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HOW TO ENTER THE INTERVIEW ROOM :


  • Enter the room by knocking the door and confidently greet the board with a smile.

  • Wait till you are asked to sit.


CATEGORIES OF QUESTIONS ASKED IN UPSC INTERVIEW

QUESTIONS ON GENERAL CURRENT AFFAIRS : The crucial issues form a handful of questions in interview. Thus stay connected with current affairs and never forget your optional. Mere knowing the issue is not important you must be able to analyze and form a good judgment on them apart from providing solution for the same.


  • EXAMPLE : What are today’s headlines?

  • TASK : Knowledge about crucial issues and analysis of the same – Source : Current Affairs ( 2018 -2019 – NOV – MAR most important)

  • HOW TO PREPARE FOR THEM ? Group discussion : discuss with your family members friends or mentors .


QUESTIONS BASED ON SITUATIONS :Provoking situations and stressful hypothetical questions would be asked to test your ability to work under stress along with your presence of mind.


  • EXAMPLE : “What will you do if I run away with your sister?” The candidate smartly replied, “Sir, I will never find a better match than you for my sister.”

  • TASK : Presence of mind to solve situation based questions + answer without getting provoked or biased.

  • HOW TO PREPARE ? Train yourself with PY interview questions


DAF BASED QUESTIONS – Based on the details given in your DAF questions would be asked – they may be general or even specific. Never give lengthy answers be to the point. Make sure you are well aware about what you provide in your DAF as that it the source for questions which would be posed for you.


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Questions may be based on

1. Your name

2. Choice of career

3. Hobbies

4. Your profession

5. Educational institution – its background etc

6. Service chosen


  • EXAMPLE : Tell us briefly about yourself.

  • TASK : Knowing each and every aspect about your hobby + any subject given in the DAF – latest hot topic on DAF subject matter too may be asked + answering to the point would be difficult but lengthy answers will cause trouble ---- watch out at the same time the longer the interview the chances of scoring would be high.

  • HOW TO PREPARE : Group discussions + mock questions + PY questions


BASIC BODY LANGUAGE FOR UPSC INTERVIEW

  • Have eye –contact

  • Do not fidget or throw your hands around or place them on the table.

  • Less amount of body movement is all that is required.


PREPARATION METHODOLOGY :


This preparation has to be done in THREE parts.

· PART 1: Gaining the knowledge and storing them in your virtual memory,

· PART 2: Develop conversational skills and THIRD to develop personality traits.

· PART 3 : The candidate should make a self-analysis of his/ her strengths and weaknesses on these three points and make a conscious effort to work on them.


ANSWERING GUIDANCE :

  • Intelligence – Knowledge about required facts and data + able to analyze them with clarity = finally express them with a positive attitude.

  • Personality – alertness to the situation which would be studied by the quick reflex given by the aspirant for the questions asked.

  • Balance of judgment – All answers must be free from any sort of prejudice . As we grow up at the mist of this society each one develops some sort of prejudice inherently and they try to influence all our life judgments that must be left free while answering in UPSC.

  • Eg: As a woman she may develop a sense of feminism as this society has been harsh on her since ages this may reflect in her answers

  • Must be quick and reliable in making decisions

  • Honesty

  • Awareness and concern for socio-economic problems

  • All above must be present at situation of maximum stress – CAPACITY TO ACT UNDER STRESS

  • Leadership




ANSWERING TECHNIQUE


  • intelligence – Knowledge about required facts and data + able to analyze them with clarity = finally express them with a positive attitude.

  • Personality – alertness to the situation which would be studied by the quick reflex given by the aspirant for the questions asked.

  • Balance of judgment – All answers must be free from any sort of prejudice . As we grow up at the mist of this society each one develops some sort of prejudice inherently and they try to influence all our life judgments that must be left free while answering in UPSC.

  • Eg: As a woman she may develop a sense of feminism as this society has been harsh on her since ages this may reflect in her answers

  • Must be quick and reliable in making decisions

  • Honesty

  • Awareness and concern for socio-economic problems

  • All above must be present at situation of maximum stress – CAPACITY TO ACT UNDER STRESS

  • Leadership


EASY WAYS TO PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW : SIMPLE HABITS


  1. Daily make a routine to discuss current affairs and recent issues with families and friends .

  2. Make self- evaluation on PY questions

  3. Record your answers in phone and analyze them ( mentors or friends help could be sought )

  4. Watch topper interview sessions


HOW TO MAKE SELF EVALUATION


  • Sit before the mirror – and try to answer questions : This will seem simple but it will help you know your personality – how you portray yourself to the board + ability to face a person – AIM : TO DEVELOP POSITIVE BODY LANGUAGE = RIGHT POSTURE + EXPRESSION + EYE CONTACT

  • Answer PY UPSC interview question – do not miss your optional based questions

  • Make sure you give answers of UPSC standards – compare your answers with other aspirants ( seek help of your family members or friends to compare the same )

  • Test your reflex by answering the question on the moment you read or hear it – do not prepare the questions by yourself and answer them later , that will not help you as UPSC interview is all about how you face the unexpected- you can only train yourself to best handle the questions but cannot predict exact questions.

  • Not only focus on what answers you give – right or wrong but also focus the way in which you express them. Your clarity of though plays the game.

  • Do not answer before the question is completed – never be restless – be calm and cool to respond.

  • Make sure you have good pronunciation – clarity in language without other language influence

  • Train yourself the answer questions in such a way in portraying your strength – lead the interview in the direction of your strength.

  • Answer to the point and do not give lengthy unwanted explanations – unnecessary explanations will help the board to trap you with questions.

  • Avoid giving extreme expressions viz : loud laughter , extreme tension, restlessness but try to stay calm and handle questions with mild expressions viz: smile, eye contact etc when needed.


SOME TIPS TO REMEMBER

  • Avoid saying , 'I am sorry.'

  • Avoid phrase, like: 'as you know', 'that's correct', 'of course', 'indeed', 'obviously', etc.

  • Don’t try to bluff your way out. The IAS interview is unlike any other interview you have encountered before, so don’t try bluffing strategies.

  • Don’t be concerned about theoretical questions. It is more about how you approach any question which is being asked to you.

  • Show human concern in the answers when needed.


HOW TO EXIT FROM INTERVIEW ROOM ?

  • Finally get up from the chair to leave only when the chairperson asks you to do so.

  • Before leaving, politely thank the chairperson and nod at the others members politely. Just "Thank you" is good enough

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