Now, if you have got though all the 9 papers of the mains exam
you should get your interview call by about March or April. In the
interview, your confidence, personality and understanding of the world
The interview is quite subjective. We cannot give any definite
advise about how you can prepare for it. It would definitely be good if
you read some book about how to prepare and deliver an interview.
Here we have provided for you a huge compilation of “tips” given by civil service exam toppers like Mr.Sorabh Babu Maheshwari, Ms. Manju Rajpal, Mr. Santosh Kumar Misra etc.
Here is what they think about the interview and how they think
you should deal with it:
"Questions posed before a candidate by the interviewing board
very well framed and answers to them should be made taking into
consideration all possible views and a balanced approach is expected
from a candidate."
"One should prepare for the interview with a group of 3-4 people as the preparation for Interview cannot be done in isolation. Personality is a life-time asset and expecting miraculous changes in personality in a span of a few days or weeks is not possible. Yet, efforts can be made to overcome major deficiency and polishing of views and opinions."
"Remember, non-awareness of something should be
admitted with politeness. It is okay to not know something!"
"If at any point of time, you could show that your approach is flexible the world is yours."
"It is better to say 'No' than to bluff around. Those interviewing are highly experienced persons and know much better than us."
"If the question put is not clear to you, politely ask for
information. It is not the factual knowledge but your views which are
on test in the interview."
"Always observe interview etiquette and be honest, polite,
convincing an modest. Arrogance, rigidity, flicking round the issue
should be avoided."
"When preparing for the interview, keep in mind that no
institute can improve your personality! Some of these institutes can be
helpful if they conduct Group Discussions and Mock Interviews"
"General Do's & Don'ts for the Interview:
"Interview preparation does not require one to stuff oneself
facts, ability to analyse and to critically examine an issue is what
"Speak honestly, truthfully and with modesty. Understand the
questions before answering them and clarify the points if you did not
understand them. Many a time what happens is that your answer is
misinterpreted, so do not hesitate in clarifying it."
"Framing your own questions and answering them (especially
them on to a tape and listening them) is a very useful technique, if
you don't feel confident. Otherwise also it is extremely helpful in
making a correct choice of words while answering a question."
"Reach the Exam centre well in time, so some deep breathing to
maintain your cool and be charming during the interview."
"Interview preparation is not just a matter of a few days -
whole personality counts. Still you must acquaint yourself with your
home State, district your college, your hobbies, general concepts of
Public Administration, etc. also you can brush up the Mains GS material
like Polity, Economy, History, etc."
"Interview is more of a psychological test than just content
But along with good communication skills and self-confidence, good
knowledge base gives you an upper hand."
"For the Interview read as many newspapers and as many magazine as possible. Discuss with your friends. Take mock-interviews. Try to find loop-holes in your arguments and plug them. Form your views on various subjects in a very logical and rational manner supported by data whenever necessary. Do not get nervous."
"Do not get nervous before the Interviews. Improve your
communications skills by giving mock-interviews. These will also open
you up. Ask your friends to grill you, so that you can face pressure
from the Board easily."
"Always pause a bit before answering even if you know the
not give a hasty reply. Answer in an orderly and logical fashion an
always look into the eyes of the interviewer while answering. Be polite
"Don't be argumentative. Be consistent in your views,
don't change your views because of the fact that the Board is differing
with you. Remember that they are only testing you and often even try to
provoke you. Give balanced answers and avoid taking extremes."
"The most important thing to know about the Interview is that
not a question-answer session and what they are looking out for is
different aspects of one's personality. As far as possible, the answer
given should reveal a particular aspect of one's personality and
attempts should not be made to present a make-up appearance or
politically correct answers. There is no harm in taking extreme views
if one is able to justify them."
That is the complete compilation of all the tips on facing the interview provided by the IAS toppers. Now, finally, let us look at a sample study plan as suggested by an IAS topper…
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