Interviews are an important part of the UPSC selection process. How well an aspirant can speak their thoughts is as important as how well they can pen down their thoughts. The interview round is what decides your selection into public services. Doing well in the interview round is very important as that is the final round of selection. What makes this stage of the UPSC exam different from the other two, is that there is no prescribed syllabus for the interview round and the panel can ask you anything.
Your testing begins from the moment you enter the room. Competent, experienced and unbiased people are always chosen to interview candidates. Everything, right from your dressing to your body language is tested on the day of the interview. You have to maintain your posture even during the interview; in short, a confident and well-read personality should be your second nature. Of this, the well-read part should be covered since you were able to crack through two rounds of examinations. What remains is being confident.
Reasons to Take Mock Interviews Before the Final One
Try to take as many as mock interviews before your final one. This will get your mind prepared for the grilling session a UPSC Interview is. There is no telling what you might be asked and hence being ready for everything is always a good idea.
Interviews Boost Your Confidence
The more mock interviews you take, the better the mind trains itself. As you keep getting feedback on where you need to improve, your mind will start getting used to the tense atmosphere and your fear of interviews will eventually go away. A time will come when you will not be afraid even in the actual interview will be able to answer all the questions thrown at you with confidence.
Mock Interviews Create Awareness
Mock interviews are usually conducted by people who either went on to crack the UPSC or who have plenty of experience appearing for them. They will ask you questions which bring out the best in you and as you receive inputs on areas where you need to make changes, you will get more and more aware of your own personality and will be able to present yourselves better to the panel.
Your Score is Affected by Interviews
The personality test comprises of marks. You are awarded marks by the panel based upon their assessment. This makes it imperative that you score well and leave no loopholes which would cause you to lose marks in the interview. And what better way to find out about your shortcomings and then conquering them than a series of mock interviews?
Gives Insights Into Questionnaire
Although it is true there is no telling what could come your way while you sit in front of the panel, it is equally true that the questions are never outrageous. Simply taking a look at previous years’ questions doesn’t give you a clear idea as to how exactly were those answers given. Actually being asked one such question and then attempting to answer it works far better.
Dress Code For Interviews
The recommended dress code for UPSC interviews is formal attire, for both men and women. For men, a light-colored full shirt, coupled with a pair of dark-colored trousers, accentuated by a neck-tie that compliments the shirt’s color is enough. A haircut that suits you well and a well-groomed face make-up is also preferred. There is no requirement to go out of your way to make yourself look like a groom instead of a candidate.
For women, the formal attire comprises a preferably sober colored sari or a salwar-suit. Ensure your dress doesn’t have a party-look. A simple cotton sari with no zari would suffice. Just like men, going through the effort of applying make-up and looking like a bride is not required. Just being a well-groomed and presentable person is sufficient. In short, your attire should not attract more attention than you yourself.
Importance of Personality Test
The purpose of UPSC interviews is for chosen representatives of the commission to get insights into the candidate’s suitability for public life. All IAS officers are public figures and as such, certain qualities are expected to be present in candidates. As a candidate, your DAF (Detailed Application Form) will be in the hands of the panel while they interview you.
Being in public life and handling the tremendous pressure of maintaining law and order, ensure a smooth collection of revenues for the government, general administration, policymaking and other non-political and bureaucratic operations. For such a challenging job, a candidate’s personality must be compatible with the job description as IAS officers are permanent executives. Hence, the UPSC very carefully selects only the most suited candidates for one of the most challenging jobs in the world.
UPSC exams are one of the most detailed and toughest tests in the world. Only the best and well-rounded personalities can make it to the top. And interviews are the last deciding stage of the same. Being thoroughly prepared for the interview stage is important for the successful clearance of the exam. Appearing for mock interviews prepares the mind and body for it.
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