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:
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:
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.
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