Those candidates who successfully cleared UPSC Mains written exam will have to appear for UPSC Interview, also known as Personality Test. Unlike the Prelims (objective) and Mains (written exam), which is conducted at different centers across India, Personality Test is conducted only at the UPSC office in New Delhi (Dholpur House).
As this will be a crucial day in the life of most candidates, we advice to carefully verify the documents before-hand to avoid last minute panic. Ensure that you have all necessary documents ready.
Documents that should be brought in for IAS Interview
We have bullet pointed the documents needed for UPSC interview taking notes from the different PDFs in the official UPSC website (www.upsc.gov.in), as well as the previous year interview candidates. We advise all candidates to please re-check the same with official UPSC website each year.
Candidates are advised to bring the following documents for Civil Services Exam Interview to UPSC Dholpur House.
- Matriculation or equivalent certificate in original to verify the Name and Date of Birth.
- Self-attested photo-copy of Matriculation or equivalent certificate in original to verify the Name and Date of Birth.
- Degree certificate in original to prove education qualification (If original degree certificates are not issued, carry provisional certificates and/or mark-sheets).
- Self-attested photo-copy of Degree certificate in original to prove education qualification (If original degree certificates are not issued, carry provisional certificates and/or mark-sheets).
- Self-attested photo-copy of Degree in original.
- Mark-sheets of Degree in original (UPSC staff may not always ask, but carry along with you.)
- 2 passport size photographs that are taken recently. Self-attest one of them.
- E-summon letter print-out.
Additional documents (case by case basis)
- Caste/Tribe Certificate in original plus copy.
- Physical Disabilities Certificate in original plus copy. Also DWE certificate for PH-1(LDCP).
- Certificates in support of age relaxation for corresponding categories.
- PG degree/higher education certificates and mark-sheets.
- TA form – two copies plus proof of journey (for outstation candidates).
- Affidavit (in case of minor name discrepancies).
Documents needed for Medical Examination
- 8-10 passport size photos.
- Prescriptions or medical certificates if any (may turn helpful for eye check-up).
NB: After the medical exam, get the relieving letter from the concerned authorities.
Documents that need to be sent to DoPT
A copy of the attestation form duly filled plus six copies of the same, each signed in. Don’t forget to affix a signed passport size copy of a recent photograph on the same.
Extra Tips/Info regarding IAS/IPS/IFS Interview
The below information is based on the experiences of past year interview candidates.
- Medical checkup normally happens on the next-working-day after the interview. But if your interview date is on Friday, the medical check-up may happen only on Monday (the next working day). Please be prepared for the stay.
- You cannot wear a watch inside UPSC interview hall.
- Better to keep mobile phones outside the UPSC premises.
- You will normally get newspapers inside UPSC hall.
- The office staff will verify your original documents and give it back on the same day itself, often before your interview starts.
- You don’t need to come up with certificates of extra-curricular achievements to UPSC hall. For last few years, candidates are allowed to enter UPSC interview room only free-hand.
- There are ample facilities for toilets and drinking water inside UPSC premises and there is no need to worry about those issues.
Also read: IAS Interview: 25 Golden Tips for Success
Experienced candidates who had attended UPSC interview are requested to bring in more insights if we missed any. Freshers who got calls for UPSC interview for the first time may ask the queries or concerns regarding UPSC interview in the comment section below. Clear IAS Team wish all readers of www.clearias.com and users of Clear IAS app who attend UPSC interview this year all the very best. Keep calm and confident. Clear IAS!