How to Prepare?
- PERSONALITY IS THE KEY.
- 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.
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.
7. BE HONEST
Don’t make up your answers with false facts; as they’ll figure it out straight away.