We hope those of you who have written the UPSC CSE Mains 2020 exam have given your best. You have one last hurdle to cross to finally see your name in the Final List. This last hurdle is the best phase of this examination where you can finally put your personality – the one that has transformed into a better and mature one, thanks to the grueling exam process – to test. And this final test, if faced confidently keeping in mind certain fundamentals, will ensure that you will graduate from an ‘ordinary’ person into a civil servant. Those 20 to 40 minutes of interview or personality test can save many years of your youthful life. Those minutes can bring you 30-40 years of prosperity to your family and to the nation. This final phase, if you are going to face it, is profoundly important and deserves your utmost dedication to face it confidently and to walk out with 70+ percent marks.
Those who are going to face UPSC civil services personality test must compulsorily read and internalize the instruction/directive given by UPSC itself in its annual exam notification about the Interview Stage:
- 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 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/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
- The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
- The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should arouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.
You must carefully observe the highlighted words in the above paragraphs. You must then ask yourself if you possess these qualities. And then you must ask yourself another question – do you have time and patience to inculcate these qualities within a short span of time – in case you don’t possess them?
If you already have these qualities (or the expectations of the interview board), you must not fear this experience. At the same time you must not be overconfident about this.
There is a wrong notion that one must present their raw self to the board without getting trained. Though it is true that one must present themselves as honestly as possible, it’s always not in one’s interest to face such a crucial moment without adequate preparation so as to present themselves as someone who meets standards expected by the interview board.
To succeed in this stage all it takes is your willingness to put your personality to test multiple times in a non-hostile environment and learn your shortcomings and strengths from people who have extensive experience in this regard. To reach a standard where your score should not be less than 190, you need to really work hard. In our opinion, one must put more efforts for the interview stage than what they had put for either for prelims or mains. In this stage one has a final chance to get into these coveted services – if one has qualified for this stage – irrespective of their Mains marks.
We at InsightsIAS groom you up for the Interview round based on your strengths and weaknesses. The Interview Guidance program is driven by Vinay Sir, the founder and Director of InsightsIAS. He excels in giving right and honest guidance to aspirants who have faith in him. His ability to mentor students without complicating the process is what differentiates him from a myriad of options available to an aspirant today.
Starting with his experience of scoring 210 in his own UPSC interview and then guiding many to score 200+ (starting with Nitish K in CSE-2014 who scored 206), he has been successfully guiding students to increase their Interview marks drastically from 130s to 190+.
The strategy followed is to first know the candidate better through candid conversations and then assess their personality and outlook through multiple one-on-one sessions. Once a better understanding of a candidates’ weaknesses and strengths is achieved, personalized feedback is given to help them overcome their weaknesses. These sessions are conducted free of cost. These mocks have especially helped those candidates for whom their desire to get into civil services is hindered by low scores in the interview stage.
Read/Watch the stories shared by 2019 toppers who were guided by InsightsIAS/Vinay Sir – Jeydev CS – Rank 5 (Marks 206) , Shivashish – Rank 108 (Marks 193), Roma Srivastava – Rank 70 (Marks 204), Nidhin K Biju Rank – 89(Marks 195), Keerthana Rank-169(Marks 190), K M Priyanka Rank 257(Marks 198)
This year, the Interview Guidance Program is going to be streamlined to cater to the needs of the students. Highlights of the IGP are:
- with one-on-one interviews in Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad centres by Vinay Sir
- with one-on-one interviews/ sessions via Skype [ for online students ]
- General Guidance sessions both Online (LIVE) and Offline
- Peer discussions on Important topics
- Free Mock Interviews with Pro Bono contribution from serving and retired Bureaucrats and Subject Experts as Interview Panelists
Orientation Session for Interview Guidance program is scheduled for 24th Feb 2021. The Session will be taken by Vinay Sir. The Session will be Offline[Bangalore] as well as Online (LIVE). The orientation session will give the candidates the idea about filling up the detailed application form (DAF-II) followed by a brief introduction about trends of various services.
Students who have written CSE MAINS 2020 and are satisfied with their performance are advised to start their preparation for the interview immediately.
This session is Free and OPEN FOR ALL
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**Location & Time of the Session on 24th Feb 2021 will be mailed to you on 23rd Feb 2021