Till now candidates would have come across many articles in candidates’ viewpoint on UPSC interview sharing their individual experience with the UPSC Board Members that would have helped other aspirants to prepare for the final stage i.e. the personality test round/interview.
Here’s, for the first time we bring to you the UPSC interview board member point of view, what the UPSC Interview Board members expect from the candidates, this was shared by a civil service officer who as a candidate got into the service and later was invited as a member of an interview board along with other senior members for a state civil service examination.
After being a board member, here’s what he says sharing his experience and what the board would expect from the aspirants.
This is just a viewpoint of an individual board member who has shared his opinion and we hope this would help the candidates to prepare for the UPSC Civil Service Exam Interview.
The board of members would expect the candidates to appear neat and formal, even trifling things will be noticed by the members like dirty nails or tousled hair or dandruff.
Read Newspaper on the Day of your Interview
Candidates should read the particular day’s newspaper, so it is recommended not to skip reading newspaper on the day of your interview.
Know your bio-data and the choice you have made
Don’t forget what you have mentioned on the DAF, about your hobbies, subjects and be capable of explaining why you want to be a civil servant.
Be courage and polite to say “Don’t know”
Candidates are not expected to know everything. So, if you don’t know something, don’t hesitate and have enough courage to say politely “sorry sir/ma’am, I don’t know” as it will save you from other troubles. Don’t get yourself into a dilemma by pretending to answer about which you don’t have any clue.
Don’t lie to the Board Members
Don’t assume, the board members will not know about everything and if any questions on data are asked if you know accurately answer or else you could say “the approximate number and you are not so sure about it” instead of lying, you cannot fool the board members.
Don’t fall for the trick
The board members may intentionally ask you a tricky and argumentative question, it is suggested don’t argue, be polite and calm and answer rationally, instead don’t debate and get into an argument, if you are then you are falling into the trap definitely.
Be ready for the next attempt
If you are not aware of the current happenings in the country and across the globe then you should be ready to face the board for next year.
Follow-up with your answer
If the board throws a question for which you have answered then be ready to follow up with a discussion (it may be against or for).
Marks awarded by the Board
After every candidate finishes his/her interview and leaves the room, generally, the Board Members discuss and award the marks by consensus.
First time for you not for the Board Members
You may be attending the personality test/interview for the first time or second time, but the board members would have series of bad candidates which would make them feel petulant. The board members do have their bad days too, so if you find them irritable, be calm and polite and answer to the point and explain reasonably wherever required.
Don’t be casual or over-smart
The Board Members are experienced people who possess the qualities to analyse the skills, abilities, and aptitude of a candidate so don’t try to impress the board by being casual or too smart.
Above all, trust the board, the board is unbiased.