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UPSC Interview Questions 2018 - 2019

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.

Situation Questions

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 2018-2019

  1. ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit 2018 - Importance outcomes of the summit.
  2. Statue of Unity - Back ground, Key Facts, Pros and Cons.
  3. ISRO - Achievements, Indian Human Spaceflight Programme, list of space programmes.
  4. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) - Recent crisis between RBI and Govt of India.
  5. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) - Problems between two top officials.
  6. Supreme Court Judgements - Sabarimala, Decriminalisation of Section 377, Triple Talaq
  7. International political Crisis - Maldives, Srilanka
  8. President's rule in Kashmir
  9. Rohingya refugee crisis
  10. Naxal insurgency
  11. Climate Change and Global Warming - Paris Climate Accord, US Withdrawal
  12. Demonetization and GST
  13. Doklam - China-India border Standoff
  14. Tsunami in Indonesia
  15. Recent Assembly results - Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan
  16. Nipah Virus outbreak.
  17. Air pollution in North India
  18. Cauvery river water dispute
  19. Non Performing Assets in Indian Banks
  20. Fugitive Businessmen - Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi

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