"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamt yourself to be."
Maharishi Patanjali Yoga Sutra before 2200 years.
21 handy tips for clearing IAS, IPS or other civil services interview.
are 21 interview skills for civil services
Start your Interview Preparation from January Onwards
tip is start preparing from the start of the year. You will get at
least 3 months to prepare. But I recommend to start preparing from
one year onwards so that you get enough time.
Give respect to the members whowill
take your Interview
Once you enter the interview room then
give due respect to the members who will be going to take your
interview. The board members will notice mannerism and decide whether
you will be fit or not. So take mannerism seriously.
3. Do Not
Forget what your wrote in your Mains Exam
You will only come
for the interview after successfully clearing the written mains exam.
So while you give interview you will be asked what you did in your
mains. So remember and revise what you did there.
Positive Views in Your Mind
Go for the interview with a
positive mindset. Usually, it happens that negative thoughts would
start coming to your mind. Especially, who are giving interview for
the first time? So be positive and think right.
5. Have proper
command on Your Language Skills
It does not matter what is
your medium of the interview. Be it Hindi or English. It really does
not matter. What matters is the command over the particular
6. It takes more courage to listen than to
You must listen to the interviewee before you answer
anything. It is good to listen completely and then answer rather
interrupting when they are speaking.
7. First question why you
want to join IAS?
Seventh interview technique would be to
prepare for this question because you will be asked. This will be
perhaps the first question that you have to answer. So prepare an
honest reply beforehand. You will find it easy to answer.
Speak Your Heart and Do not lie Yourself
If you are asked with
tough questions or questions that you would not like to answer then
do not tell a lie. Never create a fake story to boost yourself just
tell them truthfully it does not really matters.
Confidence talk to them not at them
You should always look
into their eyes and then talk. This is very basic interview tip for a
civil service interview. Do not look down or elsewhere and answer. If
do then they might think you do not have self-confidence.
For Serious Question give a Serious Reply
Although you should
give a smile and give answers laughingly. But if you are asked a
serious question then your answer should be serious too. You have to
show them that you care about what they are asking.
Prepare what you’re going to Say for Hobby Section
again very obvious question that you will be asked in a civil service
interview is about your hobby. You should answer this question in a
light mood. The board members must get a chance to laugh at some
point in time.
So make this answer entertaining as well as
12. Take Your Additional Subjects Seriously
additional subjects that you will choose for the civil service exams
must be taken seriously. Normally, it is seen that candidates tend to
neglect their additional subject. So when they are asked questions
from it they are not prepared.
Therefore, do not neglect your
additional subjects because they might ask some tough questions from
13. Your Views must be impartial and fair
interview, when your asked some questions which are very political in
nature then you must present a fair and balanced opinion. You must
not be biased about a particular subject or topic.
get a sense that you are very balanced in your approach.
Be in Touch With Current Affairs and other Latest Developments
will be asked a lot of questions about current affairs and state of
the country. Thus keep updating yourself with the things going around
the world. You must know what is happening in the country and around
15. In Depth knowledge about the State, City and
District you come from
Questions will be asked about the
state, city and district you come from. So collect some knowledge
about your state, city and district. They would like to know how much
you care about the country.
16. Good General Knowledge Very
General knowledge is always a key to success in any
interview. You should know about some great personality from India
and around the world.
17. Keep Your Calm even when they Say
you do not know about this Topic
If you are asked about a
particular subject and you do not know but still giving some
irrelevant and in the end interviewee says that you do not know
anything about the subject. Then do not get angry and behave
normally. 18. If do NOT know the answer then be Candid to Admit
you don’t Know
Continuing from the last point, if you
seriously do not anything about a topic you’re asked then admit it
that you do not have any idea. You should hesitate to give a frank
answer that you do know about this subject.
There is nothing
wrong in admitting honestly.
19. Download Debates and
Discussions from all India Radio & BBC Documentaries
point is more to do with preparation just like the first point I
made. You can download debates and discussions from various sources
present online. You can search many such website which are offering
20. Do Not Show anger or frustration if
After the entire discussion, if you feel from the
body language of the interviewers that you will not be selected then
do not show anger or frustration at them. Just take it on your
21. Do NOT lose Heart
Finally, if not selected
then do lose your heart. You can prepare for second. It is normal
that candidates clear their interview in second or third attempt. So
do not give up.
These 21 interview skills will come handy if
you are appearing for civil service interview.