How To Prepare For the IAS Interview?

In the UPSC civil service exam, the last lap of the exam is the most crucial step – the personality test or the interview round. Once you can crack the IAS interview, there is no looking back. In the final round, there are panellists who as questions that the UPSC candidates need to answers. Now, these questions are something that none expects. However, a bit of preparation can help one crack the IAS interview questions at ease. 

Many candidates doubt whether they can answer in their mouth tongue even if the panellist asks the question in English. Therefore, IAS interview questions with answers in Hindi are preferable if you are not comfortable answering in English. Here are some tips that you can follow to prepare for the IAS interview round. 

  • Begin early 

When you are preparing for the UPSC, you need to realize the importance of time. This is because the more time you lose or waste, the less time you get for preparing. Therefore, for acing the UOSC interview, start polishing yourself as early as you can. The whole preparation for the UPSC exam should be started early to get enough time to revise and prep yourself. 

  • Know yourself 

In the UPSC interview, the panellists ask questions about the candidate. So, if you have to answer the questions of the UPSC panellists, you have to know yourself well. Try to find out the different perspectives of your personality. If your personality is timid and something that does not suit an IAS officer, then take out time before the interview to gain the confidence and prepare yourself. 

  • Go through your biodata several times 

Before the interview round, all the IAS candidates are asked to fill up a DAF or Detailed Application Form based on the candidate's biodata. The copies of this form will be distributed amongst them to look into the structure and ask questions accordingly. 

  • Have a positive attitude 

Many had a bad experience in the UPSC interview round. As a UPSC candidate, your responsibility is to avoid being swayed by these rumours and fears. People will demotivate you. But you have to possess a positive outlook on life and go ahead with the interview. 

  • Consider the USPC interview as a serious business 

After cracking the UPSC Prelims and the Mains, many candidates feel tired and rest for a while. But this is the last phase of the UPSC civil service exam, and going wrong here means all your efforts that you have put into cracking the UPSC Prelims and the Mains go into the drains. This is extremely disheartening. To avoid such situations, consider the UPSC interview round seriously. 

  • Gather self-confidence 

The panellists of the UPSC interview look forward to people who are confident enough to face any situation smartly. Therefore, before you become an IAS officer, the UPSC panellists will check how smart and self-confident you are to handle different situations and their people. Then, to understand your smartness and IQ, the panellists give you different situations and ask how you would react to them. 

  • Don't tell lies 

If you think that the panellists sitting for the UPSC interview round are strangers to you and do not know you at all, then you are highly mistaken. Never write anything false in your biodata. This can impact your answers and create a wrong impression of you in front of the panellists. 

  • Answer to the point 

Whatever the panellists will ask you, give to the point answers. The more you beat around, the more you are likely to be not liked by the panellists. So answer just what has been asked of you.

  • Enhance your communication skills

For answering better in the UPSC interview, improve your command of the language. Also, hunting for words in the interview round means you are simply wasting your time. Instead, enrich your vocabulary by listening to news, debates, etc.  


Therefore, now that you have cracked the UPSC Mains and are busy preparing for the UPSC interview, make sure you remember the above points. We hope that you prepare well and secure a respectable position in the Indian administration. 

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