Are you worried about giving your best in UPSC interview? If yes, this article will help you to get an idea on how to prepare and succeed in a UPSC interview. Read further to know.
UPSC Civil Services Interview, like all other interview tests, judges your personality and caliber. It is not a stage to be panic.
Though all those candidates who made it to the Civil Service Interview stage deserve credit, unfortunately only the best can be selected, as the vacancies each year for all the 24 services comes only around 1000.
UPSC Interview Preparation
Preparing for the UPSC interview can be a challenging task, but it can be made easier with a well-planned approach. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a UPSC interview:
- Know the exam pattern: It is important to have a good understanding of the exam pattern, the types of questions asked, and the marking scheme. This will help you to better prepare for the interview.
- Understand the current affairs: Keep yourself updated with current affairs, especially issues related to India, its politics, economy, and social issues. Read newspapers, magazines, and online portals to stay informed.
- Study your background: Be familiar with your academic and professional background. This will help you to answer questions related to your education, work experience, and achievements.
- Practice mock interviews: Practicing mock interviews with friends or family members can help you to gain confidence and prepare for the actual interview. Try to simulate the actual interview environment and practice answering questions under pressure.
- Be honest and authentic: During the interview, be honest and authentic in your answers. Do not try to exaggerate or fabricate information, as the interviewers are experienced in detecting such behavior.
- Develop good communication skills: Good communication skills are essential for a successful interview. Practice speaking clearly, confidently, and articulately. Work on your body language, eye contact, and tone of voice.
- Stay calm and composed: During the interview, try to stay calm and composed. Don’t panic if you don’t know the answer to a question. Take a deep breath and try to answer the question to the best of your knowledge.
Points to note before you go for the UPSC interview
- You: Know yourself. Be prepared with the meaning and importance of your name (if any), your school, college, place, culture etc.
- Your Optional Subject: Be thorough with your optional subject. You should have answers for why you selected your optional subject. Be prepared for questions to check your answer on the same.
- Your Service and Cadre of Choice: IAS/ IPS/ IFS /IRS – Why? Be clear on why you want to join a service / cadre.
- Hobbies and Interests: Prepare questions about you interests, hobbies, vision etc. Don’t create an embarrassing situation by mentioning a hobby which you are not familiar at.
- Vision and Ideologies: Expect questions to check your ethics, vision and ideologies.
- Real time situations: Expect questions on decision making in the real time situations.
- Body Language: Your body language should communicate your confidence.
Books for UPSC Interview Preparation
General reading always helps to score high in UPSC interview. Reading widens your perspective and improve your command over the language. Some specific books in the market which address UPSC interview preparation needs include:
- Civil Services Interview: How to Excel – By Madhukar Bhagat
- Interviews: The Last Hurdle – Unique Publishers
- The UPSC Interview – Knowracle Publishers
- Crack Civil Services in First Attempt – Divey Sethi IRS
- How To Become An IAS – Dr. Vijay Agrawal
- Aap IAS Kaise Banenge – Dr. Vijay Agrawal
Books for Widening Your General Perspective
- Imagining India – Nandan Nilekani
- India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium – APJ Abdul Kalam
- India’s Struggle for Independence
- India After Gandhi: R.Guha
- Pax Indica: Shashi Tharoor
Rank required to get into IAS?
Rank required to get IAS (Indian Administrative Service) varies each year depending upon the vacancies in each category. But for a general category candidate the rank required to be in IAS is less than 90. Read our article: Till Which Rank Can An Aspirant Get Into IAS, IPS or IFS?
Tips for UPSC Civil Services Interview
Note down the questions you hear as asked in previous IAS interviews and prepare your own set of answers. Don’t miss our article about ‘25 golden tips for success in IAS interview‘.
ClearIAS.com wishes you all the best!
Kingshuk sarkar says
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