How to Prepare for IES Interview Round?

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Mar 4, 2021

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Sudeshna Bhar

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UPSC IES exam has three stages of the selection process – Prelims, Mains and Personality Test. UPSC IES 2021 Exam Prelims exam has been scheduled for July 18, 2021, and the IES 2021 Mains exam will be held on October 10, 2021. The expected date of the interview round is December 2021. Check IES Important Dates

The IES Interview round contains 200 marks. If any candidate can score 140 - 160 in the interview round it is considered to be a good score and there is a change of being a topper. IES Exam is known to have a success rate of only 0.5%.

In the following article, all the aspects of the IES Interview have been discussed along with the strategies and preparation tips for the personality test. 

What does IES Interview assess?

The Interview panel attempts to assess various qualities that make you an ideal candidate for the service.

  • The interview will try to bring out qualities such as intuitive powers, spontaneity, common sense, soft skills, leadership qualities, confidence level and team spirit.
  • Moreover, it will also check the depth of your technical knowledge and general awareness.
  • The interview panel will check your ability to analyze and solve practical situations.
  • You should definitely have sound knowledge of the current affairs including both national & international issues.
  • Through different sets of questions, they aim to reflect on your weaknesses & strengths.

How to prepare for the IES interview?

Here is a list of preparation tips for the interview round of the IES 2021 Exam that will aid the candidates in tackling the apprehensions that they have about the interview.

  1. Know the IES Interview: Go through the previous years’ IES Interview and Toppers’ tips. This is of tremendous help as it gives you a real picture of how the IES Interview is going to be, what the aspects are that the IES Interview focuses on.
  2. Assess yourself: Once you have gone through the IES interview of the toppers and previous years’ questions, you will know where you stand. You can sort out your weak areas and strong areas. Accordingly, plan and speed up your preparation.
  3. Scan the entire profile that you have produced to the Interview panel: You can always expect a lion’s share of the questions from your own profile such as your previous job experience, hobbies, your home state, college, your MTech thesis if you are doing MTech etc. Know that you cannot afford to make any mistake while answering these questions.
  4. Stay updated about current affairs: Read newspapers, current affairs blogs, take quizzes and stay updated about all the latest national & international affairs.
  5. Revise your subjects: The interview board also checks your technical & subject knowledge. You ought to have the basic concepts and understanding about your subject
  6. Improve your fluency: Practice answering various interview questions on your own. Record and review them to know your fluency. Check IAS answer writing
  7. Brush up your personality: Since the interview will evaluate numerous aspects of your personality, make sure you are always confident about the answers you give.
  8. The interview comes with tricky questions: There might be questions such as “What are your weaknesses?” Simply knowing about your weaknesses is not always considered wise. If you do have a weakness then it is anyhow considered negative. So for questions like these, you should direct the answers towards your strengths. You can frame the answer in this way “ I do have this weakness but on the positive side I am good at…” You can give the same type of answers for questions like, “Do you have this particular experience?”, in the case you don’t have it.
  9. Practice discussions: Practice discussion on your personal profile, on Hobbies, Interests, Degree Project, Extra & Co-curricular Activities etc.

This is not a preparation tip but does not forget to recheck how you present yourself in the interview. Wear clean, tidy clothes in which you feel comfortable and confident. Make sure that whatever you speak comes out with clarity. Do not try to be fast while speaking. Be humble yet confident.

IES Interview Questions

To make it simpler for you, we have compiled a set of common and important IES Interview questions that you might face in the IES Interview.

  1. Introductory IES Interview Questions

  • About yourself
  • Why have you chosen IES or the department?
  • Why should we select you?
  • About your hobbies, education, current job, the course of study whichever is applicable etc.

Tips: These questions check your basic personal profile and your commitment to the field that you want to enter. Your answer to these questions should be fluent, spontaneous and confident.

  1. Current affair IES Interview Questions

  • Newspapers have the ultimate answers to these questions. Multiply and expand your knowledge about the current affairs and trending topics about economics, politics and science & technology.
  • Questions in trending topic such as the Elections or Finance Budget 2020.
  • General Knowledge questions about your hometown, state, college,
  1. Technical IES Interview Questions

  • Technical questions can be of two types –facts-based and intuition-based.
  •  Fact-based questions vary according to the members of the interview panel. If the panel members belong to a certain department such as the railway, you can expect questions related to that. Hence study all the possible departments.
  • Have extensive knowledge of the topics of your syllabus. Having an upper hand on your own subject gives you a competitive edge.
  • Intuition based questions aim to assess your confidence in the areas that are out of your comfort zone and are most tricky. For eg: "How will you decide whether to for steel structure or concrete structure for a building?" "How will you increase the discharge in the Hooghly river in your State if you find most of the water of Ganges is going to Bangladesh?"
  • Here do not try to dope with irrelevant answers. Be honest and tell your viewpoint and if you cannot figure it out at all, say so in a diplomatic manner.
  1. Personality based IES Interview questions

Many questions aim to evaluate various aspects of your personality such as Leadership quality, team spirit etc.

Questions can be framed as:

  • "How will you guide the uneducated mass of workers?" "How will you tackle a worker strike?”
  • “How will you handle situations such as when your superior is committing a mistake and is not ready to face it?”

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.