Tips: IAS Interview
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UPSC Interview questions range from questions about your choice
of subject to why you want to join the civil services. It is good to answer
honestly but at the same time avoid cliches like wanting to do service to the
nation etc. Questions on your hobbies are imperative so prepare well as they
expect some indepth knowledge on that. Questions relating to your name, your
college or school name are also a big posibility. If someone well-know shares
one of these names please also prepare on that. Also learn up about important
events on the year or date of your birth. As you can see, UPSC Interview
questions are mainly from what you have filled in your form including your
subject but here it is more a test of logic and presentation and awareness
rather than pure subject knowledge. In the UPSC interview many questions are
situational like what will you do if a Tsunami strikes your district and you are
the DM/Collector/SP. Questions on your choice of service preference also need to
be prepared. Current affairs analysis is important too.
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Tips To Improve Your Performance At The UPSC Interview
- There are generally 5 members at the board
with the Chairperson seated at the center. Enter confidently and greet the
Chairperson, who will probably welcome you, and pleasantly nod at other
members. Wait till you are asked to sit.
- Intelligent listing is the mantra, and for this maintaining eye contact
is very important. You should not glare but all the same appear attentive
and do not glance at other members, it can be very distracting for the
interviewer. However if some other member asks you anything, look at that
member and answer and turn back to the first - this is what we do in normal
- Do not fidget or throw your hands around, or shake your head. Less
amount of movement does not mean you should sit unnaturally stiff. Your
posture should be attentive and relaxed at the same time. Do not crouch/bend
forward or place your hands on the table.
- Cut your answer short to the required patience shown by the member
talking to you. They usually like to talk more, so listen carefully and
think for a few seconds before you start answering the question. This will
show that you are organising your thoughts in mind before starting to speak.
- Leave some room for difference in opinion. Do take a stand, but do not
look adamant or unwilling to appreciate the board's opinion.
- Use couple of words from the question while answering any question. It
shows you have listened to the question carefully. But at the same time
limit the use the technical jargon.
- Listen very carefully. Come to the central issue of the enquiry
immediately. Wild guessing or speculation are a complete no no.
- Do not start evaluating your performance while still inthe interview.
Even if you have committed mistakes in the beginning, do not think that you
have already lost the game. They are looking for warm, sensitive respectful
and attentive youngsters. They know you are good or you would not have come
- Talk humbly about your achievements and hobbies. You may have mentioned
some hobbies in the form without serious background in them, but before the
interview it would be useful to pick up some basic info on the hobby.
- Say less to convey more. Less is more these days as per the minimalist
creed. Argue logically and generalise correctly. Do not try to read too much
between the lines.
- Remember, while answering any question, what is easy to see is easy to
miss. We often tend to miss the obvious and go for some non-crucial aspect
of the subject.
- Get up to leave only when the chairperson asks you to, not because you
think everyone has asked a question. Similarly, even if someone has not
asked a question and the chairperson asks you to leave then please leave.
Some members do not ask questions at all, due to various reasons like
- Before leaving politely thank the chairperson and nod at the others
politely. Avoid saying "Have a good day sir". A "Thank you Sir/Madam" is
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