Appearing for UPSC CSE interview,which is popularly known as IAS Interview, is not only a big challenge, but even a bigger opportunity for the candidates as they get to showcase all their knowledge, understanding, and aptitude for the coveted launch pad of their careers. In a simple term; it is the extract of the persistent efforts put in for at least one and a half years that carries the weight age of only 13.5 % of total. But the outcome of the interview influences the final result to a great extent. The range of marks for candidates who have qualified for the mains varies approximately from 34.5% to 40%. However, the same in the interview varies from 40% to 80%. Hence, interview acts as a great scoring area. This is reason enough to be battle ready to perform to the best and optimum in the interview.
After evaluating the academic knowledge of candidates in CSE mains, interview tests the overall personality and other related traits. Interview checks the confidence level, honesty, integrity, communication skills, opinion, and perseverance.
Having discussed its importance and purpose, following are some of the important points which will help in interview preparation:
- The candidate must be well versed with his/her Detailed Application Form (DAF). The analysis of below mentioned pointers should be properly done
- Every single word written in DAF must be thoroughly analyzed
- Meaning and origin of name. Any personality associated with the name
- Significance of date of birth (birthday). Important days and dates in the vicinity of birthday
- Hometown – famous for, importance, origin of name, geography, and history of the place
- Home State – geography, history, contemporary happenings in the state, political structure
- Sports – deep analysis and whereabouts of any sports mentioned, famous players associated with them, rules of the game, India’s performance and status in those sports, and all other related details
- Hobbies and interests – relevant details and concerned topics must be well prepared
- Educational background – analysis of place from where the candidate has completed his / her 10th, 12th, graduation, and other studies. Questions can be asked about the subject and stream of graduation. Recent developments with respect to the graduation subject
- Reasons for preference of cadres and services
There are few questions which have a higher probability to be asked in the IAS Interview. Handling them well will certainly help the candidate to leave a positive and favourable impression on the interview board
These questions must be prepared meticulously:
- Why do you want to join civil service
- What will you do if you do not get selected
- Why did you pursue professional course, if you had planned for CSE
- How can your present profile contribute and help you in administering the country
- Why didn’t you opt for your graduation subject as one of your optional in CSE mains
- Why should we select you
There are few topics about which your opinion must be well prepared and researched to share your perception and personality to the board members. Issues like corruption, violence against women, inequalities, criminalization of politics and other burning issues should be worked upon thoroughly
Current affairs topics must be well covered in subjective manner combined with candidate’s opinion.
Board members like honest and confident candidates. It is strongly suggested that in case you are not able to answer a question, you must make your inability known to the board rather than unnecessarily bluffing and stammering while groping for answers. A candidate should present the image of an ideal civil servant while being interviewed.