Interview Tips

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On The Day Before Interview : What to Prepare ??

Dear Aspirants ,

Prepare the answers for the following questions as these will be helpful for the Interview:-

Reason for applying for Civil Services Exam!

  • a)Why do you want to be a civil servant?
  • b)Why want to switch the job to AIS / civil services, if already employed?
  • c)If having engineering / medical / technical qualifications – reasons for switching over to more administrative / generalist role!
  • d)How your technical /professional qualifications will be helpful in proposed job – civil services (Better to have some good examples- ex. Application of IT in e-governance etc.)

Choice of services for I.A.S./I.P.S/I.F.S and other civil services: 

  • *Reason for preferences inter se various civil service categories
  • *Preferences given for States
  • *Reasons for preferences among the states;
  • *How you will adjust on allotment to state, other than the native state: language / cultural adjustment etc.

@ Study / refresh / brush up of the knowledge on following items-

1. Native City / City of Education / City of work etc.

  • History of the Place;
  • Places of historical and cultural importance;
  • Major events of the city.

2.State / Region                                                 

  • Geography & History of the state / region;
  • Agriculture / Soil / Biodiversity / Forest;
  • Economic & Industrial Scenario;
  • Political & Culture; etc.

3.Education Background

  • About College / University
  • Streams of Studies: Degrees – reason for choosing;
  • Subjects Studies: Adequate Knowledge would be expected-
  • Refresh the important topics / issues / concept;
  • Any matter on these subjects which are in current news;
  • Application / utility of the study subject in the proposed job / civil services. (Better to have some examples)

4.Optional Subjects

  • Reasons for choosing the optional subjects ( if candidate choose optional subjects other than what they have studied);
  • Good knowledge about these optional subjects (Concepts, important topics; etc.) – better to refresh them from your notes / other resource materials.

5.Work Experience, if any

  • Nature of work; functions and responsibilities;
  • Knowledge about Organization;

Extracurricular activities /Hobbies:-

  • Care has to be taken while filling up the details about hobbies ( no bluffing )
  • What are your Hobbies? Reason for pursuing such a hobby;
  • Ensure that you have good knowledge about the chosen hobby;
  • What exactly you did if given opportunity to work in a NGO / voluntary organization;
  • Details of the prizes / certificates won etc. in Extracurricular activities, if any

Describe yourself!

Be yourself in replying such questions; you should able to substantiate / justify with concrete examples, if asked)

(Sincerity, Integrity, honesty, hard working, committed, responsive, leadership qualities, initiative and decision making are some of the terms generally used by candidates)

Interview / Personality Test generally focus on

  • a)Assessment of intellectual abilities; Social traits; leadership qualities;
  • b)Knowledge about happenings of national and global importance, range of interests;
  • c)Awareness and concern for socio-economic problems;
  • d)Alertness, clarity of thought and logical thinking; Judgment capability;
  • e)Attitude and confidence level;
  • f)Intellectual and moral integrity)


* A good personal appearance; wear neat / clean and well ironed dress;
*be yourself in the Interview

*Questions not able to answer

  • a)Better to say so politely; (I am not very sure about the answer of this question);
  • b)Be honest, don’t try to bluff or make wild guesses;
  • c)don’t panic or lose composure;
  • d)keep poise and smile intact;
  • * be careful in answering the questions, avoid certain terms, about which you are not sure, as they may lead to further questions;
  • * It is often noticed that some students despite doing well in written examination not able to perform well in interview because of inadequate communication skills and lack of confidence.
  • * Make a self-analysis of strengths and weaknesses; and work on them: 
  • a) Improve your communication skills;
  • b)Answers should be crystal clear and to the point;
  • c)Develop a positive attitude;
  • d)Talk softly and intelligently;
  • e)Have a positive attitude, alertness, mind, and a good decision making approach.
  • f)Greet Chairperson / pleasant nod at other members on entering the room;
  • g)Appear attentive during interview;
  • h)Make eye contact with chairperson / panel member while answering a question; and then generally look in the centre & not towards one member only;
  • i)Don’t be too casual on serious questions;
  • j)May take stand on a issue but not to adamant or unwilling to appreciate the board’s opinion;
  • k)Maintain Moral Integrity;
  • l)Give an expression of gratitude to the chairperson while leaving.

What Are The Toppers’ views About Interview ?

Board members analyse every aspect of a person viz., dressing style, body language, articulation of opinion, compassion and sensitivity about issues,” says Tina Dabi(AIR 1 CSE 2015).

“Give your complete effort during preparation for interview and be confident on the day of interview. Believe that your hard work never go in vain and be consistent in your effort,”says Nandini K R(AIR 1 CSE 2016)

“Never think that board members are meant for eliminating you or to insult you. You should have positive mindset.They just want to know about you.Moreover,they want to speak from the side of you,”says IraSinghal(AIR 1 CSE 2014).

“Of the most,understand why UPSC takes personality test,”says SurabhiGautam(AIR 50 CSE 2016).

“Be thorough with your optional,graduation subject and current affairs.Make a list of 100–200 most probable questions and prepare them well,” says Vipin Garg (AIR 20 CSE 2016 and Highest scorer in CSE Interview 2016).

“You need to know why do you want to be an IAS/IPS officer.Concentrate on body language,posture and communication skills.Try to read Madhukar Kumar Bhagat’s book on how to excel in Civil Services Interview(CSI),”says Roman Saini(AIR 18 CSE 2013).

“Half of the work will be done if you prepare Detailed Application Form(DAF)”says Saumya Pandey (AIR 4 CSE 2016).

“It is a personality test which is multidimensional.Your confidence level, opinions, the way you see an issue and understanding of social problems will get tested.Notably,board members might not show much interest on your knowledge,” says Athar Aamir(AIR 2 CSE 2015).

“Do not be biased. This point cannot be stressed enough. Whatever you say, make sure you have logical reasons supporting it. The interview is not a place to exhibit your prejudices or dogmatic thinking. Be open to new ideas or interjections by the board members. Try to be polite and accept your mistakes if pointed out. Please do not guess answers to factual questions. It is acceptable to say “Sorry Sir/Ma’am, I am unable to recall the answer to this.” and move on to the next question.” says Artika Shukla(AIR 4 CSE 2015)

June 14, 2020
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