Tip #1: First Impression is the best impression
First impressions are the most lasting one. To crack IAS interview, it is essential to create a good impression in the mind of the interviewers. The first impression is a matter of judgment of the interviewers about you. This judgment is made on the basis of your personality that is reflected at the moment you enter the interview room and pattern of interaction with the interviewers within first few minutes.
UPSC interview board members are efficient and they have excelled in choosing most efficient candidates to the country. They keenly examine one candidate outwardly and inwardly. In order to make a good first impression based on your outward features, it is desirable that your attire should be elegant and sober. Candidate should walk very confidently with a pleasant smile from the door to the chair in a proper manner, sit on the chair only after taking due permission. Candidates are supposed to maintain proper eye contact with the interviewer.
The two vital factors that would impact one’s performance in UPSC interview are honesty and integrity. The more honest your opinion, the better are your chances of being selected.
Even after the interview also you should leave the room with a good last impression. Normally, the chairman of the interview board concludes the interview by saying “thank you” and you too say thank you and politely leave the room.
Tip #2: Be a good listener
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. Be a good listener in the IAS interview. When you listen carefully with a full mind, it will help you to understand questions. This understanding is necessary to answer the questions.
Tip #3: Polish your Communication skill
Communication is an act of instant transmitting through verbal, non-verbal, facial expressions etc. In Interview, the verbal communication matters a lot. According to Yehuda Berg, Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.
The personality test is also a game with words. So candidate should use appropriate words to deliver your answers. Use technical terms according to the need of question. Before answer, think for a minute. After an interviewer has finished his or her questions, pause for a moment and organize your answer in a short, crispy manner without losing the life and soul of the topic/ issue asked.
Tip #4: Say not to argument
The personality test is the platform where the UPSC members try to test your inner character. They may ask the question to provoke you, say no to you explanation still one has to stay calm and act wisely. Consider the interview as a discussion forum with eminent people not as an argument. You should be able to prove your views with supporting examples. While answering any question, if you make a mistake and the interviewer points out it, accept it without argument. Committing a mistake is human nature.
Tip #5: Be Polite
It is essential to remain polite throughout the interview process. Even if the situation is created is not pleasant, (this may be done deliberately to test your patience), by an interviewer do not lose your temper and not try to protect your ego. If you are polite in the interview, it conveys that you have respect for opinion of others. Do not forget to display the etiquette and a manner of a formal interview process. It will also say 100 hidden things about you which can go in your favor.