8 Important Tips to Crack the UPSC Interview 2019

Hey All Aspirants…..

Welcome Back to VAJIRAO IAS ACADEMY…!!!

UPSC MAINS 2019 is over. Eager minds are waiting for the results to be published. The next step in the journey is the INTERVIEW stage. Relief for some, as it is respite from the tedious day-in and day-out slogging with the books and nightmare for some with stage fear. Whatever it may be, you have to face it and perform to your fullest potential to advance.

UPSC Interview is basically a 30-60 minutes exercise aimed at analyzing the personality of a candidate. A good score in the interviews sometimes become a make or break situation into the final merit list. There have instances of many previous year toppers who, with their able performance in the Interview have been able to boost up their final rank significantly.

The Final Merit List is prepared by combining the sum total of marks obtained both UPSC Mains and the Interview. So, it is important not to lose time over the mains result and start working on your personality as early as possible.

In this article, we will try to breakdown the UPSC INTERVIEW and present before you ‘5 Important Tips to Crack the UPSC Interview’.

  1. Know Yourself from Within:

This is can be attributed as the single most important hurdle in clearing the UPSC Interview. Most of us cannot claim to know oneself completely. Human brain and personality holds a lot of trait and emotions. Some wonderful, while some horrendous. Everything cannot be changed all together but atleast the traits attributed that of and IAS officer should be inculcated and anything negative to it should be suppressed.

  1. The DAF Form:

The DAF is the only document of information with the Interview Board about you based on which majority of the questions will be put forth. Make sure that, each and every piece of information provided by you is well revised and gone through be it your hometown, state, previous jobs, graduation subject anything. It is advisable that you prepare a set of questionnaires on your own and have that in the back of your mind.

  1. Develop an Optimistic and Neutral Attitude:

The prime attribute aspired in an IAS officer is that he should be impartial in rendering his services towards the society. He is the face of the government of the day in the district and has to abide by their orders. Thus, a secular mindset will help the officer in taking decisions regarding a sensitive topic. While having an optimistic view makes you believe that there is always “light at the end of the tunnel” and such a thought process in adverse condition is key to deliver the appropriate judgment.

  1. Improve your Communication Skills, Never Bluff anything:

Working over your soft skills like speaking, sitting posture, eye-contact, patience to listen can do wonders for you in the interview room. Your knowledge and writing skills have already been judged. It is just a test of your personality. It is a test to access whether you fit can fit into the shoes of an IAS officer or not. The Interview Board are very highly experiences personalities. Never ever think of bluffing an answer or taking a wild guess. Even if you don’t know any answer, you can politely admit it and there is no harm in it.

  1. Prepare Well on your Optionals and Graduation subject:

Be prepared to tackle any kind of question related to your optionals and the graduation subject you opted for. They are the subjects chosen by you so are perceived to have a significant hold over it. Keep yourself updated with the latest trends and developments related to your subject.

  1. Make use of common sense, Don’t believe on Rumors:

Sometimes during the interview process the candidate are asked simple common sense questionsbut in the face of stress and nervousness, the common sense tends to desert the candidate. This is the situation where you have to keep a cool head and respond convincingly. Even this single response can take you through the list.

  1. Dress Neat and Proper:

This is a big day in the lives of every UPSC aspirant. Leave no stone unturned in leaving a lasting impression on the interview board. The best way will be dress neatly. For males, a light colored shirt coupled with a crisp black trousers. Tidy shoes and a formal tie will suffice. While in case of female candidates, they can opt for the traditional salwar-suit or saree, whichever they are comfortable in. The dress should be reflection of your confidence..!!!

  1. Appear for Mock Interviews:

Nothing less than just getting a feel of the actual interview, face atleast 3-4 interviews beforehand. Schedule it to set in with your preparation. Remember, the mock interviews can be deceptive. Develop your confidence levels with it and reserve the best for the ultimate interview day.

To go by most of the UPSC aspirants who have been through this stage, claims the interview process to be friendly interaction of sorts. The only thing to worry about is that your dream of becoming a civil servant depends on this very process….!!!!

Jus the truthful to yourself and your preparation and be confident in whatever you say. Rest will take its own course.
Pretty sure, we have made it loud and clear as to what goes behind a successful interview. We have done our part. Now, it’s all about. Go out there confidently and finish up the final chapter of your ‘Success Story’.

We, all VAJIRAO IAS ACADEMY wish you all the very best for the UPSC Interview….!!!!

You have toiled hard for the day. Just make it count one last time.



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