The last stage to clear before you can call yourselves IAS officers is the UPSC Board Interview stage (also known as the UPSC Personality Test). In this stage, you will face the UPSC board. Here, you will be tested on various aspects of knowledge, aptitude, personality, attributes, leadership qualities, the ability to handle situations, etc. Apart from the IAS studies that you do, you must also groom yourselves for the interview. Having a well-rounded personality is a must if you want to sail through this final stage. This article gives you a few personality development tips for UPSC board interview.
What is personality?
Personality can be defined as a combination of a person’s character, image, and attributes. It is prudent to know that personality is not nature, although it can contribute to a person’s personality. Nature is very hard to change as it is inbuilt. It comes from within. But personality is not nature, it is nurtured. It is basically an image that you project to others. So, it is possible to develop it. Whereas your inner nature remains the same, your personality can change if you try.
Why personality development?
If you feel your personality needs to change as people perceive you to be an introvert or think you to be a person devoid of talents or capabilities, you only need to develop your personality such that your image is that of an energetic, lively person who can surmount pressure situations with aplomb. The IAS interview is meant to separate those candidates who show all these traits from others who only seem to possess bookish knowledge.
Personality development tips for UPSC board interview:
- Communication skills
Improve your communication skills. Be kind in your words, be polite and gentle. This reflects a lot of your personality. People admire those who talk gentle and work efficiently rather than those who talk big alone. Also, you must not falter while speaking. Don’t hesitate or fumble for words. Speaking well also shows confidence which brings us to the next point.
- Develop confidence
Having confidence works wonders for your image.
- Mind your body language
Your body communicates as well as your words. How you behave in an interview also impacts the board’s perception of you.
- Dress appropriately
Your attire is an integral part of your personality. Dress appropriately for any occasion. It speaks volumes about your discipline and seriousness.
- Be passionate about your work
Loving what you do and finding meaning in it contributes to your personality. This helps you develop a natural confidence.
Listening is as important as speaking. Being a good listener helps you learn and analyze a lot.
- Social skills
Work on your social skills. Do not shy away from meeting new people. You must also learn to be empathetic to others especially in the civil services profession.
This is a definite quality an IAS officer must possess. Read books on leadership and try to inculcate it in your personality.
- Be positive
Being positive is infectious. Your positive attitude can lead to others developing a positive attitude towards you.
- Instill good qualities
Genuinely develop good qualities like civility and empathy. Avoid being a bitter and vindictive person.
- Maintain physical health
You don’t have to have a model’s body to develop a good personality. But since personality depends on a lot on perception, it helps to have a healthy physique. It is also beneficial to your health.
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UPSC has released the e-summon letter for the UPSC Interview 2016-17 which states that the UPSC interview will begin from 20th March, 2017.