dresses in India. Otherwise, they can wear western formal dress. Avoid wearing jewellery, unnecessary accessories, like vibrant make-up, sunglasses, etc for both men and women.
Electronic gadgets like cellular/mobile phones, any other devices for communication, laptop, Bluetooth device, and calculator are banned inside the examination hall as well as in the interview of IAS.
A good diet is key to good health. Don't eat too much meat of go vegetarian for a few days before IAS Interview if possible and don't eat too much spicy food either. Try to get a basic check of your health if possible a few days before to ensure that your health is perfectly fine.
Never arrive late. Your arrival shows your punctuality and time management. If possible fix your ride to the interview hall to reach safely. Depart from your location 1 hour before the necessary time to avoid traffic or any probable disruption at all.
We advise you to carefully verify the documents before-hand to avoid last-minute panic. Ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready. If possible, collect all the essential documents on the previous night.
When it comes to IAS personality test, your personal experiences can help you a lot. The majority of questions posed by the interview panel (excluding the technical ones) would relate to the general socio-economic and political problems faced by India as a country in a variety of fields.
On the other hand, they can ask questions about your working experience. Do not makeup experiences of you don’t have.
Copies of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) will be shared with each of the board members. It is extremely important not to fumble on personal questions. Revise your bio-data many times and prepare well for questions from areas like hobbies, education, work experience, service-preference, etc.
Question will undoubtedly puzzle you for being from a wide area of subjects and topics. You may not know the answer even. UPSC, the conducting board know that none knows everything under the moon and sun. Therefore, If you do not know anything about a topic you are asked, then admit that you do not have any idea. Don’t panic. Keep calm.
These motivational tips will definitely benefit you to prepare yourself for IAS 2020 Interview. The nation is going through an epoch-making year of Crisis due to National Lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic. But even if such hard times when the maintaining preparations are really hard, we will unquestionably help you to keep your steps toward the goal and wish you very best.
Ques. Why is the UPSC interview called a personality test?
Ans. Actually IAS Interview is a conversation between the UPSC Board Members and the IAS Mains qualified candidates. There is a saying “Actions speak louder than the words” . just like the quote, this interview is to examine every action, bodily postures, facial expressions by the psychologist. They already know about your depth of knowledge. They try to know how you manage pressure and the manner of your language. Questions will be more factual or even situational to bring out the true self of each candidate.
Ques. Why do UPSC candidates get rejected in interviews?
Ans. Interview carries 275 marks out of total 2025 and these 275 marks can be life-changing. A candidate’s marks in mains certainly speak for his/her preparation and knowledge. Poor performance can cost as much as 50 marks leading to failure in not making to the list.
There are many students who repeatedly clear mains but fail to see their names in the final list. Generally, the word getting rejected in the interview is used for such cases. However, the real reason is that the marks secured in mains are generally not enough to compensate for poor marks in the interview.
Ques. What is IAS medical test?
Ans. UPSC will allocate each candidate a date and hospital. On that specified date, candidates are advised to go tote hospital for their medical examination.
After the medical exam, if there is found not to fulfill these prerequisites, the candidate will not be selected. This medical test is mandatory for each interviewee of IAS exam. Thus Medical examination is one of the most important factors. Competition of medical test is essential for future smooth service accordingly.
Ques. Is it so tough to get through the IAS interview?
Ans. IAS Interview contains 13% of the total weightage. UPSC CSE Interviews are considered difficult because of their unpredictable nature, dependency on the luck factor, the subjectivity of the board, and other issues. There are certain characteristics like confidence, calmness, and composure, speaking with rationality and humility will help you portray a positive image.
Ques. What are the interview questions for IAS?
Ans. Anyone would agree that IAS Interview Questions are really unpredictable. Here are the 15 most probable questions:
Ques. What is the importance of mock interviews for UPSC?
Ans. We recommend Mock Interview any candidate should attend 3-4 mock interviews so that they can polish themselves and see them through other people’s eyes. The necessities of mock interviews are:
Ques. How unpredictable is IAS Interview?
Ans. IAS/ Civil Services panel interviews/ personality tests are a bit like the weather: they are both predictable and unpredictable. The interview is predictable as much as UPSC is recruiting civil servants. But beware of surprising questions. Your grip over the moment and your self matters. They already know how intelligent you are but what they want to know that how quickly how straightforward and smart you are in different situations.
Ques. What is the eligibility for the medical fitness test for IAS?
Ans. Candidates will be sent to a hospital for medical test on a specified date to check if you are medically eligible or not. Here are the physical standards for the medical fitness test for IAS:
Ques. How many interviews are there in the IAS exam?
Ans. There are 8-9 separate UPSC interview boards. Each board consists of a chairman and 4-5 members. The chairman of each board is a UPSC member. The other four members are external members invited by UPSC.
Ques. Can I face UPSC interview in Telugu?
Ans. Yes, you can. You are always welcome to give an interview in your mother tongue. But the problem is if you give your interview any other language than English/Hindi, there might not be a translator or if there is one, in the process of translating, the originality and the fluency of the interview gets hampered.
Ques. What is the duration of IAS interview?
Ans. The duration of IAS Interview differs. It can last from 20- 30 minutes depending on the board members and the candidates.
Ques. How much 10th and 12th marks matter in the IAS interview?
Ans. The marks of 10th and 12th, even the graduation marks does not matter. Even if you have scored less in these exams, you can reach the IAS Interview level. But you might be asked the reason for your poor performance in these exams. We recommend you to justify your answer properly, this may show how you have learned from your mistakes.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.