The Personality test or the interview of the Civil Services exam is conducted in Delhi at the UPSC office. The interview is conducted by various boards constituted by the UPSC.
The final results of the UPSC Mains exams are declared right after the conclusion of the interview or the personality test. Candidates about double the number of vacancies are selected through the mains exams and called to appear for the personality test. There are 275 marks allocated to the personality test. A good score in the personality test can determine your ranking in the final list of the civil services exam.
According to UPSC report, it has been observed that from 1979 onwards, 90 per cent of the candidates who qualify for interview hover around the minimal percentage of 55 per cent that is prescribed for the test. However to be assured of a Class I service, one has to generally obtain about 58 per cent marks. It has been noticed that only those, securing 60 per cent and above are sure of getting a service of their own choice.
The figures clearly reveal that the marks in the personality test play a determining role in final selection of the candidate.
The Kothari Committee constituted by the UPSC has listed the qualities that should be rated in the personality test. They are as follows;
The Personality Test is aimed at assessing the candidate's personality suitable to be a competent administrator. The candidate is tested for intelligence, attentiveness, balance of judgement and human qualities like honesty, integrity and leadership.
The preparation for the personality test or Interview requires proper planning. Since overall personality development is a continuous process it requires vast reading. Candidates are required to go through numerous books, journals, magazines and few daily newspapers.
The candidate should make a self-analysis of his/ her strengths and weaknesses and make a conscious effort to work on them.
They should try to improve their conversational skills with the right pronunciation.
The candidate should be prepared to answer questions on his background, hobbies and extracurricular activities.
It is a good idea to discuss current affairs and recent issues with friends. One good way of rehearsing possible questions would be to have mock interviews and forming discussion groups.
The candidate should have a positive attitude, an alert mind, quick reflexes, and good at decision maker, have the ability to work under stress and is able to handle any difficult situation and free from any prejudices.
Following Documents has to be submitted at the time of Personality Test Board for Civil Services Examination.
1) SC/ST Certificate Performa, OBC Certificate Performa, Undertaking, Physically Handicapped Certificate Performa, Performa of Hailing from Certificate Questionnaire, Attestation Form, TA Form. The Questionnaire, Attestation Form and TA Form are available at the UPSC official website. If you have applied under SC or ST or OBC, or Physically Handicapped category then fill in and submit the respective certificate. The certificate is separately available for print out at the UPSC site - www.upsc.gov.in.
The candidates are requested to carry the following documents for the interview.
I. Filled Questionnaire: The seven page questionnaire is required for the research and analysis section of UPSC and is used for assessing background information of the candidate appearing for the personality test/ interview. This questioner has be duly filled and submitted at the time of the interview. The questionnaire is divided into several sections.
II. Attestation Form: The attestation form has to be filled with required details including residence, nationality education and has to be signed by a Gazetted officer before being submitted at the time of the interview.