Only half an hour exercise in the hall which can change your life and that’s the interview of IAS Exams. I am assuring you that good score in the UPSC interview can always create a difference of more than you even can imagine and that also in the 30 minute session of IAS interview. Make one thing sure that, being the final round this will surely going to be the one of the toughest competition in India. Though the final rank for the UPSC selection ranks is prepared by the sum of UPSC mains marks and the total of the interview performance, and many time I have seen that high scorer in the IAS Interview tops the list of the final selection.
In this post, we present 25 golden tips for success in IAS interview.
But don’t worry I am going to share you the golden tips for cracking the IAS interview which is given bellow.
1. Start early!
This is the tip which affects all the things in your life, not just the interview. Make sure that you don’t lose time. Always start early and don’t wait for the result of the IAS(UPSC) main exam. Just start polishing
your body language and personality as soon as possible.
2. Know yourself
Don’t be overconfident and be calm and let me tell you the most crucial problem with us is that we can’t know ourselves a bit. We human wears many masks on our actual faces and covers our original face even we don’t know which is the real, so we don’t know ourselves. So just try ti know different masks of yours and try ti understand different aspect of your personality even you don’t know them. If your body language or character doesn’t suit for an IAS officer, then you should start working on that weakness.
3. Read your bio-data multiple times
The Interviewer will inevitably ask most of the question from your resume or the biodata for IAS Exam. Xerex of the Detailed Application Form(DAF) of every candidate is shared with the every board members. It is most important that you should never lose your confidence on personal questions. Try to revise your bio-data many times and prepare for biodata based questions from the areas like hobbies, work experience, service-preference, education, etc.
4. Develop a positive attitude
There are many rumors and myths about IAS interview. You might have the bad experience from the past interviews as well. But make sure you never let negative thoughts and feeling in your mind to ruin your chances. Don’t ever worry about matters – Position, Interview board, questions, etc. – which can’t be controlled by you. just pray and hope for the best.
5. Don’t take UPSC interview in a light spirit
Be serious about the process and the questions. Always try to give the respect to the board members who are present to take your personality test. Never underestimate the persons on the board. They tend to have vast experience and knowledge. Don’t try to ignore or be casual on the serious questions.
6. Develop self-confidence
As we discuss previous, never be over confident but another fact is that people with the self-confidence are loved by all. If you are sure about your beliefs, solutions or answers, just express them with confidence. But at the same time make sure that you do not go overboard. Always remember the line between self-confidence and the arrogance is fragile.
7. Don’t lie
Just never say lie and this thing applicable in your entire life, not just the interview. Don’t even lie to impress them. They tend to catch lie very often.
8. Improve your communication skills
Just improve your halt on the language for the UPSC Interview. If you have to search for the words in the most precious 30 minutes of UPSC personality test, you might run short of time for explaining your ideas effectively. Listening to news and debates on the news channel is one of the most efficient practical ways to improve communication skills. Also, you should start talking with your friends in the medium for IAS interview.
9. Get straight to the point
If you want to impress board member then just master the art of giving point to point answers. Very often what happens, the long answer can’t keep their charm and crispness. But interesting and point to point solution can follow.
10. Don’t stop reading newspapers
Applicants often stop reading the news and magazines once the mains is over. But one thing is sure that information about the current affairs and happenings is most important for the UPSC interview, just like the mains. Must have the basic idea about the major happenings for the last year. Also, be familiar with the stories and headlines of the newspapers on the interview day.
11. Prepare well on your hobbies
This is the universal rule that the first question UPSC interview board is from your hobbies in their light mood. Make sure first impression is the last impression so start well. Don’t give cliche answers. Hobbies help the on board person to understand the body language of candidates. Keep practicing your hobbies till last day before IAS interview.
12. Revise your optional subject
Ever understand anything in the UPSC process. Most of the candidate tend to neglect their optional topics after the mains. But on board person may ask questions from any topic including the optional one. So brush up the current affairs related to your optional topics.
13. Go through your graduation textbooks
UPSC expects attendees to take their graduation seriously. As this is one area where the interview panel checks the candidates to have expertise with topics. So, more in depth questions can come from this subjects.
14. Learn to give balanced answers
Your answer or Views should be impartial and fair. And never think you can not take a stand. Ideally, you should always try to take a stand – without any social or political biases. Once you gave the answer on controversial topics, be ready with your justification for that same. Without proper base don’t try to give the sweeping generalization.
15. Understand your district and state
Questions may be asked about the geo locations like your district or state. Collect all possible details about your birth place. Identify the problems in your village or city. And also figure out the solution as well this will give you extra credits.
16. Keep calm
Sometimes the question may be from the vast area of topic. And sometimes you even don’t know the answers to many problems. If you don’t know anything about a question you are asked then, just admit it that you don’t have any idea about it. Don’t panic. Keep calm. Your sense of intelligence matters. Nobody ever knows all the thing alive. And interviewer obviously knows that matter of fact.
17. Don’t compromise your moral integrity
Ensure that your moral integrity is sound. IAS examination not only measures one’s intellectual qualities but also social traits.
18. Maintain a positive body language
Always try to avoid the gesture which does not suit the environment or occasion. Reinforce the impact of your spoken words through your body language.
19. Understand the real ‘IAS interview questions
You surely have read or seen the questions on the internet which are forwarded as ‘IAS interview questions’ but let me tell you they are not going to ask in UPSC interview. The pattern says that interview test is not intended to be a showcase either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which is already tested by the written examination.
20. Don’t be swayed by rumors
You will always trap in rumors like UPSC candidate have to give personality test. And individual boards are tight in giving the marks to candidates while others are very liberal to the candidates. Though little variations may come in certainty, All board tends to give the high or low marks on the performance of the candidate on the date of UPSC interview.
21. Use common sense
There will be some questions which were asked by the board which only can be answered by using common sense. But the tension on the interview day may embarrass your thinking process. Always know the fact that common sense is not so common. Expect some puzzling question which genuinely required on the spot critical thinking.
22. Dress neat
Yes, I know that first impression matters. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear expensive suits or blazers for IAS interview. Just be comfortable what you wear. For gents, you should wear light-colored shirt and dark-colored trousers, and this will give you nice professional look. And for girls, I would like to recommend you saree or simple churidar. Make one thing clear in your mind that whatever you wear you but look comfortable in that.
23. Re-check your documents
We advise you to carefully check and verify the documents beforehand to avoid the last minute tension. Make sure that you have all necessary documents ready.
24. Take mock IAS interviews
This is the most needed advice to every applicant for avoiding the common mistakes you should rehearsal things. Your friends or mentors can find your weakness and strength, and also they will suggest you the necessary suggestions. Many past toppers advice to go for the mock test they will surely help you in your consistency. But you should also take care of yourself does not lose in it because of the different options created by the different peoples.
25. Be yourself
Never represent your fake personality in front of the board members. Never try to give instant answers for the IAS interview. Just try to be yourself and express your opinion.
As often asserted by the toppers, IAS interview in the most scenario is friendly exercise. You should not much fear about anything, Just go for it and be yourself and answer confidently. All the very best for your interview and examinations.