IAS 2013 Interviews will be conducted in March and April 2014.IAS interview is often believed to be the toughest stage of the three tier examination process, and it becomes even tougher when we start fearing it. Therefore the first step in the preparation of IAS interview is to stop fearing it. The no fear approach need not however be artificially cultivated rather we need to appreciate that after having endured and overcome the tortuous mains exam, a candidate comes to acquire enough knowledge, acumen and insight to deal with the complex and intriguing problems of public life, with a fair degree of maturity and tact. Therefore anyone who has prepared well for the mains exam, thoroughly evaluated and processed the concepts and applications presented by the various disciplines within the fold of the syllabus of the IAS exam hardly needs to fear the attitude and knowledge testing questions posed during the interview, which is considered the most dreaded part of the interview.
Now, once you are confident with the attitude and knowledge testing part of the interview, what remains is just working over your presentation, composure and demeanor. These three elements are however again a part of your overall personality, which you have developed over a period of time and practically very little improvements are possible vis-à-vis these aspects in a short span of time after the mains exam.
Thus the key advice at this juncture is just to ‘be yourself’, without trying to bring in too many changes in a small span of time, which would eventually bring more harm than good. The only thing which one can and should do at this point of time is to polish his/her already acquired skills in some ways. Here are some important things one can do:
1. Stay abreast with the current events and keep practicing your analytical skills and insightful abilities by trying to see them in perspective, which primarily implies drawing useful meanings out of a whole lot of happenings which take place in the public domain( something you must have extensively practiced for the mains exam)
2. Try to attend mock interviews which will give you exposure to live settings. The feedback can help you learn from the mistakes you are likely to commit on the actual interview day. This exercise is particularly helpful to shine your presentation, composure and demeanor.
3. Work over your resume and hobbies part so that you can justify your past choices and interests and present an inspired and focused impression.
Last but not the least, have utmost faith in yourself, which will drive you to back yourself till the very end with confidence and poise.