Interview is the final stage of the civil services exam. A good score in IAS interview ensures not just a rank in merit list but also rank in sought after All India services. Most of the students take interview lightly. However, as the results of the interview determine the final score of the candidate, students can gain as high as 80% and as low as 20%, the preparation of interview is most important.
1. Have you identified the possible questions for the interview?
It is important to identify the areas from where questions can be asked. We prepare detailed assignments containing questions on every information provided by the candidate in the mains form. As per our past experience, 80 % of the questions asked to the candidate in the interview are already included in our assignments. The detailed assignments can be downloaded from link given below on this page. These detailed assignments will consist questions on the following aspects:
Possible Questions on candidate, candidate’s family, town, district and State can be asked.
Also, questions on Hobbies, Achievements, Interests, Work Experience, Educational Background, Choice of Service, Choice of Cadre etc can also be asked.
2. Are you asking your seniors what they were asked ?
The above exercise will guide you as to the pattern and type of questions asked in the interview. Also, knowing the questions asked in the interview will bring confidence in you.
3. Are you taking many Mock Interviews?
Regular interviews generate confidence in the candidate, help candidate to identify those areas of preparation which need to be emphasized and gradually he/she learns the art to take interviews.
Start taking mock interviews; don’t wait till your preparation is complete. The preparation is never complete even uptill the day of the interview.
4. Are you thorough with current affairs?
Current affairs are an important part of interview preparation. Questions related to current affairs are generally asked during the interview. Current affairs should be thoroughly prepared so that any question relating to the current affairs can be answered well.
Watch this video to understand how you should prepare Current Affairs for UPSC Interview
5. Are you undertaking quick revision of general studies and optional?
Sometimes the questions in the interview are asked from conventional general studies and optional subject. Thus, quick revision of mains syllabus is also required.
6. Are you well versed with your Educational Background and Work Experience?
It is customary for the UPSC interview board to ask candidates on their educational background and work experience. Get clarity on your job role and organisation you work for. Also, do overview the important topics which can be asked from your educational background.
7. What should be your strategy to prepare for UPSC Interview?
Ask the questions to yourself and try to frame answer for these questions. The better way is tell someone to ask a number of questions to you or you can even record the questions, play question on the recorder, pause the recorder and then answer the question. This will improve your articulation and help you in organizing your thoughts while giving answers to the board.
Watch this video to adopt the right strategy to prepare for interview
Assignment for UPSC Interview Preparation
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