Interview or the Personality Test is the final lap of the Civil Services selection process. It carries 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written examination) as well as 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 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 or her career. He or 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 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.
The objective of Interview Guidance is to equip candidates in both of the concerns. Fresh Interview Guidance batches are initiated within a week of declaration of Civil Service (Main) Examination results.
|Prerequisites for the program||To extract maximum mileage from the program, it is expected that the candidates applying are abreast with latest Current Affairs/Events, their chosen optional subject, preparatory information about their home town, educational qualification, extra-curricular skills and work experience (if any).|
|Duration||The program will be for a duration of six days comprising six sittings of three hours duration each, from Monday to Saturday. Detailed and exact schedule is drafted post declaration of results.|