UPSC Mock Interview Guidance
An IAS mock interview is an excellent opportunity for aspiring candidates to prepare for the real thing. It’s a simulation of the actual IAS interview process and helps candidates get a feel of the questions, atmosphere, and the kind of responses expected.
Objectives: The main objective of an IAS mock interview is to help the candidates:
- Understand the pattern and nature of questions asked in the IAS interview.
- Get feedback on their current knowledge, skills, and attitude.
- Identify their strengths and weaknesses and work on them.
- Get a sense of the atmosphere and pressure of the real IAS interview.
The Process: The IAS mock interview process typically involves the following steps:
- Application: The candidates are required to fill up an application form and submit it to participate in the mock interview.
- Selection: The applications are screened and shortlisted based on merit and other criteria.
- Interview: The shortlisted candidates are invited for a face-to-face interview with a panel of experienced IAS officers.
- Feedback: The candidates receive constructive feedback on their performance, including their strengths and weaknesses.
How to Prepare for IAS Mock Interview
How will this Mock Interview Help Me?
Overview of Interview Panel & Board Members
Shri M.C. Gupta (Retd. IAS)
* Former Chief Secretary Govt. of Haryana
* Former Director of IIPA
Shri M. Ramachandran (Retd. IAS)
* Former Secretary Govt. of India
* Former Chief Secretary Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Shri R.S. Dalal (Retd.IPS)
Former Director General of Police, Haryana
Shri R. Srinivasan (Retd. IES)
(Retd. Advisor to the Govt. of India)
Shri Anil K. Sinha (Retd. IAS)
* Executive Director National Institute of Disaster Management Govt. of India
Prof. V. K. Gautam
(Retd. Prof. of Environmental Science & Biotech D.U.)
Shri Skand Ranjan Tayal (Retd. IFS)
Former Ambassador to South Korea, Uzvekistan
Shri B.B. Srivastava (Retd. IAS)
Former Secretary to the Govt. of India Department of Land Resources (Ministry of Rural Development)
Dr. G.C. Srivastava (Retd. IAS)
* Ex-member Secretary 12th Finance Commission * Vice Chairman Central Administrative Tribunal
Shri Bala Prasad (Retd. IFS)
Ex Special Secretary To Govt of India
Shri A.K. Upadhyay (Retd. IG)
Shri A. K. Mangotra, (Retd. IAS)
Former Secretary To Govt of India Ministry of Home Affairs
Common Interview Questions
UPSC Interview or the Personality Test is the final lap of the UPSC Civil Services selection process. It carries 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks obtained by the candidates in the UPSC Main Examination (written examination) as well as UPSC Interview would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.
The focal point of the UPSC interview as defined by UPSC in its notification is as follows: “The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the UPSC interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs.”
Thus, the interviewers have two major concerns in their mind:
- the personality issue and
- the knowledge aspect of the candidate.