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How to Prepare?

  • The candidate must know how to perform in the Personality test and what needs to be avoided.
  • Small things may have a huge effect on the Interviewer. Understanding these small details needs regular practice and evaluation.
  • The main goal of the interview is to evaluate the candidate’s potential for having good administrative abilities. The panelist’s purpose is to evaluate a candidate’s personality for civil service, not to test their knowledge. That has already been done in MAINS.
  • MOCK INTERVIEWS are not always enough. Verbal discussion on a regular basis about various topics with the appropriate mentor is crucial for this. Personality Development is not an overnight process. It takes times. It is not so difficult if you are sitting in front of the right mentor.
  • Tips to prepare for the PERSONALITY TEST

1. Know Your Application Form

Everything you mentioned in your DAF, be it the implication of your name, your school, educational institute or your residence, might be discussed in the interview. So, read your form multiple times, jot down all possible questions and prepare concise answers. Do not write incorrect things. It can put you in trouble.

2. Views On Current Events

In this case, your overall preparation holds importance. Do not forget to stay updated about the current affairs topics after MAINS exam as sometimes, aspirants in the anticipation of the MAINS result can’t focus on the news and the panel might ask you something from that period as well.

3. Appropriate Response to Hypothetical Situations

You might be given hypothetical circumstances where as an IAS/IPS/IFS officer you would have to tackle that situation. So it would be expected from you that before appearing for the interview, you have studied about the duties and obligations of an officer.  Your response to the queries must fall within the limits of your rights.

4. Body Language

While responding to the queries, you should stay calm and composed, be confident, and be honest if you are unsure of the answers. You may politely skip the question by saying, I’ll have to read more about it, “I’ll have to take it for now”, etc.

5. Verbal Communication

Try to be articulate while responding to the questions. The interview panel examines how you talk and what words you choose to convey your notions.

6. Attire

Formal attire is best for the interview. To seem professional, males can wear dark pants and a light-coloured shirt and female candidates can go with a plain saree or churidar.


Don’t make up your answers with false facts; as they’ll figure it out straight away.


Kavish IAS

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What demotivates aspirants is the idea that at least 4-5 attempts are a must to qualify UPSC CSE EXAMS. This is absolutely incorrect. It’s true that this exam demands time to prepare but that’s not more than 2 to 3 years. It’s a learning process where you will make multiple mistakes and so, would need time to rectify them too. Most aspirants do not realise this fact and waste their attempts with inadequate preparation, which in turn, demotivates them. So, you need a mentor to guide you in this journey and tell you WHEN TO START and HOW TO START your preparation. Also before knowing what to study an aspirant has to first know WHAT NOT TO STUDY in this era of overflooded information around us. This is where the role of a Mentor becomes all the more important so that you do not waste your crucial time reading unnecessary content.
Aspirants often have a misconception that at least 13-14 hours a day must be given to this exam. Again, this is not true. UPSC preparation is journey of not only gathering knowledge, but also of overall character and personality development. So, if you utilise 13-14 hrs a day only in studying, you won’t get time to interact with the outside world and evolve properly and this wouldn’t help in the training process. Diligent engagement of 5-6 hrs a day would be enough for the preparation and that’s why KAVISH IAS suggests its students to start planning from their graduation only, as regular practice will definitely help you reach your goal.
Many Institutes recommend starting UPSC preparation from 6th standard NCERT books and go through graduation level textbooks, which is not true. Also, the aspirant is prescribed to go through the entire newspaper every day. Reading so much of hefty content on a daily basis is a tedious and boring job to do. Such misconceptions only waste the aspirant’s valuable time and money. Each individual is different and accordingly he/she should be suggested where to start from. Coming to current affairs, news reading and its analysis is a skill that needs to be taught in the beginning, and with time the aspirant can himself decide what to read and how to read. Analysing and jotting down the essentials becomes easy for the student after a few months.
Another myth that students fear is that ‘UPSC IS DIFFICULT AND ONLY IIT OR TOP COLLEGE GRADUATES CAN CRACK IT ’. UPSC is open for graduates from every stream and doesn’t prefer anyone based on his/her background. So if you are willing to dedicate your time in this preparation, you can surely succeed in this exam with a good rank.