UPSC Interview Questions 2019 - 2020
Personality Test of the selected candidates is likely to commence from 4th February, 2019. It will be held in the Office of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069.
After written test, Interview is the final round which tests the personality, suitability of the candidate. So it is very important to start preparing for the interview along with the written test. Candidates should remember that the interview is not a test for checking the specialized knowledge, the idea is to observe the social traits of the candidate and his/her personality and its suitability to a career in the civil services.
The Personality test will be scored on the basis of the following factors:
- Mental alertness
- Critical powers of assimilation
- Clear and logical exposition
- Social traits
- Interest and knowledge of current affairs
- Balance of judgment
- Variety and depth of interest
- Ability for social cohesion
- Leadership skills
- Intellectual and moral integrity
Common Questions and Assessment
The UPSC panel members can ask questions related to the detailed application form of the candidates. The questions can be on the candidate’s place of birth, interest, issues related to their home state, current national issues, and more. For example, if a candidate is from Chattisgarh or Odisha, questions could be asked a question related to tribal problems. If a candidate is from Jodhpur, a member can ask, What is Jodhpur famous for? What is the name of the Palace in Jodhpur? During the questions, the panel tries assesses whether the candidate answers like an Indian national or with a regional mindset. Hobbies and areas of interests also play an important role during interview. If the candidate's hobby is gardening. Then, questions related to soil, vegetables, herbs can be asked. Besides, questions related to the professions of the candidates could also be posed. For example, if the candidate happens to be an economics professor, he/she could be asked about International economics/ economy of the country. While the candidate answer the questions, the members of the panel observe how the candidate responds to each question.
Panel also creates questions based on certain situations. For example, they may give a situation like earth quake, floods and ask the candidate to respond to it in the role of a district collector. Members might also ask tricky questions in order to evaluate mental alertness and the ability to think logically.
List of probable questions
- Why do you want to join the civil services?
- Why to join the civil services if you can do well by doing social work.
- Why you want to join civil services and not Politics?
- Why do you want to join civil service even though the salary is limited ?
- Explain why you chose IAS as your first preference?
- What is your ambition in life?
- You have opted for arts subjects when you are an engineer. Why did you choose that subject?
- What is special about your date of birth? Any important event took place that year?
- What does your name mean? Any famous personality or god that is associated with that name?
- Would you like to change your name?
Expected Topics for interview at UPSC in 2019-2020
- Abrogation of Article 370
- National Register for Citizens (NRC)
- Plastic Pollution –Elimination of Single-Use plastics
- Chennai Connect- Mamallapuram Summit
- Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
- Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 (Amended in 2019)
- National Investigation Agency Act (Amendment in 2019)
- US-China Trade dispute
- India’s aspirations for a $5 trillion economy by 2024
- Ban on e-Cigarettes
- Balakot Air Strikes
- Chandrayaan-2 Mission
- Kurds in Syria and US
- Withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan
- National Medical Commission Bill
- Protests in Hong Kong
- Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC Bank) Crisis
- Citizenship (Amendment )Bill, 2016
- Fire in the Amazon Forests
- Rafale jets for the IAF
- Transfer of RBI Surplus Funds to Government
- Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022
- Sedition Law in India
- Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019
- Population Control in India
- Reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections
- NBFC Crisis
- Electoral Bonds
- Zero Budget Natural Farming
- 5G Technology in India
- Data localisation norms
- Mob Lynching
- Chief of Defense Staff (CDS)
- Dam Safety Bill, 2019
- Lateral Entry in Government
- Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation
- Slump in the Automobile sector
- Privatisation of Air India
- Issues in the Telecom Sector
- India-US and India-Russia relations
- Water Crisis in Indian cities
- Air pollution in Indian cities
- Brexit and India
- Naga Settlement
- Flood risks in cities
- India-Iran bilateral relations
- Indian Diaspora
- Keezhadi excavations and implications
- Pepsico v/s Potato farmers
- Anti-Defection Law
- Acute Encephalitis Syndrome deaths in Bihar
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