What Happens in the Interview?
The Personality Test is the final stage of the UPSC Civil Services Examination, which evaluates the candidate’s suitability for administrative roles. The interview panel comprising of eminent government officials from different sectors, assesses the basic personality attributes like candidate’s body language, communication skills, honesty and vision along with some critical traits like mental alertness, power of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social unity and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. So, it is imperative to be well-prepared, confident and eloquent while answering questions so as to impart a positive impression.
The interview generally lasts for about 20 to 40 mins. The questions will be in a discussion mode between the panel and the candidate. The panel examines the inherent personality of the candidate rather than only knowledge (as it has already been tested in the Mains and Preliminary exams). Along with the 1750 marks of MAINS exam, the Interview adds 275 marks and holds significant importance in the overall ranking and can transform one’s life.
You will be given hypothetical situations where you have to propose the possible right action as an IAS/IPS/IFS officer, your opinion on various trends will be analysed. Your morality and honesty will be assessed. Some of the questions that can be asked could be on the modern as well historical perspective of various topics. A candidate need not panic if he/she does not know everything about a particular topic because the panel will judge you on the basis of your capabilities of tackling that situation and how you have added your values to the matter. This needs practice and honesty along with daily news reading and analysing.