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Interview program starts from 15th June 2019 (Daily Dose program)

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This blog gives you a complete insight of interview, we will provide you all the important information for interview and for that we will analyse the following aspect: –

  1. Importance of interview in your final result
  2. Syllabus analysis of interview given in UPSC notification
  3. Essential qualities of a good personality- coming soon click here
  4. How to develop good sense of humour- coming soon click here
  5. 10 golden rules of interview- coming soon click here
  6. Stress management techniques- coming soon click here
  7. What to do and what not do­- coming soon click here

After going through each and every answer of the abovementioned questions we can tackle the interview well.

For an aspirant, Interview is the final hurdle in their way of success. Generally, UPSC Civil Service Examination is also known as the “Mother of all Exams” in India. If you want to become a permanent executive you must cross these three obstacles (PrelimsMains and Interview). You all can easily clear the first two stages but for the last stage we are there to help you in every way possible.

In UPSC terms, it is not a regular job interview – it is a test of one’s personality, integrity and honesty.

Importance of interview-

As stated earlier, IAS Interview preparation is a test of personality, not knowledge. This is because of the fact that UPSC analyses and judges the understanding of candidate’s theoretical knowledge gained in the Mains written examination.

During the IAS interview, the interviewer assesses the candidate’s personality by listening carefully to the candidate’s approach to the question, and probes him or her further based on that. A vibrant & positive candidate is what they look for.

An individual’s personality cannot be changed within a short duration of time just for the interview’s sake. Personality development is a process not one or three days process. The best ways to prepare for IAS interview after your Mains results is to approach all situations with a positive attitude.

Interview plays a very crucial role in your success because it is all about who you are? and its importance in exams (minimum pain maximum gain formula).

In the series of who you are?

  • The interview (Personality Test) evaluates not only your intellectual qualities but also awareness in contemporary events happening both at the global and national level. They judge the presence of mind, mental awareness, balance of perception, leadership qualities, moral and intellectual traits, simplicity and honesty.
  • To understand your administrative and problem-solving qualities it is important to develop a conversation. Conversations are the best way to know about any person.

Important Note for candidate

  • The interview is intended to know about candidate’s knowledge and interest not only in his specialized subject of academics but also in the events happening around him and whether he/she has comprehended the nature of problem through someone or through his/her own observation.
  • It is done for the evaluation of traits that are essential for being a civil servant, i.e., positive attitude, alertness of mind, quick decision-making power, free from any prejudice, ability to act in stressed situations and to handle difficult situations. It searches for the most suitable candidate who has:-
  • Willingness to acquire and learn new things
  • Open to new ideas especially in administrative arena
  • Flexibility of approach to any situation
  • Positive attitude on national, societal, environmental and developmental issue
  • Willingness to look for out of box solution

Second part of the interview requires less preparation but  more marks (minimum pain maximum gain formula)

  • The interview marks are very important and the deciding factor for one to be in the merit list, you must not leave any stone unturned in the preparation for the interview.
  • It is more so because majority of the candidates are able to secure only about 55 percent marks in the interview and are unable to get a job even after reaching the last stage of this exam.
  • This shows that how tough is getting marks in the last leg of the exam.

Syllabus analysis of interview as given by UPSC

The core division of syllabus of UPSC is Prelims and Mains.  The civil services Mains examination consists of two things- First it consists of written examination and second, the personality test that is known as “interview”.

Hence we can say that interview is a part of your Mains preparation and you should prepare it thoroughly. We will analyze the syllabus given by UPSC to the extent of mains syllabus.

Please remember two  things in your mind that- interview is the last part of your examination and it will be the biggest hurdle in your success if you do not prepare well.

The personality test is too difficult and needs different type of preparation & such preparation comes only after reading the course syllabus of the interview as notified in the notification of UPSC.

“The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity”.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.”


The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.”


Underlined terminologies of above paragraphs clarify the objective, technique and Syllabus of UPSC personality test.

  • The interview syllabus is divided into three segments- first segment deals with the comfort zone of the student and the level of interaction between board members and the candidate.
  • Second part deals with techniques related to the interview.
  • And third and most important part of the interview syllabus is testing the intellectual level of the candidate.

So we will start from the first part of the syllabus-

  1. Interviewed by a Board – this is about the member of the board who interviews you and your examination.
  2. Questions on matters of general interest- question on the matter of general interest means the first phase of your interview.It is a friendly conversation because they ask you about your general interest which is already mentioned in your detailed application form.

iii. Assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service, done by a Board of competent and unbiased observers- this part is more important because here the term personal suitability of the candidate is a broader perspective- it includes the following things

  1. Mental caliber of a candidate or mental alertness

We can develop it by these 8 simple ways

  • Learn a musical instrument.
  • Make time for family and friends
  • Start a new sport
  • Start doing crosswords
  • Eat well
  • Get good sleep!
  • Meditation
  1. Critical powers of assimilation

Assimilation means you have the capacity to “the process of taking in and fully understanding information or ideas.” So that they know your critical power assimilation. Critical power assimilation means you have power to grasp all dimensions of any particular issue and particular topic. If you have a good assimilation power you can score well in your exam, else you can improve it by adopting the following habits-

  • Reading about diverted ideologies
  • Watch TV debates like Rajya Sabha TV Lok Sabha TV BBC News Hindi English and various type journals
  • If you have time then organize a group discussion


  1. Clear and logical exposition: It gives an exposure to your personality that can be seen in your decision making and and in your work. UPSC Member wants to know the clarity and Logic Unit II of a candidate in the interview. They want to know the clarity of thought and expression of the current situations and any other hypothetical situation.
  2. Balance of judgment: Objectivity and Optimism. No cynics are needed. Balance of judgement has a big Corpus of Tibet but as a Civil Servant it needs to be summarized. One cannot assimilate all the aspects but he/she needs to make a balanced judgement which is good for both human being and government.
  3. Variety and depth of interest: This is the most important and interesting part of your interview which deals with your hobbies and passion. It is very critical for students, for example if you have hobbies like fashion then knowing how you will pursue it,gives a very generic identity of your personality.
  4. Intellectual and moral integrity: A synthesis of morality and intellect.
  5. Ability for social cohesion and leadership: Empathy to social problems and weaker sections.
  6. Intellectual qualities
  • Intellectual virtues are qualities of mind and character that promote intellectual flourishing, critical thinking, and the pursuit of truth.
  • They include: intellectual responsibility, perseverance, open-mindedness, empathy, integrity, intellectual courage, confidence in reason, love of truth, intellectual humility, imaginativeness, curiosity, fair-mindedness, and autonomy.
  • So-called virtue responsiblists conceive of intellectual virtues primarily as acquired character traits, such as intellectual conscientiousness and love of knowledge.
  • Virtue reliabilists, by contrast, think of intellectual virtues more in terms of well-functioning mental faculties such as perception, memory, and intuition. Intellectual virtues are studied extensively in both critical thinking and virtue epistemology.

So, from the above expressions it is clear that the main aim behind this segment is upsc wants to know the interest of a candidate in the following sector that is –

  • Subjects knowledge of your academics
  • Recent development in the various sphere of life on national level, international level and near about
  • Modern currents of thought new discoveries

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