ABOUT UPSC PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW)- PROCESS

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Get details about the process & procedure of UPSC PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW). UPSC personality test is third (final) stage in civil services examination. Candidates about double the number of vacancies are selected through the mains exams and called to appear for the personality test. There are 275 marks for personality (interview) test.Personality test is approximately 45 minutes but can stretch sometimes to 1 hour also. It depends upon the nature of questions and the way the candidate answers. It’s not a test of knowledge, but a test of personality, suitability of the candidate. The Personality test or the interview of the Civil Services exam is conducted in Delhi at the UPSC office.


ABOUT UPSC PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW)

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An interview is a conversation where questions are asked and answers are given. It’s not about how many questions you did not answer, rather, how you answered the ones you answered. They can ask just about anything under the sun. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to evaluate the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities, but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, and intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation that is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.


The interview is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidate, which has been already tested through written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study, but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of all well-educated youth.

Before you leave for the interview make sure you have the following documents:

I. Questionnaire: The seven page questionnaire is required for the research and analysis section of UPSC and is used for assessing background information of the candidate appearing for the personality test/ interview. The questionnaire is divided into sections

  1.  General Information
  2.  Background of the candidate
  3.  Employment status
  4.  Previous Civil Services attempts
  5.  Competitive exams cleared
  6.  Reasons for interest in Civil Services
  7.  Education particulars
  8.  Background of Parents/Guardian
  9.  Source of information for Civil Services
  10.  Coaching attended
  11.  Number of attempts made for Civil Services
  12.  Optional subject chosen

Attestation Form: The attestation form is to be filled with required details including residence, nationality education etc and is to be signed by a Gazetted officer before being submitted at the time of the interview.

The Questionnaire, Attestation Form and TA Form are available at: http://www.upsc.gov.in/

If you have applied under SC or ST or OBC, or Physically Handicapped category then fill in and submit the respective certificate. The certificate is available for print out at: http://upsc.gov.in/exams/interview-details/

Tips for UPSC interview

Focus on body language and posture. Improve your communication skills. Answer questions with confident. Don’t lie. Get straight to point, avoid long expressions. Know you strengths and weakness clearly. Prepare about your bio data, hobbies and optional subject. Don’t compromise your moral integrity. Know your problems in your district, state and country. Don’t stop reading newspaper. Don’t be swayed by rumors. Be comfortable with what you wear. Take mock IAS interviews. Revise all upsc previous interview questions. never try to bluff or concoct an answer if you are not sure about it. Just politely tell them that you don’t know. And finally use common sense.


In this article you can find out UPSC interview pattern, documents to be carry to personality test, the way of IAS interview and some tips for interview. Start preparation along with mains (written test). Never underestimate the persons in the board. Be serious about the final test(interview) preparation. Marks in the personality test play a determining role in final selection of the candidate.

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