The personality test/IAS interview
round is the last phase of the UPSC Civil Services examination. The purpose of
this round is for the UPSC board to evaluate a prospective IAS officer's
personality and way of thinking. You will advance to the final round after
giving your best effort in the UPSC Mains exam, and for those with a can-do
mentality, we've compiled the top 10 golden suggestions for qualifying for the
UPSC Civil Service Exam Interview.
Be courteous; before entering, gently
knock on the door and ask, "May I come in?" Don't enter right away
after asking; wait for the board members' reaction before doing so. Approach it
confidently and quietly. Once inside the room, say "Good Morning,"
"Good Afternoon," or "Good Evening" to each board member as
appropriate for the time of day and the interview session. When addressing the
board, it is advisable to stand up straight. If there is a female board member,
address her with the phrase "Good Morning Ma'am," "Afternoon,"
or something similar.
Since the Chairman typically speaks
for the entire board, acknowledge him or her while maintaining eye contact with
the other board members. It is advisable to stand until you are provided with a
seat after introducing yourself to the board members. Then, thank the person
who offers you a seat and the one who requests you to take a seat. Be polite
and kind instead of getting upset that you weren't given a seat since this
would go a long way towards making the interview go your way.
Dress appropriately for the
situation. You shouldn't wear bright or flamboyant clothing. It is recommended
that you wear a suit in a dark or dismal colour. Make sure your shirt's
collar is spotless, ironed and stiff. Check the shackles on your shirt; they
shouldn't be frayed at the ends. Shoes and socks should be worn, and socks
should be pulled up. Shoes should also be well-polished.
Ladies can choose decent traditional
formal attire like a saree or salwar suit, preferably in a neutral tone. It is
advisable to use minimal makeup and accessories that complement your outfit.
Last but not least, maintain your hairdo, it is recommended that you tie
your hair up because it will make you look well-groomed.
With the way you show yourself and
are dressed, you create a good first impression. Your interview will go south
from there if your appearance gives off the wrong impression. To make a good
first impression, present yourself professionally and tastefully before
Maintain personal hygiene
Present oneself neatly and cleanly to
the UPSC interview panel. Make sure you maintain neat nails, well-combed hair,
a smooth-shaven face, and a good haircut. If you have a beard, trim it to keep
it in place. Additionally, cleansing your face is advised to get rid of sweat,
oil, and debris and brighten your skin. Make sure you smell fresh and that
nothing offensive is coming from your body. According to the proverb,
"Your face is the index of your mind," and your appearance will
demonstrate how organised and disciplined you are. As a result, take care of
Avoid useless gestures.
It is advised that you practise your
gestures and body language. Face the board members at all times while sitting
upright. Do not continue tapping your feet on the floor or wagging your knees.
Avoid frequent coughing, sometimes adjust the throat, and refrain from fiddling
with your tie, collar, or coat buttons. Do not relax your elbows on the table
while you are seated. Avoid yawning throughout the interview. In fact, you
ought to eliminate any unneeded motions. You can and should maintain your
audible, and noticeable, and speak politely.
Avoid shouting or murmuring. Maintain
a clear voice, say each word aloud, without skipping any, and emphasise each
syllable as necessary. Speak to the board with energy and interest so that
everyone can hear you without having to ask you to repeat yourself. Look into
their eyes while speaking to the Chairman or the other members; avoid looking
at the ceiling, the table, the wall, or the floor. Avoid seeming robotic or
boring; instead, use a spirit-filled voice that will excite the board members
when they hear you.
attention and project that focus.
When the Chairman or a board member
speaks to you, pay close attention to what they are saying and refrain from
asking them to repeat themselves frequently. The board members may think you
are disrespectful if you close your eyes to concentrate on what they are
saying, so avoid doing so. You should also not assume that they will realise
you are concentrating. Do not interrupt them while they are speaking and pay
close attention until they have finished the question. Even if you have to
break the conversation, be polite and say, "Sorry to interrupt," then
go back to listening.
To avoid being duped by the board's
argumentative questions, confront the board members' opinions and attempt to
refute their claims. Instead, be careful and cautious while expressing your
opinions. When expressing your opinions, refrain from attacking individuals or
endorsing a specific person. Instead, be objective and offer suggestions. Do
not point out other people's mistakes. If you are incorrect, own up to it right
away and apologise. Your conclusions should be rational and supported by solid
arguments. Avoid being arrogant and overconfident in yourself.
being overly brilliant, be wise and smart.
When the interview panel inquires
about your bio-data or accomplishments, make sure to answer all questions
truthfully and courteously. You cannot trick the board members by lying, so be
honest and have the guts to admit when you don't know the answer. Never
generalise or hazard an educated estimate. Do not ramble, and you must be able
to hold your audience's interest as you speak. Be careful not to monotone the
your attitude and act with confidence.
Be certain and present your attitude
in a way that will make the board members think well of you. Never forget that
the board members will pay more attention to what and how you say than to how
much you say. If you don't respond to a question, the board can't comment on
it. Therefore, be careful with your words and your delivery. Don't allow doubts
to sabotage your possibilities. Don't stress about things like the interview
panel, the position, the questions, etc. that are out of your control. Simply
wish for the best.
A smile is the best makeup anyone can
wear, as the adage goes! From the moment you go into the interview board room
until you leave, present a pleasant appearance, handle yourself with assurance,
and maintain that seductive makeup ' smile' on your face. Give the board members
the impression that you are observant, courteous, and passionate. Turn the
tables in the interview round by using your grin to succeed in the UPSC Civil
Services Examination Interview.
To succeed in the UPSC Interview
Round, follow these golden rules, and we bet you'll win over the board members'
hearts in addition to getting your name on the list of final candidates.