“Dedication, commitment, perseverance, hard work, focus, balance, self-belief, failure, and learning,” are the building blocks on which Shubham Gupta (IAS topper, 2018Rank 6) gained success.
Once the first two stages of the UPSC Exam is cleared, candidates turn their focus to the third and final stage – the Interview Round, also known as a Personality Test. A UPSC Civil Services interview lasts for 30 minutes with the purpose to check if the candidate is fit or has good administrative skills for a career in the civil services.
Mr. Jebasingh (IAS 2004) has said that the candidates shouldn’t waste time by memorizing facts and figures, but instead take a balanced approach to the questions. The candidates have to be politically neutral, honest, confident, and patriotic.
As this is an assessment of the personality, candidates should imbibe a few traits to be better prepared for the interview panel.
1. Mental Sharpness or Alertness
UPSC interview panelists are known to ask questions to test the mental alertness of the candidates. The questions asked could be from your immediate surrounding or any action you did that day, for example, the number of steps climbed before the interview.
Although it is not possible to note everything that happens around us, trying to inculcate the habit of mental alertness in our daily life, will help us to remain sharp. Try to build a co-relationship between things or try to identify important aspects that are related to the happenings around us.
2. Social Etiquette and Body Language
Once appointed as an IAS officer, you will be acting on behalf of the Indian government. You will be in direct contact or meeting with high profile people or dignitaries which requires a great level of knowledge or awareness in social etiquette and protocols. Another important factor is the body language where you will be judged on how you greet the panel, leadership qualities, and interpersonal skills.
3. Listening Skills
Paying close attention to the questions asked is of utmost importance. Never answer a question midway without listening to it completely. The questions might have hints on how to answer them. As an IAS officer, you will be required to listen to problems and find effective solutions.
4. Current Affairs & Socio Economic Issues
UPSC puts a lot of focus on current affairs, contemporary social and political scenario, general knowledge in all the three exams. They want the candidates to stay on top of all things happening around them. They would also ask about your opinions and prospective solutions to the problems. Candidates are expected to know and answer questions on problems faced by the people in states than their own.
5. Personal Experiences and Detailed Application Form
It would be good to answer the questions on socio economic and political problems based on your personal experience or perspective. The panel will ask detailed questions based on the application form submitted by the candidates. Questions asked will be based on your hobbies, birthplace, etc. So, prepare well to be able to answer smartly.
Finally, be yourself and answer truthfully all questions with an open mind and heart. Try to attend a few mock interviews to be well prepared. Want to know more? Visit our website or call us.