How to prepare for Civil Services Interview with Shri JP Singh, IAS – 26th March
Students as you know, UPSC has released the results of civil services mains 2020 results this week. Candidates who qualified mains exam will now appear for the Personality test. To help the aspirants get a better idea of the whole interview process and how to tackle it successfully, we at Gradeup have organized a session with Shri JP Singh, IAS on 26th March 2021. The session will be of great help to candidates in knowing the nitty-gritties of the whole process. As you all know, marks in the interview vary from 110 to 210 and these 100 marks can make or mar your chances of joining the All India Service of your choice.
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Some general tips on how to prepare for Personality Test
- Read your DAF carefully as upto 80% of the questions are directly related to your profile.
- Read up about your state, hobbies and interests.
- Get some basic reading on your graduation and optional subjects.
- Keep reading 1 or two newspapers- preferably Indian Express and one other newspaper everyday like Times of India or Mint.
- Watch debates on Rajya Sabha TV to learn how to speak in a panel.
- Give some mock interviews at various institutes( not more than 5 in any case) to get an experience of the actual interview.
- Practice in front of a mirror as you are your own best judge.
- Do discussions on general topics with your friends, family members and other candidates.
- Get Feedback from everybody about your posture, poise, speech, voice and confidence.
- Work on the feedback- do not feel bad about any negative feedback, just be thankful for the timely inputs provided by everybody.
- Try to be Honest, humble, confident and calm.
- Try to speak as much as possible in the same language in which you will appear in the interview.
- Do not try to lie in the interview.
- If you do not know the answer to a question, simply say- sorry sir/ madam, I am not aware of it but I will surely read about it, thanks for pointing it out.
Types of Questions asked in the interview
Profile based questions
These are the details you provide in your detailed application form. Details like your background, education, job, city, state, interests, hobbies and achievements are asked a lot.
Some Questions like why you chose a particular optional can be asked.
Another Question on your hobby of singing can be asked. The list goes on and on.
Current affairs based questions
These are usually related to the current affairs of last few months,
An example can be- What are your views on the 3 farm laws passed recently by the Union government.
Another can be about the changing nature of federalism in India due to advent of Covid-19.
These kind of questions require you to read newspapers daily and form your own opinion.
Some common questions are asked to aspirants like
Why do you want to join civil services?- Please prepare your own answer for it.
How is your education relevant to the civil services?
What reforms are required in the civil services to make them more relevant achieve the goals of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat?
Out of the blue questions
These are strange, eccentric and very hard questions. The candidate is not supposed to know the answer of these questions. Interview board just asks them to see the reaction of an aspirant when he/she is faced with a tricky situation.
How many stairs di you climb before reaching here?
What are the difference between Indian and Myanmarese constitution?
What is the amount of black money present in the Indian Economy?
As you saw, broadly 4 types of Questions are asked in the interview. Majority of these questions are profile based while others are related to current affairs or very general ones. Aspirants must keep in mind that- not only the content of the answer matters, but the way you present it- the poise, confidence and articulation- also matters a lot. How you conduct yourself in front of the board is more important that the answer you give out.
Being confident, honest, humble and having a smile will help you a lot in tackling the interview ans scoring high marks.
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